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Conversation is being held on other threads about absolutes and objective rights and wrongs.
I say rape is inherently bad, not "a societal misdeed" but wrong.
Then I watch as atheists (in error) criticize the Bible for not condemning rape, when it most certainly does (as usual atheists point to the Bible and miss). If two fornicate in the Old Testament, they both receive capital punishment but if a woman cries for help while assaulted, only her rapist is punished . . . by death. Of course...
This may sound quite shocking to the average Christian who has never really thought twice about it, but did you know that Paul is NOT an Apostle according to anyone but himself and himself through Luke, who was not a disciple of Christ (p) in the flesh and not an Apostle either so has no say.
But Luke actually gives us proof that Paul can not be a legitimate Apostle. Acts 1:21 sets the rules for being an Apostle in (metaphorical) stone, confirming that 12 is a necessary number and not...
Sorry stole this thread since I didn't think it appropriate to respond in the forum it was created.
Why do people hate Muslims
However I also felt I would like to express my feelings.
While I don't hate Muslims, I think people see it as a threat to western culture. I know there are secular Muslims. I've no problem with folks willing to accept secular rule. It works. It's allowed folks from different cultures to live and work together.
That being said, I personally feel I should not have...
"Jehovah's Witnesses are an international association of Christians who have been confronted with the issue of compulsory military service in many lands.
In the past, the Congress of the United States has provided exemption to registrants who entertain sincerely-held, religious objections to military service. Jehovah's Witnesses are conscientiously opposed to war and to their participation in such in any form whatsoever. For this reason they inform officials of the government that...
Unless they know they have sinned, they are not guilty.
From the reading at mass today:
Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
39 Jesus said,“For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin
Also, don't forget that Jesus forgave those who crucified...
As we uncover the workings of the natural world certain things become clear:-
1) Stuff (matter-energy-space-time) interact with each other in highly predictable ways which we call "laws of nature", "causality" etc. However the reason for the existence of this structured patterns of behavior and their invariable attachment with stuff is unknown.
2) The laws of nature themselves are mathematical, a realm of abstract and extraordinarily rich realm of reality that is "somehow" glued into...
So today I've put in far less time to reading the bible than I put I yesterday. I had to cut it short because in all honesty i'm already feeling like this was a bad idea. Not because of the time frame mind you but because i'm clearly getting very little out of this. I already know the bible stories well enough and this mostly just confirms to me that Abrahamic traditions have pretty much no place for me.
I skipped around a bit, as in after Judges I didn't then go to Ruth , instead I went to...
This is my problem. I joined this forum first saying that I wished to join either Christianity or Judaism. After doing much thought, I've decided that Christianity probably is not for me, but now my birth religion, Islam, has come into the picture to argue its case. Judaism and Islam are very much alike. Both believe in one god with no human incarnations, both have modesty and dietary laws, and both allow for divorce and the like. Why, then, am I fighting with myself over which one I ought...
Many times, Theist blame me for not understanding God.
I would love having a challenge.
Lets switch roles!
I will debate pro God, and you will debate Against.
I Assume one of two will be then clear:
1. Either I really am ignorant for anything relates to spirituality (Thus I will not be able to make my case)
2. I will successfully make my case and at least show that some atheist, know the spiritual "realm" better than you think.
I will however, probably be leaning more towards the Jewish...
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