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  1. SubscriberBigDoggProblem
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    13 Jul '19 04:32
    @Suzianne

    Ok, cool. Sorry to have bothered everyone with that.
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    13 Jul '19 04:15
    @caesar-salad

    r u a gay bro

    not that there's anything wrong with that
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    @divegeester said
    American TV evangelism. All of it.

    Religious TV, most of it.

    Collections, offerings, tithing by direct debit, double tithing

    Vicars, fathers, worship leaders, prayer leaders, prayer warriors, ribbon dancers

    Paid pastors, manses, church cars, church phone line, church pensions

    Membership lists, voting eligibility, song lists, chargeable christenings, char ...[text shortened]... e floor barking, screaming, swooning, catching swooners, swooner catcher training

    Shall I go on?
    Church discos! That's awesome

    YouTube : Church disco!

    That sight fills me with both the Holy Spirit and some Ecstasy.
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    07 Jul '19 16:25
    @sonship said
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    That's the cool thing about Biblical smites. They can apply to anyone you don't like.


    And words of encouragement and comfort may be applied to anyone we love or are trying to convince that God loves?
    That's cool too ?
    Yeah, and in the non-sarcastic sense, even.
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    05 Jul '19 18:181 edit
    Jesus was taking to a specific group of people, the Pharisees.

    The prophecy he quoted was about a certain city in Israel. Note that Jesus did not merely state that "you Pharisees are acting like this verse in Isaiah", but much more strongly, "Isaiah was prophesying about specifically you people".

    He took a "smite" aimed at another group of people from another century and applied it directly to a fresh group of people without bothering to justify it.

    No wonder his followers commonly have done the same ever since.

    That's the cool thing about Biblical smites. They can apply to anyone you don't like. Disagreements need not be merely personal. You may enlist the saints and prophets and invoke their authority against your opponent.
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    04 Jul '19 06:49
    @caesar-salad said
    ... does not require your worship or your attention.

    ... imparts no wisdom or guidelines for behavior.

    ... has no verbiage to remember or preserve or distribute, which is just as well, because verbiage and its attendant folkways only occur in some of the habitats and venues throughout the Cosmos.

    ... is content to abide, just so, without ambitions or expectation ...[text shortened]... though of course things do happen somehow anyway.

    ... by any other name would do and be the same.
    ...then, who gives a fvck about him?
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    @kellyjay said
    Fear and love may be good motivators but I'd have to say fear is the cheap means to go from A to Z. Fear might cause you to act to protect your life, while love could cause you to lay down your life. Both have merit, but I think love is by far the better of the two.
    "Better" is strong word.

    When my rival tribesmen is [I]en route[/¡] to plug my arse with a spear, "fear" is the appropriate motivator .
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    @kellyjay said
    If I come to you and attack you and your beliefs just to belittle without serious conversation, am I being an honest skeptic? I didn't become a Christian until I was 25 years old, before that I didn't attend church, I didn't even know or hang out with people who did. I can promise you I have been both about the Christian faith.
    I don't know.

    You tell me.

    Is your belittlement rooted in honest soul-searching, or are you just trying to score a conversational point?
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    @rajk999 said
    Maybe he can and it is possible, but the evidence does not support that.
    What are you on about "evidence"?

    This is a hypothetical scenario. It doesn't matter if it has ever happened.
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    26 Jun '19 01:53
    @rajk999 said
    Maybe. Although I would be surprised if God got involved with that. Is all pure luck if someone wins. Nothing to do with prayers or God.
    Why? Why would you be surprised?

    I can easily imagine a scenario where, being God, I am "omniscient", and I realize, if person X were to win millions of dollars, he would be moved to give said millions to charity.
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    @rajk999 said
    No. I did say it is a non issue.
    When you say something is a "non-issue" - to my mind, that means "0% of an issue".

    If you would care to de-fang your own prose by admitting that "non-" is more than 0%, go ahead.
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    @kellyjay said
    An honest skeptic is one thing, a cynic is another.
    Are they?

    How would you know?

    Have you ever been "skeptical" or "cynical" of anything?
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    @rajk999 said
    No. It's not about interpretation.
    Yes, it is.

    The interpretation is over how important the "bride of Christ" doctrine is.
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    Well, maybe, if I stretched my own values fairly far, I could.

    No wait, I take that back; I can't.
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