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Christopher000 wrote: Some comments make it seem as though Americans are walking around like Rambo with assault rifles, hunting knives and bullet straps hanging over the shoulders of their shirtless torsos as we sneak around bubuilding corners and crouch behind bushes. We're simply talking about being armed with a single firearm to protect ourselves and our familys in a world that has become so brazen, callous, and dangerous that people are being robbed in broad daylight and thugs are bursting into homes during the light of day to rob and murder. Terrorists are shooting up in broad daylight on the trains and busses, and the mentally ill, racists, and the like are on murderous missions of their own. The world is more dangerous than ever before and nobody will ever convince me that God doesn't expect us to protect our lives with the common sense He gave us.
Well said, Christopher. There is a philosophy of fatalism which is disguised as a theology. These ones do not believe God has granted sense to people, so they do not expect them to use it.
solutions wrote: --- But do occasionally spare a thought for the Thirty Thousand who are murdered every year in America because of the easy availability of guns and rifles. BTW Here are some stats for you to ponder and wonder at. "More than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year in this country More than 30 people are shot and murdered each day 1/2 of them are between the ages of 18 and 35 1/3 of them are under the age of 20 Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year-olds And the primary cause of death among African Americans of that age group" http://heedinggodscall.org/content/pfctoolkit-10 God Bless.
So glad you are concerned for our welfare. Perhaps you might have such concern for what is happening under your nose as well?
Jim Lincoln wrote: : Mike of N.Y., when did Tulian T. see the risen Christ? Now if Tullian T. did this, Acts 9 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is the Son of God." 21 And all those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, "Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?" 22 But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ. 23 And when many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him,---NASB T.T. should risk getting beaten up by teaching to Orthodox Jews today or go to ---
You're missing the point, but whatever you say, Jim.
Or, for biblical understanding, we can see what God does in the life of a murderer, Paul. He was converted and became an apostle. No waiting period for trust to develop. No "If in doubt--don't."
Acts 9:18-20 "And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God."
Christopher000 wrote: Who cares. These people are putting their plight on a level of that of slavery, and it's pretty disgusting. Disgusting that they and their supporters are forcing it into the permeable, impressionable little brains of the up and coming generation. The next generation will grow up to view everything that's going on today as being normal, and those who oppose those things as haters.
That's the goal, Chris. They are slaves, not because of others, but because of themselves. The big difference is-they love their servitude, and want others to love it as well.
SteveR wrote: Lost equity can be more dangerous than realized losses. Not just for your average margined investor but also for companies with leveraged balance sheets in their share buyback programs. The Nasdaq will open around 5% down and the Dow 600 down Btw, I think the market can drop another 20% and still be overvalued
With the market highs driven not by actual economic improvement, but by stock buy-backs, or govt props, you're likely right. Add to it the rank emotionalism that accompanies the markets, and who knows?
Concerning wrote: From the article here: 'A writer for the liberal magazine Newsweek said back in 2013 that "the notion that Pope Francis is a true socialist is absurd. Socialists believe in the state taking control of the commanding heights of the economy. They believe the free market should be substituted by a command economy in which goods are produced according to need and prices are fixed to ensure fairness." However, in 2014, Francis met with executives from the United Nations and openly urged "the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state...."' ---
Thomas the Doubter wrote: I understand your original point Mike but am frustrated at the lawless politicians,including the fraud in the White House, that only use those definitions when it suits there own purposes. When the Constitution is inconvenient to them it is ignored.
Kind of makes them fit the definition, doesn't it?
Thomas the Doubter wrote: And a president who betrays his country and sells them out to a tidal wave of anti-Americans would not be a traitor by your definition either then.
This is the only definition that matters:
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court." Article 3, Section 3, US Constitution.
Since the purpose of war is to fundamentally change an enemy's country from what it is into something it isn't, then as you suggest we might be able to say that war has been declared against this country, and aid and comfort has been given to its enemies. So while a case may be made for treason, bergdahl is small potatoes in a big field.
Interesting note about original intent to history buffs, Thomas tD. The United States is referred to as "them," and the enemies are called "their" enemies.
Thomas the Doubter wrote: Bergdahl IS a traitor, so where is the problem ?
If there is no war declared, there is no enemy, just people who disagree with each other about something or other. If there is no enemy, there is no aid and comfort that can be given them. If no aid and comfort is given the enemy, there is no treason.
Jim Lincoln wrote: ups, of course dr. Rugh talks about morals quite often. it is also to a Christian congregation. I'm just pointing out and he has pointed out that in my words, you have seen apostles being street preachers, not street moralisers. ---
More playing with words. What were the apostles preaching about? Here's what one apostle said, from your favorite version:
1Cor 6:18 NASB "Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body."
Ephesians 5:5 NASB "For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."
So if a street preacher says these things to some unbelievers, you wouldn't approve, for that would show the inadequacy of moralism. Interesting.
Jim Lincoln wrote: I'm trying to think of some examples to make it more clear what I'm trying to say, but telling a homosexual to be moral is ridiculous. ---
Playing with words. It isn't about telling homosexuals to be moral, it's speaking the truth about sin to the unbeliever. You know, like the prophets did? Something is wrong because God says it is, right? Nothing in Scripture about preaching to the choir.
pennned wrote: --- greedy people don't seem to know these isms, they just push forward with their agendas and take what they want. its a bogus debate. when businessmen can legislate to shut down their competitors and make a worse product overseas with slave labor, is that communism or capitalism?
It's the perverted version known as crony capitalism. Free enterprise capitalism works best for most, crony capitalism works for those you refer to.
From the news: âGod loves you and is with you no matter what you decide. You can find strength, understanding, and comfort in that love.â So reads the âPastoral Letter to Patientsâ from the Clergy Advocacy Board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America."
What is this longing for a tie-dyed t-shirt, and a desire to avoid bathing that I feel?