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  1. The LORD is a jealous God, filled with vengeance and wrath. He takes revenge on all who oppose him and furiously destroys his enemies! The LORD is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet. At his command the oceans and rivers dry up, the lush pastures of Bashan and Carmel fade, and the green forests of Lebanon wilt. In his presence the mountains quake, and the hills melt away; the earth trembles, and its people are destroyed. Who can stan
  2. We also know that the 70,000 men killed didn't include the women, children and slaves who would have been killed but unlisted by the misogynistic writers of the Bible. We also know that David was given a choice of three different forms of punishment: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Take your choice: 12 three years of famine, three months of being swept away[a] before your enemies, with their swords overtaking you, or three days of the sword of theLord—days of plague in the land, with the angel of the Lord ravaging every part of Israel.’ Now then, decide how I should answer the one who sent me.”
  3. Dan your reasoning makes not no any sense to me for the killing of the 70,000. So according to you God still has an alleged anger hangover and he really can't wreak his form of punitive vengeance and havoc and justice on these people until he tempts David, causing David to Sin, which makes God even angrier so that then God's anger and need for justice is sufficient to justify killing 70,000 humans. Man it was bad enough when my mom use to tell us kids you just wait until your dad gets home before we got the belt, imagine having to wait three years. Have you stopped to think why would Go
  4. Dan said >>>>>>"I'm just stating what I believe, and not suggesting what you should believe. I believe God is in complete control and has always been very forgiving. You obviously have a lot of disdain for the biblical God, but remember that King David deserved death, but upon repentance he was forgiven of adultery and murder. Simply stated, I believe everyone will either receive God's Grace or God's Wrath, there is no middle ground." God is in complete control?!?!?! Really and he is right this minute standing by and watching innocent women and children, even some newborns,
  5. My answers to your question are insecure ignorant gullible people and nothing that I could even remotely label as any type of sophisticated God would behave thusly. Saying that though a Dan like thought immediately popped into my head of what kind of parameters would I set to insure my children would learn not to harm and infringe upon one another's precious gift of free will which I have bestowed upon them, or could that quite possibly be the whole point of this exercise in physicality which we perceive and experience.
  6. Pastor day I am quite aware of the allegorical import of the story in getting the point across that something occurred way back in the beginning that caused the fall of humans from grace with their newly found ability to perceive "self" "other" and duality in general. What this knowledge also does for me though is to confirm that any need for a bloody human sacrifice to rectify the situation is also allegorical and mythical at best.
  7. I love your last analogy of the piano keys and notes. How could anyone ever imagine that God would desire an orchestra of all middle C notes. We can see plainly by the Universe that reflects a portion of his majesty that he loves diversity, color and change. So clearly any belief system that teaches their way is the only way isn't paying very close attention to what the great Creator desires.
  8. Pete has it correct in that I do not think that it is a perversion of love for someone to want to bear the suffering of ones they love in their place. Such acts are examples of true selfless unconditional love. The perversion is in calling the person or Entity who would require and accept such an act of sacrifice as a necessary requirement before they are able to forgive another sentient being their debt an act of LOVE. Apparently Forgiveness and Mercy have different definitions in Christianity then they do in the real world. Forgiveness does not involve a required atonement of any type. S
  9. Well depending whether one believes Luke's account of what Paul did after his conversion in ACTS or Paul's own words in GALATIANS, and we'll play it safe and take Paul's own words in GALATIANS. He claims he spent three years studying scriptures to find himself approved. That could quite possibly mean he spent three years "scripture mining" to find any sacred Jewish Scriptures to build his case or prove to himself that Jesus was quite possibly the Messiah.
  10. I just realized how bigoted I really am when it comes to those I would prefer to be preached to by......running a bunch of scenarios in my mind it seems that race, sex, sexual orientation, age and maybe some categories I haven't even thought of may have an influence about the credibility I would give a speaker whom I would be listening to for the first time. I am pretty sure though that I would weigh the content of their speech above all of that once they were done speaking
  11. "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:4&5). Dan this is the very same twisted perversion of love that both Pete. myself and others object to. The idea that Jesus had to basically commit suicide to save us from his vain, jealous, angry, vengeful, insecure Father who is incapable of forgiving even the smallest of offences. Not only that, loo
  12. Fantastic Post Pete!!!! Yea it was also great when we believed in the Easter Bunny and Santa and wore diapers and had no responsibilities whatsoever and other people fed us and bathed and nurtured us, but this thing happens to most of us where we mature and sooner or later we become the ones responsible for loving and nurturing others and as we do eventually grow ever so slowly in knowledge and wisdom we shed those old ways and Myths and become mature Loving Nurturing individuals. I know the feeling well of which Pete feels of how nice and secure it once felt to believe as Dan does only to d
  13. What my Christian friends above seem to over look is that we are sinners because that heritage is passed down to us through the actions of ONE MAN according to the Bible. Death entered the world through Sin if one believes the Bible. If God had not cursed Adam and Even and the fruit of their hands then things would be quite different.
  14. I think they all include the fall of man starting with Adam and Eve though and the curse that was inflicted upon those naive beings by their loving God.
  15. Every time I think of Job or your Son Joe I see how much agony you are going through and think how tough it must have been for Job as yourself. I'm sure even if you could have 7 more sons they could still not replace the one you loved so dearly and lost. When I think of all the horrendous acts people who have their minds twisted by fear enact on the innoncent of our planet and how God just sits there and watches and does nothing when he alllegedlly knows when even a sparrow hits the ground and yet we are told that he will send she bears to rend over 40 kids to pieces for calling a bald headed
  16. Isn't that the whole basis of Christianity though. God made the whole world suffer for the actions of two individuals. All the suffering of every generation past, present and future because of the actions of two people and somehow people think that this Christian God is a just God. It friggin amazes me. It is like I stole a cookie fom Dan and he justly rewards me by making all my future generations suffer terribly because of my theft and people applaud him for his justness. FRIGGIN AMAZING!!
  17. Raincloud what disenchanted you with Christianity the first time you sought elsewhere for truth. Has that thing changed or merely your perception of it changed? Some may view your return as the prodigal child returning home, while others may see it as the dog returning to its vomit. I guess the important thing is you feel happy and secure with the choices you have made. I hope you find that which you are seeking and that your choice brings you mucho grande peace, love, health and happiness.
  18. It seems as if once again, if one believes that Isaiah 45:5-7 is the word of God, (I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster;I, the Lord, do all these things.), he was busy killing people and children in Oklahoma yet again. How does one pray if one lives in Oklahoma which happens to sit in both the Bible Belt and Tornado Alley? Does one pray "god's will be done" knowing that each time the alarms sound your house and family may be his next targeted sight. What kind of heartfelt prayers are being offered at the funeral services of these children and other d
  19. I was looking for information on the medical situation of the man whom the Pope prayed over the day in that alleged exorcism video and found this article I thought some people in this discussion would enjoy, http://www.newsmax.com/EdwardPentin/Pope-Excorcism-Possessed-Angel/2013/05/29/id/506975 And in another link I can't believe that anyone still thinks God works in this manner. Reminds me of Westboro Baptist Church mentality. “He is really a soul of God, which the Lord is using to criticize Mexico for legalizing abortion,” Father Amorth told Catholic News Agency. http://www.examiner.com/arti
  20. I know quite a few of my friends here believe in Demons and that humans can be possessed by them. I myself do not believe that possession by an outside entity is possible, yet I will say I believe it is a decent plausibility that some malevolent entities may dwell in the vast electromagnetic spectrum that is invisible to the human eye but unable to oppose the free will of men by possessing them. Science and medicine have diagnosed quite a few of the medical conditions that once were thought to be demon possession by the ignorant such as epilepsy as an example. My perspective on quite a few oth
  21. But there was no exorcism and the Papacy even denies such. The Pope greeted the man in the manner perceived in the video and the ill person responded the way he did. I have seen people with cerebral palsy and other maladies behave in a similar manner when strangers interact with them. The person who reported that 4 demons were cast out wanted to see four demons cast out and reported such.
  22. BrDevon do you use sign language in your dreams at all?
  23. When I actually became cognizant and learned about being able to control your dreams at certain stages I spent a great deal of time trying to do so and became good at it. The problem in doing so became clear when I awoke in the mornings I felt as if I had not slept a wink all night and it started to affect my health so I gave up on it completely. I must say though for about the two weeks time I became proficient at controlling them during certain stages of the night I was having the time of my life. No king on earth enjoyed them self more then I did. The highlights I remember most were havin
  24. I myself think that many of my dreams are just that a hodgepodge of subconscious desires and fears playing themself out. Other times some seem as you have stated visions of some future event. I think dreams serve a wide range of purposes and that they can't all be defined and package into some nice little psychologically analyzed box. I am almost certain that I have dreams that have made me aware of some imminent danger to occur in real life and I have had them occur in waking life within a weeks time mostly sooner where they played out instant by instant as dreamed and it has given me the cha
  25. Well we both see what we are looking for so before your bubble bursts completely lets place both perceptions on the Universal Plausibility Scale and see what happens.......placing the concept the Pope exorcises 4 demons out of an ill person on the left hand side of the scale......now placing the reaction of the man is merely ......<crash> <boom> <glass breaking> .....now the scale is broke in pieces on the floor