Key

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  1. Dan, when you seriously contemplate it, you are saying your morals' foundation is actually based outside of yourself. You base it on Scripture written by other people that gave basis to an organized religion. Basically, from what someone else told you. No different than how you think atheist find their morals. it seems.
  2. That is a glaring contradiction, Dan. If there are morals, there is a foundation. But, again, since you are not anything other than Christian, you simply can not understand their beliefs, or lack, that govern them.
  3. You're kidding, right? Knowledge of right and wrong, AKA morals, is not exclusive to what one's belief system is based on. Atheist, that I know of, reject Christ only as a deity. They see value in his teachings, but see no proof of his divinity. Jesus did not set out to start a religion. So while His teachings continue, the religion He did not establish may die, even as the religion He did believe in while alive continues, (Judaism).
  4. I happened to be rereading this thread, then a thought occurred to me. You are not an atheist, Dan. You can not know what their values and morals are based on. Nor can you truly state with any fact that those can fluctuate on a whim. Then, as a bonus, you believe you have a solid foundation for those because "truth eludes nonbelievers"? Christians do not have the market of truth cornered, I must tell you. As for the rest, they weren't looking for answers from a fictional Star Trek episode. They were discussing the points of the person who sought to do so in the video by using his own bias. Btw, thanks to the new Republicans with Trump and evangelist supporters, folks are leaving Christian churches in droves. So, at least as organizational congregations, it is indeed showing sign of dying out.
  5. I have never had an issue to date with neither the online store, nor Brother Kevin. As for the Ohio part, every state may have their requirements for license or practice. Many have advised here with similar inquiries to check with county clerks on relevant rules for license. It could be something as simple as a letter of good standing with the church. Have you tried googling for the state's requirements?
  6. Modesto has always seemed short staffed to me. But Brother Kevin has also always done an admirable job on trying to keep up on orders and inquiries. Which leads me to the same question as Jonathan. Where did you place the order?
  7. Thought I'd revisit this. According to you, in another recent thread, forgiveness alone does not reverse or erase an offense.
  8. Sorry to contribute so late to the discussion. I happened to start thinking, what if those who are enlightened are in such state that they aren't aware to share, and that they are so involved within themselves. I'm not sure if that makes it clearer, as I'm not at present able to make it so. But I hope you got the gist of it.
  9. Thank you for this. Never heard of it, though I was never in BSA long enough for it to be meaningful at the time. Wondering if the select group was initiated by Native American members, or appropriated as an attempt to set apart yet another group within the organization?
  10. Not all wizards wear beards. Check out Harry Potter. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I liked your contribution to the thread, however. Welcome, and please continue to ramble when feel the need to share something we need to learn, or you feel strongly about.
  11. Sorry I haven't welcomed you sooner. Hope you find it worth your while. Peace and blessings.
  12. Was already woke. But the levels of absurdity continues to surprise me. And I wouldn't be sure of the sheep taking their chances with wolves. as the wolves are merciless. But at least they'd give a good chase.
  13. Quite disturbing, yet true. Now I'm depressed for our country.
  14. Sadly, I think because of so many politicians being beholden to big pharma and other corporate lobbyist. The worst side of capitalism.
  15. He didn't indicate he meant solely pleasure on the self, I'm sure. Mindful of others pleasures can allow boundaries that present a more cooperative society. As conflicts of interest may inevitably arise, ability to compromise to a favorable and pleasurable solution is far more desirable ideal than making war.
  16. In one meaning, sadly true. But the world goes on over many lifetimes.
  17. Humans are social animals. Interaction is a basic need that is met in some form or another. But actual physical contact, or person to person interaction, plays a big psychological part of how we see ourselves and others. I really don't see the "new office space" staying empty for very long. Pandemics come and go over the centuries, so nothing is permanent.
  18. Ah, well, that "pursuit" can be an actual distraction to living life well lived, too. Pursuit can not be universally defined, either. What one may seek, may intrude upon another's pursuit of happiness. How to reconcile? Moderation, I think. I lean more to what Jonathan said. Living in moderation as outlined in his bullet points.
  19. You're very welcome. Thank you for sharing your delight in your journey!
  20. I don't necessarily agree to the word "strong", as much as "open minded" or "understanding" to replace it in that statement. Sometimes the bonding of two weak souls can make each other stronger just through support of each other by mutual understanding.
  21. Yes. And think of the people who were killed for 'acts of heresy" while following the original culture's intent and holiday.