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Moonobserver last won the day on December 25 2019

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    I've also been into Star Trek since I was a kid, but I think what they did with the Klingon makeup was just silly.

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  1. I seem to remember seeing a statistic saying that the average adult changes careers something like five to eight times during their professional life. Doesn't seem to be unusual.
  2. That's to be expected when most of the ticket-buying audience is Christian.
  3. The first one to come to mind for me is "Frank vs. God", about a lawyer who lost his wife in a traffic accident deciding to sue God after a tornado destroys his house.
  4. The Bible tells of God warning the people that he would test them with false prophets and false teachers, and admonishes the people to test everyone who claims to be a prophet or teacher to see if their claim holds up. 45 has made demonstrably false claims, from saying that the Constitution authorized him to do whatever he wanted to claiming that he won the bogus AZ audit whose organizers themselves say he lost, yet some still apparently regard him as a divinely appointed savior. If anyone knows any Christian 45 supporters, are they willing to ask themselves about this? If they believe that he's some sort of divine agent, would they be willing to consider that he might be a test to see if they will accept his falsehoods or reject them? And if so, might that move them toward snapping out of a cult-like way of thinking?
  5. I'm just going by the words you were using.
  6. Then who are you not intending to pick nits off of?
  7. Woah, let's back up a little here. If we look at the original post, we'll see that this person came here with questions about us. It's like being interviewed; the interviewer asks questions and the interviewee(?) gives answers. I threw in a question of my own earlier, but I recognize that this person's stated reason for being here is to interview *me*. I don't think we need to be combative about that.
  8. There are various references to a "Divine Mystery", and it's essentially just that---what Alan Watts once referred to as "the deep-down, basic whatever-there-is". It's Lao Tzu's "Tao", it's the Prime Mover of the classical philosophers, it's "Nature's God" of Deism.......the indescribable and unfathomable source of all that exists.
  9. I'm curious---do you draw a particular distinction between an "authentic Christian" and an "inauthentic" one?
  10. The Great Trumpkin.....why didn't I think of that??
  11. "It's not so much staying alive, it's staying human that's important. What counts is that we don't betray each other." -- George Orwell
  12. Well, Linus, another date for Trump being reinstated as president has come and gone. Looks like Lucy has pulled that football away again. You just wait until September, Charlie Brown! Trump will rise out of the pumpkin patch, and I'll be there to see it!!......
  13. "Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear." --Thomas Jefferson Think about it this way: The idea that there is sin beyond redemption assumes that Christians still have a law they have to live under and follow to avoid condemnation. It implies that the sacrifice of Jesus was to remove sinners from under the law but that it couldn't do the whole job, blatantly contradicting Romans 5:20. It's part of Christian theology which makes no sense. And the whole idea of the "devil"...a super-angel who knew God better than any other, knew that God was the creator of everything including super-angels, knew that God was omnipotent and held everything in existence with his sheer will.....and this super-angel waged a war to overthrow that omnipotent deity? And had an army of angels side with him? We're supposed to believe that heaven was full of Q-anon angels who followed a leader who would have to be either doorknob-stupid or a blithering loony to think he could defeat the omnipotent God? If he's stupid, he could hardly be the threat he's made out to be. If he's mentally deranged, then he can't be held responsible for his actions. Either way, the "rebel angel" scenario falls apart under scrutiny. Have you read "The Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine? I think you might find it intriguing.
  14. To follow up on this general subject, has anyone been following the recent story about Tennessee firing a vaccination specialist?
  15. True enough, but I was asking if our judgement of the statement might be colored by the source.
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