It exists in western civilization to varying degree for the last 200 years or so.
The bigher question is can a home ec teacher refuse to teach gay students how to bake a cake, if they know it's for a wedding?
So? They died for their belief.
Irrelevant. However, the daughters of Lot did begin nations that became enemies of Israel. No, I do not take the word of unbelievers to be true in regard to the Bible. Unbelievers cannot have a correct understanding of the Bible.
No, in this OP, 0 means certain a creator doesn't exist. 50 no certainty either way.
nah, just look in the mirror, and reflect on our life, and do this every day for a minute or two, and you will discover it's you that has been immoral, is currently immoral, and will continue to be immoral.
From the time women starting to speak, yeah it too some time but in this case there hasn't been something official.
Science uses metaphors to describe and explain things that are tested and verified.
You are being intellectually dishonest, or you simply do not understand the nature of what you're claiming. There are not "9+" eyewitness accounts, hostile or friendly, that corroborate the Biblical accounts.
Then you are a determinist and do not believe in free will. Do you understand why - if your assertion is correct - it means that we have no free will?
It depends. some would call abortion murder and thus the number could be very high. some would call eating meat murder and thus all groups would likely be implicated.
It's good to hear you say that; I agree. Far too often, I think that many of the atrocities attributed to God (and even some of the so-called "words" of God) were actually the words and actions of very, very fallible men... struggling to figure it all out and find their way closer to a relationship with God.
I don't care whether you are convinced or not. It isn't my job to convince anyone, only to present the evidence and let others make their own determination. My post wasn't all about you.
It gets less special.
1. Nope. Not a mark. Oh but it would be different if it says ?slvt? or something along those lines. Then yes, maybe.
Only in a set area. That was one of the goals of the later crusades, to stomp out those outside the controlled area. I simply do not see the church ever growing to anything as it is now without the empire. They were just another religion, nothing special. It was though the power of the empire they spread and forced converted.
And we also meet the Living God in the Bible. That is why "inspired" is so important. Without that totally wrong conclusions are drawn.
I cringed a bit too.
I think that the parameters you are using to define "religion" are false. Especially the broad range of eastern religions, as I understand them, have a very different view than you've laid out in your three statements:
The free practice of Religion shall not be infringed upon...
Unfortunately, or fortunately, the country does not work that way, and has not since pretty early on. Laws regulating what businesses can do predate the founding of our country, and remained in effect afterwards.
Further to my last post, let me add: when these changes do, eventually happen, note that to facilitate compatibility with the old texts one needs must create some cunning eisegesis. There are well-funded factories of eisegesis in the theologians and the doctors of divinity; their raw product is dressed by an army of apologists and served to the masses. Debate happens, generations pass, and the story that is "how Christians see the Bible" changes glacially. Also, note, this observation is DIRECT evidence that there is no magic goodness coming FROM the texts but, rather, lies (beautifully crafted, elegant, superficially plausible lies that relators do not recognise as lies) being fed into sanitizing the nonsensical bullshit that, at very best, represents the pinnacle of Bronze Age philosophy. And, not to put too fine a point on it, when one takes a step back and observes the process over time, who in their right mind would tolerate the "this is what I THINK God meant to say" bullshit that has been going on for centuries, nay, millennia?
Clearly, I know nothing! LOL! Of course! Tickle an atheist, and they default to how stupid you must be! Meanwhile, the "facts" they think they're providing are as shallow as a puddle.
Well thanks anyways, Jesse
I vote for myself. I only toss undesirables into the people-grinders on thursdays.
False.That is why they are buybull scholars and NOT Bible Scholars.
What does evolution have to do with how life occurred?
The Gospels were not written before the Epistles, and they were not written by the Apostles of Jesus. Your dogmatic blinders will not allow you to accept modern biblical scholarship.
But...how can that be...
Yes I see your reasoning, I always do :) Hugs
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Personal anecdotes are not evidence. You are a typical believer not able to produce any real evidence and claiming that I know what it is. I have heard from so many of you and you are all full of air.