Hi refugeeguru,Originally Posted by refugeeguru
You couldn't upload images because you were still on "probation." I set it up so folks have to post a few times before they have full rights so I can make sure they are not spammers. A few years ago one freak got in here and posted dozens of porno pics all over the place. I cleaned it up quick and banned him, and I put in the restriction to make sure it doesn't happen again. I have upgraded you to "Full Membership" so you can post pics and all that.
Also as an aside, there is a bug in the software that runs the forum. When I clicked "Reply With Quote" there was no quote in the edit box. So if this happens to you, don't panic, just copy and paste. I explain this bug in here.
Now on to more interesting things ...
Hey, that's a good one - thanks!Originally Posted by refugeeguru
I say "good one" not because it implies Jesus was stupid or ignorant, but because it shows that the words "world" and "ends of the world" in the Bible refer to the land of Israel, not the globe of planet earth. This is a persistent error amongst Futurists who want the prophecies of the Olivet Discourse and Revelation to apply to the entire planet.
I totally agree with the fact that the academic world can be driven by fashion, conceit, arrogance and cultural prejudices. And I agree that it is prejudiced in favor of some ideas and contrary to others. But I don't think that is the reason evolution one the debate.Originally Posted by refugeeguru
I can see a hint of evolution when God says "let the earth bring forth the living creature after its kind" ... but seriously, that's a pretty weak hint. And the idea that monkeys descended from humans? I don't think so.Originally Posted by refugeeguru
Every human endeavor has its fundamentalists. But the difference with science is that it is designed to be self-correcting, whereas religious dogmas are designed to shut down the mind and make zombies.Originally Posted by refugeeguru
I agree that there is much to be learned by etymology, but there must be more evidence than similarity in sounds. I have a book called The Word by Mozeson that purports to trace all languages to Hebrew. There are many striking "coincidences" such as "fall" and "nefal" (which mean the same thing). But it can be very challenging to discern between chance and linguistic dependence.Originally Posted by refugeeguru
I understand where you are coming from, but your caracature of the contradictions and errors in the Bible doesn't accurately represent the problems that leap out and knock over every intelligent person who attempts to read the Bible with believing eyes.Originally Posted by refugeeguru
I think it would be very interesting if we could just cut to the chase and deal with the real issues that have cause me to reject Christianity. Maybe you'd like to have a go with the 32,000 virgins that were distributed to the soldiers that slaughtered every person they ever loved. Numbers 31.