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Post by David Johnston Post by Lynn McGuire Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
Can books make a difference to your behaviour? Of course
Whether consciously or subconsciously. Have you ever tried to
the actions of the protagonist?
Life inspires books. Books inspire life. That is why
characters who are moral role models.
But in the end, each individual makes his own choice.
I rigged a situation so a guy would die so I could get it on with his
wife. Then I drowned a bunch of people because they were annoying.
That's because I deeply believe in the Bible's value in
Hey, thereâs more incest in the Bible than in Game of Thrones.
Well, when you start with *two* humans, one of whom is a clone of
the other with one chromosome changed.....
And who did their kids marry XXXXX shack up with ?
Of course, that first person probably had perfect DNA, no bad stuff.
multi-century-old Noah, his equally elderly wife, their three
sons wives. Lots and lots of incest to be had... And Noah was well
the first person with the perfect DNA. I wont go into the
different Flood stories (one had just two of each animal, one had
unclean animals and _seven_ od the clean ones. As the
clean/unclean division wasnt handed down until Moses, exactly
know?) Genesis, Exodus, Judges, Samuel are _full_ of murder, rape, genocide,
atrocity, and more.
Just like the news of today.
CNN/FOX/whatever aint supposed to be holy books.
Oh don't worry, they are not.
then why did you mention todays news? Fact: the Bible is _full_ of
rape, support for slavery, etc... and is supposed to be a guide. You said so
yourself. A guide to being a rapist, a murderer, a slave-holder? Comparing it
to the news of today makes zero sense.
My point was that people have not changed since Cain killed his
brother Able. The first murder occurred in the second generation.
Please tell me you accept the literal story of the creation of Man (and
hence, the Earth and the Universe)...
Number one, I'm thinking you meant to include a "don't" either before
"tell" or after "you".
Number two, I'm REALLY terrified he actually /does/. It seems Trump
supporters more often are of that side than not.
As are Hungarians, apparently, considering that they're going to
basically say that "all trans-people can legally become here, at the
most, is crossdressing gays. And we're going to discourage both parts of
even that". Which of course they pointedly decreed on Trans Visibility Day.
As for me: I'm giving one last shot to _any_ degree of biblical
literalism. Considering this _really_ looks like the End Times, I'll
remain open to arguments that this is the Lesser Tribulation (we don't
need to debate who the Antichrist would be, but suffice it to say I have
one particular person in mind). If, however, I survive the timeframe
that would be the _Great_ Tribulation without dying, I'll abandon faith
in the God of the Christians _entirely_ if I don't see Someone riding
down from Heaven on a white horse by a set date that coincides with "84
months after the possible beginning of the Lesser Tribulation".
Basically, to me at least, that would be a case of Christianity finally
being falsifiable and indeed being successfully proven false.
I can sort-of follow that because I recently read a book, written 100
or so years ago, touting post-millenialism by attacking
pre-mellenialism (well, how else?). It was written by a modernist and,
while it had some good information in it, it also had a lot of really
sloppy stuff and even what appeared to be a modernist myth.
As for me, I have long accepted Ronald Wilson Reagan (666) as the
Beast. How else can you explain the election of the someone so bland
as the elder Bush except by regarding him as the Little Beast, whom
the Beast caused to be worshipped?
That leave "Abomination of Desolation" for Trump.
I also reasonably recently read a couple of commentaries on
Revelation, also quite old, which stressed it's continuing message for
Christians: hold firm and see the troubles through.
Then again, as I post-milennial myself, I don't but too much stock in
such amusing identifications.
Post by Chrysi Cat
It should be noted that I'd be fine with the idea of Rapture being
entirely condemned as heresyby all comers at this point, as if _THE_
Antichrist isn't operating now, there's very little argument that they
can exist at all...and there obvs wasn't any rapture before any possible
As to the Rapture, I have been known to suggest that the
"disappearances" in Latin America are, in fact, that event. After all,
since Jesus came for the poor, and since nobody in America is poor in
sense that people in the poorer nations are poor, it seems unlikely
that any Americans would make the cut.
This, of course, is also a form of humor. Whether it should be or not
is a different issue.
"I begin to envy Petronius."
"I have envied him long since."