HI Blinknight... To be "Christian" means to be "like Christ"...
Those who killed apostates were not "like Christ", therefore, they were not Christians...
Your point is not valid as Christian heoligy does not and never did teach or advocate the killing of anyone. Keep in mind that there is a great difference between the Old and New Testament.
The teachings of Jesus Christ was about loving thy brother no matter his beliefs. The fact that "men" misconstrued these teachings for their own desperate purposes does not negate Christianity in any way. It is the great difference between the different faiths prevalent in the world today.
Jesus was not a sinner, yet everyone is a sinner, therefore, no one is like Christ, and therefore, no one is a Christian.
militant_antitheist, that is why Christians believe that Jesus died for and therefore absolved them of their sins.
But still, there is a difference between someone who is sincere and truly trying to be good and someone who merely pretends to be a Christian and takes things out of context in order to persecute and harm and kill people, (like those running the Inquisiton, did) and someone who sincerly has love for his felloman and tries to live up to what G-d actually would approve of.
November 26, 2015 at 12:10pm
How do you define ‘right of conscience’ and ‘freedom of religion’?
And I too believe in Constitutional governance. Guess what? That means the Constitution trumps your religious beliefs. That’s what you don’t seem to get.
 November 26, 2015 at 12:06pm
And you are behaving just like the people who were convinced Zimmerman was guilty.
We have the information now and it’s time for you to admit it doesn’t fit the narrative you want. There was no justification for that shooting.
 November 26, 2015 at 12:05pm
He was a criminal, of that there is no doubt.
 November 26, 2015 at 12:03pm
No, it’s not. Under no circumstance no matter how desperate you are could you call this justified. Whatever he had done previously doesn’t matter. You cannot shoot a person unless they are an imminent threat, he was not going at anyone with that knife.
That might have applied in an age of chivalry, but not necessarily these days.
If someone for excample has been threatened by some thug who says he is going to come back and kill him or who has otherwise made it quite clear he will do so, with his actions, and his intended victim kills him first.
If I were on that jury I'd vote for 'not guilty' in such a case.
[-3] November 26, 2015 at 12:02pm
Next, you’ll ask a question that is relevant. You can do it if you really try hard.
I thought this was relevant when I wrote it yesterday.
There was a study done, that every gay person is known to have eaten a carrot.
I just found another relevant study Blinky. Every liberal has been affected by Man Made Global Warming.
If only Bush had stopped it.
 November 26, 2015 at 11:47am
“Though some see or hear of miracles with their own eyes they will still not believe. ”
No actually what you meant was, people invent miracles where there aren’t any in order to feel justified in their beliefs.
And no, it doesn’t ‘prove’ anything. People see all sorts of things when their minds and bodies are not working properly. Even in the absence of extreme conditions should as near death or otherwise extreme trauma, when the mind and body are both working fine, our minds still trick us.
All you’re doing is ‘I dunno, but I want it to be god… so it is!’
November 26, 2015 at 10:15am
You are talking about unjust systems run by despots. We do not have such a system.
November 26, 2015 at 10:14am
If there is no free will, then this whole ‘being saved’ nonsense is completely bogus and prayer is utterly meaningless.
 November 26, 2015 at 9:25am
All religions have NDEs and even more to the point there are people who have “NDE” but don’t see anything resembling a religious experience, so those are all just dismissed.
There's also the question of how he studied these cases. Chances are he asked questions to get the answers he wanted, even if he didn't know he was doing it.
"All religions have NDEs. . . "
Uh. . . no. Religions don't have NDEs. People do. There is very little in Christian teachings about any such thing. Your second point, though, is well taken. It indicates that people don't necessarily have to believe in anything to experience being out-of-body. That is anecdotal support for life after death.
Though some see or hear of miracles with their own eyes they will still not believe. Redgranite is correct regarding your comment: "NDE” but don’t see anything resembling a religious experience, so those are all just dismissed." This just proves that there is something more than just this life. Unfortunately, you will not cede to this as long as you hold on to your pride. You know deep inside that there is more, everyone knows this... If you have chosen to not see, there is much time yet. God has long arms and reach you where ever you may be. May I suggest humility and contriteness.
November 26, 2015 at 8:15am
Always love this ‘was voted on’ logic.
So the day when the majority of the people in the nation will vote for gay marriage, and that day is coming within 20 years, you’ll all just accept it and move on I guess.
November 26, 2015 at 8:13am
” As soon as the laws breach God’s commands, they are no longer applicable within our lives regardless of man-made consequences.”
Yeah, you’ll obey mans laws no matter what your ‘god’ has to say about it or you’ll pay the price for it. As long as you’re fine with paying the price and don’t pretend for one moment that you’re being ‘persecuted’, go for it.
November 26, 2015 at 8:10am
Wouldn’t put it past the Russians to have done something to their own planes just to get one of them shot down so they’d have an excuse to bring even more firepower in to the region.
they wouldn't have to anything to their planes.
they just have to fly into Turkey, and ignore warnings to get out.
Russia's air power has been taunting Turkey for weeks.
Remember Putin is the one trying to destroy all of the terrorists in Syria while the US/Turk/Israel/Saudi are arming and training "moderate" Al Qaeda.
Perhaps Putin can deliver us from the evil Marxist maggots reigning in DC and NYC today. Pray to God that he does.
Blinkie your insights never fail to entertain,,
Turkey is supporting ISIS and other groups that Russia is bombing, they preplanned this shoot down to try bring NATO into this,
and Turkey gets 57% of it gas from Russia,, woopsie
Exactly - How many times have the Russians flown into our airspace now? Didn't they have a bomber off the coast of California not too long ago?
November 25, 2015 at 9:58pm
If we have free will, then your god is not all powerful or all knowing.
And when we had law based on the Bible, it was called ‘the Dark Ages’.
That is the crux of the issue. You do not have free will because God is sovereign.
16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
If there is no free will, then this whole 'being saved' nonsense is completely bogus and prayer is utterly meaningless.
Blink, you cannot be saved unless God calls you. You cannot even have faith without God first creating it within you. We do not save ourselves by accepting Christ, but rather we are saved because he chooses to do so. We are not good - that means we cannot save ourselves... not a single ounce of righteousness is in any of us. God must do the regenerating and saving, and it does not depend on us in the very least.
November 25, 2015 at 9:56pm
Freedom goes against basically everything the Bible stands for and everything its followers did for 1500 years.
 November 25, 2015 at 9:56pm
Just because you have no standards without a god doesn’t mean I don’t.
 November 25, 2015 at 9:55pm
Yeah, you are full of crap. There’s plenty in the OT that was an atrocity ordered by god or an atrocity carried out by gods followers with his express approval.
 November 25, 2015 at 9:53pm
Modern civilization was created when it began to ignore scripture.
 November 25, 2015 at 9:52pm
We somehow manage to get 12 people to agree when we do things in court. Quite consistently in fact. That would be because our laws are pretty straight forward and not ambiguous.