I ponder the same. If some prayers are “answered” and some not, you either have to believe that somehow it is part of a “master plan,” (which seems cruel to me;) or that “God” is either apathetic, cruel, not omnipotent, or doesn’t exist. I suppose that’s why I remain an agnostic on said matters. I think, ultimately, people see what they want to see. We are all ingrained from birth with a certain worldview. To shift that takes something catastrophic. I liken those who see “miracles” everywhere to those who see “racism” everywhere to those who see “miracles” nowhere to those who see “racism” nowhere – it seems completely subjective and based on core beliefs passed on during childhood. I can’t say I’ve ever had an answered prayer, so I’ll respectfully go about my business without it. How’s that for empiricism? Have a wonderful day, HabanaJoe, and don’t beat yourself up over your questions like I did with those very same questions. Look for Occam’s Razor – usually the simplest response is the correct one.
Have you tried reading the Bible to actually discover the God we believe in or are you relying on your own human understanding? I would only guess at the latter, while you may be in fact a bible scholar and a non-believer at the same time, who knows. But your ways are the ways that are clearly noted in the bible, a scoffer, a mocker, a self interested person who believes only in themselves while they condemn the very God who created them, the world, this universe. God is a God of justice. You can't get to him without going to the one who paid the price/ransom for your soul/sins. You don't want to get to heaven only to sit with Hitler and then ask God why is this person here. I've not murdered anyone but here he sits among the Holy! That would be an unjust God. Hitler is where he belongs, in Hell. Only the justified in Christ will enter into the Kingdom, make sure your Life Insurance is paid up in full, get Jesus today.
chiefgeorge - What about the murderer & the thief on the cross that were offered salvation from +Jesus who is God+, what about King David he was a murderer will he also be kept out of heaven, The Bible says King David will be part of +Jesus Gods+ government when +He+ returns, there were "Many" people involved in the holocaust, "Joseph Stalin", was the worst mass murderer ever on this planet, my point is only +Jesus God+ is the Judge with their last breath those sinful people may have repented.
 June 10, 2015 at 10:20pm
I would disagree, as not all Christians were for any of those things. Look up Susan B. Anthony – she had a Quaker background. Look up Sojourner Truth – she used her faith as what appears to be a bedrock for her activism. I think you aren’t being entirely fair.
 June 10, 2015 at 10:10pm
If you are being sarcastic, you may be right (about Christianity ending those things that J-Mo mentioned) and I again agree with you. There were Christians on the forefront of abolition and women’s rights. The issue lies in the “broad-brushing” of particular groups, rather than examining the individual. For instance, saying that Christians were pro-slavery and lumping all individuals into a category because they believe in Christianity would be an example of “broad-brushing” or categorizing purely within a collectivist mindset.
 June 10, 2015 at 12:19pm
I would agree, though I think people, in general, view any difference in thought as an attack on their worldview. If the paradigm shifts, it means their cognitive biases are stretched or can no longer exist, necessitating change in their worldview. Once this happens, if the necessity for a paradigm shift occurs, one either must follow it or swallow it and keep it submerged, making for a potential whole new host of problems. If they choose to shift their views, they risk ostracism from the group into which they are integrated. I am an agnostic, having formerly been a Christian. I know a little of the ostracism that goes hand-in-hand with a shift in worldviews. It happens with atheists and any other worldview, as well, including political views. This is also the reason I think politics and religions are merely tools for control, as well. Have a wonderful day, by the way.
June 5, 2015 at 9:48pm
The book titled, “Buddhist Boot Camp” caught my eye. Honestly, I’ve yet to start reading it. Well, I guess now is as good a time as any. Have a great evening and enjoy your weekend.
May 21, 2015 at 1:39pm
I wouldn’t necessarily state that the article could only be pointed toward a Christian readership, though it may be just that. My point is that the advice given could be taken to heart by anyone willing to listen. People who make a difference in the world usually aren’t those who mindlessly plug in and follow the crowd, they are those who, at times, go against the tide. I am not a Christian, but I don’t plan to watch a lot of the stuff peddled on television programming. It could be called “programming” for good reason. The ideas we take in – whether consciously or unconsciously, whether through books, T.V., or music – still do affect us and our paradigms. (Some people more than others.) I try to avoid the pitfalls of our current culture, which includes a lot of the ideas pushed in the entertainment industry. I’m tired of being a slave to our culture and government and I don’t necessarily need God to tell me what I should and shouldn’t be doing, as I attempt to live by what I would consider universally preferable behavior. (If you believe in God, that’s fine by my standards, though I could come up with some arguments. Another day, perhaps? :)) Hence, I still think the article could have a broader audience than what you may be thinking.
 May 16, 2015 at 7:46pm
I see your point, but hear me out a moment. Coffee is like exercise – it isn’t necessarily the enjoyment during, but after that makes for the appeal. Exercise can be brutal at times, but the endorphins that kick in shortly after make it awesome. The same goes for coffee, in a sense – it tastes awful, but the caffeine kick really helps. No pain, no gain.
 May 16, 2015 at 7:37pm
Honestly, it isn’t the coffee, as I prefer Dunkin’ Donuts. I occasionally go to Starbucks and nurse a misto or a dark roast straight-up due to the fact that a lot of attractive women frequent or sometimes even work there and a coffee shop seems like a better place to meet a person who would pursue a relationship longer than a one-night tryst.
TL;DR? – Starbucks seems a better “wife material” place than a bar.
 April 8, 2015 at 1:41pm
I agree. You could go a step further and add Oakley’s and a buzz cut on a balding head and complete the “I like to yell at my wife in public” ensemble. We’ve all seen that guy, though no word on whether he’d actually run the country any better/worse than Obama.
or you could go one step further and push the Oakley's up over the brow, onto the forhead, grease the hair up and spike it, turn up the collar and add a sweater over the shoulder to complete the "I like to beat my wife in private, and rape the office girls after work in private meetings" ensemble.
We've all seen THAT guy.
word is, he'd be a scumbag just like Obama.
 March 4, 2015 at 8:52am
Both hi and Jeninfl, you may want to read The Third Archon’s post from above – posted on March 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm. He basically explains why you can’t necessarily rely on “feelings” as any sort of factual evidence of anything.
“Rather it is based solely on fallacious appeals to emotion, tradition, and popularity. Easy to understand, impossible to justify; and no mystery to me, for I was brought up in precisely that culture.”
March 4, 2015 at 8:47am
Off topic, but it’s rather depressing when one has to place “TL;DR” after a paragraph only three sentences in length, but I suppose the cultural creep of idiocy had to set in sometime.
February 27, 2015 at 9:40pm
He is not a libertarian. He is an *******. (Those are not necessarily mutually exclusive, however.)
 February 26, 2015 at 10:20am
You may want to re-read the article, as your response isn’t really addressing the report, (at least directly.) I thought the article mentioned that the one who had the apple thrown at them was challenging the school’s stance on siding with traditional marriage, as well as their staunch efforts to silence any dissenting views on the matter. The “apple throw” could have served as an example of intolerance on the side of the traditionalists.
Yes, but in response to the far more dangerous intolerance of the thought police who insist everyone, including people of faith, accept their viewpoint. If someone doesn't like their position they should just go to another different school.
but oh no (sarcasm) the person who got hit with the apple was the bad one.
Notice that the note-writer on the letter accuses the apple-thrower of doing to the apple-receiver the same thing that the note-writer is doing to the apple-thrower, just with words instead of an apple.
Apparently you haven't seen how Christians are treated at the liberal hell holes called universities.
Don't worry, islam is gonna sort out the liberals once all of the "evil" Christians are gone. Good luck.
If only the self-righteous were tolerant of others unlike them, yet they are not.
If only the self-righteous were so well grounded in their faith that they did not feel imposed upon by others unlike them, but that is too much to ask their myopic little brains to understand.
And yet those same intolerant persons of faith who can quote scriptures like a Shakespearean actor renumbers their lines, are anti-muslim and eerily like the radical Islamists in their intolerance.
 February 16, 2015 at 7:52pm
What is Beck saying? That it will be the West v. ISIS/ISIL? I disagree with that assessment to an extent. Yes, the Middle East will be Balkanized, but I think the real issues will be between the major players, not ISIS.
How can there be a west vs isi/isil when the west is funding isis to topple assad?
do you honestly think some dusty rebel arabs cannot be finished off by the best military in the world?
the end game here is to topple assad. israel wanted this war 2 year ago and the american govt couldn’t give it to them. so the zionist media took it off air and they decided to do it using the backdoor with isis.
when barack asks for military to fight isis, it’s really to help isis bring down assad. just like they lied about ghadafi killing his own people when want they were really doing is supporting alqueda to bring him down. once down they can enjoy stealing libyas oil and making record profit on wall street.
when syria got help from russia, the zionists brought down ukraine then blamed it on putin.
now putin is the new boogeyman. he’s the new world enemy! all zionist wall street magazines are all in the propaganda to destroy russia’s economy because russia unlike america hasn’t bowed down to the zionists.
at least putin, unlike bush and barack and every president not JFK and carer stood up against the zionists.
 February 5, 2015 at 12:42pm
What is wrong with skepticism? (That question wasn’t rhetoric.)
 February 5, 2015 at 12:33pm
Idk about miracles, but here is a possible explanation of what could have happened:
‘”There are many examples in the scientific literature of humans who appear frozen to death. They have no heartbeat and are clinically dead. But they can be reanimated,” Roth said. “Similarly, the organisms in my lab can be put into a state of reversible suspended animation through oxygen deprivation and other means. They appear dead but are not.”
Documented cases of humans successfully revived after spending hours or days without a pulse in extremely cold conditions first inspired Roth to study the relationship between human hypothermia and his own research in forced hibernation.
In the winter of 2001, the body temperature of Canadian toddler Erica Norby plunged to 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) as she lay for hours in below-freezing weather after wandering outside wearing only a diaper. Apparently dead, she recovered completely after being re-warmed and resuscitated.
The same curious fate befell Japanese mountain climber Mitsutaka Uchikoshi in 2006, who was discovered with a core body temperature of 71 degrees F (22 degrees C) after 23 days after falling asleep on a snowy mountain.’
But were those people actually 'dead'?
The doctors in this case, said the guy was dead.
There may have been others who were in a near death state because of low body temperature but why did this teen suddenly come back just as his mother prays to God? Why not when the doctors were giving him CPR?
and then their is God as the explanation!!!!!!!!
 January 27, 2015 at 3:38pm
The phrase “will be” isn’t correct. They are easy to enslave is more accurate. Think about how many still believe in the right/left paradigm…
 January 26, 2015 at 9:09pm
Sounds like this man has been conversing with the likes of Farrakhan, Sharpton, and the various other social “justice” warriors.