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JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010

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  • October 22, 2014 at 11:00pm

    Sorry chum, answering your questions when all you want is more fuel for additional arguments would be as the Lord put it. “casting pearls before swine”, not that you are a piggy but you can surely understand the analogy.
    Perhaps I should have added the comment about blasphemy to your cutsie comment about the cheeseburger, but the economy of posting once got me to say it here. I still think you need to tone it down as God does indeed know what you are saying.

  • October 22, 2014 at 10:38pm

    Snooop1e:
    Of all the things we are given permission to ‘judge’, another’s salvation is NOT one of them. People over use the “by their fruits ye shall know them” litmus test in my humble opinion. I grew up (still live there) in apple country in eastern Washington state. I can attest that in the middle of January a person is not likely to find apples on the tree, ripe and ready to be enjoyed. Does that fact negate that they are apple trees?
    Fruit is of course shown in due season. A man who has recently come to salvation is not likely to exhibit the ‘cleaned up life’ so many of us are striving to achieve. When we stumble and fall, we have the assurance given in 1 John 1:9 to get us on the right track again. Cut Mr. LaBeouf a little slack.

  • October 22, 2014 at 9:39pm

    Blink:
    Biblically speaking a miracle is an event that circumvents the normal processes already set in motion by what science calls the “laws of nature”. It isn’t normal for an instantaneous healing for instance (I have seen these happen) as the factor of time is greatly shortened in these cases. But I would be interested in your take on how something “lost’ can suddenly be present where the original owner could then find it? A minister friend of mine had one of his favorite rifles stolen from him.. gone for about a year’s time. I prayed with him and asked God to send an angel to retrieve it and return it to my friend. He found it with the others where not 5 minutes it wasn’t there. His other guns were oiled and ready to be packed, but this one was covered with dust…
    A woman I knew years back had been born albino (I’m sure you are familiar with white rats?). She had snow white hair, extremely pale skin and colorless eyes.. they appeared red because of the blood present as you well know. She had to wear extremely dark glasses because the light hurt her eyes. At a meeting a minister asked if any wanted prayer so she went up, and told him she wanted to be able to see normally. As he prayed for her, her eyes turned bright blue. Now I would be interested to hear what scientific explanation you could come up with for this. Care to respond?

  • [2] October 22, 2014 at 9:14pm

    It is likely that you wouldn’t recognize God if He walked up to you on the street and introduced Himself to you. You might want to tone down the blasphemous talk too bud, or didn’t you know there is an angel assigned to you to record every idle word you say? You will hear of these things later…

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  • October 22, 2014 at 11:22am

    In 2002 I was involved in a high speed collision where the other car ran a stop sign at highway speed.. on a paved county road. The intersection is a notorious ‘killer’ one where numerous people have died. All of us miraculously walked away, but the other driver had been drinking and of course had no valid insurance coverage. I pegged him exactly where the driver’s door meets the front quarter panel.
    The county’s response to fix this perennial accident site was to… change the right of way and switched the stop signs accordingly… there was another accident there about a month later. Al this because the other road is used by the garbage trucks on their way to the County Landfill.
    Then, a couple of accidents later, they changed another county road’s signs along the same route in order to accommodate the garbage trucks, although they vehemently deny this. I talked to the road commissioner myself… he got quite offended when I asked him why they saw fit to put the needs of the garbage company ahead of the lives and safety of the people who use the road more often than the garbage trucks…

  • October 21, 2014 at 9:46pm

    Part two:
    The kicker about the wise men’s appearance is: 1) a large entourage from a foreign power could have been the signaling of trouble politically for Herod, especially if they were slighted in any way by Herod. 2) they asked ‘where is he that is BORN king of the Jews..?.. a charged question as Herod was made king by Rome and had no legitimate claim to the throne of David. 3) they by their questioning obviously knew more than the scribes and religious leaders of the day because Israel’s leaders were caught with their pants down as it were, by their appearance, let alone being gentiles.
    I cannot prove just how big that entourage was, but it could have been in the thousands as history records there were some political ‘exchanges’ with Persia that reached that size. At any rate, there weren’t just a few coins given Him. His family could have been quite wealthy.

  • October 21, 2014 at 9:37pm

    It has been a long time since I bought into the idea that Jesus was a Marxist or that he was poor. Consider for a moment the gifts the Magi brought him. Tradition has it that only three kings came because there are only three gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) are mentioned. History doesn’t support only three wise dudes as travel from Persia took some doing and likely it was that these men were very important individuals who were undertaking no small trip to find a king, one that had been prophesied of old. Where they heard of Him isn’t stated, but it is reasonable to think that Daniel just may have had something to do with educating the Magi about things that pertain to Israel. The book of Mathew suggests that the first appearance of the so-called star of Bethlehem is what prompted their journey. The star was probably the conjunction of stars and planets all of which had astronomical significance to the Magi, even if Israel had forgotten that part of their traditions. When the ‘star’ reappeared the second time, they and their entourage took off for Israel arriving some time after the actual birth of the Lord (as they found him in a house and not a manger..); the third appearance of the star confirmed him and where he actually was. But.. the point of all this is, what happened to all those gifts. The three are kingly (gold) priestly (frankincense) and preparation for his sacrifice on the cross (myrrh is used in burials). —-> part two.

  • [4] October 21, 2014 at 10:44am

    I got James Madison.. a university named after me!?! Wait until I tell Blinknight!

  • October 21, 2014 at 10:36am

    Blink:
    For shame, Blink, resorting to the old tried and true Middle School tactics of name calling and casting aspersions on someone with whom you disagree?
    The hypothetical question I asked is valid because it involves the “following of the law” in a situation where the “law” is demanding something that most commonsensical people would find repugnant. What part of the “law” requires a person to go against conscience when the enforcement of same would achieve that? Let’s put it another way: say you found yourself in a situation as an atheist where the government was prepared to force you to acknowledge a “god” and summarily fine and or imprison you for failure to comply? This our nation does not do; however in the world of Blink, it appears it is o.k. to do that to a Christian couple who does not believe in gay marriage and is refusing to do so. The ‘law’ is an unjust one and anyone with a modicum of common sense can see that. But back to Nazi Germany. The incremental advancement of that horror in Germany didn’t impact most until it was too late to get out. It was o.k. to treat the Jews horribly.. if one wasn’t a Jew. It was o.k. to treat the Gypsies horribly because after all.. “they really aren’t people”, etc.
    Our system of governing used to be that the rights of one did not infringe on the rights of others. The homosexuals could have chosen any other venue that would have gladly ‘married’ them , but they chose this couple.. Why Blink? You know why.

  • [1] October 21, 2014 at 1:21am

    Blink:
    You are correct about my not possessing any “magic” power as that sort of thing comes from the father of lies. I do however have the spirit of Truth and that is a whole other ballgame and the sky is the limit as it were. You wouldn’t know or understand though as “the natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him. Neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned”. Penned by one Paul the Apostle nearly 2000 years before ol’ Blink was twinkle in his pappy’s eye. I rather like how timeless things written in the Bible are; it is as if you were one of the examples given for that passage. It says that your assessment of things of faith and belief are wrong. Sorry, I didn’t write the book, but there really is a lot of what you don’t know that you don’t know. The good news is that you CAN understand them but it takes humility and a wee bit of desire to see if this God thing really is true…

  • October 20, 2014 at 9:01pm

    Uten:
    It is nice to find an atheist with no axe to grind. Live and let live, yes? I detest the odious in your face Christians (who do more harm than good ..Westboro style) as much as I do not like the atheists that seem to be every bit as ‘evangelical’ as those they target. Funny world..

  • [1] October 20, 2014 at 8:56pm

    Your definitions are given according to your belief system, Blink and as such serve the points you constantly try to make. For the Christian who has the capacity to access the mind of God, you are nakedly ignorant of spiritual matters and your attempts to redefine the terms merely point that out. However I will grant you the definition you have given for your ‘world view’ on such things as they evidently work for those things your intellect is willing (or not so much) to allow. Enjoy your existence and I will enjoy mine.

  • [3] October 20, 2014 at 8:44pm

    Just a question for you: if you were in Nazi Germany and had friends and or relatives that were known to be Jewish, would you turn them in because people were ‘forced to obey the law’? Your line of reasoning is what has produced some atrocities where the accused simply said, “I was only following orders.. “

  • [2] October 20, 2014 at 8:08pm

    Blink:
    Your definition what constitutes faith and belief is sorely lacking and show the painfully limited scope you possess regarding spiritual matters. Faith is more accurately the inherent spiritual ability to believe God to the utmost. Belief is the corresponding action taken upon that ‘faith’. It is no wonder you and some many others are confused about the two.
    One can ascribe to a ‘faith’ that is not Christianity but more accurately it is better described as a belief system, much like your own assertions about the existence or non existence of God or Darwin or Charles Lyell or even Marx and Engels (although I don’t think you follow those two liars..:)
    The holding onto an idea or belief for which there is “no evidence” is more accurately (or at least Biblically speaking) called hope.. the anticipation of something for which there is no current availability.

  • October 20, 2014 at 11:09am

    Louise:
    Not sure of what exactly you are trying to say with your post, but consider this:
    “these signs shall (there is that legal term, implying an absolute condition.. :) follow them that believe: in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18.
    B.T.W. the ‘sign’ of the prophet Jonah is a foreshadowing of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, without which event there is no Christianity and certainly no signs wonders and miracles (not genuine ones at any rate). But I am confident you already know this.

  • [6] October 19, 2014 at 5:20pm

    Lest:
    At last! Something I can agree with the Catholics about! I have a very good friend who walks amid a lot of miraculous healings who was ministering in a Catholic church somewhere in Central America a few years ago (the priest invited him.. and my friend isn’t Catholic :) who had a very old woman come up for prayer. She had white cataracts covering the iris in both of her eyes. He asked her what she wanted and her response was “I just want to be able to read my Bible again”. He prayed for some pancreatic problem the Lord showed him she was suffering from and as he did so, her eyes turned blue.. True story. She got what she wanted! And, the Lord got all the glory!

  • [2] October 19, 2014 at 5:14pm

    @Dudley:
    As a side note to your referencing of ‘render unto Caesar,’ etc. I like also with respect to taxes in particular that I do not need to render unto Caesar what is NOT his, nor do I have to tell him about it. It pays to know the tax code better than the IRS does..

  • [2] October 19, 2014 at 12:48pm

    Personally, it isn’t about much else but $$$. For years we used to say that USC had the best pro-football team in the college ranks. Now we think that someone who owns a shoe company that can afford to give his alma mater designer uniforms every other week just might be a contributing factor as to why so many are attracted to a rain infested environment like Eugene. The South has a good ol’ bwah network that is bound to scare up some serious cash when needed to purchase.. er.. recruit quality players. And on it goes…

  • [4] October 19, 2014 at 12:08pm

    I couldn’t agree more about your selection of John 14, but my ‘favorite’ verse is verse 12 where He says “verily, verily I say unto you: he that believeth on me, the works that I do, shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto the Father.” The use of ‘shall’ makes this a commandment of the Lord b.t.w. If you are not seeing signs, wonders, and miracles, ask yourself why not and then adjust your faith accordingly.

  • [7] October 19, 2014 at 11:58am

    In a follow-up story posted after this was reported locally (Yakima) stated that the tickets cited during this particular display of favoritism were all waived. And of course the obligatory statement of “we will get to the bottom of this..” was also made.

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