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JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010

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  • [1] November 23, 2014 at 7:41pm

    As Shakespeare said, this is “much ado bout nothing”. In that I mean, consider what the NT says about the ‘temple of God.” It is the collective assembly of the called out of both Jews and Gentiles, a.k.a. the Church, and that is God’s ‘dwelling place’ today. All references to the “temple” made in the Epistles should be understood in light of this truth. Of especial interest is the reference of the “man of Sin” made in 2 Thessalonians that he will ‘as God is sitting in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.’ Furthermore when the Lord was crucified, two events occurred in the Temple in Jerusalem: 1) the outer wall of partition that divided the court of the Gentiles from the inner court was broken down and 2) the veil (actually a very thick woven tapestry) that separated the inner court from the Holy of Holies was torn diagonally top to bottom, an event that could never be accomplished naturally. Both events symbolized that God was through with the divisions between Jew and Gentile and later was revealed in it’s fullness to the Apostle Paul, as ‘the Mystery of God. No need for a physical temple today, but mankind has forever been insisting on doing things “better” than God.

  • November 23, 2014 at 11:49am

    Orho:
    Again I say lighten up! It seems that rather than enumerating all the varied crimes groups have committed against each other, forgiveness would be a much better way to go. Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord; I will repay. If I as a WASP have offended you please forgive me. I forgive you as well.

  • November 22, 2014 at 1:21pm

    I’m not kidding and don’t call me Shirley..

  • November 22, 2014 at 11:09am

    Ortho:
    Lighten up a little will you? My comments were directed toward a well understood attitude prevalent in this nation toward WASPS in the 60′s and 70′s. Atrocities ought to be tallied for all groups and ethnicities and likely would find the numbers quite even as the problem is Man’s inhumanity toward Man and not the nobility of one group at the expense of another.
    But speaking of Orthodoxy, the Romanian Orthodox Church is one of the most oppressive and oppressing ‘Christian’ organizations in that country. Their targets? Why, Christians that don’t quack in an ‘orthodox’ manner. They sold their souls to the Communists when Romania fell to them and even now are the state religion of Romania and today use that position to suppress the movement of Christianity in that country whenever and where ever they can. Not exactly Christian is it?

  • November 21, 2014 at 8:57pm

    Oracle:
    Thanks for the lighthearted end to this vacuous discussion. Cheers and have a good weekend. Sorry I will pass on the beer, as much as I like beer, especially the dark kind. But it does funny things to my perception, and having been married to an alcoholic for nearly 16 years, my liking for things alcoholic have been considerably dampened.

  • [-2] November 21, 2014 at 8:15pm

    Oracle:
    No you don’t “got it”. You could run into the truth and trip over it and still not get it, in my opinion. “who is a liar but he that continues to deny that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that continues to deny the Father and the Son”. 1John 2:22. Please be careful what words you throw around as they have a nasty way of finding their way back to the caster when they are untrue.

  • [7] November 21, 2014 at 8:04pm

    Above all else my friend; add to it Anglo-Saxon Protestant and you have just about all there is!

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  • [-2] November 21, 2014 at 7:20pm

    Oracle:
    Atheist, humanist or pastafarian or whatever your flavor is today, it is all antichrist to me and by your own words you fit the bill. As far as my being a liar, that is a matter of opinion. It is not that big a deal for you to call me such because as the old saw goes, “Just because you call me a dog doesn’t mean I can wag my tail.” Besides in my book a liar is one who contradicts the truth and the Truth is Jesus Christ and the Word (Bible to you) which states that it is the truth. So unless you are prepared to recant your repeated mockings and denials of that simple truth then that makes you and Blink the liars. Just saying…

  • [-1] November 21, 2014 at 7:07pm

    Orthodox:
    Re-read the article as the court decided that Christian prayer was allowable so long as the others were given the same opportunity, so it looks as if the attempt to exclude Christian prayer has fallen on deaf ears at this court ruling at least. And, Christian prayer and Bible studies are allowable at school so long as it is student led. Read the rulings yourself. My point has been that silencing any mention of God or Jesus Christ does not comprise “establishment” and apparently I am on the same side as this court ruling. My point to others is that inclusion or mention does not comprise establishment and the court here at least seems to agree.

  • [22] November 21, 2014 at 12:20pm

    The point of this article is that it is a very short distance from executive orders meant to facilitate the operation of the Executive Branch and to those that usurp the authority of the other two branches of government, and thus become a defacto dictator.
    The President was NEVER meant to exclusively represent the people or to enact just the desires of the various states, but to faithfully execute the laws of the nation as duly enacted by the Congress. The reason the President is selected by the Electoral College is that it is an amalgamation of both popular vote and the best interests of the various states. This President is pushing the boundaries of his stated authority and that which he (and other Presidents before him) wants to have, a point well made by this article.

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  • November 21, 2014 at 11:16am

    Oracle:
    Two against one? I have no problem answering your questions, but there comes a point when continuing to allow you to waste my time and I decide that my attention to you is at least secondary to some other task such as laundry or walking the dog. And as much as it might crash your towering ego, I am not at your beck and call nor do I wait with bated breath for your next response. Besides much of what atheists have to say is like Little Johnny OneNote, same ol’ toots over and over again. So toot away!

  • November 21, 2014 at 11:11am

    Blink:
    I officially reject your name calling, although I would have been surprised if you didn’t call me something, and all because we disagree. I’m certainly glad I am not one of the students you have charge over because as a leopard cannot change its spots (or ‘out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks’ the Bible says) and if you verbally abuse me then it is likely you do them as well.
    And furthermore mentioning God or acknowledging His Supremacy is not the establishment of Christianity but is offending to many, even if you my dear Blink are above it all (which I doubt.. your tone and words belie the lie you are telling :), so as far as I am concerned you are still sidestepping my question. How does the mention of God constitute establishment under the Constitution? Simple: it doesn’t and that is why you need to become shrill in your postings against such examples of Free Speech (you know, one of the other parts of the First Amendment). Please don’t get your evolutionary vestigial tail in a knot every time someone mentions God in a public setting; your blood pressure will thank you.

  • [2] November 20, 2014 at 8:23pm

    Separation yes, but the State divorced from and impervious to influence from people of the Church, no. BTW it almost never the Church that trumps the State, but otherwise. Communist Russia, Communist Cuba, Communist China come to mind? All suppressed the Church in their day and even now continue to do so. Only those denominations that suck up to the government power structure are allowed to be “official”. You independent atheist types have no real idea of the suppression that occurs when the State gets to tell the Church where and when it can function. Take our rights away because you don’t believe in God and pretty soon they will come for you and your “independent thinking”. Unless of course that is your unspoken goal as well…

  • November 20, 2014 at 6:28pm

    @Blink:
    Since you fancy yourself an expert in ‘splainin’ things to us theists perhaps you’d like to ‘splain how saying a prayer or reading a bible verse constitutes the “establishment’ of Christianity or any other religion for that matter? Looks more like the mention of Christianity that offends you, no matter how much you might protest otherwise. The pendulum swings both ways on this issue.

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  • [3] November 20, 2014 at 6:21pm

    Never underestimate the awesome power of an evil li’l dog! ARF! dammit!

  • November 20, 2014 at 6:17pm

    @Jayco:
    No place in Eastern WA is as scary as the Capitol Hill area of Seattle.

  • [2] November 20, 2014 at 2:20pm

    WazzuAlum:
    Perhaps this isn’t a good place to say that I voted for Newhouse, outside of his being a neighbor of mine, but also because Didier is too combative and unsupportive of other Republicans who like Dino Rossi who narrowly lost the Senate race with Patty Murray partly because Didier refused to endorse him over her. Didier needs to win some Franklin County races and then try again in my opinion. Other than that I would agree with you except that I am a UW Alum and can never support a Cougar in the Apple Cup… go Huskies!

  • [4] November 20, 2014 at 10:33am

    Shhhh! They will hear you and want to come here and make us like the toilet they already live in. And don’t mention that the sun shines at least 300 days per year here… ooops!

  • [10] November 20, 2014 at 10:31am

    I welcome the selective enforcement, but that is only because someone with a fair amount of sense and a bunch of cash will eventually take this abortion of a law to court and demand that it be “equally enforced” or “unenforcable” and have the whole thing dumped Where is Tim Eyman when you really need him?

  • [4] November 20, 2014 at 10:27am

    You forgot Oregon..

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