User Profile: JGraham III

JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010

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  • October 24, 2014 at 8:19pm

    Noo, there is another answer to this dilemma you pose and that is: you are attributing to God things he does not do. If God has given mankind free will (and you are exhibiting that quality quite nicely by your unbelief) then He also has decided to allow man to crash and burn if that is the direction man wants to take. Call it the enemy of man’s soul (the devil) or merely man’s unlimited capacity for evil behavior, but God does not torture anyone, ever. He does allow things to happen but ALWAYS leaves a way out. If a person doesn’t take the escape, is that then God’s fault?
    And, your view of eternity is more of Dante’s Inferno than the Bible. Casting a soul away from the presence of God, and considering that God is said to be everywhere present, can only mean that the end of disobedience is to cease to exist.
    So, in conclusion the way out of it is not to call God ignorant but to consider yourself to be so, and hopefully take steps to remedy that condition.

  • October 24, 2014 at 6:44pm

    Luc:
    I apologize; I had forgotten you had told be some while back that you had at one time professed Christianity. If we were some where secure I might ask you some more personal questions but as too much information given on this site I don’t believe to be wise, I will keep them to myself. Have a good weekend.

  • October 24, 2014 at 6:41pm

    jj:
    Forgive me; I should have posted that I do not attribute to God the use of ‘magic’. My response to Lucretius said that most magic today is ‘prestidigitation’ or sleight of hand. The magic you referenced is the evidence of supernatural but attributed to ‘the other side’ if you will. Much of what God has done has and is counterfeited by the Enemy. But a person who is ignorant of the genuine article, even to the denial of the existence of God is ripe for deception as one must first be familiar with the original in order to spot the counterfeit.

  • October 24, 2014 at 6:32pm

    lettuce:
    So sorry to have missed your epithet directed at me but it was quite enjoyable nonetheless. My response to you is the same I have offered to other detractors from the miraculous: your acceptance or your requirement of “proof” is not prerequisite for validity. Your denial is merely a rather graphic example of biting of your own nose to spite your face. I pity the poor atheist who spends his/her time spewing out invective aimed at a Being who ‘doesn’t exist’. And you and your ilk have the temerity to call us insane.. Go figure.

  • October 24, 2014 at 6:26pm

    Sars..:
    Glory to God! I have heard of other incidences like the one you shared. But if you are waiting for a response from the ‘atheist-in-chief’, don’t be holding your breath. The stony silence on your question is likely enough an answer as some misdirecting attempt in order to cast aspersions on your sanity/validity. Have a great weekend!

  • [17] October 24, 2014 at 2:39pm

    It already is in place. We have an initiative before the voters that would on the surface make background checks for gun purchase more ‘effective’. That is true, but what it gives the ******** here is more information as to where ALL the guns are. This abortion of a law would make it illegal for me (for instance) to allow my daughter to use my gun for target practice without first have a state sanctioned outlet perform a ‘background check’ on my own daughter. Insanity on parade but what do you expect from the Capitol Hill crowd that rules Seattle?

  • [1] October 24, 2014 at 2:34pm

    rght..:
    True how true! The Church in America needs to be ready to go underground as the time is approaching where sound reason will be regarded as opposition to the State. How ironic it is for the ‘separation of church and state’ crowd that they never see that in most if not all case throughout history it is the State that always tries to control the Church. With them it never is about what is right but who gets to win. It really is heart aching for me to see the denominations play this old game as well, instead of remembering the Christ sacrificed for all of us and not the privileged few. Being sold out for Him has never been easy and it is getting more stark that America isn’t really a Christian nation (Obama was right on that one) for if by her fruit ye shall know her is true, then the fruit seen lately has been rotten. I love my country and I love my God, but in a choice between the two, America comes in second.

  • October 24, 2014 at 2:24pm

    Yo! Blackdiamond!
    Waaay off topic, but do you have yer boards ready?? There is snowfall in the central Washington Cascades!!

  • [1] October 24, 2014 at 2:08pm

    Great observation!
    The FFRF is a study in the activities of devil spirits in my opinion, as are some of the other militant atheists as well.
    The Bible doesn’t identify many of the devils by name, but the ones it does will tell you a LOT about how the enemy’s kingdom is organized. The ones most likely involved in the FFRF are religious (!!) spirits headed up by one called “whoredoms” in Hosea 4:12. One of the biggest bit of religious trickery the enemy has pulled off is to deny his own existence, closely followed by the denial of the existence of God Himself.
    I actually pity the atheists, because the depth of deception they are mired in, is perhaps the greatest any face today. “if thy eye be darkness, how great is that darkness!”

  • October 24, 2014 at 1:37pm

    Luc:
    I am puzzled by some of the ‘non-believer’s’ disdain for what passes for supernatural. Why is it that if it carries a ‘taint’ of God it is dismissed? There is a lot of the natural realm that is not understood that can (and perhaps should be) be considered supernatural as it seems to go above the normal or accepted understanding of how things work. There is a lot for instance in the study of particle interactions (I don’t remember the actual name for some of this) that seems to defy reality. The forces that cause matter to cohere for example; by the common understanding of electrical interactions of molecules many substances should fly apart with the force of a bomb but don’t. I have heard that once a ‘lowest level’ of particle size is reached, it is as if all the little guys know where all the others are.. creepy. In Acts 17 Paul says in his conversation with the religious people of Athens says that by God “do all things cohere”. Sounds rather like the physical attribute that I cited (rather simplistically to be sure..) above. I am an innately curious person and have been for most all if not all of my life. There is a fine edge between wanting to see God at work and how He does things and another wanting not to see that same ‘force’ at work.
    I am not saying you fit into the second category but you at least among the non-believing crowd here seem more willing to enter into a conversation about these things. What gives?

  • [3] October 24, 2014 at 1:14pm

    Valid questions, but perhaps I can help. The State of Washington for instance does not require marriages to be performed by religiously oriented or ‘ordained’ people. The pastor of my church for instance is not ordained through some denominational group, but nevertheless has a license from the State granting him the state’s permission to ‘marry’ anyone who comes to him . He does however require that any couple desiring him to perform a marriage ceremony undergo a certain amount of Christian counselling regarding marriage. He will marry two believers, and will consider two unbelievers if they agree to the Christian counselling. He will not marry a Christian to an unbeliever as that is a stark example of being unequally yoked together as the Bible puts it. He will weigh all requests for him to marry but will reject any that he does not feel comfortable doing. The State could give two rips about his criteria but does not (at least yet) attempt to force him to perform a ceremony against his will to do so. Anyone wanting to get hitched here can go to the local magistrate and have him/her do the ceremony. Washington State doesn’t care so long as the required fees are paid them for the privilege of having them certify that the marriage was “legal”.
    A denomination can refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of a marriage ceremony if not done according to their rules, but I doubt that any court or state jurisdiction would defer to what that denomination says.

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  • October 24, 2014 at 1:04pm

    Do you suppose some gay person will decide to open the LGBT answer to Silverwood? Yuck!

  • [1] October 24, 2014 at 1:03pm

    @JQ;
    Could you be a bit more ‘non-sequiturial’ the next time you post?

  • [11] October 24, 2014 at 1:00pm

    Money talks and you-know-what walks. The ACLU knows that the LGBT crowd has big bucks and contributes generously to those organizations willing to further their selfish interests. The ACLU proved themselves to be the wh*r*s that they are long ago. So, of course they are going to run away from some case (ironically a Constitutionally charged one..) that not only would threaten their $$ base but just might be decided against them, thus opening them for a demand by the chapel owners to pay all the legal costs incurred in this case.

  • [1] October 23, 2014 at 7:59pm

    Actually I was disappointed there wasn’t a bit of mention of Gilbert & Sullivan anywhere. Semiclassical with a heck of a sense of humor.

  • October 23, 2014 at 2:17pm

    Blink
    You in turn my fine feathered friend have also proven my point made to you over several posts dating back to whenever we starting butting heads, that you are incapable of grasping the spiritual side of life and therefore I largely waste my time trying to convince you. As I said to another poster, your acceptance of a miraculous healing or event isn’t prerequisite for its validity. All you do is cut off your nose to spite your face by the incessant denial of God or any of His mighty works. That is your choice, albeit a rather poor one in my opinion. As least you didn’t sink to your usual level of name calling or casting aspersions on my sanity.. yet.

  • [2] October 23, 2014 at 2:08pm

    The overall context of Romans 13 is ministries a.k.a. leaders in the Church and not secular leaders per se. It is true that God knew ahead of time that this woman would become mayor, but His foreknowledge does not equate with His desires necessarily. Case in point: God would have all mankind be saved and come unto the full knowledge of the Truth (1 Tim.2:4 paraphrased), but does this in fact happen? Nope because of that thing called free will. God never will overstep this.
    As for it being His will that this woman be mayor? Who can say for certain? I would rather believe that He would want someone more in tune with Him than this woman, but who knows what sort of lemonade God can make out of this lemon..er.. mayor?

  • October 23, 2014 at 12:04pm

    Winged..
    Thanks for making it all clear..

  • [16] October 23, 2014 at 10:54am

    “All animals are created equal, except some are more equal than others.” I find it a sad state that the supposed evolution of Mankind has come down to giving protected/preferred status to some whose sexual practices are contrary to the ancient directive of “be fruitful and multiply”. Homosexual behavior no matter how one wants to couch it does not fit that description.
    It would seem ‘commonsensical’ that to demand or require a person to violate their deeply held religious convictions is a violation of an individual’s right to religious freedom. But in the case of the gays vs the rest of us, how is it they get to trump everyone else’s rights? This couple has not denied these two homosexuals the ‘right’ to be married as there are likely numerous others in Coeur d’Alene who would perform the ceremony. But Noooo! “We must have these two do it” is the mantra and therefore it is discrimination. Lets force the Christians to do what WE want… Unsound minds produce unsound actions and the homosexual couple is demonstrating it quite nicely. Never occurs to them that what they sew into the lives of this Christian couple sooner or later will be reaped in their own. Totalitarian regimes have used homosexuals to break down the accepted social order in the past and they are doing it here.

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  • October 23, 2014 at 10:38am

    Huff:
    Your acceptance of a miraculous re-growing of a limb, digit, or even a new pancreas isn’t a prerequisite for its validity. The ‘source’ for all of these is a minister friend of mine who has personally witnessed all of these.
    The problem I have with giving you more information isn’t wrapped into some inability to provide proof, but more in the strong doubt I have that any of it would be of any benefit. You are not prepared to believe are you? “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who would come to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him”. Heb. 11:6
    It may be hackneyed to say this but it is true nonetheless: “to the believer, no proof is necessary; to the unbeliever, no proof is acceptable.” I cannot help you in your unbelief; you must do that for yourself.

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