User Profile: scarebear83

scarebear83

Member Since: February 12, 2011

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  • [1] September 12, 2014 at 2:23pm

    I love our local bank. I don’t think it’s associated with any of the bigger names out there but every time I go in they have Fox News playing on the TV. The people are friendly too. I just wish our bank was more widespread.

  • September 12, 2014 at 1:32pm

    @blink- “Sexual orientation is not a choice.”

    Then you must concede that pedophilia and bestiality are not choices either. Therefore if a person can’t help that they are attracted to children, reparative therapy will not work and it should be stopped as a practice. I mean that’s the logical conclusion I draw from statements such as “not a choice” or “therapy doesn’t work.” Logically it also can be stretched to go beyond sexual orientation. If a person is “born that way” then one could use it as an excuse as to why they did a certain behavior. For instance, a drunk, no wait, society already tells us people who abuse substances were already born with the predisposition to drink or do drugs… Well at any rate the “born that way” argument really is no excuse. You may never have been attracted to someone of the same sex but can’t walk past a bar without having a drink. For someone else it could be the exact opposite. You may not help what you’re drawn to, however, you can choose whether or not you allow yourself to be drawn to it.

  • [7] September 11, 2014 at 4:27pm

    @ Lucretius

    There have been times I’ve heard of talk about someone having a crush on someone and attempts to turn said person gay. Well if being gay is not a choice then why try to turn someone gay? Either they are or they aren’t.

    I also think nannerpus is going in the right direction on what drives a person. I could walk right past a casino and not once think about gambling but someone else may have a harder time staying away. Does that mean they were born to be gamblers and can’t help themselves or do they have a choice?

    I understand how hard it is to like someone who doesn’t reciprocate the feelings but to say, “you can’t help who you love” is just an odd statement all around. If you can’t help who you love, and say it’s a person who is already married does it justify trying to break up their marriage because you’re “in love?” You were born to love that person and you just can’t help it? That’s basically how that argument sounds when people try to use that line of reasoning.

  • September 11, 2014 at 4:06pm

    But what about people who use music as a calming agent? Does that not affect behavior as well? It can make a person sad or happy depending upon how the music strikes them. I know of people who would sit and listen to some depressing music and would then cut themselves. I agree that there were already some emotional things going on there and it is up to the person whether to act on those emotions but music seems to amplify it at times.

    I think there is some truly evil music in the world. With that being said I am a fan of metal. I don’t think all metal is bad but there are some where the lyrics are just awful. I was a fan of ICP back in the day and if you don’t think music affects behavior then tell me why the juggalo and juggalette culture? I just can’t listen to their music anymore because of all the cursing. Same with other rap songs, love the beats, hate the lyrics because they degrade women and talk about smokin’ pot and ‘drankin’ crunk juice (and what do we see a lot in the black community?). The ones who have their heads on straight can look past some of this stuff but as I said music tends to amplify emotions.

    I don’t think that music is the key behavioral problem but it adds to it and people need to be careful of what they listen to and what they watch.

  • [1] September 9, 2014 at 1:30pm

    WhoisJohnGlt- You don’t have to look far for the cheerleader story. In fact I remember reading about it right here on this very site.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/06/war-on-football-battle-over-ban-on-texas-cheerleaders-bible-banners-heats-up/

  • September 9, 2014 at 1:19pm

    So when are you going to demand that the government do something about a pesky Bible verse that’s on government land in Independence National Historical Park in Pennsylvania? I’m pretty sure tax dollars go to that park.

  • [1] September 5, 2014 at 3:18pm

    dishman, it comes down to free will. Yeah I know people are tired of hearing that argument but it really is that simple. Think of it this way, a parent may do everything right to try and get their child to behave but in the end they can’t force them to do what’s right and when they mature the parent no longer has control over them because they are free agents able to do as they will. So just because the child is bad must mean that the parents are bad or in the spiritual case don’t exist? If God were to intervene to keep every bad thing from happening that means we would no longer have free will and would be nothing more than puppets on strings. Think about it. Would you want someone telling you that you couldn’t choose to eat a certain food or say a certain thing? What about doing an activity that you enjoy? If you want the world to be controlled with no free will just to keep people from doing bad things, well to be honest I wouldn’t want to live in that world. I enjoy a world of freedom. That’s why I love the U.S. is that we have certain freedoms granted to us that no one else has. Yes with freedom also comes people who abuse it and that’s why we have laws. That’s why God has laws. Just don’t rule out God because there’s bad stuff in the world… there’s good too. Look at 9-11. It was a horrible day but look at all the volunteers who risked their lives to save others. God was there.

  • September 4, 2014 at 3:23pm

    “Faith is pretending to know something in the absence of evidence.”

    Sorry eutope but that’s not the definition of faith. It’s not a blind leap into the dark hoping that someone will catch you. It is knowledge. It is knowing that you will be caught. Do you have faith in family members? Friends? Co-workers? You don’t tell them, “I believe blindly that you can do X without any evidence.” You know who they are and what they are capable of that’s why you tell them you have faith in them because you have evidence that they are capable of X.

  • September 4, 2014 at 3:03pm

    Actually if one does a little research on the crescent they’ll find that it did not originate with Islam. In fact Islam did not have a symbol for many many years until the Turks captured Constantinople. It’s origins aren’t completely known but many believe it’s the symbol of a moon god or goddess which leads some muslims to reject the symbol claiming that Islam has no symbol. So this “right winger” would have no problem with the symbol because it really has no meaning behind it.

  • [3] September 3, 2014 at 4:03pm

    I have a very radical idea….. instead of these atheists viewing the cross as merely a Christian symbol why don’t they view it as a symbol of sacrifice? I mean that is the main thought behind the cross in the Christian view but they could still view it as a sacrifice of giving of one’s self, no religion needed if they so choose.

  • August 15, 2014 at 2:21pm

    “this guy appeared to be the physical embodiment of joy, and seemed to live to bring joy to others.”

    Those who bring joy and laughter into others lives often are the ones who need it most in theirs. There are a lot of people who seem happy and upbeat and ready and willing to help others and we brush them off thinking because they’re so happy all the time that they have their act together or that they don’t need any mental help. I think we need to make it a point to not only to be there for someone who is apparently hurting but to be there for those who seem ok as well. You never know what a kind word or just a simple act can do for somebody.

  • [1] August 8, 2014 at 4:09pm

    I copied and pasted from a different reply so forget about the “I agree” part lol

    Also “lib t a r d” is bleeped out?

  • [12] August 8, 2014 at 4:07pm

    I agree. I think a lot of people here, who claim to be Christians miss the point Glenn is trying to say. Does the Bible not teach we are to live peaceably with all men? I find that some on the right are turning in to exactly what we say the left are. That agreeing means absolute tolerance of everything and disagreeing means you hate them. Glenn’s not asking us to accept everything the left says but to try to live peaceably with them (love our enemies). Stop calling them names like “********” or “demonrats” because that just further drives the person away like this kid is doing in regards to treating his dad. You can disagree and even argue the issue but do so without ad hom attacks. We’re not fighting a physical war amongst each other….yet but the best way to keep that war from happening is to treat others respectfully even if they don’t respect you. It’s probably one of the hardest things to do but it can be done. If you claim to be a Christian then this is something you’ll want and strive hard to do.

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  • August 8, 2014 at 3:47pm

    ‘parents can opt their child out of the class if “the course conflicts with [...] religious training and beliefs.”’

    Sure, if you’re Muslim. If you’re a Christian it will still be required. Also you’re not allowed to discuss with your parents anything you have been brainwashed with. Any deviation from this will be cause for you to be suspended, called a liar, defamed, sued, or all of the above.

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  • August 8, 2014 at 3:23pm

    Carr won Warren County too (barely by 106 votes).

  • August 8, 2014 at 3:22pm

    Hey, not all of us Tennesseans are idiots. I voted to replace everyone, including state level. In fact Carr won in my county, barely, but that shows that not all of us are just gonna vote for the same ol’ same ol’.

  • August 8, 2014 at 3:19pm

    Actually I do. I voted yesterday and I voted all new people AND to replace all who are already there. In fact Carr won in my county (by only 106 votes but he still won it). So don’t assume all of us Tennesseans are insane! Ok, well I am insane but for different reasons :P

  • [5] August 4, 2014 at 3:17pm

    My father brought up an excellent point yesterday. If the churches are being targeted for their speech on certain things then it’s a two way street. People like Nancy Pelosi are also not allowed to invoke Jesus’ name for the sake of political gain like she did in the illegal immigration issue.

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  • [4] July 30, 2014 at 3:45pm

    Blink, I don’t know what your Biblical background is but I’m going to assume you know a little bit about the Pharisees during Jesus’ time. These guys thought that they knew a lot, that they were very learned. Even when they had been given proof they still asked for signs. They didn’t care about the truth they just cared about getting rid of Him. You ask for evidence and the evidence is all around but even if some big miracle were to be done (like raising a loved one from the dead) you still wouldn’t believe. You would probably say it wasn’t a sign or it’s fake or try to dismiss it in some way. If you truly want evidence then seek it out. Don’t be lazy and let someone else do the work for you so you can just simply dismiss it. Do the work and look for it. I don’t just take anyone at their word, I look it up to see if it’s true. I look at both sides, both evolution and creation. Even though my mind is made up I still look at both sides because maybe there is something that was previously missed. That’s truly being open minded. You don’t have to give up your beliefs but at least you can have the open mind to consider all the factors.

  • July 15, 2014 at 2:23pm

    Why would I want to leave His church and go to a church that does not have His name? It would be like wanting to go to Dairy Queen but instead going to McDonald’s thinking the menu is going to be the same. If a person actually read the Bible they would see nothing that the Catholic church does can be found anywhere in the pages of the Bible. The rosary, popes, praying to Mary, all of that was added by man well after the first century.

    I know what the rest of the world claims is our history. That we were started by Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone. Trust me I’ve delved into the history of the churches of Christ. The thing is they aren’t the founders of the church, they just wanted to get back to biblical principles, to restore the New Testament church. But here’s the thing, I know of a congregation here in my home county that was considered a church of Christ way before the restoration movement. There are even traces of the church in the 1600′s (and before) in England, historical documents of men teaching baptism for the remission of sins etc. the very same things the churches of Christ teach today. So we were not started by infallible men. We were started by Christ and it is His examples and those of which He gave authority through the Holy and inspired word that we follow.

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