Jackie, it’s easier to give up and take the lazy way out. I believe, not because it’s the easy way out but because it takes a lot of time and effort and studying. A person considering becoming a Christian should not do so lightly. We are told to “weigh the cost.” Becoming an atheist is easy, just let other people tell you that everything in the Bible didn’t happen and to trust their scientific expertise. To become a Christian though, one has to study, even question if it is the right path for them. Sure, I went to church and was taught the Bible, but in the end it was my choice. I had to choose which evidence seemed more rational. Here’s the kicker, I still question though. I look at both sides, pit them against each other and see which one holds more weight. I choose to believe in God because of the evidence of the flood. I can’t explain it well with words, but I can see patterns on the surface of the earth. I look at the U.S. on Google earth for example and I can see that the whole country looks like it was flooded at one point. Faith is not taking a blind leap in the dark; it is evidence. A lot of Christians didn’t take this path because it was easier or lazy to believe. On the contrary! It takes more evidence to believe than it does not to believe. I’ve weighed out both sides and dug deep into both, have you?
 February 5, 2016 at 3:48pm
Yes. At this point the only thing that happened here was that this person got dunked in a pool of water, much like baptisms that are for “outward sign of an inward grace.” If one is not being baptized for the sole purpose of having their sins washed away *after* repentance then they might as well just go to a carnival and get dunked in the dunking booth because that’s all it’s good for.
 January 19, 2016 at 4:09pm
My thoughts exactly. If they can do it there, what’s to stop them from doing it here.
To read many of the comments made by our trolls, you'd think that they actually believe what you said.
 January 8, 2016 at 2:56pm
But, but, but I thought Obama’s executive order was supposed to keep things like this from happening? You mean he *lied* to us?!
December 29, 2015 at 3:39pm
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:14-17
We’ve been in the end times since the first century. This is the last age. We had the patriarchal age in which God spoke to the heads of the households, the Mosaic age in which the law of Moses was the law of the land, and now the Christian age.
Jesus said there would be no signs for His second coming. He did, however, let people know there would be signs when Jerusalem would be taken over that way they could flee into the mountains when they saw the city surrounded by armies. When judgment day comes, you can’t flee to the mountains.
I would urge everyone who believes in premillennialism to read Matthew 24 along with Luke 21 and Mark 13. Ask yourself who is Jesus talking to and will Jews really round up Christians and take them to synagogues? Are there signs for the end times or were those signs for 1st century Christians as a warning that Jerusalem would soon be sacked?
December 22, 2015 at 10:41am
I actually liked how they portrayed him. He’s the grandson of Darth Vader and he’s trying to be just as ‘evil’ as he was but can’t live up to it and acts like a spoiled child. It will be interesting to see what they do with Snoke because he’s the real villain imo.
 December 21, 2015 at 5:47pm
Everyone is going to have their likes and dislikes. You won’t be able to please them all. With that said I view this like WWI and WWII, not necessarily with any specific characters in mind but there were similarities in the events and some players that participated in both wars (and also about a 30 yr time period between events). So what if history repeats itself in this universe?
As far as Luke and his nephew, did it ever occur to anyone that, sure, he could handle his dad and the emperor both of whom he didn’t get to know before their rise to power, but because Ben (Kylo) massacred the Jedi remnants (possibly in front of Luke) it got to him? This is someone Luke most likely trained from a child, possibly even considered him a son and then lost him to the dark side. So I can see why Luke would have run off.
I personally think this film was great and can see the potential for the next two. If you do or don’t like it, that’s fine but let people enjoy or leave it as they may without calling people names or not “true” fans.
If it happened as you say it id then it sounds lame, because I would have expected Luke to have learned from Ben Kenobi, not to think he could do something like that on his own.
So now he went out and tried to do the exact same thing with a new young potential Jedi, just to fail, just like Ben had failed with Aniken Skywalker?
Like I said...Lame.
 December 2, 2015 at 4:23pm
Yes, and the most liberal! They don’t allow conservatives across the border.
 November 24, 2015 at 3:41am
Yes. I’m nerding out and wearing a costume to the premiere.
 November 23, 2015 at 11:57pm
That’s awesome! I can’t wait for the movie!!! I’ve got my outfit ready and I’m going to see it the night before.
I am a big SW fan, but hearing that Disney chose to depart from the canon, I am worried that they wound up just making a flashy movie about a space war and completely missed the point. I have been at the midnight openings of all the recent movies, I am just not sure if I will this time.
 November 19, 2015 at 1:35am
As you read 1 and 2 John notice key phrases… THE Antichrist was already in the world at the writing of this (1 John 4:3). Anyone who denies Christ is an antichrist whether it be an atheist, muslim, or hindu. Remember these things were written to the 1st century Christians about the persecution they were going to see. We’ve been in the last days (the Christian age) since everything was fulfilled in the 1st century. The only thing we’re waiting for is Christ’s 2nd coming. Therefore all this talk about one Antichrist coming today is not scripturally sound.
1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
2 John 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
 November 18, 2015 at 2:14pm
Wait a minute, so you have Christ in your life (you’re surrounded by religiously minded folks) but your life is not in Christ, correct?
 November 12, 2015 at 2:47pm
Idiocracy or Demolition Man….take your pick because both of them are coming true.
You’re missing the point, it’s a college course. People are free to choose if they want to take it or not. The problem is middle school and high school classes where the child is forced to take it without any way to opt out.
 November 11, 2015 at 1:33pm
If atheist churches are a thing, does that mean the FFRF is promoting religion? Then they too are in violation of “seperation of church and state.”
 November 10, 2015 at 1:17pm
Actually, the prophecies most people point to more accurately describe the destruction of Jerusalem rather than our times (just where is America mentioned?). It’s plain that the signs Jesus was talking about was of the destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus was explaining two separate events in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13. The first of which there would be signs so people could flee the destruction of the city in AD 70. The second, His coming, to which there were no signs (could anybody flee Christ’s 2nd coming by going into the mountains?) If all of it were end time events then why are Jews suddenly angry that we get delivered to synagogues? (Mark 13:9) Why is He saying “you” in reference to the inner 4 who is there at the time if He actually means future people? I just beg people to read all 3 gospel accounts and ask yourselves, who is Jesus talking to, what prompted the conversation, and does giving you over to synagogues and rulers apply to Christians today or of the 1st century?
Yeah, that's what I always thought. The prophecies seem to refer to 1950 years ago, not today. But really, what's different about today compared to dozens of other times. Jews are always being attacked. Evil cultures are always murdering. I don't see what it is about this decade that is different from others.
[-1] November 9, 2015 at 3:43pm
I also think that because so many people believe in a rapture, it’s the reason good people are doing nothing. They think Christ is coming soon due to “signs” (which He said there would be none) and so He’ll rescue them from everything.
I’m sure I’ll get berated for this view but let’s get one thing straight, I believe Christ will come again but not to set up a kingdom (He’s already set up His kingdom and is reigning in heaven now). It’s plain that the signs He was talking about was of the destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus was explaining two separate events in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13. If these were end time events then why are Jews suddenly angry that we get delivered to synagogues? (Mark 13:9) Why is He saying “you” in reference to the inner 4 who is there at the time if He actually means future people? I just beg people to read all 3 gospel accounts and ask yourselves, who is Jesus talking to, what prompted the conversation, and does giving you over to synagogues and rulers apply to Christians today or of the 1st century?