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  • November 23, 2015 at 7:25am

    The phrase begins with the word “Amen.” We know that, throughout the Gospel, when Christ uses that word to begin a sentence, he is about to say something unusually significant or ground-breaking.

    He then uses the present tense of “I say.” The usage of “I say” already implies that he is speaking in the present, the now, or “today.”

    So, logically, the word “today” in the context you are using it would be redundant!

    “Amen I say to you today you will be with me in Paradise.” Even without commas, no words are wasted or redundant. The flow and context are clear. Jesus is saying something very significant about the depth of the thief’s faith in Him!!

  • [-1] November 21, 2015 at 7:13am

    Hi fesivalgirl,

    Dressing for success is good. . but it will never make up for a lack of critical thinking skills or good grammar and punctuation.

    And, of course, it is essential to have the balls to go out and actually write something well enough that it can be published.

    Our buddy, Matt (see what I did there? proper name capitalization) has those qualities.

  • [4] November 21, 2015 at 6:47am

    Luke 23 And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

    . . .as one of the phrases Jesus uttered from the Cross, it seems an important scriptural distinction to discuss.

    Luke 16 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. …

    .. is this another Gospel story about eternal souls who are awake in the after-life?

    Why are they included, when there are other scriptural references to the “sleep” of death?

    Theologically, in the 1st century, Gospel writers believed the idea of sleep after death referred to the fact that the body of the deceased person had not YET been “resurrected” to be with the eternal soul.

    The souls were not “sleeping.” The bodies were.

    John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
    . .This scripture refers to the idea that resurrection and ascension (body with soul going to Heaven) happened ONLY to Christ. But when Christ returns, those souls that are in heaven will be reunited with body also.

    This is not “rapture,” but the Kingdom of God fulfilled.

    That relates to why Hell is referred to as the second death. The eternal soul gets trapped in torment. The soul is not sleeping. It is dead to eternal glory & never is reunited, in Christ.

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  • [2] November 20, 2015 at 6:46am


    Thanks for joining the discussion. Matt’s work is consistently well-thought-out and well written.

  • November 18, 2015 at 9:01am


    Yes– Jesus was raised in Nazareth, which would cause his contemporaries to refer to Him as a “Nazarene.”

    But the year Jesus was born, Caesar Augustus decreed that all citizens had to register in the town of their birth for the Census. Joseph had been born in Bethlehem. So, they traveled there to register.

    And Mary went into Labor while there.
    Roman Law. Pregnancy.
    Not conspiracy theory.

    THAT is why you read about Mary and Joseph being turned away at the Inn – because they were travelers, and Bethlehem was most likely filled to the brim with other travelers there to register for the census!

    Then, of course, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus went home to Nazareth after the birth.
    Really very believable, normal behavior.
    No fictionalization necessary by authors of the bible.

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  • [-1] November 18, 2015 at 8:20am


    Your reply is an educated one. And displays critical thinking we sorely need.

    I have repeatedly asked Travis to spend some time reading and learning, but he persists in denying himself that privilege. One day he may decide to do some real research and discover the world for himself.

  • [1] November 18, 2015 at 7:52am

    Dear festivalgirl,

    You SHOULD write professionally.

    Here are some tips to get you started:
    1. Professional writers capitalize the first word in their sentences and proper names.
    2. Placing punctuation at the end of sentences is a skill required of professional writers.
    3. Run-on sentences are a problem. (See tips 1 and 2.)
    4. The pronoun “I” is commonly capitalized by adults who write professionally.

    Good Luck.

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  • [39] November 15, 2015 at 6:04am

    Looking at both pictures, I see the difference.

    The eyes of Bush are incredibly serious, hyper alert — and the alarm in them is concealed only by a stilled expression. You see everything going on in his eyes

    The expression of Hollande is very different. The screen shot of him must have been captured a second before he has absorbed what he is being told.

    The shot of Bush is the second after.

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  • [-1] November 6, 2015 at 5:52am

    I don’t see it as far fetched that pyramids could have had multiple uses. I can see why archeologists might theorize about grain storage. Famine from poor grain harvests were devastating events in Egyptian history, and in most cultures right up to the 19th century!

    But who really cares what Dr. Carson believed about pyramids 15 years ago? It is not relevant to his intelligence level or his current ability to govern.

  • [-1] November 6, 2015 at 5:41am

    Agreed. They had to go THAT far back to find one little story. And this is only a negative story for those who lack critical thinking skills.

    Carson’s opinion on pyramids is not relevant to his ability to think through a solution to our domestic crisis in this century.

  • [-1] November 6, 2015 at 5:28am


    WHEN are you actually going to read the bible, and perhaps read books by biblical historians?

    Commenting on something you know so little about makes you seem really silly.

  • [2] November 4, 2015 at 5:57am


    If you are going to debate with the big people, ya gotta read some actual history.

  • November 4, 2015 at 5:53am

    Now, to say that, Trav, you must be bored out of your mind today. If you want attention or a good theological argument, that’s fine.

    But you know that sharia law, which is brutal and tyrannical, is NOT the same as fundamentalist Christian ideology.

    To say so, just makes you seem stupid.
    And you are not stupid! There is a fine mind there. Use it.

  • [5] November 4, 2015 at 5:46am

    Not only did he repent, but when they came to crucify Peter, he insisted on being crucified upside down. He was willing to die for Christ, and even then, he didn’t feel worthy to die as Christ did.

  • [2] November 4, 2015 at 5:36am

    Hi Freeedomlover,

    Not everyone on this site is a believer. We have quite a number of long-time posters here who are atheists. Welcome.

    If you think all believers are no better at critical thinking than little children who believe in Santa, that is OK.

    We can just continue our delusional mindset . . . .and you can continue to feel intellectually superior.

    A win-win for all!

  • [5] November 4, 2015 at 5:18am

    Good Point.

    If I had detailed information about whether a company gives a significant percentage of their charitable donations to organizations like Planned Parenthood, then I would, indeed, try to purchase from a rival company!

    I really don’t want my money funneled to the enemy.

  • [4] November 3, 2015 at 3:34pm

    That kind of grammar is a daily thing here at The Blaze.

    Hey Blaze, you don’t need to hire a whole editorial staff . . . you need just one .. …one decent editor who can check each story. You know, like real journalism.

  • [2] November 3, 2015 at 6:52am

    With all due respect, I am the parent who took my kids OUT OF SCHOOL for three years because of short-sighted, bureaucratic nonsense and crappy teaching. So I get your point.

    But I also did a stint as a high school sub — both before and after a dress code was enforced. You would not believe how many crotches I had to stare into of girls who sat at their desks facing me with short skirts! Before the dress code, it was ridiculous what kids were wearing. Kids came to school in ripped pajama pants, see-through white pants with no underwear, and boys pants where the waist sat below the ass, showing all manner of underwear.

    Unfortunately, enforcement of policies such as dress codes are necessary because, left to their own devices, kids make poor choices.

    BTW, AMIACALVA is jokingly referring to the fact that you identify with the immature high school kid who would rather be cool . . than with the adult perspective. I did not read into that reply any sort of hatred of any one.

    Are you a parent?

  • November 3, 2015 at 6:12am

    On a daily basis, posters here catch Blaze writers and editors committing much more common grammatical errors or simple typos than that.

    However, you are correct. When referring to God, Christians should capitalize, even the pronouns He or Him. But you can’t expect all Blaze writers to be Christian.

  • November 3, 2015 at 6:02am


    This comment is not relevant to the topic but . . I enjoyed reading your replies because you are a critical thinker. You sift through the emotional bias, ignore it, and just get to the common sense.

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