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Brian953 Wrote: 20 hours ago (9:29 AM)
Leadfoot, you are clearly a liar. But, for others listening: Giving a fertilized ovum-spermatozoa time, nutrition and shelter, it will mature through all the stages of a human's life — blastocyst, zygote, fetus, newborn, infant, child teenager, adult. No amount of time, nutrition and shelter will see an ovum or a spermatozoa develop into any of the stages of a human's life. It is heinous of you to say that you support killing children, when heartless adults don't want them. Take your pro-abortion, infanticidal lies, and shove them!
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Brian953 Wrote: 20 hours ago (9:23 AM)
More and more, I just get infuriated! I try to imagine some pathway to getting things back to sanity, but it seems the likelihood just gets more and more remote. If only there were some way to really punish representatives who campaign with one stance, then clearly contradict their campaigning through their later actions!
What a stupid question (a quandary, not a conundrum). Of course you save the children on the right. They have families, they can feel pain and panic, and so on. Also, they can assist in their rescue. But this is not establishing value, as you clearly think you have done. And nothing like this situation actually exists. Avoiding assassinating your child in an abortuarium does not make any children who have been born already, die.
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Brian953 Wrote: Jan 22, 2015 5:17 PM
You are spot on in every point, F. C. The Message is horrible, and the NIV is not very well suited to serious study. The KJV has some serious problems, too, though they did remarkably well with what they had available in the 1600s. NASB? Great! NNASB? Even better! ESV, Great!
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Brian953 Wrote: Jan 22, 2015 5:11 PM
Indeed, Darby, it does.
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Challenge: The Word

Brian953 Wrote: Jan 22, 2015 5:11 PM
Dr Zinj, If everyone read the Bible, and applied a systematic approach as I described below (called inductive study, in light of context), there would be a lot less disagreement (or variance) than you have said you would anticipate. Remember, God did not give the Bible to us to confuse us, but to communicate with us.
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Brian953 Wrote: Jan 22, 2015 5:06 PM
And most of Roman Catholicism ranges from merely being mistaken, to outright idolatry and heresy. Much of RCC flatly contradicts the Bible ALL of the great revivals have been led by Protestants. Were Jesus back on earth, bodily, He, too, would be protestant, protesting the nonsense from the Pope, just as He protested the nonsense from the Pharisees and the Sadducees 2,000 years ago.
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Brian953 Wrote: Jan 22, 2015 5:02 PM
This woman routinely calls talk shows, locally, to represent Catholicism, She is VERY dedicated to the proposition that the biggest problem in the world is too little influence by the RCC. She pointed her finger at me and said "That's not our place! That's the priest's place!" You can believe what you want about me, and whether I have been mislead. But I did not misunderstand.
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Brian953 Wrote: Jan 22, 2015 2:35 PM
Unfortunately, for the most part, those who call themselves Christians don't read the Bible. It is also true that this is more the case with Catholics. I had one dedicated Catholic tell me that we should NOT read the Bible, that that is for the priests to do.
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Brian953 Wrote: Jan 22, 2015 2:01 PM
Christians need to STUDY the Bible. It is ruefully common for people to read a verse, a passage or a book of the Bible, then contemplate what it 'means' in their life. It is wholly inappropriate to contemplate the application, until you have really & truly discovered what the text actually says. This requires finding out things like these (many of which can be found in the Bible book being studied): Who wrote it? To whom was he writing? Is there a point in the book where the writer’s purpose is stated? 1 John contains "These things are written that ..." Jude says "I WANTED to write about ..., but ..." Luke says that he aimed to make an accurate account of the things that have taken place. What is the historical situation of the author? Of the recipients? For instance, Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians suffering strong persecution. Once you have discovered these things, it is easier to ascertain what the book — and/or a passage within it — means, as written. THAT then is the meaning that one can ponder the application of in one's life, or their walk with our God.
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