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I wish the ruling religious class of today would get that message. We've got Pharisees all around.
God is more than welcome to compel my belief. If there is a God, I want to know it. How is a breach of my free will for God to compel my belief when I invite it?
How old were you when you decided to reject Vishnu? There are more options than one on this menu.
If that's what you need to believe in order to avoid the notion that people can just honestly disagree with you, it's a free country.
Pascal's Wager has numerous problems, not least of which is that it equally justifies hanging garlic around your house in case vampires are real, and that the God depicted in the Bible doesn't seem like the type to welcome people who believe in him 'just in case' into heaven. People believe what they're convinced of, and there's no getting around that.
At least you're honest enough to admit it's a matter of faith, not logic. To my mind, the people who fret over being able to prove their faith 'beyond a reasonable doubt' have a pretty weak faith.
It's an amazing book that will convince absolutely anyone who already believes it's true.
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Letting in the Wrong Refugees

Dean197 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 9:58 AM
Neither alternative is particularly attractive. Being unable to get refugee status anywhere is often a death sentence, and the majority of refugees are deserving and would make good citizens. But there is a limit to how high a percentage of bad actors we can tolerate.
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The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

Dean197 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 9:54 AM
I'm inclined to agree withy your analysis.
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The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

Dean197 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 9:53 AM
The one who takes the 'giant spaghetti monster' seriously instead of as a parody.
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The Lawyer on Trial for Christ

Dean197 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 9:52 AM
Proverbs 22:16 "One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty." I'm a fan of capitalism, but I can see how Christianity might be susceptible to communist influence.
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