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  1. So do you believe alcohol should be made illegal because of the harm it causes? Or should we let it alone because it's so ingrained in the culture? Just curious
  2. The fed Ron Paul fan here. There's plenty of government waste, even in the things the national government SHOULD be involved in, like the military. Drastic federal reform and spending cuts are the answer, not increased taxes. But nobody likes to talk about cutting back the size of the federal government. It's just a radical concept that won't catch on for awhile.
  3. It CAN get the money it needs, if the government is small enough
  4. That's very interesting! I will be reading through the 39 Articles when I have a chance, although at a first glance, it seems fairly Calvinistic in regards to the will of man I suppose since it's not doctrinally binding, that's not a universally held opinion? Thank you for taking the time to respond I'm interested in looking into the church more. It's always nice to understand those one claims to disagree with on something
  5. The verse says when we do not know how to pray as we ought, the spirit intercedes. How I feel about the spirit at the moment wouldn't matter, assuming I am a regenerated believer. Still not seeing any indication that this means I should ever pray TO a dead person instead of to the Father, for the purposes of them interceding for me. This is an example of someone who has no fellowship with God asking someone who has fellowship with Him to petition the Father.
  6. As such, the spirit makes intercession. Not the saints. Trust me, I plan on it. Still in high school So the prayer of the rich man directed at Abraham is the equivalent of a prayer offered to God then? Where?
  7. Because James tells us there is power in prayer, but I can still find nothing that leads me to believe the dead offer their own prayers on my behalf. And there's nothing to suggest I should petition the dead to make those prayers rather than simply praying to God Himself. I believe the book of Revelation is largely figurative. I would hesitate to state that there are, in fact, literal angelic beings bringing bowls full of prayers to God. Pray - to make earnest petition to (a person). I believe that is the sense of the word used here. You can correct m
  8. If the Holy Spirit in us makes intercession on our behalf, why would we require the prayers of a saint who has long since passed away? Jesus never suggested such a thing. True, but praying to someone who claimed deity is different than praying to a dead human, whatever the state of their eternal existence. First, I believe in context, this messenger would be an angelic being, not a dead believer. Second, even IF this is literal, this "saint" is not authoring a prayer on behalf on someone on earth, but rather presenting the prayers of living believers to God. I beli
  9. When Jesus told His followers how to pray, it was to the Father, in the name of the Son. Elsewhere, the Bible says that when we lack words, the Holy Spirit intercedes, not the saints. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26 ESV) Most protestants view the glorification of the images and persons of the saints, and specifically directing prayers TO them as a form of idolatry that doesn't have a scriptural basis. I'm not quite sure of the conn
  10. Ah you're from Cookeville? Awesome! I know quite a few people at TTU. I like the tat! What's the significance?
  11. Right, perhaps that should be more clear. I suppose they make an assumption that others will assume it to be so, especially considering the large volume of the Southern Baptist "brand" of Christianity in our region, and the relatively small Orthodox population. I'm not well-versed on the doctrines of Anglicanism. I will say that among protestants, especially in the Reformed theological tradition I closely identify with, the theological divisions between our beliefs and the beliefs of the Catholic church were drastic enough to warrant separation during the Reformation, and if anything
  12. No, where you were responding to the "no shellfish, no wearing of different fabrics" part, and saying that's not actually what is said. I was curious as to what your understanding of those regulations is. I think I have a decent understanding your perspective of the homosexual stuff now. As always, you have given me food for thought and some material to study. Thanks!
  13. I agree. There's a shocker Ooh this is interesting. Curious, what is the proper Jewish understanding of those regulations then? Interesting. I'll have to look into that more, thanks. Out of curiosity, any historical evidence of early Jewish homosexual weddings?
  14. Genesis details the creation account, God's creation of Adam and Eve, and continues with the reasoning... Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 ESV) Basically, "God created male and female. Therefore, that's why men and women marry, and this is how it's done." Any place marriage is discussed in scripture, it's assumed to be between a man and a woman, sometimes multiple women, but there's Biblical arguments on the side of monogamy being the proper form of marriage, while polygamy is simply
  15. Well, even without the part about the Bible itself, there there is another tenant of their statement of faith that would exclude those of a Roman Catholic (and others?) background, by claiming that salvation comes to man by grace alone through faith alone. While PHC is decisively non-denominational, they are explicitly protestant. I was told there is a Roman Catholic on staff, but you're right, it does exclude students of several denominations, inclusive of any who believe the Apocrypha to be authoritative. I suppose they reasoned that the doctrinal differences between the Catholic churc
  16. Well, on the whole, the gender subjugation is a voluntary thing. It's based on a certain brand of religious convictions, and those who disagree can either reject it, as that girl did, at which point if one was looking for a relationship they would have to look outside the college, or they could get a quality education elsewhere. Have you looked into other "fundamentalist" Christian colleges like Bob Jones and Pensacola Christian? PHC looks like child's play compared to them. PHC only has hard and fast rules about no excessive PDAs and no extra-martial sexual relations, and a few other be
  17. Funny, I was just reading that article not 5 minutes ago I'm homeschooled. I've been exposed to free exchange of ideas. Homeschooling is not as insular as everyone assumes it to be. It's true, there are those that are completely isolated and have no exposure to alternative ideas, but as that article said, the professors address that swiftly. "Because Bible" and "mommy said so" are not legitimate answers, even at a Christian college. Beyond this, a growing section of the homeschooling movement is making such educational choices not out of a religious or political motivation
  18. The cross is a cross-cultural symbol. It's not a sacred item of any specific nationality or people group. It's not even entirely unique to a single faith system. That's a little different than me taking something sacred from an independent culture and wearing it just for kicks and giggles. Sure, you're free to dress however you want. There's no laws saying you can't wear royal Korean hairsticks or native American ceremonial regalia. There's no laws against Westboro Baptist holding up "God hates f***" signs either... but it's not very nice, is it? I do think there's some people t
  19. I think income tax isn't ideal anyways. It's easy to avoid. One alternative I've heard economists suggest is a solely sales tax based system. Cash businesses like drug dealing and prostitution avoid paying income tax, but everyone shops... And it would also result in rich people paying more, because they spend more... a LOT more purely hypothetical of course. But it sounds like an interesting idea.
  20. "Here's a controversial opinion for you, lets just go to a percentage tax and say (hypothetically) that everyone pays 12% of their wages to the government." That's basically a flat tax. Perhaps I'm the one who is misunderstanding, but that's the impression I got. I'll gladly eat my words and go back to disagreeing with everyone if I've grossly misunderstood
  21. I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY. <3 I've always advocated a flat tax.
  22. Right, something along those lines. Some alternative method of setting up a legal counterpart. Really, if our tax code was simplified and whatnot we wouldn't need a lot of the benefits at all, but that may be too drastic of a step for some people really the only things that would need to be dealt with would be things like estate planning and medical decisions if we eliminated the tax benefits.
  23. I mean, think about it. If you got rid of ANY legal definition of marriage, we wouldn't be having this "legalize gay marriage" argument...
  24. That's why I said "those who do not want a religious ceremony should marry according to their traditions or ideals." However they choose, if they choose to do so. However anyone wants to do it by whoever will marry them. Just get rid of the legal benefits and restrictions.
  25. I think it's also an editorial opinion, not a journalistic piece. The URL shows it being filed under the "opinions" directory. So I agree with you there. Just thought it might be fun to throw someone else's opinion in the mix. Although it DOES mention her name at the beginning. And the author claims that the actual cause of death is not known, which may or may not be true.