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  1. Certain secular crimes are deserving of the ultimate punishment of death. Crimes against the God who made you are deserving of eternal separation and punishment. Whether or not you BELIEVE it is one thing, but it is what the Bible teaches. As to your second part... What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this ver
  2. Because as the great theologian R. C. Sproul said, sin is cosmic treason. In a worldly sense, if you have a perfectly just king sitting on the throne, and you commit heinous crimes against him, in his justice he has to dispense the due penalty. Because God is holy, He must punish sin. While it's true that any sin leads to separation from God, how many people have committed one sin? Ever stolen something? Lied? Blasphemed? Looked with lust? Hated someone? Jesus said looking upon a woman to lust after her is committing the sin of adultery in the heart, and hating someone is like the sin of
  3. Referring to this period of history, an interesting read as well. Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters amazon
  4. Without the concept of hell and punishment for sin, the concept of grace and salvation has no meaning. So yes.
  5. Mitt Romney touched down at the airport beside my house a little while ago...
  6. What about verses that seem to indicate we cannot make a choice after our death? And our only "choice" is what we experience in this life? Hebrews, It is appointed unto a man once to die, and after that the judgment? As far as making an uninformed choice, I disagree based on scripture. I believe everyone who sins does so willingly and knowing they are doing wrong, as per Romans 2:15, "They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them." And also Romans 1:20, "For his inv
  7. It's also interesting to note that America has all but one of Marx's "planks of communism" in some form or fashion, all but forced labor. Not to say that we're communist, just that the government has a LOT of say... You just gave me a fantastic laugh. Thanks And it ended with the United States government committing one of the worst atrocities in history.
  8. ...Says the person who called me a white supremacist by implication and told me I shouldn't display a Confederate flag? (not actually offended, joking here ^ Just in case that wasn't clear.) But seriously, I mean, that's what you're saying. I should forsake "that" part of my culture and heritage because it's offensive to some. My culture IS under threat of eradication, at this point by people who are demanding I get rid of references to it and stop appreciating it, and by historical revisionists who leave out key facts about the War Between the States (or as I like to call it, the W
  9. I'll just leave this here... I mean, context should be apparent...
  10. There was that whole revolutionary war thing... you know, a big " you England!" sort of deal...
  11. Right, but I would consider a demand for a cultural symbol to be removed and held as an object of shame to be on the same level of offense as appropriating an item of cultural significance. It's showing the same disrespect. I'm sure if you tried, you could find someone who was offended by any culture you can think of.
  12. I managed to remain only mildly offended at the notion that the Confederacy was all about white supremacy. Far from it in fact, you'll find racism was more prevalent in the north pre-reconstruction. Why? Why would I want to celebrate my heritage? Oh I don't know, because I have ancestors who fought and died for the rights that the flag of the Confederacy represented? The fact that it's an important part of both my state's history and my own family history? The same reason ANYONE ELSE would want to celebrate their heritage?? Come on. What culture hasn't hurt people in the past? Nort
  13. So I should give up part of my heritage because some people are offended by it? What about instruments from various cultures that are used in worship or ritual? Is it wrong to learn them, own them, and appreciate them?
  14. Oh, make whatever jokes you want, I'm an easygoing guy
  15. Thanks for correcting me. I can see how it would make people uncomfortable for sure, it's just not majorly bothersome to me. On the subject of flags, Mumford & Sons put on a concert in Bristol, Virginia a couple months back, pretty close to me. The whole city was decked out for them, moustaches and UK flags everywhere. Some people got pretty offended by the fact that, where there was an American flag, they would put a UK flag above it on the pole or the building. Thoughts? Also, what about flying the Confederate flag, the "stars and bars"? I realize this is a different issu
  16. Since it seems to be mostly Catholic imagery, I couldn't really say for certain. As a protestant, I don't find it offensive. I find it somewhat amusing as well a Catholic might feel differently. but I know certain denominations consider any depictions of Christ to be blasphemous, soooo...
  17. Sorry, yeah, I should have made that clear. I'm very cynical and sarcastic about all things political at this point. I completely agree about education reform though. In my opinion, a large part of the problem is the high school education BEFORE college education, but also a lack of practical application and career guidance while in college. The colleges that I've seen that have good apprenticeship/work study programs seem to do better in the post-graduation employment department... Of course those cost more than most state schools. Anyways, I agree about education being a large
  18. ROMNEY JUST COMPARED HIMSELF TO REAGAN. Who's taking shots? ETA: Whatever your stance is on the presidential candidates, can we all agree that Paul Ryan is going to make Biden look like a 3rd grader in the VP debates...?
  19. Good point. I haven't seen that around much. Is it becoming a style?
  20. Obama completely dodged an economics question by talking about the need for education. An interesting topic, but not the topic. As far as the intro goes, Romney sounded competent through his scripted intro. It's bound to go downhill after that though. Honestly, wikipedia articles might help. Just search liberal and conservative. Typical social liberal supports open access to abortion, homosexual marriage rights, sometimes anti-gun rights but not always, etc. Economic liberal supports increased welfare, increased government regulation in the private sector to improve
  21. America sucks, write in Ron Paul. /Unhelpful Libertarian. But in all seriousness, are you conservative or liberal leaning?
  22. "Mr. President, please respond directly to the 'trickle down effect'" "Let me talk about education" And, to quote The Onion News Network, "Debate introductions make Governor Romney appear like a legitimate candidate for several seconds." This debate is off to a great start.
  23. Do Catholics feel the same when someone wears a rosary as a necklace/fashion statement? Because I'm not Catholic, but that bothers me.
  24. I know that feel also a peeve of mine. In the end, we put up with it because we really want to talk to whoever it is, but it just sort of makes you feel like you aren't worth enough to warrant a quick or substantial reply...