moralist Posted January 8, 2014 Share Posted January 8, 2014 Greg: Greg: I want to respond to your comments. There's just one of me here. If you claim you have recently read Genisis, Isiah, and Revelation lately, I suppose there is nothing I can say about that except congratulations. Normally, I would call bullshit on that, but... There's no need to believe me. Call bulls*** all you want. It makes no difference to me. Just so you know, I am not blaming you for being a Christian. I actually believe Christianity presents a reasonable world view, especially (perhaps only?) as it relates to universal salvation. I cannot wrap my brain around Christ dying only for a select subset of humans, preordained in advance, while others are preordained to suffer. That was not the early view of the Church, and it took Augustine to make this a mainline view of the Church for well over 1,000 years. Although this manline view scared the shit out of people rather nicely, it diminished our view of God's love rather greatly as a result. Well, that's for you to work out for yourself. The intellectual pit you fell into is the result of you trying to figure out Christianity for the lives of others instead of discovering what it means for your life. You're free to spin your intellectual wheels over that conundrum all you wish, but it will not refine your own life one whit. There is a difference between intellectually studying the dead past, and living here and now in the present moment. Am I unjustly accusing you? Perhaps. But just so we are clear: my main problem with you is that you insult your audience. Becoming offended is always your own free choice, and you are welcome to it. My own personal approach is not to in the realization of typed words on a monitor in a virtual world compared to the reality of life out in the world. That's where the rubber meets the road. Many of us have been around here long before you arrived. George Smith is kind enough to roam this forum, offer comments, even get in a scrape with some us now and then. Have you read his works? Do you realize how shallow some of your comments might come across as to someone like George Smith? Or Ellen Stuttle? Or any of the others you routinely (and I hope unintentionally) insult the intelligence of? Well, again that's your own free choice. So go for it. Indulge yourself for all the good you think it will do you. I'll pass on that. People who regard themselves as intellectuals carry a flaw within them in that when they become puffed up they can also become deflated. Whereas it is impossible to insult people with common sense, because they realize that it is in their own best interest to freely choose not to become insulted. Greg Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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