Posts by Tao Yin

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  • Radiocarbon Dating Can't Prove an Old Earth

    04/25/2017 11:08:38 AM PDT · 16 of 50
    Tao Yin to PapaBear3625
    Any date which goes more than about 4004 BC would serve to invalidate a literal reading of the Genesis timeline.

    This statement is just plain silly. First, when sin entered the world, it not only changed Adam and Eve, but all of creation. Why do you assume that science operates the same today as it did before sin corrupted the world? Second, why are you limiting God? Just because science says that something was created millions of years ago, why can't that just be how God created it?

    Alternatively, trying to use science to prove God or a literal interpretation of the Bible is just as silly as well. If my faith is increased by a scientific discovery, what happens to my faith when that discovery is overturned?

  • Was Martin Luther an Anti-Semite?

    04/01/2017 9:54:34 AM PDT · 86 of 273
    Tao Yin to Gumdrop
    So to reiterate everything that he said about Jews or did 500 years ago is not particularly helpful or valuable.

    But that's just it. These hit pieces never reiterate everything Martin Luther said about the Jews. I'm not excusing the horrible things Martin Luther said, but he said much that wasn't horrible.

    Martin Luther's final sermon on the Jews was called "We want to treat them with Christian love and to pray for them, so that they might become converted and would receive the Lord".

    He said Jews lied because they denied Christ. He said Jews were trying to kill us, because Jews wanted us to doubt our savior. He went way too far with some of his writing, but it was never about race.

    Here is an LCMS statement about Martin Luther...

    While The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod holds Martin Luther in high esteem for his bold proclamation and clear articulation of the teachings of Scripture, it deeply regrets and deplores statements made by Luther which express a negative and hostile attitude toward the Jews. In light of the many positive and caring statements concerning the Jews made by Luther throughout his lifetime, it would not be fair on the basis of these few regrettable (and uncharacteristic) negative statements, to characterize the reformer as "a rabid anti-Semite." The LCMS, however, does not seek to "excuse" these statements of Luther, but it denounces them (without denouncing Luther's theology).
  • Transgender Challenges

    03/22/2017 7:33:23 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    Tao Yin to I want the USA back
    Just wait for the Olympics with their new rules. If a man take hormone therapy and has a testosterone level under a certain level for a year, he can compete as a woman. No surgery required. I can't wait to see all of the new world records.
  • I Told You Testosterone Would Make Women’s Sports More Interesting

    03/02/2017 5:42:42 AM PST · 5 of 13
    Tao Yin to poinq
    She wanted to wrestle with the boys, but was denied. She was allowed to take testosterone because it was prescribed by a doctor.

    She should have accepted that choices have consequences and chosen not to wrestle girls who didn't have the same advantage she had.

  • The Importance of Sound Doctrine

    02/28/2017 7:50:44 AM PST · 13 of 234
    Tao Yin to FatherofFive
    "But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth." 1Tim 3:15

    That is a poor translation of 1 Tim 3:15. Rather than foundation of the truth, it should be translated buttress of the truth.

    Some translation use "foundation", but this is wrong. Look at the original language to verify.

    The church supports truth, or else it is not the church. The church is not the source of truth, but it is only the church if it proclaims the truth.

  • Ben Shapiro: When the Enemy of Your Enemy Is — Your Enemy

    02/22/2017 10:57:07 AM PST · 14 of 97
    Tao Yin to Arthur McGowan
    Ben Shapiro and Andrew Klaven started lying fot Cruz about a year ago. They both lost me forever.

    You should really listen to the latest Klaven podcasts. He is a firm supporter of Trump and has significantly praised Trump.

    Ben is a semi-supporter of Trump. Praise where it's due. Criticism where it's warranted. Ben even wore a MAGA hat on his podcast because of Trump's court pick.

  • Bishop Schneider: Martin Luther is Not a Witness to the Gospel (on Vatican Document)

    02/18/2017 8:00:31 AM PST · 25 of 142
    Tao Yin to G Larry
    Do you deny that they are in heaven with Christ?

    I deny that I have a promise that Mary can hear anything I say.

    If I ask my cousin to pray for me, but he's in another state and I didn't use the telephone, then I'm pretty sure he didn't hear me and my prayer request was useless. However, if I ask him in person or on the telephone to pray for me, and he says he will pray for me, then I'm pretty sure he heard me and I didn't waste my time.

    Wishful thinking and conjecture are foolish ways to practice religion.

  • Conservative podcasts recommendations (vanity)

    12/07/2016 7:10:18 AM PST · 6 of 24
    Tao Yin to far sider

    1) Ben Shapiro
    2) Andrew Klavan
    3) Louder with Crowder

  • Phil Lawler on Things a Pope Can’t Say

    12/06/2016 10:57:37 AM PST · 4 of 20
    Tao Yin to ebb tide
    the faithful cannot be obliged to swallow the contradiction.

    The faithful are not qualified to say that there is a contradiction.

  • Op-Ed: "Kneeling Before Luther", by Roberto de Mattei

    11/06/2016 1:06:53 PM PST · 13 of 15
    Tao Yin to ebb tide
    This is one of the worst articles I've ever read. Full of misinformation and false statements. By all means, let's recognize that we disagree, but let's try to be truthful in our disagreement. The author of this article either doesn't understand Lutheranism or purposefully misrepresents the Lutheran position.

    And for the love of all that is holy, please stop equating members of the LWF with all Lutherans.

  • The Pope (Once Again) Says Women Weren't Meant For Priesthood

    11/02/2016 5:59:20 AM PDT · 69 of 87
    Tao Yin to Mrs. Don-o
    Ah. But one thing Scripture doesn't say is "Sola Scriptura".

    In the Bible, the apostles wrote, stick to our letters and what we said in public in from of many reliable witnesses. If you have some teaching outside of the Bible, I'll need to know the reliable witnesses and the chain of custody. Otherwise, we're talking hearsay.

  • Reformation Sunday comes back to haunt me

    10/30/2016 6:09:36 PM PDT · 10 of 14
    Tao Yin to ebb tide
    I was under the distinct impression that Martin Luther was not regarded favorably by the Church.

    Well, check your Catholic hymnal. You'll probably find "A mighty fortress is our God" by Martin Luther. Hmm. That's awkward.

  • Francis and “Saint” Martin Luther: Perfect Together

    10/18/2016 3:04:07 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    Tao Yin to ebb tide
    P.S. Martin Luther didn't appear to be ecumenical.

    Quote Martin Luther, "Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen."

    The Catholic Church kicked Martin Luther out. Catholic of his day wanted to burn him at the stake. The Roman Emperor, a Catholic, said is was ok to kill Martin Luther without penalty. Even Catholics of today bemoan the fact that Martin Luther wasn't killed.

    Ecumenism doesn't mean everyone agrees with the Catholic Church or else. It appears we can't even agree on salvation.

    The goal is salvation and it's only through the Catholic Church that one can achieve it.

    No thanks. That's not why I'm saved.

    And you can keep you Pope. If my pastor or the president of my synod said the things that your Pope said, we'd take him aside and have a discussion. If he didn't change his ways, we'd have a larger discussion. And if he still didn't change his ways, he'd be out the door. Shame on the Catholic Church for allowing this Pope to spout gibberish.

    Why is the Catholic Church position that people have to accept their opinion without question, but then state you have to take the Pope's statements with discernment? Submit to the Pope, but sometimes he doesn't know what he's talking about. His word is infallible, but only in some situations. Catholic's complain about "Your own personal interpretation of scripture", but then leave Catholics in the position to selectively parse when the Pope is off his meds.

  • Francis and “Saint” Martin Luther: Perfect Together

    10/18/2016 11:48:20 AM PDT · 10 of 15
    Tao Yin to ebb tide
    So why are you bitching that, "Catholics have much more in common with orthodox Lutherans."

    Because it's true...

    Ecumenism is the goal, but that doesn't mean it's easy or even possible in this world. Some of these discussions are difficult and contentious, but that doesn't mean they are not worth having.

    But by all means, have fun with the easy ecumenism of liberal Lutherans and their heretical beliefs and anything goes ideology. When you believe that the Bible contains the Word of God along with a bunch of other stuff made up by men, you can throw out anything that makes you uncomfortable or goes against today's morality.

    I'm just tired of reading about Catholics and Lutherans, when the story is really only about a subset of Lutherans.

  • Francis and “Saint” Martin Luther: Perfect Together

    10/18/2016 7:28:50 AM PDT · 7 of 15
    Tao Yin to ebb tide
    Confessional Lutherans... teach that the Roman papacy or office of the pope is the Antichrist

    Yes, we do. If you set yourself in the place of Christ, you are an antichrist.

    The more I think about this article, the funnier this article gets. The argument goes Martin Luther should have know his place and shouldn't have questioned/criticized the pope. The author of this article criticizes the pope. The author says to come join the one true faith, led by a pope who doesn't share the one true faith. Seriously, consider using a mirror.

  • Francis and “Saint” Martin Luther: Perfect Together

    10/18/2016 6:57:56 AM PDT · 5 of 15
    Tao Yin to ebb tide
    Still worse, respecting this imaginary silent Christian witness Francis made no distinction between orthodox Catholics, who follow all the teachings of Christ, and Lutherans, who pick and choose from the Gospel as they practice contraception, divorce and even abortion, pretend to ordain women and practicing homosexuals as “priests” and “bishops,” and condone diabolical “marriages” between people of the same sex.

    There is also the author of this piece who makes no distinction between confessional Lutherans (who hold to the Word of God and the Book of Concord) and Lutherans in name only (who pick and choose what to follow).

    It's really weird that Catholics would embrace heretical Lutherans when Catholics have much more in common with orthodox Lutherans. I understand that Catholics and Lutherans have disagreements, but don't disparage all Lutherans because of the views of quacks.

  • Transgender boy’s mom sues hospital, saying he ‘went into spiral’ after staff called him a girl

    10/03/2016 9:45:16 AM PDT · 31 of 55
    Tao Yin to kimtom
    This stuff confuses me so much. What exactly is a transgender boy? Is that a boy who thinks he's a girl or a girl who thinks she's a boy?
  • Kaepernick says 'everybody's eyes' on Tulsa probe

    09/21/2016 5:48:31 AM PDT · 24 of 28
    Tao Yin to Trump20162020
    "the perfect example" of what he's protesting

    First, it looks like a bad shoot. Second, why does the perfect example include someone high on PCP who ignores police?

    He would be alive if he listened to police. Having your hands up in the air doesn't mean squat if you are ignoring police.

    Ignoring police shouldn't be a death sentence, but it is a possible outcome.

  • The Case of the Missing Fulgurites (young earth)

    08/25/2016 6:52:05 PM PDT · 23 of 24
    Tao Yin to Chasaway
    You got me. Poor spelling skills on a drive-by comment, but the article is a joke.

    after 4.6 billion years, at the current lightning strike rate, every square meter of land should contain far more fossilized lightning strikes than it can even hold.

    Hmm. This is pretty easy to criticize. If the model shows something that's impossible, then the model is wrong. Either poor math skills, or they didn't take erosion into account. I guess I was using the layman's formulation "the simplest explanation is usually the correct one".

  • The Case of the Missing Fulgurites (young earth)

    08/25/2016 8:38:06 AM PDT · 7 of 24
    Tao Yin to fishtank
    I feel less intelligent for having read that article. The end is plain silly.

    Of course, shrinking the evolutionary age for Earth down to a more scientific and biblical age of thousands of years solves the case of the missing fulgurites.

    Aukum's Razor says erosion and poor math skills.