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Posts by tjd1454

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  • Nursing student robbed and beaten on Chicago 'El' train as other passengers ignore her plight

    04/30/2016 12:22:29 PM PDT · 97 of 100
    tjd1454 to MarvinStinson
    Back in the early 1970's I was attending Moody Bible Institute on the near north side of Chicago. We were required to fulfill "Practical Christian Work" assignments each semester. One semester I was assigned to teach a Bible class at a school on the south side.

    It would have been suicide for 3 white students to travel to the south side of Chicago, so MBI arranged for a police escort. Each week we were met at the metro station by Chicago cops, who drove us to the school. When the class was finished they escorted us back to the metro station.

    I suspect that the south side of Chicago - a massive, sprawling, economically-depressed area - is much more dangerous today than it was some 40 years ago. Truly scary.

  • Coronal Mass Ejection - An Issue That Will Kill AGW

    04/28/2016 5:00:46 PM PDT · 52 of 57
    tjd1454 to frithguild; All
    Do you think a single poster on this thread knows what the Carrington Event was?

    The greatest CME of all time. From my upcoming book, Timothy Dailey, Apocalypse Rising: Chaos in the Middle East, the Fall of the West, and Other Signs of the End of the Age (Baker Publishing Group: 2016): "The Carrington Event

    We are now venturing to describe a global nightmare that defies comprehension. The most powerful space weather event on record occurred in 1859 when an extraordinarily powerful solar coronal mass ejection struck Earth’s magnetosphere.

    The Carrington Event, named after the English astronomer who witnessed it, was estimated to be some ten times more powerful than the 1921 Railroad Storm and 100 times more powerful than the 1989 Hydro-Québec Storm, which caused the collapse of the province’s electricity transmission system.

    The effects of the 1859 Carrington Event were felt worldwide, producing several days of spectacular auroral displays. Telegraph stations burned, with wires exploding off their poles, causing forest fires. The newly-laid intercontinental telegraph cable at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean was rendered useless. In short, Carrington heavily damaged what primitive electric infrastructure existed at the time.

    Woolsey answers the question of what would be the effects of a present-day event of the same magnitude: “If a solar super-storm like the Carrington Event recurred today, it would collapse electric grids and life-sustaining critical infrastructures worldwide, putting at risk the lives of billions.”

    The human and material cost of such an event are almost too fantastic to contemplate. Researchers from Lloyd's of London and Atmospheric and Environmental Research in the United States used data from the Carrington Event to estimate the current cost of a similar event to the US alone at $0.6–2.6 trillion.

    A study by The National Research Council of the National Academies came to a similar figure, with “an estimate of $1 trillion to $2 trillion during the first year alone … for the societal and economic costs of a ‘severe geomagnetic storm scenario’ with recovery times of 4 to 10 years.”

    Up to ten years without electricity to provide us with food, water, transportation, and a thousand other things essential to our lives? How many of us would be left?

    A Near Miss

    Well, at least we don’t have to worry about solar flares—at least in our lifetime, right? Wrong. According to physicist Pete Riley, senior scientist at Predictive Science in San Diego, California, there is an astounding 1 in 8 chance that the earth will be the target of an enormous mega flare from the sun in the next decade. This solar storm would rival the Carrington event and could cause trillions of dollars in damage. The U.S. could take up to a decade to recover from such a catastrophe.

    Those who still imagine that such a scenario is the stuff of fantasy will be unnerved to learn that on July 23, 2012 a coronal mass ejection of exceptional strength on the scale of a Carrington event tore through Earth’s orbit. Fortunately, our planet wasn’t there, having passed by with mere days to spare. A week earlier and the solar storm would have hit us full force.

    A week earlier and exceedingly few of us would be left to read this page..."

  • Coronal Mass Ejection - An Issue That Will Kill AGW

    04/28/2016 4:42:51 PM PDT · 51 of 57
    tjd1454 to T-Bone Texan
    There was an EMP-related article on FR the other day and the poster was universally ridiculed, which is sad. CME and the attendant EMP could end life as we know it for America.

    Agreed. The Forstchen book is a real eye-opener, and was cited and recommended by the U.S. Congress - which back in the 1990's established a commission to attempt to deal with the EMP and CME threats, which could end life as we know it.

  • Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial

    04/21/2016 10:29:19 AM PDT · 86 of 103
    tjd1454 to Lurkinanloomin
    I agree with you. However, I don’t want to lose the country because we allow something that a President can do little about

    That is a typical argument. However, the reality is that under the Obama administration the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) has been at the forefront of forcing school districts across the country to allow transsexuals to use bathroom and shower facilities of the opposite sex, as well as advancing the gay agenda throughout the highest levels of the government.

  • Manipulated Conservatives: Transgendered Bathrooms are Trivial

    04/21/2016 10:10:22 AM PDT · 82 of 103
    tjd1454 to Chickensoup; Jim Robinson; Lurkinanloomin; Lent; a fool in paradise; arl295; AppyPappy; buckalfa; ..
    This is a manipulative nonissue at this time.

    Those pushing the notion that social issues are irrelevant willfully ignore the most fundamental protection our country has against the great dangers it faces. As Ronald Reagan (and others before him) succinctly put it: "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." We ignore at great peril the truth that morality is at the heart of why we have prospered as a nation.

    I’m told that no one is interested in social(ist) issues. Then why the eF are they pushing to advance them at very turn?

    Exactly. Apparently there are numerous posters on this thread who have surrendered on the "social issues" with nary a protest, yet can't understand why the juggernaut to destroy marriage, the family - even our very nature as male or female - continues unabated.

    It appears that there are libertarians on this forum posing as conservatives. i.e., they care only about economic issues and have little to no interest in preserving and protecting the moral foundation of our country.

    Truth be told, they could care less if all those "sanctimonious right-wing Christians" are charged with crimes, fined, and jailed (e.g. Kim Davis), so long as their own pocketbook continues to grow fatter.

    They constitute a fifth-column in this forum, which stands unapologetically in defense of marriage and the family as designed and intended by our Creator.

    It is disconcerting to see posters expressing the view that opposing gay marriage is a lost cause, and that the transgender bathroom issue is a non-starter, a big "ho hum" that only the "right-wing fringe" cares about. We need to focus on the "bigger issues" (i.e.,$$$$).

    There is no "bigger issue" than the defense of the fundamental building block of human society: the natural family. The LGBTQXYZ movement is the tip of the spear to overturn the Judeo-Christian morality upon which this great country was built.

    It is utter hypocrisy to claim to be a conservative yet claim to be unconcerned that the gaystapo fanatics will stop at nothing until all who oppose them are punished and driven to ruination. That means that your three little girls (yes I'm talking to you Chickensoup) WILL be required to share toilets, changing rooms, and showers with ANY biological male who chooses to self-identify at that moment as "female" -- regardless of any possible evil motivation.

    That is why true conservatism -- and the stated philosophy of Free Republic -- is at least as concerned about "social issues" as it is with economic issues.

  • Trump: Transgenders Should 'Use the Bathroom That They Feel Is Appropriate'

    04/21/2016 9:33:01 AM PDT · 619 of 950
    tjd1454 to VanDeKoik; Jim Robinson; All
    Move right past it. Get back to the bigger issues

    It is disconcerting to see posters on this forum expressing the view that opposing gay marriage is a lost cause, and that the transgender bathroom issue is a non-starter, a big "ho hum" that only right-wing extremists care about.

    There is no "bigger issue" than the defense of the fundamental building block of human society: the natural family. The LGBT movement is the tip of the spear to overturn the Judeo-Christian morality upon which this great country was built.

    It is utter hypocrisy to claim to be a conservative yet care nothing that the gaystapo fanatics will stop at nothing until all who oppose them are punished and driven to ruination. That means that your little girl WILL be required to share toilets, changing rooms, and showers with biological males.

  • Snowboarder Estelle Balet killed in avalanche in Switzerland

    04/20/2016 8:51:30 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    tjd1454 to showme_the_Glory; BillyBonebrake; rdcbn; glasseye; IronJack; All
    Enough of this "at least she died doing what she loved" nonsense!

    This unfortunate young lady with her whole life ahead of her died doing what she absolutely FEARED AND DREADED MORE THAN ANYTHING, namely choking to death trapped under a ton of snow.

    It's one thing for a brave soldier to bravely risk his life on the battlefield for love of country. This was nothing more than a tragic waste of a beautiful young woman's life.

  • All Together Now: What the Catechism Has to Say on Assessing Moral Acts

    04/18/2016 9:00:30 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    tjd1454 to Salvation

    Excellent and balanced analysis that acknowledges factors which may limit one’s culpability yet stresses the central importance of the intrinsic goodness or evil of the act itself. Thus, e.g., while God will judge the degree of individual culpability of those who commit adultery or homosexual acts, etc., those acts in themselves can under no circumstances be considered to be morally acceptable.

    I continue to be impressed with Msgr. Pope! (spoken by a Protestant with a terminal degree in theology and ethics from a Jesuit University)

  • Kremlin’s Hand Suspected in Brussels Attacks as Moscow Has Old Links With Islamist Groups

    04/02/2016 8:10:30 AM PDT · 13 of 36
    tjd1454 to PIF

    Insightful post - Christian Russia is the culprit, not fanatical Islam!

  • Dam Break bayou Lafourche ... EVACUATE HEBERT NOW!

    03/14/2016 8:18:51 AM PDT · 75 of 84
    tjd1454 to txrefugee

    Amen!

  • Dam Break bayou Lafourche ... EVACUATE HEBERT NOW!

    03/14/2016 8:17:48 AM PDT · 74 of 84
    tjd1454 to doc maverick

    Is the chaos beginning?

  • Dam Break bayou Lafourche ... EVACUATE HEBERT NOW!

    03/14/2016 8:16:11 AM PDT · 73 of 84
    tjd1454 to annalex

    Greetings to you - and Godspeed! From a Protestant admirer.

  • 4,000-Year-Old Necropolis with more than 100 Tombs Discovered Near Bethlehem

    03/08/2016 3:43:27 AM PST · 13 of 17
    tjd1454 to 2ndDivisionVet

    I lived in Bethlehem many years ago and have been in strange underground caverns that were obviously man-made that the locals took me to. Lots of undiscovered history there IMHO.

  • COMPELLED TO POST: Only a Bible recovered as car bursts into flames, driver rescued [4 videos]

    02/22/2016 12:48:17 PM PST · 22 of 27
    tjd1454 to DesertRhino; QuinqueViae; All
    But it wasn't a magic intervention that got him out of that car. Don't fall for that junk.

    Junk? "In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts. ... Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct - as irrational animals do - will destroy them."

    One day each of us have to answer for "every idle word": , "For it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

    Such is the unimaginable terror that will one day be the lot of those who mock God and His power to save those who call upon His name.

    Yes, God's ways are unsearchable. He does not answer every prayer according to our wishes - if he was obligated to do so then that would make US God. We "approach the throne of God with confidence" yet must always confess: "Not my will but thine."

  • S.C. Is Key Early Test of Cruz’s Southern Strategy

    02/18/2016 1:09:59 AM PST · 12 of 39
    tjd1454 to Heart of Georgia

    Go Ted Cruz!

  • Trump Isn't Into...., Melania Never ...., And Other Things He Told Howard Stern

    02/17/2016 7:13:44 PM PST · 101 of 109
    tjd1454 to elhombrelibre; Cincinatus' Wife; All
    Shocking to see so many on this supposedly conservative forum willing to overlook the filthy, vulgar language of their new "savior". I cannot remember another candidate, GOP, Democrat, or Independent, who used such language - and who savagely attacked his fellow GOP primary opponents with all the panache of a surly high school bully.

    I am against the GOPe establishment as much as anyone here, but why show such close-minded, unthinking worship of this loose cannon when we have principled conservatives like Cruz - someone with a proven record of actually standing up to the GOPe establishment - which DESPISES him because he opposed them in the Senate!

  • Something Very Disturbing Spotted In A Morgan Stanley Presentation

    02/10/2016 11:13:45 PM PST · 26 of 112
    tjd1454 to reaganaut

    What, may I ask, are your credentials as a theologian and biblical historian? You - who trashes Ted Cruz. I defend him, as an earned Ph.D in theology with many published books as well as having taught biblical history and archaeology on site in Israel.

  • The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness

    02/05/2016 9:13:06 AM PST · 4 of 7
    tjd1454 to Salvation

    As a Protestant I must confess that I have great admiration for the wisdom and insight in Monsignor Pope’s homilies. May God bless his ministry!

  • Bozell: Trump Is a 'Shameless Self-Promoter' and 'Huckster'

    01/22/2016 11:41:47 AM PST · 95 of 119
    tjd1454 to inpajamas
    The Trump phenomenon is not new. The movement is nothing more than a different version (American) of what happened in Germany in the 1930s. In the American version, the cause is just, the problems real, but the chosen solution, a delusion, and the “hero”, a fanciful graven image hewn out in the imagination of “The True Believers”.

    What we are seeing with Trump is a nationalistic populist movement sucking in a lot of good patriotic people. People better figure Trump out pretty quick or we will be in more trouble than we are already in. Trump is no true conservative, but for a few slip-ups that betray him, he could get an Oscar for his performance. This is no more than 1930s and 2008 populism déjà vu in a completely different cloak. Trump is using the modus operandi described in Eric Hoffer’s 1951 book, “The True Believer” - Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements. Trump has found a void and has created a cult following. He is taking legitimate issues and concerns and using them to generate a fanatical mass movement of “True Believers” — intoxicated Trumpaholics, and Tump is their cult leader. There is no way to talk to many of them; their minds have been snatched. Many will not realize the fantasy until it all falls down. History repeats. It is déjà vu all over again.

    Spot on. Disappointing to see so many here so eager to jettison conservative principles to prostrate themselves before their new savior.

  • Bozell: Trump Is a 'Shameless Self-Promoter' and 'Huckster'

    01/22/2016 11:10:02 AM PST · 81 of 119
    tjd1454 to GodGunsGuts; All
    I'm with Bozell.

    Tired of all the abandoning here on FR of fundamental conservative principles and pandering to the showman and "former" liberal Trump. Never mind that most recently he has been trumpeting how he would "work with everyone" and "make deals." Presumably a Trump administration would hold the House and Senate: if so, why would he need to compromise and "make deals with" the Democrats who never compromised when they were in the majority.

  • Top Bible Prophecy Stories of 2015

    01/08/2016 10:52:39 AM PST · 10 of 10
    tjd1454 to Lera
    And not a word about the spectacular failure of the September 2015 (false) prophecies, I.e. the Shemitah, Blood Moons, etc that myriads of prophecy teachers were mindlessly parroting.

    Maybe you should go back and look at what day the Syrian “refugee” invasion started.

    Serious?? The "Syrian refugee invasion" began months before September 2015. Is that the best you can do to excuse all the false prophecies about major events that were supposed to happen in September 2015 - and specifically September 23?

    You should be following the Bible and not prophecy teachers who "tickle your ears".

  • Top Bible Prophecy Stories of 2015

    01/07/2016 9:54:39 PM PST · 8 of 10
    tjd1454 to Lera

    And not a word about the spectacular failure of the September 2015 (false) prophecies, I.e. the Shemitah, Blood Moons, etc that myriads of prophecy teachers were mindlessly parroting.

  • How do you square your Christian faith with hatred of Muslims? (VANITY)

    12/09/2015 10:41:44 PM PST · 20 of 207
    tjd1454 to hoagy62

    I have lived in the Muslim world and have written about our experiences (The Gathering Storm, Dailey) from a Christian point of view. There is a balance to be struck between xenophobia and legitimate security concerns. I found many Muslims to be commendable, but they were unable to stand against the violent impulse at the heart of their religion.

  • Donald Trump: Open to Independent Bid if GOP Doesn’t Treat Him ‘Fairly’

    11/22/2015 5:07:41 PM PST · 89 of 126
    tjd1454 to okie01; All
    But I see the Independent option as equally promising.

    Why? All a third party would accomplish is election of the Democrat -- the Hildebeest.

    Third parties are folly.

    Exactly! Trump would only succeed in splitting the conservative vote, with many staying with a GOP candidate like Cruz. Meet President Clinton!

    Ross Perot redux!

  • Putin: 'To Forgive The Terrorists Is Up To God, But To Send Them To Him Is Up To Me'

    11/17/2015 9:59:24 PM PST · 33 of 69
    tjd1454 to doc1019

    Way outdated eschatology based upon the superficial similarities of Rosh/Russia and Meshech/Moscow, popularized by that plagerizer (and serial womanizer) Hal Lindsey.

  • If Richard Dawkins Is Right

    11/08/2015 8:04:39 PM PST · 82 of 90
    tjd1454 to Bob434; TBP
    So TBP when you say Scholars who doubt that the bible is accurate are objective, this is simply not true- when they have to invent a scenario to claim Jesus never said what he said in order to uphold their hypothesis, then clearly they are not objective and are creating facts to make the puzzle pieces of their hypothesis fit

    Good point - the skeptics have to create a scenario that fits with their rejection of the possibility of predictive prophecy, so of course the "prophecy" must have been written after the fact!

  • If Richard Dawkins Is Right

    11/08/2015 7:56:05 PM PST · 81 of 90
    tjd1454 to jimmyray; TBP; angryoldfatman; Bob434; Pete from Shawnee Mission
    Where are you getting your alleged contradictions? Have you investigated any of them yourself, or are you happy to ignorantly parrot the ramblings of unbelievers?

    Good responses re: Jesus on the way to Golgatha and the quote about the light of the world. It appears that the skeptics will accept nothing other than four Gospels that are exactly alike, word for word. They rigidly refuse to concede that the author's individual perspectives brought unique aspects to their accounts. The Gospels are complimentary, not contradictory.

  • If Richard Dawkins Is Right

    11/08/2015 4:34:59 PM PST · 71 of 90
    tjd1454 to TBP
    Many longtime students of the New Testament and many scholars of the New Testament, including some who began their educations at fundamentalist schools, take my position.

    That may well be. As I attempted to point out, there exists a sharp division among scholars as to the nature of the biblical texts. It is, however, by no means correct to imply that there is a "consensus" among scholars that the biblical texts are not historically reliable.

    The fact is that the New Testament was put together after the fact. In the early days of Christianity, there were many Scriptures. What was finally included and excluded evolved over a period of time and was finally set in cement by the Council of Nicea.

    Your first sentence is self-evident. Your second sentence is unsubstantiated if you are implying that there were many gospels, out of which four were chosen. Yes, there were much later Gnostic gospels that surfaced in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. The Nicene Creed does not mention a specific list of canonical texts.

    The New Testament books that composed the canon are amply represented in the writings of the Early Church Fathers, several of whom compiled lists of books that were considered canonical. A careful examination of the lists finds a remarkable correlation with those which were later recognized by the Council of Hippo.

    If you approach this from a position of “respect for the full authority of the sacred texts”, you’re going to draw the conclusion that it’s sacred, completely valid, and 100 percent accurate. You can draw no other conclusion.

    No argument here. I don’t come at it from a perspective of whether it’s theologically valid or not, nor do any scholars I know of. However, analysis of the textual evidence we have frm myriad sources over the centuries (though not the originals) shows many edits, transcription errors, alterations, contradictions, and just plain editorial choices (which reflect the worldview of the person making them and therefore may or may not be correct interpretations.)

    One must clarify that the doctrine of inspiration extends only to the original manuscripts. Of course slight differences will occur in later copies and translations. However, almost all of the differences are regarding slight differences in wording or phrasing. There are amazingly few changes that impinge upon a significant point of doctrine.

    One common claim about alleged "contradictions" has to do with the variations in accounts of events found in the Gospels. However, one must not expect that all the Gospels be carbon copies of each other - if so, what would be the point of having four Gospels?

    The point is to present four perspectives of the events of Jesus life that highlight different theological themes. If you can imagine four different accounts of an automobile accident provided by four people viewing it from different perspectives. Of course they will present unique details, they will use differing words and aspects of the events, but the main account will be consistent. This is part of the richness of the Gospels, and in no way is evidence that they are "contradictory."

    You claim that scholars are “dismissive of what they deride as “literalistic fundamentalism” and are dedicated to “proving” that the Bible is not an inspired document.” I he never read one who fits that description. That is an assumption on your part, based on your already-held theological views, nothing more.

    Here we will have to agree to disagree. As stated, I have spent years in the world of theological and biblical scholarship, and I have no doubt whatsoever that there are many scholars who are not at all open to the idea that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God.

    Of course they will not broadcast the hidden intentions of their heart! It is death by a thousand cuts, and all the while, underlying everything they say, is the unspoken assumption that sacred Scripture was a human book written by men trying to convince others to join their particular religion.

    Furthermore, all the quotes attributed to Jesus may not be accurate. Some scholars have concluded that it’s unlikely he said a number of them. And there are differing versions of many key quotes in the different books.

    I find this claim particularly specious. How could anyone know with any degree of certainty what other possible things Jesus may or may not have said? Of course the Apostle John himself says that Jesus spoke "many other things that were not written in this book." The Gospels do not claim to be exhaustive compilations of all the words of Jesus.

    As for "differing versions of many key quotes," it must be recognized that during his three-year ministry Jesus doubtlessly repeated His teachings to different audiences. Slight variances in the accounts of these teachings are insignificant.

  • If Richard Dawkins Is Right

    11/08/2015 2:31:54 PM PST · 66 of 90
    tjd1454 to TBP; angryoldfatman; Bob434; Pete from Shawnee Mission; jimmyray
    No one is saying that the experts are infallible. However, they have demonstrated strong evidence, using actual manuscripts, to prove their points. The documents and the history support their claims.

    You are referring to "the experts" as though there exists a scholarly consensus that the NT was cobbled together centuries after the fact, and is riddled with errors and contradictions. This is a misrepresentation of the state of affairs.

    As already mentioned, having spent a good deal of my life involved in biblical studies, including teaching on the college level, I have seen that - far from any kind of consensus - there exists a sharp divide between those scholars who approach their discipline from a position of faith and respect for the full authority of the sacred texts, and those who are dismissive of what they deride as "literalistic fundamentalism" and are dedicated to "proving" that the Bible is not an inspired document.

    As for numbers, given the large number of conservative colleges and universities (and thus teaching positions in biblical studies), its a fair guess that there are far more scholars who accept the full authority of the biblical text than oppose it. However, the "liberal/progressive" faction controls important "citadels of power," including Ivy league schools like Harvard, Yale, etc, and of course they can count on support from the MSM (also ruled by anti-faith writers and presenters) should any issue spill over into the news cycle.

    However, this does not mean that all positions are equally valid - or invalid. As the old X-Files tagline put it: "The truth is out there." My experience in the field has thoroughly confirmed my faith in the full authority of the biblical texts. I believe if anyone is willing to question the "Received Truths" of the skeptics who reject the very idea of sacred scripture, there are sufficient answers to any troubling questions.

    This may involve, for instance, looking beyond the first several Google hits which are typically controlled by the "powers that be." The real eye-opening evidence is often on the 2nd and following pages.

    Of course, the theological skeptics/liberals are fond of pointing out that their opponents approach the subject from a position of faith. Fair enough. What the skeptics/liberals fail to admit is that they approach the topic with every bit as much faith as those they oppose. No scholar is capable of personally investigating every fact or truth-claim presented by any scholar.

    Scholars are of necessity very narrowly-focused, and are forced to either accept or reject the claims of other scholars in specific fields that are beyond their area of expertise. A professor specializing in one area of Old Testament studies is not in a position to personally evaluate the claims of, say, an expert in Near Eastern Studies with specialty in Assyriology.

    What happens in practice is said professor is already likely seeking support in these other areas for a position which he or she is already committed to. So it is not a matter of being "objective" but rather mustering support for one's worldview.

    I do not mean to present a pessimistic view of scholarship, as I firmly believe that approaching biblical studies from a strong position of faith will often lead to surprising evidence that the prevailing skeptical culture has ignored or suppressed. Put another way, one cannot "go wrong" by humbling oneself to the divine authority of sacred Scripture and desiring to uphold those texts.

    I for one would rather face the ridicule of the enemies of God's Word lest I fall afoul of the words of Jesus: "If anyone causes one of these little ones, those who believe in me, to stumble it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

  • If Richard Dawkins Is Right

    11/08/2015 10:31:49 AM PST · 63 of 90
    tjd1454 to Bob434

    Good points!

  • If Richard Dawkins Is Right

    11/08/2015 6:50:44 AM PST · 58 of 90
    tjd1454 to TBP; angryoldfatman; Bob434; Pete from Shawnee Mission
    I have read several Biblical scholar/analysts who are strongly credentialed and knowledgeable in the field. They are very clear about the transcription errors, the edits, the editorial choices in translation, and the simple contradictions — and on the dating.

    That means nothing - and highlights a most curious phenomenon of willful ignorance that regularly occurs in Biblical studies. That is, one will wax on about the "fallibility" of the biblical writers while in the same breath accept without question the supposed infallibility of the so-called "experts" he or she has hand-picked to support the view they have chosen to believe.

    Scholars have their biases, and unfortunately those prejudices are especially evident in biblical studies, where there is so much at stake. Those who reject biblical truth are not likely to teach and write in support of those truths - and in fact will spend their entire career attempting to tear down the authority of the Bible.

    How many countless college students have had their faith undermined in "literature of the Bible" courses at secular universities by unbelieving professors who sowed seeds of doubt in their impressionable minds? After all, he or she is the professor - the expert - and surely they know what they are talking about?

    In our society we have replaced the infallibility of Holy Scripture with the infallibility of the new Priestly Class: a secular and skeptic academia.

    These are most serious matters: "Let not many among you become teachers, for they will receive a double judgment," and "Woe to anyone who leads these little ones astray."

    TBP, knowingly or unknowingly, was attempting to do just that on this forum.

    Just one more point worth mentioning: TBP makes much of the theory that the NT was written in Aramaic, then translated into Greek. Even accepting that as true would undermine his argument for the late date of the NT, for if we have an extant Greek NT fragment dating from around the end of C1 or early C2 - then that MS would of necessity be a translation of an EARLIER Aramaic MS. Thus we have pushed back the authorship of the NT to sometime in the first century - when there would still be witnesses alive who would certainly have pointed out any falsehoods or mistakes in the texts.

    Full disclosure: I did not mean to present myself as an "expert" in this field, but rather felt an obligation to weigh in because of my training and experience to correct a blatant misrepresentation of the nature of the New Testament texts.

    I have, in fact, long-ago shifted my attention to other areas of theology, as in my most recent book: The Paranormal Conspiracy - the Truth about Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings. Even so, the defense of the full authority of the Bible is something which is near and dear to my heart.

  • If Richard Dawkins Is Right

    11/07/2015 3:58:17 PM PST · 43 of 90
    tjd1454 to TBP; All
    Nobody knows who the four evangelists were, but they almost certainly never met Jesus personally. Much of what they wrote was in no sense an honest attempt at history.”

    I'm calling BS on your post. What, pray tell, are your particular qualifications to pontificate on this subject? I have a B.A. in Biblical Studies, a M.A in Theological Studies, and a Ph.D. in Theology (all earned). I have taught the historical background of the Bible on site in Israel where I lived for years, so I suppose I have a right to comment. How about you?

    You are parroting old, long discredited Graf-Wellhausen theories about the origin of the New Testament that originated in the higher criticism theories of the 19th century. Yes, they are THAT dated.

    Even many years ago, as I sat in graduate-level seminars (in a university that was NOT conservative), the higher-critical theories of the origin of the New Testament were recognized as specious. Do not pretend that the late-dating of the New Testament is "settled science."

    Contrary to your assertions, there is every reason to believe with confidence that every book of the New Testament was written by a baptized Jew before A.D. 70. This per the eminent New Testament scholar A. T. Robinson. His findings have withstood the judgment of history.

    Why do you attempt to mislead those on this forum? Your "assured conclusions" are outdated and discredited. We have in our possession actual fragments of New Testament texts dating to the end of the 1st Century (i.e. the John Rylands Fragment), which given the fact that these are copies of earlier documents, indicate that the actual authorship was much earlier.

    Your discredited views assume that the early Christians were idiots who believed made-up stories with no basis in fact or history. There is no basis for this assumption, or for the wholly specious view that the religion of Christianity revolutionized the world based upon lies.

  • Muslim Invaders: They're Coming to America, TODAY [video]

    10/26/2015 11:38:01 AM PDT · 52 of 85
    tjd1454 to Dilbert San Diego
    How are all these Muslim males going to “colonize” and grow Islam, without females??

    They know well how to work the rules - once their residency is established they will send for their families. One German report estimates between 4-8 additional family members will follow each registered migrant. That will add almost 10% to Germany's population just in 2015 - virtually all of which hold to a foreign and hostile culture/religion.

  • Hillary Clinton Admits She Broke U.S. Law in Benghazi

    10/24/2015 3:44:01 AM PDT · 31 of 31
    tjd1454 to Sarah Barracuda

    I perceive that you are a person of the Jewish faith. As a Christian I applaud your standing for the truth and wish you all the best.

  • Hillary Clinton Admits She Broke U.S. Law in Benghazi

    10/24/2015 3:43:51 AM PDT · 30 of 31
    tjd1454 to Sarah Barracuda

    I perceive that you are a person of the Jewish faith. As a Christian I applaud your standing for the truth and wish you all the best.

  • BRINGING EX-CATHOLICS BACK TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH A PERSONAL STORY

    10/20/2015 6:03:39 AM PDT · 26 of 614
    tjd1454 to Axeslinger

    I am so sorry to read your experience. I lived in Chicago during the 1970’s. As a Protestant Evangelical I understand your frustration with the Catholic church but want to believe that others would not have slammed the door shut

  • Archbishop Cupich lays out pathway for gay couples to receive Communion at Vatican press scrum

    10/19/2015 8:27:59 AM PDT · 66 of 66
    tjd1454 to MARKUSPRIME

    Please just go away. Enough with your anti-catholic screed. Spoken by an evangelical protestant.

  • A Documentary You NEED to watch - "Divorce Corp"

    10/13/2015 10:24:39 PM PDT · 28 of 31
    tjd1454 to basil

    Amen! 28 years here through terrible difficulties but our love is still strong.

  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived

    10/07/2015 7:55:07 AM PDT · 31 of 31
    tjd1454 to xone

    Understood - no harm taken

  • Number One With A Bullet

    10/06/2015 9:38:18 PM PDT · 23 of 24
    tjd1454 to 21twelve

    I have also been in Amsterdam late at night, when even the taxi drivers warned against the homosexuals who cried out “come enjoy us”. Such a sick society!

  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived

    10/06/2015 9:26:51 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    tjd1454 to xone
    Just another uneducated protestant. LOL.

    Pray tell from which colleges and universities did you receive your degrees in biblical studies and theology?

  • Number One With A Bullet

    10/06/2015 9:09:34 PM PDT · 19 of 24
    tjd1454 to tjd1454

    I have also been in Place de Republique in Paris, a huge tourist site, after dark, when it is hideously transformed into a repository for every kind of vice. Utterly shocked, I got out of there as fast as I could. Why were the police so impotent that they were unable to guarantee the safety of this major tourist destination after dark? To me, is speaks of something very disturbing about the European sense of morality.

  • Number One With A Bullet

    10/06/2015 9:03:27 PM PDT · 18 of 24
    tjd1454 to tjd1454

    For an example. one time my family and I were out at night in a medium-size city in Switzerland, when we came across a person in obvious distress, lying on the ground. Several people were standing around. My Swiss wife went to call for help, but what was she told? The police immediately questioned her last name, which was not typically Swiss. “Who are you and why are you calling?” It was in a questionable area of town, and they had no interest in responding to a call for help. We got out of there and don’t know if an ambulance ever arrived. How different than in America!

  • Number One With A Bullet

    10/06/2015 9:03:27 PM PDT · 17 of 24
    tjd1454 to tjd1454

    For an example. one time my family and I were out at night in a medium-size city in Switzerland, when we came across a person in obvious distress, lying on the ground. Several people were standing around. My Swiss wife went to call for help, but what was she told? The police immediately questioned her last name, which was not typically Swiss. “Who are you and why are you calling?” It was in a questionable area of town, and they had no interest in responding to a call for help. We got out of there and don’t know if an ambulance ever arrived. How different than in America!

  • Number One With A Bullet

    10/06/2015 8:56:53 PM PDT · 16 of 24
    tjd1454 to Lake Living

    I have also lived in Europe and am in fact married to a Swiss woman. I have seen first-hand, in Germany and France and Switzerland, how cities are transformed after dark to very dangerous places. I have seen this in Paris, where well-known tourist destinations become havens for all kinds of vice after dark. I have been in German train stations at night, when gangs ran wild with no police in sight. And even in genteel Switzerland the cities become dangerous after dark, and the police refuse to help. I have seen this first-hand. All very much different than in America. You have to experience it to believe it.

  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived

    10/04/2015 10:38:17 PM PDT · 17 of 31
    tjd1454 to miss marmelstein

    As a protestant who happens to have a PhD in theology from a Jesuit university I must confess my deep appreciation for the Catholic tradition. I must confess, however, that I am completely confused by the actions of the Pope with regard to the sanctity of marriage. We shall all find out in due time.

  • Europeans shut borders, block bridges, to halt migrant surge

    09/18/2015 8:34:25 PM PDT · 17 of 22
    tjd1454 to Mariner

    This is Merkel’s doing: she foolishly proclaimed that Germany would take in huge numbers of refugees. When the news hit the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere the Third World the flood of refugees began. Hopefully the German people will realize her culpability and throw her out of office.

  • Have Evangelicals Who Support Trump Lost Their Values?

    09/18/2015 10:15:41 AM PDT · 70 of 123
    tjd1454 to RginTN
    Trump’s stance on kim davis should concern Christians but then so should what other politicians as well

    Exactly. After boasting that he would be the "greatest defender of the Christians" he promptly threw Davis under the bus. Those who care only about the almighty dollar are swooning over the fabulously rich guy - but when was the last time he spoke out about the dangers to religious freedom and liberty? Christians beware!

  • 8 homicides in one day the latest signs of Chicago's bloody summer

    09/06/2015 10:14:25 PM PDT · 34 of 42
    tjd1454 to TigerClaws

    I was there in the 1970’s, graduated from Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago. We had a “practical Christian work” assignment in south Chicago, which required a police escort from the Metro. I saw then how dangerous the south side of Chicago was. And things are much more dangerous now...

  • Here's What We Know About The Kentucky Clerk Refusing Marriage Licenses [Why she can't be fired]

    09/04/2015 5:44:19 PM PDT · 47 of 47
    tjd1454 to Captain Peter Blood; Jim Robinson
    Frankly I care not anything about Social Issues, we have more pressing problems...

    Then you are in the wrong forum. Perhaps you missed Jim Robinson's very forceful affirmation today that Free Republic is "all in" regarding defense of marriage and other social issues. There are NO "more pressing problems" than the attack upon the family. Of course we all care about immigration, national defense, etc. but marriage and the family are the bedrock of society, and if that goes - so goes the country (down the drain).