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Posts by unlearner

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  • Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water

    04/27/2015 12:47:30 PM PDT · 72 of 94
    unlearner to Hostage

    “Audi just created diesel fuel from air and water”

    Correction: Audi just created diesel fuel from air + water + energy + money

    This is NOT a new energy source. It is a form of energy storage that is only 70% efficient. It will have to compete against other forms of energy storage like batteries.

  • How to Save $1 Million In Your 401(k)

    04/25/2015 10:29:41 AM PDT · 40 of 45
    unlearner to TurboZamboni

    “Just 0.42 percent of all 401(k) participants in the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s database had $1 million or more in their account at the end of 2013.”

    Those pesky 0.42 percenters.

  • Could You Spot a Potential School Shooter?

    04/23/2015 9:39:29 AM PDT · 13 of 21
    unlearner to Sean_Anthony

    Yes. Look for liberal bumper stickers and t-shirt messages.

  • 'Batman v. Superman' Trailer Leaks on YouTube

    04/18/2015 8:52:24 AM PDT · 10 of 21
    unlearner to Perdogg

    Ben Affleck seems like a terrible choice for Batman. Maybe I will be proven wrong, but I am skeptical.

  • What would be a good plan to help someone being attacked?

    04/14/2015 7:54:19 PM PDT · 71 of 137
    unlearner to TNoldman

    Thank God for patriots like you.

    Hope more of the younger generations will follow your lead.

  • Cops: Son's story leads mom, friends to savagely beat homeless man

    04/14/2015 10:48:40 AM PDT · 20 of 27
    unlearner to TexasCajun

    FR sometimes becomes an online lynch mob when accusations of molestation fly. However, the takeaway here is don’t take the law into your hands. If this had been reported to authorities, they would have cleared it up without the severe consequences of this false accusation.

  • Why Ted Cruz Can Win

    04/12/2015 7:46:38 PM PDT · 49 of 52
    unlearner to Yaelle

    I’m pretty sure they are referring to George W Bush evangelicals - he did pretty well in that category.

  • Hey, Kick Those Christians Again!

    03/31/2015 1:15:32 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    unlearner to Kaslin

    “Shut up, shut up!, they explain.”

    Exactly.

  • Transgender Teen Activist Lands TLC Reality Show

    03/13/2015 11:43:41 AM PDT · 24 of 42
    unlearner to massmike

    “14-year-old transgender activist” = sexually abused and exploited minor

  • God Must Be Loved for Himself - Chapter 14

    03/11/2015 2:10:43 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    unlearner to metmom

    As always, thanks for posting.

    Excellent.

    I must make time to read Tozer’s books.

  • God Incomprehensible – Chapter 2

    03/10/2015 4:57:15 PM PDT · 4 of 9
    unlearner to metmom

    Thanks for posting this.

  • The Baptism of Jesus Christ

    03/09/2015 7:12:34 AM PDT · 3 of 4
    unlearner to RaceBannon

    Thanks for posting. Good study questions and references. Especially appreciated this comparison / contrast ...

    Isolate yourself from them (John 17:15; 1 Cor. 5:10).
    Separate yourself from them (Heb. 7:26; 2 Cor. 6:17).

  • Ted Cruz stands alone after the King Corn summit

    03/09/2015 6:50:56 AM PDT · 125 of 127
    unlearner to trebb

    Meant “ridiculous” sarcastically. But good points.

  • Ted Cruz stands alone after the King Corn summit

    03/08/2015 11:58:51 AM PDT · 77 of 127
    unlearner to trebb

    Your vampire analogy is the most ridiculous one ever posted here. After all, vampires are fictitious, and Washington politicians are real blood-suckers.

    ;-)

  • Obama says he won’t be deterred by ‘one federal judge’ on immigration

    02/26/2015 1:42:25 AM PST · 29 of 98
    unlearner to 2ndDivisionVet

    This administration is now attempting a coup, and it will end badly for him.

  • If Islamic Terrorists Are Devout Muslims, Why Are They Hooked on Porn?

    02/23/2015 8:29:02 AM PST · 22 of 35
    unlearner to SeekAndFind

    Using porn stirs up lust. It establishes unachievable goals and extremely unrealistic expectations when it comes to real intimacy.

    Anger comes from blocked goals. Depression is anger turned inwardly.

    So using porn results in anger, depression, violence and destructive behavior.

    The Bible says it this way...

    James 4:1-2
    Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

  • The Sacrament of Living - Chapter 10

    02/22/2015 8:57:35 PM PST · 3 of 4
    unlearner to metmom

    Thanks for posting.

    Awesome message.

  • Homeland Security Warns Right Wing Extremists Are An Equal Or Greater Threat Than ISIS

    02/20/2015 6:15:57 PM PST · 19 of 94
    unlearner to Red in Blue PA

    In a way, the assessment is correct. ISIS is not really as much a threat to the communists and other tyrants who want to control our lives. WE are a threat to THEM.

  • Hermas – a primary eyewitness source regarding the leadership structure of early church at Rome

    02/15/2015 12:42:40 PM PST · 13 of 61
    unlearner to Arlis

    You are correct on all counts. Christ taught against giving titles among the disciples. He specifically mentioned “father”, but “pastor” is just a different word being used the same way. Apostle is also not a title. It is a job description. Christ taught against following the world’s way of doing things when He said, “so shall it not be among you”.

  • Hollywood is Lobbying Government to Put You in Prison for Common Online Activity

    02/15/2015 11:54:17 AM PST · 66 of 67
    unlearner to The_Reader_David

    The ability to buy and sell IP is exactly how it can be exploited. The “exclusive right” is what guarantees the inventor (for example) the ability to recover costs and make a profit from research and development, or whatever work, time, energy, and other expenses are incurred to invent something.

    Further, inventions almost always exploit other inventions in order to be useful, and often the other inventions are under patent protection. So, in order for an invention to work, there must be a system of protections for the inventor. The ability to license or transfer a patent is essential to the ability to exploit it.

    Take, for example, the intermittent windshield wiper. Without cars, it is a useless invention. But the largest market for the invention was new cars rather than as an aftermarket upgrade. This meant that the greatest potential financial benefit to the inventor required licensing to car manufacturers that also owned or licensed many other automotive inventions that represented the latest and best technology at the time.

    Even if it were possible for the inventor to exploit inventions directly, the ownership would need to be transferred to a corporation or LLC to protect the inventor from financial liabilities. This is essential business practice. What if the inventor needs to raise money to exploit the invention? This also requires transferring ownership or licensing to a company.

    Without IP law and the ability to license or sell inventions, the only ways to exploit an invention are to keep how it works a secret and use the first-to-market advantage to get a competitive edge.

    Licensing and selling IP is constitutionally valid law. The way it is implemented is somewhat questionable. It allows software companies to form essential monopolies (not based on free markets and competition but on using legal loopholes in IP law) without actually fulfilling the whole purpose of IP law: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts”, and without the boundaries of “for limited Times”.

    I really cannot imagine any way to implement this constitutional provision without allowing the ability of owners of copyright and patent protections to sell those rights or license them.

    Over several years I have always noted your posts to be well-informed, so I am wondering if somehow I have missed your real point.

  • Hollywood is Lobbying Government to Put You in Prison for Common Online Activity

    02/13/2015 10:30:39 PM PST · 57 of 67
    unlearner to The_Reader_David

    “The notion that copyright and patents constituted ‘property’ was unknown to the Founders.”

    I was not talking about nomenclature. You can say the constitutional “exclusive right” to inventions is not property, but in modern terminology, ownership is implied.

    IP is not a direct extension of natural law in the way real property ownership is. It is somewhat of a social contract whereby we elect representatives who establish the applicable IP law and make treaties whereby inventions can be exploited in other nations as well.

  • Hollywood is Lobbying Government to Put You in Prison for Common Online Activity

    02/13/2015 6:06:30 PM PST · 28 of 67
    unlearner to OneWingedShark

    “what’s needed there is to reject software patents”

    No, software can be very innovative. What should happen is allow companies to either use trade secret protection (think software as a service) or patent protection for five years. After five years, the source code should be released and become public domain.

    A conservative policy like this would foster innovation, productivity, and wealth creation. And big companies could not just continue to monopolize markets without innovating.

  • Hollywood is Lobbying Government to Put You in Prison for Common Online Activity

    02/13/2015 5:58:29 PM PST · 26 of 67
    unlearner to lbryce

    “which originally was only intended to be a short term incentive by Congress”

    Not quite. Congress is applying the specifically enumerated powers delegated by the Constitution. The intent to protect intellectual property rights came from the founders.

    Essentially the purpose of these laws and treaties are to provide incentive to use our creative abilities to further the progress of science and technology in ways that benefit everyone. Without these laws, inventions and other creative works could only be protected by keeping them secret. Exploiting (in the good sense) inventions can also be helped by being first to market. IP laws are supposed to add to these advantages.

    Unfortunately the laws and the application of them by courts often just prop up the monopolistic powers of big companies like Microsoft and stifle innovation rather than foster it.

    When government implements impossible standards without the consent of the governed, people often resort to what is legally considered theft by copying software, movies, and other IP.

  • Jennifer Rubin Tries to Take Down Ted Cruz, Fails Miserably

    02/13/2015 5:39:13 PM PST · 51 of 64
    unlearner to 2ndDivisionVet

    “Maybe the best thing for Cruz would be to run... If so, that would be to his and Republicans’ benefit.”

    I agree with the premise and conclusion here, just not the nonsense in between.

    At least we can agree on something. Glad to know Jennifer Rubin cares so much about Cruz and the Republican party.

  • Eight men arrested in Grand Forks prostitution

    02/13/2015 5:26:06 PM PST · 36 of 42
    unlearner to Diana in Wisconsin; Extremely Extreme Extremist

    Girls who are 18 and over could never be coerced into prostitution. Prostitution is a harmless business and pastime. It is not damaging and degrading to those who participate in it. No one gets hurt except by archaic rules that no one believes in any more.

    When a man goes to a prostitute and brings home a disease to his wife, she cannot catch it. And she shouldn’t expect society to support their marriage vows of fidelity. She should just accept that men do these things. She would be a demented and controlling individual to expect a her husband to be satisfied with having sex only with her. If she claims to be emotionally harmed to learn of her husband’s paying other women (including teenagers) for sex, then she has mental problems because she is psychotic to expect otherwise. It is none of her business anyway.

    And the dynamics of prostitution could not possibly contribute to children being aborted or born without the care, protection and guidance of a loving father.

    Pregnancies never happen when men pay for sex. Therefore there is no possibility of unwanted and neglected (or murdered) children.

    Anything a person consents to do with his or her body cannot possibly have an impact on society or harm others.

    And of course all of the wisdom of adulthood is immediately conferred upon teenagers the minute they turn 18. So it is quite okay for pornographers to be lined up to share the most intimate sexual imagery possible of such adults because this is never exploitation.

    /s

  • No Grey Area

    02/13/2015 5:11:24 AM PST · 3 of 33
    unlearner to Gamecock

    Hollywood’s idea of romance: a billionaire uses his wealth and power to seduce a woman and persuade her to be used to satisfy his fetish of inflicting physical pain on his partner.

    Happy Valentine’s Day! /s

  • 28 Reasons I’m DONE Talking To Most Of My Conservative Friends And Family Members

    02/11/2015 9:13:13 PM PST · 50 of 201
    unlearner to 2ndDivisionVet

    “From Liberal America reader Eric Susee: ‘2 Thessalonians 3:10. are NOT the words of Christ. They are the words of Paul of Tarsus, a man who never met Christ.’ “

    Really only thing wrong with her article: everything. But I will pick this as a simple example. Paul wrote more books of the Bible than anyone else. He did so by divine revelation as an apostle who had seen the resurrected Christ and been personally instructed by Him. Further, Christ said that the words of the apostles would be rejected by those who also rejected His words. So, her quote underscores her complete ignorance of the beliefs she claims to espouse. What’s worse is she wants to use her platform to teach other people her false Christian doctrines, beliefs and practices.

    I really wonder how she could be so ignorant of the basics tenets of Christian faith and the Bible if she is only fractionally as open minded and willing to listen to differing viewpoints as she advocates conservatives need to be.

  • New Edition of Darwin Day in America Exposes the Rise of "Totalitarian Science" in the Age of Obama

    02/11/2015 5:06:14 PM PST · 31 of 38
    unlearner to freedumb2003

    “Yes, because the physical universe operates differently in THAT ONE ASPECT.”

    No, because it is one of many examples where science simply CANNOT offer conclusive answers unless and until time travel is invented. You do realize don’t you that there is an infinitely great amount of data which is lost forever? Or perhaps science will discover a way to recover this information, but it will require the discovery of new scientific principles and the invention of new technology, because I have never heard of a single scientist who thinks we have existing technology which can use existing principles of science to traverse space-time and gather this lost historical data. And even if it were possible, the uncertainty principle still necessitates the loss of some data.

    “Like those interpretive sciences cosmology, geology and astronomy.”

    You first need to distinguish arguments about science from arguments about philosophy of science, which is what we are discussing. Some science is more precise than other science. Physics can allow incredibly precise trajectories for rocket ships. Medicine is less predictable because a doctor is forced to work with many unknowns. So medical doctors may not always have the exact, immediate solution to an illness, but they may still arrive at the right solution through trial and error. But trying to divine history is going to result in exponentially less precision because we are working from extremely limited information.

    This is why we consider Lincoln’s assassination a historical fact rather than a scientific one. It is not an experiment to be repeated in a lab. It is an event. Would you propose we can map out every event, every action, every spoken word, every word written down through history by simply applying the scientific method to it?

    There is a big difference between testable theories of gravity, space-time relativity, astrophysics, and so on, and hypothetical events which can never be verified or falsified unless time travel is invented. In astronomy we can actually see backward in time. We can see light from stars billions of years away. We can observe the past directly. We can make testable predictions.

    Let us suppose for a moment that life has arisen spontaneously out of naturally occurring environments in many places in the universe. Let us further assume that life on this planet originated in some other part of the universe and was transported here by some natural means and then evolved into all the varieties of life we see today. If several completely unique life forms seeded this planet and then evolved into all of the forms we now see, in what way would it be measurably different from a singular life form seeding all of the life we see?

    I do not question that all cats have a common ancestor. But I think there is no reason to believe humans share that common ancestor. You may not like that there are reasons to believe this which have greater validity than scientific inquiry, but there are. And the supposedly scientific arguments for our common ancestry are first irrelevant because they have no practical bearing on how science, medicine, and technology work today. And second, the arguments are specious. Things like we share common genetic “flaws”. We use the same exact arguments in courts of law these days to PROVE a person has violated intellectual property rights in copied computer code or plagiarized literature. It can just as easily support a common author or designer as it can support a common ancestor. It is unreasonable to assume that life was not created, but you are demanding this simply because this creation is not a repeatable event in a lab, but then neither is UCA. And unlike UCA, people have met and recorded their meeting of the Creator. And the Creator’s observations of creation have been recorded.

    Your reply expresses the exact reason why scientism is a dangerous philosophy that aligns well with tyrannical forms of government that seek to use “science” as a way to invoke unquestionable authority. (Think carbon trade credits. Do you think carbon trade credits are the obvious solution to the fact of man-made global warming? Because this is a scientific fact, and anyone who disagrees deserves mockery and possibly fines or confinement.) By lumping all of the sciences together as having equal viability and authority, it appears you haven’t even listened to the argument. You are too busy mocking and self-congratulatory assertions like this one:

    “Tell that to viruses, antibiotic resistance and pest resistance.”

    This has absolutely NOTHING to do with the premise that all life has a universal common ancestor. That is a preposterous proposition. The problem is that you are putting an unscientific, untestable, non-falsifiable speculation of UCA on par with the testable, Bible-inspired premises that gave us principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation, pasteurization, and the germ theory of disease.

    Pasteur rejected the abiogenesis of his day when he rejected spontaneous generation. His belief in the Bible and the concept of unique kinds led him to challenge the pop-science of his day (and incidentally Darwin’s day). This proves unquestionably that subscribing to UCA is NOT necessary to the advancement of science.

  • New Edition of Darwin Day in America Exposes the Rise of "Totalitarian Science" in the Age of Obama

    02/11/2015 10:47:59 AM PST · 18 of 38
    unlearner to freedumb2003

    “Why choose Darwin as the whipping boy for science? Better to choose Marie Curie or Newton or Nobel or even Einstein.”

    Because Darwinian theory is primarily about interpreting history. Science is much more limited in explanatory power when it comes to history because, without a time machine, we simply cannot know all of the facts. We cannot observe them directly. Science also has NO TRUE predictive power when it comes to history. Sure, claims are made about what science will supposedly discover about various historical clues, but this is very different from being able to predict outcomes of controlled experimentation.

    Darwinism also mixes real science with speculation that is not testable or falsifiable, like the idea that there could be a universal common ancestor. That idea does not represent a law or theory, just a historical event. And without a time machine, there is no way to test it, and nothing could ever disprove it. So the speculation of a universal common ancestor is not science.

  • New Edition of Darwin Day in America Exposes the Rise of "Totalitarian Science" in the Age of Obama

    02/11/2015 10:47:26 AM PST · 17 of 38
    unlearner to freedumb2003

    “Why choose Darwin as the whipping boy for science? Better to choose Marie Curie or Newton or Nobel or even Einstein.”

    Because Darwinian theory is primarily about interpreting history. Science is much more limited in explanatory power when it comes to history because, without a time machine, we simply cannot know all of the facts. We cannot observe them directly. Science also has NO TRUE predictive power when it comes to history. Sure, claims are made about what science will supposedly discover about various historical clues, but this is very different from being able to predict outcomes of controlled experimentation.

    Darwinism also mixes real science with speculation that is not testable or falsifiable, like the idea that there could be a universal common ancestor. That idea does not represent a law or theory, just a historical event. And without a time machine, there is no way to test it, and nothing could ever disprove it. So the speculation of a universal common ancestor is not science.

  • New Edition of Darwin Day in America Exposes the Rise of "Totalitarian Science" in the Age of Obama

    02/11/2015 10:41:40 AM PST · 16 of 38
    unlearner to freedumb2003

    “Why choose Darwin as the whipping boy for science? Better to choose Marie Curie or Newton or Nobel or even Einstein.”

    Because Darwinian theory is primarily about interpreting history. Science is much more limited in explanatory power when it comes to history because, without a time machine, we simply cannot know all of the facts. We cannot observe them directly. Science also has NO TRUE predictive power when it comes to history. Sure, claims are made about what science will supposedly discover about various historical clues, but this is very different from being able to predict outcomes of controlled experimentation.

    Darwinism also mixes real science with speculation that is not testable or falsifiable, like the idea that there could be a universal common ancestor. That idea does not represent a law or theory, just a historical event. And without a time machine, there is no way to test it, and nothing could ever disprove it. So it is not science.

  • Vaccines and Autism: What you need to know

    02/11/2015 10:28:05 AM PST · 87 of 126
    unlearner to agrarianlady

    But you might start foaming at the mouth and thrashing.

    Just kidding. I took the comment as saying that the disease might be inflicted by demons rather than the person being demonic.

    Either way, I consider autism to be a physical malady. There were cases in the Bible though where demons afflicted people with physical illnesses.

  • The Sermon That Shocked Everyone. UNFORGETTABLE ENDING!

    02/09/2015 11:35:26 PM PST · 33 of 39
    unlearner to Zeneta

    I watched the whole thing. It is a great message. Thanks for posting.

  • Refuting The Laws of Physics, Part 2 of 2

    02/09/2015 10:12:27 PM PST · 37 of 45
    unlearner to Zathras

    “Christianity is based on faith which is removed from the scientific method. There is no test for G_D or lack of G_D. We can use science to investigate historical facts but really not much more than that.”

    Incorrect. Christianity is based on a reasonable faith rather than a blind faith.

    It is ridiculous to suggest there is no test for God so that faith is inconsistent with the scientific method. Apply the same logic to the assassination of Lincoln. How do we know Lincoln existed? Have you personally met him?

    Most scientific knowledge is based on tests done by “other people” which is why scientific fraud exists and sometimes takes a while to discover. But observation is a basic element of the scientific method. History is the recording of observation. We cannot directly test the existence of Lincoln because the historical observations are not repeatable.

    But nowhere and at no time will you hear an argument being made that Lincoln’s existence is unscientific because it is not falsifiable.

    Likewise, when there exists credible eye-witness accounts of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we have OBSERVATION - a basic component of the scientific method.

    Testing is for theories. Observation is for facts. The historical shell game of evolutionary theory misapplies this basic principle constantly. The idea of species all having a common ancestor is pure speculation. What is it based on? Archaeology? The claims of the Bible are supported by BOTH archaeology AND written records of observation. Does common ancestry speculation have BOTH? No. The resurrection of Christ is far more testable than common ancestry.

    God has appeared many times throughout history. He will appear again. There are prophecies which are irrefutably dated in history which have been fulfilled centuries later also with solid historical evidence recorded. These are not scientific theories to be tested. These are historical facts to be observed.

    When it is well supported that there exists at least one super-intelligent entity which transcends space-time, then a deity, for all practical purposes, exists. The nature of deity may be a question for theologians rather than scientists, but this does not preclude deity from the realm of the scientific.

    What we have with the broader evolutionary theory which includes a Universal Common Ancestor is speculation about a historical event which is not observable, testable or falsifiable. It is a blind man looking in a dark room for a black cat that isn’t there.

  • Southwest Airlines, Comcast, Office Depot Sponsor Homosexual...Conference Featuring ‘Gay Jesus'

    02/07/2015 10:09:39 PM PST · 55 of 58
    unlearner to lavaroise

    My comment was merely an explanation of the story of the good Samaritan. If we were to try to identify those in the story who represent the evil of things like homosexual activism, only the thieves and robbers would suffice.

    The religious leaders merely failed to rescue the wounded traveler. The robbers actually did the wounding. Christ is not teaching to pretend evil does not exist or that we should compromise with it.

    Loving our neighbor as ourselves requires opposing these destructive perversions which harm everyone exposed to them. There is no such thing as homosexual rights or freedoms. It is never right nor are those who engage in it free. It is slavery to sin.

  • Southwest Airlines, Comcast, Office Depot Sponsor Homosexual...Conference Featuring ‘Gay Jesus'

    02/07/2015 5:58:53 AM PST · 49 of 58
    unlearner to lavaroise; OneWingedShark

    In Hebrew the words for neighbor and enemy are spelled the same way. There were marks ADDED LATER to distinguish the words, but when they were originally written you had to tell the difference by context.

    That’s why Christ addressed the “love your neighbor, hate your enemy” doctrine in the sermon on the mount.

    The good Samaritan illustration is actually about salvation. It was addressed to a lawyer who was hostile in asking the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Christ’s answer was so compelling that He completely refuted the lawyer’s premise with a surprising and unexpected conclusion.

    Christ was teaching how love is the fulfilling of the Law. But this illustration was not addressed to disciples but to someone publicly challenging the Lord. Generally it is a bad idea to use anecdotal evidence when entering into a debate because your opponent can always twist the illustration and turn it on its head to make a counterpoint.

    After Christ describes a robbed and wounded traveler not being helped by religious leaders passing by, the traveler is helped by a Samaritan. Samaritans were despised by the Jews. The Samaritan helps the Jewish crime victim. This alludes to something similar that actually happened in the Old Testament.

    The lawyer is probably listening with the technical legal question in mind as to who the “neighbor” technically is in Christ’s story. When the story ends, the obvious question would be “which person who passed the victim was keeping the law to love your neighbor?” The lawyer was probably prepared to answer that question with various technicalities.

    But Christ asked something a little different. He did not ask merely which one was neighbor. He asked who was neighbor “to him who fell among thieves”. In other words, he asks the lawyer to put himself in the shoes of the victim. The whole time he has been imagining himself as the passer by. He is evaluating if the priest broke the Law. He is evaluating if the Levite broke the Law. But Christ asks Him to evaluate who his “neighbor” is from the perspective of the victim.

    The problem the lawyer had was pride. He did not see his need for salvation. He saw himself as a law keeper. He needed to realize he was the victim of sin- hurting, bleeding, and dying. So, in concluding His argument Christ suddenly turns the tables and changes the perspective. Put yourself in the shoes of the victim. The lawyer wanted to be able to pick and choose who his neighbors were so he could be selective about the person to whom he shows love. So Christ asks whom he would pick as neighbor if he was the victim.

    Obviously we would all pick the one who helped us. But if the Samaritan is our neighbor when we need his help, he must also be our neighbor when he needs our help.

    The point is that neither we nor the lawyer have actually kept God’s laws. We are sinners - victimized by sin, dying and in danger of eternal judgment. Christ pictures Himself as The Good Samaritan. They ridiculed Him by calling Him a Samaritan (implying He was fathered illegitimately). He wore the slur as a badge of honor. Christ was after all only Jewish on His mother’s side. His Father was God, not a man. He was also despised and rejected by His own people.

    Philippians also instructs that Christ has now become every nationality and ethnicity because He indwells all of them.

    In order for us to receive Christ’s free gift of salvation, we must first realize we have broken God’s laws and see ourselves as the hurting and dying victim of sin in desperate need of help. Desperate people cannot be picky and choosy about who we receive help from.

    Seeing this can allow a person to see his or her need for a Savior.

    The Gospel is pictured in the story as Christ describes treating the wounds with oil (the Spirit) and wine (symbol of the blood of Christ). Christ died on the cross in our place to pay for our sins (breaking the laws of God). This fulfilled the prophecies of scripture, and also when He was raised again from the grave of the third day, He was seen by witnesses. He gave the gift of the Spirit after He ascended into Heaven with a promise to return with a reward for His followers. In the story, the Samaritan leaves the recovering victim with an inn keeper who is paid (church equipped to minister through gifts of the Spirit), and promised that the Samaritan will come back and pay the inn keeper any other money owed (picturing Christ’s return and His reward being with Him).

    The Good Samaritan does answer the question of who is our neighbor, but it also addresses our deeper need for salvation through the message of the Gospel.

  • Southwest Airlines, Comcast, Office Depot Sponsor Homosexual...Conference Featuring ‘Gay Jesus'

    02/07/2015 5:12:51 AM PST · 48 of 58
    unlearner to caww

    You are referring to this passage:

    Daniel 11:37
    He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.

    It is not that he has no desire for women but that he has no regard for the desire of women. The women in this case are not the object of the desire; they are the one’s desiring. But what is it that women desire as distinguished from men?

    Christ sheds light on the meaning of the passage under discussion in the Olivet Discourse:

    Matthew 24:19
    But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!

    The desire of women is referring to child bearing. After the abomination of desolation, the Anti-Christ will betray the Jews and massacre many. He will not treat pregnant women or those with babies differently, except maybe to target them.

    There are rules of warfare that most nations agree to follow such as not targeting civilians. Generally, most today would regard targeting pregnant women and nursing mothers in combat to be war crimes. But the Anti-Christ will do this.

    Casual reading of the passage could lead to the impression the phrase has a homosexual connotation, but the Bible is always very explicit when addressing that issue. In this case it is referring to something else.

  • THE MAN BORN BLIND AND JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA

    01/30/2015 2:14:56 PM PST · 3 of 6
    unlearner to metmom

    Thanks for posting.

  • Head of Communist Party USA announces plan to work with Democratic Party

    01/30/2015 12:38:53 PM PST · 11 of 44
    unlearner to Reverend Saltine

    This is good news. Tea party activism has forced the Democrats to move to the right and become aligned with the slightly less radical CP USA.

  • Oh how Hi –lari-ous: Obama Signs Executive Order Closing Congress - more sick jokes from the left

    01/30/2015 12:18:08 PM PST · 7 of 22
    unlearner to HammerT

    It is funny, but not as funny as the reaction will be from the conservatives, Republicans, and Libertarians. The socialist Democrat party will be banned from the new republic.

  • In Defense of Sarah Palin

    01/28/2015 4:32:03 PM PST · 46 of 76
    unlearner to 2ndDivisionVet

    It wouldn’t matter if Palin was perfect, they would still want to crucify her.

    It isn’t her wrongdoings that make them so angry. They are most angry when she is right.

  • Sorry, social conservatives: A Supreme Court defense of gay marriage won't be the next Roe v. Wade

    01/26/2015 9:36:22 AM PST · 32 of 39
    unlearner to C19fan

    Some around here have brought up the possibility of a new party as an alternative to the non-conservative Republican party.

    Forcing society to recognize homosexual marriage would be the nail in the coffin. Many will no longer be looking for a new party but a new nation altogether.

    Such a ruling will be an act of provocation tantamount to an act of war, starting Revolution 2.

  • The Absurdity of Separated Brethren

    01/25/2015 7:00:34 PM PST · 62 of 309
    unlearner to Morgana

    “I got sick of the rotten fruit of the protestants!”

    As Reagan said, “there you go again”.

    Sure, there are many Protestants that are false Christians. You just left one false church for another.

    “Actually it turned me 100% prolife”

    Prolife enough to renounce the Catholic church’s burning William Tyndale at the stake?

    “I don’t like a church that does not have a service every day or is even open daily just for prayer.”

    The church is not a building. It is made up of people who trust in Christ. Many local churches around the world must meet in hiding and have no building designated to meet in. Many in China have to meet in grave yards and similar places.

    “’Unless you drink my blood and eat my flesh you will not have life with in you’. You have no idea what that means but I do.”

    Since you believe the Catholic lies about Christ’s words, then I know that you do not know what they mean. First Corinthians 11 says we must discern the body of Christ. Communion represents how Christ’s body and blood were given so that those who believe can be transformed into His spiritual body through the indwelling Holy Spirit. The church is the body of Christ, and it is made up of all believers. This definition does not align with your view of what the church is. Therefore, you eat and drink and still fail to “discern” the true body of Christ. No, you do not know what the meaning of Christ’s words were.

  • The Absurdity of Separated Brethren

    01/25/2015 6:34:04 PM PST · 46 of 309
    unlearner to Wyrd bið ful aræd

    “Most countries have socialist, regardless of religious identity.”

    My point was that free enterprise came from the USA which was formed by a large variety of Protestants who were able to agree together on a form of government, national laws, and protection of property and individual liberties. To the extent the Christian values of this nation have been abandoned, the nation has declined. No other religion, except possibly Judaism, has had the track record of success that sprang from this nation’s Protestant roots.

    “It certainly appears that such feelings emanate from your side as well.”

    It is interesting how Catholics offer proof that Protestantism is false because we are not in complete agreement on many things. But then you like to lump us all together and blame us all for the works of those Protestants who committed the same crimes as the Catholic church.

    You don’t get to have it both ways.

    The main argument Catholics make for the authority of Rome is the single doctrinal view and authority of Rome. Can you show me where the Catholic church / Rome has repented of the crimes of burning people at the stake for printing the Bible? Do you think it was wrong to do this? We still have these Bibles in use today. Do you advocate killing and torturing Bible publishers today?

    If not, can you admit the church or Rome committed great sin by doing these things?

  • The Absurdity of Separated Brethren

    01/25/2015 6:21:00 PM PST · 34 of 309
    unlearner to unlearner

    Comments directed at author of article, not the one who posted it.

  • The Absurdity of Separated Brethren

    01/25/2015 6:14:52 PM PST · 28 of 309
    unlearner to RnMomof7

    Christ said you can recognize a tree by its fruit.

    The Catholic fruit from Rome at the time of reformation was stubborn lack of repentance that would make Pharaoh blush. Cruel torture and murder was how the Catholic leaders dealt with men like William Tyndale who gave his life to give common men access to the scriptures - something that would never have happened at all if there was no reformation.

    It certainly appears that some Catholic promoters even on this forum would love to go back to the days when they could just burn the dissenters at the stake and be done with us.

    The new world has been populated by Catholics and Protestants. Countries that have been dominated by Catholicism have turned more and more socialistic. The Protestants (who Catholics incidentally claim are in disagreement and thus prove to be in error) were able to work together and set aside denominational differences in order to form the Greatest Nation ever on this planet.

    As Catholics grew in proportion to the population through immigration and are now the largest denomination of Christendom, this nation has experienced greater and greater evil. (Catholics represented less than 2% of the population when this nation formed and are now around 25%.)

    Legislators like Nancy Pelosi are freely able to maintain a Catholic identity while promoting the most vile and immoral laws in the history of humanity. Most Evangelical congregations would excommunicate members who do such vile things.

    Currently, the Supreme Court contains zero Evangelical Christians, but it does have Catholic representation. This has helped this nation not much more than if Satan worshipers filled those seats.

    So, go ahead and mock true believers in Christ. His enemies openly mocked Him also. Fill up the shoes of your father.

    Some of us will continue to regard Christ’s words above foolish, man-made traditions and rhetoric, and judge the tree by its fruit.

  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 7:56:31 PM PST · 117 of 1,924
    unlearner to NYer

    “A true Mariology serves as a guarantor against bad Christology.”

    The essential elements of the Gospel, as Paul defined it in 1 Corinthians 15, contains absolutely NOTHING about Chirst’s mother, Mary. The reason for this is because a person does not need to even know Mary existed to learn of Christ’s saving work.

    A heretic is someone who overemphasizes a Biblical concept or idea to the point at which it becomes twisted, distorted, or corrupted. This is EXACTLY what Catholicism does with a minor character in the pages of scripture. Is she important? Sure. Does her importance warrant claims that Mariology is essential to Christology. NO!

    Does her important role warrant making images of her to bow toward, to make sacrifices to, and to offer prayers to? NO!

    For these things the Word of God is explicitly clear that those who commit these acts of idolatry will have their part in the lake of fire. These are not merely my opinions, or the opinions of other mere men, but the Word of God.

    Revelation 21:8
    But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

    As the real Mary of the Bible is holy, she would reprove the wicked idolatry that is being promoted in her name, just as the apostles and holy angels have done before when men were tempted to bow and worship them. This is not merely because such acts dishonor her, but also because they damn men’s souls to a Christless eternity in the lake of fire. Those who advocate this have not repented of their error themselves and have made a career of promoting it to others. They would make this woman of God out to be like Satan, calling for men to bow down and worship him. But Christ rebuked Satan for this, quoting scripture, which if Satan had obeyed, he would have been forced to bend his own knee to the One he was tempting to commit idolatry and Satan worship.

    Luke 4:8
    And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

    Woe to the impostors! Those who promote the worship of Mary are not content to rush headlong to destruction alone, they insist on taking many with them. But these errors will not go unanswered.

    Matthew 23:13, 15, 24, 27-33
    But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
    Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
    Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

  • The Lolita Express (Slick Willy w/Pedo J.Epstein)

    01/23/2015 11:55:47 AM PST · 17 of 18
    unlearner to Para-Ord.45

    Bill Clinton: I did not have sex with that woman.
    Subtext: Depends on what the definition of “woman” is.

  • Obama Still Reading From the Same Old Script

    01/23/2015 11:28:58 AM PST · 9 of 15
    unlearner to Kaslin

    “The talking is the background noise of much of the last decade, auditory wallpaper that seems to line the corridors of everyday life.”

    The author is being generous. It is auditory toilette paper, not wallpaper.

    He misses the real reason Obama quotes himself. It is not really his favorite error of arguing from authority. Arguing implies a logical fallacy. There is no logic, reason or argument. He makes statements like this because it is part of his highly-skilled ability at conversational hypnosis which bypasses logic and reason and attempts to circumvent the natural built-in filtering system our brains use to detect error. The goal is to insert the speaker into the brain of the listener so it seems as if they are merely agreeing with their own thoughts. Quoting himself is just one example of a conversational hypnotist making statements that are absolutely and undeniably true so as to lower the guard of the listener to accept everything being stated as true.

    The conversational hypnotist can say things like “I’m standing here”, “today”, or “right now”. And “you are listening to me say” and so on. The trick is to mix in the subtle “suggestions” within these otherwise true statements so people feel as if they are acting on their on volition.

    At some point many begin to tune out a guy who has lied over and over to them. The last election proved that some people are waking up.

  • HEROD AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

    01/21/2015 4:16:40 PM PST · 21 of 27
    unlearner to metmom

    Powerful message. Thanks for posting.