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Posts by unlearner

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  • Ten Points of God's Healing

    05/23/2016 7:02:38 PM PDT · 23 of 65
    unlearner to Jim 0216; Zirondelle

    I agree with both of you to a certain extent.

    We must keep in mind that the miracles Jesus did were “signs”. The signs point us to Jesus.

    Likewise, there were signs which followed the message of the apostles. These confirmed the claim of being eye witnesses to His resurrection.

    We live in a time when the Lord does not walk among us as a mortal human being. And His apostles are not living among us either.

    On the other hand, we still have the written testimony of the apostles, in the form of the New Testament. And it is reasonable to expect God to continue to confirm His word miraculously.

    I believe this mostly happens when people who have never heard hear for the first time. It is not uncommon for miracles to follow the spread of the Gospel and the translation of scripture into a new language or culture.

    And there is the practical aspect of His meeting our needs. This can and sometimes does take the form of provision, protection and healing. However, His grace can also meet our needs without necessarily ridding us of all physical illness.

    The proof of this is beyond dispute. No one, of any Christian denomination, throughout the history of the church, has ever exercised so much faith that they overcame mortality and avoided death altogether. Aging and death are the result of disease. And it is simply not true that death only comes to believers because of a lack of faith.

    While I cannot agree that God desires every believer to be free of every sickness at all times, I do think those who advocate healing through faith in Christ’s atoning work on the cross are to be commended because often believers do not receive God’s best due to not exercising faith and asking. Jesus taught us to ask, seek, and knock. This applies today. James also instructed that we have not because we ask not.

    Believers in Jesus Christ should recognize that healing is easy for God. It is easier than the redemption from our sins that Jesus accomplished on the cross. It is easier than God fulfilling the numerous Old Testament prophecies by Christ’s death. It is easier than raising Him from the dead.

    While we can never demand that God heal us, it is not unreasonable to ask, seek, and knock. He always can, and He often will.

  • Abolish the Department of Justice

    05/22/2016 5:16:35 PM PDT · 19 of 26
    unlearner to Kaslin

    No thanks. I don’t trust half the states to enforce the law either. And the liberals will use the judicial and law enforcement systems of the states they control to attack all conservatives.

    The time has come to begin the discussion of conservatives and liberals divorcing and splitting up the community property.

    There is no remedy to the condition of this nation. It can only be dissolved and rebuilt from the foundation up. The alternative will be far more destructive and costly.

  • Univision Promotes ‘Make America Mexico Again’

    05/22/2016 4:59:51 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    unlearner to 2ndDivisionVet

    Can we give them California back?

  • Obama Pushes for Zika Funding: ‘Mosquitoes Don’t Go Through Customs’

    05/22/2016 4:58:17 PM PDT · 36 of 42
    unlearner to Olog-hai

    If Obama gets the funding he wants, he will use every last penny for anything but stopping the Zika virus, including actions that will spread Zika in the US. It’s his M.O.

  • 10 Years Later, Al Gore Says His Film ‘Underestimated’ Global Warming

    05/21/2016 8:35:13 AM PDT · 51 of 73
    unlearner to rktman

    Another Al Gore-ism. What was underestimated how severe the global warming (political) science fascism would become.

  • The Gospel Part 5: Reconciling Faith And Works

    05/19/2016 7:05:55 PM PDT · 14 of 49
    unlearner to amessenger4god

    Good article.

    It is, however, incorrect to assert that “under the law works were a requirement for salvation”.

    Salvation was always by faith, through grace. The law always served to bring knowledge of sin and the need for repentance.

    Also, many Protestants who believe in salvation by grace alone, acknowledge that grace is not merely “unmerited favor”. God’s grace is transformative.

    1 Corinthians 15:10
    But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

    It was God’s grace working in Paul that caused him to labor more abundantly than the other apostles.

    Lastly, the Gospel summary given here is incomplete: “In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 the Gospel is defined simply as Jesus dying for our sins, being buried, and rising again.” Close but not quite.

    1 Corinthians 15:3-4
    For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures...

    Notice that this passage reveals that the Gospel includes that Christ’s death and resurrection were the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. This is an essential element of the Gospel. So, instead of merely 3 elements (substitutionary death, burial, and resurrection of Christ), the fulfillment of scripture is essential. But there is more.

    1 Corinthians 15:5-8
    and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

    In addition to the first four elements of the Gospel message, it is also essential that Christ was seen by many witnesses AFTER He was raised from the dead. This is a requirement for an apostle. All apostles saw the resurrected Christ and were personally taught by Him. The New Testament is, among other things, a record of those who were witnesses of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. The Gospel message is not simply a made up fairy tale. It is an actual historical record with more evidence than any other event in history.

    So there are actually 5 elements of the Gospel message. But there is still more. The Gospel is more than just information. It has power and authority. And comes with commands. And the first 2 commands are inseparable from the Gospel itself. The two commands are to repent and believe.

    Acts 17:30
    Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.

    Luke 24:46-48
    Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things.”

    A careful study of the Gospel message, including the Great Commission, and actual sermons to unbelievers recorded in the book of Acts, demonstrate that all of these elements are present. This is the sevenfold Gospel.

  • Supreme Court plaintiffs claim discrimination after Catholic cemetery rejects pro-gay headstone

    05/19/2016 6:07:43 PM PDT · 2 of 52
    unlearner to massmike

    The Catholic Church is clearly violating the first amendment right to have everyone accept homosexual sex as normative behavior.

    /s

  • Why I hate GOOGLE - look at their search engine page banner today!

    05/19/2016 9:15:46 AM PDT · 16 of 84
    unlearner to ShivaFan

    Google does not have any special logo on Christmas, Good Friday, or Easter.

    One year they did a contest where the winner’s drawing became the Google logo on Christmas. They picked the ugliest one with no Christmas colors or Christ-related theme.

    I wonder how the executives there who hate Jesus so much are going to feel when Christ returns, and they finally comprehend that they will be answering to Him for how they have conducted themselves.

  • Rejoicing in Suffering

    05/19/2016 9:02:19 AM PDT · 15 of 20
    unlearner to eCSMaster

    “if I were God I think I would try to prevent such wickedness.”

    The most wicked act mankind ever did was crucifying Jesus Christ. Would you have intervened to stop that from happening?

  • Rejoicing in Suffering

    05/19/2016 6:51:08 AM PDT · 12 of 20
    unlearner to eCSMaster

    “Why does God always want us to suffer?”

    God does not want us to suffer, ALWAYS.

    Reconciling God’s love and omnipotence is difficult in a world full of suffering, injustice, and evil. Why does God allow these things?

    Mercy and grace are not for those who deserve them. By definition we do NOT deserve them. And if God exacted perfect justice at all times, without the possibility of mercy and forgiveness, we would all be doomed.

    All of these issues are wrapped up in the purpose of the cross. If you understand why God allowed His Son to suffer and die for sinners, then you can understand why He allows the righteous to suffer. The ultimate outcome will make the suffering of God’s children a “good” thing, in the same way that the cross of Christ is good.

    That was the ultimate injustice, and yet God chose it as the means by which sinners can be redeemed. And God, the Father, has rewarded His Son for this obedience. The same applies to those who follow in His steps.

    This suffering is temporary. The reward for obedience is eternal.

    But not for everyone. There are those who do evil and go unpunished in this life. But God will bring them to justice later.

    You said that you would want people to be happy. Does that apply to everyone? In your universe, would very wicked people, who hurt others maliciously, be happy?

  • Clinton Surrogate Ed Rendell: There Are More Ugly Women Than Attractive Women In America

    05/19/2016 6:26:16 AM PDT · 32 of 41
    unlearner to Biggirl

    Beauty is skin deep. Ugly goes all the way to the bone.

  • In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

    05/18/2016 6:13:13 PM PDT · 33 of 45
    unlearner to BenLurkin

    “A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal.”

    No. It is more than disturbing. This cries to Heaven for judgement.

  • Man dies after assault during music festival at Discovery Park (1-Punch Knockout Kill)

    05/18/2016 5:30:11 PM PDT · 2 of 57
    unlearner to ghosthost

    Brought to you by the white people don’t matter group.

  • He Got It From His Mama? The Christian Case for Transgender Equity [Jesus is Trans]

    05/18/2016 7:30:41 AM PDT · 21 of 44
    unlearner to C19fan

    While many errors could be pointed out on the theology of this author, I will draw attention to the most fundamental: the author denies the full humanity of Jesus of Nazareth. This gnostic error was already being spread while the apostles were still living. John particularly reproves it as being of the spirit of anti-Christ.

  • Religious Universities Pressured to Secularize

    05/17/2016 9:08:16 AM PDT · 8 of 16
    unlearner to Academiadotorg

    Harvard, Yale, Princeton, et al, were once more religious than today’s religious schools.

    Now that they have been completely secularized, the left is not satisfied. They want to crush all dissent.

    The left is a political Borg.

  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/15/2016 8:52:38 AM PDT · 45 of 45
    unlearner to Olog-hai

    “That is, since the matter is of some import to you.”

    I think since Christ commanded His disciples to proclaim the Gospel to every nation and teach them the word of God, it is important to Him:

    Matthew 28:18-20
    And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

    An essential requirement to fulfilling this is to overcome the language barriers. It was God who created the language barriers in Babel (incidentally, located in the Arabian peninsula). It was also God who broke down these barriers on the day the Church became the Church (i.e. Pentecost).

    “I’ll settle for ‘al ilah’, non-contracted.”

    Thank you for answering the question. There are problems with your position on this, but at least you have one.

    ilah means “god” or “idol”.
    alihah means “gods” or “idols”.
    ilahah is the feminine version, i.e. “goddess”.
    al-Lah is the gender neutral “the God”. This is the English equivalent of how “Allah” is written in Arabic. (Arabic is a cursive language that does not use the English alphabet.)

    But your position has significant problems:

    1. The supposed connection between Allah and the Arabian moon god presupposes that Allah is a contraction of your preferred Arabic term for God, al-ilah. You cannot simultaneously claim that Allah is NOT a contraction of your preferred term and is really a repurposed moon god. The Arabic moon god, who had three daughters, was called... (drum roll please) al-ilah.

    2. You are taking the side of Muslims who say Allah is a unique name for their deity and did not derive from your preferred title, al-ilah. You are contradicting centuries of scholarship by Jewish and Christian translators who ALWAYS translated the title of God as “Allah” in Arabic.

    3. Your preferred term, al-ilah, means “the god” or “the idol” to Arabic speakers. Can you imagine Arabic Muslims demanding that English speaking Christians always preface God with the article “the” because God’s title is constantly used as a curse in Western movies? Therefore, according to these Muslims, you must distinguish your God from the misuse of His title. How about if it were Arabic speaking Christians who demanded this from you? How would you feel about complying with their demand?

    4. And let’s suppose you got your way, and Arabic speakers came to understand al-ilah to mean “the God” you would still be ADDING to the Bible in most places if you were to replace “God” with “the God”.

    Proverbs 30:6
    Do not add to His words,
    Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

    5. You are siding with Muslims who attack Christians. Arabic speaking Christians universally use “Allah” as the title of God. As far as I know, no Christians are being compelled by Muslims to call the God of the Bible “Allah”. When Christians are allowed to co-exist with Muslim neighbors, they distinguish the God of the Bible with terms like “Father” and Lord, etc. The only case that I know of where Christians are persecuted regarding using the term “Allah” is BECAUSE they do call the God of the Bible “Allah” in Arabic. And some Muslims are offended at this. It is illegal in Malaysia to call the God of the Bible “Allah’ (in spite of the fact that the Koran states the same). However, keep in mind that Arabic is not the language of Malaysia.

    In spite of my disagreement with your insistance on Christians rejecting Allah as the Arabic term for God, I will agree that using your distinction could be useful in one case. If Muslims try to force a Christian to convert to Islam by saying the Shahada, which begins “La ilah illa Allah”, he could instead indicate “La ilah illa al-ilah” in order to distinguish his belief. But, in English, the phrase really just means, “there is no other god besides God”. This is something Christians agree with. What would be wrong is to say “there is no god but Allah”.

    We agree here, but for slightly different reasons. Yours is that you have been arguing that Allah is NOT the Arabic title for God. Mine is that it IS God’s title in Arabic and not a universal name. Saying this is mixing English with Arabic, and it IS treating Allah as if the Muslims are correct and it is His universal name. So it would be wrong for Christians to assent to this.

    Of course my point is not to say the Christian understanding of God is the same as that of Muslims. Nor am I advocating Christians to adopt the word Allah if they do not speak Arabic. I am simply arguing that it is wrong to denigrate the term because it is the word for God, not only for Arabic speaking Muslims, but also for Arabic speaking Christians and Jews. And it is the title that God preserved for Himself in that language.

    Thankfully, we do not need to learn to speak a foreign language to come to God through Jesus Christ. Neither do Arabic speakers.

  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/14/2016 5:48:46 PM PDT · 43 of 45
    unlearner to Olog-hai

    I am wondering if you simply glance at my posts and then just shoot a quick response without reading. So, for the fifth post I will ask you:

    What word SHOULD Arabic speakers use to refer to the one true God?

  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/13/2016 12:06:14 PM PDT · 41 of 45
    unlearner to Olog-hai

    “it is still clear that the name ‘Allah’ is not ‘Al-ilah’”

    You are contradicting your own source:

    http://www.letusreason.org/islam6.htm

    “Allah is the name of the only God in Islam. Allah is a pre-Islamic name coming from the compound Arabic word Al-ilah which means the God, which is derived from al (the) ilah (deity).”

    Ironically, you are in agreement with the Muslims who deny that this is the origin of the term “Allah”. But this chicken and egg argument is irrelevant. The issue is how the true God should be referenced in Arabic. I assert, along with millions of Arabic believers, many of whom died for their faith rather than deny God or Christ, that “Allah” is THE word for God in Arabic.

    “The personalities of the Koranic deity and the Bible’s God are utterly divergent.”

    You are changing the subject. I never said ANYTHING remotely to the contrary.

    I just gave you countless Biblical passages explaining clearly from the Bible that MANY people use the correct title AND name for God while teaching and doing what is contrary to His personality, character, and commandments. That is the case of Islam. It is also the case of many who identify as Jew or Christian.

    “You still haven’t proved that ‘Allah’ specifically does mean the Biblical God”

    This is no different than an Arab Muslim challenging you to PROVE that “God” is a legitimate title for the Almighty Creator of the Universe.

    I think rather it is up to you to support YOUR assertion. My assertion rests on the Bible. Did you not hear that repeatedly? The BIBLE.

    The Arabic Bible has ALWAYS referred to God as “Allah”. It has done so since hundreds of years before there was an English Bible.

    Now, many centuries later, Muslims are plaguing the planet, and you are angry, like most civilized people, and you are, out of pure emotion, asserting that Christians and Jews who speak Arabic should NEVER refer to God as “Allah” because of what the Muslims have done to abuse that title.

    The reality is that you are trying to correct Bible translators and evangelists who gave their lives to bring the Gospel and Bible to Arabs. And you don’t have the ability to correct them because you do not know enough to translate the Bible into Arabic, and even if you learned that, your premise about God’s title in that language is incorrect.

    And you have again ignored my question, which I am asking for the fourth post: what is the correct title for God in Arabic?

    From your comments I can only guess it is one of the following:

    1. you haven’t the slightest clue and don’t care to know, just want to argue what it is not

    2. it is a secret you are keeping

    3. you don’t know but are scrambling furiously to figure out in hopes of winning this argument and saving yourself the disappointment of having to admit to being wrong

    4. you think it should be Al-ilah (i.e. the God) instead of Allah (i.e. God) in order to distinguish it from the Islamic apostasy

    5. ??? I don’t know. You tell me. Is there some other option I haven’t thought of? Why won’t you answer a simple question? If you are so sure that Allah is NOT God’s title in Arabic, then what is the correct one?

  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/13/2016 11:32:04 AM PDT · 39 of 45
    unlearner to Olog-hai

    “you seem to be a bit overly attached to this”

    I am attached to what is true. You seem pretty lackadaisical about it, as evidenced by avoiding the issue.

    “the author would not conflate Arabs and Muslims”

    I just pointed out how the author cited the prohibition of Muslims from using “Allah” toward any other deity but their own as if it was some sort of evidence that Allah is NOT a general term for God.

    “Mahomet himself expounded the Koran being in Arabic as some sort of virtue, and thought of Islam as being an Arab-centric religion either way, no matter what other Arabs believed.”

    I agree that Islam and its founder treated the Arab ethnicity as superior to others. That mentality invades that culture today. And it is part of the reason that Islam has made “Allah” the universal name for God. They want everyone else to recognize their uniquely Arabic deity. But the question is, do YOU think Allah is strictly Arab-centric? Or more particularly, do you think there is one true God over ALL mankind, or is He the God only of English speaking people? Must Arabic speakers learn English in order to be saved?

    Again, what name should Arabic speakers call on to be saved? Is it Issa? That is the Arabic name for Jesus (which is not how Jesus of Nazareth was addressed by His disciples or family because they did not speak English).

    You seem very evasive about the germane issue. Do you think there is no title for God in Arabic? If not, what is that title? I have asked this question now 3 times, several different ways. And you have ignored every one of them. I do not understand your reason for posting an article, engaging in discussion, arguing a point of disagreement, and yet being either unwilling or unable to answer one very simple question.

    If you or someone else can show me what title for God in Arabic should be used by Christians and Jews, and why it is valid historically rather than Allah, I will admit my error and change my position. However, I used to believe what you believe on the subject when I was totally ignorant and merely did a cursory exploration of the topic. When I examined the evidence more thoroughly, I realized I was wrong. God intends for the message of salvation to be proclaimed to all people in their own language. This requires translating the Bible. People were burned at the stake to give us the Bible in our language. For that I am grateful. The Bible was translated into Arabic long before it was in English. And God is called “Allah” in both the Jewish and Christian translations of their scriptures into Arabic.

    It is quite easy to be an armchair quarterback like our friends at “Let Us Reason” when it comes to translating the Bible. It is easy to critique those doing the work. It is another to actually do the work. And if “Allah” is the wrong word to use in these translations, you and they need to answer, what is the correct term for God in Arabic?

  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/13/2016 10:13:35 AM PDT · 37 of 45
    unlearner to Olog-hai

    “Hebrew ‘Eloah/Elohim’ (which can refer to false gods) whereas ‘Allah’ in particular is not.”

    You seem to be contradicting yourself. First you argued that Allah was once considered a moon god, according to the source you cited:

    “Before Islam the Arabs recognized many gods and goddesses, each tribe had their own deity. There were also nature deities. Allah was the god of the local Quraysh tribe, which was Mohammed’s tribe before he invented Islam to lead his people out of their polytheism. Allah was then known as the Moon God, who had 3 daughters who were viewed as intercessors for the people into Allah.”

    And now you are arguing that the difference between my analogy of Odin and Allah is that the Hebrew word for God can also refer to gods, but Allah cannot.

    But actually you seen to share the same error in logic as the author you cited:

    “The source of this (Allah) goes back to pre-Muslim times. Allah is not a common name meaning ‘God’ (or a ‘god’), and the Muslim must use another word or form if he wishes to indicate any other than his own peculiar deity.”

    The error here is obvious. The author is confusing Arabs and Muslims. Islam is the religion of Muslims. Arab is the ethnicity of people who descended from Ishmael, Abraham’s first son. Further, Arabic is the native language spoken by many people of the middle east, whether they are Arab or Jewish or some other ethnicity.

    Just because Muslims are not supposed to use the word “Allah” to refer to any other god, does not mean that Arabic speakers are bound to follow the tenets of that religion. Even your own source confirms that the term “Allah” pre-dates Islam. So clearly, even the way Muslims use it today is NOT the way Arabs used it before Islam.

    Christianity spread to the Arabian peninsula long before English even existed. The Bible was translated into Arabic long before it was translated into English. Moses received the first five books of the Bible from God there. Paul received his apostolic training by Christ there. These people are descendants of Abraham. Do you think the message of salvation in the Bible does not apply to Arabic speakers?

    According to the Bible, God will save an uncountable multitude which will be comprised of people of every language on earth. That must include Arabic.

    Revelation 7:9, 14
    After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands... These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

    According to Acts 2, Arabs were among those converted at Pentecost. (These were Jewish proselytes of Arab ethnicity, and almost certainly spoke Arabic, as that is a major point of the passage.)

    What Arabic word do you suppose they used for God? What Arabic word for God should Arabic Jews and Christians use today?

  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/12/2016 10:28:38 AM PDT · 35 of 45
    unlearner to Olog-hai

    “No, it is still not God’s Arabic title no matter how much it is in common use as such. See here:”

    If we use your logic, then all western Christians are idolaters who really worship Odin, because our word for God derived from the “pagan Germanic ‘Gott,’ which was used as a proper name for the chief Teutonic deity, Odin.” See here:

    https://www.thepeopleofthebook.org/about/strategy/the-use-of-the-word-allah/

    Christians and Jews translated the Bible into Arabic hundreds of years before there was an English translation of the Bible. ALL of them used the word “Allah” for God. Ascribing the Arabic title for God to an ancient moon god, is a naive and simplistic response to the rise of Islam.

    Muslims do NOT worship a moon god. Muslims do not believe in worshipping angels, stars, or man-made images. Do they worship the true God? No. Of course not. If you thought that is what I was saying, you misunderstood. But Muslims do use the correct title for God in Arabic.

    I could site a thousand sources that contradict your assertion, but it is irrelevant if you have made up your mind and will not be swayed by facts. Just because idolaters call a particular idol “God” does not invalidate God’s title. Do you think a culture can simply have no word for God? Whenever Arabs attributed God’s title to a moon god or other gods, they were committing idolatry. Israel did the same thing when they corrupted their worship of the one true God Who revealed Himself to them.

    Amos 5:21-26
    I hate, I despise your feast days,
    And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.
    Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
    I will not accept them,
    Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
    Take away from Me the noise of your songs,
    For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
    But let justice run down like water,
    And righteousness like a mighty stream.
    Did you offer Me sacrifices and offerings
    In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
    You also carried Sikkuth your king
    And Chiun, your idols,
    The star of your gods,
    Which you made for yourselves.

    Exodus 32:7-8
    And the Lord said to Moses, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!’”

    There are millions of people who claim to follow the God and the Jesus of the Bible (i.e. Jesus of Nazareth), but are worshipping some other god. They are using the correct title but have a wrong theology of Who God is. This is easily illustrated from the Bible itself:

    John 16:2
    They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.

    2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15
    For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!
    For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

    We learn from the New Testament that when someone worships a false god, they are not worshipping a real deity because there is only one true Deity. Idolaters are unintentionally worshipping demons, which are real:

    1 Corinthians 10:20
    Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.

    Do you think that the Arabs have the wrong word for Jesus also? Arabic speaking Muslims call Him Isa, but only regard Him as a prophet. They do not believe He actually died on the cross but tricked Judas into taking His place. They do not believe He is the Son of God or rose from the dead. But the Arab lands have always played a major role in God’s plan in the Bible. Both Moses and Paul were taught by Christ (for Moses the pre-incarnate Christ was a Theophany) in this region rather than in the promised land of Israel.

    The knowledge of God in what the Bible calls Arabia existed even before God called Abraham. So, when an Arabic speaking Muslim converts to Christianity, he or she believes on “Isa” for salvation. He or she believes the message of Christ’s atoning substitutionary death, His fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, His resurrection as witnessed by the apostles. And these Arabic speaking Christians call Jesus “Isa” and God “Allah”. And these same Christians are this day being martyred for their faith in Jesus and the one true God. Yet they use the words that you disparage. They do not worship a moon god. They just worship the true God as revealed in the Bible rather than the false doctrines of Islam.

    If your premise about the name “Allah” is correct, then you should be able to easily answer one question: What word for God SHOULD Arabic Christians and Jews use if not Allah? If you cannot answer that, you should rethink your position. I am not trying to insult you or be argumentative just for the sake of arguing. But you are wrong.

    If not, then I am wrong, and I want to be corrected of my error. So I will happily admit my error, as I have a few times on this forum, if you or anyone can prove me wrong. But I am pretty confident about this. I have researched it. No one of an opposing view has been able to successfully demonstrate that there is a different, correct title for God and Jesus in Arabic.

  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/10/2016 8:54:55 PM PDT · 33 of 45
    unlearner to Olog-hai

    While I do not know from your post, I am going to respond with the assumption you are a Christian whose primary language is English. If either of these is incorrect, please feel free to correct me.

    ” ‘Al-ilah’ is the Arabic word for ‘god’, AIUT.”

    More accurately it means “the god”. And I have no idea what AIUT is. But it is not the Arabic name for God.

    “And ‘Allah’ is not a contraction of ‘al-ilah’, but a name unto itself”

    You are stating an Islamic doctrine. There are many scholars who believe it is a contraction. Regardless, whether it is or not is irrelevant. The Arabic word for God, contrary to your statement and that of Muslims, was Allah BEFORE Muhammed lived on this planet. There are sources too numerous to list, which demonstrate this fact. Muhammed was not the first to refer to the Supreme Being as Allah.

    The Muslims argue that this is God’s name, not title. They argue that it was first revealed to Muhammed. However, Allah was the Arabic title for God long before then. You and they are incorrect.

    “neither word is linguistically cognate with Hebrew ‘Eloah/Elohim’ although the sound of the words might suggest it.”

    I’m not sure what you mean. Elohim is the Hebrew title for God. The title for God is unique to nearly every language. In English, His title is God. Is God “linguistically cognate” to Elohim? How about the apostles of Christ who delivered His message in Greek, using the title for God in Greek, which is Theos?

    Perhaps you are under the false impression that my reason for identifying “Allah” as the Arabic title for God is that it has a similar etymology to the Hebrew title. I do not think this. While languages do evolve, they became distinct when God divided them at Babel. He also reserved to Himself a unique title in every language. There has never been a spoken language that did not have a word for God in it.

    “although the sound of the words might suggest it.”

    Arabic is not Hebrew. So any similarity in sounds of words is irrelevant. As I already pointed out, the Hebrew, Greek, and English titles for God are quite dissimilar. They also sound NOTHING alike.

    The reality is that Arabic Jews and Christians called upon “Allah” (but not an Islamic Allah), long before Muhammed arrived on the scene.

    The Muslims have commandeered God’s Arabic title, claiming it is His exclusive name. Looking at the Bible, we find that God’s name, like the names of people, is different linguistically from one language to another. For example, Jesus is the English equivalent for the name of Christ. In Hebrew it would be something like Yeshua. In fact, when we translate from Hebrew, we get Joshua. But Joshua and Jesus are actually the same name.

    My point about the names is that God’s name being “One” is a major tenet of Islam but is not Biblically correct. God’s name being one is not about languages being merged together again like they were before Babel. It is about knowing His true identity. He has progressively revealed that identity since the dawn of creation. In the New Testament He reveals His identity through the identity of Jesus, His Son. And so, we do not find a Greek equivalent to Jehovah in the New Testament. Rather, God is called Father.

    There is nothing magical about the arrangement of phonemes. It is the meaning we ascribe to them that is important. It is not nomenclature. It is identity. As the saying goes, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

    Back to my original point. Allah IS the Arabic title for God. I challenge anyone to show otherwise. There is NO Arabic word that can replace it. And this is because God ordained that His title in Arabic would be Allah.

    If Westernized Christians could grasp this simple reality, it would spare a lot of confusion. Arabic Christians and Jews read Arabic scriptures that call God Allah. It is not blasphemous. It is the correct word to specify the one true God, IF you are speaking in Arabic.

    Thus, Christians should never disparage that title, even though that title is being abused by Muslims.

    Muslims talk about “Allah”, but they do not know who the true “Allah” is. Muslims would like to impose the Arabic title for God on the whole planet, whether we speak Arabic or not. However, let’s not make the equivalent mistake of expecting Arabic speakers to learn English in order to find the one true God. Arabic Christians were among the first Christians in the Church as evidenced by the record in Acts. It specifically says Arabic Jews were present for the feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit arrived. And they, like every other group distinguished by native language, heard the message of “God” in their native tongue. This strongly suggests that on the birthday of the New Testament Church, some heard and believed the Gospel message about Jesus Christ Who was the Son of God ( “Allah” in their native language). But there were no English speakers present on that day. English would not become a language for centuries.

    1 Corinthians 12:3
    Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

  • London Buses To Feature ‘Praise Allah’ Ads

    05/10/2016 10:23:31 AM PDT · 17 of 45
    unlearner to Olog-hai

    “Allah” is the Arabic word for God. Arabic Christians and Jews use the same word for God. The Christian Bible in Arabic speaking countries has always used the same term for God. It was used by Christians before there was an Islamic religion or an English language.

    That being said, most British and most Americans do not speak Arabic. English is the predominant language in the world for a good reason. It has been English speaking people who have innovated the most and embraced the ideals of personal liberty.

  • Swedish Mother Opens Home to Refugee Who Sexually Assaults Daughter [Stockholm Syndrome]

    05/09/2016 3:48:50 PM PDT · 13 of 29
    unlearner to Regulator

    Let’s try winning our own country back first.

    While I agree with the point of the article, allow me to point out that these stories are routine in our own country as well, because momma’s latest boyfriend is THE single biggest threat to most children when it comes to murder or sexual assault.

    Children are safer in cultures that embrace Judeo-Christian principles of lifelong, monogamous (heterosexual and non-incestuous should go without saying) marriage. Unfortunately, our nation has abandoned these morals for more than a generation. And we are reaping the whirlwind today.

  • An Indian teen was raped by her father. Village elders had her whipped.

    05/09/2016 3:12:09 PM PDT · 32 of 37
    unlearner to rickmichaels

    All foreign cultures are like this.

    Do I really need a sarcasm tag?

    It is newsworthy because it is so bizarre.

    Here the young girl would be treated in a perfectly moral and civil way. First, authorities would force her to undergo an invasive procedure with a rape kit which would re-traumatize her. Then she would be given abortion pills or forced to undergo an abortion if she got pregnant. She would be removed from her home and placed with a homosexual couple. She would get the privilege of a public education where she would no longer be given useless knowledge like basic reading and writing skills, but would learn about social injustice. She would learn that her father’s action are simply what all men do, and she would be recruited to fight for “women’s rights” to stop all non-emasculated men from being able to participate in the political process, or work, or breathe.

  • FR is dead to me

    05/05/2016 4:34:57 PM PDT · 420 of 482
    unlearner to CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

    Sorry. I’m a bit like Sheldon Cooper when it comes to sarcasm. I need a sign. Maybe that is my fault. Or maybe it is the strange days we are living in. Maybe a little of both.

    Honestly, there have been Trump supporters who really, truly posted things far more ridiculous but really meant them as true.

    Glad to know these are not your true sentiments.

    Although I am concerned with Trump shifting away from his conservative narrative in the general, I have no doubt about the outright hatred Clinton has toward conservatives. Makes the choice pretty easy for me.

  • The Primary is over. Thank God and Hallelujah!

    05/05/2016 1:16:23 PM PDT · 66 of 196
    unlearner to Jim Robinson

    Count me in.

  • FR is dead to me

    05/05/2016 11:05:14 AM PDT · 417 of 482
    unlearner to CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC

    “You don’t understand, do you? Haven’t you heard? You’re not needed. You’re superfluous.”

    I really want to believe you are being sarcastic. But the thing about sarcasm these days is that it looks an awful lot like reality.

    Anyone who actually believes what you posted is either in the furthest depths of naive ignorance, or is a shill for the Democrats, here only to sow seeds of discord.

    Trump certainly does not agree with what you posted, he is far too smart to think that. So you may want to take a queue from him if you REALLY DO want to elect him.

    And don’t get me wrong. When I call your thinking naive, it is not meant as an insult. I was naive when Obama first ran. I tried to convince myself that America was not stupid enough to elect a socialist because even poor people here have homes, running water, transportation, air conditioning, cable television, smart phones, and plenty of food. But America was stupid enough to elect him.

    America has not learned. America is still stupid enough to elect Hillary.

    Trump has the advantage of being up against a terribly weak candidate. Clinton’s base is NOT enthusiastic for her. There is more anti-Trump sentiment than pro-Clinton support.

    He has the disadvantage of the media being entirely leftist.

    While it could possibly be a sweep, it is unlikely. And a sweep is impossible without wide support and heavy turnout.

    You may say Trump got heavy turnout in the primary. Yeah, but so did other candidates. Trump did not win the primary in a landslide. He scraped by and barely made it across the finish line.

    Trump could have breezed through the primaries if he and his supporters did not so lightly sling unjustified insults. You may think that was a winning formula. But it almost cost Trump the nomination.

    Too much is at stake to get cocky. The majority of American voters are stupid and easily manipulated.

    While using some of this technique may work against Hillary, he needs to focus more on why he is the best candidate. Trump will win if he gets people to show up at the polls. And he needs to get focussed on why people should vote for him rather than why his opponents are so bad.

    Nasty messages saying you do not need conservatives is the absolute stupidest thing you or any Trump supporter could do right now. That is, as I said before, if you REALLY DO want Trump to win.

    He will need all the support he can get. Don’t insult potential supporters. That’s a losing strategy.

  • Dad Seeking Bride for Son; Marries Himself

    05/04/2016 4:23:22 PM PDT · 24 of 27
    unlearner to nickcarraway

    That would make the younger daughter both the daughter-in-law AND sister-in-law of the father.

  • How should I talk about Religion with my Jehovah Witness sister? Vanity.

    05/04/2016 3:55:24 PM PDT · 82 of 170
    unlearner to Zeneta

    Be polite and respectful. Praise her desire to seek God and know Him. Pray with her and both of you ask God to reveal any errors about His nature.

    I suggest referring to the following Bible passages about knowing God:

    John 12:35-45 (NEW WORLD TRANSLATION 2013)
    So Jesus said to them: “The light will be among you a little while longer. Walk while you still have the light, so that darkness does not overpower you; whoever walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.
    While you have the light, exercise faith in the light, so that you may become sons of light.”
    Jesus said these things and went off and hid from them. Although he had performed so many signs before them, they were not putting faith in him, so that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, who said: “Jehovah, who has put faith in the thing heard from us? And as for the arm of Jehovah, to whom has it been revealed?” The reason why they were not able to believe is that again Isaiah said: “He has blinded their eyes and has made their hearts hard, so that they would not see with their eyes and understand with their hearts and turn around and I heal them.” Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory, and he spoke about him. All the same, many even of the rulers actually put faith in him, but they would not acknowledge him because of the Pharisees, so that they would not be expelled from the synagogue; for they loved the glory of men even more than the glory of God. However, Jesus called out and said: “Whoever puts faith in me puts faith not only in me but also in him who sent me; and whoever sees me sees also the One who sent me.”

    Pay special attention to verse 41 which says, “Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory, and he spoke about him.” Exactly whom did Isaiah see in His glory? According to John, it was Jesus. But look at the passage being quoted. It is Isaiah 6. And according to Isaiah it is Jehovah whom Isaiah saw in His glory:

    Isaiah 6:1-3, 9-10 (NEW WORLD TRANSLATION 2013)
    In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw Jehovah sitting on a lofty and elevated throne, and the skirts of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were standing above him; each had six wings. Each covered his face with two and covered his feet with two, and each of them would fly about with two.
    And one called to the other:
    “Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah of armies.
    The whole earth is filled with his glory.”
    ...
    And he replied, “Go, and say to this people:
    ‘You will hear again and again,
    But you will not understand;
    You will see again and again,
    But you will not get any knowledge.’
    Make the heart of this people unreceptive,
    Make their ears unresponsive,
    And paste their eyes together,
    So that they may not see with their eyes
    And hear with their ears,
    So that their heart may not understand
    And they may not turn back and be healed.”

    The passages above are from the Jehovah Witness translation, which is a very poor translation, but in these passages it is still clear that, according to John’s Gospel, Isaiah prophesied that some Jews would have a hardened heart and would not believe in Jesus. John then says that Isaiah wrote these specific prophesies when Isaiah saw Him in His glory. Even in their translation, they admit that Isaiah saw Jesus in His glory. But ask them when this happened. And then look together in Isaiah 6. That is BOTH the chapter John quotes about the Jews being hardened, AND it is the chapter that records Isaiah seeing JEHOVAH in HIS glory.

    When you read these two passages together it is very clear that John is saying Jesus is Jehovah.

    The passage also makes it clear that coming to the Father is always through His Son Jesus.

  • Ted Cruz Accidentally Punches And Elbows His Wife In The Face After Dropping Out

    05/03/2016 7:40:13 PM PDT · 19 of 133
    unlearner to Trumpinator

    The libtards at Huff ‘n Puff may think they are funny, but they will cry like little girls from the beatdown they are about to get.

    The time to unite the base has finally arrived.

  • FR is dead to me

    05/03/2016 7:14:27 PM PDT · 139 of 482
    unlearner to Sensei Ern

    I can certainly relate to how you feel.

    When I found Free Republic more than a decade ago, I was saying to myself there should be a place for conservatives to discuss the latest news and exchange ideas. Lately I have been thinking those thoughts again. Free Republic has been taken over by people over the last several months who do not know what conservatism is and could not care less.

    The Republican primary is over now. I am disgusted with the WAY Trump and his supporters achieved their melancholy victory which included more hateful insults toward conservatives than you would find on the Democratic Underground or a pro-abortion march.

    Trump and his supporters could have won the nomination many weeks ago without the nastiness.

    That being said, I intend to do what I said and vote Trump IN SPITE of the nastiness of his supporters.

    Of course, if Trump shifts left, my support is NOT unconditional.

    Or perhaps I will find myself unwelcome as a conservative among Trump supporters who have openly said conservatives are not needed.

    We shall see.

  • What's the status of Donald Trump's campaign promises?

    04/24/2016 10:30:43 AM PDT · 80 of 87
    unlearner to dynoman

    Well, I will post the same thing I posted earlier.

    https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/anecdotal

    anecdotal fallacy: You used a personal experience or an isolated example instead of a sound argument or compelling evidence.

    First of all, you are PROJECTING that your decision to not explain your post, comment on it, or put quotes around the words of someone else, represent a fault on MY part.

    Second, I don’t care. I gave some helpful, friendly advice. Choose to ignore it and remain stupid if you wish. You really do not need to justify your choice to me because, as I said, I don’t care.

    Third, because MANY, MANY conservatives are simply weary of your stupid, inane, worthless, nasty, disgusting, putrid, immoral, unethical, liberal-loving vitriol, they may not bother to respond.

    So, in your mind, being IGNORED by people constitutes agreement. It doesn’t. But if it makes you feel better about yourself and more accomplished as a participant on this forum, feel free to continue living in your imaginary world. But while you hurt yourself bending your arm to pat yourself on the back, just don’t get your panties all in a ruffle if I don’t share your irrational exuberance.

  • Immigrant who lied to join marines is naturalized: 'Now the law's on my side'

    04/24/2016 10:22:11 AM PDT · 22 of 30
    unlearner to DUMBGRUNT

    The biggest problem with any kind of immigration is that people want to come to the USA because it is a better place to live, but then they think trying to make it more like the place they came from will improve it.

    Savage has it right on this: borders, language, culture.

    Unfortunately, this will have to be a motto for whatever nation rises from the ash heap of this once great nation.

  • (From Feb 2016) Carl Bernstein slams Hillary Clinton: Stop blaming ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ (tr)

    04/24/2016 9:47:47 AM PDT · 3 of 10
    unlearner to Utilizer

    It’s a vast right-wing constituency. And it does not support the felon or the admitted Socialist.

  • Why didn't Rubio and Carson hang in there after they were mathematically eliminated?

    04/24/2016 9:44:01 AM PDT · 233 of 264
    unlearner to RitaOK

    Cruz made it to the senate thanks to Palin and grass roots efforts by Tea Party conservatives who STOPPED GOPe Dewhurst from filling the seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

    Cruz made a lot of conservative promises to win our support. He kept all of his promises. He weathered some harsh attacks from the left and the GOPe during his brief time as a senator.

    At one point, conservatives rallied behind him as the hero of our cause. Many people on this forum considered him the number one pick for president long before he formed an exploratory committee. Of course that has happened with Ben Carson, before he went soft on gun rights, etc. It happened with Rubio before he joined the gang of 8 and betrayed the conservatives who got him elected. Cruz never did this.

    Many questioned his judgement on TPP and even how to deal with the gang of 8. But he ALWAYS did what he promised, even when taking some serious flak for it.

    I defend Cruz because he is a proven conservative. We need many more like him. He has flaws. I have criticisms.

    And I am still fully prepared to vote for Trump in November. He is also human and has flaws. And I have criticisms for him as well. But he is night and day better than ANYTHING the Dems have to offer. He has potential to be a GREAT president. We will see.

  • The Trump path to 1,237

    04/24/2016 9:33:13 AM PDT · 52 of 52
    unlearner to Yaelle

    “I think Cruz WAS an early pick from Trump for Veep. I think Cruz’s character got him out of consideration.”

    He definitely WAS a consideration, Trump specifically said so in an early debate. Unfortunately, Cruz laughed it off. Was probably a foolish and arrogant response.

    It was his success that caused things to get heated, not his character, in my opinion.

    And I still think a Trump-Cruz ticket would be the strongest possible ticket.

    I think the only way that might be possible now is in a contested convention. There is a slim chance.

  • Why didn't Rubio and Carson hang in there after they were mathematically eliminated?

    04/24/2016 9:26:35 AM PDT · 232 of 264
    unlearner to MayflowerMadam

    Well, if Trump gets to 1237 before the convention, he will have all the flexibility in the world to make that choice. If he does not, then he is going to put his incredible deal-making skills (and I do NOT mean that sarcastically) to work. Trump is the presumptive nominee in my mind. Has been for a while. But he still has to cross the finish line. May the best man win.

  • What's the status of Donald Trump's campaign promises?

    04/24/2016 9:24:14 AM PDT · 78 of 87
    unlearner to dynoman

    Awesome. This is the proper way to vet something on FR.

    And posting a link to the FR thread is the best way to do it from some other thread.

    And if you don’t want someone else’s comments or tweet to be mistaken for your own view, I suggest putting them in quotes. Feel free to listen or ignore my advice. Whether you believe it or not, it is meant sincerely.

    And I do not hate you or your preferred candidate. But I do often choose a very aggressive approach to make my case, just like Trump does. Maybe you can appreciate that. Maybe not.

  • Why didn't Rubio and Carson hang in there after they were mathematically eliminated?

    04/24/2016 9:17:58 AM PDT · 231 of 264
    unlearner to Tammy8

    “I swear the only place in the real world or the internet where I encounter any number of hard core Cruz people is right here. That’s it.”

    https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/anecdotal

    anecdotal fallacy: You used a personal experience or an isolated example instead of a sound argument or compelling evidence.

    Check how many millions of primary voters voted for Cruz. It’s 5.5 Million. That’s PRIMARY voters. Not general election. Of the 20+ Million Republican primary voters, Trump has received the support of 7.5 Million. Awesome. But it is wrong to ASSUME that Cruz has no support. He has a lot.

    Cruz has been the BIGGEST obstacle to Trump getting the nomination. And this makes Trump devotees VERY ANGRY. But the reality is that conservatives are just looking for someone to represent our interests. Trump has won the support of many conservatives who focus on the conservative stances he has, and ignore the nonconservative ones.

    But it is foolish to deny the fact that Cruz has a huge following. Same as denying the reality that Bernie and Hillary also have huge followings. You don’t win elections by denying reality.

  • What's the status of Donald Trump's campaign promises?

    04/24/2016 9:08:21 AM PDT · 77 of 87
    unlearner to PA Engineer

    “Maybe you can comment on the content instead of protesting people’s lying eyes.”

    Maybe you should read my comments before opening your mouth and making false statements about what I said AND what the video shows.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3423610/posts?page=53#53

    Unlearner: “I have no idea why Cruz might hand someone cash. Maybe he was handing back a donation and telling him he should donate online. Maybe it was a staffer getting his lunch. Maybe he lost a bet. Maybe he owed the guy money. We do not even know who the person was to whom he gave the money.”

    Tell me what you think your eyes saw. I know what I saw. I saw a graining, choppy, low-resolution video depicting Cruz handing someone what looks like a bill of US currency. The resolution is so poor, it is hard to tell what the document is or what amount of cash it was. It shows no one but Cruz and bunch of other people’s bodies and hands. Someone appears to be trying to get a book autographed. No evidence whatsoever of the crime he is accused of.

    How would YOU like it if CNN showed a guy walking past a park and then claimed it was PA Engineer, who is a Free Republic contributing private citizen journalist and convicted sex offender? And CNN said you were in violation of your parole. Would you be okay with me chiming in and agreeing because I don’t have “lyin’ eyes”? I can see plainly there is a guy walking past a park with kids. So it must be true. You okay with that as proof?

    Like many other attacks on Cruz I foolishly thought maybe there is something to this. I have been promised PROOF that Cruz supplied the photo of Trump’s wife. Proof never came. I was promised PROOF that he had multiple affairs. Proof never came. I promised I would switch my support to Trump if either of these things were true. (Specifically, I said if Cruz committed a recent affair or even one in the past that his wife did not know about and reconcile over, because this makes him a blackmail risk.)

    And this video shows nothing. NOTHING.

    NO explanation of where and when it was shot. No explanation of who received cash. No one’s face except Cruz is in the video.

    Maybe it was shot by a Planned Parenthood operative. Maybe it is “highly edited”, because there is NO context at all. Why? Why is there NOTHING to provide context?

    AND I DID COMMENT ON THE VIDEO. The heated debate with the one posting the link was to address the lies and malicious attacks that have been ongoing.

    So, let me repeat. Why would anyone ASSUME that Cruz giving someone cash is automatically a crime?

    He is a Harvard lawyer who has clerked for the Supreme Court who only the biggest fool would underestimate by saying he is not intelligent. And I am supposed to believe he committed a felony in front of a large crowd of people with cameras running. I can see another camera in the video. Cruz expected to be photographed and video recorded. Yet he committed a crime? Insanity.

    Just because someone posts a Youtube video of Cruz handing someone cash does not mean their caption has the slightest validity.

    And, as I pointed out, the Cruz haters here post new lies about him faster than they can be answered and refuted. It is political arson. And honest conservatives need no part in this nasty business.

    So you should not be questioning why I rebuked the poster, you should be applauding it.

    If Cruz committed a crime, as I am supposed to believe, please contact the DA in the city where this bribery occurred and have him arrested. Otherwise, stop posting stupid lies.

    If you want Trump to win, FINE. I’m with you. Do it honestly. Get back on message. Save the hateful criticism for the real traitors of the nation, which includes Hillary Clinton.

  • Why didn't Rubio and Carson hang in there after they were mathematically eliminated?

    04/24/2016 8:35:21 AM PDT · 230 of 264
    unlearner to nopardons

    “Trump supporters are very loyal; more loyal than any other candidates’.”

    There is loyalty and then there is slavish devotion.

    I am a Trump supporter. I just prefer Cruz more because, contrary to the many ridiculous assertions otherwise, Cruz is the more conservative candidate. Sorry, you don’t get to redefine terms and ideologies just because you are starstruck.

    “If Bernie isn’t the Dem nominee, a large number of those people will vote for Trump.”

    I think you may be right about this. And that IS a good reason to support Trump.

    As I have been saying for a very long while, if Trump and his supporters had stuck to the message of why Trump is a better candidate, instead of name calling and childish attacks on Cruz, he would have already wrapped up the nomination.

    Attacks on a KNOWN conservative make a lot of conservatives very leery of a guy with a track record of liberal support. I’m all for people snapping to the reality that liberalism is a failed non-solution. As long as they really do change. Trump has been positive about Pelosi, Reid, and Planned Parenthood. He and his devotees have saved their most vicious attacks against the most conservative candidate in the race. It’s insulting, not just to Cruz, but to his supporters.

    “The more people learn about Ted, the more they don’t like him.”

    No. The more liberals and socialists, the ones you think will switch to Trump in the general, hear about Cruz, the more they dislike him. The duty of the Republican nominee is to educate the public why conservatism works, not redefine the party platform to be more liberal.

    Left-leaning moderates are no longer welcome in the Democratic Socialist party, so they don’t want to start their own party, they want to come over to the Republican party and “fix” it by making it more liberal.

    In a sane world, Hillary or Bernie would be the nominee of the Communist party. Trump would the nominee of the Democrat party. And Cruz would be the nominee of the Republican party. In this case, Trump would probably win. He’s neither extremely conservative, nor extremely liberal. Trump is a modern day JFK.

    “Cruz is NOT a conservative and he has spit up on and shredded the Constitution.”

    Cruz has a track record that has caused him to be rated more conservative than any other candidate running (generally 100% or nearly that) by EVERY conservative organization. Again, you do not get to redefine conservative to fit what you want it to mean.

    I understand the sentiment that Cruz is a spoiler, and the base needs to unite. I agree. But Trump must EARN it. He does not just get conservative support handed to him because he is Trump. He needs to commit to conservatism and stick to it. He has been too wobbly lately. I still support him, but I will not pledge my undying loyalty to him or any other candidate.

    I have given multiple scenarios in which proof of Trump supporter accusations against Cruz would result in me switching support to Trump. Proof was promised. It never materialized. The nasty things said over and over ad nauseam here and in the media have been said NOT because of Cruz’s lack of conservatism, but because he is the biggest threat to a Trump nomination.

    “Trump can win without your vote.”

    Neither you nor Trump needs to worry about running without MY vote. I WILL vote for Trump if he is the nominee. Unfortunately, many of the millions of Cruz supporters will not, unless he can convince them to unite. How does he do that?

    If you think the Bernie (Socialist) supporters switching toTrump, means Trump does not need conservatives to win, you are completely delusional. There is simply no way possible. Now, maybe conservatives continue to tolerate non-conservative candidates pragmatically like we did with Romney and McCain. Or maybe Trump picks a great VP, like Allen West. But somehow he MUST get conservatives on board. And he has won many.

    My defense of Cruz has not been an attack onTrump. I know that the ones who have always hated Cruz are the GOPe and Democrats, and hail-Satan, hard-left, abortion-loving, Planned Parenthood types. Some of them are on this forum to attack Cruz and spread lies. Others are socially-liberal, fiscally-conservative types who don’t like Cruz. And some are naive types who trust CNN over any long-term, conservative organization when it comes to Cruz’s track record.

    Trump wins by staying on message. If he and his devotees refuse to heed this advice and keep doing the “lyin’ Ted” schtick, it will continue to weaken Trump. And you can keep whining about how Cruz getting delegates is unfair. Or you can stick to why Trump is the best candidate to win and fix problems. And he just might still pull off a 1237 win and carry some momentum into the general. Otherwise, Trump will be forced to do some hard negotiating to get the nomination. And whether his devotees are smart enough to realize it, he knows he will need to work with Cruz to win the general.

    He will have my support regardless.

  • Why didn't Rubio and Carson hang in there after they were mathematically eliminated?

    04/22/2016 4:39:05 PM PDT · 159 of 264
    unlearner to nopardons

    “It’s just what YOU and a very few others want, but what a majority of voters do NOT”

    That’s laughable. What majority? Which one?

    The majority of Republican voters?

    The majority of American voters?

    The majority of eligible voters that stays home every election?

    The majority who do show up, including illegal voters?

    The majority of electoral votes?

    Trump does not have ANY majority in the broader voting arena. Nor does Cruz. Nor do conservatives. Do we need to abandon our principles to win? Is it really a win if we do?

    I have supported the most conservative candidate in the race. He is the only one who has come close to representing my values.

    But Trump supporters are angry with people like me because I just don’t understand. Or maybe I understand it more than you realize.

    Maybe I understand that the ENTIRE point of voting is to elect someone who actually represents me.

    The Democrats could throw your statement back in your face and say the majority do not want Trump. So what? It is no different if the majority do not want Cruz as the VP. Too bad. I’ll advocate for it anyway.

    And whether you and other Trump supporters like it or not, you are going to have to win over Cruz supporters to beat any Democrat candidate.

  • What's the status of Donald Trump's campaign promises?

    04/22/2016 4:27:28 PM PDT · 71 of 87
    unlearner to dynoman

    Sound like a parrot mimicking words you don’t comprehend.

    Figures. The whole point is the DISHONESTY you parade with posts like the one that started this long, wearisome, one-sided conversation.

    You dance around the issue as if it isn’t there. Every salient point you simply deflect with an accusation.

    Just like when you claim calling you a sex offender is how I roll. Really? I asked you if it was okay. You still have not answered. I asked you how it would be different than what you did. You still have not answered. And it is because you can’t. So that is NOT how I roll. It is how YOU roll. It is what you already did but are not man enough to own up to and just call it a mistake. If you were not LYING about your intent of posting the link, you would have simply admitted you made a mistake by not putting quotes around the caption. The reality is that you wanted to promote the accusation as if it were true and a fact. And then you went into denial.

    When all else fails you resort to calling me demon possessed. I recall a biblical passage of similar accusations being hurled. It did not go well for the false accusers.

    I no longer intend or expect for anything remotely resembling honesty, integrity, logic or reason to come from your side of this conversation. So I will simply post for the record, as everyone can see how certain people rely on lies instead of truth in their arguments.

    You know who you are. Everyone knows who you are.

  • What's the status of Donald Trump's campaign promises?

    04/22/2016 3:13:49 PM PDT · 67 of 87
    unlearner to dynoman

    “So you imagine up a strawman that I’m a sex offender really doesn’t matter to much. “

    Funny that you use a straw man to argue that I am using one.

    I never said that YOU actually were a sex offender. I asked if you care if I were to post such on Twitter.

    You just claimed that your reposting of an unsubstantiated accusation of criminal activity by Cruz does NOT mean you actually think it is true or were arguing that it is true. By virtue of your position, I am asking is okay for me to post a similar unsubstantiated allegation against you?

    Well?

  • Why didn't Rubio and Carson hang in there after they were mathematically eliminated?

    04/22/2016 2:55:35 PM PDT · 104 of 264
    unlearner to AmusedBystander

    “Vast majority will vote Trump over Hillary any day. Cruz would be wise to throw his support to Trump now for the open Supreme court spot.”

    You could be right. I know I will vote for Trump over Hillary. I still think a Trump-Cruz ticket would create the most enthusiastic support.

  • What's the status of Donald Trump's campaign promises?

    04/22/2016 2:52:01 PM PDT · 65 of 87
    unlearner to dynoman

    “I posted a tweet. That is all.”

    No it isn’t. You posted a tweet making a malicious criminal accusation that is unsubstantiated.

    Again, is it okay with you if I go ahead and post a tweet with a video link of a man walking past a park with children, and then add the comment that dynoman violated his parole terms as a sex offender?

    Go ahead and let me know if that does not bother you. Otherwise, explain how that would be different than what you did.

    You anti-Cruzers have been committing political arson for months. You start one fire, and while honest people try to put it out, you start two more.

    So don’t go getting your feelings hurt when you get called out for it. Just stop doing it.

  • Why didn't Rubio and Carson hang in there after they were mathematically eliminated?

    04/22/2016 2:35:26 PM PDT · 87 of 264
    unlearner to AmusedBystander

    “Cruz brings no benefit to Trump at all.”

    Disagree. He brings millions of dedicated supporters. After the bloodbath of this contest, something dramatic must be done to unite the base.

    November is going to be ALL about participation. A Trump-Cruz combination gets support from almost all Republican voters and forces the GOPe to adapt to what we the people want.

  • What's the status of Donald Trump's campaign promises?

    04/22/2016 2:29:55 PM PDT · 62 of 87
    unlearner to dynoman

    I can’t monitor and respond to every dishonest claim on FR. Just because others did it and didn’t get called out, does not make it right.

    You seem to be okay with maligning Cruz this way. But you do not seem so gung ho on the idea of being treated in any way you feel is unfair.

    Maybe next time you think about posting nasty criminal accusations you should consider how it would feel if someone did it to you.

    It’s been going on for months now. And it is to be expected of leftwing, liberal idiots. It is not acceptable on a conservative forum.

  • Trump revisits North Carolina bathroom law for transgenders: Let the states decide

    04/22/2016 1:59:03 PM PDT · 66 of 132
    unlearner to SeekAndFind

    Not a conservative position.

    That’s like saying abortion is okay, it just should not be convenient. But Trump probably is unaware of the legal and political impact of such positions because he is not a politician and has not really worked this out philosophically.

    Very discouraging. Conservatives deserve better.