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  1. The reason for canonization was that Constantine had 3 major churches, and he needed a single anthology that would be suited for public worship anywhere in his kingdom. The reason we know the canon is reasonably accurate is that all three churches overwhelmingly agreed on almost everything except Revelation already. There was no “win the day” moment. It was “if you like your scripture, you can keep your scripture”. Constantine got his universally accepted canon. The Alexandrites continued to include Enoch, and the Roman church kept the Apochrapha. Nothing was lost and almost everything had been agreed upon and in use for centuries before Constantine ordered a formal canon.
  2. I’m no expert, but from what I have read pansexuality is a tenet of Satanism. It is used ritualistically, as a reversal of Christian practice and as an expression of ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law’ in Crowley’s version.
  3. Thormas, I’m not yet convinced Isaiah90 is real. Kinda random with a lot of cut ‘n paste. Should be interesting if he is real though. Homosexuality is intertwined with satanism.
  4. Commentary on the true question. Diana Khoi Nguyen, “Vow.” It will be windy for a while until it isn’t. The waves will shoal. A red-legged cormorant will trace her double along glassy water, forgetting they are hungry. The sea will play this motif over and over, but there will be no preparing for it otherwise. Water will quiver in driftwood. Sound preceding absence, a white dog trailing a smaller one: ghost and noon shadow, two motes disappearing into surf. And when the low tide comes lapping and clear, the curled fronds of seaweed will furl and splay, their algal sisters brushing strands against sands where littleneck clams feed underwater. Light rain will fall and one cannot help but lean into the uncertainty of the sea. Bow: a knot of two loops, two loose ends, our bodies on either side of this shore where wewill dip our hands to feel what can’t be seen. Horseshoe crabs whose blue blood rich in copper will reach for cover, hinged between clouds and sea. It will never be enough, the bull kelp like a whip coiling in tender hands, hands who know to take or be taken, but take nothing with them: I will marry you. I will marry you. So we can owe what we own to every beautiful thing.
  5. Isaiah, you asking a weak question and answering it with supposition instead of enlightenment. The bigger question is how and why does sexual ideation and behavior influence one’s spiritual condition. This is universal in all religious traditions.
  6. Certainly it can. New and better interpretations are often inspired but they need a proper exegesis and comparison with historical thinking. I have had lots of new biblical inspirations, but my exegetical matrix has over a hundred viewpoints and comparisons to consider. Then I find out one of the Apostolic Fathers wrote the same thing a little differently two centuries ago 😕.
  7. Post if you find something. A postmodern viewpoint can be an interesting heuristic but too many career challenged academics use it as a hermeneutic. That is an error.
  8. Check out Ehrman’s Great Courses lectures. An exegesis of the text is hard enough without worrying about postmodern concerns.
  9. One point Ehrman usually brings up is that genuine eyewitness accounts always vary, and that perfect replication is evidence of fakery. He even starts his initial NT101 lecture by walking in wearing costume and does some pantomime. He then has his students write what they saw and demonstrates the variance in honest eyewitness reports.
  10. Seek contentment instead of pleasure or good fortune. Accept people as they are, and don’t try to change them. Everyone prays frequently every day.
  11. Burl

    Drugs

    Your friends should have been filling steins.
  12. Forgiveness is predicated upon judgment. It takes a lot of painful effort to forgive and achieve freedom from resentment. It is very common for people to simply deny their judgment and repress their emotions on the pretext of forgiveness or universal love.
  13. Burl

    Drugs

    Portugal legalized everything over a decade ago to an extremely good effect.
  14. Burl

    Migration

    The law is the evidence! Prove me wrong.
  15. Burl

    Migration

    I can easily be out of date about Australia because I don’t live there. If one wants to discuss legality, they look at the laws.
  16. Burl

    Migration

    Illegal immigrants in Australia get no trial life sentences on a deserted island in Papua. I think that is disgraceful, and I doubt it is even a mild deterrent.
  17. Burl

    Migration

    Any child born in the US is automatically a citizen. They can leverage this citizenship to get legal immigrant status for their family (anchor babies). Any refugee who can put their feet on US soil is granted refugee status. I do not believe any other country is this liberal in immigration. That is long-standing law. The US also has huge resettlement projects in response to emergencies such as rescuing the entire Hmong people from Pol Pot and the Haitian earthquake which brought in so many people Florida had to add Creole as an official language.
  18. Burl

    Migration

    All nations have legal restrictions on immigration. It is an essential part of being a nation. The US legal policy is by far the kindest and most liberal policy in the world. We certainly do not dump all illegal immigrants off on an isle of the damned like Australia.
  19. The incident I spoke of was Augustine’s conversion. He was distraught, prayed, opened to a random verse and it spoke to him.
  20. Variety and complexity is rather Augustinian compared to Iranaeus the heretic persecutor.
  21. Generally agreed. AFAIK only Q’uran and the Book of Mormon claim a divine authorship. By perspective here I am speaking of how the reader connects with the Bible. Simply reading the Bible with a divine perspective has brought thousands to Christ, including Augustine and his conversion from Manichaeism. Reading the Bible from a purely human perspective (as if it was a simple book) regularly leads pagan and priest alike into error.
  22. In the natural world compare a complex natural farm with free range chickens and whatnot to big ag monoculture. Not a value judgment (both perspectives are valuable), but a the difference in the perspectives of the farmers is discernable. Return to the theme of ‘The bible is not a book of answers’. Proof texting and grabbing onto the first passage that resonates is a human perspective. A more divine perspective is complex and varied. Studying everything related to one’s question, trying to understand the author & his culture & the original auditors, how interpretations have varied through time and different theologians is only part of what is required to approach this divine perspective.
  23. Agreed. The basis of Christianity is that now the lines between divine and human perspectives overlap. However, one can discern the two and each has appropriate usages. A divine perspective reveals greater complexity and variety. It reveals new questions and only points in the general direction of answers. It is heuristic. The human perspective wants to limit and define everything down to Post-it notes. It is didactic, logical and reductionistic.
  24. Perhaps you can restate this with less personal attack and derision, Paul? I offered to develop a complete explanation based on the extensive Mosaic law in Exodus but you rejected that. You wanted quick, low information answers in a thread about the Bible is not an answer book. So I provide a quick response and you insult me for that! There is nothing in your post that leads me to expect to think you might seriously consider anything I might say. Jesus taught to not discuss spiritual matters with persons who showed no respect, so I will follow that instruction.
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