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  1. I didn't mean to start a totally new topic on The Technician's welcoming post-thread. I got the capital 'T's mixed up and thought I was writing to The Technician instead of Thormas, and that The Technician was opening up his welcoming post-thread to this/these ideas. Sorry about that.
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  2. Good question. Probably because we don’t have much else in common.
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  3. To me, PC means a wide range of things to a wide range of people. Lately I've been thinking of myself as a pre-Constantinian Christian, (as well as a pre-canonization Christian). Just trying to get, or "tune into" the Spirits of JC, God/Higher Power/Great Spirit etc. , and what's called the Holy Spirit. Even according to the New Testament, that's what the first generations of Christians were doing. . . They didn't have a/the book.
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  4. PC is to me a path to faith where I get to hold on to the all inclusive values taught by my hippie parents while exploring God's love through humanity. Ours is not to judge or condemn. Ours is to explore and love. Many "legacy" systems of Christianity appose the message much of the Bible is trying to convey. PC is a way to merge faith with modern science, sociology and life experience. I think it is not what you believe, who to or where you pray, just that you have faith and a moral compass. I want to do good things and be a better person, so I take those lessons and apply them to my life in a
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  5. PaulS, I have read through a few of the posts on this thread and feel I get the gist of where this is going. I generally support your explanations on this topic. I have come from a prior fundamentalist view of the Bible and can be sympathetic with the positioning of others on this thread, however, I have discovered that spiritual freedom, for me, demands that I enter into an honest discussion with reality. For me, God no longer has to conform to dogma, even that which men have derived from a self-designated "Holy Book", and the Divine has been set free from the constricting box of dogmatic
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  6. Forgiveness is the only way to rid yourself of resentment. It does nothing for the other, but everything for the self.
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  7. Good one and if 'he' loses and refuses to leave, he'll be shown the door ..........
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  8. Hi, I am new here so I guess I should do the intro! Basically and briefly: grew up in Evangelical household, father was pastor. Rejected it all and went on a journey to find myself/Truth/God/Whatever - went through many things - Gurdjieff, Islam, magic and assorted other things. I learnt a lot and, believe it or not, grew a lot through it all but none of it brought me closer to God. I never felt I was lost or sinning or anything, just not closer. I was always opposed to literalist Christianity (but not Jesus) though I was never an atheist, I saw myself mostly as Muslim I suppose in an
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  9. I would personally like to progress toward a more inclusive behavior towards others, and would like for Christians in general to do the same. But I can only change myself, so there goes.
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  10. Seemingly the existence of God cannot be proven or disproved because it is not an item or a thing in the world or the universe. God is the very possibility (and sustaining) of all that is.
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  11. I agree with a lot of what you've said here. It's when we get into including ideas that are un-inclusive in order to be inclusive that one gets into a kind of mind bender or mental knot. I myself don't know quite how to deal with it at this point. Maybe I, or we, will figure things out better as we go along and study or investigate the situations and questions. Thanks
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  12. Ehrman is also a good guy in person. Definitely a bit quirky, a bit of a nerd (which I consider a compliment) and even a bit shy (odd as that might be to say) with little jokes that sometimes fall flat accompanied by his own little laugh at them. He is a great teacher/presenter, takes pains to be understood and genuinely cares about those in need (everything from his blog goes to his charities). I agree that his work (and the works of others) has been enlightening and enhancing for many people.
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  13. Nothing needs to be overcome. Everyone is entitled to their own faith. Slandering someone’s beliefs as ‘false premises’ is wholly negative and an intellectually adoption of a supremacist attitude. You can preach what you do believe is true without intellectually bullying others.
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  14. No, Rom............you miss his point :+}
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  15. The apostles walk in on Jesus getting a massage and accuse him of hypocrisy. Jesus responds by explaining his time is short. The mention of the poor is not a sermon and should not be read as such. Personally I never leave the house without a few half-dollars, silver dollars and $2 bills and give to anyone who asks.
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  16. Howdy, STranger. >>pulls up gunbelt; spits tobacco<<
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  17. Interesting. I see something similar concerning abortion and keeping the child. Life is believed to be sacred and abortion sinful. Yet shouldn't we applaud the woman or girl who has the courage of belief and keeps her child, shouldn't we as Church who professes the sacredness of life and putting others before self do everything in our power to house, feed, provide expert medical care and psychological/spiritual support for these women in their hours of need (particularly those women without family), shouldn't we build 'mansions' to house the pregnant women and eventually them and their newborn
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  18. [SLC000018] Sunday Service 15.09.2019 01. Introduction 00:57 02. The Lion and The Lamb 03:49 03. Notices 05:00 04. Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah 02:51 05. Readings 06:12 06. Sermon 16:29 07. Prayer 05:01 08. As The Deer 03:27 09. Purify My Heart 04:15 10. You are Beautiful 03:40 11. You Give Life 04:04 credits released September 22, 2019 Speakers: Steve Morgan Reading: Cerys Hartley, Cled Morgan, Ken Hartley Vocals/Guitar: Alastair Cope Vocals: Amy Cope Songpro: Daniel Ames Recorded, Mixed and M
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  19. Nice, short essay on the subject. https://relevantmagazine.com/culture/the-bible-is-not-a-book-of-answers/
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