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  • We’re returning human spaceflight launches to America.

    09/16/2014 8:38:44 AM PDT · 31 of 63
    aMorePerfectUnion to Enlightened1

    I am so very glad! I’m tired of Tang!

    It’s time for some new technology!!!

  • Truth can stop Scotland sleepwalking to catastrophe

    09/16/2014 8:37:35 AM PDT · 44 of 47
    aMorePerfectUnion to Fenhalls555

    You got me there. What is it about Scottish culture you find objectionable, if you don’t mind sharing...?

  • Truth can stop Scotland sleepwalking to catastrophe

    09/16/2014 7:17:29 AM PDT · 29 of 47
    aMorePerfectUnion to Fenhalls555

    “Scotland is a freeloading socialist millstone around English necks.”

    You are correct, without the pejorative. Under the current scenario, Scotland has a net benefit from the UK. Theoretically then, England will benefit... but there any “separation surplus” will be sucked into the black hole of domestic welfare.

    Regardless, the best thing for Scotland is to stand on their own two feet - fully responsible for their destiny and choices.

  • Truth can stop Scotland sleepwalking to catastrophe

    09/16/2014 6:26:29 AM PDT · 22 of 47
    aMorePerfectUnion to SampleMan

    “Scottish independence could be a boon for England economically, once everything settles.”

    And yet England is fighting this economic blessing tooth and nail. I don’t believe it.

    Vote yes.

  • Signs of Spiritual Awakening in Japan

    09/15/2014 5:11:14 PM PDT · 9 of 26
    aMorePerfectUnion to GeronL

    “They are still the Pervert Nation though”

    Great! Christ came to die for sinners!

  • Scotland will face 'painful divorce', says David Cameron in emotional speech

    09/15/2014 3:49:08 PM PDT · 32 of 54
    aMorePerfectUnion to freedumb2003

    “So long as they play cricket, they never REALLY gained independence.”

    :-)

  • Scotland will face 'painful divorce', says David Cameron in emotional speech

    09/15/2014 3:07:32 PM PDT · 11 of 54
    aMorePerfectUnion to aMorePerfectUnion
  • Scotland will face 'painful divorce', says David Cameron in emotional speech

    09/15/2014 3:05:47 PM PDT · 7 of 54
    aMorePerfectUnion to Berlin_Freeper
    Countries that gained independence from the British Empire...

    ... from Wiki

    Country Date Year of Independence Notes
     Antigua and Barbuda 11-01 !1 November 1981
     Australia 01-01 !1 January 1986 Australia Act 1986
     Bahamas 07-10 !10 July 1973
     Bahrain 12-16 !16 December 1971 15 August 1971
     Barbados 11-30 !30 November 1966 Barbados Independence Act 1966
     Belize 09-21 !21 September 1981 September Celebrations of Belize
     Botswana 09-30 !30 September 1966
     Brunei 01-01 !1 January 1984
     Canada 07-01 !1 July 1982 Canada Act 1982
     Cyprus 10-01 !1 October 1960 16 August 1960, but Cyprus Independence Day is commonly celebrated on 1 October.[1]
     Dominica 11-03 !3 November 1978
     Egypt 02-28 !28 February 1922
     Fiji 10-10 !10 October 1970
     The Gambia 02-18 !18 February 1965
     Ghana 03-06 !6 March 1957
     Grenada 02-07 !7 February 1974 Independence Day (Grenada)
     Guyana 05-26 !26 May 1966
     India 08-15 !15 August 1947
     Israel 05-14 !14 May 1948
     Iraq 10-3 !3 October 1932


     Republic of Ireland 04-24 !24 April (Easter Monday) 1922 Proclamation of the Irish Republic commencing the Easter Rising on 24 April 1916 led to a civil war which resulted in the formation of the Irish Free State. Only country to ever secede from the United Kingdom proper.
     Jamaica 08-06 !6 August 1962
     Jordan 05-25 !25 May 1946
     Kenya 12-12 !12 December 1963
     Kiribati 12-7 !12 July 1979
     Kuwait 06-26 !25 February 1961
     Lesotho 10-04 !4 October 1966
     Malawi 07-06 !6 July 1964
     Malaysia 08-31 !31 August 1957 Hari Merdeka
     Maldives 07-26 !26 July 1965
     Malta 09-21 !21 September 1964
     Mauritius 03-12 !12 March 1968
     Myanmar 01-04 !4 January 1948
     Nauru 01-31 !31 January 1968 Independence from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand on 31 January 1968.
     New Zealand 04-18 !6 February 1986 Constitution Act 1986
     Nigeria 10-01 !1 October 1960
     Pakistan 08-14 !14 August 1947 Yaum e Azadi. Independence from the United Kingdom on 27 Ramadan ul Mubarik, 14 August 1947
     Papua New Guinea 16-09 !16 September 1975 Independence gained from Australia the administering power.
     Qatar 03-09 !3 September 1971 Qatar National Day
     Saint Lucia 04-18 !22 February 1979
     Samoa 01-01 !1 January 1962 Independence granted by New Zealand the administrative country.
     Saint Kitts and Nevis 09-19 !19 September 1983
     Seychelles 06-29 !29 June 1976
     Sierra Leone 04-27 !27 April 1961
     Solomon Islands 07-07 !7 July 1978
     South Africa 12-11 !11 December 1961 1931 adoption of Statute of Westminster. Not a public holiday. Union of South Africa formed on 31 May 1910 and Republic declared on 31 May 1961 and left the British Commonwealth on the same day.
     Sri Lanka 02-04 !4 February 1948 4 February 1948, Sri Lanka had their independence. After nearly 150 years of the UK ruling the country. Gained independence as the Dominion of Ceylon
    Somalia Somaliland 26-06 !26 June 1960 Gained Independence as part of Somalia. Unrecognised independent state declared in 1991 during the crisis in Somalia covering the same territory as British Somaliland as the SomalilandRepublic of Somaliland.
     Sudan 01-01 !1 January 1956  South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011.
     Swaziland 09-06 !6 September 1968
     Tanzania 12-09 !9 December 1961
     Trinidad and Tobago 08-31 !31 August 1962
     Tuvalu 04-18 !1 October 1978
     Uganda 04-18 !9 October 1962
     United Arab Emirates 12-02 !2 December 1971 National Day (United Arab Emirates)
     United States 07-04 !4 July 1776 Fourth of July. Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776
     Vanuatu 07-30 !30 July 1980 Independence from United Kingdom and France in 1980
     Yemen 11-30 !30 November 1967 South Yemen 1967
     Zambia 10-24 !24 October 1964
     Zimbabwe 04-18 !18 April 1980

  • NASA releases new tips for finding alien life

    09/15/2014 2:18:19 PM PDT · 14 of 23
    aMorePerfectUnion to BenLurkin
    "If you see an alien, say something!" NASA
  • US now ranks 32nd in tax burden on business

    09/15/2014 9:30:15 AM PDT · 10 of 18
    aMorePerfectUnion to Vigilanteman

    “Consider also that Spain and Italy are so inefficient that tax evasion is a national pass time.”

    It is also not a criminal offence. It is a civil issue.

  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/15/2014 6:05:33 AM PDT · 221 of 254
    aMorePerfectUnion to Elsie

    Mormonic placemarker

  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/14/2014 7:32:29 PM PDT · 181 of 254
    aMorePerfectUnion to Captain Peter Blood

    “Of course the Jewish people consider Jesus more of a prophet than the Son of God. In that context then Jesus’s could have been married and had children.
    Or we look at it from the point of view that Jesus came in human form and lived as such and there again you have those possibilities.
    Then again we also have the fact that Zeus came in human form and sired many children also.”

    Those are all really insightful thoughts. Thank you for sharing them.

    You didn’t mention it, but if you were to look at it from the vantage point of an amoeba, he would not need to be married to a wife.

  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/14/2014 4:38:20 PM PDT · 172 of 254
    aMorePerfectUnion to Captain Peter Blood

    “I agree, there is a long stretch in the Bible on Jesus’ life we know nothing about including if he was married or not. I would say it’s entirely possible he was not only married but had children we know noting of.”

    Well, no. If he was married and had children, he would be producing god-children. Of course, any mormonic heretic would like that very much. Not only was He not married. It wasn’t possible.

    “Most people may not know this but there are a number of the Gospels that were not included in the final version of the Bible. Those might shed more light on Jesus life.”

    These books were examined and fell short of inspired Scripture. They were largely cultic. They do not shed light on Jesus’ life. They add to it.

  • The rise of Scotland the terrible

    09/14/2014 6:51:26 AM PDT · 62 of 63
    aMorePerfectUnion to Moltke

    “Or as Heraclitus stated more broadly, panta rhei.”

    “Ever-newer waters flow on those who step into the same rivers.”

    Agreed! I’ve always said, if you want to know how irreplaceable you are, just step in a river and pull your foot out and watch what happens to the hole...

    Thanks!

  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/13/2014 2:56:28 PM PDT · 156 of 235
    aMorePerfectUnion to verga

    ” if the KJV was good enough for Jesus and Paul than it is good enough for you prots.”

    If the Hebrew Scriptures were good enough for Jesus, guess we don’t need a New Testament... or an English translation!

  • The rise of Scotland the terrible

    09/13/2014 12:34:51 PM PDT · 57 of 63
    aMorePerfectUnion to Moltke

    “how can one realistically expect the Scots to defy those crushing economic threats? The Swiss (and like small entities) at least had the benefit of geographic location in the center of Europe where people could carry cash etc. right into their vaults. Scotland OTOH? I strongly doubt a business model of defiance will work for them. Sadly.”

    Perhaps you are correct - today.

    I would add that the Swiss attained that position because they were outside the conflict in WWII. Money was stashed there by both sides. It was a different world.

    Within just a few short years, the economy of the world will be redrawn. It will be a different world.

    The western countries are largely failing with debt and giving world prominence to Asia. Their demands for information will be easier to ignore in the future. Defiance may again be possible in a redrawn world.

    Scotland could easily stay out of full participation in the EU - as the nordic countries have done - and is isolated enough to become a neutral country, as Switzerland has done.

    The big mistake commentators are making is the assumption that the world today will continue into the future. History testifies against that assumption. Doors will open as doors close. Currency will cease (largely) being physical and many countries will switch to electronic currency. The reserve currency will become a basket of other currencies. Borders will be redrawn. Countries will split again. I believe ours will also split eventually. Economies will be decimated and others arise.

    This will again open up opportunities for countries like Scotland.

    It will not be the world I grew up in during the 50s and 60s.

    I reserve the right to be totally wrong :-)

  • Banks Threaten to Leave Scotland

    09/13/2014 11:09:57 AM PDT · 21 of 42
    aMorePerfectUnion to Kaslin

    Show the bankers the door.

  • The rise of Scotland the terrible

    09/13/2014 10:04:25 AM PDT · 47 of 63
    aMorePerfectUnion to untenured

    “Maybe not. As was hinted at upthread, in 1995 Canadians were kept up all night by a referendum in which Quebecers very narrowly rejected independence”

    Aye, but then the world economy hadn’t fallen apart... buckle your seatbelt for 2016.

  • The rise of Scotland the terrible

    09/13/2014 10:00:44 AM PDT · 46 of 63
    aMorePerfectUnion to Moltke

    “What happened to Switzerland? I can almost see it from my house (in a Sarah Palin sense) and it looks to still be there.”

    The country is still there. Their economic superpower of SWISS PRIVACY is gone. They willingly gave it up by kowtowing to the US and EU.

    This created a vacuum that will be filled either by another nation that can stand independently (Russia and China do not report under FATCA), or money will move off the grid, which it is doing today into real estate, coins, stamps, art, etc.

    I personally like Switzerland very much. Their form of democracy centers on regions (cantons) and seems very responsive to the people who live there.

  • The rise of Scotland the terrible

    09/13/2014 8:39:21 AM PDT · 40 of 63
    aMorePerfectUnion to Tredegar
    Here's an interesting map of European Separatist movements that are current...

    Scotland is just the current one coming to a vote. We never pay attention to the others.

    Given that the cycle of war, the cycle of independence parties and the cycle of civil unrest are all rising at the same time that the economic cycle is turning down, I think we'd all better buckle our seatbelts!

  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/13/2014 8:22:57 AM PDT · 79 of 254
    aMorePerfectUnion to one Lord one faith one baptism

    “THEY ARE NOT PROTESTANT AND THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIAN”

    I’m not denying the truth of that statement. :-)

  • The rise of Scotland the terrible

    09/13/2014 8:20:50 AM PDT · 37 of 63
    aMorePerfectUnion to Tredegar

    “Still, as I’ve said, if the Scots wish to withdraw from the UK, that is their prerogative (my background is Welsh). I fear they will pay a heavy price, but conservatism in the rest of the UK will get a very large boost electorally.”

    I don’t disagree entirely.

    Still, what exists today is not what will exist after the birth occurs.

    In regards to a heavy price, I think potentially the heavy price will be less than a decade. Looking around the globe, there are big opportunities to sell North Sea energy to the EU and a very big opportunity to fill the vacuum left by Switzerland. This will depend on dumping some leadership and following a strong leader who can inspire change. Raw nationalism is never enough and a transition will have to occur. That is not to say it will not be difficult or take a decade or longer. Or that the changes will all be good.

    I would rather see more small countries than large trouble-making countries.

    BTW, according to Marty Armstrong, we are in the rise of the independence cycle. He predicted the events in Scotland long ago. It is certainly interesting to watch it all unfold.

  • The rise of Scotland the terrible

  • The rise of Scotland the terrible

    09/13/2014 8:03:04 AM PDT · 32 of 63
    aMorePerfectUnion to Tredegar

    Aye, but in addition to that history, which I will not contest, that doesn’t change the desire of the human heart to be in charge of its own destiny - nor a national desire to stand alone. Scots have tremendous national pride in their identity. What is happening is natural.

    If the vote does not pass this time, it will in 2016 when the world economy fails. This is simply an event in history whose time has come. The first vote may just be the braxton-hicks contractions that signal a coming birth, but the child will come.

    In way of full disclosure... I have no Scottish ancestors. I do have English ancestors. I would vote yes to independence, if I were a Scot.

  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/13/2014 7:55:55 AM PDT · 72 of 254
    aMorePerfectUnion to verga

    “For Christians there are only two choices, Catholic or protestant. If you are not fully in communion with the Catholic Church and profess a belief in Jesus you are protestant.”

    I understand this from Rome’s view. Fortunately, God has no grandchildren, only first generation children that are born through faith in His gracious gift. As such, we identify with Him, not Rome and not with those involved in the historic split from Rome. We are simply Christians. Related to Him now. While you may think of yourself as catholic. I don’t know of anyone at my church who would identify themselves as “protestant.”

    “Many protestants and prots refuse to acknowledge the roots of Mormonism in protestant ism due to “bizarre” beliefs.”

    I readily acknowledge that horndog Smith was influenced by protestant Christians. Clearly, his life showed something quite different than the life of Christ within. Apparently, he was poorly catechized.

    But this cuts both ways, since by your line of thinking you will be in the position of acknowledging that every single offshoot of the catholic church since 300 bc is “catholic.” If you do not, it doesn’t serve any purpose to call mormons protestant, once they leave.

    “How do you think you all appear to the only real Christians (Catholics) with your bizarre denials of basic Catholic doctrines.”

    Real Christians are those who have entrusted themselves to the gracious gift of God in Christ - regardless of denomination. I don’t give any think time to how my relationship as a son of God and joint heir with Christ appears to those who are catholic. Why would I? I want to please God, not man.

    1 Thessalonians 2:4 (DARBY)

    “but even as we have been approved of God to have the glad tidings entrusted to us, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who proves our hearts.”

    Paul never argues that approval comes from anywhere but God. What good news!

    best.

  • [Retired DC] Catholic Cardinal McCarrick Embraces Islam

    09/13/2014 7:35:14 AM PDT · 32 of 60
    aMorePerfectUnion to markomalley

    Wow, they sure poorly catechize their Cardinals and Bishops!

  • The rise of Scotland the terrible

    09/13/2014 7:31:28 AM PDT · 25 of 63
    aMorePerfectUnion to sauropod

    “I get the distinct impression that the Scots want independence just cuz.”

    They have an identity, history, culture, etc. - different than their overlords. They do not believe their interests are best represented in a government far away. I do not blame them at all for wanting to pick up the reins of independence.

    I would vote yes to independence.

  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/13/2014 6:27:44 AM PDT · 66 of 254
    aMorePerfectUnion to verga

    “Post of the thread.”

    :-)

  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/12/2014 9:04:01 PM PDT · 50 of 50
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    “My point was that there is nothing in Scripture that militates against a Church that hands on tradition that includes some knowledge that was not recorded in Scripture, but was recorded in the generations that followed immediately, and includes certain interpretations of Scripture, and ruled out certain interpretations of Scripture as well.”

    In theory, any such tradition would have been practiced by the early church before the death of the Apostles, or they could not have passed it on as a tradition.

    Unfortunately, we do not know of an official list of anything in this category in that time period.

    If we did have a list of practices, it would be interesting, but would not trump inspired Scripture as the final authority of truth.

    As an aside ...

    My favorite class in seminary was History of Doctrine. The prof. Took each major doctrine of our faith and traced it from the earliest time, through its stages of development and through denominations to its current form. Only original sources were used.

    The church didn’t arrive at doctrines because they answered every single question and had no problems. The church arrived at them because they answered the most questions and created the fewest problems.

    best to you.

  • Mormons Say Jesus Was Married?

    09/12/2014 7:39:02 PM PDT · 26 of 254
    aMorePerfectUnion to Morgana

    “I think Mormonism is just something Joe Smith pulled out of his hat.”

    Think much lower...

  • Will Tears and Promises Save the Day for the "No" Vote for Scotland?

    09/12/2014 6:04:52 PM PDT · 17 of 23
    aMorePerfectUnion to Kaslin

    If I were a Scot, I’d vote for independence, throw out the bankers, become the next Switzerland, sell oil to the desperate EU and rejoice.

  • "Snowden Belongs in Jail, Not in Switzerland"

    09/12/2014 5:35:00 PM PDT · 29 of 58
    aMorePerfectUnion to babylon_times
  • Catalans to demonstrate and demand right to hold referendum [Spain]

    09/12/2014 4:13:23 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    aMorePerfectUnion to jalisco555

    “Just what the world needs. More countries, with more armies, more governments, etc. Because 200 countries certainly isn’t enough.”

    “”I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.” “

    Ronaldus Maximus Reagan

    Smaller government is closer to those it serves and serves them more efficiently. As a bonus, liberty is maximized. 400 countries would be better than 200 giants.

  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/12/2014 4:00:31 PM PDT · 48 of 50
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    “But what is the evidence?”

    OK, I am not here to answer twenty questions for you. If you have a point to make, state it. If it is worthwhile, we can discuss it.

    I will answer this final question from you.

    Evidence for natural revelation is creation itself. It testifies to the existence of a Creator. Even if you are blind, you can feel the heat of the sun, as the Psalm tell us.

    Evidence for the veracity of Scripture, is everything we see playing out in history, everything we hold dear, like the coming of Christ, his virgin birth, location, etc. prophesied by the Scriptures and verified in history.

    best.

  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/12/2014 2:23:25 PM PDT · 46 of 50
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    The only other source of God’s truth is natural revelation. The Hebrew Scriptures call God’s Words eternal truth. The New Testament Scriptures confirm this also.

    Natural revelation testifies to the existence of God through creation (as His Word says).

    His inspired Words in Scripture can lead one to salvation and maturity.

  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/12/2014 1:19:14 PM PDT · 44 of 50
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    “It isn’t a question of whether Scripture is or is not a source of revealed truth. Of course it is.”

    It is the ONLY source of revealed and recorded truth. It isn’t one of many. It is the only one God-breathed. Don’t minimize it.

    “Which came first, the Church, or the New Testament?”

    Again, you present a false choice with a false presupposition. Your post’s unspoken presupposition is that whatever came first is superior or more authoritative. This is a false presupposition.

    God’s written revelation predates the church by thousands of years. Messiah is foretold thousands of years before the church. God was busy at work (as I pointed out in 175 verses of Psalm 119) at providing an authoritative and inspired Word from Him thousands of years before Christ physically walked the earth.

    ‘Between the Church and the New Testament: Which did Jesus found, and which did he never mention?’

    Jesus is the Word of God. He pre-existed for all eternity. God’s Word is eternal.

    There is no requirement in the Scriptures that Christ “mention” the new testament for the New Testament to be inspired or authoritative.

    Your post confuses “founding” with inspired and authoritative.

    Really, your post is a collection of false arguments that defy logic.

    I will also point out here that your statement has a third logical fallacy imbedded as a presupposition. WE call it the “new testament”, but that phrase to describe the non-Hebrew inspired Scriptures is not found inside the inspired writings. It is a convenience we use - not different than verse numbers or chapters or page numbers. Your post presumes that Christ never mentioning the New Testament means anything. It means nothing. It was written in time after His ascension. It was in the heart of God from all eternity.

    Christ didn’t have to “found” the New Testament. He is the Word of God.

    At times like this, I wonder what they teach in schools and catechisms these days.

  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/12/2014 11:02:56 AM PDT · 42 of 50
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    “You never answered my question.”

    Sure I did. Perhaps it was not an answer you liked? Perhaps you missed it?

    I will help by kindly answering you again...

    Your question presumes a truth that is false. As such, your question is based on a logical fallacy. To answer it as you phrased it is to assume the presupposition is true, which it is not.

    The Holy Scriptures do not have to explicitly state a doctrine in the words you prefer for the doctrine to be absolutely true.

    The doctrine of the Triune God is not stated anywhere as, “God is Triune.” The doctrine is composed of the full revelation of God’s nature as revealed in all of Scripture.

    I also pointed out that the remaining alternative is to assume with every pagan, that beliefs outside the inspired Scripture are an equal or higher standard than Scripture itself. Scripture teaches the opposite.

    Best.

  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/12/2014 7:28:09 AM PDT · 39 of 50
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    Psalm 119

    א Aleph

    Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
        who walk according to the law of the Lord.
    Blessed are those who keep his statutes
        and seek him with all their heart—
    they do no wrong
        but follow his ways.
    You have laid down precepts
        that are to be fully obeyed.
    Oh, that my ways were steadfast
        in obeying your decrees!
    Then I would not be put to shame
        when I consider all your commands.
    I will praise you with an upright heart
        as I learn your righteous laws.
    I will obey your decrees;
        do not utterly forsake me.

    ב Beth

    How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
        By living according to your word.
    10 I seek you with all my heart;
        do not let me stray from your commands.
    11 I have hidden your word in my heart
        that I might not sin against you.
    12 Praise be to you, Lord;
        teach me your decrees.
    13 With my lips I recount
        all the laws that come from your mouth.
    14 I rejoice in following your statutes
        as one rejoices in great riches.
    15 I meditate on your precepts
        and consider your ways.
    16 I delight in your decrees;
        I will not neglect your word.

    ג Gimel

    17 Be good to your servant while I live,
        that I may obey your word.
    18 Open my eyes that I may see
        wonderful things in your law.
    19 I am a stranger on earth;
        do not hide your commands from me.
    20 My soul is consumed with longing
        for your laws at all times.
    21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,
        those who stray from your commands.
    22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt,
        for I keep your statutes.
    23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
        your servant will meditate on your decrees.
    24 Your statutes are my delight;
        they are my counselors.

    ד Daleth

    25 I am laid low in the dust;
        preserve my life according to your word.
    26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
        teach me your decrees.
    27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
        that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
    28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
        strengthen me according to your word.
    29 Keep me from deceitful ways;
        be gracious to me and teach me your law.
    30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
        I have set my heart on your laws.
    31 I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;
        do not let me be put to shame.
    32 I run in the path of your commands,
        for you have broadened my understanding.

    ה He

    33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
        that I may follow it to the end.[b]
    34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
        and obey it with all my heart.
    35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
        for there I find delight.
    36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
        and not toward selfish gain.
    37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
        preserve my life according to your word.
    38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
        so that you may be feared.
    39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
        for your laws are good.
    40 How I long for your precepts!
        In your righteousness preserve my life.

    ו Waw

    41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
        your salvation, according to your promise;
    42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
        for I trust in your word.
    43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,
        for I have put my hope in your laws.
    44 I will always obey your law,
        for ever and ever.
    45 I will walk about in freedom,
        for I have sought out your precepts.
    46 I will speak of your statutes before kings
        and will not be put to shame,
    47 for I delight in your commands
        because I love them.
    48 I reach out for your commands, which I love,
        that I may meditate on your decrees.

    ז Zayin

    49 Remember your word to your servant,
        for you have given me hope.
    50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
        Your promise preserves my life.
    51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
        but I do not turn from your law.
    52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
        and I find comfort in them.
    53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
        who have forsaken your law.
    54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
        wherever I lodge.
    55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
        that I may keep your law.
    56 This has been my practice:
        I obey your precepts.

    ח Heth

    57 You are my portion, Lord;
        I have promised to obey your words.
    58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
        be gracious to me according to your promise.
    59 I have considered my ways
        and have turned my steps to your statutes.
    60 I will hasten and not delay
        to obey your commands.
    61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
        I will not forget your law.
    62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
        for your righteous laws.
    63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
        to all who follow your precepts.
    64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
        teach me your decrees.

    ט Teth

    65 Do good to your servant
        according to your word, Lord.
    66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
        for I trust your commands.
    67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
        but now I obey your word.
    68 You are good, and what you do is good;
        teach me your decrees.
    69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
        I keep your precepts with all my heart.
    70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
        but I delight in your law.
    71 It was good for me to be afflicted
        so that I might learn your decrees.
    72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
        than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

    י Yodh

    73 Your hands made me and formed me;
        give me understanding to learn your commands.
    74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,
        for I have put my hope in your word.
    75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,
        and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
    76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
        according to your promise to your servant.
    77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
        for your law is my delight.
    78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
        but I will meditate on your precepts.
    79 May those who fear you turn to me,
        those who understand your statutes.
    80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees,
        that I may not be put to shame.

    כ Kaph

    81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
        but I have put my hope in your word.
    82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise;
        I say, “When will you comfort me?”
    83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
        I do not forget your decrees.
    84 How long must your servant wait?
        When will you punish my persecutors?
    85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me,
        contrary to your law.
    86 All your commands are trustworthy;
        help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.
    87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
        but I have not forsaken your precepts.
    88 In your unfailing love preserve my life,
        that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.

    ל Lamedh

    89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;
        it stands firm in the heavens.
    90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
        you established the earth, and it endures.
    91 Your laws endure to this day,
        for all things serve you.
    92 If your law had not been my delight,
        I would have perished in my affliction.
    93 I will never forget your precepts,
        for by them you have preserved my life.
    94 Save me, for I am yours;
        I have sought out your precepts.
    95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
        but I will ponder your statutes.
    96 To all perfection I see a limit,
        but your commands are boundless.

    מ Mem

    97 Oh, how I love your law!
        I meditate on it all day long.
    98 Your commands are always with me
        and make me wiser than my enemies.
    99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
        for I meditate on your statutes.
    100 I have more understanding than the elders,
        for I obey your precepts.
    101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
        so that I might obey your word.
    102 I have not departed from your laws,
        for you yourself have taught me.
    103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
        sweeter than honey to my mouth!
    104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
        therefore I hate every wrong path.

    נ Nun

    105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
        a light on my path.
    106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
        that I will follow your righteous laws.
    107 I have suffered much;
        preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
    108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
        and teach me your laws.
    109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
        I will not forget your law.
    110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
        but I have not strayed from your precepts.
    111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
        they are the joy of my heart.
    112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
        to the very end.[d]

    ס Samekh

    113 I hate double-minded people,
        but I love your law.
    114 You are my refuge and my shield;
        I have put my hope in your word.
    115 Away from me, you evildoers,
        that I may keep the commands of my God!
    116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live;
        do not let my hopes be dashed.
    117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered;
        I will always have regard for your decrees.
    118 You reject all who stray from your decrees,
        for their delusions come to nothing.
    119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;
        therefore I love your statutes.
    120 My flesh trembles in fear of you;
        I stand in awe of your laws.

    ע Ayin

    121 I have done what is righteous and just;
        do not leave me to my oppressors.
    122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;
        do not let the arrogant oppress me.
    123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,
        looking for your righteous promise.
    124 Deal with your servant according to your love
        and teach me your decrees.
    125 I am your servant; give me discernment
        that I may understand your statutes.
    126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
        your law is being broken.
    127 Because I love your commands
        more than gold, more than pure gold,
    128 and because I consider all your precepts right,
        I hate every wrong path.

    פ Pe

    129 Your statutes are wonderful;
        therefore I obey them.
    130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
        it gives understanding to the simple.
    131 I open my mouth and pant,
        longing for your commands.
    132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
        as you always do to those who love your name.
    133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
        let no sin rule over me.
    134 Redeem me from human oppression,
        that I may obey your precepts.
    135 Make your face shine on your servant
        and teach me your decrees.
    136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
        for your law is not obeyed.

    צ Tsadhe

    137 You are righteous, Lord,
        and your laws are right.
    138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;
        they are fully trustworthy.
    139 My zeal wears me out,
        for my enemies ignore your words.
    140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
        and your servant loves them.
    141 Though I am lowly and despised,
        I do not forget your precepts.
    142 Your righteousness is everlasting
        and your law is true.
    143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
        but your commands give me delight.
    144 Your statutes are always righteous;
        give me understanding that I may live.

    ק Qoph

    145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord,
        and I will obey your decrees.
    146 I call out to you; save me
        and I will keep your statutes.
    147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
        I have put my hope in your word.
    148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
        that I may meditate on your promises.
    149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
        preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.
    150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
        but they are far from your law.
    151 Yet you are near, Lord,
        and all your commands are true.
    152 Long ago I learned from your statutes
        that you established them to last forever.

    ר Resh

    153 Look on my suffering and deliver me,
        for I have not forgotten your law.
    154 Defend my cause and redeem me;
        preserve my life according to your promise.
    155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
        for they do not seek out your decrees.
    156 Your compassion, Lord, is great;
        preserve my life according to your laws.
    157 Many are the foes who persecute me,
        but I have not turned from your statutes.
    158 I look on the faithless with loathing,
        for they do not obey your word.
    159 See how I love your precepts;
        preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.
    160 All your words are true;
        all your righteous laws are eternal.

    ש Sin and Shin

    161 Rulers persecute me without cause,
        but my heart trembles at your word.
    162 I rejoice in your promise
        like one who finds great spoil.
    163 I hate and detest falsehood
        but I love your law.
    164 Seven times a day I praise you
        for your righteous laws.
    165 Great peace have those who love your law,
        and nothing can make them stumble.
    166 I wait for your salvation, Lord,
        and I follow your commands.
    167 I obey your statutes,
        for I love them greatly.
    168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
        for all my ways are known to you.

    ת Taw

    169 May my cry come before you, Lord;
        give me understanding according to your word.
    170 May my supplication come before you;
        deliver me according to your promise.
    171 May my lips overflow with praise,
        for you teach me your decrees.
    172 May my tongue sing of your word,
        for all your commands are righteous.
    173 May your hand be ready to help me,
        for I have chosen your precepts.
    174 I long for your salvation, Lord,
        and your law gives me delight.
    175 Let me live that I may praise you,
        and may your laws sustain me.
    176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
        Seek your servant,
        for I have not forgotten your commands.

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  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/12/2014 6:05:39 AM PDT · 38 of 50
    aMorePerfectUnion to Arthur McGowan

    “Is the doctrine that all doctrine must be found stated explicitly in Scripture found anywhere in Scripture?”

    First, that is a silly fallacy.

    Scripture says of itself alone that it is God-breathed and inspired. Of itself alone it proclaims it is able to lead one to salvation. It alone is the source of faith, as it claims. It is perfectly adequate and complete to lead believers to maturity, to keep us from sin.

    What lesser, uninspired source would you choose? Why would you choose a lower source as the ultimate measure of truth??

    Choosing another source is what every pagan does as they spurn truth.

    Christians who have read God’s Words and treasured them In their hearts would never accept less than what Be proclaims.

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/11/2014 3:51:29 PM PDT · 40 of 804
    aMorePerfectUnion to metmom

    metmom,
    I think it is human nature to idealize what we believe and to characterize what others believe that is in opposition. So nothing unusual. It’s how we are as people.

    We can rise above this temptation by seeking truth, wherever it takes us. But if you outsource your mind to Rome or anywhere else, your pursuit of truth dies in the crib.

  • If Scotland can secede, so can Texas

    09/11/2014 3:45:21 PM PDT · 101 of 183
    aMorePerfectUnion to X-spurt

    I do not know how many regions there will be. It will likely be more than two, but who knows. Geographically, how would California unite with New York when you would have another nation or two or three in between?

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/11/2014 3:43:22 PM PDT · 35 of 804
    aMorePerfectUnion to St_Thomas_Aquinas

    “And Scripture doesn’t say that every religious truth is contained in Scripture, or that Scripture the sole rule of faith”

    I don’t know a single person who believes either of those items. Perhaps you do?

    First, God has revealed authoritatively what He wants us to know.
    Second, that revelation is His Holy Word, which is the ultimate or final source of knowing truth. Every teaching is to be judged by what He said. Every tradition is to be judged by what He laid out. Every doctrine is to be grounded in what He revealed.

    best.

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/11/2014 3:37:08 PM PDT · 33 of 804
    aMorePerfectUnion to mlizzy

    “The commentary on this thread alone brings Mary much sorrow. “

    This sounds like mind-reading, since Scripture never says anything about Mary after the upper room days. From what we know of heaven, there are no more tears, no more sorrow, no more grieving. I’m sure she is quite happy there and not reading FR threads, great site though it is...

  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/11/2014 3:34:00 PM PDT · 36 of 235
    aMorePerfectUnion to gemoftheocean

    “Are you UNAWARE at that “sola” means alone? That is what protestants preach and they are big on insisting “sola scriptura.” Itsy bitsy problem for you people is that it is UNBIBLICAL. NO WHERE in the bible, EVER does the bible itself say “scripture ALONE.” In fact the bible directly contradicts your favorite pony. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 indicates teaching can be either a) by letter b) WORD OF MOUTH — and certainly if Peter teaches by letter he can also orally teach too. Duh. Also 1 Timothy 3:15 also states that the church is the pillar and foundation of truth...and Jesus said that Peter is who he is building his church on. It’s not Catholics you have an issue with, but apparently Jesus Christ. Sola Scriptura is not our circus.”

    Let’s take it a statement at a time.

    “Are you UNAWARE at that “sola” means alone? That is what protestants preach and they are big on insisting “sola scriptura.”

    What you wrote is not what is meant by sola scriptura. Your post presents a straw man instead of an accurate understanding. So first, I suggest doing some work to understand what is meant by this concept.

    “Itsy bitsy problem for you people is that it is UNBIBLICAL.”

    No. It is quite Biblical. Your straw man version is not biblical. Sola Scriptura is quite biblical.

    “NO WHERE in the bible, EVER does the bible itself say “scripture ALONE.”

    First, I must point out that your post is now attacking the false straw man it created. This is a logical fallacy. Go ahead and kick him hard. He’s all yours.

    Scripture does not say Trinity, or Bible either. We use those terms to express a Biblical concept that is taught. Had you started with a correct meaning of sola scriptura, you would not have posted this.

    “In fact the bible directly contradicts your favorite pony.”

    I have no ponies or horses or donkeys. Nor do I play favorites.

    “2 Thessalonians 2:15 indicates teaching can be either a) by letter b) WORD OF MOUTH — and certainly if Peter teaches by letter he can also orally teach too.”

    Peter is departed and is no longer writing or teaching on earth. Scripture has been given. Teaching is not inspired. Scripture is inspired.

    “Duh.”

    OK.

    “Also 1 Timothy 3:15 also states that the church is the pillar and foundation of truth...”

    The church, when it does its job, is a foundation under truth and a pillar to show off truth to the world. The church is never truth.

    “and Jesus said that Peter is who he is building his church on.”

    Well, I understand that many catholics believe that, but it doesn’t say that.

    “It’s not Catholics you have an issue with, but apparently Jesus Christ.”

    Well, starting with the catholic personal interpretation of scripture, it would appear that way, but in reality, not at all.

    “Sola Scriptura is not our circus.”

    OK.

  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/11/2014 1:07:45 PM PDT · 9 of 235
    aMorePerfectUnion to Montana_Sam

    “Unlike ‘sola scriptura’, the appointment of Simon Peter IS actually biblical.”

    Wow. Wrong twice in one sentence! Efficient and speedy!

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/11/2014 1:03:01 PM PDT · 25 of 804
    aMorePerfectUnion to mlizzy

    “Poor, sorrowful Mary. “

    Mary has no sorrow at all! She is in heaven rejoicing, not weeping.

  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/11/2014 11:37:43 AM PDT · 7 of 804
    aMorePerfectUnion to Jan_Sobieski

    “The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan,” Pope Francis tweeted.

    Other than the fact that this belief is without biblical support, it is inspirational. Still, nice whole cloth stuff from the Pope.

  • If Scotland can secede, so can Texas

    09/11/2014 11:36:08 AM PDT · 9 of 183
    aMorePerfectUnion to C19fan

    When the US splits, and it will, I will move to the Texas region.

  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/10/2014 8:58:35 PM PDT · 30 of 50
    aMorePerfectUnion to BlatherNaut

    Thanks for your patience in answering my questions about catholic teachings.

  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/10/2014 5:51:00 PM PDT · 27 of 50
    aMorePerfectUnion to BlatherNaut

    “Reception of the Sacraments of Baptism and of Holy Orders result in an ontological change, an indelible mark upon the soul.”

    So, does that “mark” mean the person continues to be a catholic, as is often said here on FR?

    If the “mark” remains, does it have value beyond being a get out of rebaptism card, if the person never returns?

    Is the “mark” doctrine found anywhere in Holy Scripture, of simply a teaching of tradition found outside inspired scripture?

    The poster of this thread claimed the Cardinal was no longer catholic. Is he?