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  • Catholic Word of the Day: World Without End, 07-24-14

    07/26/2014 2:03:50 AM PDT · 23 of 23
    dsc to cloudmountain

    “Corny” and “irony” are analogous? How so? Corny is silly.”

    I didn’t mean that “corny” and “irony” are analogous. I meant that there is a third thing that is analogous to irony, but different, which can appear to some people to be corny.

    “Irony” is the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. (from Google.)”

    I don’t think much of Google’s definition. It looks as though it were written by someone who confuses sarcasm with irony.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: World Without End, 07-24-14

    07/25/2014 11:14:36 AM PDT · 21 of 23
    dsc to cloudmountain

    “Gad, were we ever THAT corny?
    I guess we were.”

    Your note made me aware of a concept that needs to be expressed verbally and defined. It is analogous to irony, but different.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: World Without End, 07-24-14

    07/25/2014 11:12:35 AM PDT · 20 of 23
    dsc to Salvation

    Amen.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: World Without End, 07-24-14

    07/24/2014 10:57:23 PM PDT · 17 of 23
    dsc to Salvation

    “Am I right that it won’t be a flood, but it will be fire?”

    And people have been wondering if it is to be a nuclear fire since before I was born.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: World Without End, 07-24-14

    07/24/2014 12:14:39 PM PDT · 9 of 23
    dsc to Tax-chick

    “but it fits in a song a lot better than the alternatives!”

    Maybe, but it doesn’t make sense. We know this world will end, because God has said so.

  • Catholic Word of the Day: World Without End, 07-24-14

    07/24/2014 8:39:20 AM PDT · 5 of 23
    dsc to Salvation

    The Latin is “In saecula saeculorum” — literally, “in ages of ages,” which was an idiom meaning simply “forever.”

    “World without end” is a mistranslation stemming from later translators’ lack of knowledge.

    Saint Jerome had access to numerous resources that ceased to exist in a few more centuries.

  • What is Change Blindness and Why Does it Happen?

    07/24/2014 8:11:29 AM PDT · 17 of 21
    dsc to cloudmountain

    “The Boomers brought up these selfish, egocentric, selfies. What DID we expect from godless, faithless, self-serving, irreligious, blasphemous spoiled brats?”

    The weasel people.

    My kids are not demonrats or leftard crap-weasels.

  • What's so unique about Christianity ? CS Lewis answers

    07/24/2014 8:08:13 AM PDT · 43 of 56
    dsc to cuban leaf

    “This is Christianity.”

    That’s pretty narrow. God is more generous than that.

  • "How LGBT Students Are Changing Christian Colleges" (The Atlantic)

    07/24/2014 7:52:17 AM PDT · 43 of 45
    dsc to Mrs. Don-o

    “I’d like to see him try because it’s important to get this crap out in the open to be examined, refuted and dismissed.”

    Ideally, yes, but in America today the forces of darkness own the media, so it’s hard to get out the Word on any examination, refutation, or dismissal.

  • Sowell: Bordering on Madness (Good Read)

    07/24/2014 2:19:35 AM PDT · 70 of 70
    dsc to aquila48

    “That’s where our anger should be directed.”

    I think I have enough for everyone.

  • Sowell: Bordering on Madness (Good Read)

    07/24/2014 2:18:24 AM PDT · 69 of 70
    dsc to aquila48

    “To take it out on the illegals is to focus on the wrong problem. The problem is American politicians, bureaucrats, corporations and regular people who see a benefit for them to let those people in. That’s where the focus ought to be.”

    The problem is how to get them out of the country against the wishes of American and Mexican politicians, bureaucrats, corporations and regular people.

  • What's so unique about Christianity ? CS Lewis answers

    07/24/2014 2:02:42 AM PDT · 40 of 56
    dsc to cuban leaf

    “I think they could probably do better, and -— I don’t think I’m alone in saying this -— I’d like to see them try.”

    If we refrain from sinning because we are afraid of the fires of Hell, that is acceptable to God. Not optimal, perhaps, but acceptable.

  • "How LGBT Students Are Changing Christian Colleges" (The Atlantic)

    07/24/2014 1:57:13 AM PDT · 41 of 45
    dsc to Mrs. Don-o

    “I think they could probably do better, and -— I don’t think I’m alone in saying this -— I’d like to see them try.”

    Why? That would just mean that they could flim-flam more people and recruit more children.

  • One more Flipboard E-zine by yours truly: New #Christian Martyrs

    07/23/2014 8:47:24 AM PDT · 3 of 6
    dsc to Teófilo

    You are really busy in the service of God, aren’t you?

  • The Prodigal Father: Benedict XVI on Fathering

    07/19/2014 3:37:29 AM PDT · 15 of 25
    dsc to Salvation

    I clicked on the link, The 10 Paradoxes of Fatherhood, There is a certain immediacy about motherhood that cannot. In that article, I found Galatians 4:6 quoted as follows:

    “We are children of God by adoption. By the gift of the Holy Spirit we are able to cry ‘Abba, Father.’”

    That just didn’t seem right, so I checked a couple of Bibles. Here’s how that passage reads in the Douay-Rheims:

    4:6. And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father.

    And in the King James:

    4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

    It seems pretty different to me. I wonder what Bible the author was using.

    Oh, BTW, thanks again for making yourself such a fantastic reference librarian.

  • Homosexuality remains rare, but bisexuality rising among youth and correlated w dysfunction

    07/19/2014 2:44:35 AM PDT · 36 of 36
    dsc to Albion Wilde

    “It’s going on my refrigerator door.”

    Always happy to pass it along.

  • Homosexuality remains rare, but bisexuality rising among youth and correlated w dysfunction

    07/18/2014 3:15:56 AM PDT · 22 of 36
    dsc to stormhill

    “If you’re bisexual, you ARE a homosexual.”

    A man who has sex with women *and* engages in sodomy with men has a milder case of same-sex attraction disorder than a man who cannot force himself to lie with women.

    But he is suffering from same-sex attraction disorder just the same.

    The following is the longer version of the vital prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 after his startling vision as to the future of the Church. This prayer was dedicated for the Feast of St. Michael 1448 years from the date of the election of the first Leo—Pope Saint Leo the Great. Everyone is familiar with the first prayer below which was mandated by His Holiness as part of the Leonine Prayers after Low Mass.

    O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
    V: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
    R: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
    V: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
    R: As we have hoped in Thee.
    V: O Lord hear my prayer.
    R: And let my cry come unto Thee.
    V: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls. Amen.

  • TWA 800 Crashed 18 Years ago today.

    07/17/2014 5:00:24 PM PDT · 58 of 60
    dsc to dsc

    “The Knowlton amendment to the Starr report cover many of the bases on VF.”

    Do you remember what it said?

  • TWA 800 Crashed 18 Years ago today.

    07/17/2014 4:59:21 PM PDT · 57 of 60
    dsc to Triple

    That whole thing just cries out to Heaven for justice.

  • New Document: Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church

    07/17/2014 3:14:41 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    dsc to defconw

    “I would like to expand your statement of “Embracing doctrines for the sake of the Supernatural Bride of Christ is not wrong.” to include that embracing doctrines allows us to understand and to expand our relationship with the Supernatural Bide of Christ as well as her Bride Groom.”

    Thank you.

  • TWA 800 Crashed 18 Years ago today.

    07/17/2014 3:13:48 PM PDT · 48 of 60
    dsc to Triple

    “Vince Foster did not shoot himself in Fort Marcy Park”

    I was on the Vince Foster story very quickly after it broke. There was a picture of him with a gun.

    I phoned some friends, then when I went back to the story, it was a different photo and a different gun.

    It is impossible that I am the only one who saw that.

  • New Document: Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church

    07/17/2014 10:51:59 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    dsc to HiTech RedNeck

    “Sometimes the church concept of faith reduces to embracing a set of doctrines for the sake of something less than the Lord, and that is wrong in any context.”

    Embracing doctrines for the sake of the Supernatural Bride of Christ is not wrong.

  • TWA 800 Crashed 18 Years ago today.

    07/17/2014 10:49:46 AM PDT · 11 of 60
    dsc to Triple

    “Correction: Was shot down 18 yrs ago today.”

    Thank you.

    Remember that couple who stole some seat material and found explosive residue and rocket fuel on it? Last I heard they were dragging them off with bags over their heads to...I don’t really remember where to, but the Klintonistas were not going to let that news out.

  • Study: Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

    07/17/2014 10:44:41 AM PDT · 49 of 66
    dsc to Innovative

    “It doesn’t look like they are restricting who can purchase it and it’s not even very expensive, given that one dose could provide full cure.”

    The article says one dose was effective for up to four weeks.

  • Study: Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

    07/17/2014 10:40:45 AM PDT · 48 of 66
    dsc to minnesota_bound

    “Won’t be of much use as high fructose corn syrup is in nearly everything.”

    Take a page from the leftard handbook: get a federal judge to ban it.

  • Study: Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

    07/17/2014 10:39:02 AM PDT · 47 of 66
    dsc to Jenny217

    ” But don’t argue with the holier than thou. It’s always a lifestyle choice according to them.”

    It’s a religion with some people, and they are incapable—intellectually and emotionally—of accepting that obesity might be a matter of lipid regulation rather than moral turpitude.

    The Church of the Immoral Fatso keens incessantly like a grieving banshee that every fat deposit is punishment for the loathsome perversion of over-eating, than which no sin is greater. Every fatso is guilty! Every fatso must be punished! All scientific findings to the contrary must be treated like leftists treat liberty!

    It’s really not that hard to see the problem with the “calories in/calories out” nonsense. If not for the bigotry of the Church of the Immoral Fatso, science would be free to acknowledge the truth.

    If normal people maintain a normal weight on a normal diet, and the vast majority did until recent decades, then why do some people become obese on a normal diet? The Church of the Immoral Fatso, of course, insists that all such reports are lies, and that the immoral fatsos were secretly over-eating. All scientific evidence to the contrary—and there’s a bunch—is simply denied.

  • Study: Single injection of protein could reverse symptoms of Type 2 diabetes

    07/17/2014 10:30:55 AM PDT · 45 of 66
    dsc to FatherofFive

    “Type 2 diabetes is completly preventable and completly treatable with diet and exercise.”

    No.

  • The Foul Tornado: On the centenary of World War I (Outstanding Read)

    07/15/2014 12:39:52 PM PDT · 42 of 44
    dsc to Peter Libra

    Very interesting indeed.

  • The Foul Tornado: On the centenary of World War I (Outstanding Read)

    07/15/2014 12:38:19 PM PDT · 41 of 44
    dsc to Eric in the Ozarks

    “flying C-46s over the Hump in the China-Burma-India Campaign.”

    I’ve heard you could navigate that route by the wreckage of downed aircraft.

  • The Foul Tornado: On the centenary of World War I (Outstanding Read)

    07/15/2014 12:30:13 PM PDT · 40 of 44
    dsc to mojito

    “it was going badly and had no military, diplomatic, or economic purpose.”

    Woah up there, old Hoss. You wrote above, “Germany started the war because she wanted and hoped to gain enormous prizes through a swift victory, first over France and then over Russia.” Establishing a world in which that sort of thing is not allowed is a good and sufficient purpose.

  • Sowell: Lawsuits and Impeachment

    07/14/2014 6:46:38 PM PDT · 45 of 46
    dsc to Norm Lenhart

    “And once again the right wing talking heads line up to take the one position ensuring Obama remains protected. Just like magic.”

    Back when it was clear that the Klintstones had killed Vince Foster, or had him killed, William F. Buckley wrote in the National Review that it would be better for the Republic to let him get away with it than to expose the president as a murderer.

    Didn’t agree then. Don’t now.

    However, Chairman Maobama does seem to be self destructing all by himself, so maybe it would be better just to watch the show for a while.

  • Sowell: Lawsuits and Impeachment

    07/14/2014 6:42:00 PM PDT · 44 of 46
    dsc to Twotone

    “At least a lawsuit has to get media attention”

    They’ll lie, as they always do, and we might end up the worse for the attention. Maybe better just to let that wad of offal keep self-destructing.

  • [Israeli] Police: Suspects planned Palestinian teen's death in advance, burned him alive

    07/14/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · 25 of 64
    dsc to ClearBlueSky

    “Don’t start none- won’t be none.”

    They done started it. Question is, will we fight back?

  • [Israeli] Police: Suspects planned Palestinian teen's death in advance, burned him alive

    07/14/2014 12:18:22 PM PDT · 24 of 64
    dsc to Objective Scrutator

    “just as the only way to rid yourself of a bedbug extermination”

    Another poster wrote here years ago that this will only end after we have killed a certain number of muslims. The thing is, we don’t get to decide what that number is; they do.

  • Sowell: Lawsuits and Impeachment

    07/14/2014 12:14:44 PM PDT · 31 of 46
    dsc to Jacquerie

    “The benefit of an impeachment would be the airing/disclosure of Obama’s high crimes.”

    The success of the Clinton’s impeachment turned entirely on secret evidence. Not only did the public never see it, Dingy Harry wouldn’t let the senators see it either.

  • Sowell: Lawsuits and Impeachment

    07/14/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · 30 of 46
    dsc to Twotone

    “None of the options are good, but I don’t see a better course of action.”

    Sowell may be harkening back to Napoleon, who said “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

    Perhaps allowing the demonrat scandals to develop would give the Republicans a better chance to take back the Senate than would either a law suit or impeachment. Especially if they base the impeachment in part on “secret” evidence that the public never sees.

  • 'Don't hate the men who killed my husband' Brave widow calls for forgiveness of two men (Barf)

    07/12/2014 7:32:56 PM PDT · 41 of 59
    dsc to Mrs. Don-o

    “You seem to be reacting quite disgustedly against a Christian who is following both the precepts and the example of Jesus. I never considered Jesus barf-worthy.”

    There seems to be an assumption that if she forgives them, then she doesn’t want them punished. Not necessarily true.

  • 'Don't hate the men who killed my husband' Brave widow calls for forgiveness of two men (Barf)

    07/12/2014 7:30:57 PM PDT · 40 of 59
    dsc to TalBlack

    “I myself have every wish that these two scumbags ask and are given God’s forgiveness. I hope they spend eternity in Heaven. I’d also damn well hang them.”

    Careful. Common sense is in short supply; we’d best economize it.

  • 'Don't hate the men who killed my husband' Brave widow calls for forgiveness of two men (Barf)

    07/12/2014 7:27:55 PM PDT · 39 of 59
    dsc to Lurker

    “Jesus said “Father forgive them...” he didn’t say “Father, I forgive them.”. A bit of a difference there. Wouldn’t you agree?”

    Subtle, but crucial.

  • Ron Reagan: Republican Base The Most Ignorant People In America

    07/12/2014 7:22:37 PM PDT · 87 of 126
    dsc to bkopto

    Isn’t he a pickle smoocher? People with mental disorders should not be trying to sway public opinion.

  • Immigrant children bringing out the worst in some Americans (He means us, of course)

    07/12/2014 7:20:32 PM PDT · 35 of 52
    dsc to a fool in paradise

    “I thought the “Ugly American” of the 21st century was the US government forcing Sodomy on nations that have laws against it.”

    You’re no fool.

  • Immigrant children bringing out the worst in some Americans (He means us, of course)

    07/12/2014 7:18:18 PM PDT · 33 of 52
    dsc to cripplecreek

    ESAD, Bob Ray, you wrong-headed, wrong-hearted waste of space.

  • Deluge!Downpour prompts weather warning, extensive flooding

    07/12/2014 6:35:40 PM PDT · 2 of 47
    dsc to SandRat

    Could this be an indication that the drought may be ending?

  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    07/12/2014 12:18:27 PM PDT · 1,177 of 1,307
    dsc to Springfield Reformer

    “It was the Holy Spirit who directed the writing of the Greek New Testament”

    He is certainly not directing your misinterpretation thereof.

    “Again, you can’t leave God out of this equation. God chose to have the Gospels record Jesus describing the bread as His body in a standard metaphor.”

    Incorrect. Luckily we have an actual Greek scholar with us who is qualified to cast light on that matter.

    “And He did so in a language that almost anybody, with a little effort, can read.”

    And there is that “any moron’s opinion is as good as any genius’s” nonsense again. Satan would probably give up anything before he’d let go of that.

    “If you can’t, there’s nothing I can do to help you.”

    Sure there is. Figure out where you went wrong on that one, and straighten yourself out. I’d consider it a favor.

    “I assure you, this is easily understood by those who have studied the Greek.”

    How do you have the brass to assert that when so many actual Greek scholars say you are dead wrong?

    “and even though no one speaks it natively today, it is well within the reach of ordinary people to read with understanding, up to an including nuances such as metaphor.”

    Utter nonsense. Self-congratulatory nonsense, at that.

    “But I understand it serves the monopolistic purposes of Rome to make it seem inaccessible”

    When one’s own heart is full of serpentine malice, when that space in one’s chest could accurately be characterized as a nest of vipers, then of course one attributes to others the same poison one finds in one’s self.

    It is neither inaccessible nor as easily accessible as some of you Protestants think it is. Were it so accessible, there would not be a single protestant sect, much less the thousands that there are.

    “these “witnesses” suffer from a number of deficiencies. First, they are undefined as to number.”

    Dude, that is not a “deficiency” from which witnesses suffer. Is English your first language?

    “How many Greek scholars past and present really see “estin” the way Aquinas saw it? Tell me the number. You can’t. You don’t know. Neither do I. It’s probably impossible to figure out, so it’s a great claim for you to make, because it can’t be verified.”

    Pathetic, sickening sophistry. It is easy to establish that there are many, and that’s all that is required.

    “Second, those witness who reject the plain metaphor in the text may be biased.”

    Considering the history of that misinterpretation, it is safe to say that those who insist on the metaphor are biased.

    “If they are Catholic, they have a vested interest in NOT being able to see the obvious.”

    Is that the way you walk through the world? Reminds me of Lenin: “Accuse others of what you do.” Because the Catholics I know have a vested interest in the truth, whatever it may be.

    “The entire system of sacerdotal power”

    Tell me, what century do you think it is?

    “rests on this fabrication that only the priest can summon up the presence of Christ in the host”

    Don’t you know even one true thing about Catholicism? Only a priest can confect the sacrament, but there are many other ways to experience the presence of Christ.

    “and so all become totally dependent for their connection to God on this alleged miracle for which there is never a trace of evidence, even among favorable eyewitnesses.”

    I feel constrained to caution you: going about repeating that sort of lie could be hazardous to your soul. Of course there is evidence.

    “And when a poor humble Bible believer comes along and says, hey, that priestly emperor has no clothes, and that adoration of a mere bloodless wafer sure looks like idolatry”

    It is certain that the intelligent, the wise, and the holy are not going to put much credence in that sort of malicious bile.

    “Well, what can I say.”

    Say, “I’m sorry. I will take a sincere look at the nonsense that props up my prejudices.”

    “I’ve read the Scriptures since I was a child.”

    Oh, since you were a child! Well, why didn’t you say so? It’s obvious that a child would instinctively grasp difficult and subtle matters treated of in the Scriptures. That’s why “a child’s understanding” is the highest praise in every theology department in the world.

    “Went to Sunday school, learned all the stories.”

    Talk about the blind leading the blind. I went to Sunday school as well, Southern Baptist, Pentecostal Holiness, Assembly of God...I’ve heard the raving about “idolatry” and “sacerdotal power” and all the rest of it. It’s just so much blind hatred.

    “How could any intelligent reader”

    Whoops, back up there. Are you saying that intelligent people understand the Bible better than the stupid?

    Careful now, because you just lost the argument. See you at RCIA.

    “even an atheist, not get some sense of Jesus’ method of teaching, just by a straight reading of the text?”

    Because there are too many filters erected between Emmanuel and you. Catholics have to deal with far fewer, because the Church has spent the last 2000 years dealing with that problem.

    “It’s not that hard to discern. A child could do it.”

    Really? Well, then, I guess we should just shut down all the universities and seminaries, because it’s so easy a child could do it.

    “But style is an objective fact.”

    Yes, just like taste in music.

    “You really think it takes a magic Catholic gnosis”

    Magic, huh. That’s an example of what I was talking about earlier, where the rules allow personal insults if they are cleverly phrased.

    “It is the truest saddest tragedy of this whole thing, which this conversation reflects, that the theory of Sola Roma has as probably its main effect to lock the Bible away from those for whom it was intended”

    If a person not a poster on FR were to say something like that, I would have to make inquiries as to that person’s sanity.

    “Sola Roma?” Every now and again some Protestant opens another door to a new area of Hell, a horror previously unknown to me where I see souls writhing in torment because they were duped into believing crap like that.

    I don’t know what protestant invented the evil lie you call “Sola Roma,” but I’m betting he was Satan’s catamite.

    “not the wise”

    Right. The stupid.

    “not those with the secret tradition”

    Oh, now there are secret traditions. Splendid.

    “and hast revealed them unto babes.”

    Clearly that is a metaphor.

    “So it is not that I think anything of myself that I can read Scripture with understanding.”

    Yes, it is.

    “It’s that I credit God with being able to write His message in such large print that even someone as insignificant as me has a chance to hear and believe the wonderful message of love in Christ to fallen humanity.”

    Of course He is able to. However, that would obviate our free will, so He didn’t. The scripture doesn’t say, stand around and scratch your butt and it shall be opened; it says “Knock and it shall be opened.”

    Well, what could that metaphor mean? Is there a real door you are supposed to knock on, or does one knock by seeking to learn from the wise and the holy?

    “1Co 1:25-29”

    If you’re going to quote scripture, you might try quoting something that supports your argument.

  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    07/12/2014 11:06:32 AM PDT · 1,171 of 1,307
    dsc to Springfield Reformer

    “But you did. Twice.”

    It is really not fair of people to inflict that sort of stupidity on other people.

    I guess if a person were completely oblivious to the world around himself, he might have failed to notice that the words, “spare me,” in American English, have for decades been used exclusively for humorous and sarcastic purposes. I don’t really see how that could happen unless a person were of very slight intelligence, but I guess it could.

    However, to jump from “spare me” to “don’t talk about it with anyone else” is inexcusable. The only two possible causes for that are malice and profound stupidity.

    “Now I understand you are free to say such things, and I am free to ignore them. That’s all I meant.”

    Since that is glaringly obvious to anyone with an IQ over 60, you are not on those grounds excused for your bad behavior or the falsehoods you have uttered about me and my remarks.

    “Why should I honor any request as ridiculous as “yeah there’s Bible supprt for that false teaching, and don’t you go bringing up any counterarguments.”

    No such “request” was made, and I find it difficult to believe that you could have misinterpreted my remarks in that way. No, I think only malice remains as a possible explanation.

    The “request,” if you must so mischaracterize it, could only have meant, “I can’t stand any more of your boneheaded crap, so go talk to someone else.”

    “Really? I think I have a better clam to being gobsmacked than you. By light years.”

    Well, in the sense that an inability to comprehend even basic conversation is bound to leave a person in a constant state of confusion, I guess that might be true.”

  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    07/11/2014 10:13:00 PM PDT · 1,159 of 1,307
    dsc to Springfield Reformer

    “Now it tells me a great deal that you think I misused the word.”

    No, it doesn’t.

    “I didn’t.”

    Yes, you did.

    “It’s a legitimate metaphor describing one’s response to some sort of demand for behavior.”

    Perhaps you have confused me with someone else. I have not demanded any behavior of you.

    “But you came along and wanted me to not talk about the failed fable of transubstantiation.”

    Could I have some Twilight Zone music, please?

    That never happened. Not in this world.

    “To give in to your demand for silence (the “shut up” to which I referred)”

    There was no such demand.

    “It has never been my intent to attack you personally. Only your errant theology.”

    That’s another similarity with the liberal style of confrontation. Do it—do the heck out of it—then deny it.

    “when you have it has been hostile and never going to substance.”

    I may have been hostile, but you probably just overlooked the substance.

    “But no, all you are to me is a three letter handle that is always hostile to me when I critique Catholic doctrine.”

    It is interesting that you regarded a calm repetition of truth as hostile.

    “I am confident you wouldn’t sit by silent either if someone you dearly loved was being defamed, even if the defamers didn’t know they were saying hurtful falsehoods.”

    It is very important in such a situation that you be right before you start attacking people. You are not right.

    “Though I am confident in my beliefs, I am always ready to learn new things as well.”

    Well, actually, no, you aren’t.

    “I don’t know you from Adam, nor your posting history.”

    What brought that subject into the discussion? I didn’t mention it.

    “I bear you no animus. We can do this peacefully.”

    Wow. Just like talking with liberals on Compuserve in the early days.

  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    07/11/2014 9:50:54 PM PDT · 1,158 of 1,307
    dsc to Springfield Reformer

    “Perhaps, but it’s the Greek original that has the direct metaphor”

    Our Lord spoke Aramaic as His first language.

    The phrase was uttered, we presume, in Aramaic, after which it would have been translated to Koine, then Latin, then English.

    “So you see the direct metaphor here is indisputable, at least linguistically.”

    No, I don’t, and neither do you, unless you can carry on a colloquial conversation in Greek. I have studied several languages to one degree or another, although the only two in which I am fluent are English and Japanese. These efforts taught me the difficulties inherent in understanding things like metaphor in a foreign language, so until you produce someone who speaks Koine Greek—and I mean *speaks* it, like we speak English—no sale.

    “It is the sort of thing any first year student of Biblical Greek would recognize.”

    No, it’s not. That is demonstrated by the large number of accomplished scholars who disagree.

    “As for Jesus’ style of communication, it should be obvious to you I am discerning that from the text.”

    I suspected that you *think* you are discerning it from the text…and I am amazed that you would think yourself capable of it. Gobsmacked.

    “There is no committee intervening between us and these words of Jesus.”

    Nonsense. Your interpretations are the ones you like best of the myriad offered to you by those who went before.

    “They come to us directly from the inspired pens of the apostolic authors...They are worth listening to.”

    This Protestant notion that just any old moron can understand the Bible without assistance is one of Satan’s best coups.

  • Sarah Palin just joined the ‘impeach Obama’ crowd. That’s bad news for the GOP.

    07/11/2014 9:17:22 PM PDT · 103 of 103
    dsc to 2ndDivisionVet

    Okay, that’s it. If the Washington Compost is against it, it must be a good thing.

  • Officers say no ‘stand-down order’ for Benghazi

    07/11/2014 9:14:11 PM PDT · 44 of 54
    dsc to exit82

    “And this is another reason Obozo needs to be removed from office.”

    Removed, indicted, tried, sentenced, and duly executed on a US Navy ship of the line.

  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    07/11/2014 11:45:19 AM PDT · 1,137 of 1,307
    dsc to editor-surveyor

    “Paul does not contradict himself from chapter to chapter; but the conniving mind of sinful man does twist his words aided by a poor Greek translation of his words that fails to differentiate man’s law and Yehova’s law.”

    Kind of makes it tough, doesn’t it? I really wish I had learned those languages.