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  • Navy Pilots are Seeing UFOs. Are They from Russia, China, or Somewhere Beyond?

    06/13/2019 7:32:40 AM PDT · 265 of 301
    Springfield Reformer to Jamestown1630

    Consider Screwtape Letters, by CS Lewis. The main goal of a demon would not be to scare children like some monster under the bed. The main goal would be to draw intelligent persons by subtle deception down a path where the ‘monster’ appears as a friend and helper, an angel of light, until it is too late to escape. ‘Cool vehicles that inspire you,’ would fulfill that purpose admirably. Unless of course they were really just cool vehicles. So much we don’t know.

  • Navy Pilots are Seeing UFOs. Are They from Russia, China, or Somewhere Beyond?

    06/13/2019 7:08:31 AM PDT · 264 of 301
    Springfield Reformer to daniel1212; RoosterRedux; Elsie

    lol I suppose it wouldn’t help if I claimed alien abduction??? jk. :)

    But yeah, it’s been a while. Still working on my book (a sci fi romance). I have this ‘allowance’ of ‘me’ time, and I used to spend a ton of it here on FR. But after the 2016 primaries, getting handcuffed by JR & Co for not aligning with the group-think, and getting plum worn out from some of the endless cycles of theological debate, I just got completely burned out on FR. Even now, that hasn’t really changed. Sometimes I just have to take a break from my other stuff and snoop in here to see what’s what, and I saw this ping and decided to dip one little toe back in the water.

    But as my allowance of free time is pretty small, I do have to spend it wisely. So until the book is done and published, I’ll probably just keep my lurker status for now. But definitely good chatting with all y’all. :D

    Peace

  • Navy Pilots are Seeing UFOs. Are They from Russia, China, or Somewhere Beyond?

    06/10/2019 12:46:35 PM PDT · 199 of 301
    Springfield Reformer to Vermont Lt; Georgia Girl 2; daniel1212

    There is a both/and approach available here. Christians accept demons as much as we accept angels, God, anything spiritual etc. If one is an absolute materialist, none of that makes any sense. I am not a strict materialist. I believe reality is more complex than the descriptive capability of any current models. So in broad terms, I accept that spiritual beings can interact with humanity. Furthermore, as one who accepts the description of Jesus in the Bible as true, I see that He did interact with angels and demons, and those interactions reveal said beings have means, motive and opportunity to deceive humans for various purposes.

    As to why angels and demons might use more material means of interacting with humans than God, it is a misleading question. In Christian theology, God has interacted with humans in very big, physical ways. Jesus as the very real God-man. The feeding of the 5000. Where did the additional mass come from? The resurrection. The parting of the Red Sea. Force field extraordinaire? The great flood. A planned planetary culling? Etc. Given that angels/demons would be much more limited than God, maybe all they can put together at one time are a few scraps of cool looking metal to amaze us with. Just sayin ...

    Still, as much as I believe all that, I also know the physical world is a crazy, creative place with lots of possibilities all its own. So for me it’s just not necessary in any given case to assume who or what lies behind such an alleged sighting. I think the jury is out on most of it. For my part, I also accept that God could create life anywhere in the universe, in any quantity, with any technological capability, up to an including solving the thorny problems of high speed space travel.

    I also had relatives working deep inside the US aerospace industry who worked on things that could be related to such phenomena. Humanity has produced some truly brilliant minds, and no matter what you think you know about what we have created on our own, you are probably wrong to some degree. And at least some of that is by design.

    The upshot? I think we should take each case one at a time. No sweeping generalizations. An object that appears to violate known physical principles or capabilities is in only ever in ‘apparent violation.’ Perhaps the object is indeed physically real but our common understanding of physics is too limited to describe its behavior. Perhaps the object is physical but it isn’t what it seems to be at all because our detection/reporting/perception of it is misleading us for some reason. Perhaps some of these events are purely mental/spiritual in nature, with zero footprint in the physical world. These are all forms of misunderstanding. And the only way you clear up a misunderstanding is with evidence. In the absence of evidence providing a clear answer, I think approaching it with an open mind is useful.

  • Indonesian Christian Challenges Rabbi Tovia Singer: Who is the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53?

    05/08/2018 7:26:40 AM PDT · 58 of 81
    Springfield Reformer to Southside_Chicago_Republican; daniel1212

    The faith once delivered to Israel by the instrumentality of Moses frequently had to be restored, because it is human nature to corrupt divine revelation. So there should be nothing surprising about restoration movements. It is the whole pattern of divine revelation. The faithful dwindle till almost extinct, till pnly an obscure remnant remains, then God sends a restoration. And yes, of course the enemy tries to plant false restorations. Thats why in the past, restoration has always come back to the original revelation, digging the old scrolls out of the closet in the temple and reading the words God inspired until it broke hearts and brought sinners to repentance snd renewal. Its how God does this, and always has.

  • A Most Revealing Photograph

    11/07/2017 9:11:11 PM PST · 248 of 254
    Springfield Reformer to daniel1212

    LOL. :-D

  • A Most Revealing Photograph

    11/06/2017 8:10:06 PM PST · 244 of 254
    Springfield Reformer to daniel1212

    Great gif. Totally mind blowing. :)

    Hey, y’all. Yes, I’m still out here, lurking every now and then. Carry on.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Need Help from FReeper Pilots and Aviators

    02/04/2017 1:33:06 PM PST · 42 of 42
    Springfield Reformer to Redwood71; All

    Redwood, thanks for the info. Very helpful. What folks here need to know about fiction writing is that it is art, not reality. Reality is boring, most of the time. We use art to condense reality into something with a tremendous capacity to convey meaning in a short period of time. So what I need is just enough reality to give shape to my art, but if I bear down too hard on reality, the audience won’t be interested in the story, because it is too real. There is a place for documentary, but Raiders of the Lost Ark didn’t work because of it’s commitment to reality. Just sayin ...

    Having said all that, I don’t want my crash landing scene to turn up someday on mythbusters as a busted myth. So everyone’s input here, even the naysayers, has been very helpful. My thanks to you Redwood, and to everyone who participated.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Need Help from FReeper Pilots and Aviators

    02/01/2017 3:58:21 PM PST · 39 of 42
    Springfield Reformer to HarborSentry

    Ok, just looked at the mythbusters summary for that episode. Like they say, it could be done with radio help. But my guy is coming down in hostile territory, so no local radio. But, what if he has a young video game kid call him on his cell and the kid tells him what to do? Certainly better than nothing. There’d be a question of figuring out the controls for that specific type of aircraft, but much more doable, based on what I’ve been hearing here. And he could start out cocky. I already have him saying, how hard could this be. Then he realizes how hard it is, class his friend, theyvland the plane, still rough enough to slide down the mountain abut, but enough force reduction to survive. “Plausible, Jamie?”

    Peace,

    SR

  • Need Help from FReeper Pilots and Aviators

    02/01/2017 12:40:25 PM PST · 36 of 42
    Springfield Reformer to HarborSentry; All

    Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, Amazon has their own fleet now. I don’t know if they’re all as big as a 767. If they had a smallish one that would make it a lot easier. Another angle to look at anyway. I just don’t want this someday getting made into a movie and then mythbusters shows it can’t be done. There may only be a 1/100th percent chance of making it, but if there is, it’s my job as a writer to help my character find that tiny little slot and squeeze through it. I just need to know under what combination of variables would there be such a chance.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Need Help from FReeper Pilots and Aviators

    02/01/2017 6:26:04 AM PST · 17 of 42
    Springfield Reformer to Redwood71

    Correction. The pilot has no direct experience flying, but he’s very smart and has a near photographic memory and can call up all kinds of memories, movies, conversations with pilot buddies, etc. Shoot, even total nonpilot me knows about landing gears and flaps. As a passenger I’ve watched the flaps during landing all the time. What I would lack is any skill in using them. But then I’m not a brilliant physicist either. So for purposes of this exercise, assume the agent can figure it out. What would he need to do?

    Peace,

    SR

  • Need Help from FReeper Pilots and Aviators

    02/01/2017 6:20:16 AM PST · 13 of 42
    Springfield Reformer to wrench

    I had an uncle who was a genius physics guy. He routinely invented things from pure physics knowledge that ordinary folks would have to learn the old fashioned way. So while I realize experience would help, the character has, in theory, the brilliance to figure it out on the fly. Pun intended. :) So what I’m looking for is what would be the most plausible physical scenario.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Need Help from FReeper Pilots and Aviators

    02/01/2017 5:00:46 AM PST · 1 of 42
    Springfield Reformer
  • Chris Matthews: If you believe abortion’s murder, “you go after the person” who had the abortion

    01/28/2017 12:07:57 PM PST · 88 of 111
    Springfield Reformer to Timpanagos1
    Suppose a 19 year old mother is put on trial for the murder of her two week old baby that she tossed in an abortion clinic dumpster after stabbing her baby with an ice pick and tearing the baby’s limbs off.

    To the contrary, a jury in THAT case would easily be persuaded her claimed lack of intent was not credible. Her personal, tangible interaction with the body of the child, the manner of treatment, etc., a good prosecutor could easily show mens rea even if the woman denied it. Because mens rea does not rely exclusively on testimony of the person. If it did, you could never convict for murder. But in cases where intent is denied, it may still be found through indicators that are external and objective. "I didn't mean to run him over with the car fives times" will not work as a defense.

    Which is why there is no one size fits all easy peezy lazy ass solution for this problem. I know people want it to be simple but it isn't. It'll always come down to specific cases and fact patterns. The jury will hear all the facts, and if a case can be made to the jury that the person lacked the right kind of intent, they won't be convicted of murder. Sorry.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Chris Matthews: If you believe abortion’s murder, “you go after the person” who had the abortion

    01/28/2017 11:17:22 AM PST · 77 of 111
    Springfield Reformer to itsahoot; IrishBrigade; jurroppi1

    Vehicular homicide isn’t enough information to figure out if it’s murder. All we know from that label is one person killed another person with a vehicle. It could be entirely accidental, or there could be criminal negligence, or there could have been a real intent to kill another person without justification or excuse. If there is an absence of intent to kill a person without justification or excuse, you don’t have enough for murder. Manslaughter comes up for the criminal negligence, where you drove under such conditions that you just didn’t care. That gets you much closer to murder, but not quite over the line. And you can still be punished for criminal negligence.

    But words have meaning. In legalese, if you don’t have the right kind of intent, you don’t get murder. This is not new, BTW. It’s been like this for centuries. Nobody should be surprised by any of this, least of all Chris Matthews, who to me is just trying to show up prolifers as inconsistent and uncompassionate, so he doesn’t really care about the technical requirements of murder, and he probably knows he can buffalo most of his audience because they sure don’t know.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Chris Matthews: If you believe abortion’s murder, “you go after the person” who had the abortion

    01/28/2017 10:31:49 AM PST · 54 of 111
    Springfield Reformer to Timpanagos1

    I’m an attorney. You need mens rea to make out a murder charge. If you have a teen who’s being told it’s not a baby yet, by everyone in her world, not just doctor and family, but the entire culture, and you combine that with coercion, no court well-grounded in the traditional view of murder is going to find mens rea (guilty mind).

    BTW, it’s not about intellectual capacity. It’s about what your life situation has conditioned you to believe. Some very smart people believe some very stupid things. We see it all the time here on FR.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Chris Matthews: If you believe abortion’s murder, “you go after the person” who had the abortion

    01/28/2017 10:06:33 AM PST · 37 of 111
    Springfield Reformer to Timpanagos1
    Woman who have abortions are full and willing participants in homicide.

    Unless they're not. I personally know of situations where there was intense coercion (her own dad) combined with deliberate medical misinformation, back in the day when the pro-abort lobby monopolized the media narrative. Difficult, maybe impossible, to make a case for mens rea under such conditions. No mens rea, no murder. More like an accidental death. That protection would NOT apply to those who were neither misinformed nor coerced.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Theologian: Shared Communion With Protestants Would be Blasphemy and Sacrilege

    01/27/2017 10:46:31 PM PST · 1,571 of 1,614
    Springfield Reformer to redleghunter

    Hey bro. Good to hear from you again. Yep, TR and Byz are great texts. But no hardcopy for . All my Greek are belong to digital (Logos, e-Sword). :)

    Peace,

    SR

  • Theologian: Shared Communion With Protestants Would be Blasphemy and Sacrilege

    01/27/2017 3:19:45 AM PST · 1,556 of 1,614
    Springfield Reformer to imardmd1; Mark17

    That’s a great example of a well translated subjunctive. Thanks for keeping on digging. Finding that was worth the effort.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Theologian: Shared Communion With Protestants Would be Blasphemy and Sacrilege

    01/26/2017 10:35:25 PM PST · 1,554 of 1,614
    Springfield Reformer to af_vet_1981

    I fear you spent a great deal of time and effort not understanding what I said about fear, but worse, I can do nothing more for you at this time. I am sorry.

    Peace,

    SR

  • Theologian: Shared Communion With Protestants Would be Blasphemy and Sacrilege

    01/26/2017 8:14:56 PM PST · 1,547 of 1,614
    Springfield Reformer to metmom

    Zactly. This is no academic matter to me. I grew up in a home where the fear factor was big. It doesn’t help. It doesn’t make someone better than they would be if they just trusted Jesus enough to take Him at his word. An atmosphere of continuous worry that at the last moment a lifetime of good deeds could be overturned by a single twisted thought at the end of life is a nightmare environment to live in. Nobody can really handle it. So what happens is they back it up a little, say there is some really grand sin that could cost you your standing in grace, but the lesser ones? No big deal. See what happens there? People start building rationalizations outside of divine truth on why they will probably be OK, and it always comes down to shifting the focus of trust from Jesus to the self. It’s a heart-sickening disaster.

    Peace,

    SR