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  • No Human Was Created For Hell

    10/04/2022 11:05:30 AM PDT · by OneVike · 220 replies
    The Reason For My Faith ^ | 10/2/22 | Chuck Ness
    Calvinists like to use Paul's reference in Romans 9:13, which refers to the story of Jacob and Esau, to support their Calvinist doctrine of predestination. Yet when we read Genesis 25:27-34, we know that Esau willingly, on his own, forfeited his birthright by selling it to Jacob. Thus it should be obvious that it was not by God’s election, but rather by Esau’s own free will choice. It's a misinterpretation of the Scriptures to claim this text teaches predestination? To properly understand the text in question, one must understand the main reason Paul wrote his letter to the Jewish and...
  • Russian Roulette Joke, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (video)

    11/04/2021 12:50:48 PM PDT · by OneVike · 39 replies
    I originally shared this back in March of 2010, but have since learned more about the situation. So I decided to update the information and repost it. This is a home video of an incident that took place in December of 2009 in Astrakhan, which is in Southern Russia. It starts with a 38-year-old Chechen man who decided to pull a trick at a wedding where he was a guest. He claimed he had an unloaded gun and was going to act like he was playing Russian Roulette. So he puts a gun to his head, when another man with...
  • Pelosi Defends Abortion [semi-satire]

    09/26/2021 10:32:12 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 26 September 2021 | John Semmens
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) defended The Women's Health Protection Act from San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's assertion that "the bill is nothing short of child sacrifice," by claiming that "God has given us all free will. I am using my free will to make sure that no state can implement any restrictions on any woman's free will to terminate the life of her own unborn child." "Just because I am a Catholic doesn't mean that I must blindly follow the dictates of a meddlesome priest," the Speaker explained. "In this country we have freedom of religion. I can practice...
  • The clockwork universe: Is free will an illusion?

    04/27/2021 4:50:21 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 60 replies ^ | 4-27-21 | Oliver Burkeman
    The difficulty in explaining the enigma of free will to those unfamiliar with the subject isn’t that it’s complex or obscure. It’s that the experience of possessing free will – the feeling that we are the authors of our choices – is so utterly basic to everyone’s existence that it can be hard to get enough mental distance to see what’s going on. Suppose you find yourself feeling moderately hungry one afternoon, so you walk to the fruit bowl in your kitchen, where you see one apple and one banana. As it happens, you choose the banana. But it seems...
  • God, Human Free Will, And A Strawberry Ice Cream Cone.

    09/27/2020 4:26:41 PM PDT · by JAG 5000 · 3 replies
    JAG Writes: How does God simultaneously , , , {A} maintain and respect our Human Free Will , , , while at the same time , , , {B} often working in our lives where we do His Sovereign Will? One way is that He presents the "outside inducements" and controls the external circumstances in such a way where both {A} and {B} occurs and is the sustained reality. Let me give you one example where you could do that same thing with your son {assume you have an 8 year old son} A Father & Son & A Strawberry...
  • Henry And The Judge.

    06/28/2020 5:35:38 AM PDT · by JAG 5000 · 1 replies
    JAG 5000
    HENRY and THE JUDGE. The takeaway point in this post is human Free Will choices are responsible for the evil in this world. _______ Many Anti-Christians and Atheists daily look for ways to demonstrate that humans are not actually responsible for their Free Will choices to do evil. Atheists do not believe that God exists, but they postulate that God exists for the sake of argument. Here is ANDY ATHEIST trying to blame God for the evil choices that humans make, and at the same time take the blame off of human beings for their Free Will choices to do...
  • Anthony Burgess and Free Will

    10/18/2018 1:02:14 PM PDT · by donaldo · 23 replies
    “The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.” Malcolm Muggeridge
  • Why Does God Permit Natural Disasters?

    09/14/2017 11:26:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | September 14, 2017 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Like many Americans during the past three weeks, I've been bombarded by news about the destructive power of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. The stories are of misery, death, and destruction. The misery, death, and destruction are acutely difficult to accept because they have been visited upon innocents. I say that knowledgeable of the ancient argument that our personal and collective sinfulness has merited our pain. Yet that raises this question: Does anyone really deserve personal ruination because of personal sin, particularly from a God whose Son said He came to call sinners and not the...
  • High Tech Truth and Life!

    12/20/2015 7:32:18 AM PST · by jafojeffsurf · 3 replies
    Self | 12/20/2015 | Me
    High Tech Truth and Life! So are you ever Amazed and Astounded with the modern technology and the way high tech works? Do you wonder how it is that your technology works so well yet with little effort and as long as it has not been damage it does what it does without error, well as long as you the operator does not error and do the wrong things, why is that? There is a Reason and it is a Reason we should truly Reflect on our lives and how we do things to better understand how we too could...
  • God's Will and Man's Will

    06/02/2015 1:33:40 PM PDT · by HarleyD
    The Spurgeon Archive ^ | Mar 30, 1862 | C.H. Spurgeon
    "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy."—Romans 9:16 "Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."—Revelation 22:17 The great controversy which for many ages has divided the Christian Church has hinged upon the difficult question of "the will." I need not say of that conflict that it has done much mischief to the Christian Church, undoubtedly it has; but I will rather say, that it has been fraught with incalculable usefulness; for it has thrust forward before the minds of Christians, precious truths, which but...
  • Do We Have Free Will? (video)

    03/30/2015 7:24:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies ^ | 3-30-2015 | Frank Pastore the external, or physical, world, we're all aware of standard cause and effect. You know, "Object A acts upon Object B with Force X." We all get that, because it applies to just about everything -- from electrons to athletes. But now consider events in your internal, or mental, world. What causes your thoughts? Some of our thoughts have external causes, like when we touch something and suddenly realize it's hot. We don't deliberate whether or not to pull our hand away. Our brain has already fired the instruction to do so -- involuntarily. In some strange sense, "we"...
  • The Pelagian Captivity of the Church

    02/02/2015 5:46:24 PM PST · by HarleyD · 17 replies
    Bible Researcher ^ | May/June 2001 | R.C. Sproul
    Shortly after the Reformation began, in the first few years after Martin Luther posted the Ninety-Five Theses on the church door at Wittenberg, he issued some short booklets on a variety of subjects. One of the most provocative was titled The Babylonian Captivity of the Church. In this book Luther was looking back to that period of Old Testament history when Jerusalem was destroyed by the invading armies of Babylon and the elite of the people were carried off into captivity. Luther in the sixteenth century took the image of the historic Babylonian captivity and reapplied it to his era...
  • How Does God Foreknow Free Choices?

    12/24/2014 10:14:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Reasonable Faith ^ | 12/24/2014 | William Lane Craig
    Greetings, I have been listening to and reading a lot of your material over the last year, and have been learning a lot - not least from the Defenders podcast. I've been searching in your material for the answer to a specific question, but haven't found it - and therefore I write you now. I'm trying to sort out the matter of free will and God's foreknowledge, and I've come to understand that there is no contradiction between God's foreknowing a free choice, and that choice being truly free. Foreknowing doesn't equal determining. But - here is my question: How?...
  • Genetic Determinism or Free Will?

    07/20/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/20/2014 | Timothy Birdnow
    There is a famous comparison made between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The more mystical types among us find the apparent similarities compelling evidence of some inscrutible fate, and much ink has been spilled (no doubt to buttress the legend of Kennedy, who was largely a failure as president.) Naturally, people focus on the coincidental similarities and ignore the huge differences; people naturally seek patterns, and when they find them they say "aha!" even if those patterns happen to mean nothing.In a recent blog post at American Thinker the brilliant Rosslyn Smith falls into this trap, making the case...
  • Paedophilia is an Illness NOT a Crime, says Cardinal Just Days after Papal Conclave

    03/16/2013 7:44:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    Dialy Mail (U.K.) ^ | 16 March 2013 | Anna Edwards
    (Cardinal Napier, third from left) Paedophilia is an illness NOT a crime, says cardinal just days after papal conclave • Claimed people abused as youngsters who then become paedophiles 'not criminally responsible' • Says paedophilia 'is an illness, not a criminal condition' • Says those people do not deserve to be punished because they are damaged • Pope Francis said that he wants a 'church for the poor' A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not 'a criminal condition'. The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, told BBC Radio...
  • What We All Deserve

    02/02/2012 7:45:35 PM PST · by WXRGina · 78 replies
    American Clarion ^ | February 2, 2012 | Gina Miller
    The other day I was talking to Kipp Greggory, our morning talk show host, during whose program this radio blog broadcast airs. We do not see each other very often, but when we do, it’s a fast-paced gab fest! He brought up a point of aggravation to him that amazed me, because it is something that bothers my husband and me, as well, and I have not heard anyone else make the point. It is the profusion of advertising that appeals to the prevalent sense of entitlement that infects many people in our society today. You have heard the ads...
  • (History changed by act of mercy?) How a four-year-old Adolf Hitler was saved from certain death ...

    01/05/2012 7:09:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 72 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 6th January 2012 | Allan Hall
    Revealed: The priest who changed the course of history ... by rescuing a drowning four-year-old Hitler from death in an icy river * Future Fuhrer was plucked from certain death by boy who grew up to join the church * German newspaper from 1894 reveals incident It may be the most devastating act of mercy in history. A newspaper report chronicling how a boy of four was saved from drowning has surfaced in a German archive. The child – who historians believe could have been Adolf Hitler – was plucked from the icy waters of the River Inn in Passau,...
  • A canticle for Kathleen Sullivan - from "Christmas at the speed of life"

    12/18/2011 10:22:44 AM PST · by Greg Swann · 2 replies ^ | 12/12/2011 | William F.X. O'Connell
      A canticle for Kathleen Sullivan  I got to the hospital after visiting hours, but the nurse led me to the room anyway. "There hasn't been anyone," she confided. I pursed my lips in grim acknowledgment. "That's why I'm here." Inside the room the patient looked like purple death. It was a critical-care room, bright and white and cheerfully clinical. The bed was surrounded by apparatus, with lines and leads and probes and IV tubes running to him. The only unbruised part of him that I could see were his eyes, and his eyes were more deeply wounded than anything. I'll...
  • How to slay dragons

    12/15/2011 3:08:30 PM PST · by Greg Swann · 2 replies ^ | 12/12/2011 | William F.X. O'Connell
      How to slay dragons  And now I am a man-killer. We live with the consequences of our choices, and we cannot fail to live with all the consequences of all our choices. Sic semper nobis, sic etiam mihi. Thus always to us, thus even to me. Your money? Or your life? Your mind – the means of your life? Or your life – the end of your mind's devising? Lie or die? Can any such choice be made? And if it can't – what then? What if you choose neither? What then? I got mugged, that's what happened. Or almost...
  • How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established

    How the Peace of Jerusalem Will Be Established As of late, we have seen the world led by the United States seeking to strip from Israel it present day borders and bullying them into a forced agreement with those who absolutely abhor them and seek their utter destruction. Sadly, America (who is governed at the moment by the progressive Left) has always been Israel’s strongest ally but at present has forsaken Israel and thrown them under the Middle East Islamic bus. With an anti-Israeli Europe and now a current anti-Israeli U.S. administration, Israel’s back is totally up against the wall...