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by Philip
Mon May 29, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: How can God know everything and let us have free will?
Replies: 42
Views: 421

Re: How can God know everything and let us have free will?

JustHuman: Such a controlled, purposely desired bestowed free will is nothing more than a mere illusionary free will. The free will is not controlled. But the parameters for within where and what is possible are - our free will cannot escape our physical and other limitations. The ultimate outcomes...
by Philip
Mon May 29, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Are radical Muslims a minority?
Replies: 15
Views: 55

Re: Are radical Muslims a minority?

Other than learning from the past, in how we conduct ourselves in the present, per our policies, etc., we can't do a dang thing to change our past. Handwringing and blame, assertions and accusations past actions justify Islamists (and other) groups' present and ongoing hatreds and present committed ...
by Philip
Mon May 29, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Are radical Muslims a minority?
Replies: 15
Views: 55

Re: Are radical Muslims a minority?

Ed: It's so bizarre listening to you going on and on about how Muslims want to conquer the world while somehow overlooking the fact that Christians did, in fact, literally conquer the world. All manner of people who have self-identifed as "Christians," in the distant past, have done all m...
by Philip
Mon May 29, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: How can God know everything and let us have free will?
Replies: 42
Views: 421

Re: How can God know everything and let us have free will?

I really don't get why people can't seem to wrap their minds around us having free will, yet God knowing exactly what we will do and say, knowing all future things perfectly, and that in spite of these, He indeed controls the parameters of all things, and the specifics wherever He desires. If fact, ...
by Philip
Sun May 28, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: The Delusion of "Free Will"
Replies: 157
Views: 7236

Re: The Delusion of "Free Will"

Actions begin in the mind/the Will. ACTIONS flow from and are a result of the will - the mind/brain center that enacts desires.
by Philip
Sun May 28, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Manchester terrorist attack...
Replies: 75
Views: 292

Re: Manchester terrorist attack...

Neo is equating innocents being killed UNINTENTIONALLY and regretfully (MANY calculations and preparations have been used to hopefully avoid killing innocent civilians), as it is impossible to go after known terrorists responsible for and KNOWN to be plotting ever more attacks (as they often hide am...
by Philip
Sat May 27, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Manchester terrorist attack...
Replies: 75
Views: 292

Re: Manchester terrorist attack...

Ed is unlikely to see any belief system as inherently evil or dangerous, as he doesn't believe in spiritual forces - good or bad. At least he could look at the horrific fruit produced by those with correlating beliefs across the world.
by Philip
Sat May 27, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Can Christians go to bars/pubs?
Replies: 10
Views: 65

Re: Can Christians go to bars/pubs?

Alcohol in itself isn't bad, nor is drinking but it is all too easy to become dependant on it. Often it's used as a crutch, a way of escape and is, or can be, incredibly difficult to curtail once started and I speak from personal experience. Very wise words. If you are around a hard drinking cultur...
by Philip
Sat May 27, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Are My Actions Determined?
Replies: 41
Views: 1540

Re: Are My Actions Determined?

But the wind is material of origin, while God is immaterial.


Wind is a result of the physical - atmospheric pressures, planetary rotation speed, etc. All of which are caused by physical things that once did not exist, all derived from SOMETHING eternal that caused and designed what produces wind.
by Philip
Sat May 27, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Manchester terrorist attack...
Replies: 75
Views: 292

Re: Manchester terrorist attack...

Neo: Whether Islam is evil or not has no bearing on my argument. Then STOP!!! Because you need not go much further. If you do not recognize that it is ultimately the evil in hearts and minds where terror springs from - people encouraging the butchering of women, children and young people who have a...
by Philip
Sat May 27, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Can Christians go to bars/pubs?
Replies: 10
Views: 65

Re: Can Christians go to bars/pubs?

I know some contend that the alcohol content of First Century wine was much lower. Or that they supposedly watered it down. Nonetheless, there was still drunkenness - from way back (remember, Noah, drunk and naked in his tent). Whatever, Psalm 104 reveals that God "causes the grass to grow for ...
by Philip
Fri May 26, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Can Christians go to bars/pubs?
Replies: 10
Views: 65

Re: Can Christians go to bars/pubs?

Why do you ask? Is it about drinking alcohol? Are you a Nazirite? If so - NO!
by Philip
Fri May 26, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Friendly Chit-Chat
Topic: Being an introvert
Replies: 11
Views: 59

Re: Being an introvert

RickD wrote:
Ah, what's an "extravert?"

It's a Canadian extrovert, eh?



You mean, an EHtrovert! :ewink:
by Philip
Fri May 26, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Bible Studies
Topic: A special Parable
Replies: 5
Views: 30

Re: A special Parable

DougPeters - welcome. Please tell us a bit about yourself here: http://discussions.godandscience.org/viewforum.php?f=2
by Philip
Fri May 26, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Manchester terrorist attack...
Replies: 75
Views: 292

Re: Manchester terrorist attack...

34% would inform the police if they thought somebody they knew was getting involved with people who support terrorism in Syria So, here we are with Muslims already living in a democratic country, enjoying its freedoms and opportunities, and yet a THIRD of them wouldn't tip the police concerning peo...

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