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by The Protector
Wed May 21, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Black and white or shades of Grey?
Replies: 17
Views: 2196

Re: Black and white or shades of Grey?

You've asked if the matter of sin is "black and white or shades of grey." Your question circumscribes the answer. It is black and white; it is grey. It is grey because it is black and white. Morality is absolute. Grey areas exist because sometimes those absolutes come into conflict with one another....
by The Protector
Tue May 20, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Why did Jesus call himself the Son of Man?
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: Why did Jesus call himself the Son of Man?

Yes, calling Him the "Son of Man" does affirm his humanity, but it is also understood as a reference to a prophecy from Daniel 7:13-14. “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into...
by The Protector
Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Socialism
Replies: 66
Views: 14039

Re: Socialism

Exactly right. We are, each of us, to love God and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. This means caring for those who are in need of assistance -- giving to and serving the poor. Essentially, making sacrifices for those less fortunate than ourselves. It takes very little love to take money from...
by The Protector
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: Socialism
Replies: 66
Views: 14039

Re: Socialism

Seraph, What did Jesus say were the greatest commandments?
by The Protector
Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Sigmund Freud's Future of an Illusion
Replies: 7
Views: 2053

Re: Sigmund Freud's Future of an Illusion

Also, as a therapist, I think the fact that this guy structured his entire philosophy class on demonstrating that atheism is true sends up big red flags psychologically. "Methinks the lady doth protest too much." The prof desperately wants atheism to be true.
by The Protector
Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:30 pm
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Sigmund Freud's Future of an Illusion
Replies: 7
Views: 2053

Re: Sigmund Freud's Future of an Illusion

I know this is late and the class is over, but I have a somewhat unique perspective so I thought I'd reply; I am Actually in my third year of a doctoral program in clinical psychology. What's more, my program is quite psychodynamic in orientation (influenced in various ways by the Freudian tradition...
by The Protector
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Moral and Ethical Affairs
Topic: Two kinds of morality
Replies: 21
Views: 5109

Re: Two kinds of morality

I'm reminded of Dostoevksi here. It's been several years, but I seem to remember some rather scorching words that were obvious indictments of Marx and Nietsche in Crime and Punishment . More to the point, though -- one of my takeaways from The Brothers Karamazov was that this is a fallen place fille...
by The Protector
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: God and Science
Topic: Deconversion story of notable apologist's daughter
Replies: 7
Views: 1529

Re: Deconversion story of notable apologist's daughter

It seems to me her question gets to the heart of what was discussed in the uber-long thread about whether or not old testament laws are still binding on Christians today. Not to dredge that up, but I think the answer, as Jlay hinted at (I think), is that violation of the old testament laws was unlaw...
by The Protector
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Making the right choice
Replies: 39
Views: 4334

Re: Making the right choice

Charles, Thank you for presenting your thoughtful, heartfelt questions to us, and for your gracious responses. Please understand that we are most often inundated not with sincere questions from sincere seekers, but with attacks from interlocutors; and that after a while we can sometimes grow hyper-v...
by The Protector
Tue May 14, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Legitimacy Of The Bible
Replies: 10
Views: 2510

Re: Legitimacy Of The Bible

There is no reason for someone to create a fake birth certificate for someone who existed 3000 years ago. But there's plenty reason for someone to make a book that says if you do something bad, you get in trouble, no matter how much you covered it up. First, it may be worthwhile to consider what it...
by The Protector
Tue May 14, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Actions vs Words
Replies: 5
Views: 850

Re: Actions vs Words

Elaborating on what Rick said... Confession and contrition is not a means of redemption, it is part of a larger reorientation of the heart and mind toward God; it is the acknowledgment of one's falling woefully short of God's glory and perfection, and of one's desperate need for a savior; it is the ...
by The Protector
Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:48 pm
Forum: The Bible and Scripture
Topic: The Law
Replies: 572
Views: 60989

Re: The Law

I've spent the last few days or so casually skimming over this year-long thread, so please forgive me if I go over old ground (although that seems to be what one does in this thread :ebiggrin: ). Also, I feel I'm probably a bit out of my depth here in terms of being able to remember applicable parts...
by The Protector
Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Christian Theology
Topic: Sin of Thought?
Replies: 9
Views: 2391

Re: Sin of Thought?

First off, according to Freudian theory, we are not responsible for out thoughts or our dreams, so if one is incapable of halting these dreams in which let's say one dreams of sexual sin, why is one obliged to go and ask God for forgiveness? Thanks Did Freud believe that because it was true, or did...
by The Protector
Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Atheists: Do they have legitimate reasons for their doubt?
Replies: 12
Views: 1643

Re: Atheists: Do they have legitimate reasons for their doub

Ukrainianlys, You asked if atheists have legitimate reasons for their unbelief, or if they are just lying or trying to gain approval from the masses. This makes me wonder what you mean by "legitimate." If you mean "correct" or "strong" arguments, I would have to say I generally don't think that they...
by The Protector
Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:18 pm
Forum: Politics and World Events
Topic: President 2012
Replies: 138
Views: 16060

Re: President 2012

Don't go putting words in my mouth, now. I dont think American decline is due to direct punishment by God. That's ridiculous. What I mean is that there are natural consequences to sin. Yes, slavery was a horrible evil in this country-- and it had horrible consequences for our country that reverberat...