I may be considered wise by my students, my colleagues, fellow researchers, my mentor, fellow Vietnam Vets, ministers, friends, and others in the community that I actively support, but I don't consider myself anything out the box. "Truly enlightened" may be a poor syntactical compound or a poor choice of words, but it is definitely not oxymoronic. I had no idea that my discussions/debates would be so egregious, so insulting, and so un-Christian-like, to not even warrant a warning or caution, before being banned. As an Aussie and a Queenslander, I sometimes can be caught up in the heat of the moment, and not aware that I may have stepped over the line. If I have in any way threatened, maligned, insulted, or ridiculed anyone's personal belief, it was never my intention and I apologize.Kurieuo wrote:Let him be wise in his own eyes then. The Board Purpose and Discussion Guidelines are there for a reason. This is considered a Christian-friendly board. I'd not go to a Muslim board all claws out and expect not to be shown the door. Why should he be shown special treatment, especially when others have to adhere to such? It'd be unfair for those non-Christians who have been able to dialogue more politely and avoided Rick's wrath. He's lucky it was a 7 day ban imo.Blessed wrote:Hello Rick,RickD wrote: I suggest you read over the Board Purpose that you agreed to when you signed up for the forum. Since you're banned for 7 days, you'll have plenty of time to think about if this forum is for you.
Um. Did you really ban him for 7 days? When you ban someone it makes it appear as though you lost the arguement.
May you please un-ban him? Perhaps thier is another thread he could utilize more appropriate to atheists who want to debate Christians?
I say this is because if he is banned he will not come back to the forum to discuss the evidence of God. He will leave thinking he "won" and become more truculant and close minded to
It is ironic that the only person to defend me, was the same person that I asked not to dialog with any further. This was because of his insensitivity towards the death of a close friend of mine. And, the person that supported my banning, was a fellow "banana bender". G'day mate! Did you go to the Food and Wine Festival last weekend? My wife of 35+ year said I was well-behaved, but I don't remember much. Obviously, I'm not as truly an enlightened judge of character as I thought. Also, because I claim that I can admit that I could be wrong about any topic, is not the same thing as I am admitting that I am wrong about any topic. There is a big difference.
I was raised in the baptist church, and latter as a JW. I taught the Bible and Sunday School for many years, and sang in the choir. I was Baptized and Married by the church. I helped to organise outings, lunches, and many activities supported by the church. I harbour no animosities, regrets, or anger for the church or its congregation. The church has been a major influence in my early life, and has helped make me the man I am today. I am neither an atheist or an agnostic, I am a sceptic. I am sceptical of all truth claims that lack logical or physical support. Whether the claims are about the physical reality or the metaphysical reality. The truth will always be non-denominational, and non-exclusive. I can still see the natural beauty in an ant carrying food on its back, or the natural beauty and majesty in an exploding supernova, based on either physical or metaphysical explanations. I believe that science and Belief are mutually incompatible, but both are necessary in providing an explanation of both natural and supernatural phenomenon. Both should be learned to give one a truer and deeper meaning to their understanding of natural phenomenon.
I also believe that a sense of salvation must confirm a collective salvation, and that a sense of self must come from a true sense of community. I also realize that my words can be "brutal and Blunt", and may not appeal to the angels hidden in the truncated nature of some. But as an Aussie, I am not so easily offended or threatened by what others believe or say. I sincerely hope that in the future, that my words are not misconstrued only as abject egregious rudeness, and misinterpreted as grounds for immediate banning without warning or caution.
It might be better if I open my own thread, and stay only on that thread. That way if no one visits, I am effectively isolated from the entire forum. Don