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by Gwarlroge
Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: Relax
Topic: Have a great 2011 -- Happy New Year!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1179

Re: Have a great 2011 -- Happy New Year!!!

Thanks, Tiny. You too! -- Sorry for being cranky and argumentative in 2010. Kristen: Sorry for being cranky and argumentative. You were right about my Pharisaism: the state of mind where everyone else becomes "worldly" and I become "rigid." Thank you for caring enough to warn me. To Meta and met and...
by Gwarlroge
Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: City of God in Secular City
Topic: Bastards (banks/mortgages)
Replies: 3
Views: 857

Re: Bastards (banks/mortgages)

(They say I will have 60 days to read it, but they don't say when they will send it. I assume they will eat up some time so that I can't de-enroll fast enough. And if that happens, then obviously I'll have to pay them. That means a commitment. And more paperwork. etc.)
by Gwarlroge
Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: City of God in Secular City
Topic: Bastards (banks/mortgages)
Replies: 3
Views: 857

Re: Bastards (banks/mortgages)

I have like $0.43 in a Wells Fargo account somewhere, but ugh. This stuff is evil. "Devour widows' houses"? I get calls from Wells Fargo that are very crafty. They attempt to sign me up for an insurance program, then ask several confusing (and seemingly mild) questions in the hope that I will say Ye...
by Gwarlroge
Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: City of God in Secular City
Topic: Thanksgiving prayer from "Dear Abby's" mother
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: Thanksgiving prayer from "Dear Abby's" mother

We have so much, from a God who didn't need to give it to us, through the sacrifice of his Son and his own delight in mercy, and for nothing at all that we did. Take heart and enjoy the meal today. If you can, help others out, too. But don't make service the grounds or legitimizing element of your T...
by Gwarlroge
Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:38 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: God doesn't exist
Replies: 24
Views: 3206

Re: God doesn't exist

I'm not sure you can go into specifics here, soms, but ... why did you stop believing in God? God often has his own purposes in our suffering. On the other hand: I can see something of what you mean. You talk about God intervening or working among us. Yet--hmm. Was the problem that God didn't seem t...
by Gwarlroge
Sun Nov 21, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: I want to puck!
Replies: 51
Views: 4146

Re: I want to puck!

Even if you somehow prove God exists I think there would still be that question. In a sense, even Jesus asked that question. Well, *quibble quibble*. He did say, " My God , my God , why have you forsaken me?" But you are right. If someone irrefutably proved that God exists, then not everyone would ...
by Gwarlroge
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: Rejection of Chrsitainty and Self Esteem
Replies: 15
Views: 1493

Re: Rejection of Chrsitainty and Self Esteem

When I say "self-esteem," I mean something different than self-love. Self-love makes us want to be happy, choose the best thing, stay fed and clothed, etc. -- On the other hand, everyone seems to want to be needed, or to be useful (which is almost the same thing). That's not wrong, is it? I see you...
by Gwarlroge
Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:39 am
Forum: Egalitarian Christianity
Topic: Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutic
Replies: 6
Views: 11397

Re: Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutic

Would you like to see American troops shipping, maybe, Third World and Middle Eastern women and children back to your country in chains to do all the menial work for Americans and have their offspring in that same situation in perpetuity? . . . and there's nothing wrong with that? No, I wouldn't li...
by Gwarlroge
Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:38 am
Forum: Egalitarian Christianity
Topic: Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutic
Replies: 6
Views: 11397

Re: Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutic

slavery is abusive and exploitative. IT's the rich and powerful exploiting the poor. Apologists create the nonesne that it was a sweet sentimental way of life where precious family retainers were valued and so forth, that's all garbage. Some of it was, though, wasn't it? Yet probably most of it was...
by Gwarlroge
Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: Rejection of Chrsitainty and Self Esteem
Replies: 15
Views: 1493

Re: Rejection of Chrsitainty and Self Esteem

The easy Calvinist response is that self-esteem is not a Biblical concept (though self-love is). Self-esteem, or a "positive self-image," can often be a form of pride. Confidence is not wrong, provided it exists for the right reasons. (For example, there is a difference between "working in the stre...