(TMC). I â€ïž Hillsdale!! And, yes, in every controlled study cloth masks are virtually useless. Especially my super thin knit one that doesnât make me almost pass out when I wear it. But it satisfies the Local Tyrants and Snitches.
(TMC) The problem with many Social Media platforms is that they want to have their cake and eat it too. They claim to be a free speech platform, which exempts them from any journalistic legal consequences. Then they censor content claiming that they have editorial authority on their platforms!
Either your product is an edited publication (like the letters to the editor section) or it your product is an un-edited platform (like a public forum). You canât be both!
(TMC) According to the CDC while the cases are going up (and the testing has gone up) Covid hospitalizations have been consistently dropping across the country. Coronaviruses mutate more frequently then Influenzas and tend to become less dangerous in short order, which seems to be the case here given the data.
(TMC) Soo... since Jim so adamantly believes that banning the murder of pre-born children would be inappropriately imposing our morality on others, I wonder how he views those Christians who fought to âimpose their moralityâ on others regarding subjects like slavery and civil rights?
I find it so hard to wrap my head around the logic that rightly says itâs evil to make someone else work for your convenience, but then turns, shrugs, and says that ripping someone apart, piece by piece for your convenience is just a âpersonalâ decision!â đ€Ż
(TMC) @B.McCausland Iâd say the differences between our cultures are more than slight. We are separated culturally by over 400 years. Legally by over 200. One is (or at least has been) a highly stratified society of âbettersâ and âinferiorsâ. In the other, upon reaching adulthood, we are a society of peers, with due respect given to offices, more than office holders. So when you accuse someone of âinsolenceâ you arenât accusing them of a âcheekyâ violation of common curtesy- you are proclaiming that you are their authority! Do you think you are US and Dr. Timâs âbetterâ?
As for âFrowardâ (or âContraryâ per the Dictionary) - The premise of every debate is a disagreement. You come across as rather conceited when you dismiss those who honestly disagree with you as simply being âFrowardâ and their counter-points to your points as âRailingâ (scorning with abusive language). You seem unable to handle disagreement.
Finally, it seems that US could do or say anything and you would find it offensive- that you have determined there is always a hidden insult somewhere- even when heâs not addressing you!
Add this all up, and (at least from an American perspective) one is tempted to say with Job: â No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom will die with you.â
(TMC) I highly suspect that the majority of the misunderstandings and offense between the Brits and us Americans is perception of tone and differences in culture. A very large portion of our language is conveyed by tone and gesture- those canât be used on this site.
To an American, terms like âInsolentâ and âImpertinentâ are degrading and demeaning, implying that one is at the level of a child who has sassed someone in authority over them. To hear it from oneâs peer produces a rather strong urge to bring them down a peg or two. Perhaps these words are used differently in the UK?
(TMC) âThey will fight against anyone through whom God is trying to bring them home.â
If God was âtryingâ to bring someone home, theyâd be home! He never says âOh, didnât see that coming!â be it life saving medical care or lawful use of a weapon against someone per Genesis 9:6. If some guy named Jack can mess up Godâs plans; then God isnât God.
It may be worthwhile to study the Covenanters, Huguenots, Dutch, and others throughout Church History who had to grapple with these kinds of issues, rather than re-invent the wheel theologically.
(TMC) @SC Yet we do find in Scripture that Godâs People have established Feasts and Festivals to commemorate The Lordâs acts of mercy toward them with no command from Him to do so on multiple occasions.
(TMC) Would the shepherds be out at night watching over their flocks in the dead of winter? Think this through.....
Actually... â James Kelso, an archaeologist who spent a number of years living in Palestine and who has done extensive research there says this:
The best season for the shepherds of Bethlehem is the winter when heavy rains bring up a luscious crop of new grass. After the rains the once-barren, brown desert earth is suddenly a field of brilliant green. One year when excavating at New Testament Jericho, I lived in Jerusalem and drove through this area twice every day. At one single point along the road, I could see at times as many as five shepherds with their flocks on one hillside. One shepherd stayed with his flock at the same point for three weeks, so lush was the grass. But as soon as the rains stopped in the spring, the land quickly took on its normal desert look once again.
Since there seem to have been a number of shepherds who came to see the Christ child, December or January would be the most likely months (James Kelso, An Archaeologist Looks At The Gospels, p. 23-24).â
All I am saying is that the âThe Church stole December 25th to copy the pagansâ argument is quite false if one cares to dig in and do the research.