Man has the right from God alone, not from some man-made document, to make, keep, and use weapons for hunting purposes and defense against animal attacks. No license or registration required by anyone. Period!
As for guns in particular I personally do not care for them. I prefer the traditional bow myself. I do hope to get into spears and knives in the future.
A functional fridge, car, and a wage-slave job actually make some people unhappy.
"The most insidious of the many kinds of power is the power to define happiness. It is the dream of merchants, despots, managers, and philosophers, because whoever defines happiness can control the organization and the actions of other men: he not only assigns aspirations and desires, he constructs the system of morals by which the means of achieving happiness is judged." from "The Oppressed Middle", by Earl Shorris, quoted in the book below.
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Whether the rod be literal or figurative would be a great study in itself, though I do admit it may be somewhat time-consuming. So let us just consider here that the rod is literal as tradition teaches.
With that said, I'd like to know what this rod is and what it can be. Would it have to be a tree branch? Can it be a steel pipe? Some sort of plastic apparatus? How long/thick?
No need to drift off. My last question was rather simple, focusing on the 2 proverbs at this time.
"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."
If you all are gonna say literal then we may go from there. I have to run out and pick up the farm-fresh, unadulterated milk and then do a little slave work for awhile, so think about it during the day and I'll check back later. Adios.
401965, don't get disturbed. I'm most willing to hear the Holy Spirit but you haven't and now refuse to provide scriptures for me to heed. The rather vague proverbs already given do not address the questions.
I do caution you with your prideful, look-at-me, "I pray" statement. What's the motive for telling someone you pray?