Anyone who's followed Microsoft knows that they owe their success to their consistency over the years. As a company they tend to make fewer mistakes than their competitors, and when they do (i.e. Microsoft Bob), they drop the losing commodity quickly and move on to something more promising.
they "missed" the internet, but were nible enough to see its promise early enough to muscle their way into that market.
They were there when Gary Kildal, Apple, IBM, and others "dropped the ball"; and promptly capitalized on those situations as well, coming out ahead most every time.
Microsoft is not really a monopoly. They're just GOOD... even if some of their products (initially) AREN'T.
No doubt those who value the material-physical over the mental-spiritual world will find it easier to employ waterboarding over other types of so-called "torture", in that waterboarding (I'm told) does not produce the long-term physical damage that results from other so-called "torture" methods.
This could be a further testimony to the "sensualization" of our modern western culture, which is becoming increasingly health and saftey concious while at the same time neglecting the less palpable mental and spiritual aspects of human living.
There are such things as parody-churches, founded and "pastored" by secular folk who attempt to demonstrate the (perceived) absurdity of Christianity and religion by being absurd themselves. Examples include Bob Dobb's Church of the Sub-Genius and The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, to name a few.
Despite the deliberate goofiness of their external messages, these groups are VERY serious in their attempts to ridicule and undermine Christianity and religion in general
DJC49 wrote: Sidebar: What if they had eaten of the Tree of Life (Gen 3:24) PRIOR to eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Any speculation there?
Years ago I wondered the same thing.
My "guess"--and that's all it is--is that one of the reasons Satan and his demons are doomed, without the hope of salvation is that they cannot DIE, which is a neccessary component OF salvation. Even God himself had to take human form so he could actually DIE in our place, which was necessary for us to be saved.
It almost sounds, from the Biblical text, that if God allowed Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of life before or after they ate the forbidden fruit, they too would be beyond salvation, as Satan and his angels were and are.
But again, this is just speculation on my part, which is what you asked for.
'Throckmorton's letter noted, "Essentially, the entire opinion discourages counselors and clients from attempting to do anything about homosexual desires except affirm them."'
What if a straight client wants help from one of these counselors to change his orientation to homosexual, or does this ever happen? Is the counselor still obligated to "affirm" homosexual orientation and thus support his/her desire to become gay? Unless I'm missing something this sounds like a double-standard.
If gay people need help to escape their lifestyle but NONE to enter it, then it sounds like homosexuality is a PROBLEM, no?
"...a litre bottle of Evian or Volvic generates up to 600 times more CO2 than a litre of tap water."
Never heard that argument. I'm told other groups hate the fact that the bottles themselves are a significant form of pollution even though they fetch 90-cents per pound at the local recycling facilitites here in California.
verity wrote: The book of Revelation has a pedigree which, to say the least, is highly questionable. The book certainly was not written by John the apostle -- as the linguistic style of the Greek demonstrates beyond doubt. And there are other proofs. The book of Revelation is but one of numerous similar apocalyptic documents -- all of them Talmudic Jewish forgeries -- which were circulating in the first century A.D. Not being the work of John the apostle, the book is not canonical, and must be rejected as worthless.
So which "John" actually wrote the book of Revelation? Rev 1:9, 21:2, 22:8
Looks like Neil and Mike have already said most of what I might have...and probably more eloquently, too.
Minnow wrote: Mike and Neil OK keep the guns! But restrict the Bullets.
California has been trying to do this for years by trying to force all center-fire ammo AND firing pins to be serialized by micro-stamping. Such a system, though it may "sound" good, would simply lay additional legal burdens on law-abiding gun-owners which most criminals could easilly circumvent.
California is also getting very anal about lead-content of common bullets and their resulting potential for causing heavy metal toxicity in people and animals, which is also over-blown.
Psalm 115:17-18 would seem to imply soul-sleep for the wicked but not the saved, who "praise God" from the time they are saved on into eternity, without any kind of interruption (call it soul-sleep or whatever).
Still, those who prefer a more literal understanding of Lazarus and the rich man would vehemently deny the above teaching.
Hebrews 9:27 also seems to suggest that unsaved will "sleep" from the time they die until the final judgement on the last day, whereas the believer has already been judged with Christ on the cross, which is why they go straight to Heaven to be with the Lord right after they die.
I may not be able to refute the likes of N.T. Wright to the satifaction of his people. All I can say is that he looks, feels, and sounds like a phony bank note to me.
Interesting that you prefer musak to that which your/our generation was listening to, which I also loved prior to my conversion--after which I too gravitated toward musak if for no other reason than it seemed to me to be the most enjoyable AND innoccuous of "the world's" music, and thus most suitable for the believer to enjoy apart from hymns and such like.
Neil wrote: But whatever the style, the name of the game is to "soften up" customers so they'll be cheerful spendthrifts.
Amen! Nowhere is this more true than with CAR commercials. Depending on who's being targeted with which model, marketers will select background music of the genre that most typifies the audience being targeted.
Lol, Jim Lincoln. A friend of mine and I used to joke about loitering at such places just so we could enjoy the quality music they were playing!
'When asked by Time about the period between death and the resurrection of the dead, Wright said: "We know that we will be with God and with Christ, resting and being refreshed. Paul writes that it will be conscious, but compared with being bodily alive, it will be like being asleep.
Maybe so, but John in Revelation 6:9-11 makes it sound like such people will be very much awake--at least awake enough to plaintively entreat God by asking "...How long, O Lord...?", and be able to put on "white robes".
Since Christ is seated at the right hand of God, and Heaven is where God dwells, then it follows that those who die in Christ go to be with Him where he is at the moment of their deaths--which is Heaven, right?
Or is this BRILLIANT theologean seeing something that the rest of us are somehow missing? I doubt it!
Steve aka Xtian wrote: Anyway, WB is a carefully controlled torture technique used to repeatedly "drown" a person to the point of mental, physical & emotional breakdown, w/out actually killing them. Again my comment is not to condone torture, but just wondering if anyone here has experienced this, or do we just have a bunch of backseat drivers who are downplaying a very harsh torture technique?
Since you're the one who's interested, why not have your own self subjected to WB. Then you can tell us "back-seat drivers" how bad it really is.
terry evans wrote: Sorry, are there any examples of torture in the Bible, besides those solders who killed Jesus?
"Torture" is a pretty loaded word, which is why I ALSO used the phrase "military coersion", which also sets the context (i.e. wartime, government-level--NOT individual-level application of justice/vengence/reprisal/etc., which Protestant so eloquently dealt with in his comment.
euphemisms are good if they can keep people from getting too upset to clearly think through a difficult subject, but they are bad if they downplay any horror that should be dealt with in that subject.
It's tough to balance the two, as I am trying to do now.
Military coersion in the Bible is probably more common than "torture", but the only passage I can think of at this time is Judges 1:24-25.