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  1. Ok Raf, putting it that way, it's a point well taken and you're right. Instead of namecalling, WE DO need to explain why the next leg makes sense. (I Peter 3:15) among others.
  2. I'm missing your point then. Pls try to explain it in simpler terms because I want to try to understand your points without distorting them.
  3. I think I understand a little better what you're saying when I replace a couple of words. I will replace the word "religion" with belief, and I will replace the word "reason" with unbelief. Belief creates a category of knowledge inaccessible to those who do not accept the belief in the first place. That's the vaccine. It's not against all unbelief. It's only against the application of unbelief that rejects the belief. Did I get your points correct or missing something?
  4. Nice video and the quality is outstanding. Thx for sharing.
  5. The way I look at that verse is not an attack but a simple statement of how spiritual activity works, ie. spiritual things are spiritually discerned, assimilated, acted upon whereas reason is naturally or sensually (5-senses) discerned. Obviously we are 5-senses man but Paul explains that spiritual things are an additional realm that man can live in and those who don't will view the spiritual as a crock of foolishness.
  6. I will offer this opinion to try to summarize what Raf means, maybe its correct: The Jews rejected Jesus because they believed he was a liar and a con artist. Former TWI members reject PFAL because they believe VPW was a liar and a con artist.
  7. Watched again at high speed. Keeping this as simple as possible: It's pretty clear that the Founders believed in freedom of religion, and the fruits of that belief came in govt edict i.e. the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Even if they all didn't believe in Jesus the way some of us do today, they left us with an amazing govt document that makes it "available" for us to energetically and vibrantly believe in Jesus the way we want to without govt hassle or restriction, and likewise the reverse; left it open for Americans not to believe and even mock and ridicule everything about Jesus the way they want to without govt hassle. In sum, the US Constitution puts its limits on govt, but not religion.
  8. Oh yes, I've seen this one and I believe it was posted on GS already. Quite a video. Thx.
  9. Yes. Your mention of Jefferson motivated me to retrieve a book that I had in the house but haven't read in years, "In God We Trust -- the religious beliefs and ideas of the American Founding Fathers." In it contains quite a chapter on Jefferson... a little over 100 pages. Another Chapter is devoted solely to the Jefferson - Adams letters. Here's a nice quote among many about Jefferson: "To his good friend Benjamin Rush he wrote that his religious beliefs were the "result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and are very different from the Anti-Christian system attributed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed, but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, but I am a Christian in the only sense in which I believe Jesus wished anyone to be, sincerely attached to his doctrine in preference to all others; ascribing to him all human excellence, and believing that he never claimed any other."
  10. Never picked one up but you encourage me to do so. Is this a pretty good summary of it? "The letters intimate great appreciation of the life and words of Jesus as the true cynosure of republican government. It is understood by some historians that Jefferson composed it for his own satisfaction, supporting the Christian faith as he saw it."
  11. Here's an "apparent" contradiction to Mike's theory from PFAL: God is the Fountain of Living Waters. "God is a fountain. That's an unlimited supply; that's what makes it a fountain."
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