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Posted in What do you think of atheism? on 2010-01-13 12:46:16

"'they thought the Earth was the centre of everything' sorry this was mistaken christians who thought that the world was the centre of everything and supressed the scientists who said otherwise. Scientists have for centuries argued that the earth circled the sun and the sun was only one star in a universe of stars.

Not true! The idea that the world was the center of everything was put forth by Ptolemy, not Christians. Scientist Tycho Brahe also rejected the idea that Earth revolves around the Sun because he reasoned that if it were, the apparent positions of stars should vary during the year due to parallax, and he could measure no such difference. (Ironically, Ptolemy had recognized the fallacy in this argument, noting in his Almagest, Book I, Chapter 5 that "The earth, in relation to the distance of the fixed stars, has no appreciable size, and must be treated as a mathematical point.")

"Science develops and grows with discoveries. The discovery of Neptune and Pluto were made because of science - mathematics predicted where they must be and where they actually were before there were telescopes powerful enough to see them. Science wins again!!"

Actually, the calculations that resulted in the discovery of Pluto were later shown to be erroneous, so Pluto was discovered by a lucky accident!

Posted in Seat belt choice on 2010-01-13 11:32:08

If you don't wear a seatbelt, you're an idiot!

  • but -

If you choose to be an idiot by not wearing a seatbelt, you don't endanger anyone but yourself, and you have a right to decide what to do with your own body.

Posted in Christian Morals (sex, alcohol, abortion, etc) on 2010-01-09 10:02:53

As Stu2000 correctly noted, Halloween (All Saints' Eve) is a Christian holiday that no Christian should be afraid to celebrate.

Can I imagine Jesus opening his door to show Christian hospitality to neighborhood children by giving them treats? It's hard to imagine him doing anything else!

Can I imagine him carving a jack-o-lantern? No. Jack-o-lanterns have nothing to do with Halloween, but come from a pagan holiday known as Samhein (Summer's End, or Fall Festival, if you prefer). There's nothing evil about carving pumpkins, but I suspect that Jesus might have found something better to carve than a face - perhaps a religious symbol?

========== In Reply To ========== Let me put it the way I once heard someone put it: Can you imagine Jesus answering the door to give children candy on Halloween? Or carving jack-o-lanterns (their original purpose represented fellowship with Satan!!). I think Christians need to realize that Halloween is not a harmless day for children. It’s the work of Satan.

Posted in Christian Morals (sex, alcohol, abortion, etc) on 2010-01-09 09:51:11

It makes little difference whether the King James Version is a good translation, since it's translated into an English that people don't fully understand anymore.

All of the major modern English translations are reasonably good. But if you need to know the precise meaning of the text, no English translation is really going to do the trick, and you need to consult the Hebrew/Aramaic/Greek texts, or ask someone who has studied them.

========== In Reply To ========== I was just curious to the people saying "read the Bible" how you decide which translation is "correct"? Is it the NIV with its suspect translations? Or the King James, with its archaic language? Or another? Or does anyone read it in Hebrew/Aramaic/Greek as it was originally written?

Posted in Christian Morals (sex, alcohol, abortion, etc) on 2010-01-09 08:39:16

It's incorrect to refer to "pulling the plug" as "euthanasia". Human beings have no plug to pull. If there is a plug to pull, it's because a person is being sustained by artificial devices. Such equipment can be used to keep people alive while their bodies heal, or to allow them to continue to enjoy a life that is, in some ways, more limited than many other people experience. But it can also be used, essentially, to slow and prolong the process of dying, thereby taking an unpleasant part of a person's life that would, left to itself and to God, be over in a relatively short time and prolong it.