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First Plague [Exodus Ch7] Water turned into Blood 2 Plague The Frogs 3 Plague The Gnats 4 Plague The...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Ya gotta admire the Pharaoh's stubborn foolishness...uh, I mean courage, in holding out to the bitter end. But, then again if God hardened his heart then I guess ol' Pharoah didn't have must of a choice, did he?
Egyptologist, Anthropologist, Acheologist, Historians, did Egypt and South America have contact??...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Seems to be a "definite maybe", but still somewhat controversial: http://www.faculty.ucr.edu/~legneref/ethnic/mummy.htm
Were any of you on this site during the last solar eclipse in the US? Want to post your picks for me...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Saw a 93% partial solar eclipse. Not at all like a 100% eclipse, I know, but it was still quite memorable as the sky darkened slightly. Sorry, no pics.
I was watching the Athiest Experience and Matt was talking about in the bible that if a man rapes a ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 15, 2018:
Deuteronomy 22: 28-29 NIV: 28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels[a] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives. Deuteronomy 22: 28-29 KJV: 28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; 29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days. To be fair, there is some dispute over the correct translation of the Hebrew word תָּפַשׂ (tāpas): https://cbmw.org/topics/sex/did-old-testament-law-force-a-woman-to-marry-her-rapist
Is there only one kind of truth; only one kind of reality? Or are there several types of reality?...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Physics and orders of reality: We may define First Order Reality as what we directly observe and experience. Second order Reality consists of the fundamental entities and causes of First Order Reality. Physics informs us of this Second Order Reality. But these entities and causes such as they are recognized are functions of our own sensors and analyzers. Therefore, we may imagine a Third Order Reality of which Second Order Reality is only a reflection. It may well be that there are Fourth and still Higher Order Realities which are for ever beyond even our conceptual perception. At the other end, we may consider a Zeroth Order Reality consisting of the pure creations of the human Mind which are powerful factors in human culture and interaction. All our mythology and poetry, fiction and even some history, and other creations of the human imagination, as well such abstract elements as justice and equality, freedom and honor, belong to Zeroth Order Reality. https://people.rit.edu/vvrsps/Essays/Essay%2012.htm
Is there only one kind of truth; only one kind of reality? Or are there several types of reality?...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Here is a Vedanta Hindu argument for different orders of reality: http://www.nevernotpresent.com/satsangs/understanding-the-orders-of-reality/
I think there's factual criticism for both sides of every policy issue. I'm mostly left leaning ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Why do you oppose gun laws that keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill?
What are the best come-backs someone pushing flat earth science? I can't seem rid of these folks ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 14, 2018:
10 ways you can tell that the earth is not flat: https://www.popsci.com/10-ways-you-can-prove-earth-is-round
My favorite latin phrases: Malum in se: something that is wrong or evil in itself (murder, rape,...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I prefer: In vino veritas, in aqua clostridium.
Trypophobia.... Fear of sunflowers. Pretty sure
Heraclitus comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Actually, it is a fear of small holes or bumps...which could include sunflowers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trypophobia
It amazes me how little people know about evolution, although it probably shouldn't since so little ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Yes, the dumbing down of America is downright scary. The far right has gotten control of numerous state boards of education and in some cases have legislated that if evolution is taught in the classroom then creationism, or "intelligent design", must also be taught AS A SCIENCE. Consequently, many biology teachers have simply refused to teach evolution at all rather than be so dishonest. The home-schooled are rarely taught evolution either, or if they are, are taught very erroneous versions of evolution. The evolution questions asked on Quora are usually so bizarre and ignorant that experts have trouble even answering them because they have to dispel about a half dozen false assumptions first. The portent for the future life scientists of America is dismal because so many of our high school students are so unprepared for college. This is probably the main reason our graduate schools are so full of foreign students, who are so much better prepared for professional careers. BTW, I was taught creationism in religion class and had no problem with it. But, when science and religion marry, both are bastardized.
Most Christians are unaware of this
Heraclitus comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Even when I was a child I could never really understand how you could live a life of total depravity and then get deadbed forgiveness and be saved. It seemed like cheating. It seemed the same as living a life without God and then tricking him at the last minute.
A/Gnostic A/Theist. (Apologies if re-post)
Heraclitus comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Are you certain about this chart? ;)
Hello from South Florida!
Heraclitus comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Good afternoon, infidel.
Who knows the difference between morals and social acceptability?
Heraclitus comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Typically, ethics refer to rules provided by an external source, e.g., codes of conduct in workplaces or principles in religions. Morals refer to an individual's own principles regarding right and wrong. So, ethics would typically refer to rules or norms of social acceptability as opposed to individual morals.
What comes mind from this is hearing a preacher say he needs buy a jet and needs your help.
Heraclitus comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I'm not surprised by preachers who say they need to buy a jet and need help from their congregation. But I am amazed by how many gullible people comply with the request.
For my Introvert friends!! When I get home from some type of get together with family ,friends, ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Used to do it 24x7. :)
Ray Comfort Interview | Atheist Experience 702 [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Matt has some carefully thought out arguments that undermine his opponent's "certain knowledge".
Have you ever just lost your self control when someone is babbling pseudoscientific bullshit in your...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 10, 2018:
Never lost my self-control... just maybe temporarily my faith in the sanity of the human race. He probably read something about aluminum and deodorant and got locked in on it. He never read about the studies that debunked the rumor. I've known people who thought that vitamin E was an aphrodisiac or that eating eggs was a death sentence. And of course, giving your kids vaccines will make them autistic. Oh, and the reason that we have climate change is that the earth is getting closer to the sun. (It is but it will take a few billion years.) Einstein once said, "There are two things that are infinite, the Universe and human stupidity...and I'm not too sure about the Universe." :)
I sometimes wonder how extroverts feel when they're not around people. Is it difficult for them to ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 10, 2018:
This "stir crazy" feeling that extroverts get when deprived of social stimulation explains a lot of behaviour I've seen...or been the victim of. :)
I can barely stand to go on Facebook anymore—so much so that family members keep asking me if ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Avoid toxic relationships. Life's too short.
The humbling of the atheists: How religion survived the progress of science "Not so long ago, ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 9, 2018:
Excellent point. Many of the "New Atheists" never really understood the religious except from a narrow literal viewpoint and so had limited success.
Those of you who have joined this group are very welcome to express any thoughts you may have! ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 7, 2018:
To me, middle of the road politics means, "Make America sane again!"
Is democracy really the best form of government? | Steven Pinker, BigThink [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 7, 2018:
One could make an argument that we don't really live in a democracy anymore. It has become a plutocracy under a democratic guise.
The Craig Evans Interviews: "How God Became Jesus", Atheist Edge [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Very interesting. Craig Evans, a baptist, accepts certain divine sayings of Jesus as valid that many other scholars view as later Christian interpolations. Your conclusions will follow from your assumptions.
Will A New Neutrino Change The Standard Model? | PBS Space Time ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Facinating! https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mysterious-neutrino-surplus-hints-existence-new-particles
Hi all! New to this site!!!
Heraclitus comments on Jul 5, 2018:
Welcome new member Our_existance.
‘Father of Global Warming’ Scientist Finally Admits Theory Is Wrong [yournewswire.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 5, 2018:
In 1988 Jim Hansen gave a presentation on global warming which included scenarios A, B, and C based on different assumptions. These assumptions primarily concerned how the human race would react, or fail to react, to the threat of climate change. Scenario A was the best case scenario, scenario B was the worst case scenario, and scenario C was a middle case scenario which, by the way, has turned out to be very accurate. Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute gave a presentation before Congress in 1998, dishonestly presenting only scenario B, in an attempt to discredit Jim Hansen as an alarmist and failing to explain the scenario's underlying assumptions. On July 27, 2006 ABC News reported that a Colorado energy cooperative, the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, had given Patrick Michaels $100,000. An Associated Press report said that the donations had been made after Michaels had "told Western business leaders ... that he was running out of money for his analyses of other scientists' global warming research" and noted that the cooperative had a vested interest in opposing mandatory carbon dioxide caps, a situation that raised conflict of interest concerns. Michaels acknowledged on CNN that 40 percent of his funding came from the oil industry. According to Fred Pearce, fossil fuel companies have helped fund Michaels' projects, including his World Climate Report, published every year since 1994, and his "advocacy science consulting firm", New Hope Environmental Services. A 2005 article published by the Seattle Times reported that Michaels had received more than $165,000 in fuel industry funding, including money from the coal industry to publish his own climate journal. https://www.skepticalscience.com/patrick-michaels-history-getting-climate-wrong.html Also, James E. Hansen said that the climate change, or global warming, tipping point had already been reached in April 2008 when the CO2 level was 385 ppm. (Hansen states 350 ppm as the upper limit.) "Further global warming of 1°C defines a critical threshold. Beyond that, we will likely see changes that make Earth a different planet than the one we know." He has further suggested potential projections of runaway climate change on Earth, in his book Storms of My Grandchildren.
GE 2: god prefers Abel's offering and has no regard for Cain's. 2CH 19:7, AC 10:34, RO 2:11 god ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 3, 2018:
Often the rationalization given for that was that Abel gave a meat offering and Cain gave a vegetable offering. But Abel was a shepherd and Cain was a farmer. Each gave the best of what they did and had. The bible never explains why God was being so snobbish towards Cain. Maybe the lesson is supposed to be that God hates vegans. ;)
It Would Take 200,000 Years at Light Speed to Cross the Milky Way [space.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 3, 2018:
Compared to the edge of the observable universe, about 45 billion light years, that's just across the street.
Due tomorrow
Heraclitus comments on Jul 3, 2018:
LOL
Russel, the greatest salesman the world has ever known!
Heraclitus comments on Jul 3, 2018:
Bertrand Russell's paradox.
Mr. D. Goes: Sessions Reminds Us [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jul 2, 2018:
With Sessions as a friend, God doesn't need enemies.
As Agnostics, we're used to being challenged, even vilified for questioning conventional orthodoxy....
Heraclitus comments on Jul 2, 2018:
This is sometimes referred to as the Naturalistic Fallacy. As any biologist will tell you, most plants have some toxins, and some have a lot. This is how they survived the competition of evolution. It is a matter of which, and how much, of these toxins humans can tolerate. Also, as any vegetarian will tell you, if they are not very careful to eat a very balanced plant diet, they do not feel very well. BTW, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, twice as much as I used to, I'm just not fanatical about it.
A few weeks ago I posted that I was invited to a 4th of July Barbecue at a neighbor's house and that...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 2, 2018:
Yes, I know what you mean. I once had a woman describe to me every single item that every single one of her family members ordered at a McDonalds. Before she was through I wondered about her sanity...and worried about keeping mine.
Cain married his wife. If eve was the only woman alive, where did mrs.cain come from?
Heraclitus comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Probably Lilith, Adam's first wife https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilith
Note to self: if this were a "Christian" nation, we would be caring for the poor, sick and the ...
Heraclitus comments on Jul 1, 2018:
Most Christians are merely cultural Christians. They will tell you on one hand that the bible is the word of God, then, on the other hand, admit that they don't even bother to read it except for a few select parts that make them feel good. My real problems with Christians is that there are so few true Christians. True Christians, those that practice what they preach, are really very nice tolerant caring people but they are rarer than a blue moon.
Hey, it's been quiet in here. There's still a lot of bullshit to debunk. Do any of you have an ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 29, 2018:
Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/12/04/364745790/food-babe-or-fear-babe-as-activist-s-profile-grows-so-do-her-critics
How many verses are there where the Tetragrammaton tells people they need to commit genocide?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 29, 2018:
Here's another one. Hosea 13:16. The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open."
(Thanks to @zblaze's post in the "Academic" category) Why Cosmology's Expanding Universe ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 29, 2018:
The cosmic expansion measurement problems are quite interesting and have been known for years, but I don't really get the hyperbole of statements like, "But on a cosmic scale, if the results from the distant Universe are incorrect, we're in a lot of hot water." What hot water? Then again, this is Forbes.
The multiverse theory states that though our universe is one of many, it’s a lucky one. But new ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 28, 2018:
The multiuniverse theory, which is really just an hypothesis since it is untestable, is speculative enough. But when people start getting into an argument over which universe is the luckiest...whoa!
Atheist Debates - Mythicism 101 with David Fitzgerald [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jun 28, 2018:
Not one of the better Atheist debates as David Fitzgerald and Matt Dillahunty talked past each other for a frustrating 15 minutes. One of the logical inconsistencies that Fitzgerald was making, that Dillahunty wouldn't let him get away with, was a conflation of the mundane and allegorical in his premise. His conclusion was that the narrative stories were all allegorical. But with his premise containing, at least in part, the very conclusion he was reaching for, he was begging the question. The other thing that Dillahunty wouldn't let Fitzgerald get away with was the Mythicist Paul Primacy Principle which is established solely and weakly on mere chronology. This conveniently overlooks the fact that Paul only wrote letters to churches and never wrote a narrative gospel. Again the conclusion is in the premise, Paul is criticized (or used as evidence that the historical Jesus never existed) for not having written a mundane narrative of the historical Jesus... because he never wrote a narrative of Jesus. On the other hand, Fitzgerald makes an interesting argument that we have better evidence of the mundane lives of 15 other false messiahs in the 1st Century A.D. than we do of the historical Jesus. But such evidence was not given in this debate.
Gods Message to Atheists & God Saved Me From Drowning | Barbara - Indiana - Atheist Experience 22.25...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 26, 2018:
I love it. A true believer who thinks God is crazy.
I was talking to a fellow introvert about how both of us tend to attract people who like to talk ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 26, 2018:
Yes, when I was younger I often attached human parasites.
Should We Take the Bible Seriously? | Andrew - Twinsburg | Atheist Experience 22.25 ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 26, 2018:
Another example of someone parroting beliefs that don't even make sense to them. GHTHR (God Help the Human Race).
What kind of world would you want to live in?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 26, 2018:
Talk about a loaded question. So far no one has voted that they want to be blind. And if anyone does it will probably be as a joke.
Evidence for God - Guarantees Best Ever | Brandon - Phoenix, AZ | Atheist Experience 22.24 ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Excellent example of people believing what they want to believe to the point of circular insanity.
I'm quite certain im an introvert. I feel happy when plans are cancelled.
Heraclitus comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Q: What did one introvert say to the other introvert? A: Nothing...and then they parted.
I like to bring up Zipporah. Exodus 4:24-26. It seems so weird to me because it is in the middle...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 23, 2018:
"24 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him, and sought to kill him. 25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. 26 So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision."
What activities do you find most blissful or soothing in your life? For me it's being in nature or ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 22, 2018:
nature walk
From a friend
Heraclitus comments on Jun 21, 2018:
All too often, when a believer says they will pray for you, what they really mean is that they will pray for you because they believe you are going to hell. BTW, I doubt they ever really pray for you. They just want to get the insult out in your presence.
Soon to be North Carolinian...kinda scares me to move to a red state with some of the religious ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 21, 2018:
It's really a purple state with a lot of diversity. But if you're scared stick to the cities. :)
Einstein Was Right! Scientists Confirm General Relativity Works With Distant Galaxy [space.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jun 21, 2018:
An Einstein Ring is nothing new, goes back to 1998, but I suppose this is the first time it has been seen around a galaxy cluster. Will be interesting to see if it produces any "enlightenment" about dark matter. ;)
Awwww diddums ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 21, 2018:
Frankly, I'm not sure I even get Clayton's argument. Freedom of religion (religious identity) is already so protected (overprotected) in our theocratic society by the 1st Amendment that a baker doesn't even have to bake you a cake if he doesn't approve of you.
I was once President Packer's home teacher. He was much nicer in private setting than when he was ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 18, 2018:
I knew someone who was almost disfellowed by BKP because of an article he wrote for the New Era, although obviously the editors of the New Era, located in the LDS Church Office Building, had no problem with it.
What causes people to substitute compassion for those in their own circle with compassion for ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 18, 2018:
People aren't always compassionate to strangers. There is a lot of ignoring of the suffering of strangers that happens all over the world every day. But, perhaps you are referring to instances in which it is simply easier to have compassion on a stranger that you identify with because you have found yourself in a similar troubling or dangerous situation. Also, you don't know the stranger enough to have anything against them, whereas "familiarity breeds contempt."
This Is The First-Ever Footage of a Star Ripped Into Shreds by a Black Hole [sciencealert.com]...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Cool tidal disruption event.
Break free from the bonds of Earth [cnn.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Kehwl.
Yup, that would produce the sort of person who would believe this crapola
Heraclitus comments on Jun 15, 2018:
This is not to mention Adam's first wife Lilith, the first divorcee. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilith
Anyone had any experience with the challenges and problems of teaching evolution in schools?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 15, 2018:
I would suggest that one of the most common misconceptions of evolution is that is has a direction, that is, that natural selection pushes us towards progress or greater sophistication.
My favorite is from Mark 11:13 God hates figs!
Heraclitus comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Mark 11:13-14 New International Version (NIV) Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”
Quotes on Academia by Boyd K. Packer. Apostle of the LDS Church former head of church History and ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 14, 2018:
Wow! I am speechless. Sounds like he was renouncing Joseph Smith himself. How did he get away with it?
Moon Mystery Solved! Apollo Astronauts Caused Odd Lunar Warming ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 14, 2018:
Odd story of how to mess up your own measurements. :)
I'm getting to the point where I don't want to ask someone I haven't seen for a while how they've ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 14, 2018:
How about people on social media who post pictures of what they had for lunch?
Is our Democracy dead? [aol.com] The American form of democracy is fundamentally based on a ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Anyone seen the latest cover of Time? KING ME. It has Trump looking in the mirror and in the mirror is King Trump. Article: "Visions of Absolute Power."
Hello to all, I just joined this group. How are all my fellow heathens to night?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Greetings. So why did you join this group? Any story to tell?
Count of Monte Cristo word 5 Vomitorium: 1. a passage in an amphitheatre or a stadium, through ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Interesting link. Thanks.
Did Jesus even exist? I totally reject the idea of Jesus (not his real name) as Christ which I ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Saw an interesting talk by three Mythicists, Robert Price, Richard Carrier, and David Fitzgerald on the topic "Did Jesus Exist?" Very interesting. Robert Price admitted that the historical Jesus may have existed. Richard Carrier stated that we can't extract "truth" from the Gospels. However, this is a philosophical argument (his training is as a philosopher) and not a historical argument. He is improperly imposing a philosophical judgment upon history. Historians don't even go there. David Fitzgerald said Mysticists love Ehrman because he agrees with them so much and makes their arguments for them such as in his book Forged. He also said that the only difference that Mysticists have with Ehrman is that they take their conclusion a little further than he does. Carrier then agreed and said that Mysticists are only a couple of tweeks away from Erhman. This is exactly correct! The only major difference between Ehrman and the fringe group the Mysticists (they refer to themselves a fringe group in this talk) is that Ehrman, out of scholarly honesty, refuses to leap to the illogical conclusion that the historical man Jesus never existed. Hurray for honesty! Without professional honesty we simply become what we despise...just on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Good morning skeptics! What's on your mind today?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 12, 2018:
I'm skeptical about the NK talks. POTUS gave away our right to hold military exercises in Korea with nothing in return. What's the point of having troops in Korea if they are not battle ready?
What would a party with all introverts be like if they knew it was a only introverts and no ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 11, 2018:
I'd probably like it. I like to talk. I just don't like to make mindless small talk. I am comfortable with silence and don't like people who aren't because they will say anything to fill the void.
Do you think Introverts on average do or do not like egotists, braggers etc.
Heraclitus comments on Jun 11, 2018:
I certainly don't but you don't have to be an introvert to not like egoists or braggarts. In fact, in a way, it is easier to tolerate them if you an introvert because you simply have no desire to engage with them or give them any attention. Whereas an extrovert, or even more so a fellow egoist/braggart, is far more likely to engage and clash with them. It can be like two rams colliding. Hmm....what POTUS does this remind me of? ;)
Oh the Horror!!! I hate holidays. First Easter, then all the picnics I don't want to go to.... ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 11, 2018:
We are victims of our own societal rituals.
How many verses are there where the Tetragrammaton tells people they need to commit genocide?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Here's another one: Deuteronomy 20:16-17 However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you.
Haver (hayver) Irish word - to talk nonsense
Heraclitus comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Hava..hava...hava :)
How many verses are there where the Tetragrammaton tells people they need to commit genocide?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 9, 2018:
The Tetragrammaton refers to the Hebrew name of God transliterated in four letters as YHWH or JHVH and articulated as Yahweh or Jehovah. However, as far as the Bible goes, the one that comes immediately to mind is 1 Samuel 15 in which the prophet Samuel is speaking to King Saul, as the Lord God, regarding the defeated Amalekites: Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. 2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” This is actually more than genocide, kind of a hyper-genocide, because it also involves putting to death all of the animals of the Amalekites, as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and am some what of an imbecile when it comes to biology. What do ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 8, 2018:
I once heard a microbiologist say that we are essentially bacteria colonies attached to a human body. Also, that if an alien intelligence discovered earth they might refer to it as the bacteria planet.
Is anyone else infuriated with NC offering an "In God We Trust" license plate?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 8, 2018:
It's not just an option on license plates. The state house passed HB 965 94-15 to require public schools to display in a prominent place the words "In God We Trust." This is far more insidious as it involves the indoctrination of children. This has been promoted by "Project Blitz" launched by the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.
Words of science wisdom from 2008: ESSAY The importance of stupidity in scientific research ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Good article. I feel smarter already. :) ( I have a 150 IQ and I have always felt that I was just smart enough to realize how stupid I am. )
TENGU - bird people from Wikipedia: Tengu (天狗, "heavenly dog") are a type of legendary ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Fascinating. Where did you first heard of the tengu?
Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient 'Building Blocks for Life' on Mars ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Evidence of possible life on Mars at one time, maybe? Always possible these organic molecules hitched a ride on an external Mars source such as a comet or asteroid.
I came across this today. A good thought. “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 8, 2018:
How about: You are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.
Magnetic Force Does NOT Exist! Science Asylum [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jun 8, 2018:
It appears to be a fun, weird way of saying that there is not really such a thing as a separate magnetic force. It is all electromagnetism.
If the Christian god is just, then how can their god choose a group of people (Israel) and say that ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Christians will tell you that the Jews were only the chosen people in the sense that they were chosen to give us the Bible and the Messiah. No religion on the face of the earth has been more anti-semitic or massacred more Jews than Christianity.
Jesus is toast!
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Easier to find the hooded Virgin Mary in a dept store window at sunset, however.
Why would a loving god who claims to be a forgiving and just creator say that death and the spilling...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
FYI, Blood Atonement is the extension of Blood Sacrifice practiced in the Old Testament. The OT is incredibly brutal and bloody.
The first miracle that Jesus performs should show everyone exactly what Jesus' ministry really ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
You certainly have a point, though when I have tried this argument, Christians argue that wine back then was watered down because it had to be, as people drank it all the time. Water was not purified like it is today and was often full of bacteria. When sailors went to sea they took kegs of beer, wine, brandy or grog with them, not water. Water was too dangerous. Arguing that feeling merry was the same as being drunk didn't get me anywhere either.
Jesus the judge- The bible is clear that judging other people is not only wrong but is also a sin! ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Sorry, but you would not win that argument with a knowledgeable Christian. They would simply point out that only God has the right to judge, and Jesus was God. He told others not to judge because they were not divine and so did not have the right to judge as He did.
Advice for the day
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Heard Christopher Hitchens completely overwhelm a Christian pastor in a debate.
Jesus not only hated the Jewish religious leaders but also hated the gentiles. Gentiles is a racist ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
The acceptance of Gentiles into Christianity is not found in the Gospels but started with Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 22). He and Peter, who became the first Pope, clashed over this, as Peter insisted that gentiles convert to Judaism (Galatians). Paul eventually won the argument. For this reason, some scholars regard Paul as the true founder of Christianity as we know it today.
The bible clearly shows that Jesus could not control his temper and on one occasion went crazy and ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
You would not win an argument with knowledgeable Christians on this point. They would call his anger "self-righteous anger" and describe it as a godly emotion. Only God is entitled to self-righteous anger because only God is righteous.
This explains it all
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Change "symbolically" with "literally" and you have a Catholic.
Salvation, Damnation and everything in between thanks to Tommy Johnson. [youtube.com]
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Crossroads was resurrected by Cream in 1966.
Cult Dressing & Religious Behavior
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
"Secular religion" is an oxymoron.
I think I just proved Darwin wrong. Is it me or are complete idiots breeding at a much faster rate ...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
It never was survival of the most intelligent, but rather the survival of those best adapted (fitted) to their environment...and that for the purpose of getting their genes into the next generation. Now if someone dies from sheer stupidity before they can reproduce then they get a Darwin Award. Also, genius intelligence may have a evolutionary benefit for the species as a whole, but not necessary for the individual.
Have you ever debated with a Scientologist?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Yes, they usually identify so strongly with their belief system that a debate is useless. I think they feel that if they admit they are wrong, they are admitting they have wasted their lives.
Does anyone else see the difference in not believing in a god and believing there is no god?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
The latter involves a conviction.
Does anyone else feel this way? I feel like I've become a shitty citizen. I can no longer stand to...
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
I can hardly believe the truth-defying adolescent ad hominem level our political discourse has degraded to. That I can tell you. Believe me. Sad.
How has atheism or agnosticism made you a better person?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Less self-deluded, more honest. Less susceptible to social pressure, more free. Free from all the stress of trying to please a judgmental God. Less judgmental of others. Free from constantly trying rationalize the paradoxes, inconsistencies, and contradictions of religion, and consequently I actually feel more intelligent. Feel more like myself, because I am more myself. Happier and I often feel the bliss of freedom.
Why Won't Congress Stop Herr Trump?
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Because they are not patriots, they are partiests.
Meaning of existence
Heraclitus comments on Jun 7, 2018:
Just because you don't believe in a mythical god doesn't mean your life is devoid of meaning and happiness. Don't buy the trick assumption of the question.

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