The One Time When More Is Certainly Not Better

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Presented with little comment - except to say, maybe those Mayans were on to something?

 

 

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Sat, 12/01/2012 - 05:48 | 3026124 BringOnTheAsteroid
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I'm not quivering in my boots, if that's what you mean, at the thought of god printing out these posts and reading them to me at the pearly gates, with that expression "Yeh right, you think you're coming in here after this".

It's a fantasy Freedom, one of the many periods in human history where the belief of the day was "the only" belief. It has been going on for millenia.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 07:58 | 3026157 cranky-old-geezer
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A christian living the high life in our privileged western democracy thinks god interacts and intervenes in their already perfect lives ...

... and this "god" of theirs automatically forgives any sort of disobedient behavior because they've been "saved", they have their "get-in-heaven" pass safely tucked away.

They believe their "savior" just waved his hand and did away with every single rule their "god" ever made, they're free to do as they wish under some universal pardon called "grace".

Yep, they have the perfect "god", right there to help when they want it while ignoring everything he says.  

Yep, the perfect pocket "god".

Who wouldn't want a "god" like that?

Of course the bible they love thumping and throwing in everyone else's face plainly says they all screwed, not one of them will ever see "heaven".

Funny thing, they actually pride themselves on not knowing what's in that bible ...except a verse here and there they love throwing in other people's faces.

Christianity has got to be the most fraudulent religion on the planet.  No other religion on earlth has a diety who is completely ignored, doesn't have one single rule anyone has to obey, they've all been "done away".

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 15:40 | 3026627 FreedomGuy
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Have you even ever spent any time in any church or synagogue? What you say is so puerile. You have the understanding of an angry five year old. There is no such doctrine in Christianity that works the way you say. You don't even know a whit about the nature of God. Again, I say...with all that "fraud", the lies, fantasies and deceit, where do you choose to live? Where has science, art, and diversity of opinon flourished the most?

You are sooooo...typical! You are what I call the "typical atheist".

You are a know-nothing and you suppose yourself wise. Ask yourself in an accidental moment of self reflection where your ideas lead to looking at both history and the natural endpoint of your reasoning.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 01:38 | 3025982 dogbreath
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Just to add,

 

The first group are loud mouths who not only run down god and religion but do not have a moral code above themselves.  They are their own god.

 

The second group think too much

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 02:07 | 3026021 formadesika3
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<<Except that the bible is steaming pile of horse manure.>>

You've never been around livestock, have you?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 17:03 | 3024960 AlaricBalth
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Arabdha Karma - Reaping what we sow.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 18:28 | 3025249 max2205
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Head and shoulders for all categories.... Go long property insurers

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 17:19 | 3025015 Maghreb
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Book of Rev is 100 percent legit. Perhaps Not because god told em anything. But because its logical. The ancients knew humanity was going to wipe itself out, seeing people beating each other with clubs and what not.They also saw how powerful things like Eartquakes and tsunami's are, how disease could destroy cities firestorms could burn out forests and how men always figured out a way of using this shit against eachother. But to pull it off good and proper there would need to be lots of people and fancy technology and utter moral decay, so we could really cut loose unleash the worst shit imaginable. I don't buy that its 2012 though. still time to to go until the end..........Not with a bang but a whimper.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 18:51 | 3025303 CrockettAlmanac.com
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As an atheist I find the Biblical description of the mark of the beast to be astounding. A mark required to buy or sell located on the hand or forehead comes almost too close to biometric ID by fingerprint and retinal scan.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 19:52 | 3025458 css1971
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The bible is allegorical you'd probably have to have lived at the time to understand the references, even if they were well translated. Maybe some historians could work out who exactly the beast refers to. It's likely many years ago some dictator branded those who were loyal (or owned) as a form of identity managment. Only the owned being allowed to trade.

Human nature (the psychos at the top) doesn't change only the technology does. The question many are likely to face in the future is identical to the question faced by the ordinary people in the bible. Be free and possibly die or choose to live and be owned.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 19:54 | 3025466 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Yes, of course. Nevertheless...

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 22:54 | 3025781 pipelayer
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Amos 3:7, Matthew13:14-15

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 19:06 | 3025346 Bendromeda Strain
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Not that anyone here cares, nor do I about said carelessness, but a few points for you to ponder. The Book of Rev as legit - consider that the Apostle John wrote his Apocalypse as a ripe old man, outliving the other apostles because TPTB were unable to martyr him. Apocryphal stories have him surviving an attempted boiling, whereby the freaked out politicos had him exiled to the island of Patmos. If you can't kill 'em, disappear 'em. Didn't stop the vision from being recorded and disseminated though. Following that same thought, since Revelation describes a seven year period, whos to say the Mayans weren't maybe indicatiing the beginning of the end? I think Apocalypto was an incredible piece of film making, and Mel Gibson did not receive nearly enough credit for bringing that demonic society and its occult knowledge to light. Their accomplishments certainly were nothing like the inspiration of the Renaissance.   

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 19:13 | 3025372 Cloud9.5
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Oil peaked when?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 21:26 | 3025636 knukles
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abiotic peak oil?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 19:57 | 3025475 CrockettAlmanac.com
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John of Patmos is the name given by some modern scholars to the author of the Book of Revelation, the apocalyptic text forming part of the New Testament. The text of Revelation states that the author is called John and that he lives on the Greek island of Patmos, where by some, he is considered to be in exile as a result of anti-Christian persecution under the Roman emperor Domitian.[1][2] Traditionally, the John who is the author of Revelation is considered to be John the Apostle, author of all the Johanine works, that is the Gospel of John, the first, second, and third epistles of John, as well as Revelation. However, in the case of Revelation, many modern scholars agree that it was written by a separate, otherwise unknown, author, to whom they have given the name John of Patmos.[3][4]

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Patmos

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 15:41 | 3025732 FreedomGuy
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Actually, Magreb, what you say is correct even with the dose of dark humor you use. I like to go farther back in origins and call it the Judeo-Christian tradition in that mankind has a fallen nature and struggles against it mightily.

For me, it is why libertarianism with occasional gusts of classic anarchism makes sense to me. Man has a fallen nature. Power brings out the worst of the fallen nature. Therefore, do not give men, any men any more power than you have to. When you do, try to balance it against other men with power. This is the basis for the American government and Western governments, in general.

For you non-theists (see my definition above) this is why leftist-collectivist-socialist governments can seem to be "of the devil" to many Christians. It is the antithesis of the aforementioned beliefs and is a system where individuals conspire to make a god out of government and men. You might notice how virtually all dictators throughout all of time make themselves into some sort of god, particuarly the atheists like Mao, Stalin, Fidel, Kim Un, as well as ancient pharoahs and emperors.

Armageddon has complex meanings and I have studied it as much as most but it is certainly a final reckoning and the dawning of a new age of sorts. Whether it is more literal or more metaphorical, I am not sure but it does make sense on many levels. As for timing, Jesus said even he does not know the time, but when it does happen it will take everyone by surprise except for the astute observer.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 19:55 | 3025467 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Human beings propensity to quote from books many hundreds of years old is truly fascinating. If it was possible to bring back to life all the people who had a part in writing these texts you would find that they would not even have the intellectual capability of a twelve year old. Mmmmm, maybe this has sonething to do with peoples need to provide links to songs."

 

"While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in 'tongues' may be all the evidence you need to 'prove' Christianity"

"You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old".

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 22:25 | 3025737 FreedomGuy
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You could be correct, BOA. I am going to assume you are over 12. So, how about you write something more astounding than the combined religious works of Judaism, Christianity as well as great theologians like Augustine. Try to do it without a single insult, as well as that is rather classless.

Go for it, sir.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 22:49 | 3025776 freedogger
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I'd be surprised if he came up with one paragraph.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 01:17 | 3025962 Divine Wind
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2 Peter 3:3

"Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, ..."

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 23:53 | 3025873 magpie
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That should stop you from quoting Epicurus, Voltaire and the Marquis de Sade for instance.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 00:30 | 3025909 Imminent Crucible
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Interesting how BringOnTheAss has this intense distaste and contempt for books simply because they've been around a long time. Keith Richards has been around a long time, but that doesn't seem to spoil anything but his looks.

BOTA reminds me of an old quotation: "There are two kinds of fools. One says, This is old, therefore it is good. The other says, This is new, therefore it is better."

All of the ancient wisdom literature, whether Egyptian or Persian or Buddhist or whatever, says much the same things: Speak the truth. Material things do not make a life. Don't take what belongs to others. Treat your neighbor as you would be treated. And do not sit in the seat of the scornful, or walk in the ways of the ungodly.

None of that is popular today, hence Congress, banksters, and a nation of directionless fools without a firm conviction to stand on. Periscope down, prepare to submerge.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 01:39 | 3025985 BringOnTheAsteroid
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FreedomGuy, freedogger, ImminentCrucible, I detect at least one of three things:

    1. Your beliefs lie in the abrahamic faiths

    2. Your ego's lie at the heart of your beliefs

    3. You are Americans

Funny thing is that America has one of the highest rates of religious belief in the western world and also export more weapons and arms than any other nation on earth. You couldn't make this shit up. I'd like to point out that your ancient texts are doing jack shit to improve the moral direction of the nation. JACK FUCKING SHIT. They don't work. If they did, I'd be all for it. They don't, now get on with life. You may as well quote Mark Twain, Bob Hope, Thomas Jefferson or Oscar Wilde. In fact if you are Americans you'd be better served trying to get the teachings of your founding fathers out there and the teachings of the great men who wrote your constitution, because Jesus is on the nose. Let's face it, moral direction is a lost cause but at least you guys should fight for your liberty.

There are many interesting religious thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Erasmus, William Law, Martin Luther just as there are many great philosophical thinkers, many great political thinkers, many great authors of history, science, anthropology, natural history and atheism.

But of all these disciplines why do people keep pulling these biblical quotes out of their ass and seem to think  . . . . . . . well I don't know what the fuck they are thinking. Enlighten me please. Why the hell are people obsessed with the bible, a book, a text that has been revised so many times that any bearing on true historical happenstance has been so far diluted as to render it at best an incoherent tiatribe that makes a few good points.

Why the obsession with the bible, why Jesus. Why not be obsessed by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Aristotle, Ghandi. I'll tell you why, you've been indoctrinated from birth. You have no choice.

 

 

 

 

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 02:48 | 3026054 Raymond Reason
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Enlighten me please. Why the hell are people obsessed with the bible,

Well that's the point.  It is not the Christian's duty to sell you or anyone else on Christianity. You've heard the gospel, rejected it, and that is freewill....we all have it, slaves and masters. 

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 16:11 | 3026672 smiler03
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 "It is not the Christian's duty to sell you or anyone else on Christianity.

 

You could have fooled me. What do you call brainwashing children from birth with your beliefs? And missionaries, just giving away free beads to natives, on condition they listen to your twaddle?

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 20:52 | 3027191 Raymond Reason
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Parents obviously teach children their personal values.

Evangelism is for the most part, an American protestant phenomenon, ostensibly to "present the gospel to the four corners of the earth", but actually just a money grab.   Tammy Fay, Jim Baker, Benny Hinn, Jimmy Swaggart, etc. are revolting characters who fleece a few pockets, but ultimately turn people away from Christ.

Would you have the world judge your life as an American based on the actions of the US military?   Don't judge Christians based on the actions of Christianity-American-style, or the atrocious history of the Catholic Church.    

Christ promised that corruption would not prevail against the church, and it hasn't.  But you are not looking at the real church.  The original church still exists, it is called Orthodoxy.  It doesn't evangelize, it doesn't judge.  But it does teach its ways to its children. 

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 05:17 | 3026110 FreedomGuy
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I like Twain, Bastiat, Hayek, Friedman and recently sampling Mencken. There is wisdom to be found in many places.

If you think the moral compass of the nation is degrading would you say that America is more or less ferverent in their Christian beliefs than a few generations ago? Evangelical Christians tend to believe that with a different view of the cure.

I find it amusing that you assume a person named "FreedomGuy" might not be fighting for liberty. If I chose the moniker, MarxistGuy or something similar you might have a point. The founding fathers were geniuses and I place their works second only to scriptures themselves. In fact, you might find there are connections between the two. I think the founding of America was probably an act of God. I do not think it can happen again, not that liberty cannot arise somewhere else.

The truth is that none of us has time to study and read everything. We make choices. I chose my religion as my family was rather irreligious when I was young. I like Western religions because I find them rational, open to scrutiny/criticism and they paved the way for our civilization. I agree with Jesus in that you can tell a tree by it's fruit. Judeo-Christian teachings infused with Greek rationalism give us our current Western civilization. Atheism gave us communist societies. Hinduism with some Western influence gives us India and a caste system and so on. Those annoying Christians have created innumerable hospitals, orphanages, shelters and tolerance of a degree never before seen and still being perfected. Yes, there are ugly points as real people practice the religion but it is a net good. I see no such things from atheists, just verbal claims that they are morally equal and just as virtuous and don't need invisible spacemen or fairies or something else insulting to be so.

I also believe in an absolute external truth that is discoverable in the main. Like the empiricists such as Hume, Locke and others I believe that whlile men may not know all truth they can recognize it when it is presented. As a libertarian, this gives me great hope even as I watch the world flush down the collectivist toilet.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 07:45 | 3026160 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Well then maybe FreedomGuy you aren't too far from the mark. The founding fathers of your once great nation were men so far ahead of their time, whose forethought was so astounding that by even todays standards they would wipe the floor with the combined membership of your congress. But I point out, to put the "scriptures" ahead of the teachings of these polymaths is terribly misplaced. The scriptures as you call them are a hotch-potch of the most horrible evil, the ramblings of uneducated tribesmen but does, occasionally, have worthwhile lessons for the then savages of humanity. Point out to me the parts of the US constitution, for example, that are evil, that are the ramblings of fools . . . . . . . . you'd be hard pressed sir.

To accept the bible as your guiding rule book, you can't cherry pick the good bits my friend, you either accept it as it is, all 62 books or you abandon it as a bookmark in history.

Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel.  (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)

"If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives."  (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death.  (Exodus 21:15 NAB)

They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.  (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

I expect you FreedomGuy and any and all other christians who profess the bible as their moral compass to kill me - your god demands it. Do not shirk, do not change the subject, do not cheery pick, the bible is the word of god.

YOU SEE - UTTER BULLSHIT. You would no sooner harm a fly as a person, is your character as I judge from your writing. You need courage at first to be able to utter the words "the bible is bullshit" because you as many other people have been trained to fear god - mind you the above quotes put the willies in me, I might sleep with teddy tonight.

It is a wonderfully liberating experience not to fear.

It is a wonderfully liberating experience to be able to perform a charitable act knowing that there's absolutely nothing in it for you. No fast track to heaven, no browny points with jehovah, no 72 virgins, not even a pubic hair from a fleas dick.

It is wonderfully liberating to be able to feel equananomous about life, about consiousness, about love knowing that it eventually ends forever.

It is wonderfully liberating to stand apart from the crowd as they fight each other to death over who's god is the right god and feel at peace in the knowledge that I haven't got a fucking clue what any of this means.

Try it, if you change your mind I think a christian god will forgive you. Muslims, maybe not, allah is one grumpy SOB. Not sure about the jews, you better seek the advice of a rabbi.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 11:44 | 3026348 Imminent Crucible
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"you can't cherry pick the good bits my friend"

No, indeed. You have to take the whole pudding. But you'll get nothing from reading the Egyptian Book of the Dead if you don't take the time to understand the root culture and the context. I notice that all your "Bible is Atrocious" quotes come from the Old Testament. A testament is a will, and an old will is voided by a new will.

For example: Exodus 31:15 commands that a Sabbath-breaker must be put to death. (Note that this law applied only among the Hebrew nation; they were not enjoined to enforce the Sabbath against the gentiles around and among them.) Yet, Colossians 2:16 says flatly, "Don't allow anyone to judge you over whether you even keep a Sabbath or a holy day".

In the New Testament (covenant) the old law was set aside, thusly: "If you wish to enforce the death penalty for capital sins, go ahead. But it must be done by one who is without sin." Which excluded everyone.

Actually, I'm not religious and don't care much for religion and its trappings. The formal, organized churches have failed. They took the lazy route of settling for the letter, instead of the hard task of seeking the spirit of their faith.

However, I do value liberty. Fight for it? Liberty is not something you fight for. That route only exchanges one tyrant for another. The key is in the lock. You need only turn the key, swing open your cell door and walk free.  But it's high, and cold and often lonely out here. You have to be prepared for that. And don't deceive yourself; there can be no liberty without morality. The immoral person is always--always--a slave to his appetites and his fears. It must begin with integrity. There is no other way.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 16:33 | 3026653 FreedomGuy
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I will also add that the Old Testament with it's myriad laws including rituals was in general to prove the impossibility of man living up to the "law" In essence, man cannot perfect himself and the Old Testament laws were the essential full-penalty versions of what sin (right and wrong)would earn. The New Testament was in essence the solution to the Old Testament where God fully reconciles man to himself. Man and God become partners in the journey on this earth...if the individual man chooses to do so.

I think the most beautiful scripture in the new testament is when Jesus said (I will paraphrase) that all Judeo-Christian theology hung upon two tenants: Love God with all that you are and love your neighbor as yourself.

God is the source.  Our neighbor...even the unbelieving one is our brother in the creation. Practicing this truth would transform the entire world. You cannot do evil to those whom you love and 99% of all pain in this world is caused by people to people.

Frankly, these ideas are like fingernails on a chalkboard to the average atheist as they see themselves and Man as the measure of all things. They also do not realize that God sees both death and life very differently than we do as temporal beings. I say look at the fruits of varioius beliefs around the world. If you could be a neutral observerer where would you choose to live and where do people choose to live? Do not muslims, Hindu's, Buddhists, and even ardent atheists choose to live in the West (sometimes dieing to get here)...in countries with Christian heritage? They do and they do not fear any oppression in the least.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 16:24 | 3026695 Maghreb
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I'm not much of a theist. When any one looks at the at the brutality in the Old Testament and the Quran it is hard not to be appalled. At the same time though having been to places that are on the edge of civillization you start to understand where these rules come from. There is no room for error. Do you think they had the resources to put people in prison? Do you think if that concept existed someone wouldn't decide to just put everyone in prison? Do you think if disputes broke out and were not ended quickly blood feuds wouldn't emerge? You think those rules of that God are harsh, so do I but I've seen how harsh men can be to each other and the misery that comes with it. There are worse things than someone being put to death. That god that created those rules, dictatorial, violent and harsh laws seems to know an awful lot about humanity at its lowest.

Middle class westerners don't seem to see in some places there would not be the energy to enforce modern laws. Shariah is far far more effective for running a tribe in the Hindu Kush. Centuries ago most the whole world was like this.What worries me most is I don't think we are passed this. Sure we don't put people to death for adultery and homosexuality. But you've heard the stories about our millitary and our financial system, without which we would not be able to keep our way of life going. The man made diseases, the nuclear weapons, the drugs being fed to masses, the lies being told. We'll fire missiles at milk factory just to distract the public from a sex scandal. King David did something similar so he could carry on doing someones wife. General Petraeus with his CIA drone army was brought down by some Delilah type last month. The worlds still Old Testament your just choosing not to notice.

Look at the Israeli's fighting Sargon/Saddam,the Philistines and the Persians no less. Same shit different millenia

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 16:53 | 3026752 FreedomGuy
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Well reasoned, Magreb. I like your first line, "I'm not much of a theist.". This shows some humility and honesty as we reason through these things. When I am balanced I like to use phrases such as "It appears to me..." or "As I understand it". You are the kind of person I could have an interesting discussion with over coffee or adult beverages. Thanks for your posts.

Here is my theory on the brutality of the Old Testament. It was written in brutal times for brutal men where death and pain were common unlike today. Your Hindu Kush statement seems to be a similar observation to me. Note the headlines this very day about a 14 year old girl beheaded for refusing to marry a guy in Afghanistan. Similarly a young girl had her throat cut for refusing to go into prostitution (also punisheable by death under Islam). Let's say you were a wandering Jewish tribe even this very day in 2012 and you tried to move into this area. Do you suppose reasoning over tea will get you anywhere with these people? Seriously. If they behead their own daughters what would they do to an evil Jew? Let's ask Daniel Perl.

So God was dealing with peoples who were about 5 years old in reasoning ability and spiritual development. They also happened to be vicious, brutal and homicidal. They were also a very "randy" lot. So, we look at it with a long long long line of theological development including more revelation. I actually think it is good that we are taken aback by some of it. Do you think the average stone age Imam in the Middle East is horrified if they read the Old Testament? I think they are not and would still approve those methods.

This is my theory and perhaps someone more theologically astute or better trained might answer.

I will add that what I really love about Christian scripture and in particular the Old Testament is that virtually all the main characters are real men and women. They have serious flaws and weaknesses and are not particuarly supernatural or superhuman. They have virtues mixed with flaws. David was a man "after God's own heart" who wrote psalms and yet committed murder and adultery even though he alread had ten wives. His children even got worse.  These were real people with real lessons for us.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 17:16 | 3026789 FreedomGuy
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I also forgot to mention, that I view the Koran as an attempt to simply copy parts of the Old Testament and parts of the New to the new religion Mohammed was starting. Mohammed started his life heavily influenced by Jews and Christians and actually seemed to like them. He was even protected by the Christian king of Ethiopea when driven out of Arabia. When the Jews and Christians failed to support his uprisings and military conquests he turned on them...violently but he copied portions or maybe some of the style of those religions and made himself a prophet. He converted the pagan center at Mecca to his new religion.

I do not view Mohammed as prophet nor do I follow Islam. I think it is bad facsimile of Old Testament type religion by a very worldly guy. I mean, 72 virgins...really?!? There is nothing like this nor the prophets of Islam anywhere in Judaism or Christianity. There are no warrior prophets who marry kids, rape, pillage and focus heavily on "worldly" things. The disciples of Jesus never went out to advocate military conquest and earthly kingdoms bent on subjugation. Even the Jews who had a few kings did not do this. 

What is even more fascinating is that Arabs and Jews both descend from Abraham and their never ending conflict was predicted. Half brothers showing the bitterness of a family feud.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 19:53 | 3027083 Imminent Crucible
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Have to agree, Magreb. Old Testament Law is harsh. I don't much like it.  But....

I went down to Haiti with a group of volunteers to work on a clinic for poor Haitians (almost all of them are poor). I was sitting in the back of a van in Port-au-Prince while the driver told us to keep our wallets in our front pockets to avoid the "razor boys". Lepers were sticking their fingerless palms in the windows, begging.

I heard a tapping noise on the back of the van. Turning my head, I saw a tiny, frail, ancient Haitian grandmother tapping with her cane, trying to get our attention. A Haitian guy about 40 walked up to the woman. Looking annoyed at her, he seized the cane from her hand and struck her a powerful blow across the chest. She doubled over in pain, agony across her face, weeping silently. I know he broke several of those thin, fragile ribs. He threw her cane down by her and walked away.

I'd never seen anything so casually brutal or disrespectful of age. "Unbelievable," I thought. "We are definitely not in Kansas anymore."

If you go to Haiti or northwest Pakistan or the worst parts of Milwaukee, you will hear and see things that will sicken you. These places are not nearly as bad as, say, the Canaanites who had a habit of throwing their babies into a furnace to curry favor with Moloch. When you find out about the brutality, the routine rapes and murders and torture, suddenly the harshness of OT law takes on a different aspect.

Like I said, I don't much like it, but.....

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 18:17 | 3025205 zapdude
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Is the 'others category' when you Shart your pants?

I believe that actually falls into the "Gamble & LOSE" category.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 21:29 | 3025639 TeamDepends
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When it happens, and it will, you will be glad you are strapped in to your man-diaper.  Think of it:  The bad news hits.  Everyone around you soils themselves, literally.  But not you!  You are protected!  You are walking around like the King of Siam!  People think you have inside information.  That's when the fun starts...

 

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 16:46 | 3024875 CH1
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And we're defining "natural disaster" how?

Floods, hurricanes and earthquakes continue as they always have. What changes is how we freak out because of them.

Try not to over-respond to fear.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 16:56 | 3024925 CClarity
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The Fed and DC Pols and EU finmins would like to categorize the financial crisis as "natural" though we all know how MANufactured it was/is by TPTB.  

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 17:00 | 3024943 mdtrader
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And humans have built a bunch of houses along coasts and on flood plains.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 18:53 | 3025312 CrockettAlmanac.com
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Look out for Mother Nature. She can be a bit testy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLrTPrp-fW8

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 19:10 | 3025358 ArkansasAngie
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"They" ... people ... didn't used to do that.  They knew not to build where floods were.  They knew nobody was going to bail them out if they built it and it got leveled.

Bring back moral hazard

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 17:14 | 3024993 rodocostarica
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Having experienced 20 or more earthquakes and actually enjoying the thrill of them and then experiencing the 7.6 we had Sep 5th here I can certainly  tell you that freaking out was a a normal reaction. Why not try on of those for size before advising not over respond to fear.

Not that I believe this Mayan scare shit but I can say I will be a bit worried around the end of the December.

 

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 17:33 | 3025069 tbd108
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Don't blame the Mayans for the scary nonsense. They never said any such thing.

http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/BibleStudyAndTheology/perspectives/2012...

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 19:07 | 3025341 Harbanger
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The Mayan calendar is off by only 2 days.  December 23, 2012 is the end of the 99 year contract between the Fed and the US.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 21:27 | 3025638 knukles
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Fiscal Cliff!

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 17:20 | 3025019 Mister Ponzi
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By "flood" they mean extraordinary central bank actions?

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 18:17 | 3025210 Random_Robert
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"Try not to over-respond to fear."

Absolutely.  I'm floored when people call "natural disaster" what I simply call "nature"

 

Human hubris is the ultimate tool of social destruction.

 

And yet, so many refute the ancient books for their rationalization that evil is simply hubris on steroids.

 

Disclaimer:

Long sanity , Short intellectual retardation.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 22:27 | 3025742 FreedomGuy
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Are you kidding? This is a political opportunity. It is all due to global warming. Sending more taxes and granting more power to your government will directly correlate with lower surface temperatures. Nothing to fear. Just elect a leftist and all will be well.

Sat, 12/01/2012 - 07:50 | 3026164 BringOnTheAsteroid
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I think everyone is off the mark. There's too many god damned people on the face of the earth so every time mother nature so much as farts, there's another 100,000 people to push up daisies.

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