Well this is fun isn't it?
Didn't see that coming did you?
And do not consume one another's wealth unjustly or send it [in bribery] to the rulers in order that [they might aid] you [to] consume a portion of the wealth of the people in sin, while you know [it is unlawful].
Because that's pretty much what it is. If extremism could just be wiped out then society and humanity might just have a chance of not obliterating itself, but in reality there's always going to be nutball sects like ISIS and the equivalent on this plane. If folk could just learn to accept that differences in creed, colour, orientation, belief and the fact that a stretch of water and a difference in language isn't an excuse for "battle" then maybe the world won't blow itself up by "mans hand".And again, this environment makes it easy to just dismiss my message as fundamentalism. I only care that the country I love is going to be destroyed. I'm trying to get over it, but I'm having a hard time of it because the infrastructure that was layed down as a result of leaders with integrity has not been seen anywhere else on this planet for centuries (not since the time of my religion when Islamic law was appropriately implemented instead of the mockeries we have today, when all 3 Abrahamic faiths were able to co-exist, when leaders feared god's judgement on them and did not steal so much as a grain of wheat from the people, aka... the real good old days).
But that ain't gonna happen is it?
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I rather suspect that you that would have Sharia Law imposed on the country that you claim to love at the drop of a hat if you could, not just for the homophobic bigotry indicated in the title of this thread but for all aspects of life, right?
It's fundamentalism like yours, not just the Islamic kind, that is the real danger here, as some of us have been pointing out to your resident Christian fundamentalist counterpart (aCW) who has been wooing us all with his own pleasant charms here on ToL for a few years now.
It is happening in slow motion, but God's creation should tell us that when things die, new life is also growing inside the shell of the old.
We will either change or die. It's up to us, God and our DNA.
As far as allowing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other activities, that's the way things go. Everybody complained about horse-drawn carriages being driven too fast. And now we have automobiles, just like we once began to manufacture cigarettes.
Everything we do, every tool we have, can be either used or abused.
Now it seems the pendulum has swung another way and those things that we seem to abuse are being dealt with. Smoking is being regulated and discouraged, drinking is being looked at and the effects of alcohol are becoming more and more learned about.
You can live life to the fullest, but death is also part of life. It always has been.
...terrorism is the war of the poor and war is the terrorism of the rich...
(STILL trying to set up conservatives and fundamentalists on blind dates with Jesus...)
Eh, a few generations ago folk would have been appalled at women having the vote and interracial marriage, shocking eh? I don't make it my business to get involved in the private and sexual lives of others because it's actually none of my business. If you think lecturing about 'hellfire' and the like is going to result in a reasoned discussion then think again also.Again, as with alwight, you've all become jaded and accepting of immorality. In a way it's like stealing. You don't start with a car. You start with a candybar in a store when no one is looking. Then it's a DVD. Next it's some electronics. After a while you work your way up to cars. So many of you cannot see how far your moral compass has fallen. You probably engage in sins routinely that would have shocked the previous generations. All in the name of progress. Well, you're certainly making progress, but I don't think you're really looking at the destination you're progressing towards. I can't help but call you names and that will detract from your attention span for my comments. But I figure that most of you weren't going to pay attention anyways. Not my problem. I only felt it necessary to post this so that I didn't bottle it up inside and so that you had a chance to see the immorality you were condoning. I've done that. You didn't listen, and now I've done my part and can probably leave it be for a bit. The people laughed at Noah's ark, they stayed behind to practice abominations in Lot, and they built a golden calf in Moses's absence. Sin has always been appealing, and only when people see their own ruination do they repent (at which point it's too late). So, you've got your chance and you can take it or leave it. My (metaphorical) money's on you leaving it though. I just hope I don't have to actually see you burning in hell from a distance for your actions though, I'm kinda squeamish about that sort of thing.
Well this is fun isn't it?
Originally Posted by aCultureWarrior
Repentance of sinful behavior is love Al. Engaging in a deadly disease ridden behavior is hate.
If I've told you once I've told you a thousand times Al, you secular humanists better pray to whatever you pray to that Christendom wins this culture war, cuz these Muslim barbarians will rape and murder homosexuals, but not necessarily in that order.
I'm not a republican, I'm a conservative!
Ancient holy scripture, of say the Abrahamic variety, is simply a reflection on life as composed by ancient human minds of the time, nothing more. It does not have magical powers, nor should it be used as an excuse by fundamentalists to command and control those who don't agree or who choose not to adhere, since it is often clearly very wrong, cruel and ignorant. It is particularly wrong about such matters that seem to then require the inflicting of much inhumane punishments or the mistreatment of others who are then deemed by men, not gods, to be below their own fanatical standards.
If my own moral compass is actually discordant with the real god then that's between me and the real god not Earthbound fundamentalist bigots adhering to their particular holy scripture.
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