Hi Aussie, Welcome to EvC since this is my first post in answer to you.
Hi ICANT! Thanks for the warm welcome, although I think I've been around a bit longer than you.
What amazes me is how some people can read a very long post and snatch out a couple of lines and make fun of them.
Those couple of lines were written together, I wasn't quote mining. And they are genuinely jaw-droppingly hilarious.
If you understood what I said you would realize I was talking about someone who was trying to kill me.
No, no, you made yourself perfectly clear. That's the funny part. The Conservative Christians are among the most vociferous defenders of violent weapons. How your God seems to have shrunk...
The God of the Cloud by day, and Pillar of Fire by night. The God who promised his chosen ones that they could merely speak to a mountain and it would flee before them and be cast into the Sea. The God who surrounds each of his own with warring angels to protect and defend them... these are the ones swaggering about talking like cowboys out of the old west about the need to carry weapons and defend themselves by violently killing other humans. Funnier still, the irony seems truly lost on you.
Hi Tangle, Tangle writes: 'Christians' with guns, go tell that story to Jesus... John tells us Peter had his sword in the Garden he used to cut off Malchus. ear. John 18:10.
Luke tells us Jesus healed that man's ear. Luke 22:51.
So what's your point?
Again, this is hilarious.
According to the story, Peter was apparently "Open carrying" a lethal weapon in public. Even after following the Living Christ around as He engaged in His public ministry, there was that moment where Peter lost his temper, and USED THAT DEADLY WEAPON AGAINST A FELLOW HUMAN IN ANGER IN AN APPARENT ATTEMPT TO KILL.
Sorry for yelling at you in italics, but the subtlety of your own words seems to have been lost on you. If enough people carry enough deadly weapons around, then statistically it becomes almost inevitable that some of them will be used inappropriately and with many tears and much regret. Like Peter and the sword. Except in real life there is no magic spell that can instantly heal the wounds we make.
Hey you're right. I didn't know that was the context, I always thought it was about being insulted. So it is about personal injury -- although the examples are not life-threatening, losing an eye or a tooth.
Hi Faith! There is absolutely nothing wrong with being wrong sometimes, and I respect people who admit it when they make a mistake. But I would like to just point out that you regularly talk down your nose at atheists who point out evident contradictions in Scripture. You like to talk about your many years of Biblical study, and years of reading the best commentaries from the most serious theological minds...yet you didn't understand the context of one of the more frequently-quoted lines of Scripture, whereas it was was immediately clear to some of the resident atheists.
Again, nothing but respect for admitting your error, but a little humility about the limitations of our knowledge goes a long way.
abe: I see while I was typing this response you continued:
No, you just like your own interpretations, I don't get it wrong very often at all.
There she is; the old Faith back in standard form. I wondered where she'd gotten off to.
Of course your ego would not allow you to admit you were wrong for very long. But Faith's Kenosis was refreshing to see, even if it only lasted a single, abbreviated post. Go ahead and have the last word if you like. You being so wrong, yet seeping arrogance from your every pore is off topic, and I won't respond back.
I defend my right that is given to me by our forefathers who gave us the second amendment. I am well trained in weapons of all kinds and if you came at me without a gun I would not need my gun to get the same result, although I am getting a little old, and can't bench press over 200 lbs I think I would get by.
Well. The bragging doesn't stop at just guns. ICANT, the Chuck Norris of EVC forum, threatens that he can take me out with his bare fists. I was an avid weight lifter, and 200 pounds is not as heavy as most non-lifters think... but I'm in really bad shape if an 80 year old can take me down...unless you are secretly Chuck Norris. *looking suspiciously at you*
Or perhaps your "Corruptible has already put on the incorruptible."
If you speak with such violence now, just imagine all the physical trauma you will be able to inflict when you finally have your powerful glorified body!
By the way I did not notice how long you had been here only that you had a few posts and I did not remember you ever answering one of my posts.
I've been here a long time, but as I am mostly interested in the science forums, I have refrained from commenting and focused more on learning from the actual science experts here. I don't remember ever interacting with you before this exchange.
But just think what everybody would have thought when Jesus reached down and picked up the head and set it in place and patted him on the head and said lets go.
The ear did not even register with them.
Your solution to the grisly violence that you would deliberately inflict on a fellow human, in deliberate disobedience to Jesus' wishes, is a magical cure? Really?
Gun violence is a serious issue in the US. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to have a better solution than magic. Because not a single gunshot wound...not one, is currently being cured by magic.
My mind is conditioned that when I would see a weapon of any kind that is being positioned to bring harm to me or anyone around me reflexes would take over without even thinking as my actions would be automatic. I know you don't understand that but I can't help you there.
I doubt that as my memory is getting slow and weak, that is what happens when you get old.