"You've apologized. I would make some other apologetic gesture (getting the drink tab, getting him a decent cigar if that's his thing, or something along those lines). But, at the point where you've apologized and done…"
"The revisions have been very controversial, but the translation was commissioned in the mid-fifties by the National Association of Evangelicals. It was translated with an unreasonably large translating team, and, judging from the text, a…"
"I don't know that I'm sold on the position of modern scholars on that particular verse, but the difference is because modern scholarship suggests that the portion missing from the NIV was a later addition/"corruption" to the…"
"Which version to use depends largely on your own preferences/purposes. It you're going into it without any particular basis to pick a version, though, I would recommend starting with the RSV. It's one of the versions…"
"I suppose that a lot of users of the NIV would rather whole-heartedly disagree with me on this, but I would recommend being careful with the NIV... Mostly when looking at the verses that relate to the end times.
The NIV was translated at the behest…"
"Officially, Rebekah is supposed to be right. The Douay Rheims is supposedly a translation of the Vulgate. If, however, you were to buy a copy of the Douay bible, you would almost certainly be getting the "Challoner…"
"You can choose what purpose you want to pursue in life, but there's going to be one... in my experience, those who think that they serve only themselves are the most enslaved to whatever they've set themselves to.
Christ's yoke is…"
"We have ourselves to blame for the way things are. When God created man, He put us in charge of the world and gave us a happy life in the Garden of Eden. From there, we messed it up. God is fixing it, giving us a way out of our…"
"I think that relationships benefit greatly from ritual. Every family, married couple, and even tightly knit organization, relies on ritual. I see no reason for our relationship with God to be different."
"The difference is that a girl who refuses to date me can presumably have a perfectly good life without me. In God's total absence, we can't. God isn't threatening to lock us in a dungeon... He's warning us that life…"
"Well, it goes along with the perspective I gave that I don't believe in hard predestination. For that matter, I don't even see that as a particularly interesting issue. We clearly have free will, and the idea that everything is…"
"There are a few issues at play in the question here, but I'll try to address what I think is the most fundamental part... I'll add that I'm not sure that all Christians would accept all of this.
People get caught up on the idea of…"
"And you are an idiot. She had real citations for three cases. One was labeled legitimate by her. The second was talking about race. The third about shit that might happen based on other cultural differences. She blathered on about alcohol and drugs…"
"You're still not carrying your own argument out to it's conclusion. According to your theology it matters not what any of us do. It will all play out to God's will. That's the problem. Your theology is half assed. Joseph's…"
":) You really like the word "Enshallah" don't you. Well maybe you do want genuine discussion without labeling and dismissing. I always like to think the best of people, so let me leave you with something for the evening.
"If it is a high end or reputable place then gender shouldn't matter. Expertise is so much more important to me than gender since I have both a bad back injury and fibromyalgia. I need a masseuse or masseur who understands what that means so a…"