"I think that that had more to do with deference to God's will than with self defense. Jesus willed that He be taken so that He could fulfill the Father's plan... Peter was, albeit without realizing it, fighting against that plan.…"
"There's a world of difference between someone who thinks that God wants them to, if possible, defend their community from a terrorist and someone who thinks that God wants them to murder anyone who disagrees with them on any point of…"
"I don't believe that it is required of any Christian, whether gentile or Jew. I think that St. Paul was pretty clear that Jewish Christians were no more "under the law" than gentile ones.
I imagine that if I have sons, though,…"
"I like shooting and I believe in self defense and gun rights, but I don't find his position particularly offensive. My guns aren't for teaching people lessons; they're for target shooting, hunting and, in the unwanted and…"
"I think that this is an issue that necessarily needs to be negotiated democratically. It's easy for me to support immigration of farm laborers, janitors, etc., because they're not competing for my job... Their presence is an economic…"
"I don't own one, but I've shot a friend's a number of times. The first time, I went into it thinking that I was shooting it as more of a historical experience than a good shooting one, and boy was I wrong. It was a delight…"
"The US is huge and there is a lot of good hunting in a lot of US states. If you haven't planned your trip yet, which part of the country are you planning to visit? From there, it would be easier to help you find good hunting…"
"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…"
"From the text of the executive order:
Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as…"
"There are tens of thousands of refugees fleeing persecution, war, famine, and death. What is a statistical blip to you, is a mother, a father, a son, a daughter--human beings who are subjected to the worst that humans can do to one another, and all…"
"I guess the underlying premise, that they have a right to be able to come here, isn't in my argument. There are so many other things we could be worrying about, like the 25 million North Koreans, that really the couple thousand refugees that…"
"What does that actually have to do with the matter? Because we have a high standard for entry we shouldn't consider refining or pausing the inflow while we work with other nations (who are not currently assisting us in the vetting process), to…"
"If you spent 3 years trying to get somewhere and someone told you that because you come from a certain place, not only are you not getting in right now, but you might not get in at all, how would you feel?
Not to mention, in some cases these folks…"
"Ok, so in spending 3 years of vetting, another 90 days will be that big of a deal? Remember, we're dealing specifically with countries that are NOT cooperating with the vetting process. Personally, I'd prefer we waited longer and had a…"
"What Obama did was a slow down, not a pause, and certainly not a "ban". There were still people coming in while the "slow down" was in effect. No one spent 3 years going through the process, only to be told during the…"