"I tend to think Jesus existed. An itinerant rabbi named Yeshua preaching in ancient Judea--and not making a whole lot of sense sometimes--is a perfectly ordinary claim, so ordinary evidence will do.
Only two New Testament writers say anything…"
"The West Memphis 3 first came to me in the HBO film "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills." This film was 1996 and it haunted me so much. There is no way that I ever believed those 3 boys were guilty. The cops even directed…"
Just happened to see this film about the West Memphis 3, teenage boys convicted in 1993 of murdering three 8-year-old boys. I had heard of the case before, but didn't realize the trial and conviction were motivated by the locals' fear of Satanism.It reminded me of the McMartin Pre-School case in California in 1985 (not sure on the date). I had read a book about that written by defendants' lawyers, and while the book mentioned that some of the accusers were members of the same churches, it…See More
"Move to Florida. They have a stand your ground law there that allows you to spray a perfume-drenched woman or after shave soaked man with artificial skunk scent.
Seriously, I don't see you changing anyone's behavior in an online…"
"Could it also be that a majority of police and judges are conservative, law-and-order types? People who think that the way to correct criminal behavior is to impose harsh punishment? Maybe, too, they are less able than we free-thinkers…"
"I think a lot of us say 99% or 99.9% sure to avoid the 100% closed mind. Asserting God as the cause of any natural phenomenon shuts off intellectual curiosity, and so does a bald statement that there is not God. Given the wealth of the…"
"I'm not expecting proof; for many Christians, the empty tomb is "proof" that Jesus was resurrected. And the Jesus in the NT is not an Essene, but his teachings may be adapted from the Teacher of Righteousness, who lived a couple…"
"I think that's the idea. Why would anyone make such an absurd claim unless it is true?
However, there were numerous resurrections in the OT, including a massive army created from dry bones in Ezekiel."
"Two out of three is the best you get. Of course, we could take the shortcut of reading God's book: "I am a jealous God. My name is Jealous." Or "I bring evil into the world. I, the Lord, do all these…"
"Do biologists actually think living organisms are machines, or do they compare them to machines? Machines do have intelligent designers; natural selection is mindless. ID proponents take the "machine" label literally and…"
"If I knew that God exists (as you know you exist), that God is in Mexico getting ready for the Day of the Dead (as you know you are in Toledo, then I could prove that God isn't in Western Finland training reindeer (as you can prove you…"
The fact that you have to wait once it fails definitely points to an overheating problem. If I were you I would (carefully) try to work out which parts are very hot immediately after it fails. My guess would be that you will find it to be the processor but it could also be ram chips or something else. Then you will have to find out if it is cooled properly - it may be as simple as reseating the processor.
Yes, it does, but not as many as I encountered in Natchitoches. My family attended the First Assembly of God there, pastored by David Allen. Things were bad enough there that at one point, back in the late 80s, the big joke around town was 'don't drink the koolaid'.
Actually, I should say that WV likely has as many fundies as LA, however, the fundies seem much more crispy fried in LA.
Natchitoches is a lovely town, but also very colorful. My twin sister lives in Pineville, but she remains in close contact with some of her Natchitoches friends. She doesn't, however, remain in close contact with me. I'm the family pariah.
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