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2Kings616 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'm not debating anyone at present, nor am I looking for material that can own an opponent sometime in the future. :-)

Most of the folks who ask me questions are Christian, and most even have similar theology. In the case of CRT, though, the sentiment around me is a bit of a "we would hear you, for we know that it is everywhere spoken against." It's a hot button issue, and I want to have a Biblical response to it at the fundamental level.

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2Kings616 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'm not primarily talking about online discussion, but face-to-face. Because of the controversy surrounding critical race theory, and because of my own current situation, people are starting to ask, and I want to be able to respond wisely to them.

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2Kings616 3 points ago +3 / -0

"I interpret the OP as not what's Marxism but what's the alternative."

Neither is really the thrust of this post. I am asking for an effective starting point for discussing the principles that undergird critical theory. When someone has gotten to the point that such a theory seems reasonable (or worse, self-evident), there are so many false assumptions that need to be addressed, that I scarcely know where to begin.

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2Kings616 5 points ago +6 / -1

Dude, I am aware of Graphenium's behaviors elsewhere and am willing to stand up to him (or others here) if he attempts to spread something sinful in my presence. It is unloving for me to do otherwise.

But neither is it loving to curse a person who is simply standing in a room and thanking others for being willing to engage him. You are wrong to act this way.

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2Kings616 3 points ago +3 / -0
  1. Male.

  2. Fundamentalist (the beta version of evangelical). However, like u/Slechta5614, I prefer to use the term "Christian".

If you are curious, the essayists of "The Fundamentals" came from the following five denominations: Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Brethren.

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2Kings616 3 points ago +3 / -0

Thank you, sir. The feeling is mutual. :-)

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2Kings616 2 points ago +2 / -0

Hi u/Mark4-39,

Sorry if I wasn't clear!

  1. I'm not calling Satan "disembodied" or saying that Heb 9:27 is about him.

What I was saying was that I don't believe Satan can repent for the same reason that I don't believe that men who have died can repent; namely, that the spiritual state seems to preclude it.

We don't know how our "spiritual body" interacts with time, but it appears to be closer in character to the angels (Mark 12:25). Since, according to Heb 9:27, once a man is separated from an earthly frame his judgment appears to be certain, this doesn't bode well for the "repentability" of fallen angels.

  1. Regarding my use of "disembodied":

When men die - regardless of whatever "spiritual body" they receive - that death involves a disembodiment of sorts (Paul calls it being "unclothed"). That separation from earthly matter creates a disconnect from time as we understand it.

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2Kings616 2 points ago +2 / -0

No, I don't believe so, for the same reason that I believe that the judgments of the disembodied are certain (Heb 9:27).

If one is not constricted by time in the sense that we understand it, then one's decisions are made with the whole self. Or, to put it another way, one cannot have the opportunity to repent afterward if there is no "afterward". There isn't a future state , not yet touched by your present decision, that might think differently about a matter.

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2Kings616 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thank you very much for this summary and refutation. I admit that I did not know this.

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2Kings616 1 point ago +1 / -0

The board game "Boggle". Normally, I wouldn't dare talk about it for fear of being compared to the TV character Peggy Hill.

To keep things interesting for me, I used to do only words five letters long or longer, just to keep things competitive, but this strategy ended up backfiring. I would rack up massive amounts of points (longer words are worth more), and hurt people's feelings.

In the last 3-minute round I played, I beat one of the deacons in my church by about 80 points (in just that round). The little group then immediately switched to play Hearts instead; and I don't think anyone has played Boggle with me since.

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2Kings616 2 points ago +3 / -1

Diet Pepsi. Used to be Diet Coke until they decided to implore folks to be less white. Oh well.

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2Kings616 5 points ago +5 / -0

/u/AndyMan_45, u/Slechta5614,

I'm loving the interplay between you two here. What an encouragement to see two brothers with different skills/giftedness living together in mutual respect! This is body-of-Christ stuff here, and I feel privileged to observe it. :-)

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2Kings616 10 points ago +11 / -1

The murder of children is never good, dude.

Think of it in these terms. Caring for a child changes a person. It isn't just that leftists dont't have many kids; many kids make it hard to be a leftist. Many things about human nature, about politics, about sin, etc., became more real to me by having to actually manage and care for others in a large family.

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2Kings616 5 points ago +5 / -0

Biblically, the resurrection isn't the means by which Christ returns. His return will be that He literally descends from the sky, in an obvious, open manner (I'll put a few relevant Bible verses at the end of this post).

So, an average person today who might undergo temptations and then begin performing miracles couldn't be Him.

VERSES:

Acts 1:9-11 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."

Matthew 24:26-27 So, if they say to you, 'Look, he is in the wilderness,' do not go out. If they say, 'Look, he is in the inner rooms,' do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

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2Kings616 4 points ago +4 / -0

Tuning pianos. My wife bought me a kit for Christmas and I really enjoy it when I'm using it.

My issue is that I can't use it without waking my kids! Any free time I have is after they've gone to bed; and I have to plunk pretty hard on those piano keys to tune things.

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2Kings616 2 points ago +2 / -0

Phew! I'd say "despair", but I wasn't strong enough to overcome that myself. God gave me others to help me.

As far as external obstacles go, it was probably starting a new major career path about ten years ago. They aren't kidding when they say it's hard for an old dog to learn new tricks! Even apart from the learning, to be the noob, the incompetent one, when one is middle-aged, is pretty doggone difficult.

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2Kings616 7 points ago +7 / -0

Hi again, Dale, and thank you for the consistently interesting questions. :-)

One thing that is hard for me to convey in my stories is comfortable silence. For example, I can remember picking blueberries on a warm midsummer afternoon, where the only sound I can hear is the hum of bees. No road noise. No jets. Even the birds have taken a break in the hot hours. And I feel comfortable and safe among the alternating sunshine and shadows of the bushes.

Yet there are so many people that hate being alone with themselves- that feel uneasy without something electronic to distract them - that I sometimes struggle to convey the peace that can accompany such quietude.

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