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    Ask a Theologian IV

    How did the Jews in antiquity measure the passage of days? Many times in the gospels Jesus says he will rise after three days. Here's a smattering of examples: Now since Jesus died before sundown on Friday and was raised on Sunday, I'm still having problems finding three days. Is the...
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    Georgia Bill Would Force State Taxpayers To Pay Only In Gold Or Silver

    I know what it is. I brought it up. It's a natural inclination to be offended that our government considered slaves to be worth a fraction of a person. It's ironic that someone would imply a group was racist by saying they would bring back the 3/5th compromise when the greatest racists in the...
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    Georgia Bill Would Force State Taxpayers To Pay Only In Gold Or Silver

    Just because it's real, doesn't mean it's serious. A few years back the state legislature passed a law mandating restaurants serve sweet tea, if they served unsweetened tea. (In their defense, tea sweetened by sweetening unsweetened iced tea is not as good as tea sweetened when just brewed.)...
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    Help for an atheist going to church

    Atlanta Journal - Constitution link: The Advocate magazine rated Atlanta highest. Evil? I've never heard that word associated with homosexuals. Of course I don't bring it up. Were you mentioning the veil thing to me? If so, I don't get it.
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    Help for an atheist going to church

    I doubt it. Atlanta has been rated the #1 city in America for Gay Friendliness, while being the capital of the Bible belt. They have a very large SB population and they are near ground zero for the Southern Baptist movement (Augusta). If by homophobic you mean SB think homosexuality is a...
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    Evidence for creationism, Part 2.

    Thanks for that. I guess I figured a mutation was limited to a change in genetic code during the process of reproduction.
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    Evidence for creationism, Part 2.

    Could it be epigenetics? Basically, environment plays a role on gene expression. I read a study a few years back where how a (preadolescent) rat was treated would change its appearance dramatically: fur color, size, etc. Apparently, there is quite a bit of evidence of transgenerational...
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    Ask a Mormon, Part 4

    Oh sorry, I guess I took it over the top in that last post. I was just checking if you wanted to expand on your previous answers in light of conflicting info, but that's fine.
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    Ask a Mormon, Part 4

    Apparently not. And I don't think they're talking about self destruction, but Jesus actually doing the destroying. I guess Jesus decided to throw the first stone in this case. What happened to grace? By the way, that's why most people don't regard Mormon's as Christian: different Jesus...
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    Ask a Mormon, Part 4

    I'm not sure why you are dodging this question. I'm trying to trap... I mean, see what Mormon thought is concerning salvation. The D&C, which I quoted earlier, clearly says murder is unforgivable, in this world and the next. Under that law, what would happen to a man who murdered himself in what...
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    Ask a Mormon, Part 4

    Doing the best you can is good; having your salvation depend on it is bad. Faith (perhaps evidenced by works) required for salvation is good; faith, works, ordinances, and law required for salvation is no salvation at all. I showed one example of law given in your scripture. There are others...
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    Ask a Mormon, Part 4

    Hmm... During my discussions with the Elders, my biggest question was, "Where is the good news?" For salvation, you have to believe, "do the best you can do" here on Earth, perform ordinances, marry (even for all eternity!), etc... - you've traded the freedom of the gospel for false assurances...
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    Ask a Mormon, Part 4

    Are you saved? In my talks with a Mormon, he mentioned salvation as an event that hasn't happened yet. (He might have misspoke.) Can you detail a bit your beliefs concerning justification (who does it apply to), salvation (what exactly it is), and glorification? Which are events and which are...
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    Ask a Mormon, Part 4

    When you consider early Christians, for example Paul - do you think of him as Mormon or more uh... nondenominational? I agree with the anachronisms - they're there. When I pointed out some of the problems I came across to some missionaries and their host who stopped by my house, the host...
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    Will you be upset with game bugs or an incomplete game?

    I agree. Civ4 was acceptable. Civ3, where large parts of the game such as aircraft were unusable, was unacceptable.
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