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  1. If we could get slightly back on track - what I really want is a satisfactory explanation of these two (as I see them) flaws in Jesus' character as laid out in scripture- Christ using miraculous power to wither a tree out of (it would seem) spite- Christ talking in parables for fear that people might understand him instead of speaking plainly so that more people would understand himwhich I don't think have been answered anywhere
    Certainly. And, as I've stated before, what I'm about to say are my own views and interpretations and I DO NOT claim to "know" the answers, and I DO NOT claim to be right, I can only try my best to explain how I feel.The speaking in parables part is definitely a huge point of interest for me. I, too, sometimes question why God(and Jesus Christ) would not want all the souls of mankind saved and forgiven. I think that Christ speaks in parables because Heaven is a reward, not a right(think of that old cliche line in all teenage sitcoms, where the parents explain to the kids that driving is a "privilege"). I believe that you achieve this reward by having faith in God, living a good life, and when you do sin(which as humans, is inevitable every day) that you simply take responsibility for your actions by asking for forgiveness. The basic principle of Christ speaking in parables is that in order to enjoy the rewards of Heaven, you have to have faith in him, even when everything isn't clear. For some of you, that is not okay, and I understand. I have some comments on the Fig Tree story, however, I'd like to go back and reread the chapter before I make any remarks. Anyways, those are just my views on the subject. I tend to have some weird views on religion in general(which is another discussion for another day), so I wouldn't be too surprised if noone agrees with me. also, to ChrisUK: Though probably not directed specifically at me, I appreciate the comment about this thread being a good discussion, glad I could contribute something to the forum.
  2. I think you can learn a lot of abstract concepts from High Stakes Poker, the biggest one being relying on reads and analyzing your opponents moreso than your own. That's why they play a lot of hands kind of goofy, and that's also why playing some of the hands exactly like Daniel, or Gus, or Barry, or Doyle etc. may not be profitable in a much lower stakes game. If your interested, listen to the episode of The Circuit with guest Max Pescatori. He doesn't go into much of it, but he does talk briefly about sweating Jen Harmon(sp?) in the big game, and how different it was from normal play. My favorite quote is when Joe Sebok adds a little bit about sweating Barry, and Barry plays some hand really weird, wins a huge pot, then turns over to Joe and says "Don't ever play like that."

  3. I posted this in the tournament forum but didn't get any responses. I was wondering if someone could list some good blind structures for:Heads up NL/PL flop gamesHeads up Limit flop games(which probably isn't different than the first?)Heads up Limit Stud gamesHeads up Limit/NL draw gamesMy friend and I are going to play a bunch of heads up sit-n-gos in a bunch of different games and I don't know really how to set up the blind structures for all the games, especialy Stud.

  4. My friend and I are planning on playing a bunch of heads-up sit n gos in a lot of different games and I need to know what a good blind structure would be for:HU NL flop gamesHU Limit flop gamesHU Stud Games(this is a big one, because I don't really know how to adjust the antes and bring ins and all that)

  5. I don't think any right minded person would disagree with some of the way cool stuff that Jesus said: in Matthew 5, for example, he says:- blessed are the poor, mourners, the meek, the hungry, the merciful, the peacemakers and the persecutedall good. But then he saysMatthew 5:17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.He is coming to fulfill the law (OT law). Yowch. I'm not down with that, J-Boy. And in the next 2 passages he says you cannot change those laws. And what's up withMatthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.Matthew 5:30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.Those are teachings I don't believe benefit us. Do you think we should learn and incorporate all of the teachings or just some?
    You bring up some really good points, and I don't even pretend to have all the answers. I'm glad you brought up Matthew 5, because that's one of the biggest things I had in mind when I made this thread. Those last two passages you brought up, in all honesty, confuse the crap out of me. The one thing I've been able to come up with in my own mind(and I'm sure I'll catch a lot of flack for this) is that the passages stand to teach people about sacrificing worldy desire and temptation in order to keep your whole body and soul spiritually clean(which if you don't believe Jesus is the son of God and don't believe in an afterlife, these wouldn't really mean much to you) I think this message is a good one for Christians, and it can be applied to much larger aspects of human behavior, the biggest one in my mind being sexual desire.As far as your last question, I think using all of his teachings would be a little extreme, mainly because I don't try and convert people to Christianity, and some of his teachings deal explicitly with worship and how to keep your soul clean for the afterlife. I think Matthew 5 specifically contains a lot of great ideals that could benefit a lot of people greatly, regardless of their views on the afterlife, but obviously not all of the ideas(when presented solely as philosophy and not the basis of a religion so to speak) apply to all people. wow, that was very long-winded, sorry for that. I'd also like to thank you for bringing up some great points and making this into a somewhat interesting discussion. And thanks to everyone else who gave some great responses without reverting to attacks.
  6. This was an idea I had a while ago and I thought maybe you guys would enjoy discussing it.and*gasp*it has nothing to do with whether or not God exists.There are already too many threads for discussing that.My idea is: Regardless of your beliefs on God, whether or not you believe any afterlife exists, I think most people in the world(or maybe even everybody for that matter) could benefit a lot from learning and incorporating the teachings of Jesus Christ into their life.

  7. okay.wow.I'm a Christian and even I think this thread is ridiculous. zzz: No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to prove your case. There is no evidence of life after death. Think about it, if there was some hard evidence for life after death, why would there still be so many atheists? Do I believe in life after death? Sure I do, but to claim that there is evidence for it is just stupid. I used to wonder why so many people disliked Christians, and tried to prove them wrong every waking moment. Personally, I very much keep to myself with my beliefs, I just try to live my life the best way I can and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I don't claim to know everything about the Bible, or God, or the Universe, but I have my own beliefs and I'm okay with that. I can certainly see now why some people would be so adamant about disproving if you keep encountering people like zzz.

  8. The United States has some of the most confusing foreign policy ever. What sense does it make to invade a country, remove their leader, and stay in that country at war for years and years under the pretense that their former leader may or may not have had weapons of mass destruction, and may or may not have attacked us if we didn't do anything; but, when a real situation is going on where thousands upon thousands of people are dying each month, and we have the power to do something..I don't know what exactly..but something, and we do absolutely nothing? I don't have all the answers(or any for that matter), and I don't claim to, I just feel like it doesn't make any sense. It makes me a little more than upset that more people in the US don't find this situation at all unsettling. Like I said, I don't know what exactly can be done(and to be honest, I don't fully support war of any kind) but these are evil people, and something NEEDS to be done about this situation. I'll never fully understand how the President can pat himself on the back for the Iraq situation while letting this just happen. Never.

  9. In the episode where Meg makes the flag-girl squad, at the end of the episode after she's left the party, Quagmire shows up:*Quagmire rings the doorbell**Teenage Girl opens the door*"Hey there, sweetie. How old are you?""16""18? You're First""MOM!""I like where this is going. giggidy giggidy giggidy"

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