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Bill, So you've said over and over again that the Muslim religion should not be blamed for the radical policies that it promotes. No, according to you, individual Muslims are responsible for terrorist actions, even though every Muslim government on this face of this planet is clearly whacko and clearly promotes Islamic terrorism. But now you present the claim that the Christian Church would somehow be responsible for nuclear abuses because it promotes "dominion over nature." Bill, if you're going to admonish people for 'trash talk' against one religion for the actions of its adherents in places such as Fort Hood, then maybe you need to apply that policy uniformly. Wow, what an imagination for how the Christian Church is going to cause the end of the world by promoting "dominion over nature." That's why newspapers are going under all across this country. Precisely because of that version of 'even-handed' journalism. And Cole blames the Baptist Church because a Baptist, Harry Truman, ordered that bombs be dropped in order to win a war. I'm sure that Cole would have dearly loved a Nazi/Fascist world government, but most of us would not prefer it. It wasn't due to the Christian Church promoting "dominion over nature" that we fought to win World War II. It wasn't Christian terrorism either. That's utter nonsense. We were attacked, and we wanted to keep our free nation. We liked it that way. Go figure.
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The other issue is sin. Perhaps there are places that were never corrupted by sin, where the question of 'salvation' does not arise. Salvation from what? If there was another world where beings were in need of salvation, then God could become flesh and dwell among them, if that were His plan. Perhaps that would be God's plan, and perhaps it would not be. How would we know? Salvation does not come here through a person. Salvation comes through God. God became flesh and lived among us as part of that plan for the human race.
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It's good that you're questioning, Red. It means that you're interested. You probably did not know that Jesus is Creator God. And that certainly changes everything. The person of Jesus was God who became flesh and lived among us. But Jesus is no longer flesh, of course. If you come to God through Jesus, then you come through God. It is through God that you come to God. Who else would it be through? Who else could make such a claim? Who else could claim to forgive sin? Jesus - Creator God became flesh and lived among us. John 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." ... "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
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I think it is far more interesting to consider the possibility of other Universes, instead of just other life within this Universe. That's a far more interesting thought. Beings in another Universe could have different laws of Physics entirely. Time and space are part of the constructs of this particular Universe, but it doesn't have to be part of another. We could never know for sure if there was another Universe because we could not visibly observe such a thing. And anything which we cannot see and directly observe, we will doubt. But one has to ask if there are other Universes. If there is one, why not many? What are the laws of Physics in other Universes, and what are the life forms, if any? Thinking 'outside' the box of this Universe requires faith, because we cannot see there. The Bible refers to those who find God as being 'in Christ.' That phrase occurs over 50 times in the New Testament, and it is the Greek word 'en' which really means 'inside'. That is an existence in its own. And that is an existence worth contemplating. So how does one find themself 'in Christ?' First you must seek God. 'Seek and you shall find.' And a door presents itself. 'Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.' Others may not know to seek, but will be there after judgment day. Those who are drawn to the Father are sent to the Son. Nobody comes to the Son unless He is drawn to the Father. Jesus is the way to God. The Way, the Truth and the Life.
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Saying that nobody comes to the Father except through the Son is the same as saying, "Nobody comes to God except through the part of God which reconciles man to God." The Son is part of God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Far too many people interpret "Nobody comes to the Father except through the Son" to mean that, "You must know and accept certain facts about the life that Jesus lived while on this planet." Where does that jump in illogic come from? I can understand such naive assertions from atheists whose sole purpose in blog is to destroy belief in God. But why would Christians think that? God judges man through the Son. So of course everyone who comes to the Father must do so through the Son. And there is a judgment day at the end for a reason. Those who find God in their lifetime will be saved. But there are others who will be saved as well. They must also come through Jesus by judgment, as my Gospel declares. Romans 2 Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them. This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
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Jesus is not a man, Bill. Jesus is part of God. And that part of God became flesh and dwelt among us. Clearly, the only way to God is through God Himself, not through some man who was appointed the job of reconciling man to God. Your theology is incredibly weak on this, Bill.
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KCFreeThinkers.org, while you're busy examining the wrong choices of others, don't forget to look at your own choices. That's called consciousness, and it's related to conscience. You can overcome what happens to you in this "natural world" by making correct choices of your own. You can't make choices for others. But you can alter the future through your own choices. And if your example is a good one, then others may choose to follow. Psalm 19: The Words of my Mouth and the Thoughts of my Heart ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_65YH9LVuA
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The Fort Hood incident comes down this: Each of us has a spirit with free will to make choices that can affect our lives and the lives of others. Some give into selfish choices, and others choose to follow a different path of love. There's no way to know what choice another person will make. People who look for natural explanations of free choice won't find them. Sure, there may have been influencing factors, such as being raised in an environment of abuse or hatred, but plenty of people are raised in worse and they won't make the same wrong choices. Choices transcend natural coercion, and reveal the heart of a person. And we can't blame our bad choices on anyone other than ourselves, regardless of circumstances. Our consciences tells us that, too. Each individual has the God-given ability to alter their lives and others' lives through choices, and some people choose the cheap way which demands that others obey us or die. When will people learn that it's not coercion that changes people? Choices aren't determined by coercion. Even if behavior is temporarily modified in coercion, it is not lasting when choices are not made in the spirit. It is love that changes people, because it is in love that the spirit makes lasting choices. And each of us has the choice to offer love that will enable others to live in love instead of basking in hatred. A person who lays down their own life for a righteous cause has more power to affect people than those who threaten death to get their way. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ghandi and others have shown us this is true. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
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It is interesting that people are finally discovering that notions of God and spirit are obvious to all people, in all cultures, all across the globe. Is that shocking? Not to Christians Romans 1 "... what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." What *is* shocking is that people would think these ideas are new. It's not just written in our minds. No, it's written into Creation itself. Our minds consider what has been created, and guide our thinking. We can choose to believe or not to believe, but the nudging is obvious. Linguists talk about concepts such as the 'Great Chain Metaphor', which is not something written into us so much as it is something written into Creation. Our minds are drawn to consider God through understanding concepts such as the great chain ...... Inanimate Objects -> Plants -> Animals -> Primate -> Man -> .... This is one of the reasons that common spiritual thoughts appear *everywhere* throughout the planet. There are MANY metaphors of this type written into Creation. Is it NOT surprising that thinking about this world would point us toward higher thoughts of "God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature." And it is not surprising that these thoughts would be "understood from what has been made". Why would God do this? ANS: "so that men are without excuse." Hmmm, and I'll bet that people are collecting money for all this 'original research.'
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The Christians says that God created the Heavens and the Earth. The atheist asks, "So who created God?" The Christian answers, "God was not created. God is." The atheist replies, "How ridiculous." So the Christian asks the atheist, "Who created the Universe?" The atheist answers, "The Universe was not created. It just is." The Christian laughs, but the atheist doesn't get it.
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Religion is grounded in understanding spirit, the seat of our free will. The part of us which makes choices *necessarily* defies natural explanation. Indeed, if there is a natural explanation for a choice that we actually make, then there was no choice. The part of us which can alter the future through choices, and which has no natural explanation is called spirit. Spirit is more fundamental to humans than any part of our natural existence. It is through spirit that we are elevated beyond machine. Without the ability to alter our future through choices, then we would be voiceless backseat riders in a car whose path could not be altered by us. Is there *any* conscious human being who honestly does not believe that they can make choices which will alter the future? Every conscious human knows that there is a part of them which can alter the future through choices. That part of us *necessarily* defies natural explanation, or there are no choices. Everyone believes in spirit, even if they don't use the name. Spirit is the part of us which can alter the future through choices, but which defies natural explanation. Those who declare that *everything* has a natural explanation do not understand the consequences of what they claim. They don't comprehend that such claims rule out the possibility of making choices. Those who declare that *everything* has a natural explanation have an unnatural motive: they are so desparate to deny that anything superantural can exist, that they artificially concoct assumptions which inadvertently deny the existence of free choice of any kind! Those who declare that *everything* has a natural explanation are embarassed when called upon to answer the simple question: IS THERE SOMETHING A PERSON CAN DO IN THEIR LIFE WHICH COULD NOT BE PREDICTED BY SICENCE?
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So often I have heard people say, "Why does God allow so much suffering?" The reason that question is often so mysterious is that people don't put the pieces together for themselves: God created you, right? And he made *you* concerned, right? So if God created you, and he made *you* concerned, then what's the next step?
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Over the last decade or so, this country has really strayed from the basic principle that each individual has inherent worth, not because of what talents that they may have, or because of any standard which we set. Inherent worth exists because we are all God's creation. Evidence of that inherent worth is found in the commandment "Thou shalt not kill." Each life is sacred to God. Serving others is the way that we declare the inherent worth of others. If someone is worthy of being served, then they are as worthy as we are. If we will not serve, then we declare our worth above and beyond others'. The value of a person's life is not measured in the dollars that they earn. Is a school teacher or a police officer less valuable than a CEO of a major corporation? What is the value of a starving child? What is the value of someone who is incapable of taking care of themselves fully? We have enough wealth in this country to offer health care, but there are those who refuse to serve others with their earnings. Their value system is wrong. One person I know who is 60, diabetic, barely able to keep a roof over their head, was treated in emergency care for a kidney stone over a year ago and they placed a stint in him to pass it. The food he eats comes mostly from food programs, and he has an eviction notice. He now has another kidney stone. The emergency room won't remove the year-old stint because that's not emergency care, even though they say it should come out because it's pressing on his bladder. In fact, they sent him home with a 6mm stone, telling that maybe he'll pass it on his own. And if he doesn't? Will he lose a kidney?
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Interfaith dialog begins with the a common desire expressed in asking, "What is the right thing to do?" as opposed to asking "How can I please myself and get my way?" Asking "What is the right thing to do?" is clearly a common thread among those engaging in the Interfaith Youth Alliance. Too often people use their beliefs, their intelligence, their deeds or something else to inspire pride and ego that inevitably results in 'bragging rights' and in devaluation of others. Serving others helps undo that. Christians should *never* think of themselves as superior to other human beings. They haven't earned that right because of anything they've done. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." It is through humbling oneself, serving, and sincerely seeking "What is the right thing to do?" that Christians find grace. The KCFreeThinkers.org atheists posting here have often expressed ridicule and contempt for others that they feel are less 'rational.' Obviously, they measure 'human value' by bogus standards of rationality. And yet they have no corner on rationality. In fact they've been recently found to be among the least rational on this blog because they hold the logical inconsistent beliefs that (a) everything has a natural explanation and (b) they can make choices will affect their future. Obviously any real choice we make cannot have natural explanations, or that choice was determined for us. So they're now in a 'crisis of faith' because their 'human value' is 0 by their own standards, but not by *real* standards. Interfaith dialog must start with inherent value for all human beings, expressed in serving and in honest searching for "What is the right thing to do?" Cooperative serving expresses that value.
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Susan, You wrote, 'I haven't been hearing any of the Atheists here saying that we're all just "wind-up machines with no choices."' Yes, you have seen those declarations, but you didn't understand them. No, it's not a strawman. Each of the atheists posting here has claimed that there is a natural explanation for *everything* which happens. That is precisely a statement of the fact that there can be no real free choice or free will. If your choices have natural explanations, then you never had choices. Those choices were made for you because they were determined by natural processes. If you accept that humans have free will and choices, then you *must* accept that there are no natural explanations for the choices that human beings can make. That is basic and fundamental: choices are not choices if there are natural explanations for those choices. That's why KCFreeThinkers.org atheists who post here are in a crisis of thinking right now. KCFreeThinker.org atheists here not only claim that there are natural explanations for everything which happens, but they have proudly declared that they can make choices which alter their future. Sorry, but those are incompatible ideas. That's why there is a crisis of thinking for those overzealous atheists. They consider themselves 'rational,' even pride themselves on their 'rationality,' but their most basic foundational assumptions are self-contradictory. It really is a crisis for them. Crisis is the correct word, too. We don't which way they will *choose* to fix their illogical system of thinking. They could (a) admit that not everything which humans can do has a natural explanation (b) decide they have no free choice or (c) become overwhelmed with pride, and deny that their thinking is fundamentally flawed. It's a moment of decision. It's a crisis for them.
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Everyone intuitively knows that they have free choice, i.e., the ability to make some choices which affect the future. Those choices could never be fully explained by any physical 'law' or by Science, or they would be choices at all. They'd be determined in advance. The existence of free will is equivalent to saying that there is a part of us which can alter the physical future, but which *cannot* be fully explained by *anything* in this physical Universe. That's what free choice means. And that is what spirit is: the part of us which can alter physical future, but which cannot be explained by anything in this physical Universe. Atheists on this blog who believe that everything which will happen is determined in advance by laws of the physical Universe believe in fairy tales that no self-respecting Scientist would ever support. Scientists know that we don't live in a deterministic Universe. But worst of all, those who believe that their own actions are determined in the configuration of molecules, have no basis for morality. Morality requires that you can make choices which will alter the future, and morality holds you responsible for those choices. Without free choice, the only morality becomes "if it feels good, then do it." After all, how can you hold anyone morally accountable if they have no ability to do anything other than what feels good. Intelligent people don't buy into such unbridled hedonistic non-sense. Intelligent people know that we have choices we can make and, so, we are responsible for those choices. Pleasure is not the only 'morality' for those who deny free will. Without choices, that's all there can be. Everyone must think about their choices. It's expected. And, no, it doesn't always feel good to do the right thing.
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Each person has the ability to make choices which can alter the future for us and others. That is an amazing gift from God: a free spirit with the ability to effect change through choices. We are not merely hairy bags of water who must live as wind-up machines with no choices. No, we have been blessed with the ability to change things for the better (or worse) through choices. Funerals are a time to remember that we have choices, and to remember that those choices can make a difference. Some choices lead to eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Funerals are a time to remember that each of us has the responsibility to make correct choices, starting by choosing to ask, "What is the right thing to do?" instead of asking, "What will bring me pleasure and allow me to get my way?" It's all about choices, and the unexamined life of hedonism is not worth living, and often worse. Laziness, hedonistic selfishness in general, become excuses for wrong *choices*. They have "chemical imbalance" or "depression" or "don't feel good" or "somebody wronged them" or "they just don't have the energy" , and on and on and on. Extreme hedonism becomes so self-focused that the person will *refuse* to make right choices because they spend every waking moment thinking about themselves and what they do or do not have, and they never get around to making choices that result in selfless acts toward others. Good choices start with choosing correct thoughts, including believing that we can overcome through God's Spirit. Good choices start with wanting to overcome. You'll never get anywhere falsely believing that your life was determined before ever living it. Our choices are NOT determined in some configuration of our molecules, and we're RESPONSIBLE for making correct choices.
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Lynne, your version of Christianity is not grounded in the Bible. No, there is no claim in the Bible of anything such thing. God sees what is going on, and God can intervene, but God does not know whether you will choose to believe Him or not. He tells you that there are choices *you* need to make for yourself. And He holds you accountable for those choices. But He doesn't say that He knows which one you'll choose. That's not something he dictates. He gave people free will and the ability to chose for themselves. People often throw around words like 'all-knowing' etc., without knowing what they mean by such terms, and without it being grounded in proper theology. Your version of Christian belief is to real theology what popular mechanics is to real Science. You can keep insisting that you know what you're talking about, but you don't. You see, Lynne, if everything were determined ahead of time, then why would Jesus come? That would nullify any reason. No, God makes his *appeal*, but *you* must decide. Just because you make these claims over and over again doesn't make them true. Your assertions about such things are not true. Honestly, you don't know what you're talking about. You can go back months ago and see where I have consistently argued against such errant beliefs. Unfortunately, such non-sense creeps into the popular culture, but it's not correct and it's not backed up by anything. It didn't come from Jesus any more than the errant Catholic beliefs that you could sell indulgences to pay for sin in advance.
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Susan, If you believe in a human's ability to choose, then you cannot believe that Science can perfectly explain that choice. We're not talking about 'likely' here. That's not prediction, any more than probability is a prediction of the outcome of the lottery. Prediction is knowing *actual* outcome. What will *actually* happen? If you believe in a human's ability to make even *one* real choice, then you *must* believe that there are things which could not possibly be predicted. Not by today's Science. Not by tomorrow's Science. Not by any means other than Science either. If you believe in a human's ability to make choices that can change their future, then you *must* accept that there are *specific* things which humans can do which cannot be predicted by anything in this physical Universe. That is inescapable. What part of a person makes a choice, Susan? Well, whatever part makes the choice cannot be fully explained explained by anything in this physical Universe. It's not a machine. Believing in choice leaves you with the INESCAPABLE conclusion that there is something which is not determined by anything in this physical Universe, but which can influences our future in a manner directed by us. It is not random or undirected; it is a choice directed by each person. That much is true simply because you believe in human free choice. Christians call it spirit. Spirit cannot be fully explained by anything in this physical Universe, and yet the choices of spirit can change the physical future. You can call it whatever you want, but the effect is the same: free choice is equivalent to the existence of that which can alter physical future, but which is not fully determined by anything in this physical Universe.
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Your view of the God of Christianity as knowing everything which will happen is not found in the Bible--I'm not sure where you have gotten that idea, except through folklore. God does not know everything which will happen. For starters, He leaves the *choice* of whether or not to believe Him up to you. He leaves the choice of whether or not to decide to decide to follow Him up to you. These are individual choices, and He doesn't decide for you which one to choose. Free will is very real, Lynne, and free will is not free will if you know what will happen in advance, is it? God tells us that there is only *one* who stands condemned already. Does that sound like it's been settled already to you? The only people who have been trapped in obvious logical error on this blog are those who have claimed that they have choices in life, and yet believe that everything which will happen can be explained by Science. That is the position that the atheists on this blog have taken time and again in order to exclude God from their thinking. And that's why they have refused to answer my simple question: QUESTION: Is there something you can do in your life which could not be predicted by Science? Not a single one of the atheists posting have tried to answer the question because it exposes their conflicting beliefs. And that question is not nearly as severe as the real dichotomy between 'choice' and 'predictable.' That dichotomy, as I explained yesterday, extends well beyond Science. It is a Philosophical question that was addressed long ago. By the way, Lynne, there are intelligent athiests who avoid such errors. They just don't post here.
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Asking and seeking for "What is the right thing to do?" leads you down a very different path than asking, "How can I please myself and get my own way?" Asking one instead of the other leads you down very different paths. And it's a conscious choice that everyone has to make. One path glorifies God, while the other glorifies man. That's the clear difference. Jesus said that difference in motive changes how teaching is received. The one who will not bow down will seek to eliminate Christ, eliminate the Church, and will seek to be glorified by others. They will want others to bow down to them. They will want to gain honor. So they will tear and rip and attack, thinking that they are gaining honor for themselves. And they'll misunderstand everything that Jesus said, because the words of Jesus were written for those who were seeking to know "What is the right thing to do?" or, in other words, "What is God's will for my life?" The religious leaders felt threatened and less powerful when Jesus impugned they motives. They were used to be being served. They were used to getting glory, and they couldn't relinquish that power and glory that didn't belong to them. How powerful those who had Jesus Christ put to death must have felt. And how weak they look to others. That's the picture of those who try to claim that Communion is 'cannibalistic.' They crave the glory that only God deserves. So they want to kill off what competes for the glory that they crave.
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So how could someone interpret Communion as cannibalism? Because their motives are bad. There is no way that a person could read about Communion and view that as 'cannibalism' unless they're deliberately trying to tear down Christianity. It's sad that someone would think that they're gaining glory for themselves in tearing down others through deliberate lies and deceptions. They aren't. Instead they are exposing their own motives, exposing who they are, and showing that they're desparate for a little glory that only God deserves. "Look at me, look at me," they think. "I am much greater and deserve the glory," they say. Jesus was asked by religious leaders how it was that He could understand so clearly. He said that motive counts, expressed in asking the question, "What is the right thing to do." Jesus said that you'll understand the teaching with that motive in mind. You'll get it, if that's what you're seeking. Our motive must be, "What is the right thing to do?" That is seeking to do God's will. John 7:17 - Jesus said 17 "IF ANYONE CHOOSES TO DO GOD'S WILL, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own." Jesus went on to explain how you can spot error in people with other motives: they're glory hounds! John 7:18 - Jesus said 18 "He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him." Then Jesus pointed to the religious leaders and impugned their motives. John 7:19 - Jesus said, 19 "Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?"
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KCFreeThinkers.org, My statement extends to the broadest possible language that you can use, KCFreeThinkers.org. REALITY: If a 'choice' could be perfectly predicted, then it is not a choice. If a 'choice' could be perfectly predicted, then you had *no* choice. 'Choice' and 'predictable' are incompatible words. Each of us has some choices that we can make, which will change our future reality. That's free will, and everybody knows that they have some free will. Even you have claimed it, KCFreeThinkers.org. It's limited, but it exists. We know from a young age that we can alter our world and our own reality by choices. It doesn't matter how your try to recast this by talking about 'shaping forces' or 'external forces' or 'physical law'. It doesn't matter. If a 'choice' could be perfectly predicted, then it is not a choice. Accepting that you have choices you can make, no matter how few or how small, leaves you with the inescapable conclusion that there are things you can do in your life which cannot be predicted by anything in this physical Universe. Those things are beyond today's Science to explain, and will be beyond tomorrow's Science to explain. Nothing can or will ever perfectly explain a choice, or it was not a choice to begin with. Maybe you don't make choices, KCFreeThinkers.org. Maybe you are a robot, and nothing more. Maybe you are. But I'm not. I have the ability to think for myself, and to believe or not believe. My future is altered by those choices. I have some free will. Maybe you don't. But if you *choose* to believe that, then it *will* alter your reality. Make no mistake about it. The part of us which makes choices necessarily transcends this physical Universe. That is spirit. Robots don't have spirits. They don't choose.
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Everyone needs to consider this basic question: what part of a person makes the choices which alter their future? Are choices made within your physical being? If Science determines everything about you, then you are left with *no* choices, because Science would decide for you! I repeat: if Science determines everything about you, then it determines what will happen, and you have no real choices. You could not possibly change a thing if physical law determines everything that happens. So, if you believe that you can actually make choices which will affect the future, then you *must* believe that there is something which is not governed and determined by physical law, but which influences your physical existence. We call that spirit. Free will and the ability to make choices is part of your spirit. The athiests here on this blog have come to a critical crossroad where they must face their own beliefs. KCFreeThinkers.org continually declares that they can make choices, that they do make choices, and yet they believe that Science dictates everything that they can choose to do. They have reached a crisis in their thinking where they're caught believing directly contradictory things. This is why each person needs to think about what part of their being makes choices. That part cannot be governed and dictated by Science. Choices are spiritual, not determined by the physical. And each person needs to think about the choices that they make, and how those choices will affect their spirit which lives on after this physical existence ceases. Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now CHOOSE life, so that you and your children may live.
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Soldiers who have died did not cease to exist. If you have the wisdom and confidence to know that you can make choices which can alter your future, then you know that there is more to our existence than the physical Universe and Science. If Science and physical law could predict everything, then there would be no choices that you could make because all those choices would be determined by Science. So, if you believe that you have the ability to make choices of any kind, then you already know and believe in the supernatural which influences this world, but which is not governed by laws of Science. Everyone knows deep inside that they are able to make choices which will change their future. Contained in that belief is the assumption that there's much more than mere physical law. Spirit is that which transcends the physical, which influences the physical, but which is not dictated by physical law. Spirit is a supernatural part of each and every person. And *everyone* believes that they make choices which are not dictated by physical law. *Everyone* believes that they have some ability to choose to alter the course of their own lives and, so, everyone believes in spirit. Some are just not honest enough to admit it. Spirit lives on after this physical existence ceases. Our essence, our true free will, our free spirit transcends mere physical existence. Spirit does not require this physical Universe in order to exist. One of the choices that each and every one of us can make in order to alter our course is to believe in God and in His saving grace. We know that we have the ability to choose what to believe. The configuration of our molecules does not make that choice for us. WE do. Spiritual WE.
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