Then what are we doing here? I’d like to think that my last ten years of studying English haven’t been a vain exercise and that words can provide a degree of healing when used in accordance with God’s word.
In short, the difference between a cult and a religion is that the former is based on blind faith, terrible lies, and an enemy the organization believes is responsible for the problems in the world that said organization is bent on eradicating to solve the world’s problems.
This can be accomplished by withdrawing cult members from the world, or members believing that one person has the truth, and thus everything they say must be followed. Members don’t even know what their organization is even about - they just blindly obey in exchange for an emotional need being met or the promise of something that is never delivered.
Not believing in eternal hell or failing to believe in the Trinity is not enough to make a church into a cult. @Miss_E3 A cult would claim to “know the real truth about the Trinity that I need to move to the wilderness to find out”, not up-front deny its existence.
So there is no reason to insult Micah and Noah’s church. There are actually good health reasons to eat beef/lamb/fish over pork and crab, as the former contain more nutrients needed by the human body. I would struggle with following this conviction simply because beef and lamb are more expensive where I live, and I much enjoy ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches. If Micah and Noah’s family has more means than I do, there’s no reason why they can’t enjoy a healthier diet in line with the Mosaic law.
The first requirement for riding in a self-driving car should be the ability to actually drive. All self-driving cars should have manual overrides in case of emergency. Period.
People have argued that in certain cases SDCs should kill their own riders or drivers to save other people’s lives. I refuse to place my life at the mercy of a computer. If something goes wrong, I have the car.
The technology of self-driving cars is a good idea because it would save on car travel time and lodging costs for long trips, simply because you could sleep in your car while it drives at night. However, if there is an emergency situation, the car should wake me up immediately using a sonic warning system. In an emergency, the car’s first priority should be to alert me, rather than to make a decision for itself that could result in my death.
Finally, self-driving cars should not drive themselves with no human operator onboard. They should be equipped with locking devices that prevent computer operation with no passenger onboard. This prevents hackers obtaining access to an army of parked vehicles and running them into, say, a building. See here: [https://this.deakin.edu.au/car-wars-at-what-age-should-children-be-able-to-ride-alone]
We do have a topic called Why; The Bible which would cover the ideas presented. However, if @Mr_E3 wants to make a topic on Biblical Hermeneutics to educate us, I would be happy to read it.
Including you, Mr. Faetrix! At this point, I would happily sponsor a full on brawl between you and @Miss_E3. My dark self wants to start a debate tournament topic especially for that purpose! That would get the meanness out of both of you.
proceeds to get shot by the forum moderators
Right now, my biggest problem is lack of time @Miss_E3 - I honestly don’t have enough time to watch the entire Superbook show and evaluate it in light of Christian truth. That would be a job for me, the Christian writer, I suppose. But until I get time to watch the show, I don’t know whether or not you can use that show as a debate source, nor evaluate how you’re using it to support your argument. It also means nothing to me at this point as a source because I don’t know what it is.
I should also point out that while @Miss_E3 has brought in sources to support her arguments, I haven’t seen any sources from the opposition. I do think @Eerie_Coppernight’s statement about Pharisaical behavior has some merit, but it would better if we had examples of actual Pharisaical behavior from actual Pharisees from the actual Bible to support the argument. If you’re going to debate, actually debate.
Otherwise, this topic will be about “Complaining about things that other people are saying that I don’t like” topic, which Faetrix has rightfully accused us of. On this point, we should actually listen to Faetrix. On the other hand, the way to conduct a debate is to actually present an argument, which what @Miss_E3 has been doing, and everyone seems to be angry at her for actually doing what the topic title says.
In other words, we should do what Faetrix says but not as he does, and do what E3 does but not as she says. That’s the point of this post, fox.
Granted, @Miss_E3 could stand to be a lot nicer about how she presents her argument, and more tolerant of other viewpoints, and also respectful of the fact that not all of us have spare hours to look up tons of research in a day. I mean, we’ve gone from Israel to sackcloth, the two witnesses, Greek grammar, the Trinity, eternal hell, self-driving cars, Christian anime? wow, I mean all this could take months for me to investigate and research properly. Maybe give a little time for the rest of us to catch up? Some of us have jobs and lives? Also, maybe you should consider applying to seminary. Going to seminary doesn’t mean that you’re becoming a pastor - many women go into Christian education. You could be helpful in reaching disabled children like yourself with the gospel! You seem to need an outlet for all of these spiritual topics that’s bigger than this forum, because you write post after post about theology with a stamina that amazes me. Theological seminaries are organizations to host these conversations. They exist for a reason. Some even have online courses if in-person interaction is difficult.
Meanwhile, I shall enjoy this upcoming duel. Pass the lemon slushies. This shaved ice is delicious, don’t you agree?