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Debate & Discuss / Playboy and others
« on: October 22, 2010, 10:05:45 am »Message ID: 257787
Okay I have a question to see how many people agree with me and if you do not agree PLEASE tell me why. I am not going to debate you guys I just want to see were others minds take them on this subject.
Playboy, Hustler lets even throw in Playgirl. :dontknow:
These magazines do not bother me. I had a friend who said she lost all respect for my husband since he reads and looks at playboys. I told her that in all honesty its non of her business what he looks at or reads for that matter.
The reasons behind me not caring are very simple. Its a magazine, these woman are posing on their own free will. See the girls next door they actually started careers over posing as well as many other actress's and models. I also do not mind as this is just a magazine all these pics have been so done up with a software system that they honestly do not even look this good, truly.
What do you think? Are you against your husbands or boyfriends looking at these magazines, and if yes please explain why.

Debate & Discuss / Illegal Immigrants
« on: September 29, 2010, 09:41:38 am »Message ID: 245071
Two years ago an illegal alien (immigrant) shot and killed a United States citizen in my town. Now without going into detail of what happened to said illegal immigrant. What do you guys think should be done about this? Not just the killing of a US citizen but any and all illegal immigrants?

Debate & Discuss / Understand a J.W.
« on: August 31, 2010, 05:46:37 pm »Message ID: 229989
Mainly the threads are of Christians, atheists and one small and way out of context post on Pagans. I would like to get the thoughts and ideas on Jehovas Witness's.
For those who really do not know what they believe in here you go;
Jehovah's Witnesses believe in a single god, the same one that Jews, other Christians and Muslims believe in (God or Allah). They believe that God's name is Jehovah. Jehovah is the English translation of the Hebrew word "YHWH", which is known as the Tetragrammaton. They believe Jehovah is the most powerful being in existence and that he created the heavens and the Earth as written in Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" and in Psalms 83:18 "that people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth". They believe that Jehovah is God the Father, Jesus is God's son, and the Holy Spirit is God's power that he uses. They do not believe in the Trinity.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that only a small number of people (144,000, called the "little flock" taken from Revelation chapters 7 and 14) will go to heaven to be kings and priests with Jesus Christ. They believe that after Armageddon (the final battle of Jehovah against his enemies), God will give the Earth to the rest of the people who did what God wanted (the "great crowd"). They believe that God will make the Earth a paradise for them, and also bring back to life those who died in the past into that paradise. They also think that only their religion is true, and that good people willing to listen to God will survive Armageddon. They believe that all other religions (Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, etc.) are false.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that God made Adam and Eve, the first people, and put them in a paradise called Eden. They think that when Adam and Eve sinned, and God sent them away from Eden, and that people get sick and die because of that. They believe that the purpose of Jehovah sending his son Jesus Christ to die was to make a way for humans to get back the paradise that Adam and Eve lost and restore them to perfect health and life.

Off-Topic / Real housewives of New Jersey
« on: August 30, 2010, 06:18:18 pm »Message ID: 229355
Who else is waiting for the reunion show????

Off-Topic / Chocolate touch phone
« on: August 29, 2010, 07:21:07 pm »Message ID: 228791
Does anyone else have this type of phone or any kind of touch phone? My husband bought me one from a friend in hopes that I might like and switch our plan over to this which is with Verizon I have never used Verizon and wondering if anyone could tell me anything about them and the touch phones? So far since I do not have a contract yet I have played around with the video camera and camera and it has great quality. But im still skeptical if I should switch carriers or not. Im with AT&T right now.

Debate & Discuss / What do you think of Zecharia Sitchin?
« on: August 25, 2010, 08:19:25 pm »Message ID: 226286
The work of Zecharia Sitchin is based on clay tablets that were found in modern day Iraq (Sumeria). These are the some of oldest recorded writings known to man.
If anyone has actually read hes work or seen hes videos please tell me what you think. My husband reads hes books and finds them very interesting. I on the other hand am wishy washy about the whole points made by him.

Debate & Discuss / What do you think, Is ignorance bliss??
« on: August 24, 2010, 08:22:40 pm »Message ID: 225801
Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is simply that, Ignorance. One can't claim that just because a person is ignorant they are happy. In fact, I believe it's the opposite. A truly ignorant person can't ever achieve true happiness, because part of happiness is the acceptance of life's experiences (both positive and negative). The ignorant haven't had, or don't understand these experiences, and therefore have not had the chance to arrive at the conclusion of acceptance. Furthermore, true ignorance is in most cases temporary. It may last for years, or even decades, but the majority of people do not live their entire lives in a state of ignorance. Instead, they at some point arrive at a sort of 'epiphany' of one kind or another. For a person who has lived up to this time in ignorance, this would come as quite a shock and would probably have more of an effect than it would on a less ignorant person. In this regard, when thinking about the long term, ignorance is actually an inhibitor of bliss, not a cause. While the ignorant may feel happy for a time, they are actually just unaware of the things that suppress bliss, meaning, they are not truly happy, simply ignorant.

Debate & Discuss / Why do Christians hate atheists?
« on: August 23, 2010, 06:47:26 pm »Message ID: 225084
Why do Christians hate atheists?
Why should Christians hate atheists for not believing in their god? Perhaps "hate" is too strong a word in some cases (though appropriate in others), but the simple fact is that Christians do look with considerable animosity toward people who do not subscribe to the idea that there is a god looking down upon Earth, he sent himself as a human to die for mankind's sins, and the only way to heaven is to accept him as a savior.

This kind of animosity surfaces as anything from avoidance & distrust to outright hatred toward the nonbeliever. Yet, why is this necessary? I for one don't believe in Bigfoot or ESP, yet I've never encountered hatred or animosity from those who do. But when it comes to a religion such as Christianity, its adherents will cling to it and defend it against anyone or anything they perceive to be a threat to it. They definitely perceive atheism as a threat to Christianity, and so the hate ensues.

Yet, why should atheism be such a threat toward Christianity? Christians have many reasons for believing in and following their religion, and most have very strong faith. So strong, in fact, that they will believe that every word in the bible is 100% literal truth, including a talking snake, worldwide flood, and people rising from the dead. Things without evidence that if you claimed happened in this day & age, they would demand to see proof. But are they really so steadfast in their belief? And is their belief based on what they know to be factual evidence? If so, it's doubtful that you would see any kind of hatred toward nonbelievers.

For example, it's not hard to believe that the sun exists. It is there in our sky every day, warming our planet and giving life to every living thing. Yet, you never hear anyone say that they don't believe in the sun. Why is this? Simple, that there is ample evidence to show that it exists. It rises every day in the east and sets in the west (actually our planet rotates making it appear so). It has been there for the past several million years, and there's no evidence that it's going away soon. If you stand outside all day pondering whether or not the sun is really there, you can suffer a bad sunburn. Yes, we have evidence the sun exists, so nobody believes it doesn't.

Yet, if there were people who claimed that it didn't exist, they would be looked upon as insane. Their mental state would be called into question and they would be dismissed as kooks. But, they would not be hated for their odd belief.

If there was solid evidence for God's existence, there would be no atheists. Everyone would believe. If God was seen in the sky every day, anyone who claimed not to believe in him would be looked upon the same as those who would claim the sun didn't exist.

So this is the basic problem with Christianity, or any other religion for that matter, is that they rely solely on belief and not evidence. Since there is no evidence of God's existence, people who don't believe are not in the same category as those who wouldn't believe in the sun. There are plenty of logical reasons to not believe in God, but the sun has ample evidence of its existence.

This appears to be one of the reasons for all the animosity Christians have toward nonbelievers. It's not just the "if you're not with us, you must be against us" attitude, but perhaps because deep down Christians know that they don't have ample evidence for God's existence. What do they have? A thousands-year-old book filled with stories of talking snakes, global floods, and dead people coming back to life that was written by superstitious sheep herders who didn't have the benefit of modern science with which to understand the world. They also have faith. Faith based on this ancient book, and nothing else. This is a very tenuous position to say the least.

It very well could be that Christians, deep down, are afraid that atheists may be right. Yet they are too frightened to even entertain the possibility. Ever try to have an honest conversation with a Christian about doubts of God's existence? They tend to avoid the question altogether as taboo, or threaten you with eternal damnation for even bringing up the idea. But why is this so taboo with Christians? Skepticism is healthy, and everything should be questioned. This is how knowledge works. Yet when it comes to the question of God's existence, this is one thing they avoid completely.

Going back to the sun analogy, have you ever heard anyone afraid to question whether or not the sun exists? If someone told me they doubted the sun exists, I would take them outside and show it to them, and explain how our solar system works. I would not be afraid to touch the question. If they continued with their disbelief, I would write them off as a nut, but wouldn't feel animosity toward them. Yet when you bring up the question of whether God really exists to Christians, they get all spooked out about it. It really makes them feel uncomfortable. Usually the answer to the question is "God exists, that's it!" with no further discussion allowed.

If God really did exist, there should not be any problem with questioning his existence. He never shows himself to anyone these days, though he did in the Old Testament numerous times. In fact, the only time you ever see a sign from God these days is if a picture of the Virgin Mary shows up on a tortilla or water stain. What kind of message this is supposed to be is left up to the reader. But unfortunately for believers, such "signs" can be shown to just be water stains, or odd patterns which mean something only in the mind of the believer.

So if Christians weren't clinging to such a tenous belief system, there would be no reason for the animosity shown toward atheists. We would simply be looked upon as harmless kooks in the face of overwhelming evidence. But this is not the case, and ample evidence exists which shows that religions and gods were made up by man, not the other way around. Yet it must frustrate Christians so that there is so little hard evidence to show not only that their God exists, but Christianity is the one true religion.

So many Christians believe that all atheists are trying to disprove religion, or turn all religious people into nonbelievers. It should be asked that if there is ample evidence for God's existence, would this really be a problem? If one went out trying to convince people that the sun didn't exist, he would gain few followers. It's not true that all atheists want all Christians to become nonbelievers, but it may be true that most atheists want everyone on the planet to use logical and critical thinking, which would be a threat to Christianity or any other religion. Perhaps this is another reason for Christian hatred of atheists, and one reason a lot of Christians have a disdain toward science in favor of biblical belief.

It should be stated that there are many reasons that people of one group will dislike people of another group, and the idea of Christians' beliefs being threatened is just a hypothesis. But it is as logical as any other reason for the knee-jerk gut reaction that many Christians have toward atheism, and the main reason they are even afraid to bring up the question of whether or not God really does exist. 

Off-Topic / The world lost a great person
« on: August 14, 2010, 02:08:29 pm »Message ID: 220602
If anyone had noticed I haven't been on here much lately. My husbands mother, the one I have spoken of who had cancer, finally passed. I say finally because she is done suffering. She lived with cancer for over two years. The end was the worst. Its emotional for everyone involved. As she lost her ability to move by herself my husband & I stayed over at her house more and more. We all knew it was close. When I got involved with my husband a long long time ago hes mother & father and hes baby sister told me there was no N laws we were all family and with that I always called her my mother. I have so many memories of Susan good and bad but I know and no one will ever make me doubt that she had so much love in her heart. And she is truly done suffering.

Off-Topic / Metal Music
« on: July 19, 2010, 05:12:39 pm »Message ID: 209132
So to all my metal friends out there what is your favorite metal band and what is a great song by them?
My all time fav metal song is Syphon by Simon Says I completely love the lyrics and it pisses me off that in their prime they let it all go.
But when it comes to a favorite band I would have to say Cold which by most debate of some they are considered rock/metal.

Off-Topic / It's so darn hot
« on: July 18, 2010, 08:46:21 pm »Message ID: 208713
So here it is the middle of summer and it is freaking hot. I'm so miserable!!!
City pool closes to early around here!!!

Off-Topic / I have great news!
« on: July 02, 2010, 08:15:27 am »Message ID: 201049
I just wanted to share my good news with everyone!! My husband & I made our last car payment yesterday! WOHOOOO we own it now. Im so happy!! One less bill monthly!!!

Off-Topic / Want a good laugh
« on: June 29, 2010, 11:14:41 pm »Message ID: 199809

Debate & Discuss / Why??
« on: June 07, 2010, 07:17:46 pm »Message ID: 189480
Why is it every time something is posted its about religion & when its not about religion most of the comments on the "" thread has bashing of some sort or another. I think its very surprising to see some of your guy's posts when one minute you claim to be standing for something then the next your bashing someone maybe not on here but someone, with feelings. I think before their should be judgement or comments on people a little soul searching of your own should be applied when posting on some comments. Maybe thats too much to ask but realize your not going to get anywhere in life by trying to bring someone down.

Offers / Survey Picker
« on: May 23, 2010, 06:40:31 pm »Message ID: 183112
So everyone knows Survey Picker credits FAST. Just made $2.00 in less than 3min.  ;)

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