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3251  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The ARDA Survey (Part 8) on: December 01, 2011, 12:36:51 am
Actively seek social and economic justice--very important

Take care of the sick and needy--very important

Teach others your morals--not at all important

Convert others to your religious faith--somewhat important

Serve in the military--not at all important

Consume or use fewer goods--not at all important

What's your view on the following statements (strongly disagree, disagree, undecided, agree, or strongly agree)?

God favors the United States in worldly affairs--strongly disagree

God favors one political party in the United States--strongly disagree
3252  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The ARDA Survey (Part 7) on: November 30, 2011, 08:34:18 pm
Abortion under the following circumstances:

The baby may have a serious defect--not wrong at all

The woman's health is in danger--not wrong at all

The pregnancy is the result of rape--not wrong at all

The family cannot afford the child--sometimes wrong

The woman does not want the child--always wrong


Sex between an unmarried man and woman--almost always wrong

A gay/lesbian couple having sex--always wrong

Adultery--always wrong

Drinking alcohol--always wrong

Watching pornography--always wrong

Using marijuana--always wrong

Physician-assisted suicide--wrong only sometimes

Embryonic stem-cell research--not wrong at all

War--wrong only sometimes
3253  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The ARDA Survey (Part 6) on: November 30, 2011, 08:28:11 pm
Ancient civilizations such as Atlantis once existed--undecided

It is possible to influence the physical world through the mind alone--undecided

Astrologers, palm readers, tarot card readers, fortune tellers, and psychics can foresee the future--Disagree

Astrology influences one's life and personality--Strongly Disagree

It is possible to communicate with the dead--Strongly Disagree

Places can be haunted--Again, I'm Agnostic tword ghosts

Dreams sometimes foretell or reveal hidden truths--strongly agree

Some UFOs are probably spaceships from other worlds--strongly disagree

Creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster will one day be discovered by science--disagree
3254  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The ARDA Survey (Part 5) on: November 30, 2011, 07:41:05 pm
Is God a cosmic force in the universe? Strongly Agree

Is God concerned with the well being of the world?  Strongly Agree

Is God concerned with my personal well being?  Strongly Agree

Is God angered by human sins?  Strongly Agree

Is God angered by my sins?  Strongly Agree

Is God directly involved in world affairs?  Agree

Is God directly involved in my affairs?  Disagree

Is God a "he"?  Disagree
3255  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The ARDA Survey (Part 4) on: November 30, 2011, 07:38:32 pm
I witnessed or experienced a miraculous, physical healing--no

I witnessed people speaking in tongues at a place of worship--no

I spoke in tongues at a place of worship--no

I had a vision of a religious figure while awake--no

I felt called by God to do something--no

I heard the voice of God speaking to me--no

I had a dream of religious significance--no

I profoundly changed as a result of a religious experience--no

I had a religious conversion experience--yes

3256  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The ARDA Survey (Part 3) on: November 30, 2011, 07:37:45 pm
God--yes

Satan--yes

Heaven--yes

Hell--no

Purgatory--no

Angels--yes

Demons--yes

Armageddon--yes

The Rapture--no

Ghosts--Does The Holy Ghost count? Otherwise, I'm agnostic when it comes to ghosts.
3257  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The ARDA Survey (Part 2) on: November 30, 2011, 07:33:16 pm
Which of the following terms, if any, describe your religious identity (choose yes or no)

Born-Again--Yes

Bible-Believing--Yes

Charismatic--no

Theologically Conservative--Yed

Evangelical--Yes

Fundamentalist--No

Theologically Liberal--No

Mainline--Yes

Pentacostal--Yes

Seeker--Yes

Religious Right--No

Moral Majority--No
3258  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: The ARDA Survey (Part I) on: November 30, 2011, 07:31:19 pm
How often do you attend religious services?

A. Never
B. A few times a year
C. Several times a year or monthly
D. 2-3 times a month
E.  Weekly or more


About how often do you pray or meditate outside of religious services?

A. Never
B. Only on certain occasions
C. Once a week or less
D. A few times a week
E. Once a day
F. Several times a day


Outside of attending religious services, about how often do you read the Bible, Torah, Koran, or other sacred book?

A. Never
B. Once or twice a year or less
C. Several times a year
D. Weekly or more


Which one statement comes closest to your personal beliefs about the Bible?

A.  The Bible is an ancient book of history and legends
B. The Bible contains some human error
C. The Bible is perfectly true but not literal
D. The Bible should be taken literally, word for word


Which one statement comes closest to your personal beliefs about Jesus?

A. Jesus is a fictional character
B. Jesus probably existed, but he was not special
C. Jesus was an extraordinary person, but not a messenger of God
D. Jesus was one of many messengers or prophets of God
E.  Jesus is the son of God
3259  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Which Grunge band do you prefer? on: November 30, 2011, 04:19:34 pm
Help me out:

Nirvana mostly took Punk influence
Pearl Jam mostly took "Classic Rock" influences
Alice in Chains mostly took Metal influences

What influences did Soundgarden take?
3260  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Not supporting amnesty, but supporting letting people stay here legally on: November 30, 2011, 04:10:08 pm
Blacks also have a rather high crime rate. Getting rid of them would help as well.

Actually, whites comit the most crimes. And most crimes aren't street crimes.
3261  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: November 30, 2011, 03:33:30 pm
That's pretty good concidering Arizona is basiclly "The Mississippi Desert"
3262  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Opinion of the "Mad, Bad, or God" stance on: November 30, 2011, 03:19:53 pm
The NT tells us nothing of Jesus as it was not written by him. It tells you what other people thought of him or attributed to him, but nothing of the man himself.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean by this.  Do you consider a biography to provide no insight on its subject and only trust autobiographies?

Truthfully? trust neither Wink But the NT isn't an autobiography; it considers itself to be the revealed word of god. My understanding of the NT, in particular the Gospel of Mark is that it is an endearing narrative carefully crafted for the ears of the time. Mark was written as a conscious imitation of the stories in the Homeric epics which were as familiar to learned Gentiles, either through study, worship or the oral tradition as the concepts of Shakespeare are to us. In fact it was worse than that; imagine being told that every work of the English language had to be written as a mimemis; as an imitation of Shakespeare or indeed as a rival to it. That's what happened with Homer. The writer of Marks Gospel was clearly trying to emulate that literary tradition. The writer of Mark conciously tried to improve upon the role models of the pagan godes and heroes. Odysseus/Jesus as carpenter. Odysseus/Jesus as wishing to return home, have rather testing companions and so forth. Not really the topic to go into all that.

In short you can't trust the accounts of what Jesus did if you notice the similarities in the Homeric epics.

Well, what about what Taticus and Josephus have to say about Jesus?
3263  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Andrew Jackson on: November 30, 2011, 01:02:18 pm
The breakthrough for mass democracy that occurred in his Presidency ...

What does that mean?

His election was the first to allow popular vote.
3264  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: States by Region Survivor-Top Three!! Virginia, Ohio, and Texas!!! on: November 30, 2011, 01:33:46 am
I'd hate to do this, but....

Texas, so there can be an Ohio vs. Virginia finale.
3265  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: States by Region Survivor-Big Four!! Virginia, Ohio, Texas, and California!!! on: November 30, 2011, 01:20:55 am
Ok, Three Left!

Good bye California!
3266  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Endorsements of John McCain, George W. Bush, Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush... on: November 28, 2011, 11:37:11 am
What about Colin Powell?
The theme doesn't include him.
3267  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Opinion of the "Mad, Bad, or God" stance on: November 27, 2011, 08:40:29 pm
Jesus was either

1. Lying
2. Mentally Unwell
3. Telling the truth

when He claimed to be the Son of God. This is used as an attack on people who believe in Jesus' existance, but not His divinity, the "Jesus was way cool" types.

Opinion of it?
3268  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Michael A. Naso Institute of Comedy on: November 27, 2011, 12:46:55 pm
Why did this last longer than most of the Comedy Goldmines?
3269  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Will Ron Paul make a third party bid? on: November 25, 2011, 09:36:09 pm
How'd that work out in 1988?
431,750 votes, or 0.47%. According to this site.
Did he not get 3-5% of the vote in Alaska?

I posted his national stats. In Alaska:

5,484 votes, or 2.74%
3270  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Will Ron Paul make a third party bid? on: November 25, 2011, 09:21:46 pm
How'd that work out in 1988?
431,750 votes, or 0.47%. According to this site.
3271  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many people were at your Thanksgiving dinner? on: November 25, 2011, 08:31:09 pm
Let's see: Me, Sister, Father, Mother, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncle, Four Cousins (One was a cousin in law), so that's 13.
3272  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: States by Region Survivor-Big Four!! Virginia, Ohio, Texas, and California!!! on: November 25, 2011, 02:19:13 pm
My home state vs. three of the most American states? This is tough.
3273  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: States by Region Survivor-TOP FIVE!! Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, and Cali! on: November 25, 2011, 12:38:41 pm
3274  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your dream dinner (3 people, living or dead) on: November 24, 2011, 09:37:58 pm
I'm not going to choose anyone who lived more than 300 years ago, simply because I don't think it would it would be relevant or comparable to my experiences. That being said, I would probably choose political figures when it came down to it... while I would love to talk music with John Lennon, art with Picasso, psychology with Freud, and sex with Monroe, that's what it would fall to. I'll also keep my choices within languages I can understand.

Due to Anglo-Saxon tendencies, my choices would be Lord Randolph Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, and Otto von Bismarck. I have no idea how this would turn out; here you have three people used to dominating the room sitting at a dinner table.

Oh, and I'd probably invite Mint, Alexander Hamilton, and Xahar.

By Alexander Hamilton, do you mean Kyle Mercado?

Oh, and Nostradamus' three Anti-Christs: Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, and whoever the third one is. Let's say it's Osama Bin Ladden.
3275  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: States by Region Survivor-TOP FIVE!! Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, and Cali! on: November 24, 2011, 09:08:10 pm
It's a tie, we need a breaker.
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