Good morftereven Shedigans!
a reply to: swanne
Very interesting. I will have to investigate Pascal's Wager a bit.
I came to the opinion a while back that atheism is also a form of faith. We believe what we can directly observe and little else. Since atheism is a
belief in the absence of something, it is impossible to directly observe a negative, yes? Therefore, atheism actually requires a form faith to
believe it it is true.
My biggest hangup with Christianity was actually not the death and resurrection of Jesus. If you believe there is an omnipotent God, and there is
life after death, resurrection is easily within the realm of those parameters. No, my biggest hangup was evolution and the formation of earth, the
solar system, and the universe. I still struggle with it a bit, but a wise Christian told me once that the Bible is not a manual for how
did things. It is a book about who God is. That's a pretty big distinction, and I came to the conclusion that if we accept God as described in the
Bible, it's pretty darn arrogant of us humans to think we can know exactly how God did or does anything.
a reply to: jacygirl
a person who saw coincidences. Luck was a matter of probability - raise your probabilities for a favorable outcome and you make your own
Now, I see signs. I look back on my journey of faith and ask myself, "How did I
get to a point in my life where I believe?!?"
I really enjoyed "Signs" as well, as I have most of M. Night Shyamalan's movies.
a reply to: TrueBrit
A vivid and perfectly apt description of extremes of the "helping a buddy move" spectrum. Well put, TrueBrit
. The preparation ahead of time
makes the actual move mostly trivial. Our one snag was moving a gigantic 55" hi-def television. There was nothing that could be done to alleviate
the misery. For the first move, it had to be carried up a switch-back flight of steps with oak bannisters. The slightest deviation would rip the
bannister to shreds, but the TV weighed about 300 pounds. It took 6 of us, including one friend of mine who was small enough to - at one point when
necessary - crawl under
the TV to get to the other side & help.
The last move? The TV had died. We only had to move a few parts of it.
Our last move was good too (Mrs. Shepherd is an excellent packer & organizer.) The one thing was two of my burliest friends come huffing and puffing
around the corner carrying our chest freezer on the shoulder dolly (moving strap). They set it down and start complaining about how heavy it was and
how hard it was to get it upstairs from the basement. I opened it up and said, "Guys, you know the plan was to take the food out
freezer first and put it in the 3 coolers we had downstairs, next to the freezer, right?"
a reply to: Timely
Oooo, Timely! "Elocutional" - good word, man!