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I mentioned that seven New Testament papyri had recently been discovered—six of them probably from the second century and one of them probably from the first. These fragments will be published in about a year.
These fragments now increase our holdings as follows: we have as many as eighteen New Testament manuscripts from the second century and one from the first.
More weaseling nonsense.
It doesn't matter what kind of website a solid scholarly pile of datapoints is posted on.
The source and quality of the research is the key issue.
Interestingly, you ignore that entirely.
As you ignored those assertions that were plain point of fact.
Go ahead comfort your biases with layers of foam rubber and oligarchy orchestrated deception.
Folks have been rationalizing rebellion against God for eons.
It never has worked out well for them.
However, given the . . . character of . . . human . . . nature . . . it will continue to go on for some time yet.
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Perhaps you are unaware . . . that even in physics . . . the purportedly paragon of emphatic certainty-about-facts-and-measurements sciences.
scholars are hesitant--given quantum physics--to say a lot of things very emphatically.
Can you declare that light is emphatically a wave . . . vs a particle?
That's the nature of purportedly SCIENTIFIC scholarship.
Another fact conveniently ignored in your post.
29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Matthew Chapter 5:38
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Matthew Chapter 15:11
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but that which commeth out of the mouth, this defileth a man.Text
Matthew 5:39 - 45
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Putting your words and notions into my fingers is not helpful . . . nor accurate.
I don't begrudge folks their journey. I'd prefer to make their troubles less serious and less frequent from what I've learned.
I've learned that there are a few universal principles that are true for everyone and true in all of reality.
Those who reject Almighty God and His Word have always, in my observations and experience, suffered far more, over the long haul, than others. Some consequences are delayed. And sometimes the negatives are hidden under a lot of bling and money but that truism is as true or more true than the sun will 'rise' tomorrow.
I neither said nor implied that. My objection is that you are assuming others are looking for YOUR answers, when they are looking for their own.
You sound like you
1. think that I have no capacity to learn that a light switch in one direction results in light and in the opposite direction results in darkness.
2. think that I have no right nor capacity to share that learning with anyone else.
Are you suggesting that YOU ALONE are CAPABLE of figuring that out?
3. think that I have no capacity to learn that when one plants cacti, one can't harvest peaches from the plants.
4. think that I have no capacity to learn that when one plays with evil, ugly, dangerous 'fires,' one is highly likely to be seriously burned.
BTW, I thought you were one who wanted me to play nicer.
I guess it's not a 2 way street.
There are images of Lincoln created in his purported lifetime.
There are documents with Lincoln's signature on them, and written in his own hand.
there are thousands of independent reports that attest to his existence.
Some things are more reasonably debatable, to me than others.
With more than 3,000 hours of intense group process experience . . . I enjoy a vigorous, even intense, heated exchange as long as there's some discernible mutual respect for personhood on both sides.
In my region of the SW USA . . . farmers and cowboys tended to say things bluntly . . . often with flavor and bite . . . not necessarily personal . . . just being real with an aversion to pussy-footing around reality.
I have some obligation to be hearable. But the hearer also has some obligation to earnestly endeavoring to hear.
And, I've found from hard experience that even when I'm my most gracious and gentle, the other side as often as not will still be disinclined to hear. I'm not talking about agreement . . . I'm talking about hearing and understanding what was said/written.
The New Testament present two radically different accounts of the nativity.
No it doesn't. You have one story and then you have the other that fills in the details.
I bet you would howl if the Gospels were the same.
haha I really don't care that much about those fables.
It bothers me tho, to see some, in society being zombiefied from the brain eating disease called religion.
However, I rejoice in the fact, that they are a dieing breed!