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  1. Unfortunately, Thor would not be able to help him when it comes to the judgement seat of Yahweh, the last time we someone used a false god to go against Yahweh didn't end to well - recall the story of Elijah (1 Kings 18)? Technically a hares not having a chance in a den of foxes. Matthew simply exposed himself for siding with the goddess Ceres, likewise, to him siding with the other false gods, Tammuz and Saturnila, as past discussions show. That being said, mainstream Christians always want to justify Un-Christian practices. The baffling thing is, WHY?
  2. My response was not directed to the Thor comment, it was regarding something else. This just shows your ignorance, and it shows how you, among the mainstream, do who propose yourself as Christian, cater to traditions of men. As far as I know JWs do not consider Yah as a pagan God, however, they consider, like the rest of us, you should be among the fold, that the pagan god in question concerning Thanksgiving us all about. In short, concerning what @4Jah2me, the issue here is not with having dinner, the issue is primarily on observance of paganism. You and 4Jah can fool around, but a serious man of God doesn't mess around or succumb to lukewarmness in situations like this, more so, giving ammunition to people like Jack Ryan to clown Christians. True Christians recognize that we do not need one day or a government issue day to give praise to God, for Christians praise and thank God everyday, however, we should not be like the Romans, to interject paganism into Christianity. Concerning Thanksgiving, it is an annual harvest that stems from a very old tradition known to man. Thanksgiving was celebrated originally in early October as some would say by the Romans and on that holiday, the celebration was solely dedicated to The Goddess of Harvest, Ceres (which I mentioned this to you before, but evidently, you shy away from it), in addition, the holiday itself to it's very roots is called Cerelia (not to be confused with Floralia) - An ancient Roman religion, the Cerealia, was the major festival celebrated for the grain goddess Ceres. It was held for seven days from mid to late April, but the dates of said celebration are uncertain. Eventually, the Christians who took favor it such eventually took over the Roman holiday and it soon became a well established tradition in England, where some of the Roman customs, as well as Roman rituals for this day were observed. Also as a side note, the King of England proclaimed days of thanksgiving during the American Colonial Period, and in doing so without the influence of either the Pilgrims or Puritans. Now it is not unknown to anyone that JWs as well as the Restorationist community do not celebrate pagan festivities, more so, perhaps use to do so until they discovered it's roots vs. earlier Christians who knew not to mess around with paganism, let alone show some form of observance of such days. As for us, majority of us Unitarians do not partake in such things, and in my case, the culture I grew up in, such observance is discouraged and frowned upon, to please God we do not partake in the sins of what some traditions bring, so to speak, therefore, it is wrongful in the eyes of God, for a Christian, to incorporate anything originally used for pagan worship and practices and combine true religious worship to Yahweh and or related activities concerning Christian practices. Information of the Goddess of the Harvest, or Thanksgiving - Ceres What is, and I quote you You are right, and your own words points the arrows in your direction. You say you are a Christian, numerous times, but now we see a foolish display of hypocrisy on your part (this isn't the first time), and using JWs as a shield will not help you at all, so that JW badge, pin or whatever I figuratively removed from you and casted it aside, in addition, without said shield and appeal to motive, the Bible can now be used against you and your spirit can be tested (1 John 4:1). To be blunt, God, you know, the one you said you pray to, tells us "clearly" in the following verse Exodus 20:3 - You shall have no other gods before me. So we see here, God is very clear, you have a good reading comprehension, I am sure you can read this clearly. God tells us that we should not have ANY other God besides him, and no, it is not just a single verse, that would be way too easy, this is stated numerous times, countless times in Scripture concerning God Yahweh and false gods, take a read at the good book, knock yourself out - https://www.openbible.info/topics/worship_of_false_gods Let's not forget about what Jesus said to Satan as well (Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8) Jesus said to serve only who? Yahweh, the God of Jesus, the God of me, the God of you. Question to you, if you partake in the festivities of Ceres, no matter how hard you try to Christianize it, how to do think God views what you are doing? Let's continue to unravel your hypocrisy... Next verse. Amos 5:21 - I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Now, The Most High, Yahweh, clearly do not show approval for festivities that has roots connected in the soil of false religious practices that condone conduct, i.e. paganism... We shouldn't be dwelling in unclean things (2 Corinthians 6:17). As Christians, we should be against such things, upright even, and profess the truth of the gospel to those that either do not know any better and or lost in the seas conjured up by the Great Harlot Babylon. For if people like Apostle Paul and countless others can stand up to what is wrong, what is preventing you from doing the same? That being said, you can clown people with your idiocy, but you cannot clown God for showing who you are, and a 3rd time, I was right to include you among mainstream Christianity due to the fact you think such a practice is OK... Reasons why True Christianity will ALWAYS be above mainstream Christianity, for we not only know the teachings and the Scripture and what Jesus had taught about the gospel and God, but we do so much in our power to put the application, hence, that is what makes US Christians. I leave you with this - Who are you for: Yahweh or Ceres? There's no middle ground, which you should know - It's mentioned in the Bible itself. I know where I stand, but you, you do not have any type of holy ground to stand on. If anyone is committing blasphemy - it is you, in this regard. Clearly no explanation and or refute to something that you know to be indefensible. Your so called spirit has been tested... "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world."
  3. @Jack Ryan You know, I asked you nearly a year ago pertaining to your so called findings, and still you have nothing. I am making this response because there was a debate where your information was called up exactly and your findings are unfounded. This goes back to what I had said about some Atheists, such ones like yourself, to convey without no repercussion of what comes next. That being said, the attempt was nothing more but a mirror to a Walmart version of David Wood.
  4. Unfortunately, the shunning command is indeed a practice of the church, entrusted to it.
  5. Political Theater has reached a clown world level of ridiculousness, and the Democrats are snowflakes, whoa re easily triggered by memes, especially the recent one concerning Marvel's Endgame. The powers that be will always defend their own in our to continue the trek of the conquest of peace and security.
  6. I hope you have this same energy in front of the judgement seat of God concerning such practices. I'm a Biblical Unitarian, not masquerading anything. Then again, Trinitarians, no, mainstream Christians, will say things because they cannot backup their case at times. This goes back to the Acts 10 thread where I was in the right to put you with the collective that cherry pick twist scripture for man's war. That being said, partaking in festivities that have such connections isn't doing glory to God at all. You know this, perhaps, but I doubt you care. Take a good read of 1 Corinthians 9 concerning Apostle Paul. You are incorrect. The problem is the celebration itself concerning it's connection to false god(s) and practices, and the act of partaking in such an event. Clearly the history of such an event is perhaps unknown to you. The decision is left for you, you side with Yah or you side with the deceiver, no middle ground. One thing I like to point out is some Americans do not know how to clean their food. No cleansing, no nothing. Which results in blood and or chemicals in the food. One thing that cannot be deterred is what is fed to the livestock, in which are used as food sources.
  7. Or sin, be it willfully and or someone struggling to combat it. A constant battle man faces everyday, even young ones. In this day and age, it has become more serious over time due to the oddities and ideologies and conduct now acceptable today. Young ones are more effective because of the school systems now integrating some things you wouldn't catch yourself talking to your family about on the dinner table. That being said, we must not simply get use to it, we must always be ready to dodge the incoming jab of sin, and should we be it, do we stand up and dodge and fight against the urge of sin or do we simply lay there and allow sin to be unhinged and lay out an unspeakable amount of hay-makers to secure a victory? Do not let sin win, do everything to fight against it, and should it win, do not give up, push it back.
  8. @AlanF The thing is about translations, if it lines up with our earliest manuscripts and our Strong's, it is in the clear regardless of language, however, if something is off, and does not match and or line up, then textual criticism and or such pertaining to it, and or similar, is applied. I say this because there are those out there who do not believe the Scriptures has been tampered with centuries ago, and these same people take issue with such ones who try to restore Scripture by means of revision for the modern man/woman to read each to their own.
  9. You'd be surprise, should "some" guy goes give justification to go about an intent he or she sees as fit, but to others, as something drastically wrong, then you have a problem. We already have examples, whereas helping the people defend themselves have gone into the state of disarray and destruction in some parts of the world. That being said, Indiana Jones was only in the movies. There is another film, I cannot recall the name, I think it was romancing the stone, or something like that. But again - it's all in show business, real life gets as realistic as it gets; too intense at times, if I may add.
  10. The irony of it all, there were people who spoken loudly regarding this issue, and it is only years later, now people are concerned for the risks of vaping. The parents and the community needs to teach and educate their kids, and older ones who have kids concerning the issue to reduce more young ones entering into the realm of vaping. Solutions to the problem is always key to a sure victory.
  11. @James Thomas Rook Jr. You can eat to your heart's desire, but never do it in a way that praises Ceres. That being said, the bit about the shotgun.... I do not compute in it's meaning.
  12. But apparently, the opposers of the faith community says so, even as much to the point of trying to justify what they are saying by means of misusing a verse or two, in addition, also making remarks that insult God himself and or mock him and or his Christ. Yes. I gave an example of such a while back regarding smoking, whereas it is not in the Bible at all, however, such can, regarding on said example, can land a person within grounds of excommunication whereas they lose church ties entirely, moreover, the reaction from different church leaders concerning the situation prior to excommunication. It has not, for every church of the faith community have different elders and or pastors with different experiences and levels of how to handle a situation, for instance, back to my old smoking example, one pastor may have been struggling with smoking in his teens, and decides to counsel the sinner who is experiencing the same thing, whereas another pastor has no such experience and sees such as a sin, but later on, makes an attempt to address the issue. Mankind is a melting pot of different people with different backgrounds, surely every church has different people of such, by means of race, sex, culture, what have you although in the same faith, so the experience is vastly different. It is not just misuse, sometimes people go over Scripture to attribute to emotion and or feeling, to justify, which leads to cherry picking and other twisted forms. This is true of the Christ, but his church entrusted his instruction, and you have seen such ones, even Paul, enact such in the church concerning some folks, especially those who think they know things concerning the teachings. That passage is regarding Jesus helping out the man in the Sabbath, more so, that passage is of interest because there has always been debate if Jesus broke the Sabbath or not, even though we are under the New Covenant, people still go about such things. If anything, concerning excommunication and shunning, Christians are able to excommunicate, and it is deemed merciful to sinners and or those who sin. I would like to point out to you Matthew 18:15-18, as is with Paul's example in Romans 16. That being said, regardless of what the person is excommunicate for, there is as well as a window open for those who want to seek entry into the church, to be reinstated, and such ones who willfully do this, will receive help in doing so, as for others, on the other side of the spectrum, there is willful sin, and the causing of trouble, which will evidently lead such a person into the realm of Apostasy. @James Thomas Rook Jr. Didn't we talk about this before? I recall talking about the Second Amendment with you a while back. That being said, regardless if a man has a gun or not, his intent is unknown, he may be a good guy or a bad guy, but that is just surface information, I rather say the mentality aspect of such for another day.
  13. Alan must have confuse this with a different community, I forget whom, but I don't recall such regarding JWs or any Restorationist, be it individuals and or group.
  14. Their problem is not with higher education, the issue of the matter is that they want their faith community to put God first, adhering to the verse in question, Matthew 6:33. The misconception is that they detest and or hate higher education, the thing is, they are not ignorant to the fact that young ones need an income to live and whatnot, therefore must seek out a trade by going to a Technical School, some College and or Uni, etc, some youth out there are self taught and or abide by the trade teachings of their relatives. Another factor is Uni has become borderline "Communist" and the narrative of which they interject into the youth nowadays is a string of ideologies, political grooming, if one is not careful. And some of the college life is brazen and immoral, for any Christian parent wouldn't want to come to the discover of their child doing something immoral, let alone become victim in the colleges, i.e. real life experience, which I had mentioned several times regarding a late friend whose situation blew up resulting in her suicide, and there has been countless examples, especially the one with the case. Higher Education is both a blessing and a curse, as is, very narrow, should one not be as careful. Clearly, you have not scratched the surface of the realm of Uni/College life as have some who look into those things, then again, some of you, Atheists, tend to thrive in all aspects of such, ahem, the athlete and his father regarding one victim... That being said, it is usually women that are often victims in sex/violent cases in colleges and Uni. You either go there to study and work towards a degree for a decent job or you go there to party, and between the lines, there is and always will be consequences, of which the stupid and the ignorant do not know about. All and all, all you got is jokes - no solutions to the problem, reasons why such ones like Mr. Turner nearly got off easy, and those like him.
  15. It's not just JWs, there are Christians who do not celebrate Thanksgiving at all, as is with other Holidays that do not pertain to the Christ or the Church. More so, this day is seen as a Day of Mourning, for some - reasons as to such is written in blood by means of history. Continue to celebrate the festivities, if you wish, you can choose to serve the goddess of harvest known as Ceres, for me, I, like Jesus had stated, choose to serve only the true God, Yahweh - Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8. Which is ironic because a while back you stated you listen to the Lord, Christ Jesus... That being said, you have to be out of whack to serve and or worship another God because the True God of Israel, if others know this, and even JWs, know this, perhaps you should do the same, which was proven before, you are a mainstream Christian.
  16. So any evidence to this as of late? This is similar to how people accused Tom Hanks in the past, but do not attempt to share evidence of such claim. But from what I seeing nowadays, just as people in today's society uses sex as a weapon, it seems that they are doing the same for pedophilia. It is a shame of how something brought up years back is a reality to the land of foolishness and snowflakes, or in this case, the majority of Americans who ascribe to such.
  17. Same here, but the man is both broken and misguided, and tends to confuse himself at times, even though solutions and examples were given to him. But ill influence is what consumes him, and going about things as a blind man. But I do pity him, although he is as is he is, but the worse among all will have to be the Trinitarian, Cos, who spare lies and deception about the history of the church. Other than that, my concern was with his situation regarding the mentally ill person who he suspects to be succumbing to and or have dwelled upon pedophilac behavior. No information has come out and what he presented before wasn't a tab bit small. What is more worse than child abuse is child on child abuse, the worse kind due to the things involved. That being said, every group has the someone or a collective group that either hates and or supports them. Likewise to ever hero having their own villain, vice versa, the same can be said for people of different groups, institutions, even race if it comes down to it, in addition, such persons tend to go into the realm of bigotry, if need be.
  18. Unfortunately, just as Excommunication is part of the church, The shunning command is also in connection. Therefore, it is no surprise that the JWs are practicing such, as is such has been entrusted to the Christian Church. And I made points on this in the past, as is with sources. That being said, do as the mainstream has done, alter and or tear from the Bible itself of what is entrusted, then you can do as you wish, but at the end, the head of the church is the one of whom such a soul, regardless of sex or race, will have to answer to, and his God.
  19. Funny, but it will not work on a selected few, Mr. K being an example.
  20. That is a very weak response, but on the contrary – it is you who lack regarding the Gentile, Cornelius. I need not give detail about Cornelius because his history is widely known, and I do not pick apart his history to justify man’s way of governing all things pertaining to “unjust” war (or going with what you are conveying), of which you should be aware of, regardless, let alone comparing today’s era to the Roman Empire, which can easily backfire. You throw JWs in here as if the world has seemingly forgotten what God and his Christ is all about, that is, unless you show a verse that says otherwise – of which I am intrigued to see what you will convey. Cornelius (the Gentile) was formerly a Roman Centurion of the Cohors II Italica Civium Romanorum who was stationed in Caesarea, the Capital the province - Iudaea Province. Cornelius was one of the first Gentiles converted to the Christian Faith, as can be seen, by any honest reader, in the Book of Acts. Some even hold to Certain tradition that Cornelius became either the first Bishop of Caesarea, and or the Bishop of Scepsis in Mysia. Other things to note, Cornelius was one of the first Gentiles converted to Christianity. But the thing is, you are of the general bunch – the mainstream. Which is evident due to the fact that in the past here, you’ve have shown such display of such before regarding celebration of birth, charity, paganist silliness, as is with unsound claims, etc. – this is no different. You pointed out Acts 10 as if it is some justification of Christians going partaking in war, something of which we should not be partaking of at all. That being said, clearly you can see in Acts 10, Cornelius became a True Christian, and there is no history of warmongering after his conversion, likewise with his brothers and sisters, they know to serve God and follow his Christ, for they know world powers who commit to war cannot stop mankind’s problems, but rather, it is the Kingdom of God, and the one whom he has anointed to sit at the throne, the Lamb, that is, Christ Jesus. After all, if Christians did go to war, would it not contradict what is said in Scripture (Isaiah 2:4)? And yet the examples continue like that of a rushing river. Jesus commanded us, Christians, to not be part of the world as seen in John 17:16), and as can be seen, war by hands of man originates from the world itself - not of God, that is, if you partake in the "God" of this world, then that is a whole other boîte de pandore. Therefore, it is no surprise that Christians (some Jews and Muslims as well), are neutral, not taking a side politically, protest (Non-Reformationist) in regard to military and or political stances, etc. In addition, Christians do not go to war with other Christians - period. A man of Christ you are, you say, but something of this regard shouldn't be ignored, for just as God is Love, Jesus has this too, and since we are his followers, prophets, Christians, we display this quality too, for as anyone who takes Shema seriously, this is to be put into application. That being said, the final point, which can be made is this, when it comes to the issue of “killing”, it was prohibited, regarding the early church. Be the discussion of military service and or warfare, you do not see Christians partaking in such, especially when killing is in question. There is also no record within the first 300 years of Christianity’s rise that killing was ever a justification of things. The issue of killing was prohibited in every mention by early church writers. Whenever the issue of military service and warfare was discussed, Christians were prohibited from participating. Nowhere in the written record in the first three hundred years of Christianity is killing ever justified. Not even for soldiers. Moreover, to add on in fact, the earliest churches had rejected war and killing in all its forms, and spinning the clock once again, even in the days of Constantine, not one writer has ever said it is right to kill or join the military. So it would seem that Bible Study of yours would need to be evaluated whereas more focus on the facts over feelings in this regard, hence why I can make the point I made about you – the very soul who is among mainstream Christianity (which is extremely evident, hence other discussions, concerning you Matthew.)
  21. @AlanF Correction, fossils do not prove that God does not exist. To stop there makes it as though you dwell on things in the realm of vagueness. One thing for certain, some in the realm of science do believe God exist, and there is more than can be said. That being said, you'd have to do way better than that if you are stopping on fossils. Also I like to point out that Restorationist, as is with other Christian Denominations, and a few among others, are not Creationist. Only Fundamentalist/Young Earthers, and a few Conservatives, are as such. The small reason being is that regarding the Genesis Act of Creation, there's nothing conflicting with scientific facts that has been revealed, more so, the creation account is taking with utmost seriousness. That being said, it is very important to know what a Creationist is and what their beliefs is based on vs. a Christian and or someone of a faith group who does not ascribe to Creationism.
  22. And yet the Prism and South of Baghdad says otherwise.
  23. @AlanF Restorationist do not worship men religiously, despite the fact they too have pastors, priests, etc. Therefore, that claim is absurd. It would have fit the bill if any of them are not of the great awakening regarding Christendom. That being said, points were made here in the past of which can easily and readily can be brought up. @Arauna Unfortunately, no one really cares about pedophilia worldwide, for if that was the case, a lot of things would have been different. They also ignore the fact that pedophilia is a problem in which it invades and taints all institutions, as is with exploiting them. That being said, the irony of it all is those who think they know this world of CSA are the same ones who turn a blind eye to the child and or children turned into prostitutes, pimped out to the rich and wealthy and or some to the middle class, as is with the ones living in the streets being brought into that life.
  24. @AlanF Minority Faiths are not declining, only the major ones. As for the major ones, even to this day, it is being surpassed by some minorities, this includes JWs and Non-Trinitarian faiths, however what is above both major and minor faiths is Islam, whereas in the UK (and or EU), is is rapidly increasing.

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