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« Reply #1455 on: December 10, 2011, 11:18:05 AM »

Religion either unmoderated by or in concert with the secular government.

Think Shi'aria Law.

Not even that is "pure". Religion, based on a perfect deity (or deities), is still man's interpretation of the divine.
Man is imperfect, so religion cannot be pure.

perhaps it could be religion without a church.
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« Reply #1456 on: December 10, 2011, 03:13:42 PM »

Religion either unmoderated by or in concert with the secular government.

Think Shi'aria Law.

Not even that is "pure". Religion, based on a perfect deity (or deities), is still man's interpretation of the divine.
Man is imperfect, so religion cannot be pure.


But the deity is not pure.  A perfect deity wouldn't create something as flawed and fucked up as man.
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« Reply #1457 on: December 10, 2011, 04:42:54 PM »

How the fuck would "you" know>?
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« Reply #1458 on: December 10, 2011, 08:47:34 PM »

Religion either unmoderated by or in concert with the secular government.

Think Shi'aria Law.

Not even that is "pure". Religion, based on a perfect deity (or deities), is still man's interpretation of the divine.
Man is imperfect, so religion cannot be pure.


But the deity is not pure.  A perfect deity wouldn't create something as flawed and fucked up as man.
I don't understand what you're talking about.  A perfect deity would create a system that allows for self improvement...i.e. evolution.  Man is just a piece of the universe, not it's totality.  And the human race is continually evolving, as do all species.
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« Reply #1460 on: December 10, 2011, 10:43:34 PM »

If lego mini figs were to kidnap and hold a worker elf hostage, what would the ransom demands be?

"Buy More Legos" is the obvious choice, but I'm looking for more.

The answer is obvious.  Hookers and blow.  But since they are Lego's you can MAKE the hookers and it won't take much blow.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

On a more serious note, I saw the following question posed today during my run:
What is pure religion?

It was on the sign outside a church of christ, and it annoyed the heck out of me.

Religion without spirituality?
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« Reply #1461 on: December 17, 2011, 10:51:35 PM »

Why is it that when someone claims to like honesty, they still get upset with you when you tell them the truth?

If you ask me (a fat person) if you're fat, and you're fat, then I'm going to tell you that you're fat.
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« Reply #1462 on: December 18, 2011, 01:34:56 AM »

I think that's an artifact of Christianity.  The 8th commandment explanation in the Lutheran (and probably Catholic) catechism seems to imply that one should not only avoid lying about other people, but "go the extra mile" to say only good (or at least constructive) things:

Quote from: Luther's Small Catechism
The Eighth Commandment

    Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

    What does this mean?  We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, nor defame our neighbor, but defend him, speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.

The italics at the end are mine.

Understanding Catholic--and Lutheran--doctrine, the emphasis is on doing good works to counteract all the bad works in the world.  Think of it, outside of Christianity, as raising the world's karma level (and yours, in specific.)  

If you look at it generically like that and in a practical sense, it might be a good idea.  I don't try very hard good at it.  I think people who behave that way gain more respect though.  For example, a salesman who talks down the brands he doesn't sell probably doesn't get as much respect from you as one who recognizes the strong points of the brands he doesn't sell, but emphasizes superior characteristics of the brands he does sell.


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« Reply #1463 on: December 18, 2011, 04:41:19 PM »

Why is it that when someone claims to like honesty, they still get upset with you when you tell them the truth?

If you ask me (a fat person) if you're fat, and you're fat, then I'm going to tell you that you're fat.

Because they are lying to themselves about liking honesty?
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« Reply #1464 on: December 18, 2011, 04:45:08 PM »

honest truth is rare in my opinion.
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« Reply #1465 on: December 18, 2011, 05:11:28 PM »

Why is it that when someone claims to like honesty, they still get upset with you when you tell them the truth?

If you ask me (a fat person) if you're fat, and you're fat, then I'm going to tell you that you're fat.
I like to tell the truth. To avoid people getting angry with me, I try and tell the truth in a very respectful and passive manner so the person doesn't feel I am judging them. This usually helps.

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« Reply #1466 on: December 30, 2011, 07:05:03 AM »

Why are all the marriage announcements in the New York Times from people who are doctors and lawyers? And Jewish? Are there no honky Catholic garbage men getting married in New York? And I like sitting down to read a big ass newspaper on the weekends, got into the habit after living in the UK and reading the Observer, Sunday Times and Sunday Torygraph. Aside from the Sunday New York Times, are there any other nice heavy weekend papers I can plow through with a few pots of coffee? I hate those fuckin e-readers so don't even go there.
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« Reply #1467 on: December 30, 2011, 06:07:18 PM »

Why are all the marriage announcements in the New York Times from people who are doctors and lawyers? And Jewish? Are there no honky Catholic garbage men getting married in New York? And I like sitting down to read a big ass newspaper on the weekends, got into the habit after living in the UK and reading the Observer, Sunday Times and Sunday Torygraph. Aside from the Sunday New York Times, are there any other nice heavy weekend papers I can plow through with a few pots of coffee? I hate those fuckin e-readers so don't even go there.

They're attention whores, thats why they submit their marriage to the NYT.
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« Reply #1468 on: January 03, 2012, 06:02:54 PM »

honest truth is rare in my opinion.

Yeah.  They fuckin' hate that here. 
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« Reply #1469 on: January 03, 2012, 09:47:36 PM »

honest truth is rare in my opinion.

I dont believe you.
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