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    Star Wars

    Ok--everyone knows about Star Wars--so you already know the gist of the RP. Basically, this RP picks up after the the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. If you would like to join, please PM me with your profile, a sample post, and an idea on how to fit your character into the flow of the RPG. Thanks. If you aren't a HUGE fan of Star Wars (like memorizing dates and details), Wookieepedia is an EXCELLENT source to get a handle on events, characters, and technology after the movies. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Basically, this RP starts when Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo are married--they have three kids (Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin). Luke Skywalker is also married to Mara Jade Skywalker, and they have one child: Ben Skywalker. In order for this to work, this story will take place around the same time as The New Jedi Order book series. (With one exception--Chewbacca is still alive in this timeline). You can be any character you want, but in the case of Classic characters (anyone shown in the books or movies), try to stick to their personality. You can make up your own character and have them interact with the Classic characters, or this RP can involve only newly created characters, with Classic characters playing cameo roles. It's up to you. As for Jedi or Sith: the entire spectrum of the Force is open to both sides. Generally, however, most Jedi stick with Light Side powers, and Sith stick with Dark Side powers--because usually either side finds the opposite hard to use. Here is a complete list of Force Powers, use caution in making your own (to avoid invincibility): http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Force_Powers As for the Character Skeleton: Name: Species (you can look this up on Wookieepedia, or make your own): Affiliation, if any (Smuggler's Guild, Bounty Hunter's Guild, Jedi, Sith, Imperials, New Republic, etc.): Age: Appearance: Special Skill (just keep this within the SW realm please, and Force Powers are not usually in this category): Weaponry, including fighting styles (again, keep it in the SW realm--it does include metal swords): Bio: Here is my character: Name: Jarrax Species: Leonine Affiliation: Jedi Order Age: 21 Appearance: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i195/kov...aber_battle.jpg The white Jedi Knight in the picture. His half-gloves and boots are dura-grip. He has dura-grip wrappings on his lightsabers. Depending on the mission, he can and does wear different types of clothing--Jedi Robes, Uniforms, disguises, etc. Usually he prefers to go barefoot because of his upbringing, unless going into extreme conditions--the pads of his feet make it very easy for him to be stealthy. His genetic combination of Leonine and Canine makes him very predatory and strong--thus being highly skilled in combat. In order to run at his fastest, he can run naturally on all fours. Special Skill: Extreme speed, when necessary. Jarrax can speed up his reflexes in combat naturally, or he can use his speed in normal situations--like running, catching, etc. Weaponry: Dual Blue Lightsabers--like the pic above--using the Jar'Kai fighting style. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jar%27Kai When needed, Jarrax can switch to Form II--Makashi, or Form V--Djem So. He has the option of using both lightsabers, or switching to one for more power. In addition to dual lightsabers, Jarrax also carries a BlasTech T-6 "Thunderer" Heavy Blaster Pistol on a tactical hip holster. The holster is attached to the standard Jedi Utility Belt, equipped with emergency food capsules, an A99 Aquata Breather, and a standard grapnel gun. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/T-6_Thunderer http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/A99_aquata_breather Bio: Jarrax was born on Savannah One--a colony world populated by the native Leonine species. He stands about 6'1". One thing striking about him--besides the white fur--are his icy-blue eyes. The name Leonine, given them by the first colonists, is somewhat misleading, as Jarrax is actually a Leonine/Canine mix--as the pic above attests. A Jedi Master visiting on a mission to Savannah One, found a young Jarrax, and, with his parents' permission, took him to the Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4--to study under the tutelage of Luke Skywalker, Kyle Katarn, Kyp Durron and others. Being trained in piloting by Luke, Jarrax is a passable pilot--though his real strength lies in tactics and combat, as well as sheer Force manipulation. Now 21, strong in the Force, energetic, and skilled in Combat, Jarrax is a newly christened Jedi Knight, sent on missions all over the galaxy.
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    Counterculture: Furries

    Before everyone gets freaked out and whatnot: A Furry is someone who likes anthropomorphic animals (from nature, movies, art, cartoons, stories, etc). That's the basic, most-oft agreed-upon definition. That way, if you like The Lion King, or foxes, horses, wolves, etc., you could be a furry, if you so chose. Most Furries are not weird people with weird sexual fetishes (they're there, but that's a SMALL minority). Anthropomorphic animals include: the rabbits from Watership Down, The animals from the Redwall series, just about every Disney movie with talking animals (though some differentiate between anthropomorphic animals, and talking animals, like cartoons), as well as were-animals. The Lion King, Balto, Robin Hood and the new movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, are perfect examples. It also includes all real animals (whether actually furry or not). The level of "Furriness" one feels may be a mild appreciation for movies, art and such, all the way to full fursuits (think of any animal mascot, and you get the general idea), or anywhere in between. That said, there is a difference between Furries and Therians (another counterculture group). Therians deeply identify with an animal or animal type, usually spiritually. Furries may do so, but the term "Furry" does not encompass such beliefs. The collective group of Furries is called the Furry Fandom, or sometimes just the Fandom. Here's an article from the Hartford Advocate (positive media coverage, for once): Hell Hath No Furries. Fact and Myth about Furries (plus another definition): Pittsburgh Tribune-Review From the above source: "Anyone and everyone can be, and probably is at least to some extent, a Furry. If you talk to your cat and think they care, you're a Furry." I'd just like to find out who is who--no pressure. Hey--any thoughts on Furries or the Fandom in general are also welcome. EDIT: List of media coverage, positive and negative: Furry Public Perception and Media Coverage
  3. Alright, I'd like to know where different people stand in regards to these three theological systems. If you'd be so kind as to state your belief and why? FYI: Both Traditional (Classic and Revised) and Progressive Dispensationalism hold to these tenets: ~Progressive Revelation: the concept that the sections of the Bible that were written later contain a fuller revelation of God compared to the earlier sections. ~Historico-Grammatical Interpretation: a Christian hermeneutics process that strives to discover the Biblical author's original intended meaning in the text. ~Distinction Between Israel and the Church ----
  4. I figured I'd post this, just in case there were people who were wondering what the underlying meaning of the story is. What follows is extremely common--one can find it all across the internet, as well as in various books. Mr. Tumnus, the faun, has been compared to Judas. The wolves--Maugrim and Co.--represent Satan's minions The Emperor-Over-The-Sea is God the Father. The Holy Spirit is represented by the breath of Aslan. The beavers and foxes--the Narnian creatures who serve Aslan--embody various virtues, such as kindness, courage, goodwill, hospitality, and others. The Deep Magic represents the Old Testament Law. The Deeper Magic represents the Gospel. Father Christmas, or Santa Claus, represents festivity and gladness. He only reappears when Aslan returns to Narnia. This is because true gladness and festivity only occur at the behest of the King. In the land of Narnia, there are different magical creatures (witches, goblins, werewolves, giants, fauns, nymphs, dryads, dragons, centaurs, unicorns, hags, ghosts, etc)--each true to their mythological natures. The key in Narnia is this: each and every one of them is subservient to the authority of Aslan. They may not /serve/ Him, but they do not (and cannot) operate without His permission. While each magical creature may or may not serve Aslan, their sources of power are quite specific: if they serve Aslan, their power comes from Him. If they do not, their power comes from the one they do serve (i.e. the White Witch, Tash, etc). There is one scene with Bacchus, the god of wine and festivities. He and various magical creatures appear and begin to sing and dance. Aslan and the four children are there. One of them remarks that they would not have felt very safe around such a party, had not Aslan been there to control it. In a loose sort of way, the Chronicles of Narnia form a fantasy version of scripture--retelling the great themes of the Bible in story form. For instance: There is a beginning to Narnia (quite intricately described in The Magician's Nephew) and there is a Fall (again, intricately described). There is a Savior (in Aslan), there is a redemptive story (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe), a tale about the challenges of the Christian life (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), and there is a Final End (The Last Battle--which parallels, in some ways, the book of Revelation and various interpretations thereof). Other Narnian books correspond to other Christian themes, of course. I've only mentioned the beginning, middle and end of the story. Lewis intended for his stories to be compared to and to teach the lessons of Scripture, as well as the need for the Gospel. He deliberately wrote his stories to advance the Gospel past "the dragons of the mind"--those elements of humanity which are vehemently opposed to the Gospel in any normal form. Put the Gospel in fantasy guise, Lewis thought, and it would sneak past the normal defenses against such. Besides this main purpose, Lewis also designed the Chronicles of Narnia to be fun to read, as well as reread over and over. He had a penchant for hiding different things in his works--which is why one sees so many people still talking about the world of Narnia so many years later. Were this not an introductory post, I could write quite a lot more about Narnia and what it means. I encourage all who read this to read the Chronicles of Narnia completely--I've never had the pleasure of being surprised, awed and entertained quite so much by one series of novels. Thoughts? Questions?
  5. St. Irenaeus stated "The glory of God is man fully alive". At first, this seems to contradict some theological ideas. No, we say, God's glory doesn't stem from man, God's glory involves Himself. However, this simply is inaccurate. Examine the statement first. "The glory of God": "glory" is honor, status, prestige, reverence, given to a worthy person. "Man": this is humanity, you, me, your friends, family, everyone who has ever lived. "Fully alive": to be truly capable of the utmost life--and in that, truly free, joyful, and walking in close companionship and communion with God. Now, we are all alive in a basic sense: we eat, we breath, we have a physical life. Some of us are alive in a spiritual sense: we are saved, we have had our spirits renewed, we have companionship with God. However, very few of us are fully alive: physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Very few of us are alive in our heart of hearts. Why? Because we have no joy, we don't expect joy, we don't think we're anything special, we're still shackled to our past wounds, our past deeds, trapped by strongholds yet in our minds. This, my friends, is not what the will of God is for us. This is not what Jesus died to accomplish. Joh 10:10 KJV (10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. A restatement, instead of "more abundantly", could say "life to the fullest" and be correct. What does this verse say? In the latter part, it confirms Irenaeus' quote: Jesus' mission (one that earns God glory, because of His love for us) is to give us life to the fullest . . . to make us fully alive, in every sense. So, that brings the question: if Jesus' mission is to make man fully alive, then what is the thief up to? What does he want to steal, kill, and destroy? Solomon had the answer: Pro 4:23 GW (23) Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it. The thief is opposed to Christ's mission. To try and destroy the work of God, the thief (or Satan) tries to remove all sources for that mission. He wants to steal your very heart. He wants to kill your heart. And when he's done with that, he wants to destroy your heart. He must, if he is to succeed, because /your heart/ is what God treasures, and what He acts through. /Your heart/ is what God lives in, if you are saved. /Your heart/ is what you use for belief, for emotion, for the things of the soul and spirit, and for thinking. The mind is a mere faculty, a computer terminal of sorts--an important and necessary one, to be sure, but the heart is the key to a man. Here's one revelation: Eph 3:16-19 NET (16) I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, (17) that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, (18) you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, (19) and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. 1. If you are saved, God literally lives in your heart. Psa 5:4 KJV (4) For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. 2. Evil will not dwell where God is. 3. So, since God is in your heart, evil cannot be there. 4. Therefore: once you are saved . . . you have a good heart. It is all dependent upon God--but you have a good heart. No more of this "I have nothing good in me, I'm just a sinner" mantra. It's destructive. Even Paul only said "There is no good /in my flesh/"--he did not say there was no good in him at all. But, what about Jeremiah 17:9? Look at the context: he's referring to an unsaved person's heart. After salvation, its a whole 'nother story. The human heart, unshackled from defeats, the past, wounds, and strongholds, made aware of its faded glory, is the key to Christ's mission of making us fully alive. More to come in the next post--stay tuned. XD
  6. Act 1:7-8 GW (7) Jesus told them, "You don't need to know about times or periods that the Father has determined by his own authority. (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you. Then you will be my witnesses to testify about me in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Act 2:1-12 GW (1) When Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Passover, came, all the believers were together in one place. (2) Suddenly, a sound like a violently blowing wind came from the sky and filled the whole house where they were staying. (3) Tongues that looked like fire appeared to them. The tongues arranged themselves so that one came to rest on each believer. (4) All the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. (5) Devout Jewish men from every nation were living in Jerusalem. (6) They gathered when they heard the wind. Each person was startled to recognize his own dialect when the disciples spoke. (7) Stunned and amazed, the people in the crowd said, "All of these men who are speaking are Galileans. (8) Why do we hear them speaking in our native dialects? (9) We're Parthians, Medes, and Elamites. We're people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, (10) Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the country near Cyrene in Libya. We're Jewish people, converts to Judaism, and visitors from Rome, (11) Crete, and Arabia. We hear these men in our own languages as they tell about the miracles that God has done." (12) All of these devout men were stunned and puzzled. They asked each other, "What can this mean?" PENTECOST. What happened on that day changed the lives of those believers--and the world--forever. ---- 1. What was it? On the day of Pentecost, 50 days after Passover (the one where Jesus had the Last Supper--yes, that one), Jesus' prophecies were fulfilled. He had previously said: Joh 14:16-20 GW (16) I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever. (17) That helper is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it doesn't see or know him. You know him, because he lives with you and will be in you. (18) I will not leave you all alone. I will come back to you. (19) In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. You will live because I live. (20) On that day you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me and that I am in you. In other words, Jesus said that He was going to send His Holy Spirit to help us, to guide us, to comfort us, and to never leave us alone. Acts 2:4 is the fulfillment of that prophecy. John the Baptist had previously said of Jesus and the day of Pentecost: Mat 3:11 GW (11) I baptize you with water so that you will change the way you think and act. But the one who comes after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Mar 1:8 GW (8) I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." Luk 3:16 GW (16) John replied to all of them, "I baptize you with water. But the one who is more powerful than I is coming. I am not worthy to untie his sandal straps. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. John the Baptist was talking about Jesus sending His Holy Spirit and making his servants ready for service in the kingdom of God--baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire. Don't be mistaken: The event in Acts 2:4 ( the Baptism of the Holy Spirit) is not the salvation of the disciples--that event was prior to Pentecost and is documented in John 20:22. The event in Acts 2:4 was the Baptism of the Holy Spirit--evidenced by the first physical sign of speaking in other known and unknown languages (that is, both human languages the speakers did not know and angelic languages no one on earth knew--see 1 Cor. 13). ---- What was it supposed to do? The purpose of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit--some call it the Early Rain, in connection with the next question--was to provide boldness, courage for witnessing, literal /power/ for signs, wonders and miracles, and to provide a greater ability to continue Jesus' earthly mission. Jesus' earthly mission was this, in His own words: Luk 4:18-19 KJV (18) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (19) To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Contained in that mission was spiritual warfare: to fight for the people of the world, to free them from spiritual bondage, to break Satan's power over them, and to destroy spiritual strongholds. ---- What did it mean? The Day of Pentecost not only fulfilled Jesus' recent prophecy. It was the day which ushered in the Last Days (i.e. the events leading up to the Book of Revelation and the renovation of the world). It was first prophesied by the prophet Joel, in the Old Testament, around 835-830 B.C. Joe 2:28-32 GW (28) "After this, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. (29) In those days I will pour my Spirit on servants, on both men and women. (30) I will work miracles in the sky and on the earth: blood, fire, and clouds of smoke. (31) The sun will become dark, and the moon will become as red as blood before the terrifying day of the LORD comes." (32) Then whoever calls on the name of the LORD will be saved. Those who escape will be on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem. Among the survivors will be those whom the LORD calls, as the LORD has promised. The Apostle Peter repeated this prophecy after Pentecost: Act 2:14-21 GW (14) Then Peter stood up with the eleven apostles. In a loud voice he said to them, "Men of Judea and everyone living in Jerusalem! You must understand this, so pay attention to what I say. (15) These men are not drunk as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning. (16) Rather, this is what the prophet Joel spoke about: (17) 'In the last days, God says, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will speak what God has revealed. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams. (18) In those days I will pour my Spirit on my servants, on both men and women. They will speak what God has revealed. (19) I will work miracles in the sky and give signs on the earth: blood, fire, and clouds of smoke. (20) The sun will become dark, and the moon will become as red as blood before the terrifying day of the Lord comes. (21) Then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' In other words, the Day of Pentecost was prophecy being fulfilled right before their eyes! It was the Old Testament come to life again in power--and it signaled beginning of the events leading up to the Rapture and Tribulation, then the eventual Second Coming of Christ.
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    I'm doing really well lately--me and God have been awful close.
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    What is the point of denominations?

    True, but this can be minimized by making sure we start to understand the ways we communicate. Also, lots of people trying to understand a given statement will result in more possible meanings than one person doing so alone, most likely. Plus, remember that the Spirit guides all of us. In making us priests under Him, Christ gave us priestly authority under Him. The role of interpreter is not limited to a specific few within the church, whether they're intelligent or of a certain rank or status. The Spirit does not (and is not intended to) serve as a replacement for good hermeneutics, but He does make us aware of nuances and applications which we would otherwise miss. He does so in His own time--the right time--for all of us, if we but ask and listen.
  9. Oh, I'm quite sure I'm Pentecostal. XD However, I also think that most Christians have more in common and less differences than they believe. There are some things which are distinctive to Pentecostalism, but the vast majority of theology, doctrine, of application, is common to all of Christianity.

    I've been reading some books which focus on Irenaeus' quote: "The glory of God is man fully alive" . . . and I find myself wondering how the Church could possibly have misplaced the truths inherent in such a simple phrase. Of course, the answer is equally simple: that phrase contains the entire mission of God, and is the focus of all the power of the Adversary. The more he can twist theology, dampen joy, help us focus on work, and do everything to steal our hearts . . . the more he makes us ineffective, at the very least.

    Thank you for your compliment, by the way.

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    How Do You Know The Bible is True?

    Wait a minute: I wasn't aware that N.T. Wright was Postmodern. In fact, I keep hearing that he's quite conservative, theologically. How is he Postmodern?
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    Tea parties issue demands to Tennessee legislators

    Hmmm . . . hey--go ahead. XD
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    . . . I'll pray.
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    How Do You Know The Bible is True?

    No, I'm not trying to pick a fight. However, my motives were wrong. I do apologize. Please read the edited post.
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    How Do You Know The Bible is True?

    How can we know scripture is true, in an objective sense? Back to basics: Because it corresponds to reality.
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    Morality and Justice

    God's reasoning, just as every other aspect of Him, can be understood to a point, even by the natural man (i.e. something as simple as the principles governing law and order). There comes a point where the natural man cannot understand it, but the Christian, the one indwelt by the Spirit, can (i.e., perhaps the motivation behind those principles). After that . . . there is a point where His reasoning cannot be understood by humanity. Reason alone is only helpful in a basic sense. Reason, aided by the Spirit, is much more capable.
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    How Do You Know The Bible is True?

    Oi . . . I had a long, scathingly satirical post all written and posted. However . . . I'll refrain from that. It's not Christ-like, and I do apologize for it. I don't agree with some theories here, but that's no reason to disparage them or the people who hold them. Put them in a debate thread and I'll be happy to discuss them.
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    Morality and Justice

    God, by His existence, defines reality. By His reason, through His nature, He defines morality. In other words, God, as per His nature, is opposed to certain actions. Because of His reason, He declares that these actions are not to be performed. By His nature, God is just. His reason applies that nature to reach just conclusions.
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    Just a Few Queries

    I know a few things. If I don't know, I try to find out. Well . . . normally. If they ask me questions about theology, I share my answer if I have one, and address any objections. Hmm . . . if I were in a cult, I would most likely blame myself. God and scripture, a knowledgeable, Spirit-filled Christian.
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    How Do You Know The Bible is True?

    True, but that just brings up another point: there's no evidence--let alone /compelling, irreconcilable evidence/ that he actually /did/ tweak anything. You're looking for faults which aren't there--deciding what you want to see, and imposing that conclusion on the text. Au contraire: examine any difficulties in scripture, but also accept the harmonizing answer which presents itself. Don't keep digging for a problem which was actually never there to start with. It doesn't really matter what an anthropologist would say, particularly if he isn't speaking purely from the understanding and POV of the text. We must accept the text in its own understanding of history, presenting it in the best possible light in order to find what it actually means. This goes for every text, not just scripture. In other words, if I were reading the Illiad and wanted to see if it was true, the very first thing I would have to try and do is harmonize it with what I know of history. I should take great pains to try and harmonize it. If I fail, then we can know that it isn't true, as far as my efforts are concerned. However, if I do manage to harmonize it with history, then it is true, as a historical account. One does not start literary or textual criticism by assuming a text is guilty of being manipulated. Its contrary to basic hermeneutics. "As far as I'm concerned" may not be the right answer. It's not about what you or I think. It's about what the text presents itself as. The Chronicles form a historical narrative, a record, with legal and religious purposes. This is objectively true, as evidenced by the use and testimony of the text about itself. It does not follow that any secondary purposes for a given text automatically corrupt that text and/or make it untrustworthy.There's no conceivable reason to /start/ with suspicion about a text. The intent of the text lies solely with the author and his purpose for the text. The audience does not create meaning or intent: they receive meaning from said text. Again, "as far as you're concerned" may not be correct. If a text is divinely inspired, then it must also be inerrant and infallible. If it is neither inerrant nor infallible ("the quality of neither misleading nor being misled, a sure, safe, and reliable rule and guide in all matters" and the quality of being free from all falsehood or mistake, entirely true and trustworthy in all its assertions), then it is not inspired. Naturally, if any of these three qualities are present, they necessarily must affect all reading of the text. Furthermore, being inspired, inerrant and infallible does not annul an applied, figurative reading of scripture. The text itself denies the proper use of any application or reading which isn't directly tied to the normative meaning of the passage or book in question. IOW, you're saying its an anachronism. However, we know the Israelites considered their scriptures to be inspired, and we know Chronicles was among them. Therefore, since they did, this is not an anachronism. Therefore, I'm not putting words in their mouths, and your accusation falls apart. Because the Israelites were /slightly/ different from those cultures. The whole "Divine Chosen Nation" identity and promise to Abraham has something to do with that.Read scripture from a historico-grammatical hermeneutic and find out what the text means. Don't rely on "as far as I'm concerned", or "I don't see this in the text". Rely on what the text says, presenting and exegeting it in the best light possible.
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    How Do You Know The Bible is True?

    Hmmm . . . while genealogies served more than a simple fact-finding purpose, that doesn't mean they were somehow not historical. It's quite possible for a given text to serve more than one purpose, provided the secondary applications are contingent upon the original intent of the text. In other words: Did the Chronicler intend to restore Israel's priesthood? Yes, he did. Does that give any reason to believe he may have tweaked, however little, any of the genealogies? No, I'm afraid it doesn't. The idea that the Chronicler was even the slightest bit dishonest or took any "artistic license" with the text simply doesn't fit 1. the nature of the Jewish people, 2. the genre of the text, 3. the intent of the text, and 4. the directly inspired nature of the text. To restore a priesthood is to return it to the family lines it used to belong to--not who the Chronicler thought was the most proper person at the time. It defeats the entire purpose of writing a genealogy, not to mention tarnishing the actual record of scripture. By the way, what reason or evidence is there for thinking that a self-avowedly historical, inspired text is not historical?
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    What the Bleep Do We Know?

    Sounds like your prayer class (or someone in charge of it) might be a little on the wacky side . . . . No offense intended to you, of course.
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    Narnia: Dawn Treader

    As a film, Dawn Treader was excellent, but it doesn't hold up to the books (as any movie based on a book won't).
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    Eh . . . he'll probably seem alright for a while--perhaps a long while. Underneath . . . he's still hurting--and he will for the rest of his life. It's just something that you learn to manage later in life. The death of a close family member . . . especially a parent . . . is like an amputation. Everyone around them is changed forever. Thankfully, God is close during times of grief, and He relates more to our grief than we do ourselves.
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    What is the point of denominations?

    We've been through this before. In essence, they exist in the ways we communicate, in logic itself. I might add that interpreting scripture is rightly spoken of as both an art and a science: in theory, while mechanical interpretation will arrive at the correct meaning . . . it will probably miss quite a few nuances. Thankfully, hermeneutics (even literalist hermeneutics) can be both art and science.
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    Morality and Justice

    This conclusion does not follow. 1. God uses His nature and reason to arrive at just conclusions--as per Liebniz. 2. Therefore, if He should act in any other way except for that just conclusion, He would be both unjust and irrational. He would be violating His own nature and reason: irrationality. Because God is not arbitrary (indeed, it is against His nature to be arbitrary), then our moral system, as far as it follows God, will not be arbitrary.