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Everything posted by Evin290

  1. Wow... So I've just spent maybe 10 or 15 minutes on here, looking back at this incredible community, having been gone for years and... Here I am in tears remembering how much this place means to me. Any of you folks who were around back then, thank you so much for having such an incredibly profound, wonderful impact on my life. I love you all so much!
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    Hapy Birthday Evin290

    I missed you guys too
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    While I appreciate your scrutiny, I was just trying to be succinct.
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    Yes, but that sort of relief is extremely temporary and is not actually a solution - it simply causes more problems. I'm not saying that I don't understand why people do it, or that people "shouldn't be allowed" -- but I really think there is always a solution that is better than self-harm, and that morally speaking, it does nothing but damage, despite the fleeting psychological relief a person may experience.
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    Ah, but that entirely depends on this person outsmarting everyone around him, and completely containing the overwhelming impulse to seek help. Which I would say most people do not manage for very long. Except inflicting physical pain on oneself isn't functioning normally.
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    Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

    Very good read. He makes solid points indeed.
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    Altruism and empathy are the chains of cruelty that bind us together. A man's life is his own, he need not be concerned with what others want him to do. Whether or not empathy is bad or good does not change whether it exists. And the fact that it does exist means that self-harm will inevitably cause harm to others. So, if the person inflicting it upon himself is cruelly chained by empathy as well, he should stop for the sake of those he loves.
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    Self-harm is a misnomer. It doesn't just harm yourself, it harms everyone who cares about you.
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    Animal Experimentation

    Just something -- people can sign up to be tested on. Animals have no way of consenting to experimentation. So ethically speaking, experimenting on humans is much more easily justifiable.
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    So because Adam and Eve were heterosexual, that means God must have intended everybody to be? Adam and Eve were probably African, does that mean Caucasians are immoral by nature? They spoke a different language than we did, they probably didn't dress very decently, etc... Just because God created Adam for Eve and Eve for Adam doesn't mean that He created every man for some woman and every woman for some man. What makes you so sure that God doesn't create gay people for one another the same way He creates heterosexual people that way?
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    Well, it is one of the five books of Moses, and there is a small group of people that believe Moses himself received these books directly from God. But if you look at the texts linguistically speaking, it is easy to tell that they were written by a varying group of people.
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    Now -- you see -- this is where you go completely wrong. "god" says no such thing -- "Leviticus" (if that is even who actually wrote the text itself) isn't "god", and the text itself is likely somewhat circumspect. Not to mention the obvious fact that Leviticus does not have the authority to determine "sins", but rather he sets downs a series of "commandments" or "laws". Ultimately, Leviticus' writings are nothing more than a series of rules and regulations, set down as modifiers of human behaviour, as a means of managing or controlling certain aspects of the community. "Leviticus" writes a lot of other things which were also deemed "laws" in his time, thousands of years ago. I suggest that you see my earlier post. All of these old laws are clearly contrary to modern living. We no longer punish people for eating shellfish, nor is the handling the skin of a pig punishable by death. We no longer sell our children into slavery. Clearly, these ridiculous old laws are not applicable to society in the 21st century. The same applies to homosexuality. I agree with what you're saying, but Leviticus isn't a person. >___< It's the Greek name for the book that means "relative to the Levites", which are members of the Hebrew tribe of Levi. >___<
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    Very well put. I agree totally. The strategy to keep kids away from drugs shouldn't be to scare them out of their minds or to turn them self-righteous about it. It should be presented honestly, because that's the only way that they can decide for themselves, for real, if they want to do it it.
  14. I propose an international straight beating up and harassing event. That would be quite amative. ;)
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    Lol, I actually never have. That's assuming sex's only role in the world is procreation. Which it definitely isn't, or else you'd consider it immoral for infertile heterosexuals to have sex. You clearly don't know anything about it. Very good response to that guy.
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    Their current bodies are perfectly well-suited for having sex with members of the same gender. If it weren't, they simply wouldn't do it. Or at least, it would be less enjoyable. "The way it was meant to be" is a silly argument, because you have no way of knowing that. Not to mention the fact that homosexuality has existed long before human beings have, and there are plenty of things invented rather recently that you'd never say is "not the way it was meant to be" as a means of proving it immoral. And that bit about "it has always been wrong" -- that's not right either. The Jews were the first people in the world to ever consider anything moral wrong with it. Every culture before them considered it perfectly fine. And the Jews were just making ritual laws to separate themselves from the other religious groups at the time, who performed homosexual acts as part of fertility rituals. Go figure. It's the same reason Jews aren't allowed to eat pork -- not because pork is immoral. Who thinks that?
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    Except thousands and thousands of Christians disagree with you. Yes, it is a popular opinion among Christian, but a large minority of Christians don't think God has a problem with homosexuality, and that group is getting larger every day. You're taking that passage out of context. It is in a list of ritual purity laws which the ancient Hebrews followed. There are no Christians who follow even most of them. They also include as abominations - shaving, wearing clothes made of more than one type of fabric, eating anything that isn't kosher like shellfish and pork, and sitting on a chair that a woman who was menstruating also sat on. Except Jesus says in the New Testament that the whole of the law can be summed up in loving -- that if you love in earnest, you are obeying the law. He is saying that obedience to specific, out-dated rules (like the ones in Leviticus, most of which are unfollowed even by the strictest of Christians) is not as important to God as understanding Him as a God of mercy and love, and as behaving in honour of the love with which He created us. Homosexual behaviour is not an assault to love -- it is a pure expression of love. When two women kiss, they don't kiss because they want to disobey God. They kiss because they want to show love for one another. And "love is the sum of the law." Considering you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about, I wouldn't consider you an authority on the subject. How about you ask a gay person whether they chose to be gay? Rather than dancing around it with your twisted logic, why don't you just ask someone who has actually experienced it? My sister is a devout Christian -- one of the most religious people I know -- and she thinks this notion of homosexuality being a choice is absolutely disgusting, and idiotic. I have confessed before God that I am sexually attracted to men, and have asked for forgiveness if it is sin. And I was not "freed" from it. Rather, I felt more and more confident in myself and my sexuality, and lost any trace of shame, and loved God much more for it. I know, from my experience with Him, that He makes homosexual people that way for a reason -- why? I don't know for sure. It is a cross to bear, for certain, and there will be a great reward in Heaven for those who have had to endure society's awfulness toward them. They are not in the dark, my friend, you are. You cannot be so self-assured, because your personal experience with God has nothing to do with homosexuality. And I have loved men as God has loved me -- with all my heart. So stone me to death, because I am bloodguilty of experiencing self-sacrificing, God-inspired love toward human beings of the same gender as myself. Abomination indeed.
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    How Long Have You Been In Sal's?

    Nearly three years...
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    Except gay people aren't addicted to people of their own gender. It's an attraction that is ingrained from whenever they begin to feel attraction at all and does not change no matter how many or few sexual partners they have. And if it were conditioning, people who are ashamed of their sexuality and practice very extreme ways of trying to control it would be significantly more successful than they are. In fact, they are not successful at all. So your theory does not hold water. Why? Unless you'd say the same thing about heterosexual desires...? Allow me to use a specific example of why at least male-to-male sex is in fact "part of the natural design of humanity." The male anus is very clearly designed to be able to be used for sexual purposes - for it to be easy and pleasurable to have sex with it. Its biology is such that it would be quite a ridiculous assertion to say that it's a coincidence that it is so useful as a sex organ if it weren't one. And if God were opposed to homosexual male relationships, he would not have designed the male anus to be a pleasurable receptor of sexual intercourse. And the argument that it cannot be natural because it serves no function in nature (because the ultimate goal of a species is to pass on its genes) that is also specious. Homosexuality serves as a failsafe in nearly ALL social mammalian species (plus others including birds, and reptiles) as a way to prevent excessive population boom. If nearly 100% of the sexually active living population were procreating, human population would be rising at a much more dire rate than it is. Consider homosexuality the birth control before birth control. Simple answer: alcoholism does harm and ravages the body and destroys families. Responsible, monogamous homosexuality does good to the body and builds families. So the comparison is moot. Yes, God has given us Free Will, and also the ability to think for ourselves and come to our own understandings. In my experience with God so far, (an experience that a heterosexual cannot understand because he or she would not have the same relationship to God as a homosexual person would have) I have come to believe very strongly that God has created homosexual people with the specific intention that they find love within their own gender, and that there is absolutely nothing morally wrong with it. And I'm not saying that because I'm thinking in my own best interest or because I'm creating my own image of God to suit my needs. I have struggled with the question intellectually, emotionally and spiritually with great care and that is the conclusion I have come to. A random heterosexual's understanding of the issue can only go so far because they simply do not have much stake in it, so all of their energy cannot be invested in wanting to learn from God what is the truth about it.
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    You could say that about almost anything, though. You could say that about anything it's true of. ;)
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    Nor is it unequivocal or undeniable either. ;)
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    Though, people DO say things like that. See also, Civil War.
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    I'm pretty sure that it's implied. Not really. There's nothing in the OT that can be construed as against lesbians. ;)
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    Except of course those people harm other people by what the do, whether or not they are born with the natural proclivity to do so. There is no reason to be so affronted by homosexuality because it is not a harmful characteristic. Rather, it is one which also fosters creativity and contributes to human diversity.
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    Homosexual...thingy In Religion

    Except that's a bad reason. If God had started out with two gay people then there would never have been more than two people on Earth! But just because the first two people were straight doesn't mean it's immoral not to be. The first two people were dark-skinned. That doesn't mean being fair-skinned is immoral. ;)

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