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  1. Theophilos

    I sense a disturbance in the Farce

    Both Henry Kissinger and The New York Times editorial board are calling for a negotiated settlement in Ukraine even if it means giving up territory to Russia.
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    Is NATO prepared to fight to the last Ukrainian?

    A French journalist reports that Ukraine is sending middle-aged conscripts to the front lines. They are led by an academy cadet half their age. Exhausted Ukrainian soldiers return from eastern front The French report appears to be consistent with Russian claims about...
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    How many more troops should NATO send to Ukraine?

    The Ukrainian government has confirmed speculation that UK special forces are in Ukraine: This confirmation comes a few days after a French journalist reported that US and UK special forces have been in Ukraine since the beginning of the war. He witnessed that Americans were in charge of...
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    Moves in Ukraine to ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

    Two bills have been introduced to effectively ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which remains in communion with the Russian Orthodox Patriarch in Moscow. There are also reports of violence directed against this church, which is the largest denomination in Ukraine...
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    Did Jesus and the apostles contradict scriptures?

    Consider these three verses: You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. Deut 4:2 NJKV A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one...
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    If salvation is predetermined, why pray for the salvation of others?

    Why did Paul pray for the salvation of Israel if that is predetermined? . . . my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. Romans 10:1
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    The hour has not yet come

    Jewish opponents of Jesus were not able to seize him when he preached in the temple. The explanation in John appears to agree the idea of a divine eternal plan: . . .they sought to take Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come. John 7:30 NKJV On the other hand...
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    Does it matter if individual books of the bible are the product of multiple authors and editors over a period of decades or longer?

    The statement seems to assume that a book of the bible had an autographic text produced by one person at one point in time. Modern bible scholars scholars see strong evidence of multiple authors and editors working over a decades or even centuries to develop the text found in modern bibles...
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    At last we have a president who tells the truth!

    Should we impeach President Biden based on his own public statements?
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    What scriptures did the New Testament Church use?

    Much of the New Testament had not yet been written, and the New Testament did not exist in it current form for another 250+ years. If the answer is the Old Testament, then what version did Christians use and what canon of books did it contain?
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    Posting on Catholic section

    When I look at the Roman Catholic section, I no longer see the reply button; perhaps there is some confusion about my religion. I am Byzantine Catholic; Byzantine Catholics follow the Eastern liturgy and traditions, but we are in full communion with the Pope of Rome. Our Church in eastern...
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    God wants humans to come to him freely

    . . . a certain girl, having a spirit of divination, met with us. She was a source of great profit to her masters, through her divining. This girl, following Paul and us, was crying out, saying: “These men are servants of the Most High God! They are announcing to you the way of salvation!” Now...
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    There is only one savior

    God is the only savior: I am the Lord. And there is no savior apart from me. Isaiah 43:11 . . .the living God, who is the Savior of all men . . . 1 Tim 4:10 Christ is the only savior: . . . the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14 . . . our Lord and Savior Jesus...
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    Is the Creator really the Simulator?

    It looks like many scientists and non-religious persons have adopted a form intelligent design. The basic idea is that the universe as we know it some sort of simulation on some sort of extremely powerful computer. The Simulation Theory has become popular in recent years based on the rapid...
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    Knowledge of mysteries in the Bible

    Two common words, "know" and "mystery", appear in English translations of the Bible, but they do not fully agree with the connotations in Greek. The resulting misunderstanding can be profound. English is unusual in that it uses the verb, "to know" to refer to knowledge gained by experience as...
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    Romans 11 and the elect

    Paul compares the people of God to an olive tree in Romans Chapter 11. The Jews formed the original tree, but those who did not accept Christ are branches that have been broken off. In their place gentile believers have been grafted. Gentiles are warned that they too can be broken off unless...
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    Liberal journalist, Glenn Greenwald, warns of unholy alliance between Democrats and deep state

    Liberal journalist, Glenn Greenwald, outlined the existential threat to American democracy from an unholy alliance of Democrats, Bush-era neo-cons, Silicon Valley, and the mainstream media under the control of the surveillance state. He is concerned that a Democratic victory could establish an...