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  1. DO MORALS COME FROM EVOLVED CREATURES OR FROM A DIVINE CREATOR? Good without God? More Americans Say Amen to That Kimberly Winston | Religion News Service | Tuesday, October 17, 2017 For the first time, a majority of Americans — 56 percent — say it is possible to be a good person without a religious belief. So says new Pew Research Center data drawn from two polls conducted among about 5,000 American adults in June and July. “God is not a prerequisite for good values and morality,” Greg Smith, Pew’s associate director of research, said in a post about the findings. ” … [T]he public’s increased rejection of the idea that belief in God is necessary for morality is due, in large part, to the spike in the share of Americans who are religious ‘nones.'” ... http://www.christianheadlines.com/bl...n-to-that.html
  2. If Muslims view Jesus as a prophet, and not as the only begotten son of God, the savior of man, are Muslims worshiping the same God as Christians worship? Why would Muslims accept Jesus as a great prophet, but denounce him as the Son of God?
  3. With Halloween just around the corner, how timely is this? READ FULL ARTICLE (MARKET WATCH) http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-millennials-are-ditching-religion-for-witchcraft-and-astrology-2017-10-20
  4. I suspected that answers from people on this forum would be different than answers I hear from my peers; and I could learn from others how to better respond to peer pressure as it relates to consuming alcoholic beverages. Do I understand you correctly, that your advice is to, without qualification, "drink in moderation?"
  5. It was meant to be a critique on modern halloween rituals in western (US) society. What specifically do you find a "little critical?" I agree. And I didn't write any such thing. Those are your words, not mine. When I purchase warm bread at 4:30 a.m. from the mom and pop corner bakery, do you consider them among the "greedy fat cats?" By the way, you neglected to answer any of the questions I posed...
  6. What does God say about alcohol consumption? Do you think it possible that any of the modern vintage wines could compete in quality and taste to the miracle wine that Jesus made from water? Is it better to abstain from drinking alcohol or to consume alcohol in moderation? Would you qualify any of your answers based on the type of drink: beer, wine, brandy, spirits, etc.
  7. In modern day United States it is largely a commercialized celebration involving dressing up in pop cultural iconic costumes, purchased from amazon.com through borrowing on your credit cards and putting many people unnecessarily deeper into debt. Then parents dress up all their children and drive them over to the richest neighborhoods in the town, drop them off, and encourage them to walk up and down each street, knocking on stranger's doors, begging for handouts comprised largely of unhealthy sugary candies. That's the status quo behavior. There's much worse behaviors going on but they're unfit for to write about... Rest assured, the sugar cartels, candy conglomerates, dental profession, big pharma, walmart, target, amazon, and their likes are perfectly happy for people to purchase and consume these brightly colored packages filled with "tasty treats" designed to rot your children's teeth and spike the blood sugar of anyone ignorant enough partake in this annual ritual. Through your participation, you will most likely contribute in some way to the aforementioned corporate profit margins. If we celebrate or participate in Halloween are we sitting at the table of demons? Are we imitating good or imitating evil? Are we being unequally yoked with unbelievers? Are we being conformed to this world?
  8. Any way you look at it, the accounting doesn't add up in order for the "earners" to be able to continue to "fund" the ever increasing number of "non-earners" and bonafide retirees. More emphasis is required on private savings and personal accountability. Get more people earning for themselves and saving for their own retirement, then the burden on taxpayer funded "entitlement programs" will taper off over time. However we may have reached a point of no return. Citizens should demand that "entitlement programs" be part of the budget rather than sitting out there on an island in "unfunded" territory. Ninety-nine months of welfare reminds me of a song they used to sing on the bus trips back home from the away games... My biggest concern is the burden on young wage earners and how the unfunded liabilities racked up by previous political generations will affect their pocket books and "quality of life" as they age... It's a growing problem with each new generation. The other concern it that money will run out for the people who need it the most, who are in retirement with no savings, or out of work with no where to turn, and perhaps most importantly, the people who have no means nor ability to provide for themselves.
  9. Perhaps our founders foresaw that eventuality and reasoned a constitutional republic provides a safeguard to a tyrannical majority. How long will it last?
  10. It could be that government creates incentives for certain behaviors (i.e., your list)... and disincentives for other behaviors (homeschooling, homesteading, for example.) One might get the impression that politicians are creating and rewarding a voter base...
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    Aloha, Taylor by the way!
  12. It seems so contrary to the idea of government taxation and social security, government run health care, buying a house, educating our children in public (or private) schools (vs. homeschooling) ... I can begin to see (and understand) why so many people are homesteading these days.
  13. What consideration should a woman place on the earning potential of a prospective husband? Is a minimum wage earner sufficient? How much is too much, and how little is too little? Does it even matter? Should it even matter? Are there other factors that outweigh spousal earning potential? Should men have similar expectations from prospective spouses?
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