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Complete misinterpretation on your part.
It is saying that strength and truth comes from God, not man.
It does not say to sit back and wait for God to provide for you.
Can't forget Jeremiah 39:18.
"For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD."
But hey, I'm sure the Lord isn't implying that you actually will "fall by the sword" if you don't put your trust in him. You can totally rely on yourself.
Out of curiosity, what qualifies you to say that that's a "complete misinterpretation" of that particular verse?
I never said I agree with everything the GOP does. You said I do. You assumed I do.
I could just as easily say that any opinion you share with the Democratic party is "group-think" as well.
So I guess what you are telling me is that any time I share a common conservative belief that I am just blindly following the GOP. So am I only showing independent thought when I disagree with them?
As a conservative I have a lot of conservative opinions...imagine that.
Because he's reading the bible 'the right way'. Which is of course the only way to read it. Duh.
Really? So American history hasn't been filled with people saying out one side of their mouth that they're tired of big government stepping all over their freedoms but out of the other talking about how certain groups don't deserve the same freedoms as them? You know some of our own Founding Fathers were slave owners, no?
I don't believe it's nearly the problem it used to be; hell, I think in a lot of cases it has finally gone away, and even in some there is a case of the reverse. But don't ignore the history. It's there and it's not going away. Let's all just own up to it and use it as a means to not make mistakes on that same level of deplorable.
A lifetime of reading the Bible, attending church, and studying the teachings of Christ certainly qualifies me to interpret scripture more so than some anti-Christian liberal who did a google search for a Bible verse. If you would like I can get a pastor to interpret the verse and get back to you.
It's ridiculous that you think you can tell the believer of a religion, any religion, what their religion teaches. Absolutely absurd.
You can't cherry pick verses and make an argument if you have no understanding of the basic tenants of the scripture and no background to understand it. And besides neither of those verses mean what you two are trying to imply they do.
I was born and raised christian, have read the bible cover to cover more than once, and am not liberal.
You are no more qualified to interpret the bible than I am.
I have nothing against you, sir, but you have to note the irony in this statement. I see Christians telling me what Jews, Muslims, et al believe all the time.
And, FTR, I'm not an atheist or agnostic.
I don't even know how to respond to this. You are trying to superimpose what you want into a text you have no knowledge of or association with. If you want to have a serious theological debate we can, but don't try telling me that Christianity is something different than it is.
If a lifetime of attending church is all that one needs for correct interpretation of the Bible, does that mean that everyone who spends a lifetime attending church is correct in their interpretations of the Bible? If not, why not?
FYI, it's "the basic tenets of scripture".
You've never seen me do it.
That's just it, your belief isn't a common conservative belief. It's a common belief among the fringe of your party. You could just as easily accuse me of group think, however, I've offered no evidence that would support you making such a claim. In fact, I've proven the contrary. Were I to lump you with all conservatives, that would be an example of the kind of group think my party participates in, i.e. all conservatives are heartless douchebags that hate poor people.
Edit: You'll also notice that I've not discussed your religion at all. Why? Because that's your prerogative. Which would be a decidedly conservative viewpoint no?
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Nope, I have not. However, as I've seen many posters insinuate before, generalizations are the way to go these days (and are always true). So you just happened to get swallowed up in that.
That's my biggest problem with debates like this. We use way too many generalizations and stereotypes, I guess because it makes it "easier," and thus we start off already in a bad place. That's why these discussions (not just here; anywhere in America) always devolve into nothing but shouting and insults. I think the best classic example is that, because some people on welfare are leaches on the government, that all poor people are lazy. I see that opinion on here all the time.
Being a grammar Nazi won't win the debate for you and looks petty.
Also I am not sure what you are saying here. Any Christian will tell you that the Bible teaches hard work and supporting ones self and family and not to rely on others to do so.
The different interpretations you speak are in regards to the different denominations. Who have disagreements over baptism etc.
The Bible just like any other book can be interpreted any way a person wants to I suppose, but for the most part Christians agree on most of it. And self-reliance, hard work etc. are things that all Christians agree on.
Well if I am on the fringe seems I can hardly be accused of group think then, seems it would be just the opposite.
How is this any different than you interpreting it how you'd like?
Time and change will surely (truly) show
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I agree with this post.
And I am guilty of generalizing myself.
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But who is sitting here telling you that hard work and self reliance is a bad thing? I don't think you'll find anyone here who supports a welfare system that does nothing but pay people for sitting on their ass all day; I've never seen one person say so. But the Bible also teaches to love thy neighbor and to help others, and as far as welfare goes, those of us that support it want to use it to help people that truly need it. Just because someone works hard, as hard as can be, doesn't mean they don't need help. But again, we generalize too much, and those that actually need help are starting to get swallowed up in the argument against welfare because of the people that abuse it. That's not fair to those that are not abusing it.
I realize this discussion isn't about welfare, I was just using it as an example.
Not when you share the same beliefs with 1-2 percent of 50 percent of America. That's a fairly substantial number no?
How is it different that I as a Christian interpret a Christian text than how a non-Chrsitian interprets a Christian text? Geez I don't know.
The OP cited a website run by an absolute lunatic and conspiracy theorist. Good stuff.
Well almost all of us share beliefs on many things with a far greater percentage of people so I guess we all do group-think all the time on most everything.
And the Bible also tells us that it is virtually impossible to get into heaven as a rich man. The bible also tells us that jesus was basically walking around giving away free health care.
Republican christians tend to ignore those parts.
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