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« on: November 27, 2016, 12:16:31 pm »
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This is not the place to argue if there can be a mutual understanding between theists and non theists, or how we can be more open, or Christian, or what not.

This thread assumes the obvious conclusion that intolerance will continue to grow among each group, each ascribing  the other  irrationality, bigotry and lastly (given enough time): unhumanness.

What should we Christians as a social block should be doing?
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What should we Christians as a social block should be doing?
I guess it depends on what your goal is in posting here. My goal here is to gain understanding to be used elsewhere with people I interact with on a daily basis.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

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This is not the place to argue if there can be a mutual understanding between theists and non theists, or how we can be more open, or Christian, or what not.

This thread assumes the obvious conclusion that intolerance will continue to grow among each group, each ascribing  the other  irrationality, bigotry and lastly (given enough time): unhumanness.

What should we Christians as a social block should be doing?

This is sometimes my approach, which I find useful in other scenarios, but especially when confronted with someone who begins to show signs of being extremely biased in his position, whether theist or atheist. Once I feel I've presented my case clearly and have a pretty good idea there aren't any misunderstanding involved on my side, as gracefully as possible I bow out of the conversation by saying something like, "That's how you see it and you're welcome to you're own opinion. Personally I don't see it that way and don't find what you're saying convincing. Thanks anyhow for the exchange." I don't see any obligation as a Christian to do otherwise. In my opinion it's better the trust the Lord to take care of things that are beyond my capacity. He's got a lot better resources than I do. :-)
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What should we Christians as a social block should be doing?
I guess it depends on what your goal is in posting here. My goal here is to gain understanding to be used elsewhere with people I interact with on a daily basis.

This is not related to the topic of the OP.

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Love your neighbor, then ask yourself what behavior that love is supposed to prescribe.

I explicitely said this was not the topic of this thread.

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This is not the place to argue if there can be a mutual understanding between theists and non theists, or how we can be more open, or Christian, or what not.

This thread assumes the obvious conclusion that intolerance will continue to grow among each group, each ascribing  the other  irrationality, bigotry and lastly (given enough time): unhumanness.

What should we Christians as a social block should be doing?

This is sometimes my approach, which I find useful in other scenarios, but especially when confronted with someone who begins to show signs of being extremely biased in his position, whether theist or atheist. Once I feel I've presented my case clearly and have a pretty good idea there aren't any misunderstanding involved on my side, as gracefully as possible I bow out of the conversation by saying something like, "That's how you see it and you're welcome to you're own opinion. Personally I don't see it that way and don't find what you're saying convincing. Thanks anyhow for the exchange." I don't see any obligation as a Christian to do otherwise. In my opinion it's better the trust the Lord to take care of things that are beyond my capacity. He's got a lot better resources than I do. :-)

Hey. T, I like you, but, this is not the topic of this thread : )

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Love your neighbor, then ask yourself what behavior that love is supposed to prescribe.

I explicitely said this was not the topic of this thread.

No, you're right, "loving your neighbor" is something that Jesus intended to be compartmentalized into behavioral obscurity. Come on brother. We're better than that.

PM me if you disagree.
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What should we Christians as a social block should be doing?
I guess it depends on what your goal is in posting here. My goal here is to gain understanding to be used elsewhere with people I interact with on a daily basis.

This is not related to the topic of the OP.
Okay, if you say so.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

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Love your neighbor, then ask yourself what behavior that love is supposed to prescribe.

I explicitely said this was not the topic of this thread.

No, you're right, "loving your neighbor" is something that Jesus intended to be compartmentalized into behavioral obscurity. Come on brother. We're better than that.

PM me if you disagree.

PM's aren't the topic of this thread!

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Re: TO: Since there will be no mutual understanding what measures are in order?
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2016, 02:45:16 pm »
Love your neighbor, then ask yourself what behavior that love is supposed to prescribe.

I explicitely said this was not the topic of this thread.

No, you're right, "loving your neighbor" is something that Jesus intended to be compartmentalized into behavioral obscurity. Come on brother. We're better than that.

PM me if you disagree.

I disagree that "loving your neighbor" is something that Jesus intended to be compartmentalized into behavioral obscurity.

I disagree that I am better than that.

But, this is still not the topic of the OP, since, I was asking for social measures, as a social group.

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Re: TO: Since there will be no mutual understanding what measures are in order?
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2016, 02:45:56 pm »
Love your neighbor, then ask yourself what behavior that love is supposed to prescribe.

I explicitely said this was not the topic of this thread.

No, you're right, "loving your neighbor" is something that Jesus intended to be compartmentalized into behavioral obscurity. Come on brother. We're better than that.

PM me if you disagree.

PM's aren't the topic of this thread!

Nor ahteist's posts. But, you already knew that.


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Re: TO: Since there will be no mutual understanding what measures are in order?
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2016, 02:49:24 pm »
Love your neighbor, then ask yourself what behavior that love is supposed to prescribe.

I explicitely said this was not the topic of this thread.

No, you're right, "loving your neighbor" is something that Jesus intended to be compartmentalized into behavioral obscurity. Come on brother. We're better than that.

PM me if you disagree.

PM's aren't the topic of this thread!

Nor ahteist's posts. But, you already knew that.

Hey, I'm not an atheist.

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Re: What ever.
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2016, 02:49:28 pm »
No longer a TO thread, the spell has been broken and I'm in! You'll never get rid of me now.

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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2016, 04:50:04 pm »
Is this where I put the signature?