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  1. Jacob says:

    You must repent and place your faith in Christ alone. There is nothing else you need to know

    1. Peregrin Wood says:

      So, I shouldn’t have any faith in my wife, then? Is that what the New Testament means when it depicts Jesus as preaching that his followers should leave their family members behind?

      1. Jacob says:

        Correct, you should have no faith in your wife to save you. She, as a fellow sinner, does not have that power.

        1. Peregrin Wood says:

          Jacob, you clearly don’t know my wife.

          1. Jacob says:

            If you think she can save you, clearly neither do you…

            1. Peregrin Wood says:

              Just last week she saved me 50 cents at the grocery store… I don’t know what you’re talking about.

              Seriously – you don’t know either me or my wife. How can you know what I need saving from or whether my wife can save me from that? Is it because you have a book that promises a one-size fits all solution to everything? I know several diet books like that.

              1. Jacob says:

                You must repent and place your faith in Christ alone. There is nothing else you need to know.

              2. Peregrin Wood says:

                My wife has done a lot for me. Your two-thousand-years-dead-fella hasn’t done jack.

                Oh, and I need to know how to drive a car, because I’m going to a town that’s off the bus line tomorrow. Will having faith in your messiah get me there?

              3. Jacob says:

                Only three day dead messiah 2,000 years ago. He is alive! and Jack can be saved as well. Don’t die in your sins! He is not Messiah, he is the Messiah of all and you must repent and place your faith in Him.

              4. Peregrin Wood says:

                So, you say I should have faith in a zombie?

              5. Jacob says:

                Zombies are not alive, they are the dead that appear to be alive and act alive. If I told you to have faith in your wife or another man then the zombie argument would work, you are dead in your sin. The wrath of God abides upon you. I am telling you to have faith in the only thing that is alive. So, pretty much the exact opposite

              6. Peregrin Wood says:

                Well, so how do you know that your Jesus fellow is really alive, and isn’t a zombie? Have you checked his pulse?

                Jesus is alive, two thousand years after he died, but my wife is dead, even though she’s alive? How am I supposed to have faith in that?

              7. Jim says:

                Let us proclaim the mystery of faith!

              8. Jacob says:

                No mystery here Jim, this is pretty much straight up

  2. Tom says:

    “Might as well jump.” Van Halen

    “In the long run we’re all dead.” J.M. Keynes

    “Who knows where the time goes?” Sandy Denny

    When it all comes down to it, just remember that you’re floating on a tiny rock in a vast space, and that any “meaning” the enterprises and/or history of this speck may have is most likely limited thereby.

  3. Bob S-K says:

    I think I’ll pass on the Christ business. But this is interesting, about Republicans hiring “fake locals” for TV ads:

    http://www.salon.com/news/politics/2010_elections/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2010/10/07/insulting_campaign_ads

  4. Luke says:

    I like this quote, though I do not normally care for most of the things he did and said: “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” Donald Rumsfeld.

    I am still trying to decipher what I don’t know that I don’t know..

    I think “you” and I and everyone else should attempt this more.

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