After reading Jonbonham's debate, I really wanted to start a debate, moderate it, and try to really get things going.
So...let's make it simple. It's been done before, but I can't think of anything better at the moment...so I ask you guys to forgive my lack of creativity, and bring out your best arguments anyway. If you can see the other side, but don't actually agree, go ahead and argue both if you'd like:
I told you it wasn't creative, but it is a relevant issue that we can't seem to come to a consensus on. So go for it. No rudeness or unreasonableness, please. Or you shall be banished. :D
It seems like it is hard to find a balance between paranoia about the government and naivety. For me, anyway. What are some good guidelines about trusting ones government?
This may seem like an odd question, but it came up in my mind upon researching The Patriot Act.
I've only recently started paying attention to politics, and I know there were wacky theories about the Clintons, and I'm sure there are many about other presidents. But doesn't it seem like people are far more paranoid about Obama than they normally are about the Pres? I have a few theories as to why there is so much fear of Obama, but I'd like to hear yours as well. Racism is obviously a part for at least a few people, but I don't think it's all of it...any thoughts? And while we're here, we may as well have a really good discussion. What are the implications of these fears? What do they mean about Americans?
Edit: I'm NOT talking about people that simply disagree or even dislike Obama. I have a few problems with him myself. I'm talking about the people who believe he's a muslim spy that was born in Kenya(or similar theories. :P). Just thought I'd clarify.
I've been thinking about the issues of legalizing marijuana, or illegalizing tobacco. And I've come up with an idea: What if the government simply makes it illegal to SMOKE any substance, for the reason of secondhand smoke(which I see as the only real argument against making tobacco illegal/keeping marijuana illegal), but you can still chew your tobacco, and make your brownies and such? Now, some drugs should probably remain illegal, such as meth. But as for marijuana, and maybe other mild drugs, why not legalize, once we have the issue of secondhand smoke out of the way? Minors would still not be allowed to partake, and it would be illegal to drive while under the influence of anything(except tobacco). I think there should also be some kind of law about caring for children while under the influence of anything, although this may already be covered under neglect.
Any thoughts? Is this a dumb idea?
Part of me is actually against this idea, and part of me isn't. Yeah, I am that strange.
I have several questions.
First, is suffering necessary for knowing that we need God? I don't just mean any suffering, but is truly horrible suffering necessary to know we need God?
Second, is there any kind of true human free will? Or are all of our decisions the result of how we were created, our circumstances and experiences, and the decisions of those around us(which are not their own decisions either)?
Third, what are your thoughts on cruelty in the OT? Is God unjust? Why or why not?