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Marriage Of HIV Couples
  
Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: No because birth control is an ACTION to end life.

No. SOME forms of birth control abort an already-existing fetus (e.g. the "morning after" pill). Other forms do not - they merely prevent the opportunity for the fetus to form in the first place. For example, traditional estrogen pills prevent ovulation, so eggs never become available for fertilization (identical to the rhythm method, only more reliable), and condoms block transmission of sperm, so they never become available for fertilization. There is no difference whether the egg and sperm are an inch apart (through the above) or a foot apart (through abstinence) - there is no life formed, and no life aborted.


Who Collects Social Security
  
Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: Obama used POTUS as a weapon to punish his enemies and reward his friends he said to the Latino community.

Trump has already demonstrated that he is very vindictive, and ruthlessly goes after those who don't support him. This was what he did when he wasn't even president yet. How do you think he'll act now that he has the full power of the presidency behind him?

Nevertheless, none of this has any relevance to the blog topic, Social Security.


Marriage Of HIV Couples
  
mike4879:

Onan's sin wasn't that he didn't want children. After all, all parents have the freedom to choose how many children to have and when to have them. Onan's sin was refusing to have children - AFTER he had already entered into a levirate marriage whose PRIMARY PURPOSE was to provide heirs for his dead kinsman. He was violating a covenant he had entered into willingly. THAT was why his action was so reprehensible. He was too selfish to raise someone else's kid that he had previously agreed to.


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Jerry6593:

You wrote: By the mathematics of probability, one can compute the chance of an organism self-assembling. This has been done, and the probability is astronomically low - hence impossible.

By those very same laws, the possibility of some extra-universal being speaking and causing life to spontenously appear is not only very low, it is TOTALLY impossible - i.e. 0%. So if you discard abiogenesis because of improbability, you must by the very same reasoning discard Genesis. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Go to your safe space in Canada and hug a Teddy Bear.

Are you even CAPABLE of rational discussion without ad-hominem attacks? I seriously wonder.


Who Collects Social Security
  
mike4879:

You wrote: I never would have imagined men marrying men, and women marrying women. But here it is UNDER OBAMA.

You give presidents too much credit. Congress passes laws, and the president can sign them or veto them, deciding whether it takes 51% or 67% of congress to pass them. He can never pass a law unless 51% of congress first wants it.

As far as the Obergefell decision, that was decided by the Supreme Court, not congress nor president. The only input the president has in that is in filling the court. Obama actually had one single opportunity to do that, last year, but instead of doing its job, the Senate has been obstructing him for 11+ months in that regard. So you can't blame THIS issue on Obama.


Marriage Of HIV Couples
  
Nicole_Lacey:

Very true. I was adopted as an infant, and I am very grateful my birth mother decided it was better to put me up for adoption rather than put me out of my misery.

Most birth control prevents a child from being conceived, If taking birth control is wrong, because it prevents a potential child from being born, then the same must also be true for abstinence because it has the same effect, and so does not marrying.

If birth control is evil, so is abstinence, and young people should be forced to marry to have as many children as possible. Do you believe that? Because it is the logical (yet absurd) conclusion.


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Jerry6593:

You wrote: That sounds like the definition of the Demoncrat Party.

You just can't stop with the attacks, an you? You HAVE to bring political mud-slinging into a discussion about something totally unrelated.

There are some Democrats who are reasonable, and some who are slavering left-wing extremists. There are some Republicans who are reasonable, and some who are slavering right-wing extremists. Both extremes are dangerous, but there are reasonable people in both parties. Stop painting everyone with a wide black-and-white-only brush!

You got what you wanted today. Why aren't you out in the street partying or something, and leave the discussion to people who want to actually discuss rationally?


Who Collects Social Security
  
Jerry6593:

It's virtually impossible for Democrats to do anything when both Congress and Senate are Republican-controlled. Besides, that is a "tu quoque" fallacy. Whether or not Democrats were disingenuous in their promises does not in any way make Trump's claims less disingenuous.

Then they began giving it to others than the original owners - including illegal (criminal) aliens.

The only aliens who can collect SS are legal ones who THEmSELVES paid into it (like I did), and since illegal aliens can't get a SS number, they can't pay into it or collect from it.

No wonder Dems chose a donkey to represent them.

Yet another resort to fact-irrelevant sarcasm.


Marriage Of HIV Couples
  
mike4879:

Good question. Why don't you ask that question of the billions of people on this planet who choose to marry rather than just becoming friends. Paul himself said it was better not to marry.

However, it is unfair to demand this of some people if you don't demand it of others, and it would be hypocritical to do so if you are married yourself.

Also, there are many legal protections that marriage offers free (e.g. hospital visitation, inheritance of property, custody of children, assuming spouse's family name, etc.) that "just friends" can't enjoy without much complex legal maneuvering.


Hinder Walk With Jesus
  
Many people could be called emotional or spiritual vampires. They thrive by sucking life and energy out of others. They love to forment drama and conflict. They never help others, or interact with others for their benefit, but only for their own. The phrase, "sowing discord among the brethren" comes to mind. Saturday Night Live's "church lady" is a good example - prentending to be pious, but full of only accusations, like the devil (whose name in Greek is literally "the accuser").

You could try to be noble and try to help them, but most of them don't want your help. Unless you are specifically trying to minster to such people (and have the calling and stamina to do so), you should avoid them like the plague.


Marriage Of HIV Couples
  
aservant:

How can you distinguish a disease someone has as a divine punishment, rather than for other reasons?

It is a common misconception that if something bad happens to someone, they MUST have done something wrong. Children believe this (children of divorce blame themselves). Jesus's Apostles believed this ("why was this man born blind? His sin, or the sin of his parents?"), but were wrong. Jesus said those crushed by the Tower of Siloam were no worse sinners than anyone else. Also those who saw Paul bitten by the snake.

Many left the church after the black death, because it said it was a judgment from God - yet many saw one village decimated and another spared, even though neither was more evil.


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David8318:

Some stop arguing when they realize that no matter how reasoned their arguments, the other person just cannot see reason. There's no pleasure in beating one's head against a brick wall. Even God stopped trying to reason with Israel after a while, and left them to their own devices.

The vast majority of Christians on this site (and everywhere else) are trinitarians. They aren't debating you. This isn't because they agree with you, but rather because they disagree with you but think it's pointless to argue.

You still haven't explained why NWT inserts "other" in Colossians 1:16 5 times for no grammatical reason - only to not contradict JW "Jesus is a created being" theology.


Finish It Here__Jan 2017
  
Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: I bet you that don't even realize that they are the reason their SSI check will cease.

This makes for good rhetoric, but bad math. Let's assume your figures are correct. Let's also assume 50% of the population contributes to SS. This means there are 160M contributors rather than 210M, around 75%. This would reduce expected SS contributions from 100% to 75%. To reduce them to zero would require additional factors at least three times as significant as abortion. Even if 90% of contributors weren't there, that would reduce payouts to 10%, not zero.


Marriage Of HIV Couples
  
mike4879:

Why make it ideological? What about just marrying for love, and accepting a person's baggage (including imperfect health) as part of the package? Typical marriage vows include, "For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, as long as we both shall live". Accepting your spouse's ill health is an explicit part of the marriage covenant, whether it's HIV, cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, arthritis, or anything else.

Whether someone is a prostitute is not relevant to whether they have HIV (both prostitutes and non-prostitutes get it), and neither is related to whether to whether someone can marry. Some Europeans have natural HIV resistance, whether prostitutes or not.


Who Collects Social Security
  
Nicole_Lacey:

Trump acts like a Fairy Godfather, promising to wave his magic wand, and do things nobody has ever been able to do, affordably, without providing a single hint to HOW.

Republicans are so keen to dismantle ACA, despite having nothing to replace it even after many years, and knowing it will cost the economy billions, and lose the health care industry millions of jobs.

How many of your medical co-workers are in FAVOR of ACA repeal? All of the ones I talked to in the last few months were extremely worried about it.

Mexico is paying attention, not money. They say "No way!". If he is SO SURE they will pay, why doesn't HE pay for it personally, then recover the funds from them? Don't hold your breath.


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Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: I REALIZED as an adult, that Protestants ONLY knew about 50 memorized Passages and try to argue with Catholics on just those 50 Passages.

I presume you are speaking about "average Protestants" rather than "all Protestants", as there are certainly some who have memorized the entire Bible.

Your same claim also applies to average Catholics. In Sunday school, they taught us a lot of cathechism, but very few actual bible passages. Yes, mass has a daily one-line scripture reading, but there is no systematic regimen of bible study. The average Catholic only knows a few bible passages as well.


Who Collects Social Security
  
Nicole_Lacey:

You wrote: Remember "You can keep your doctor..and your insurance"- Obama ?

Very recently, Trump said he had a health plan that would provide health care for EVERYONE. I'm very curious just how he plans to pull that one off. He had previously said he would build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, and he's already reneged on that promise, before he's even been inaugurated.


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Nicole_Lacey:

I had mentioned on several occasions that I live in the Phoenix area.

I go by what the government actually promises, not by pre-conceptions (other than the standard non-cynical one - i.e. that when the government says something, we should believe it instead of assuming they are all liars).

When you pay into a fund for future consideration, it is a right, not a handout.

As you know the life expectancy is greater in the USA due to all the medical procedures and medication.

Which under ACA more people could afford, but when it's repealed, not so much.


Marriage Of HIV Couples
  
mike4879:

You wrote: Strongax, if you want to marry people who are HIV POSITIVE KNOWING that they are HIV POSITIVE, that is up to you.

In many states, it is a felony for a HIV+ person to donate blood or have intimate relations without disclosing his status, so I was presuming that this question was about people entering into marriage knowingly, rather than being deceived (which is ALWAYS wrong).

Shall we join the members of Christ to a prostitute?

This is about HIV, not prostitution. As you said, HIV can be contacted a number of ways. (e.g. I personally know one person who is HIV+ due to an unfaithful spouse). Other issues may also apply, but they are independent of the blog topic.


How To Worship God
  
David8318:

You wrote: Why does MarkEaton's trinitarian Bibles omit using God's name either Yahweh or Jehovah?

The Jerusalem Bible, a Catholic (and therefore triniatarian) translation, does use "Yahweh".

Adonai or kyrios [Lord] are not suitable substitutes for YHWH.

Yet the New Testament writers seemed to believe it was, e.g. when they quoted the Old Testament.

The NWT does not support any of MarkEaton's scriptural lies and deceit.

On the other hand, it DOES include several dishonest doctrine-mandated interpolations that are in no way implied by the grammar, like adding [other] four times in Colossians 1:16 "... by means of him all [other] things were created ..."



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