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Ok, the quotes are getting long. So I'll start straight.

No, I was saying the difference between someone who believes what they want versus what is taught is simple--do you KNOW what you believe is true. The "book" that Christians live by has its significance in the fact that its writing was guided by God's hand. Our "reading a book" has nothing to do with salvation--it was his writing it. Where do you base your faith? It has no foundation, no confirmation.

You believe it, I can believe anything. Where is the backing?

What I'd say is the problem with your belief is that it centers around the belief that God will accept anyone. Theres no standard, no action, no specific belief. Thats not how God is portrayed most any religion--they all center around faith and a specific standard. Whether it is Christianity, Judaism, or Islam, they all hold true to that.

And as you have tied Jesus to the God you believe in, I presume you mean it to be the same God all three religions worship.

Going to church, and organized religion does not mean much. And I disagree with the suicide=hell theory. God does decide who goes to heaven and hell, but not based on whether you've met a specific standard, or arbitrary.

On the Contrary, it is a more accurate view of God--its narrower, yes. But God is a Holy and Pure God--he cannot have sin in his presence. And we all sin. That is something I imagine we agree on. So how do you overcome sin? In ancient times, it was a simple sacrifice, and following the laws set by God and the Priests (for the Israelites), and to believe the Messiah was coming. When he came, though, his death, as a pure and holy sacrifice, infinitely more significant than a pigeon or lamb, atttoned all sin, past, present, and future. You only need to accept his gift.

That is where the clearest view of God is--a Holy, Loving God will to subject His son, and in a sense, himself, to the most horrific punishment imaginable--beyond crucification, Christ had to bear sin, as a perfect being. All you have to do is accept the gift.

It is a standard, and clear way in, an easy way in, but not a open gate.

He did speak in riddles and parables, because speaking forthrightly could have gotten him killed. He wanted people to think, to understand what he was teaching.

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tachyonblade wrote:
Werda Verd wrote:
tachyonblade wrote:

I tend, personally, to take Homer Simpsons' view on religion...I worship God in my own way and I am sure that God being God understands that...if he doesn't then he wouldn't be God.

See, that really doesn't make sense--it disagrees most major religions today. You can't have more than one true religion. That is what give people the reason to say that their religion is the only way.

You can't expect your version of god to accept you simply because you believe that he exists, especially if you don't even know what god you're "worshiping". Thats just making up your own god. You can't tailor a god to your own desires. If you don't know what god you worship, how can you follow the laws he's laid down? How can you follow him?

Its one thing to follow a religion, another to make your own up.

This is why I've not gotten involved in this. I knew It'd end badly. Sorry for coming across antagonistic, but it makes no sense no matter what direction your coming from.

You are kind of making my point for me here...I don't believe in organized religion on any level because it is, in the end, all arbitrary! People believe whatever it is they want to believe. There are people who consider themselves christians who follow rules and dogma that are not even in the Bible.

But more importantly, what I was trying to say was
1.) that people shouldn't judge others' religious views.
2.) No one should be a slave to ideology. ( and I will never, ever believe there is only one true religion, I think that is ethnocentric, self-centered and myopic!)
3.) People should have a sense of humor, I am sure God does.

Why organized religion makes sense is that you simply can't make God be what you want him to be. That simply doesn't work. You can't judge people based on their beliefs, but that doesn't mean they're all right. That to is impossible.

I agree about people who claim to be "Christians" are aren't. There are a LOT of those.

Some people believe what they want to believe (which it seems to me is what your doing, correct) but some believe what they know is right. Thats the key difference.

And God very well may have a sense of humor, or irony. When your the most intelligent being in the universe, it probably gets a bit lonely, especially before humanity.

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tachyonblade wrote:

I tend, personally, to take Homer Simpsons' view on religion...I worship God in my own way and I am sure that God being God understands that...if he doesn't then he wouldn't be God.

See, that really doesn't make sense--it disagrees most major religions today. You can't have more than one true religion. That is what give people the reason to say that their religion is the only way.

You can't expect your version of god to accept you simply because you believe that he exists, especially if you don't even know what god you're "worshiping". Thats just making up your own god. You can't tailor a god to your own desires. If you don't know what god you worship, how can you follow the laws he's laid down? How can you follow him?

Its one thing to follow a religion, another to make your own up.

This is why I've not gotten involved in this. I knew It'd end badly. Sorry for coming across antagonistic, but it makes no sense no matter what direction your coming from.

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Oh no.....

And no.

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Weekly Update 1/30

New update here, and now with a picture of the mysterious and previously unseen Mythic Map, Sandbox. Follow the link for more news--still sounds like it will be customizable.

Recent updates reveal that Elites will not be enemies in ODST, but have been replaced by Brutes. Don't worry, the reasons are flawless.

Also. scroll down past the update for previous weeks.

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(8 replies, posted in Fans)

Various online sites (yes, here too), Too Human, sleeping.

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BFFC therealmccoy wrote:
virulent_messiah wrote:

hey to all the noobs

hi!



<--- is a noob

noob/mod. Same difference tongue

Couldn't resist.

Seriously, though, welcome to all new members, and hope you like it here.

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virulent_messiah wrote:

new av...the facial qualities a little off, but its based off a sketch function on a friend's computer cam...its me.

Very nice. 9.5/10

15 still isn't bad--and thats what it was marked for. I'm just glad they had it.

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You'll get some flak for that...why?

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(35 replies, posted in General)

Wow...unexpected for sure. Will have to look into.

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Skillet, Rascal Flatts. I like others, but those are two of very few bands that have put out a TON of good songs.

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Only way I'd ever CONSIDER getting this is if Mandos were included, and could kill Jedi. And probably if it were to be on the 360, cus my computer is CRAP.

Yeah, it is pretty fun. Not at all serious, but get some friends and yeah, it is.

And yeah, we should probably do other games too. Whats the best time and time zone for everyone?

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Karson Fett wrote:

1. KotOR
2. Republic Commando ( I wish they would make another one)
3. Battle Front II ( even if they didn't enable prone mode)
4. Lego StarWars  The whole Saga
5. Jedi Knight Jedi Academy
6. Rogue Squadron 64
7. Star Wars Monopoly
8. Episode III
9. KotOR II
10. Jedi Kinght II

Thank you for putting Commando near the top. The vid mccoy posted was interesting, but I highly disagree with some of the choices. Commando should have been higher than 8.

It was pretty fun. And fairly interesting.

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RepCom
TFU
Battlefront 1
Bounty Hunter

I guess. Repcom and TFU are really the only ones I'd replay.

Gamecube, maybe. Cus they're cheap. But only if you have a bit of extra money, because there's not a whole lot of other games worth getting for it.

They were ok, but I'm not sure either is worth getting a system for. How much is a Gamecube now?

I'm not sure how the breakdown of console vs pc owners is, but I'm sure between here and MandoMercs we should be able to get enough for both.

I know I have it for the 360, Si and Rev do, I presume Reg does. Jaerog, you have it?

Its about $15 dollars, so pretty darn cheap. And it has solid server support. No lag, that I remember.

Jesse has it for PC, who else?

I figured enough people here have it that we could get a decent sized party going. If we need more, I can share it on MandoMercs. Bet a few there might be up for it.

I was playing Republic Commando online with Si and Rev, and it was a lot of fun. I know a number of people have the game, and thought it would be fun to organize a time, and get a bunch of us together for some online RC vs Trandoshan deathmatches.

Anyone interested?

Oh, if this is a hit, we could easily do this with other games.

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Annoying that they won't continue it, I guess.

And even four hours I find hard to believe. Most of the levels take longer than 30 minutes. Certainly the Covenant does, and Tsavo Highway was long too.

I beat it on Normal at first, took me longer than that. Then beat it in two person Co-op with my little brother a while later.

There was a lot of hype, but I felt it fairly well lived up to it. Lots of features, and multiplayer is still fun.

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Well, depending on what else is in it, your only spending $10 extra (its $80), because the maps will be that much anyways. You get them early, if that matters, and there may be extra stuff that would be worth it. I'll see if I can find out what all is in it.

EDIT: Found a list

The known items in the Halo Wars: Limited Edition are as followed:

    * Halo Wars game disc.
    * Halo Wars: Genesis, a graphic novel and prequel to the game, based on the first military campaign against the Covenant.
    * Halo 3: Mythic Map Pack, the upcoming new map pack; including Assembly, Orbital, and Sandbox.
    * 6 Leader cards, which show information on Captain James Cutter, Sergeant John Forge, and others.
    * UNSC Spirit of Fire embroidered ship emblem patch.
    * The Honor Guard Wraith, a special in-game item, used by the Honor Guard of the Covenant.
    * A special M12 Warthog LRV, painted in an eccentric manner and is available from a select number of retailers.

http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/halo/images/thumb/e/e1/Halo_Wars_-_Collectors_Edition_package.jpg/800px-Halo_Wars_-_Collectors_Edition_package.jpg

There's a few of them.

No idea. Hated the Bando Gora levels. Parts of Corrie were fun, didn't like Dug levels much, and Rozz's station was pretty good.

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Update: Weekly Update 01/16/09

Questions about Mythic Maps answered, confirming that while the Mythic Maps (Assemble, Orbital, and the yet to be truly shown Sandbox) will come with the LE version of Halo Wars, they won't be released on the Marketplace immediately.

The Bungie net Render-to-video feature is currently in in-house beta testing.

Lars Bakken, ODST Designer, shares on Bungie's in-house playthrough of ODST, and is joined by Shiska with his own views.

A short about the M7s SMG, and changes that ODST will make to it.

Lastly, a short story about a Brute Pimp Chieftain

On that note, update complete.