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Comment Re:Don't forget.... (Score 2) 167

Another tech example: WebTV to internet is only on computers to "App Enabled" blue ray players / GoogleTV(and others).

Some tech comes out, slowly is found to have limitations, is replaced by another tech that is completely radical in it's approach, eventually it has limitations too, is replaced by a reimagining of the first tech with some parts of the 2nd tech... it's a standard cycle alright.

Another (non-tech) example: Father is a taskmaster, strict, and prudish. Son is rebellious and becomes loose, overindulging, and 'free spirited'. Grandson reacts to Dad's overindulgence and lack of structure with a desire to "do better for my son", becomes strict and prudish... rinse, wash, repeat. It's not a "forgone conclusion" that things will go this way, but if you look, it seems the norm that a person will react to their parents' behaviors and do the opposite.

You'll also find our culture swings like this too... the puritan years of ~ 1890 - 1900, the "roaring 20's", the "good old days" of the 40s and 50s, the 60s (enough said), though in each swing, the overall move is to less prudish it seems, and the swings appear to be less of a violent black/white swing.

I guess the pendulum swing is just a part of human nature, but perhaps there is an equilibrium that can be reached that is best for all...

Comment Re:That's gonna be an interesting world view (Score 1) 169

You're doing it wrong then...

So he loses $2 mil to taxes (I'm over exaggerating this to make a point)

$2,000,000 @ even a very modest 3% annual return = $60,000 per year.

With a decent, relatively safe mutual fund, you can get 6-8% return ($120,000 - $160,000 per year).

If you can't live off of that, you are seriously doing it wrong.

Comment Re:International Planet Registry (Score 1) 380

In response to your sig:

"If the bible proves the existence of God, then Superman comics prove the existence of Superman."

This is a non sequitur. If you're going to bash religion, at least learn logic enough to put up a solid, intelligent, well reasoned and logical argument so that others may have a chance to discuss things reasonably. This statement is a logical fallacy, and proves nothing.

Additionally, it assumes that the intent of the Superman comics was to convey truth. It also assumes that the comics themselves contain even a shred of factual information. The argument also assumes that the factual value of one piece of literature has direct correlative influence on the factual value of another piece of literature (fallacy of assuming the consequent).

Comment Re:Either that (Score 1) 706

No experience, sexual or not, is so amazing that you should live your life in such a way as to ensure that it only ever happens with one person.

 
This is your opinion, and I beg to differ. Marriage, and sex within that marriage, is an experience so amazing to me that I gladly choose to live my life in such a way that it only ever happens with one person. Since my wife is my one and only, that is a special gift I have given her and her alone. This makes the gift that much more special.
 
If I were a painter, and I paint one painting, is it not worth more than if I take that painting and have it mass produced? Is not the act of duplicating the masterpiece diminishing that masterpiece?
 
I see my marriage as my masterpiece, and I intend to have one and only one marriage to keep that marriage as special, unique, and a true treasure.
 
I pray that you find your masterpiece and cherish its uniqueness the rest of your days.

Comment Re:Either that (Score 1) 706

Wow... problems much? I had a sentence starting with "Sex..." I then changed it to start with the phrase "I am so glad that there is another Christian that understands that". I missed correcting the upper case S to s. And you use a typo to attach my character? This is why I can't take people like you seriously.

Comment Re:Either that (Score 2, Insightful) 706

Can you imagine giving a piece of your heart and mind to another and then expecting to be able to give 100% of yourself to the next person and the next person and the one after that? I can, because dating is just that. Sex, on the other hand, brings a whole new level of connection. It's hard enough having the baggage of previous 'loves' coming into a marriage, but previous sexual partners?
 
By giving myself to my wife only, I can completely give myself to her, and because I only gave myself to my wife alone, she has nothing to fear because she knows my personal stance on marital fidelity, one I kept strong from before I got married, and have no intention of breaking (and she knows it!). Because of this, the baggage of previous relationships is minimal, and the building of a solid marriage has less to burden it down.
 
Yes, perhaps if I had "shopped" around sexually, I could have found a better sexually gratifying experience, but would it be worth it?
 
If I found the "perfect" sex, but it wasn't with a woman who was the best match for me overall, I would spend the rest of my life with that "perfect" sex as a memory, and it would be very tempting to seek it again, and that would make me less than the faithful husband I desire to be to one woman.
 
You are right, sex isn't everything, and I believe that anyone willing to make it work can make the sex good... period.

Comment Re:Either that (Score 1) 706

Well... I also believe that 99% of a good "lay" as you put it is mental, and since I adore my wife, I have a wonderful time, and since it is almost always getting better, then it is almost always the best for me and almost never the worst. It's amazing what just being happy can do for a man's sexual experiences.

Comment Re:Either that (Score 4, Interesting) 706

Amen. First, your comment about how horrible it is to tell a child that God hates them for any reason is spot on. Second, I am so glad that there is another Christian that understands that Sex is a beautiful gift from God and is something to be reveled in (of course I believe that for numerous sociological reasons, in addition to common sense and biblical teaching, it is best when between two consenting married adults who have had no others, and has negative consequences when done outside of a solid marriage relationship... With no one to compare to, your significant other is the best for you for now and for always!).
 
Christ was all about love and Paul was all about loving one another, serving one another, and marriage (though he honestly points out that marriage can be a distraction for many in the ministry, and he's right, it does distract, but for most people, that trade off is worth it).
 
Christians need to realize that teaching fear of sex to children is creating maladjusted sexual beings who will never fully be able to enjoy guilt free sex with their spouse.
 
Oh, and let's get rid of that ancient (and wrong) notion that Men should dominate women in the marriage, please? "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish." Ephesians 5:22.
 
So the wife should treat her husband as the church treats Christ, with respect, awe, adoration, and love, but be careful all you guys who say "aha!" because the men are then told that in marriage the husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and give himself up for her. Men, our wives are expected to respect, love, and adore us, but in return, we are to sacrifice everything (even if it means death) to show our wives love. Now that's religion that is good for the soul, and that's the foundation of a good marriage, a solid community, and a good life.

Comment Re:Awesome... (Score 1) 100

If one has done a thorough study of the bible, it becomes clear that the old testament laws are so strict and overwhelming precisely for the express purpose of showing that it is impossible to earn eternal life by abiding by all of these laws. This is why Jesus had to pay the price for every time anyone has broken any of these laws. He chose to take the full punishment of all of humanity on himself so that anyone who would choose to follow his simple commandments, some of which are "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself" and "Go into all the world and preach the good news", would be given mercy.
 
One way to look at it is that we start life with $0 in spiritual righteousness, and doing right does not earn anything (why should it? Doing right is simply what is expected of us for being alive), but doing wrong costs us, so we fall into debt immediately and can never get out, but Jesus came along and offered to pay off all the debt for us—all we have to do is believe he exists, believe he has the authority to forgive the debt (or can afford to pay it off), and allow him to do so. He pays off the debt, and asks us to live a life that will not incur additional debt. We will fail, but his grace and mercy pays the debt again and again. This means that though we will fail, we do not willfully choose to fail, knowing that it causes further cost to Jesus for our actions.
 
Hopefully this helps you see that the law is not there to bind us to it, but to remind us of our inability to pay off our own debt of sin, thereby reminding us of how much Jesus and God love us and are willing to do in order to free us from our own increasing debt.

Comment Re:Awesome... (Score 1) 100

It's not supposed to be a "good" story. It's supposed to be lessons for living life. It includes the good, the bad, and the ugly of what it is to be a human, and the hope that we can be forgiven for those wrong acts we do, and become the best human, and the best humanity, we can be.
 
As a person who believes what the Bible teaches, I still don't find the Bible a good "curl up in an armchair and read at leisure" kind of book. But I wouldn't curl up in an armchair to read (at leisure) a complex manual for a complicated device, yet if I needed to understand the device in order to make it work correctly, I would still read the difficult manual in a hope to understand it... that is, after all, what the Bible really is—a technical manual for living.

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