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Is God Flawed??? posted 11 September 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionIs God Flawed??? by luciferi, Candidate

Epicurus the philosopher said this: "Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can, but does not want to; or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, and does not want to, he is wicked. But, if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how comes evil in the world?" So as you can see many people both great and small from all ages of the earth have pondered upon this question. As others have somewhat said if there is a god then you must consent that he is at least a little bit more powerful than you. Therefore how can it be possible for us to try and understand/judge him when we cannot know the end of all things. However this does seem like a bit of a copout. I have still yet to see who god is but unlike most agnostics (which I am one) I do believe there is evidence of some sort of god, but I am but a human so how can I understand the cruelties that plague this planet on both the evil and pure. view post

the bible is the solution posted 11 September 2008 in Philosophy Discussionthe bible is the solution by luciferi, Candidate

ummmmmmmmm......... which bible? view post

the bible is the solution posted 11 September 2008 in Philosophy Discussionthe bible is the solution by luciferi, Candidate

My last post was meant as a jest, but it is a legitimate question of mine. Here are some questions that I believe it has no answers for (please feel free to prove me wrong):

1. According to Genesis god commanded Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowlegd of good and evil. How could God fairly give this command? To disobey could not be a sin, because Adam could not comprehend a sin until the ate of the fruit which would reveal to him the differences of right and wrong.

2. Also according to Genesis god sent a world-wide flood to envelop the world for it was wicked at the time. However he seemed to like Noah and some of his family so he saved them by telling them to build an ark and gather the animals. How could Noah and his family feed or water the animals for that amount of time on the ark by any human possibility? If they were to be preserved by miracle, the ark was not necessary-to let them swim would have answered the purpose and been more indubitably miraculous. view post

The Creation Museum posted 17 September 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionThe Creation Museum by luciferi, Candidate

Just wanted other peoples thoughts on this expenditure... Wasteful effort? or Genuine Sincerity trying to do good? or whatever... view post

Zeitgeist posted 18 September 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionZeitgeist by luciferi, Candidate

I agree that there definitely was not a lot of citing going on. That really took away from the whole point of it. However the film was well done and well put together. There was some good points it had, but a lot of it was bs as well. One thing that I liked was when it talked about the PATRIOT Act. I do not agree with this act because it takes away our rights as people. view post

The upcoming election posted 18 September 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionThe upcoming election by luciferi, Candidate

I have made this topic because I like to know other people's take on things and it is necessary to hear criticism of what I think or don't think.

Any thoughts on this election year? I am not particularly enamoured with any of the candidates and am currently supporting none. I am also considering using my right to not vote because I cannot agree with any of them and will not make the decision to "choose a lesser evil". There is much corruption on both sides of the party. I think John McCain has too many special interests behind him although I applaud and respect the fact of his serving our country and being a prisoner of war. I think Barack Obama is a little too naive and I don't really agree with the whole universal health care thing. I have more opinions on other views both candidates have but will wait to say what you guys think... view post

Letters From the Earth posted 18 September 2008 in Literature DiscussionLetters From the Earth by luciferi, Candidate

Written by Samuel Clemes aka Mark Twain this was the last substantial work of literature that he worked on. Although he never finished the ideas in this book were conflicts that the author had dealt with his whole life. Clemens struggled with his ideas and wonderings and finally lets out some of his frustration in this work. Letters From the Earth is mostly a satire on the accepted views of god, the bible, and such. A very good read (although not completed) and I highly recommend it to all of you. view post

Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? posted 14 June 2009 in Philosophy DiscussionTerrorist or Freedom Fighter? by luciferi, Candidate

With the current and recent past events that have happened since 911, a lot of condoned racism against muslims and arabs have developed without any "real" understanding of culture or religions. But, stuff like this has been happening all over the world. Acts of "terror" by many several factions or groups have been committed countless times. Are the people that take part in these acts terrorists, or freedom fighters? Is this even a good question, because the answer can very well possibly be both yes and no depending on which side you ask. Who was it who said "if you win its a revolution, if you lose its an insurrection"? The definitions of terrorist and terrorism are as follows:
"Terrorist"- a person who terrorizes or frightens others.
"Terrorism"- the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. / a terrorist method of governing.
By this could you consider George Washington a terrorist? Or is he a freedom fighter? Or are all freedom fighters terrorist? What about the US? Could the US be considered a terrorist nation? Here is my argument that yes, the US can be considered terrorist:
We are taught to live in fear. Fear of crime, disease, weather, the future, etc, etc, etc. Our judicial system is screwed up so the public is forced to buy locks, alarms, guns, and all manners of safety devices because the system in place doesn't work. The crime problem gets bigger and not a whole lot of things have been done to find a better way to treat criminals and prevent crime and recidivism. Lately that has been changing, but people are still afraid to go out and sit at a park in the middle of the night. The government allies with the media to always give us something to worry about. Do you remember Y2K? That was the biggest joke ever. An earlier example of fear was eugenicism (is that the proper term? I'm not sure so correct me if I'm wrong). It basically became a science and many big members of society supported it. But, oh no, WWII happens, and then nobody even wants to remember that they supported it. Then there was Chernobyl. The long lasting effects of that was supposed to kill so many people and only really affected a few. It was even proven that a lot of people ended up dying, because they thought they were doomed already. This 9/11 thing to. Apparently all Arabs are terrorists and are raiding hospitals and killing babies. This was proven to never have happened. Also more recently we have this huge scare of global warming that everybody is buying into. The main consensus is that anybody that doesn't think its real is stupid. Well I guess I'm stupid. There is global warming of a type going on, but it's not man produced. Even more recently was this swine flu epidemic. There was a public high school in the US that disallowed shaking hands at their graduation because of this. C'mon now, I'm pretty sure more people have died from regular flu then swine flu. What the f*** is going on? Are we in the forms of hegemony like that of Orwell's 1984? I don't know whats going on anymore. Who will watch the watchers? view post

Zeitgeist posted 14 June 2009 in Philosophy DiscussionZeitgeist by luciferi, Candidate

Yeah I kind of felt the same way about "Religulous" by Bill Maher. He says the reason for his film is to get closet atheists to step out and the main point is that he really wants to find out and is curious about what other people think. What a load of horsecrap. The whole movie he doesn't let the other people talk and just makes fun of everything as much as possible. He doesn't care what other people think and doesn't what to "find out". He is already set in his mind and just wanted to make other people doubt what they believe in. view post

Biggest Surprises TJE / *SPOILERS* possible posted 22 June 2009 in The Judging EyeBiggest Surprises TJE / *SPOILERS* possible by luciferi, Candidate

I just thought having a topic for what everybody was suprised the most (or least) by (whether in a good/bad way), whether it be the changes in style, character, story, detail, etc. A few of the things that were a surprise for me were: Kellhus having soooo many children, Mimara's storyline developed and continued, the acceptance of female sorcerers, no "real" mention of Cnaiur (I mean only Akka recalled him in pasttime I think), the lack of "sex" ( I thought this was for the better. The first three had so many references and side scenes it was a little much although the argument can be made that life is full of this and Bakker just wanted to portray inner desires and "real" life), change in pace (no battles?, I know I know, the slog story was awesome, but so much detail was put into atmosphere+environment through TJE and not really towards "action"), also, there was much less strong enticing wordplay amongst characters, none of the "good" stuff from PON. What about you guys? view post

Help me understand posted 22 June 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionHelp me understand by luciferi, Candidate

...perhaps a late reply, but a reply nonetheless. I think life is about learning, not necessarily about what you want to accomplish/become (although these are important things in what makes life). To me life is a quest for knowledge, a book waiting to be read, an unanswerable question that I try to answer. I don't think that life can be fully understood. Certainly many have tried, but for me, personally, I find that although the ultimate question(=life) is unanswerable, facets and little things become understood when one searches. Although I may never be satisfied with everything the way it is, I know that IT IS the way it is and thats something I can rely on. I probably am being a little confusing, but I know what I mean inside my thoughts. Do you?

Is there more to life? Certainly both sides can be argued and I am not competent enough to provide the correct answer, but I think people should at least try and find out. Seek more knowledge on any subject, there is always more to learn. I have struggled with thoughts like these as well, and what I fall back on is this: I don't know everything yet. Although I know I will never know everything, I can always know more. I hope you are doing well, and have come to some decision. view post

Eon - Greg Bear posted 22 June 2009 in Literature DiscussionEon - Greg Bear by luciferi, Candidate

Great read for Sci-Fi Fantasy fans. It reminded me of the video game Halo (the 1st one) for some reason... view post

Ilium posted 22 June 2009 in Literature DiscussionIlium by luciferi, Candidate

I enjoyed the blending of literature in Ilium and Olympos. I really like the story. The books for a variety reasons reminded me of the SNES game Chrono Trigger. Did it do that to anyone else? view post


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