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• Posted by: Ashi-taka469   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, November 18, 2002, at 10:02 a.m.
• IP Address: cdefault.uwsp.edu
• In Response to: Re: Extremely OFFENSIVE film and music, Potter... (Common Sense)

Gee, I must have some serious introspection then, because for some reason, these stories fail to wisk me away on that magical mystery tour your raving about. As for the rest of your post, if rants on the occult make you sick, you must get a lot of notes from the doctor, because that seems a little bit sensitive. But that aspect of you post is unimportant. It's the other parts that interest me more.

Must everything be filtered through blind faith you ask? Well, yes and no. Christians are intelligent human beings (believe it or not :o). We do have the ability to rationalize or reasons for doing certain things. Yet within the realm of faith, as with everything, there are certain things that cannot be proven with theory and observation. One of my favorite movie quotes offers a real good illustration of this. It's the scene in "Contact" where Ellie and Palmer are basically challenging each others beliefs.
Palmer:"Did you love your father?"
Ellie:"What?"
Palmer:"Your Dad. Did you love him?"
Ellie:"Yes, very much."
Palmer:"Prove it."
Now let me ask you, how would one go about proving such a thing by use of the scientific method? You may try, in which case you would ultimately come to the conclusion that this love could not possibly exist and is merely a mental illusion created by the subject to prevent herself from slipping into feelings of self doubt and thusly depression. Still, after reaching such a conclusion, try convincing the subject that it is true, try convincing anyone that their love for another is merely an illusional state of mind. In the end you will fail, simply because the people would somewhere in some indescribable area of their heart and mind know for a fact that what you presented is not the whole story, that some all important element is missing, something that all the theory and observation in the world could not identify and explain, and the only way it can be seen is through that blind faith you so despise.

Immediately proceeding this you make the claim that the Bible is nothing but a series of fictional stories in of its self. Quite a bold claim, considering it is probably the most influential book in history on the path of western civilization. Yet despite the bold nature of your comment, you fail to enlighten us as to your reasoning for such a claim. It's almost as if you wish us to accept it "on faith." In this case, blind faith is not an acceptable answer to such a claim, given that there are documents that could be used to illustrate either parallels or contradictions in literature of the time, there is archeological evidence that could be searched for and that has been found, example the ashes of James brother of Jesus just recently recovered. So, you essentially could make scientific judgements in either direction regarding the Bible. Yet regardless, that fact seemed to pass you up.

One final thing before I cease my ranting, please lighten your tone. Responding to something in such a cruel manner only presents the image of someone speaking out of uncontrolled emotion rather than rational and disciplined thought, and as a result, provides an argument that is self destructive to the writers image rather than supporting his or her point.

> Earth to blithering idiot... Earth to blithering idiot...

> The only thing I find offensive is your God talk. Harry Potter (and its
> wonderous music) is an innocent fantasy story that wisks its audience away
> into a world of mystery and magic. A person who can find fault in that
> must have some serious introspection to deal with.

> Your ravings about Harry Potter and his "occultic practices"
> sicken me. Must everything you encounter in life be filtered through your
> blind faith in the mystical man upstairs and the Bible (Which happens to
> be a collection of fictional stories itself?) I grow tired of religous
> fanatics who try to ruin the fun in life.

> There are many worse things in the world to deal with, like having sex
> with kids for instance. Why don't you occupy your time with something more
> constructive?




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