I'm beginning to think that TimV and Buchanan have a lot in common, both seem to want to see the end of the world,Brian, I've noticed from posts here and on another section of this board that you just kind of write what every happens to be in your head at the moment. May I ask you educational background?
You're right to a point, I do write what I think, what I believe.
I'm a complex individual, very liberal on some issues and extremely conservative on others. So, to you it may sound inconsistent, but I am who I am. I've had some very unique experiences in my life that have shaped my beliefs. I'm a Christian who doesn't take the Bible literally (see previous post), has experienced personal revelation (James 1:5), talked to my guardian angel, and can't go to a funeral without seeing the deceased (except in the case of suicide/lost souls), and have been visited by spirits from both sides of the "curtain." I've had 4 years of college, plus other educational seminars and workshops, and studied such areas as Engineering, Accounting, Journalism, Law Enforcement, and Electronic Technology (hardware not software). I've been to: France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Germany, England, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. At one time I spoke English (native), Chinook Jargon, Spanish, Turkish, Japanese, Thai, as well as some German, French, and a smattering of Tagalog. All except the first three were learned in the country of origin. But I've also learned that non-use results in loss of knowledge so now I'm pretty much limited to the 1st 3, which are the 3 I use the most, and learned 1st.
Oh, by the way, my definition of an atheists and agnostics are people who've never had the opportunity to die and live to tell about it. It is a very enlightening experience and I will tell you that if you had ever had the experience you would no longer believe in predestination but know with a certainty that we reap what we sow. What we have in the afterlife is predicated upon what we do and learn in this life. If I had to pick one credo to live my life by, it would be the golden rule of which there are two versions: "Love thy neighbor as thyself," and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Which, reversed, means if you try to harm me, I am free to injure you in self-defense.
My uneducated Uncle (a boiler maker) used to call another uncle (High School Teacher) the "Educated Idiot." I've found there are idiots on both ends of the scale of education, genius's as well. When it comes to practical matters I've found a number of self-educated people who were genius's and a good number of highly educated people who were in totally over their heads.
I have come to put more trust in what I've learned with my own 2 hands and my own hard knocks over anything I read in books.
Darwin had the right idea, just the wrong application. This is a world of creationism with adaptation of the fittest. BTW, did you know that they just found a new (actually older) species of Iguana in the Galapagos that Darwin missed? The Pink (Rosada) Iguana.
Now that I've "Satisfied" your inquiry as to my education and experience I'll get off my: :soapbox: