DIss0n80r wrote:So, nope, not interested in witness testimony if I'm expected to treat it like solid gold before even being allowed to hear and judge it for myself. I'm not impressed by whining about not hurting feelings, either. If someone really has had such a profound experience, they ought not be so wary. Otherwise, they come across as insecure. So we're only left to wonder if the believer is merely guarding a house of cards.
DIss0n80r wrote:I'll also add, it seems extraordinarily selfish not to share something so powerful that it might potentially change minds.
DIss0n80r wrote:I'll also add, it seems extraordinarily selfish not to share something so powerful that it might potentially change minds. Probably wouldn't, as usual, but it seems like such a cop-out. Especially in the context of an internet forum where people can make vague claims of special knowledge or extraordinary experiences, and can inevitably retreat to that when failing to put forth a compelling case for their position.
It seems suspiciously like a psychological defense mechanism intended to insulate something the claimant considers a mental-emotional linchpin which they fear couldn't withstand objective scrutiny.
Not a good way to inspire confidence in witness credibility, that.
humphreys wrote:You guys mention earnest, heartfelt, and profound as if they add to the reality of the experience somehow.
qmark wrote:Now I'm not calling anybody an actual dog or swine, those are simply terms used to get the point across. In Jewish law, swine were "unclean". Sinners are "unclean", and by extension, unbelievers are "unclean". Why toss those pearls to those who would walk all over them and tear you up (or down) in the process? In the words of OT, that makes good non-sense.
at1with0 wrote:Isn't everyone a sinner?
qmark wrote:at1with0 wrote:Isn't everyone a sinner?
Yes, they are. The difference being, with believers in Jesus Christ, their sins are covered by the blood of Christ. As believers in Christ, they no longer "practice" sin.
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