"I see a need to know better, but much of that spiritual knowledge appears to be contradictory to me, and I can be simply confused, like trying to read Chomsky On Language, it goes over my head."
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
“Yes we have spoken about this and your belief is not mine, so as far as I know, according to what I think you report to me, I don't get a ticket to heaven, I get the ticket to hell. That is fine, as it should be, unless I'm saved - perhaps. I don't know the whole story.”
I know Joe, I just hope that at some point you will be able to believe.
“I'm not so sure, I don't get the memos, and you have said yourself that you are incapable of knowing the whole truth as you too are not God. There may be fine print that was not told to the sinners, at least I think it is possible.”
I know this for sure. The Bible IS God’s Word; it hold the truth about salvation and it is by what we will be judged.
• Romans 2:2 KJV
But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
• John 17:17 KJV
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
"I think the Catholic church has contraception right. It is unfortunate that Protestants in their liberation have figured out how to short cut the size family."
Maybe I should say, I think most religious Protestants have believed a lie when it comes to family planning.
"In the Gatto History Lessons I thought that this was made clear with the decision to double the supply of labor"
Josf, you have such a good mind. I cannot remember much of what Gatto said.
Yah, they double the workforce and then proceed to tax and regulate at 50% plus...Basically the criminals demand the sum of one of the household incomes...
"Meanwhile, to me, there is that Elephant in the room and if more of us stop feeding it, it might leave the room looking for greener pastures."
I think if you stop feeding the elephant it might stomp on you and then eat you.