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smartbaum 2 points ago +2 / -0

And the solar flares explanation only works if everything is affected and not everything was.

That's not true. It's Russian Roullette.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CfkDzWooI

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smartbaum 1 point ago +1 / -0

Microsoft, Google, Instagram, Facebook, and 17 other non-cellular networks all had difficulties at the exact same time. Or how about Apple, YouTube, Vimeo, and several gaming platforms going down 13 hours later when the next solar flare occurred. Not to mention the satellites that were disrupted at the exact same time

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smartbaum 6 points ago +6 / -0

I'm visiting ES next month for a health summit. Can't wait to check out the scene

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smartbaum 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'm not getting it. That cost of goods still has to be scaled to correlate with the average income discrepancy in the two economies. Someone needs to do the math on that.

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smartbaum 1 point ago +1 / -0

Sorry I don't trust any big names. They all play a game to get to where they are. I'd rather crowdsource the lower levels of the journalism industry for a highly competent nobody to do it right and without an agenda.

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smartbaum 1 point ago +1 / -0

of course clone theories also assume hybrid reptilians running the world. The intellectual rigor is truly unmatched in these exclusive exposes.

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smartbaum 1 point ago +1 / -0

he's pro Israeli which is incongruent with Libertarianism and the non aggression principle.

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smartbaum 3 points ago +3 / -0

Don't need the LiFi to see what's going on. The only redeeming qualities of artificial modern lighting has been the infrared from incandescent. The flicker rates and narrow frequency band of blue light from LEDs, with zero infrared, is the exact recipe for agitating biological health issues. LED lights alone can induce Type 2 Diabetes.

https://twitter.com/zaidkdahhaj/status/1744424566146158832

"Artificial light hijacks POMC, ACTH, and CLIP to raise insulin and blood sugar, independent of what you eat"

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smartbaum 1 point ago +1 / -0

The big trade secret about so many of these 'disturbing' cultural phenomena is that Indifference is almost all the time the most effective weapon. I wish more here would take a clue on that, then a large number of asinine shit posts would go away about people we should ignore anyways. Do we want civilization to move forward, or is it better to stagnate in petty mud slinging?

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smartbaum 2 points ago +2 / -0

Your mysticism must creep into your ability to do historical work? There was no Christian mysticism in the beginning, the only evidence is from the latter half of the 2nd century when gnostics appropriated some Christian teachings and terminology, but were not part of the Christian community as handed down by all the apostles. And the "Pauline" system was completely in alignment with the first church in Jerusalem, the leaders (of whom Jesus' own brother was one) all agreed that Paul accurately taught and applied their same gospel to the Gentiles.

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smartbaum 2 points ago +2 / -0

Wrong approach, the future of our society depends on children with lowered IQs, developmental issues, and less cavities.

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smartbaum 1 point ago +2 / -1

I'll file that in the same folder as "Because you'd be in jail"

Campaign Promises, folks.. They cost nothing and yield yuge returns. Be wary.

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smartbaum 3 points ago +4 / -1

Agreed. At this point I still have no intention of voting for Trump based on this issue (along with his incipient Zionism). Big pharma and medical tyranny have devastated the well being of our society possibly beyond repair, its just that most people still don't know how bad it is.

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smartbaum 3 points ago +3 / -0

a big pharma shill has no purpose in our national interest and future IMHO.

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smartbaum 2 points ago +2 / -0

No longer conspiracy theory but independently established fact that the mRNA tech utilized SV40 promoters to breach the nuclear membrane. Now read the history of SV40 with the Cutter Incident and polio vaccines. Turbo cancers should be no shocker anymore.

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smartbaum 1 point ago +1 / -0

I’m just now interested in Christ but I still don’t feel 100% confident in them-but I feel that’s normal. Looking around it’s hard to believe a loving and caring god would let this planet get to this point.

This is not unusual for our time and place. You can read about the crisis of the Christian church back in the 4th century when Rome was being sacked and the whole world as they knew it was going to pot. Augustine wrote a book called "City of God" that meditates on the intentions of God and his spiritual kingdom that does not depend on the rise and fall of any particular society, nation-state, or empire.

Also, consider the faith of Abraham as described in the book of Hebrews; even though Abraham had a great many promises made by God directly to him, and God swore an oath by His own existence and character that they would be true, all seemed to be contradicted by Abraham's wandering, pilgrim existence. He had no land to call his own, no heir while he had an old and barren wife who was also doubting, and even his own sin and foolishness threatened the fulfillment of God's promises. The NT author to Hebrews says Abraham endured because he did not live by what his eyes saw, he lived by seeking "a better country"; the heavenly realm itself, not just a piece of real estate later called Israel. The earthly blessings were just a preliminary level of what was promised, they paled in comparison to the knowledge that God was preparing a heavenly kingdom and a spiritual seed to conquer all enemies including death itself. That's why Abraham was able to carry through his call to sacrifice his only son Isaac. He knew God would give Isaac back to him somehow to confirm God's promise (faith in a resurrection, i.e. life coming out of death). It's a truly amazing program of divine grace and power that we are called to hinge our faith on.

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smartbaum 3 points ago +3 / -0

Yes, its good to keep in mind that not everyone's journey to faith is an instant, overnight crisis thing. Jesus is a patient and loving shepherd who may work differently in different folks. John 3 talks about being born fresh, born from above, but he didn't say its an instantaneous thing necessarily. Read carefully what he says about the work of the Spirit, His mysterious methods like the wind that comes and goes. But the takeaway is to not lose heart, be discouraged, or give up if all the answers are not suddenly clear, or if obstacles and opposition seem to threaten the cultivation of the seed that has been planted in your heart.

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smartbaum 1 point ago +1 / -0

Regarding the command "sin no more" this happens twice in John and is specific to the two people Jesus was interacting with. In both cases, Jesus knew something of their particular circumstances where some manner of habitual behavior or living had resulted in their extremely dire situation at the time he healed or forgave them. So it is not a universal template on how anyone comes to faith in Christ and repents. The rest of the New Testament is consistent that the life of the believer involves a process of struggling with sin. Paul for instance never tells the churches he writes to for everyone to simply "sin no more". He says now that they have died to sin and been made alive with Christ, they must persevere in the process of putting to death the sinful deeds of the flesh, for this is consistent evidence of our new identity in Christ as a new creation, though we still inhabit corrupted bodies in a corrupted world. But for particular sins that are tearing apart the Church, or scandalizing the Gospel message, Paul gives the pastoral command to deal with it decisively (1 Corinthians examples: the petty divisions, the incestuous relationship a man had with his stepmother, etc. Galatians example: the false teaching to require circumcision and law keeping to be saved. Hebrews example: the temptation to return to Judaism for assurance of salvation, etc)

Of course making an unforced decision is involved in coming to faith in Christ. But unfortunately American evangelicalism has in some ways made mankind's natural ability to "choose" into a work an in some cases even an idol. I used to be in that world. It's a democratic libertarian distortion of Christianity. The NT teaches we in our natural state don't even have the ability to choose correctly without the regenerative and sovereign work of the Spirit upon the heart. Remember in John Jesus also told his disciples, "You did not choose me, but I chose you". Wait, what? They chose to follow him didn't they? Yes, because once they are no longer dead in sin and darkness but are His sheep (sovereign work of the Spirit), they hear His voice and follow.

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smartbaum 3 points ago +3 / -0

Amen and amen! The more I study the bible from cover to cover, and see the blinding perfect glorious holiness of God's character reflected in the Law he gave to Israel through Mt Sinai, the more crystal clear it is how precious to all mankind that promised seed was in Genesis 3 and then again to Abraham in Gen 12, 15 etc. The Law came later (Galatians 3) to demonstrate that sin disqualifies everyone from obtaining life even through our best efforts; no one is righteous according to God's standards, even though the Law shows how righteousness and blessing must go together. We need an advocate and a substitute to go in the stead of God's judgment for us, to cover us and give us life by His righteousness according to the stipulations of divine Law. We can only hold out the empty hand of faith and receive the gift that was obtained by the bloody cross. And yes, works are absolutely necessary to demonstrate we are not playing games with God in confessing faith in Christ, but that we believe in our hearts.

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smartbaum 1 point ago +1 / -0

Repentance is required as an inseparable evidence of faith in Christ. In Romans when Paul is presenting the legal argument for justification by faith, he excludes any form of "doing good" as being a part of justifying faith itself. That would include a genuine resolve to turn from sin. Think of all the examples in the Gospels of characters who have favorable encounters with Jesus, it is their faith that brings about salvation (A petition for mercy in some way, acknowleding their sinful and helpless condition). Repentance is the happy consequence of Jesus' saving act of healing/forgiving sins.

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smartbaum 5 points ago +5 / -0

Well done, good and faithful servant! I might add one thing. This acceptance of Christ means a full surrender to His will.

Sir you need to reconsider what you are writing here. Salvation by obedience-faith is unbiblical, even if Roman Catholics teach it as official doctrine.

Please review the basics of the epistle to the Romans; where works (anything, literally anything we can do or continue to do to please God) and faith are two SEPARATE paths to being justified before God. One of those paths is strictly hypothetical, that if we wish to do well we can inherit eternal life on the grounds of full, perfect, and perpetual obedience. Or what you call "full surrender".

This was precisely the legal argument Jesus gave to the rich young ruler. He did not come to Jesus as the messiah, crying out for mercy as someone in a helpless state. He called Jesus "Good teacher" because he had moral conduct as a basis for eternal blessings on his agenda. He wanted to know what else must be done to fill out the required goodness that makes eternal life a reward. Jesus' response accepts the ruler's premise for the sake of argument. His response was not "Oh just be a disciple like these 12 guys here, do good make some sacrifices and follow me". Jesus in fact was saying this: you must be just as I am: give up everything (he set aside his glory to become a humble servant completely voluntariliy), sell to the poor (all that you possess and value in this life are now the property of strangers and even sinners who may not appreciate you whatsoever), and come follow me (literally, walk with me towards Jerusalem, to also be falsely accused, arrested, beaten, and allow yourself to be put to death purely out of self sacrificial love for your neighbor).

This "full surrender" is a higher standard than you can imagine. It means completing the same mission as Jesus himself did. Who is up for it? Show of hands? The answer is only Jesus did what could be done to inherit eternal life. That is the sum conclusion and fulfillment of the Law, loving God and neighbor so that one may attain life and blessing. We need a substitute (faith in Christ, redemption by HIS blood), we cannot fulfill personally what is required. Period.

Repentance is also not the grounds of justification, i.e. being accepted before a holy God. Otherwise Christ died for no effectual reason, if we only had to be sorry and do better against sin to be saved. We cannot mingle the content of the gospel with the consequences of the gospel. Those who are saved by faith in Christ alone, with no works added, no tears of repentance contributing to God's judicial decision, certainly will have new life and walk in a desire to please God and turn from sin. As evidence of justification by faith. But none of that is the grounds of justification. Again, read Romans carefully. This straightforward structural overview of the epistle I think would help clarify some things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar6PjL3quBk

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