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General Discussion / How Evil Is Tech?
« Last post by PeteWaldo on November 23, 2017, 09:42:45 AM »
"How Evil Is Tech?
David Brooks NOV. 20, 2017

Not long ago, tech was the coolest industry. Everybody wanted to work at Google, Facebook and Apple. But over the past year the mood has shifted.

Some now believe tech is like the tobacco industry — corporations that make billions of dollars peddling a destructive addiction. Some believe it is like the N.F.L. — something millions of people love, but which everybody knows leaves a trail of human wreckage in its wake.

Surely the people in tech — who generally want to make the world a better place — don’t want to go down this road. It will be interesting to see if they can take the actions necessary to prevent their companies from becoming social pariahs.

There are three main critiques of big tech.

The first is that it is destroying the young. Social media promises an end to loneliness but actually produces an increase in solitude and an intense awareness of social exclusion. Texting and other technologies give you more control over your social interactions but also lead to thinner interactions and less real engagement with the world.

As Jean Twenge has demonstrated in book and essay, since the spread of the smartphone, teens are much less likely to hang out with friends, they are less likely to date, they are less likely to work.
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Politics, culture and the social sciences.

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Eighth graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they are unhappy than those who spend less time. Eighth graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent. Teens who spend three or more hours a day on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, like making a plan for how to do it. Girls, especially hard hit, have experienced a 50 percent rise in depressive symptoms.

The second critique of the tech industry is that it is causing this addiction on purpose, to make money. Tech companies understand what causes dopamine surges in the brain and they lace their products with “hijacking techniques” that lure us in and create “compulsion loops.”"

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"In “John Quincy Adams: A Bibliography,” compiled by Lynn H. Parsons (Westport, CT, 1993, p. 41, entry#194), there is a section named “Unsigned essays dealing with the Russo-Turkish War and on Greece,” (The American Annual Register for 1827-28-29 (NY: 1830). In that section, Adams had the following to say about Islam:

The natural hatred of the Mussulmen towards the infidels is in just accordance with the precepts of the Koran…

This is in stark contrast to his view of the Christian religion:

The fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion is the extirpation of hatred from the human heart. It forbids the exercise of it, even towards enemies. […]

One sentence in particular stands out in his commentary about the Islamic ideology. And boy, it is hard-hitting…

In the 7th century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab … spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. … He declared undistinguishing and exterminating war as a part of his religion. … The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust, to exalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature.”"
‘Brotherhood Using Deep Web to Open New Front in US’

A former Egyptian government minister says the Muslim Brotherhood is using the deep web to raise funds for operations in the U.S. and possibly to purchase weapons. That’s according to the Egyptian weekly el-Fagr, which interviewed (Arabic link) former deputy interior minister Mohammad Nour el-Din.

El-Din said the Brotherhood uses those parts of the internet that don’t appear in search engines (Google, etc.) to fundraise. Much of this effort is via Bitcoin, a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system.

The former minister, who is a security expert, suggested the organization could well be purchasing rockets and mortars and hiring mercenaries via the deep web as well.

The newspaper item says the Muslim Brotherhood is attempting to establish “a new Islamist front in the U.S.” and elsewhere but currently lacks sufficient funding. This is despite recent reports of the large sums of money transferred to the Brotherhood, particularly from Qatar and Turkey."
"‘National Duty to Rape Girls in Revealing Clothes’
By Meira Svirsky Sunday, November 5, 2017

Speaking about a proposed bill to tighten the anti-prostitution laws in Egypt on a televised debate, lawyer Nabih Wahsh outraged his audience when he stated:  “Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing? … I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.”"

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The Love of God as Revealed Through the Word / Re: Love Your Neighbor
« Last post by PeteWaldo on November 12, 2017, 07:55:06 AM »
It seems that Jesus was saying that loving God with all our hearts and loving our neighbor as ourselves what more important than burnt offerings or sacrifices.

I believe far beyond that to being one of the two greatest commandments, of which none is greater, and of which....

Matt 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The Love of God as Revealed Through the Word / Re: Love Your Neighbor
« Last post by JC_Believer on November 04, 2017, 06:32:42 PM »

Mark 12.28  And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?    29  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:    30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.    31  And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.    32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:    33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love [his] neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.    34  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him [any question].

It seems that Jesus was saying that loving God with all our hearts and loving our neighbor as ourselves what more important than burnt offerings or sacrifices.  I Cor 13 is called the "Love Chapter" because it defines what love actually is.  God is not expecting us to offer Him animal sacrifices or hurt our bodies to please Him or even give our own lives by death or suicide but rather He wants us to become "living" sacrifices by laying down our lives, our wills, while still living in this world, not only for Him but for others.  That is the true meaning of love.  Love is the fulfilling of ALL the law.  It never fails!!

The Way of Love
1Co 13:1  If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell. 
1Co 13:2  And if I have a prophet's power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing. 
1Co 13:3  And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me. 
1Co 13:4  Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride; 
1Co 13:5  Love's ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil; 
1Co 13:6  It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true; 
1Co 13:7  Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things. 
1Co 13:8  Though the prophet's word may come to an end, tongues come to nothing, and knowledge have no more value, love has no end. 
1Co 13:9  For our knowledge is only in part, and the prophet's word gives only a part of what is true: 
1Co 13:10  But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary. 
1Co 13:11  When I was a child, I made use of a child's language, I had a child's feelings and a child's thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child. 
1Co 13:12  For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God's knowledge of me. 
1Co 13:13  But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 
The Love of God as Revealed Through the Word / Re: The Love of God
« Last post by JC_Believer on November 04, 2017, 06:03:33 PM »
Unfortunately, history is not always accessible to people and if you only know one image of God and are kept from the truth it is more difficult to come to that decision.  One truth is that God is a righteous Judge not willing for any to perish, therefore, EVERYONE will have the opportunity to come to Him, either by Spirit or by truth.  We hear the testimonies of peoples, who never had a preacher but have had encounters with good angels, or had visions and dreams, and even encounters with the Lord Himself,  but most will hear by the Spirit of God, Who has come to convince the world of sin and righteousness and judgement.  We pray, we preach, we sow, but God gives the increase.  God is the Savior of the World!  If ANYONE wants truth He will move the World to bring it to them.  He is as close as a thought or a word.  Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.   Praise to HIS Name alone and ALL Glory to the ONE TRUE God and our Father!!
"The UN Admits That The Paris Climate Deal Was A Fraud "

It concludes:

"Whether you believe in climate change or not, the Paris climate accord amounted to nothing, or pretty close to it. Even the UN admits that now."

Just a way to control minds.
The Love of God as Revealed Through the Word / Re: The Love of God
« Last post by PeteWaldo on October 31, 2017, 06:14:11 PM »
Yet Muhammadans don't seem to possess the capacity to understand the difference.

A related thread where a Muslim falsely proclaimed Samson to be the first suicide soldier:

Do you suppose this is a brainwashing that is brought on by constant manipulation and fear?

There's no question fear is a huge factor as leaving Islam is not considered an option for the overwhelming majority, since the punishments for leaving Islam range from being disinherited (or having your own parents kill you) in the West.........

To the death penalty by State statute in most Middle East Islamic countries for "apostasy".......

Or even for just speaking the truth about Muhammad as he is revealed through Islam's own books:

You would think that 1400 years worth of Islam's slave's aversion to truth, while being intimidated and forced into having to stay in that cult, would be enough to demonstrate even to them that it must be a lie and drive most that still have the capacity for critical thought out.

However since their entire reality is inverted, being trained in what to DISbelieve, and their lives are ruled by the father of lies with Muhammad's "revelations" coming straight out of the pit of hell, I think the greatest factor behind their dysfunction and broken-mindedness comes from being filled with Satan's spirit of antichrist:

Thus becoming so deeply ingrained in them that without God's help they will not come free of it?  I know the demoniac was under the control of a legion of demons and yet, he was able to bring himself to the feet of Jesus for help.  I often tell people this story and that IF they want help no devil in existence can stop them from getting to Jesus.  It just takes a decision and Jesus can set you free from ANYTHING and put you in a sound mind, body and environment!  IF God be for us (and He is) NO ONE and NOTHING can be against us!!

As blessedly demonstrated in so many of the Muslim testimonies included in this forum:

And speaking of demons who are the "we" that are often referred to when Allah is supposedly speaking to Muhammed?

As far as the Arabian pagans were concerned it would have referred to the rest of the Arabian Star Family they worshiped.

Muhammadans today would excuse it away as a "royal we".
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