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I was recently invited to help a friend of a friend answer an objection about Mary's perpetual virginity... [Objector] says that Matthew 1:25 “And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn* son: and he called his name JESUS.” Saying that Mary did not have sexual relations with Joseph until Jesus was born, but then after she did. Yet scripture uses the Greek word “until” to have another meaning. It can have the first meaning but it can also mean “up to that point”. 2 Samuel 6:23 “Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto [GK until] the day of her death.” Does this mean that after her death she started having children? No.Bible Tidbits is correct that "not X until Y" does not necessarily mean that X will begin once Y is reached. It is an Hebraism, an idiom, and so we need to look past the individual words to see what function the phrase as a whole serves, if it has any function at all. Before I do, let me preface this by saying that as a non-Catholic I have no vested interest in whether Mary was a perpetual virgin**. But I do have an interest in what the scripture has to say about it. So that's what we're going to look at, hopefully without preconceptions.
Zuccotti Park has become a haven for the homeless.I suspect that the truth is far closer to "free food" than "open-minded people." But whatever, it seems that the habitually homeless are joining the voluntarily homeless, which does not sit all that well with the latter:
Enticed by the allure of free food and a community of open-minded people, increasing numbers are leaving New York's shelters to join the Occupy Wall Street protesters...
"If [the homeless are] going to come here and get our food, bedding and clothing, have books and medical supplies for no charge, they need to give back," Digioia* said. "There's a lot of takers here and they feel entitled."A lot of takers there and they feel entitled. Hmm. I'm not sure how that's any different than the rest of the protesters there.
President Barack Obama will unveil new measures to help struggling U.S. homeowners Monday, in the first leg of a campaign-style swing through western states that may be crucial to his re-election in 2012...I'm pretty sure many in Congress can't wait, either, but the thing they can't wait for is the election. That explains why they are so confused by it*.
According to the White House official, he will also try out a new slogan to put pressure on Congress: "We can't wait."
Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011, on the last day of the present five months period. On that day the true believers (the elect) will be raptured. We must remember that only God knows who His elect are that He saved prior to May 21.Five months are up already? It seems like only yesterday that the false prophet known as Harold Camping was saying the world was going to end. There is hardly any reason to suspect that he'll be any more right this time, and I do note that apart from a few mocking press stories, no one is really paying attention. That is as it should be. Well, the "no one paying attention" part, not the mocking part. But as the mocking is self-inflicted, I don't think we Christians get to complain about it overly much.
STEVE INSKEEP, host: A lack of jobs - not workers - has drawn thousands of people to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. The protesters include recent college graduates who say they're unemployed and that they can not repay their student loans. One question is whether enough of them will mobilize to matter. NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports...Question for the unhappy camper: how many students will need to mobilize in a park to make Kait Legers's history degree employment-worthy?*
SANCHEZ: ...What did you get a degree in?
KAIT LEGERS: History, from Ohio University.
SANCHEZ: What do you do with a degree in history?
LEGERS: With a Bachelor's? Nothing. I can't do anything with this.
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...why isn't Cain's ethnicity as much a part of his story as it was with Obama?There's a third reason: the novelty has worn off. Everyone knows now that a black guy can be just as poor a president as a white one, so who cares whether the next guy up to be president is black or white? America has now been there and done that. No one is going to give it a second thought when a Bobby Jindal or a Nikki Haley or a Ben Nighthorse Campbell gets close to the presidency. No one except the press, for whom the 'first x' can always make a story seem more interesting than it really is. I mean, freaking Pakistan has had a female head of government. That we haven't is not really a story, it's just a fact.
For one, many conservatives decry the focus on a candidate's race as an obsession for liberals...
There's a second reason that some conservatives, particularly tea partiers, largely ignore Cain's race: it drives a stake through claims that the movement harbors racists...
[PMSNBC Host Ed] Schultz's example? He quoted [Sen. Jim] Demint saying that "If we are able to stop Obama on this [health care law], it will be his Waterloo***. It will break him." For clarity, Schultz repeated the offending line, "It will break him."Did you catch it? Everyone knows that "dark" is a euphemism for "black." Darkies. Africa as "the dark continent." Washington D.C. itself as "Dark Country." I can't believe that in this day and age, we still have to put up with such blatant racism on television.
Dr. James Peterson, director of Africana studies at Lehigh University, explained that "break" is a racist verb, "a term that was used to destroy, mentally and physically, slaves." Accordingly, the Demint line demonstrated "how dark some of these racial discourses can be in presidential politics."
(CNN) – GOP presidential hopeful and Mormon Jon Huntsman had some choice words on Monday for the Dallas pastor who's repeatedly described Mormonism as a "cult" and a "false religion" this weekend.It's outrageous that any moron can speak his mind in America? Yeah, if only we could get rid of that stupid First Amendment...
"The fact that, you know, some moron can stand up and make a comment like that, you know, first of all, it's outrageous," Huntsman said on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
|A different kind of Dow 10,000 party|
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The New York state comptroller expects Wall Street to lose 10,000 jobs by the end of 2012.
The job losses are projected to occur in New York City's securities industry from now through December, 2012, according to Eric Sumberg, press spokesman for state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli...Fewer securities brokers plus we get reduced state and local government to boot? Who says the papers are always full of bad news?
"These developments will have a rippling effect through the economy and adversely impact state and city tax collections."
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(Reuters) - American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.I can't imagine any problem with establishing the precedent that Americans can be killed by the government so long as they are specially chosen for the honor by a secret panel of political appointees operating outside the law.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.
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Mary: How are you?! I live some distance from you. I have a wonderful and very funny girl. You can view my photos.For our collective sake, I really hope the continued existence of such campaigns is due to their low overhead more than actual success because of the stupidity of their intended victims.
"The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance."
-- Samuel Adams