Well, contrary to popular belief you can't extract yourself for the fact that the Bible, possessed knowledge that would be nearly impossible to know ... under those times and conditions ... Not the Digital Age ... that was delivered to Israel as a health law ... this is just one of a whole list of instances that "foreknowledge" exists, it was for our benefit, and it was factual ... I could go on further about this point that follows ... into how this corabulates other evidence such as how on the 8th day after birth [the day of circumcision], an infants anti-body count is highest ... I could weave a plethorea of evidence here in a bio-info way that precludes any evidence against it.
Why did Jesus need to be circumcised if he was the son of God?
Because he had to fulfill the law that is one requirement of the law.
If he wasn't a jew he wouldn't need to.
But thats the whole point, that since Adam & Eve fell, there would be someone of the seedline that would eventually, redeem us from sin that leads to death.
Circumcision, is now medically proven to halt sexual diseases.
Because of latent mitochrondria under the foreskin.
This has been successfully used in Africa as a dterent to HIV Aids.
Article: Circumcision Shown to Slow Spread of HIV in Africa
The studies, in Kenya and Uganda, found that circumcised men are about 50 percent less likely to contract HIV than those who are not !!!!!!!!!!!
Hitler, Stalin, Amin Al-Husseni, Marx, Mao just to name a few people with totally non-religious views or agenda's, bordering on nilism, and possibly a form of insanity in some cases, destroyed millions in there pursuit of Godlessness so ... Although this maybe an extreme example but, its entirely relevant to the scope of the argument ...
Ancients don't get me started there ... William F. Albright: The work of the American Biblical archaeology school under William F. Albright seemed to confirm that even if Genesis and Exodus were only given their final form in the first millennium BC, they were still firmly grounded in the material reality of the second millennium.
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Ethics (Greek ethika, from ethos, “character,” “custom”), principles or standards of human conduct, sometimes called morals (Latin mores, “customs”), and, by extension, the study of such principles, sometimes called moral philosophy.
Jefferson knew exactly what he was doing when he changed Locke’s trilogy of rights “life, liberty, and property” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Property, and the individual’s right to it, was but one form of the larger human right to individual happiness. The Enlightenment’s revolutionary objective, enshrined in Jefferson’s text for the Declaration of Independence, was to place the sacredness of each individual’s quest for happiness at the heart of politics. No longer was there assumed to be a Christian conception of the good life or the moral life, defined by the church and state ... [Yes, that's what you came out of, No don't elipsis our founding fathers words ... Nor Religious view will be held over another by the state and sanctioned ... that does not mean they didn't believe in God and practice it ... this country was founded on it] The Enlightenment assumption was that each individual pursued his or her own happiness and individual sense of the good life—as long as in doing so they did not interfere with other people’s lives, liberty, or pursuit of happiness. Or as Jefferson put it, as long as “it neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg.”
[Cults - speak for you and talk for you ... when you no longer have the right of free expression, or are under the suppression of it, or an alternative of it, or a sanctioned form of it under license ... it becomes evident]
[Reported] Crime is Big Busines ... righteous people and there societies become less susecptible to its cost ... America, spends billion in this form of "usary"
Where or what, Gnome forms are there in nature? I can point to many forms in nature mimicked by man. But not Gnomes ... I don't have to "Prove the Existance of God" .ie. Conspiracy Theory ... or 'gnomes' ... or nihlism
Deep Beliefs could be someone from a very religious background, to someone who had a spiritual and or revelatory experience, to a paradigm that completely changes one's worldview, or something to that effect, i suppose.
Nihilism (nothing) is the philosophical doctrine suggesting the negation of one or more putatively meaningful aspects of life.
Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) posited an early form of nihilism which he referred to as levelling. He saw levelling as the process of suppressing individuality to a point where the individual's uniqueness becomes non-existent and nothing meaningful in his existence can be affirmed:
Poll: Majority Reject Evolution - CBS News
On Darwin's 200th Birthday, Americans Still Divided About Evolution - Pew Research Center
Gallup 'Darwin's Birthday' Poll: Fewer than Four in Ten Believe in Evolution - God & Country (usnews.com)
Well, I suppose what category you would fall in - as an atheist asking me that - it would constitute an oxy-moron.
A poll from a few years, can't remember where it is at in my posts somewhere. Based on the activity of the divine. which stressed an: Active creator - Active Agent in Creation to a No creator - No Active Agent in the physical world Scenario
Scores rather favorably for the Big Guy Up Stairs.
Atheists 5% ??? Real, Imagined or Perceived [Seculair Humanists]
The Ring analogie relates to the condition of man, since you 'all asked, his perspective, the question of right and wrong, and the question of God [&or Magnitude]. I believe the examples still hold true to the Survival vs BioInfo question.
Tolkien wrote the following about the idea behind the One Ring: "I should say that it was a mythical way of representing the truth that potency (or perhaps potentiality) if it is to be exercised, and produce results, has to be externalized and so as it were passes, to a greater or lesser degree, out of one's direct control." (Letter #211, 1958).
According to the legend, Gyges of Lydia was a shepherd in the service of King Candaules of Lydia. After an earthquake, a cave was revealed in a mountainside where Gyges was feeding his flock. Entering the cave, Gyges discovered that it was in fact a tomb with a bronze horse containing a corpse, larger than that of a man, who wore a golden ring, which Gyges pocketed. He discovered that the ring gave him the power to become invisible by adjusting it. Gyges then arranged to be chosen as one of the messengers who reported to the king as to the status of the flocks. Arriving at the palace, Gyges used his new power of invisibility to seduce the queen, and with her help he murdered the king, and became king of Lydia himself. King Croesus, famous for his wealth, was Gyges' descendant.
In Republic, Plato puts the tale of the ring of Gyges in the mouth of Glaucon, who uses it to make the point that no man is so virtuous that he could resist the temptation of being able to steal at will by the ring's power of invisibility. In contemporary terms, Glaucon argues that morality is a social construction, whose source is the desire to maintain one's reputation for virtue and honesty; when that sanction is removed, moral character would evaporate. However, Glaucon does not actually hold this belief; he merely produces this tale so that Socrates' argument for justice can be made stronger:
Suppose now that there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other ...
Socrates goes on to explain that justice would not be defined by just this social construct; the man who abused the power of the Ring of Gyges has become morally bankrupt and suffered irreparable failings of character, while a man that chose willingly not to use it is at least at peace with himself.(Republic 10:612b)
Oh, to my critics, Tolkien took some 20 years to produce his 1st manuscript. CS Lewis produced 7 works in 7 years, which included The Narnia series and the Screwtape letters. Without Lewis' instance Tolkien may have never published anything, without his friend's insistence, or rather posthumously.
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.