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19-01-2017, 07:29 PM
RE: Weirdest bible story
I like the part in Genesis where (the dumb) God parades all the animals past Adam, looking for a mate for him. "Yet none *proved* a suitable mate for him". Cough cough.

Insufferable know-it-all.Einstein God has a plan for us. Please stop screwing it up with your prayers.
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19-01-2017, 08:56 PM
RE: Weirdest bible story
(19-01-2017 07:29 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  I like the part in Genesis where (the dumb) God parades all the animals past Adam, looking for a mate for him. "Yet none *proved* a suitable mate for him". Cough cough.

The ewe was a runner-up.

That's why dad encouraged Abel to become a shepherd. Laugh out load

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20-01-2017, 12:37 AM
RE: Weirdest bible story
(19-01-2017 10:36 AM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  
(19-01-2017 09:48 AM)yakherder Wrote:  Lord of the Rings would be more believable.

You should read S.M. Stirling's Emberverse series. After a change disables all technology in an instant, and changes the laws of nature so not even gunpowder will work any longer, people have to survive and then rebuild. Various groups latch on to different things, and one group ends up being called the Dunedain.

It started because there was a need for a roving group like the Rangers from LOTR, and this young woman was obsessed with the books. Cue a generation down the line, who refer to the LOTR books as "the histories" and believe in it.

Actually, as a whole, the series is really quite good on exploring facets of human belief and the nature behind them. Christian kingdoms ranging from one that borrows from LOTR mixed with Arthurian legend to New Deseret of the Mormons, Pagan alliances, people trying to rebuild America, a resurgence of Native American tribes, etc.

At one point, one Queen makes Catholicism the official religion of her realm because she needs to keep the population docile and can invoke the divine right of kings/queens on the newer generation, but at the same time picks and chooses her battles with the Church carefully, because it's survived more empires than hers by being politically astute. When representatives from the Pope arrive from Europe, she ends up, for example, deposing her pet anti-Pope and bowing to central authority, knowing that in practice, as long as she's giving that lip service, she can keep running things however she wants.

Oh I remember reading that! They had limitless power, which they used to modify their DNA and render pretty much anything real in an instant at a thought--a utopian society--until there was a power struggle among the Powers That Be™, and both sides wound up using all the "free" power to fight one another, leaving everyone else tech-less and screwed. The people who had remade themselves entirely out of nanites simply vaporized when the power source that kept them animated vanished.

But the society had lots of cool stuff, including genetically modified "elves" who were created to be super-soldiers (and hated that fact about themselves).

My favorite character in that story was the guy who had read up on the history of the US Marine Corps and the Roman Legions, and helped to turn a Renaissance Fair village into a sustainable (and defensible) town, modeling his instruction methods after the Corps and his combatants after the Legions. The town was able to survive because it was the only place where people still practiced "low-tech" arts like blacksmithing.

I was surprised that the book wasn't terrible. I rather enjoyed it.

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20-01-2017, 06:29 AM
RE: Weirdest bible story
The book of Revelations, absolutely a mushroom trip straight from the Big Lebowski.




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21-01-2017, 02:06 PM
RE: Weirdest bible story
The weirdest is this story of a guy who is obviously schizophrenic because he thinks he's the son of god and a lot of people believe him. The authorities arrest him and after a quickie trial they kill him. Then he comes back from the dead accompanied by a whole lot of zombies and finally floats off into heaven.

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