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  1. The Supreme Court just created a new, huge loophole for criminals to get off. As Myata says, who is to say when an intoxicated person is criminally responsible or not criminally responsible for his assault, murder, rape, etc.? It is purely subjective or a matter of opinion. Whatever lawyer can make the most convincing argument wins. The crime itself is not relevant in this new loophole. The only question for guilt or innocence is whether the accused was acting as an "automon" or not. This is a new loophole created by the SCC which believes a so-called Charter Right overrides all common sense and criminality. Since it is impossible to prove what someone was thinking before, during the crime when he was intoxicated, the ruling essentially provides an easy out for those lawyers that can make the claim convincing enough that he was acting as an automon. A bizarre ruling because where is the justice for the crime? I don't really see how intoxication can be considered as an excuse for crime.
  2. The fact that the Supreme Court would unanimously make such a ruling is beyond any rational person's understanding. The ruling leaves the door open to anyone charged with a crime to claim they were very drunk or severely intoxicated by drugs or a combination of both makes a mockery of justice. It leaves the door open to very smooth-speaking lawyers and wavering judges who actually believe the nonsense. It will likely increase the number of not-criminally-responsible findings (NCR) meaning more victims and their relatives will not find justice in our legal system. It creates a large loophole in the system which leaves the government and Parliament in the position of trying to craft a new law to at least partially close the loophole. But since the Supreme Court made this ruling, the pandora's box is opened and judges now will more likely be required to make more rulings of NCR based on intoxication and criminals will get off more often. This is a direct result of our 1982 Charter of Rights and a supreme court system that is packed with judges who almost always now interpret the Charter in a bizarre way that gives extreme rights to the accused or individual at the expense of the victims and society. We saw the Supreme Court take a similar position on the Omar Kadhr case. "The Globe and Mail reports that, "Omar Khadr is not coming home yet – but the Supreme Court of Canada has moved his repatriation considerably closer." CANADA VIOLATED KHADR'S CHARTER RIGHTS "In an 9-0 ruling this morning...." Supreme Court rules Canada violated Omar Khadr's charter rights | The Council of Canadians
  3. Canada’s top court says voluntary extreme intoxication a defence in violent crimes (msn.com) This reprehensible ruling just sent a message to society that if you get drunk enough you can commit serious crime and get away with it. This needs an immediate response from government. Since there is no higher court in the land to appeal to, action must be taken by government to protect innocent Canadians from the consequences of this ruling. I have believed for a long time that rulings from the SCC are sometimes very immoral but this tops them all.
  4. I gave the article explaining it and quoted part of it. It doesn't defy credibility. I accept it on faith exactly the same way I accept the rest of the miraculous events in the Bible including the virgin birth and the resurrection. The Bible is a book about God's miraculous work and power. God is omnipotent. quote 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. {judgeth: or, discerneth} {judged: or, discerned} 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. unquote 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 KJV
  5. We have disagreed all along and will continue to disagree. I just don't agree with the whole idea that a gang of semi trucks, RVs, motorhomes, can go into the middle of a city and block the streets off, forcing businesses to close, and thousands of people party around, set up camping and occuping the streets for weeks on end. The whole thing is anarchy. However, you have a completely different view of the world that doesn't make sense to me. If they did that on your street or shut down your business so you lost thousands of dollars for weeks on end, you might think differently. Most Canadians were repulsed by the occupation because it is repulsive. We will not agree so let's just agree to disagree.
  6. No I think it was illegal. They were illegally honking horns, blocking the streets, harassing people, shutting down businesses. Hundreds of tickets were issued for illegality, and many people were charged for offenses. Some were charged with criminal offenses. Nobody in their right mind would say it was "legal".
  7. I disagree. I think the frozen accounts were only of big donors who were supporting something illegal such as blockading the border or the illegal occupation of downtown Ottawa. Any small donors who had their accounts frozen were likely unfrozen soon after. The government only took this measure of freezing certain accounts because they had to stop the illegal activities that were going on and restore order. Law and order is a government's main function. As for the Rebel News reporters being assaulted or interfered with, I don't agree with that. If the government did not take action to stop anarchists and illegal blockades, occupations, you would have a downfall of government and end up with a dictatorship like in the many other countries. Special interest groups like the so-called Freedom Convoy are anarchists and cannot be allowed to take over this country.
  8. Quote 2. Hebrew scholars of standing have always regarded this to be the case. Thus, Professor James Barr, Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford, has written: ‘Probably, so far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Genesis 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that: (a) creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience (b) the figures contained in the Genesis genealogies provided by simple addition a chronology from the beginning of the world up to later stages in the biblical story (c) Noah’s flood was understood to be world-wide and extinguish all human and animal life except for those in the ark. Or, to put it negatively, the apologetic arguments which suppose the "days" of creation to be long eras of time, the figures of years not to be chronological, and the flood to be a merely local Mesopotamian flood, are not taken seriously by any such professors, as far as I know.’9. unquote Genesis, including creation in six days, is meant to be taken literally. There is nothing to indicate it is an allegory or metaphorical. It is the same as the virgin birth or the resurrection. Those were miraculous or supernatural events as well and are meant to be taken literally. You can't pick and choose which parts of the Bible you will take literally unless there is some clear evidence it is meant to be taken in another way. We have to remember the Bible is a supernatural book and the events recorded in it are supernatural acts of God. This link goes into a fair amount of detail about the subject about taking Genesis literally. The same principle applies to the Flood. Should Genesis be taken literally - creation.com
  9. I have no problem if accounts of criminals blockading the border and illegally occupying Ottawa were frozen. Wish they would give as much attention to the criminals who are committing illegal acts daily in cities in B.C. and being arrested and released right away countless times. One guy smashed a store owner's window with a sledge hammer, was arrested, and sentenced to ONE DAY in prison and a year's probation. Some of them have been arrested dozens and even hundreds of times and never spent any real time in prison. What a farce! The NDP in answer to mayors of cities in B.C.'s concerns, said they appointed someone to study the crime issue for four months. There you have it. The complete uselessness of the BC NDP. I can almost guarantee that the BC NDP will not last past the next election. Unfortunately that is not for several more long years of criminals ruining the life of law-abiding citizens. You can see some of the light sentences given out for assault at this website: Assault (Sentencing Cases) - Criminal Law Notebook (criminalnotebook.ca)
  10. I thought you might be more enlightened about the Bible. Obviously you never studied it. However, I will not try to refute the nonsense in that comment as it does the job itself.
  11. That is a very poor, amateurish attempt to discredit the Bible. First of all the Old Testament, King James Version, is based on the Hebrew Bible called the Tanakh. The New Testament is based on over 5,000 copies of Greek manuscripts or part of manuscripts from over 1,000 years ago. The Old Testament was originally written over a period of 1,500 years and completed over 2,000 years ago. The original New Testament books were written in the first 100 years after Christ and copies were made repeatedly through the centuries. There is no connection to ancient Egyptians. Anyone who studied the Old Testament would know a large part of it includes the history of the Jewish nation from the time of the father of the Jews, Abraham as recorded in Genesis. Nothing to do with the Egyptians other than the 400 years the Jews were in captivity in Egypt. If the Old Testament had come from Egypt, why would it be a history of the Jewish nation where they lived in ancient Israel? That Egypt claim doesn't make sense at all. Exodus describes how they were rescued and escaped captivity miraculously. The Jews made and kept very careful copies of the Old Testament Scriptures which were passed down through the ages. There is some information at this website although I have not really studied it as I don't have time at the moment. It does say in one part: Quote The archaeological record evidences the existence of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah as centers of commerce geographically located where Genesis indicates. A trade list from Ebla, a thriving commercial center at the time the Bible specifies for the existence of the five Cities of the Plain mentioned in Genesis 14, records the names of the cities, spelled exactly as they are found in the Hebrew Bible. Furthermore, evidence points to their destruction through earthquake activity in which layers of earth were hurled into the air, accompanied by intense heat that molded together layers of sedimentary rock and severe burning, probably when a basin of oil beneath the Dead Sea ignited and erupted. Brimstone (bituminous pitch) is also found plentifully in the area, along with abundant salt, sulfur, and natural gas deposits.[6] An explosion of the natural gas and oil lifted the salts and sulfur and bitumen high into the air, causing them to rain upon the city, destroying it. One portion of the falling deposits fell upon Lot’s wife, who had stopped fleeing to look back longingly upon the city, turning her into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).[7] Careful stratigraphic excavation of houses in the Cities of the Plain evidences that they were destroyed by fire that started on the roof and spread to the interior when the roof collapsed, supporting Genesis 19:24: “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven.”[8] The Biblical record of the existence and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is accurate. Unquote That is particularly interesting because it goes a long way back, several thousand years before Christ and the account is recorded in Genesis. Archaeological Evidence the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible is God's Word (faithsaves.net) As I have not had time to study this article right now, I cannot say I would agree with everything in it. It is not infallible, but may have useful information. Only the Bible is infallible, the King James Version of 1611. If you are going to comment on it, it might be wise to study is and learn something about what you are talking about.
  12. I have already answered that false claim a number of times on here. If you are serious about wanting to know the truth about it, just put it in a search engine. "Why is there evil in the world" Or some such similar wording. Yes, most of the world is in deep trouble because they will not listen to what the Bible says and what many preachers have been preaching through history. "19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. {in them: or, to them} 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: {so…: or, that they may be} 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. " Romans 1:19-23 KJV
  13. God has stated "thou shalt not kill". This is also a self-evident truth that has been universally believed down through the ages. One does not have to believe in the God of the Bible to understand that commandment and agree with it. It's common sense.
  14. Because the God of the Bible is the true God and has been the main religion of the western world for centuries. Other religions are the main religions of other countries, like Hinduism in India, Buddhism in southeast Asia, Islam in the middle east, and part of Africa. One must actually study the Bible and the differences between the religions if he wants to know what it is all about. It is nothing I can explain in detail on here. Google will also explain it. I have tried to explain some things from time to time on here but it usually doesn't convince anyone. One must be truly interested in learning and use a search engine to find information.
  15. I was going to write a brief to the House of Commons committee which is considering medical assistance in dying for the mentally ill, but I decided against it after composing the brief. They have a system where they accept briefs or letters from individuals up until a certain date, only a few days from now. It is in it's third reading and looks like it is going through. But I realized my name would be on record and the people in the committee and government are not trustworthy as they are most likely secular humanists and anti-God and anti-bible. Therefore, since my letter would be Bible-based, and argue what I believe God thinks about it all, it would be like sending a letter to a bunch of wackos, people hostile to righteousness and biblical values. Not a wise idea. I don't see any possibility any good could come of it. Existing legislation and policy proves the government is anti-God and anti-Christian. The PM proves almost daily they have no use or respect for Judeo-Christian values. So I don't see any use of trying to deal with them. I don't see much hope for the future of this country. It is on a downward spiral. God calls individuals out of the world to become his sons and daughters and be not a part of this evil world system.
  16. The theory of evolution is anti-science, anti-reason, and anti-God. It is dogma and not based on science at all. Here is a short video clip showing the complexity of the inner workings of a cell demonstrating the complexity of the most basic life form and showing it required an immensely intelligent designer-Creator. Creatures Do Change But It's Not Evolution - 7-Day Streaming (creation.com)
  17. The grave mistake the so-called "freedom" convoy and other protesters make in my view is they do not understand freedom has always had it's limits. For example, I don't have the right to break government health regulations or mandates if they say I must wear a mask in a certain venue or I must be vaccinated to enter a certain location. The reason for the regulations and mandates were and are to protect other people. People who don't accept that are being very self-centred and inconsiderate of other people. That's all there is to it.
  18. This article does answer your questions from a biblical or Christian point of view. quote I. What are the causes of suffering? A. Sinful people cause some suffering directly (lying, anger, divorce, drugs, crime, etc.). B. Sin causes suffering indirectly (because of sin this earth is corrupted, deteriorating, painful and evil – Genesis 3:14-19; 4:1-15; Romans 8:20-22). C. Conclusion: God is not the cause of suffering; He is the author of good (James 1:13-17). Some people conclude that since God made everything, He made evil too. But St. Augustine’s reasoning seems to be correct: 1. God is the author of everything in the created universe. 2. Evil is not a thing or a substance; it is a privation or lack in things (blindness is lack of sight, pain is lack of health, hate or murder is lack of love). 3. Therefore God did not create evil. II. Why doesn’t God end all evil immediately? To end evil God would have to destroy the cause of evil – people. In His good plan for people (see below), it is therefore not good to end all evil immediately. III. Why doesn’t God make people unable to cause suffering? To do that, God would have to take away our ability to choose. But choice – free will – is a good thing. In order to love, you must be able to choose to love. Forced love is not love. So to have a universe that included love, God had to make us with choice, which includes the choice not to love – and that makes sin, evil, pain and suffering possible. IV. Why does God allow natural disaster and disease? It is a part of a sinful world. God lowered the perfection of creation (from the perfect garden of Eden) to match the spiritual state of those who live here (Romans 8:20-22). God graciously has sustained people on this earth (allowing them to reproduce, to develop governments and systems to deal with the effects of sin). He has graciously sustained the fallen creation (providing sun and rain for food to sustain life – Colossians 1:17). But the natural effect of a fallen creation is that even good things can have evil byproducts (water can drown someone; gravity can kill someone; lightening can burn and kill). V. Why doesn’t God stop evil acts that cause innocent people to suffer? Why doesn’t God miraculously intervene to stop evil acts if He is all-loving and all-powerful? Why doesn’t He catch the drunk driver’s car that is going to crash into a bus? Why doesn’t He deflect the murderer’s bullets? The person asking doesn’t actually want God to stop all their evil acts. They don’t want to be invisibly gagged every time they’re about to say something hurtful; they don’t want to stub their toe when they try to kick the dog. They just think it would be good if God stopped certain evil acts or just the evil acts of others. But that would make life impossible. There would be no freedoms, no regularity and no personal responsibility. VI. Why doesn’t God let us choose to get out of this suffering? The answer is that He does. That is the gracious, loving response of God to the evil condition of this sinful world. A. God has provided for personal salvation – the promise of eternal life in heaven where there is no suffering (Revelation 21:4). One must simply put his trust in the payment for sin God provided through Christ’s death on the cross (John 3:16-18; Acts 10:38-43: etc.). B. God has provided for the earth’s redemption (Romans 8:18-23; 2 Peter 3:10,13; Revelation 21:1). VII. Why can’t we get out of this evil world of suffering immediately? We don’t know why God’s timetable is what it is. We can see why He couldn’t deliver Adam and Eve immediately – God first had to provide redemption through Christ. The world continues today in part because there are more people yet that will come to have eternal salvation. We do know that God is causing all things to work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). VIII. What are some good reasons for suffering? A. It enables us to cope in a sinful world. B. It teaches us to turn to God for solution. C. It produces character improvement (holiness, maturity, etc. James 1:24) which in turn produces eternal rewards (crown of life – James 1:12). D. It gives God the opportunity to show His grace, love and care for our sinful condition. 1. Pain can keep us from a greater physical evil. A burnt finger warns us to avoid worse danger. 2. Pain can keep us from greater moral evil. A spanking does that. 1. For eternal deliverance from evil – Heaven 2. For temporal deliverance from evil – Safety or holiness 3. For spiritual strength to endure suffering (2 Cor. 12:7-10) 1. Through Christ’s life and death for our sake (Romans 5:6-8). 2. Through providing a place where there is no more suffering, sin or death (1 Corinthians 15:51-55; Revelation 21:4). *Credit for many of the ideas in this study belongs to Dr. Norm Geisler unquote Why Is There Suffering? | Bible.org It should be said that according to the Bible, the present age is only for a certain period of time. Nobody is getting away with anything. God will judge evil and will be returning to earth to establish his rule in his time. So your concern that people are getting away with evil is unwarranted. Nobody gets away with evil. Evolution and creation are contradictory points of view because Genesis in Ch1. of the Bible describe God creating the universe in six days. There is no evolution. Evolution has been debunked by countless articles and videos. Check creation.com There has to be some certainly about things in life, the world, and the future and the KJ Bible brings that certainty.
  19. My understanding of the Bible is that Adam and Eve, as our first parents were representative of their descendents, the human race. They rebelled against God by eating the forbidden fruit and fell from their previous relationship with God. They were tempted by the serpent (Satan) and fell for it. Consequently they received a corrupt, fallen nature as a result of their rebellion. As a result every descendent receives this same corrupt fallen nature. But we also have free will. Man's nature being corrupt and evil, often chooses to do evil. God could have chosen to create robots, but what would be the point of that? He gave man a free will. Man chooses to do evil, not God. But God sent his Son to pay for man's sin and by his mercy, offers grace to fallen man to be forgiven. It is up to you and each individual to accept God's offer of free grace and be forgiven. That doesn't sound like a revengeful or unmerciful God to me. God is full of mercy and ready to forgive, but each individual must take the step of faith to believe in his Son and his sacrifice for sins.
  20. You answered so fast you just proved you never read anything. If you take the time to study the Bible and consider the points which prove the Bible is from God, you will understand that other religions that came after Christianity are false. They have no similar Bible that they can prove came from God. The bible proves it is from God which these articles explain but you never bothered reading.
  21. Why believe the Bible? Here are some answers. Why should I believe the Bible? | GotQuestions.org The Bible claims to be the word of God and proves it. Why Believe the Bible? | SES "The Bible consistently claims to be the word of the one and only true God (Genesis 1:1; Revelation 22:20-21). From beginning to end, prophets appear in its pages claiming to speak the word of God. They not only make this claim, but they offer multiple miracles to their listeners and multiple prophecies to their readers to back up what they are saying is from God. The miracles they do are clearly in the category of what only God can do. They create life from non-life (Exodus 8:19) and raise the dead (1 Kings 17:17-24). They include predictions hundreds of years in advance (Daniel 9:25-27). Such signs are unmistakable from the true God. Such miracles and prophecies are used to back up the spoken and written word from the prophets (see Moses and Joshua, Elijah and Elisha, Jesus and Paul). The true God would never allow real miracle or prophecy to be done through a false teacher or false religion. So, the religion that contains true miracles is the true religion. This is what separates Christianity from other religions and their books. The Bible is historically accurate about Jesus’s life, death and resurrection. We know the Bible is historically accurate because it was faithfully copied from the originals and the content, what it says occurred, happened much of which can be verified. The number of hand-written manuscripts is more than enough to establish a text that is faithful to the originals. These manuscripts show a direct line very close to the time the originals were written and the vast numbers (over 5,000) allows experts to compare them and come to the most reliable reading. It is a true saying, that if we are to doubt the text of the Bible, we must throw out all the works of antiquity as well."
  22. If you are just going to stick with a one-liner without reading anything, we probably are wasting our time. Science has not proven the theory of evolution. Why do you think it is called a theory? A theory is just that, an unproven speculation.
  23. I have a new book which I have not had time to read yet, but the title pretty well answers your comment. "Darwin's Universe: From Nothing, By Nothing, For Nothing -- Survival for Nothing" by Yan T. Wee. This refers to the fact evolutionists have no explanation for why man is here. To them the universe and mankind were just some kind of cosmic accident. That makes absolutely no sense at all. If you believe in the theory of evolution, you have a serious problem because then you have a number of impossible questions to answer. First how did a complex universe suddenly appear out of nothing? Secondly, why? Why does the universe and mankind exist? Evolutionists have no answer because apart from God there is no answer. quote We are just walking molecules, birthed through a cosmic accident, dancing to the music of our DNA, and destined to disappear in a cosmic blink - nothing less, nothing else. And when we look to science and evolution for answers, all we get is a blank look. Life has no real purpose dude - it is about the survival of the genes in us - feeding, fending, fleeting and fathering - just live through it and get it over. Our final destination is the hole in the ground. But is it true? Perhaps we are: From Someone, By Someone, For Someone. Perhaps there is an unexplored and awesome universe beyond the Darwinian world of survival for nothing. Unquote back cover of the book. The question is are we here as just a (Darwinian) cosmic accident or is there a reason for our existence?
  24. No, science has not proven evolution. If you are serious about knowing the truth, you could start by reading some of these articles. There are about 790 articles on the subject at this link. Refuting Evolution: Foreword & Introduction - creation.com This is just the beginning. There are many aspects to this. You need to do some serious study. I cannot boil it down to a few sentences on here for you. I have tried that with others on here before and realize it is a waste of time. Most people are not serious on here about anything to do with theology or biblical matters. If you are serious about knowing the truth, you will have to put some effort into it yourself.
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