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What do you make of this quote by Thoreau?

I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad.

I have some crazy good ideas about how to turn things around in this country. I know things are bad for a lot of folks, and part of me wants to make a difference. 

But part of me also just wants to live. Part of me wants to save up enough for a homestead and just live off the land. Part of me sees how fast and complicated the world has become and I want to step away and let it be.

As such, Thoreau’s quote comes to mind. And it makes me wonder whether it is for me to make this a good place to live in, or simply to live in it. I’ll entertain thoughts and opinions, because I sure as hell don’t know the answer.

It is true that there are some things we won’t know for sure until we reach our final destination, but I don’t think God gave us logic to simply be discarded. Some Christian faith practices claim to be “Sola Scriptura” or only based on the Bible. I have to challenge that claim because there are some troubling things in the Bible that we can’t ignore. That doesn’t mean that God was wrong, just that people are at least sometimes wrong in interpreting God’s will. My faith is based on Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. With this more balanced approach, I regard the Bible as a lens through which God is STILL speaking and revealing the Truth to a more modern, evolved and dynamic society. I challenge others in our faith to consider this way of approaching scripture and believing in God.
Enrique Molina

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the only beef i have with perpetual virginity (as it applies to mary, not jesus) is that jesus had siblings by mary, at least four brothers (mark 6 and matthew… 13? i’m pretty sure?)

If Mary had other children, why did Jesus tell John to take care of his mother in his final moments on the cross? Jewish custom would have been for the surviving children to take care of their mother.

Why are these people never called sons of Mary while Jesus was (John 2:1; Acts 1:14)?

What about the other women named Mary? James and Joseph who are called Jesus’ “brothers” (Mark 6:3) are indeed the children of Mary—Just not Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The terms brother and sister were used in a broader sense then. We still hear that now, with people of color calling each other brother or hermano although they are not literally siblings. Additionally, early texts such as the Protoevangelion of James suggest that Joseph was a widower and thus would have had children in his previous marriage.

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