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DaveW last won the day on February 24

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  1. I don't have a fire extinguisher at home either......... But I will just shake my head constantly at some.....
  2. Yep I understand that. I have seen footage of people stalked by bears and finding big cats or wolves as they are walking. We did have one occasion where we came back to camp and found a scavenging Goanna searching our camp for scraps. That's a monitor lizard and this fella was an easy 4 foot body length and then tail following - one of the biggest I have ever personally seen. Tip to tip would have been 7 -8 feet long. But they are timid and he retreated back into the bush as we arrived. They are really not dangerous even at that size - not that I would try to play with one. Nasty bite if cornered and long claws too. People think Australia is a dangerous place but there is not really much that wants to kill you. Over here the animals are cute, the really dangerous ones are easy to avoid or hard to find. There is a trail here called the Bibbulman track which runs for over 400km and people are walking parts of it all the time - the goal is to walk the entire track and many people do it in sections - take a week at a time. There are very few towns along it, so you have to take food, tent, cooking stuff, water and carry it all yourself. There are no dangerous animals in the entire region, apart from snakes, and I have never heard of anyone being attacked by anyone or anything whilst hiking it. It is really nice to be able to just stop the car on a drive and get out and explore the bush without wondering if something there wants to eat you. :lol:
  3. Without doing any serious study, a few things come up for consideration: Why must the two accounts be of the same event? For instance, the first event you reference here records that from the time he began to reight at 8 years old, that his reign lasted 3 months 10 days and then at the end of that current year he was taken to Babylon and his brother was installed as king. Then we come to the second account where he begins to reign from 18 years old and after three months the king of Babylon began to besiege the city. I guess after 8 years of seige he was again taken to Babylon. Two separate events with his brother reigning in between. Just thoughts based only on the presented passages, without referencing any further along.
  4. Funny, but I thought I mentioned bushrangers in the post just before yours? When you tour Fremantle prison, which was made into a tourist site in the early 2000's (I think), you hear about the bushrangers. Very few were imprisoned for murdering people. The history shows that whilst they were armed robbers, they rarely fired upon people. There are exceptions to that of course, but my actual point is that our history is very different to yours, and guns of any sort hold a very different place in our society than in yours. If only you (generic you, not personal you) would recognise this you might have a chance of understanding. And there is another point that Salyan brought up which is different there to here. I go camping quite happily without a firearm because there are no animals here that will kill you in your sleep. We don't have mountain lions, bears, or any other big bitey things here to protect from. The biggest predator is the dingo, and he rarely deals with people at all. Aside from one baby (!?!?!?!?!), and a group of dingos on an island which are aggressive because tourist feed them and they expect it. The only other dangerous things here are snakes and like most snakes, they would rather be left alone than chat with people. Oh, and a few spiders, but who shoots them anyway????? Oh and crocs up north, but if you camp on ground level in those areas, you probably deserve to end up in a crocs belly..... there are plenty of signs warning about them but people ignore them and pay the price. And shooting them doesn't do much except make 'em angry. There are places where I don't feel safe because of the people, but I don't camp there and wouldn't even if I had a gun. I have thought about getting a rifle for sport, but I am not a hunter kinda guy, and if I want to shoot I can go to a range. I could get a licence and firearm if I wanted. I meant to add that if I went camping with Slayan and her friends, I think I would want a rifle with me. Bears unsettle me a bit...... (I am not anti gun at all, I just don't need one where I am.)
  5. Australia have never had a civil war. In fact we have never had a real war within our bounds. When the English first came, it was a peaceful arrival, but it degenerated into what was essentially a takeover of the aboriginal lands - but it was so one sided where there were hostilities that it was hardly a war. And in many places the aboriginal people accepted the newcomers as friends...... Guns have only ever been used for hunting or for war outside our boundaries. We don't even habe a "wild-west" gunslingers history. Our wild west was just not like that. We had "bushrangers" who robbed at gunpoint, but even those reports rarely involved people actually using guns. The point I was trying to get to is that the culture and heritage surrounding guns is different here to what it is in the US...... but few US people even try to understand that. In fact, the culture here is different in many ways, but the number of US missionaries who come here and think they can just plant bible belt 'merica here is amazing. Different culture folks. But I am still glad I live in a place where I don't feel it necessary to arm myself. And I am sorry for those who feel they have to.
  6. Ethiopian Eunuch. Acts 8 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
  7. Sorry mate - from two years ago?...... At the moment I have trouble remembering two weeks ago........ :lol:
  8. Nice double-talk, but if it can be lost it is not eternal in that instance, and cannot therefore be called eternal until the end..... In ANY instance........
  9. Simplest ppint to look at is what the Lord calls it - it is "eternal life" and "everlasting life" that God calls it. How can something be everlasting if it doesn't last forever? How can something be eternal if it can end? I know this is a simplistic argument, but that doesn't make it an irrelevant argument. This "simple point" must be answered by those who oppose "eternal" eternal life.
  10. Did you not read my second post? I am no fool - locking doors and locking cars is reasonable, but where I am I feel no need to arm myself for protection. I AM GLAD THAT I LIVE IN A PLACE WHERE I DON'T FEEL I NEED TO ARM MYSELF. I also feel sorry for you folks who live in places where you feel that you have to arm yourself. Ask yourself - where would rather live? In a place where you feel so threatened that you have to arm yourself, or in a place where you feel comfortable being unarmed? I COULD ARM MYSELF IF I WISHED, but I don't feel it necessary.
  11. If they don't have noses, how do they smell?????? Some of them smell terrible, that's how they smell.........
  12. I was referring to the stumblingblock part actually..... If you feel like that is being judgemental, then take it as you will. My reading: You know full well what his point of view is regarding such instruments, and you DIRECTED your post specifically at him, if you will, flaunting it right in his face. I see that as deliberately putting a stumblingblock in his path. You can disagree with his point of view - and in fact I do - but you have put a stumblingblock before him. Again, if you feel that is me being judgemental, then go for it - but I didn't WRITE THE VERSE.....
  13. Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?
  14. He uses a ruler like anyone else does when they get an itch under their cast.........
  15. Hmmmmm..... Knowing brother Stafford's position, I wonder why you posted this at all, and moreso since you specifically directed it at him? Rom 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.