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  1. A few months ago I mentioned that we were buying our first home, and right now we're painting it and getting ready to move in next Saturday! :party: However, there has been a slight glitch in the painting... my 7 yod's (bubble gum pink) and 9yos's (lime green) rooms both turned out obnoxiously bright. They are really so bright that they make me feel dizzy in the room, and send out a glow into the hallway. They almost look like those neon poster paints! But the kids chose those colors themselves with so much excitement, and are so thrilled with them, that dh and I don't want to paint over t
  2. Isn't what you're saying that you don't believe in a literal 6 day creation, so you don't want it taught? It doesn't surprise me that someone who believes that God used evolution to create the world wants evolution to be taught. I think that's everyone's position: we all want what we believe to be actually *true* to be taught in schools. It's not truly a question of what is religion, what is science, etc. Truth is truth, and since there is a very strong level of disagreement among Americans as to how our universe actually was formed, I think it's reasonable to present several options.
  3. I see nothing wrong with this being a topic, especially in light of the fact that evolution is presented throughout schooling as the way life came into being. There is a very large percentage of the population who does not believe that theory to be true, and many who believe that God created the world, so in a public education, why not give at least some limited time to a different theory? It doesn't surprise me that parents who subscribe to evolution would oppose this, but I don't really understand why someone who does believe that God created the world wouldn't want schools to ever men
  4. Homeschooling isn't necessarily the answer. I have some young homeschooler friends on FB who have dreadful spelling!! :tongue_smilie:
  5. How many children do you have who are pre-school age? What would they do while you and your husband teach full-time? That would play a large role in any decision I would make.
  6. :iagree: I might not exclusively make chili the way dh prefers it, but I wouldn't exclusively make it the way I prefer it, either. Just because I do the cooking doesn't mean dh isn't entitled to have some meals that he chooses.
  7. Frankly I have no problem with the thread being deleted. Since very few Christians do identify themselves as "fundies," I think this entire thread has become a way for people to express what they don't like about conservative Christians, and to pat themselves on the back for not being one themselves. As someone else pointed out, fundamentalist is basically being defined as someone more conservative/literal/rigid/etc. than I am. Not that useful a term then, in my opinion.
  8. The big must-have snack for me is popcorn. I make a big bowl, coat it with butter spray, then shake popcorn seasoning over it. Ranch and nacho cheese are my favorite. You can have 5 cups for 3 points, which is a very large, filling snack. I use loose kernels in a microwave popcorn container that I bought at Target.
  9. Yes, you're right. I realized I was covering ground that has been covered elsewhere, but I wasn't sure how to answer your post, because I didn't totally see how it related to my previous post. I didn't pick up that you were answering a question. So, not being sure of your point, I tried to answer what I thought you were saying as well as I could. :)
  10. I'm glad GretaLynne. I always know that I can interact with you on topics like this, because you are very gracious and respectful! Thank you! You did make one point that I do not understand. You said, "It diminishes the importance of the Bible when people insist on a literal interpretation (in essence if not in words, holding it up as a science text), because that places the scientific facts about the creation story on the same footing as the spiritual truths concerning the creation story." Why do you think that holding to a literal reading of creation diminishes the importance of the
  11. What in the Bible would give the impression that there were any other people, with or without souls, before Adam and Eve? I also don't see any reason in the context of Genesis to take the 7 days as millions of years. It seems to me that God would have said many years, if many years passed. But he said it took seven days. Imo, it is people's desire to not contradict science (again, holding that as the authority that cannot be disputed), that leads them to interpret Genesis in that way. I do not see how it derives from the actual reading of the text itself.
  12. Sort of. It does bother me when those who claim to believe the Bible allow that other kinds of knowledge are more accurate than what the Bible states, in any case. For example, if science weren't claiming that humans evolved from apes, Christians would accept the Bible's teaching that they were the first two people, created directly by God. But people believe instead that science has that part right, *not* the Bible, so they call the part where the Bible says something radically different "figurative". People want to say that it's a matter of interpretation, but in reality, they are saying tha
  13. For the person who has no faith in the Bible as God's Word, that makes sense. I wouldn't expect you to think otherwise. However, it seems to me to be preaching to the choir to use arguments like, "The Bible is not a science text." To the person who believes the Bible, the answer to that is... "True, and....?" It only appeals to those who do hold science texts as being superior to the Bible in terms of accurately expressing reality.
  14. I appreciated your post, but I have to vent a little here: when people make the comment that Genesis is not a "science text," it really bugs me. (And I have seen it all over the place, in just about every conversation on this topic, so I'm not aiming this at you personally, GretaLynne.) To me, that elevates science as being *the ultimate* in terms of reality, and relegates the Bible to a mere story that is to be disbelieved if at any point it seems to contradict what science tells us. If God is who the Bible claims He is, and if He did in fact send His message to mankind in one book, the Bible
  15. Thank you for bringing up this aspect of the discussion, Tracy. I think it is a crucial point. I think it is almost impossible to conceive that physical death (for all creatures, plant, animal and human) has been God's plan from the beginning. That the death of all of His Creation was part of what God considered "good"?? If not, what did cause death, if not Adam's sin? It's not a point to just toss out the window, or reply with a "gotcha" question of one's own...I think this is a point that people should honestly consider.
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