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  1. No, those nasty fake scent things are from the pit of hell. Sure way to drive out your visitors, gasping for air. Any fake scents are evil to those with environmental allergies. I was driven out of church yet again today to sit in my car because of those people who think that attending church requires pouring a quart of fake stench on you that people can smell 500 feet away. My eyes burned like I had entered a bar the moment I walked in. People are just insensitive. I would be very worried about constantly breathing that chemical garbage in even if I wasn't allergic to it.
  2. I really don't understand why ANYONE, famous or not, tolerates this. The first time someone told me that I needed permission from 5 people to go to the freaking dentist would be the last time anyone saw me.
  3. I am an orthodox (little o) Christian and I agree that there will be more people in heaven than some think. Why? Because Jesus said in John 10:16: I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in as well, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd Some argue that this just means Gentiles, but I think that is presumptuous. He also says in Exodus: And the LORD said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.†Moses said, “I pray thee, show me th
  4. I know they don't believe in (nonmythological) Jesus, but simply some conversant knowledge of biblical matters as all used to have in society would have raised questions about tight top-down control. Maybe fewer would get involved and have to escape.
  5. Catholicism is not a cult and it most definitely does not control you. I have some pretty up-close and personal experience there for many years, though I am not Catholic. I take issue with a couple teachings, most particularly the "Mary is the co-redemptrix with Christ" thing, but the lack of control and micromanagement would suggest that it isn't a cult, even if you knew nothing else about it.
  6. Appointment, not appoint. Sorry I know, but if we had the widespread biblical literacy once expected of a literate society, they would have this basic knowledge to support any uneasiness they felt, and I can't imagine they didn't, when being controlled like this. I mean, come ON. Five approvals to go to the eye doctor? How does anyone think this is remotely normal?
  7. I just saw most of an episode for the first time last night. I find it hard to wrap my head around the fact that people don't know that top-down tight control by leadership of people is not of God. Jesus Himself said that those who would be great among you will be your servant (NOT your master). And to freaking PAY for all this: Jesus said, freely you have received, freely give (not charge them as much as possible). I'd last about 5 minutes in that gig. It was gratifying to hear about this woman that just slipped out the back door of a Walmart where she had an eye doctor appoint
  8. Mack's Pillow Soft silicone earplugs work better, I think. I break one in half and use each half, pushing it in a little to block sound (but not hard or deep).
  9. I agree with you and think it is a privilege as well. My parents certainly could not have afforded to pay for it, since I had a chronically ill sibling. But I got CDV benefits, so I was really blessed.
  10. Unless they are old enough to qualify on their own. That used to mean merely financially independent. Today it means older than 24. If you have to wait until 24, then you do it. Not everyone has parents who can pay or will pay. We live in a crazy world. 24 year olds had been married for years and might have 3 kids in my mom's era. I don't know that I agree with you that parents have an obligation to pay for college. I do think support comes with some obligations, just like any other free money. Of course, like most parents, I want to launch mine the best I can so we are. Because
  11. Had rentals for 20 years. Sold one when oldest entered university. One learned another language to the university level and passed the test to enter directly in another country. Fees are inexpensive there and the education is much better (especially for this degree).
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