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Author:  zeezrom [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: My Defense of Will Schryver

Enuma Elish wrote:
... Will is deeply committed to his religious beliefs and holds a strong desire to defend Mormonism publicly. I admire him for those qualities.
--DB

Do you admire these qualities because Will happens to be deeply committed to the same social group as you or is it because being deeply committed to a belief is a good thing all by itself?

Author:  Runtu [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:01 pm ]
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Will Schryver wrote:
If there is one thing I have learned in this life--often by way of personal experience--it's that sincerity can be bought, but it cannot be sold.


And if there's one thing I've learned from you, it's that sincerity can be faked, particularly when it's my own.

Author:  Runtu [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:06 pm ]
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zeezrom wrote:
Do you admire these qualities because Will happens to be deeply committed to the same social group as you or is it because being deeply committed to a belief is a good thing all by itself?


I used to think commitment to a cause by itself was a virtue, but as I've gotten older, it's become clear that kindness and love trump passion for any dogma.

Author:  harmony [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:07 pm ]
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Runtu wrote:
Will Schryver wrote:
If there is one thing I have learned in this life--often by way of personal experience--it's that sincerity can be bought, but it cannot be sold.


And if there's one thing I've learned from you, it's that sincerity can be faked, particularly when it's my own.


Sincerely laughing here. (insert laughing smilie)

Not everyone can make me laugh out loud, Runtu. :-)

Author:  Enuma Elish [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:11 pm ]
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Will Schryver wrote:
If there is one thing I have learned in this life--often by way of personal experience--it's that sincerity can be bought, but it cannot be sold.


You forget, I'm a anti-capitalist, which means that with everything else I own, I give my sincerity to others for free.

Author:  Runtu [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:12 pm ]
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harmony wrote:
Sincerely laughing here. (insert laughing smilie)

Not everyone can make me laugh out loud, Runtu. :-)


Apparently, it takes a special kind of insincerity to make you laugh. :)

Author:  Enuma Elish [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: My Defense of Will Schryver

Runtu wrote:
zeezrom wrote:
Do you admire these qualities because Will happens to be deeply committed to the same social group as you or is it because being deeply committed to a belief is a good thing all by itself?


I used to think commitment to a cause by itself was a virtue, but as I've gotten older, it's become clear that kindness and love trump passion for any dogma.


You are a wise man, John. And I fully agree.

Author:  Enuma Elish [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: My Defense of Will Schryver

zeezrom wrote:
Enuma Elish wrote:
... Will is deeply committed to his religious beliefs and holds a strong desire to defend Mormonism publicly. I admire him for those qualities.
--DB

Do you admire these qualities because Will happens to be deeply committed to the same social group as you or is it because being deeply committed to a belief is a good thing all by itself?


Because I believe deeply in the truthfulness of Mormonism and its efforts to establish a Zion community, despite our disagreements, I both admire and appreciate Will's commitment to the cause.

Author:  thews [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:18 pm ]
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Enuma Elish wrote:
Will Schryver wrote:
An interesting, if not entirely surprising, gambit.


Indeed, I love you Will, and I'm sorry for my part in contributing to this public foray. I sincerely wish you nothing but happiness and success.

What I find interesting about you Enuma is you are a genuinely nice person. To go this far to extend the olive branch to Will to demonstrate this is a good example. Will dishes it out... you don't. If you're going to play the 900 pound gorilla, it's going to come back; a function of karma. I see your killing them with kindness tactic a mixture of personal agenda and heartfelt goodwill. The main point you and Will have in common is the same, which is you both share the plight of continuing to deceive people into belief that Mormonism is true, when you both know for a fact it's not. Your underlying agenda is the purpose of this thread and is one I find sickening, mainly because you both know there's a willing audience who wants you both to succeed. They trust you to tell them the truth and believe your concocted arguments to hide the truth from them.

In the end Enuma, masked behind the supposed believers you both are, is the knowledge that Mormonism is false; you are partners in crime. This is why you both continue to present reverse engineered lies that tap dance around doubt to create an avenue for the believer to hold onto the desire that Mormonism is true based on distortion. The believers need people like you... someone to lie to them. This need to form alliances is your motivation IMO, and whether or not it's rooted in supposed good intent, its heart is outright deception.

You both know enough about Mormon history to know its false, yet champion a cause you feel you can make flowered up arguments people will believe for whatever reason that motivates you both... the quintessential false witnesses. This is why you continue to ignore the fact that there's so many flaws with the testimony of Joseph Smith based on the facts, anyone with an ounce of deductive reasoning would see though it in a microsecond if they knew the actual truth... it's your collective agenda to deceive them.

There is no historical evidence to prove the Book of Mormon true, yet you argue there is, without presenting any data. You both know magical occult seer stones placed in a hat were the method of translating the Book of Mormon, and that those same seer stones were used for money-digging to see evil treasure guardians. You both know the Book of Abraham was "translated" (incorrectly) from a common funerary text from the pagan book of the dead, yet continue to champion all is not what it seems to be... you know all of this, as you have to in order to concoct theoretically plausible scenarios to convince others to believe your own supposed "faith" that you believe Joseph Smith's true history should be ignored. I find your motives to exemplify to worst part of humanity, which is to lie for personal agenda.

In the end Enuma, your choices will define who you were and your mark on this earth. If you (and Will) are successful, then others will believe the distortion you feed them based on what you know to be false. Sleep well... the very God you profess to believe in makes his stand on lying very clear.

http://biblelight.net/false-prophets.htm
Quote:
2 Pet 2:1 [NIV] But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2 Pet 2:2 [NIV] Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
2 Pet 2:3 [NIV] In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

2 Tim 4:2 [NIV] Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.
2 Tim 4:3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Tim 4:4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Author:  Runtu [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: My Defense of Will Schryver

Enuma Elish wrote:

You are a wise man, John. And I fully agree.


Nah, I'm not particularly wise, but I am smart enough to know that kindness and commitment to a cause are not mutually exclusive.

Author:  Blixa [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:20 pm ]
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Stop it David. You've already converted me to your pork butt, next thing you'll be converting me to your religion...

Author:  zeezrom [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:21 pm ]
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So what you mean to say is you admire Will for believing just like you.

Author:  Runtu [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:21 pm ]
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Blixa wrote:
Stop it David. You've already converted me to your pork butt, next thing you'll be converting me to your religion...


I was in Texas last week and had the most amazing meal at a BBQ that has been open continuously for 85 years. I'm sure David's is good, but not that good.

Author:  Runtu [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:33 pm ]
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For what it's worth, it's silly to call someone who professes sincere belief a liar and deceiver just because you disagree with them.

Author:  Gadianton [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:38 pm ]
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Zeezrom wrote:
Do you admire these qualities because Will happens to be deeply committed to the same social group as you or is it because being deeply committed to a belief is a good thing all by itself?


Zee (and others), I wouldn't be too worried if DB can't be openly persuaded to consider Mopologetics for what it is. I think he's revealed enough to show that he clearly understands the problems. The foundation of Mopologetics is a kind of bullying. Bullies, of course, are what they are due to problems that they have that aren't always necessarily their fault. Getting "beat up" on a mission during a bible bash can leave emotional scars, for instance. DB, of course, will be required to disagree with this, but I think deep down he understands what's going on -- his posts reveal this.

The thing is, if one desires to be a force for good among one's peers, and if the peers happen to have these deep personal issues, their behavior is unlikely to be curtailed by showing them the truth about themselves -- the bully is highly skilled at evading his reflection. While the critic is certainly right in pointing out these flaws, one among the ranks who wishes to make a difference will likely need to take another path. Bullies most likely can't be cured, or truly repent, but their behavior in theory can be defused, and this can happen with the help of those who have a vested interest in the Bullies well-being; it won't be by the way of pointing out truth though, but much like, you know, what DB is doing now, some guidance administered with a healthy dose of encouragement and self-esteem building. I hope it works out, it might with the rising generation of mid-tiers.

"I couldn't have done better had I been in their circumstance", I gotcha, *wink*, I really do. And I echo what Scratch has said elsewhere, the Church will be greatly credited if David one day in the future becomes the leader for the next generation of Mopologists.

Author:  Enuma Elish [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: My Defense of Will Schryver

thews wrote:
Your underlying agenda is the purpose of this thread and is one I find sickening


No offense, Thews, but honestly, you crack me up. I can assure you, I'm a very transparent soul. Those who know me can attest that I wear my passion and my sentiments on my sleeve. I don't have any underlying agendas in life that I know of.

Author:  Runtu [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: My Defense of Will Schryver

Enuma Elish wrote:
No offense, Thews, but honestly, you crack me up. I can assure you, I'm a very transparent soul. I don't have any underlying agendas in life that I know of.


I do.

Author:  Enuma Elish [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:45 pm ]
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Blixa wrote:
Stop it David. You've already converted me to your pork butt, next thing you'll be converting me to your religion...


I really need to make a PDF of my First Place Butt award that hangs over the fireplace mantel so that I can show you guys. I don't like to brag, but it is an impressive thing!

Author:  Runtu [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:49 pm ]
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Enuma Elish wrote:
I really need to make a PDF of my First Place Butt award that hangs over the fireplace mantel so that I can show you guys. I don't like to brag, but it is an impressive thing!


I wonder what the real agenda was behind your pork butt entry?

Author:  harmony [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:50 pm ]
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Runtu wrote:
Enuma Elish wrote:
I really need to make a PDF of my First Place Butt award that hangs over the fireplace mantel so that I can show you guys. I don't like to brag, but it is an impressive thing!


I wonder what the real agenda was behind your pork butt entry?


The establishment of an unconventional Zion?

Oh, wait... does Nightlion do BBQ?

Author:  Enuma Elish [ Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:50 pm ]
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zeezrom wrote:
So what you mean to say is you admire Will for believing just like you.


No, not at all. In fact there are some very important issue upon which Will and I disagree. But given my belief in the truthfulness of these issues, as a believer, I appreciate and admire his dedication to Mormonism and the building of Zion.

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