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#1 Posted by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

@edblank said:

@totalbalance said:

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@judasnixon said:

Jesus.......

Ancient Egypt = Africans. Moses passed for Egyptian. Jesus is a descendant...

(A lot of times people tell me that Egypt wasn't black because northern Africans weren't as dark as Sub Saharan. Norwegians are lighter than Greeks but I do believe they all are considered "white". If a northern African from thousands of years ago found himself in America in 2014 he would be considered black. So yeah.)

Archaeological and Historical evidence points to the Exodus never having happened. Looking at things from a scientific background ethnically the Jewish population which Jesus descended from is from the Levant and would likely look very similar to modern middle eastern Jews and other ethnic groups from the Levant region. Basically he would almost certainly be of middle eastern appearance, certainly not white, but not black either, simply a typical middle eastern man.

`Israeli archaeologist Ze'ev Herzog provides the current consensus view on the historicity of the Exodus: “The Israelites never were in Egypt. They never came from abroad. This whole chain is broken. It is not a historical one. It is a later legendary reconstruction—made in the seventh century [BCE]—of a history that never happened.” `

`Finkelstein and Silberman argue that instead of the Israelites conquering Canaan after the Exodus (as suggested by the book of Joshua), most of them had in fact always been there; the Israelites were simply Canaanites who developed into a distinct culture.[19] Recent surveys of long-term settlement patterns in the Israelite heartlands show no sign of violent invasion or even peaceful infiltration, but rather a sudden demographic transformation about 1200 BCE in which villages appear in the previously unpopulated highlands;[20] these settlements have a similar appearance to modern Bedouin camps, suggesting that the inhabitants were once pastoral nomads, driven to take up farming by the Late Bronze Age collapse of the Canaanite city-culture.`

If we're going by scientific evidence then there's no proof Yeshua ben Yosef (what Jesus would have actually been called) existed at all and we are doing something along the lines of debating Black Adam's ethnicity.

Eh, that is debatable. If we assume that he was completely a fictional character, we would still find it most reasonable to assume that he was of the same ethnicity of most people of the region he inhabited given that the bible makes no particular effort to give an exact description of the physical appearance of Jesus and makes no assertions of him being of a different ethnicity than those around him. We know for certain that the bible states him to be of the Jewish people, and knowing the ethnic background of the Jewish people, it follows then that he would be of a middle eastern complexion as are the inhabitants of the Levant

#2 Posted by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

@edblank said:

@judasnixon said:

Jesus.......

Ancient Egypt = Africans. Moses passed for Egyptian. Jesus is a descendant...

(A lot of times people tell me that Egypt wasn't black because northern Africans weren't as dark as Sub Saharan. Norwegians are lighter than Greeks but I do believe they all are considered "white". If a northern African from thousands of years ago found himself in America in 2014 he would be considered black. So yeah.)

Archaeological and Historical evidence points to the Exodus never having happened. Looking at things from a scientific background ethnically the Jewish population which Jesus descended from is from the Levant and would likely look very similar to modern middle eastern Jews and other ethnic groups from the Levant region. Basically he would almost certainly be of middle eastern appearance, certainly not white, but not black either, simply a typical middle eastern man.

`Israeli archaeologist Ze'ev Herzog provides the current consensus view on the historicity of the Exodus: “The Israelites never were in Egypt. They never came from abroad. This whole chain is broken. It is not a historical one. It is a later legendary reconstruction—made in the seventh century [BCE]—of a history that never happened.” `

`Finkelstein and Silberman argue that instead of the Israelites conquering Canaan after the Exodus (as suggested by the book of Joshua), most of them had in fact always been there; the Israelites were simply Canaanites who developed into a distinct culture.[19] Recent surveys of long-term settlement patterns in the Israelite heartlands show no sign of violent invasion or even peaceful infiltration, but rather a sudden demographic transformation about 1200 BCE in which villages appear in the previously unpopulated highlands;[20] these settlements have a similar appearance to modern Bedouin camps, suggesting that the inhabitants were once pastoral nomads, driven to take up farming by the Late Bronze Age collapse of the Canaanite city-culture.`

#3 Posted by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay, so clearly you shouldn't be siding with 'Paul' as he is clearly rather bigoted and at the end of the day, no one likes bigots, except maybe other bigots....

Now speaking from another side of this, it sounds like your other friend is going to be going through a tough time soon especially given that 'Paul' seems to be outing your friend to anyone and everyone which is a REALLY bad experience as a gay person and a complete dick move on 'Paul's' part. Speaking from experience it made all the difference for me coming out that I had friends who I could trust and who supported me, especially since my parents had a sort of cold reaction when I came out to them, it was amazing to be able to talk with friends who were supportive and there for you and helped to get me through some miserable times. One of the biggest fears of coming out/being outed is that your friends are going to distance themselves from you and that you will be left dreadfully alone, I can guarantee it will make a world of difference for your friend to have you support him.

#4 Posted by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

uh, I'm not a rainbow flag waving, gay pride parade attending sort of guy, but I don't see what is so bad about some people waving a flag around and having a parade every once and a while, doesn't bother me much so live and let live. Care to elaborate on your reason for not being able to stand LGBT pride?

#5 Posted by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

Waking up Monday morning is about the best I can manage....

#6 Posted by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

Economics

#7 Edited by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

I have always quite liked Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

#8 Posted by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

The way I look at it, I didn`t much mind non-existence before I was born (I didn`t have to wake up on Monday mornings, so that is a plus) so I figure I won`t much mind not existing again at some point in the future and just leave it at that. No point worrying too much about things you can not change

#9 Posted by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

"If we were to make contact with other sentient beings (such as Equestrians), would it be acceptable for a member of said species to love a human, or vice versa?"

Would it be acceptable to me? Sure, for the most part I have a live and let be attitude so other people can do what they want with their lives, isn't my place to be telling people who or what to love. That being said the whole non-human fetish thing is not my scene

#10 Posted by TotalBalance (724 posts) - - Show Bio

Blow up the earth? we don't even have 1% of the firepower necessary to blow up the moon, let alone the earth....