Everything always gets taken to the extreme on message boards because small comments get overblown and then sides are taken and polarized against one another. Truth is, nothing is as big as it seems... nor is it always as insignificant as it seems either.
MKG shut down the 8th leading scorer in the leafue tonight. He also got torched for 61 and 62 this season. Is he as bad as though 60+ games make him appear? Is he as good as the game against George would make him appear tonight? No, at least not consistently yet. He's somewhere in between. But awesome game tonight, he just needs to be locked in like that every game.
Okay, I did just read the rest of it, but I'm not sure what you're asking. But, here is what I feel compelled to say after reading that...
I've had this debate with other Christians, and the issue I have with the church as whole is, it is basically setup as a get rich quick scheme for most. Furthermore, I have a huge issue with the extreme stances fellow Christians take on certain subjects without thinking it through logically, while still applying and understanding what the Bible says about it. And a big issue I have is that the churches arent built up to fellowship and glorify God, they are built to glorify the man telling you about God and it's where so many people get misled. In that same vein, so many people take what their pastor says as gold without trying to understand for themselves. I've gotten in several debates with fellow believers about that... what makesanother man's interpretation of the Bible or a scripture any better than mine? Does the bible say I need my pastor to get to heaven? Does it say I need my pastor to say my prayers for me? NO. My interpretation and prayers are just as valuable as any others, as is everyone's, and yet, because of the current state of the church and organized religion in general, people default to these men standing in front of them. That really doesn't sit well with me.
And the other point playing off of that, with a lot of the questions you asked - being a believer requires faith. I've stated here before, that I don't think science and faith/belief in God are mutually exclusive. I believe science explains some of the processes that are works of God. And I also know that my faith in God explains some of the things that science has yet to explain. For instance... I may have used this example before, but, when I was taught about the Big Bang Theory in elementary or middle school, I remember hearing some people complain about it and how it wasn't right it was against Christian beliefs. And even then, I remember thinking can't the Big Bang Theory be the scientific explanation of how God created everything? God gave us the Bible as his word and a guide, but he also gave us our brains and ability to synthesize, process, and think, and I believe he expects us to use both as we experience this life and the world around us.
With all due respect to our leaders, I really wish they would stop talking publicly about Russia. Just stay quiet until something needs to be said. We've already established our stance on the situation and told them there would be consequences if they continued their aggressive actions... They heard us. IMO, there is no point in continuously giving them a play by play of what we're thinking and how we're gonna stick it to them if they don't chill out. Putin's just going to keep upping the ante with every public statement to try us in front of the entire world... That is not a good look, and I don't see how that comes out good for us.