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Keeping up with the times means going mobile. I don’t care if it’s bad for business; screw everything about that.
There are two sequels already... Radical Dreamers and Chrono Cross.This is true... they're just terrible at being sequels.
Because getting your belly cut open is not a hardship anymore ?!I'm speaking solely to the idea of abortion as a means of keeping an individual from enduring physical or financial hardship in life. I'm not saying abortion is something that's fun or easy (the procedure is actually quite hard on women).
The problem with unwritten traditions is that, because they're unwritten, they can be changed by anyone to suit their own prejudices, so this particular argument is entirely worthless.It's not unwritten tradition, though. It's using Scripture in the New Testament. Jesus and the apostles set out pretty clearly quite a bit on what doesn't apply anymore, and that includes the whole "unclean foods" thing, as seen in Peter 10:9-16.
I would expect that Jesus would counsel thusly: abortion is not inherently immoral, but throwing away human life because you can't be bothered to use birth control is. It's been shown that poor people who have access to birth control and to abortion services are better able to improve their lives and escape poverty than poor people who don't have such access. I cannot believe that Jesus would require women to carry children to term whose presence would place an unmanageable burden, financially or health-wise, upon those women. It doesn't make sense according to my understanding of Jesus' teachings.
(I'm not entirely sure if the people of his time understood when conception was. Pregnancies aren't even detectable for the first month or two without a pregnancy test, since many women occasionally experience a missed period that has nothing to do with sex. Consequently, I would expect the Bible meant not the literal creation of a zygote, but rather the point in time when a pregnancy would be confirmable without pregnancy tests, where it used the term 'conception'.)
I have some issues with arbitrary choosing of segments of books, if you are then going to try to consider someone a member of a strong grouping anyway (you can pick and choose all you like, I even encourage it as it is at least some thought gone into it, but you are then following some remixed version at best). Still the old vs new testament stuff is well established (at least until it is not for some other debate, sticking with modern moral debates it is usually about the time homosexuality comes into play) so I can roll with that.
On the conception thing I am curious, I have not seen or heard the passages to that effect (and such a thing would have been quite useful at points, and I imagine made well known). I also have to wonder if it would be that useful as concepts of how pregnancy worked were not well developed however many thousands of years ago the books in question were cooked up. Delving deep into my memory of schoolboy RS I believe the counter argument to be provided for the exam board was something like "in Sermon on the mount young Mr Jesus emphasised the dignity of human life, if a life would then lack dignity, and an unwanted pregnancy can certainly lead to that, then why not?"
Likewise there are measures/yardsticks by which things are determined and allowed, with it skewing towards "only if a danger to the mother is posed" for the later ones. This can vary by region and all sorts of policy but it is considered from such angles.
It is at this point I usually note a wishy washy line in the sand and start probing for things to change it (contraception, morning after, chemical where foetus is reabsorbed.....) but I will not commit too hard to anything there.
My biggest issue personally is deciding when does that option come off the table. At which point do we classify the fetus as a person. It's not an answer I expect to find in the thread, or come to anytime soon, it's a question I've been thinking about for a very long time.
What about the anti-Christ? Is the life of the anti-Christ sacred? What if there were a scenario where abortion prevented the birth of the anti-Christ? I'd reckon we'd have to kill that baby. Can't have an anti-Christ running around.I don't know how one would determine that a child is the anti-Christ, for one, and I believe that, if we're following Revelations, there will be at some point a direct indwelling of Satan in that individual. Up until that point, it is clearly still a human being, and as such is not our place to decide life or death. Plus, I figure there'd be another to come along. If we're assuming that the Bible is true, and the anti-Christ exists, there is nothing that will prevent the birth of the anti-Christ, and nothing will prevent prophecy from playing out.
I don't know anyone who actually likes abortion. I often see conservatives who speak out against it put forth arguments that insinuate that anyone is actually happy about the procedure and the difficult choices women have to face when they're considering one. I don't see this as an argument worth discussion, either.
My position is that it doesn't fucking matter if it's 'immoral'. So is eating pork. So is eating shellfish. So is wearing mixed-fabric clothing. So is getting tattoos. So is putting white gravy on chicken fried steak.
I'd like to tell you what Jesus said about abortions. I really would. Except he didn't say anything about it.
Most of them weren't even Christian, but deists, actually.Not entirely true. The ones that could most be considered deists were Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, and even they, in their writings, exhibited leanings that wouldn't be considered Deist by our modern notions of the word. But that's another topic entirely.
I only liked Shining Force CD, Snatcher and Keio Flying Squadron. The rest of the games I saw blew or weren't much better than genesis games.There was more worthwhile there than that, although I'm not sure if you tried some of the other good stuff. Eternal Blue is one of 'em, Popful Mail is quite good, too. But there were a lot of games, as you say, that weren't really any better than Genesis games. In fact, there were quite a few that were basically Genesis games with redbook audio.