Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Combative? You decide...

So... Anyone who has known me for more than a couple of days knows that when I believe I am right I will stand up for that belief and I can be quite passionate.

People who know me also know that I am not Christian.

The following conversation took place on Facebook when I decided to point out Christ's teachings against violence to some Christians who seemed to think violence was OK.

The back story to where the conversation turns is that I had tried to educate someone on the simple fact that Linux had been created prior to the inception of Mac OS X.

Read and decide who is combative here...
[J--- O------] I try so hard to be a good person, and do what God wants me to do. But sometimes, there are just some people that need SLAPPED! I want to be good. I really do. But slapping those people would make me feel SOOOOOO good! :-P

[B---- S----] A lot of people DO NEED to be slapped. Whether it feels good to do it or not.

[J--- B------] Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. If you do it all you have to do is ask for forgiveness.

[B---- S----] Sometimes it isn't a sin though. Depends on the situation.

[A----- H--- M----] NO SLAPPING, J---!!!!

[Grant Smith] “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth...” (Matthew 5:5), “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (5:9), “You have heard that it was said by them of old time: You shall not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment” (5:21-22). “You have heard that it had been said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, that you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also” (5:38), and “You have heard that it had been said: You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44), and he commanded his disciples saying: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (10:16)

[J--- O------] Wow Grant. I was just playin' around...I think everyone seen that. Just because I don't like someone doesn't mean I'm going to slap them. Just my way of releasing pent up frustrations.

[A----- H--- M----] I know what you meant J---. You can slap ME, how's that?

[M--- M----] IM not gonna comment, I now refrain.

[Grant Smith] That was more in response to the responses than to you. Anyway, I like the verses. :)

[M--- M----] NVM, question for Grant, since your belief is not Christian, do you read the gospel for combative reasons or are you a new believer?

[Grant Smith] Neither.

[Grant Smith] I have read and continue to read texts from many faiths in order to better educate myself about the people with which I live on this wonderful planet. My library includes many versions of the bible, the qu'ran and many books on ancient and modern Paganism. I have always enjoyed studying religion.

[M--- M----] I was asking out of my own curiosity, as you are a very combative individual when it comes to being right or proper.

[Grant Smith] I'm stand up for what I believe and I generally don't tolerate ignorance or bigotry. Aside from that, I'm not at all combative. :)

[M--- M----] Ok Grant. your right im wrong...

[Grant Smith] Right... Oh, and 'I stand', not 'I'm'... LOL

[M--- M----] well Mac was developed in 1984 and linux was developed in 1991, I guess thats not combative or ignorant is it? but its all good Grant.

[Grant Smith] I don't know why you're bringing that up again but "The first version released was Mac OS X Server 1.0 in 1999, and a desktop-oriented version, Mac OS X v10.0 "Cheetah" followed on March 24, 2001." (

While Apple is much older than Linux, Linux is older than Mac OS X. Mac OS prior to Mac OS X was not UNIX-based...

With that being said, I think we've seen who is being combative. Especially since the topic of this discussion has nothing to do with computers and you are the one tat came at me regarding my quoting of the bible in the first place.

I'm done with both topics at this point. :)

[M--- M----] K, night Grant

[M--- M----] btw, wiki, anyone can edit this, not such a great source....

[M------ J---- P-------] I was just gonna say it's okay to "want" to slap someone as long as you don't do it..but the conversation has changed..soooo...go
So... Am I the only one that felt that he who called me out for being combative was the only one being combative here? Or was I being unintentionally combative? On-topic comments are welcome.


Stickman said...

I didn't read the comment as combative. Just ignorant that people like you exist. There are too many people like me that would use the Bible as something to beat on the heads of those that follow it.

Grant K. Smith said...

I, too, would use the bible in this manner if necessary. Generally, I only bible-thump when others do it to me to point out that they are wrong or to accentuate the ease with which almost any belief can be defended using the bible.

However, I try not to step on toes if it can be avoided.