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Sunrise and Sunset on Free Will™

I want to talk about our perspective as humans.But I want to travel back in time several hundred years.I want to talk about our common sense and what that sense tells us about astronomy.When we watch a sunrise we see the sun coming up over the horizon.Then, later, it goes down beneath the horizon.This is a common experience we all perceive.Clearly, the sun goes up and down.This is common sense.Ok.Now we can come back to our current time.(Unless you are reading this in the future, in which case only set your time machine to 2007.)Our common experience of the sun rising and setting remains the same.The commonsense mechanic is incorporated into our parlance.We don't call it 'Earth rotation'.We call it 'Sunrise'.But we have been told by those scientist folk that the sun doesn't actually go up and down.Most of us believe these scientist folk despite the overwhelming appearance that our senses receive.They tell us we are rotating at 1000 miles per hour.My common sens…

All = Some (Sometimes)

Here are a two examples:

Mat 4:24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.

(I don't think every sick person in the entire province of Syria was brought to Jesus.)

Mat 9:35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.

(I'm assuming the writer meant all the cities and villages in the area, not all the cities and villages in the entire world.)

This is brought up when rebutting the universalist take on many of Paul's writings that seem to plainly state that all will be saved. I've seen these verses go through many a theological chop-shop and come out looking radically different afterwards. But ultimately it comes down to 2 simple choices. 'All', or 'some'.

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