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Use Common Sense by HarmonicSonic Use Common Sense by HarmonicSonic
Really, this stamp can apply to anyone, but my target audience is fellow Christians.

I'm not saying we should never reference Scripture, because as Christians that isn't a good idea. But I believe it is seriously overused nowadays. Go into any debate (mainly on stuff like evolution, social issues, Israel, and suchlike) with a radical right-wing Christian and you will understand what I'm talking about. (No, I'm not a liberal, but neither am I an excessively conservative extremist). These folks will almost never give any of their own words on a subject. They will only quote verse after verse after verse out of the Bible. That way they can use the ever-so-convenient "You're not arguing with me; you're arguing with God" line.

We're supposed to follow the example set by Jesus, folks. Jesus didn't go around mindlessly vomiting scripture, platitude, and evangelistic clichés. Sure, Jesus used scripture on occasion, but he also knew how to think for himself. If God wanted us to be machines, he would have made us thus.

Please don't misunderstand my meaning - as I said earlier , Scripture definitely has its place. As Christians, we ought to have a good understanding of it. But many Christians often seem to think of scripture as "ammunition" in a debate. Trust me - using common sense and your God-given intellect will make people far more willing to listen to what you have to say.

Thank you, $zilla774 for the template.

If you don't want me to say thank you, then don't fave it. If you accuse me of not looking at your profile, I will turn right around and accuse you of not reading the artist comments.
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Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Common sense need's to be renamed uncommon or even rare sense. Heck it might need to be labelled as endangered.
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GNGTNT105 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen to that!
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student
Nice logo.
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Mysticalblackangel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As the saying goes.. God gave you a brain, so use it!
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CheerfulOptimistic Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Using Scripture as "proof" in a debate with someone who's not Christian just won't work. And people won't care that they're "arguing with God" if they don't believe in Him.
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lolsweetgirl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't get this at are you saying that we can't use scriptures on daily basis?
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No - I'm saying we shouldn't just blindly do something because somebody says, "the Bible says so."
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lolsweetgirl Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh I get your point :3
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littleblackmariah Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not a Christian, but I definitely agree with the message.
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Josh592 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Writer
I concur.
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RukahTsubasa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Id love to tell many people this!
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kittykathats Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exactly ^^ :clap:
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IronBatMaiden91 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Thank you!!! Instead of getting caught up in this age of narcissism and entitlement, why don't we go back to when common sense was well, common?
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ToaDeathax Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
You have no idea how many people I deal with that don't use it -_-;
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MonsterTheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
where's the fun in common sense?
(no offence)
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Ntn2 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
No every debate is meant to be funny.
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dragonRawer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^ so true
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Skirushiemonster Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
I like this stamp. Even though I'm Athiest.
I'm very open-minded, and I have a lot of Christain friends.
However, I know some Christains that I just want to punch, because they come up to me and literally scream out scriptures from the Bible, telling me I'm going to Hell, ect.
I'm just like, woah, chill out, man.

But the same applies to some Athiests I know, as well. I wanna kick some of them that I know, because they sit there and try to convince Christains they're smoking something, and... yeah.

People, seriously.

Common Sense for the win! :thumbsup:
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's usually the way of things. There's usually screaming and shouting on both sides of any debate. Thank you :D
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Skirushiemonster Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
I know. Why can't everyone just realize already that we all have different opinions? :hmm:
You're welcome.
As a bonus, I love your avatar! Sonic's pretty cool, but I much prefer Knuckles! :)
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's from the original Sonic TV show (the one most people call SatAM). I think it's much better than the shows that came after it, even though Knux isn't in it (I do kind of hate that - he's one of my favorite Sonic characters, too.)
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Skirushiemonster Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Yeah, I kinda thought so! I recently found some DVDs of it and was watching it earlier... Hahaha.
Yes, it's sad Knux isn't in it. :(
But the one that he is in, that Sonic X one... Don't get me started on that. :lmao:
Awesome! Go Knux fans. :highfive:
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand they planned on bringing him into it, but the show got cancelled, so they weren't able to.

Yeah, he's in Sonic X, which is okay, but... I'm not really fond of the direction they went in with that show (I'm not a Shadow fan, and the kid in it looks and acts just like Sora from Kingdom Hearts :bleh:)
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Skirushiemonster Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Yeah, that would've been awesome. :)

Same here. I didn't find it bad like most Sonic fans did, since they didn't like it for 4Kids or something like that... I just didn't like, what you said, the direction it was going in.

Shadow doesn't bother me, but Rouge does... I don't really care much for her, personally.

Yes, hahaha. What was his name, anyway? Cris?

Awww, Sora is annoying but he's cute, with his little crush on Kairi. :aww:
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm okay with Rouge, but Shadow... well, I think the fan-base is largely responsible there. I'm sick of seeing everyone trying to make Shadow and Sonic gay together. Shadow's a bit angsty, and that's enough for middle-schoolers with overactive hormones to make him Sonic's lover. Bleh. Anyone thinking Sonic would be okay with that is really misreading his character, I say.</rant>

I'm also not an Amy fan at all. Sally is smart, sassy, and courageous. Amy is... annoying.
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I agree. It's the radicals who MAKE about half the anti-Christians in the first place. Some real nut jobs out there on both sides.

Being a Catholic Christian myself, I wish I could assert it more strongly that we aren't all like that without getting shot down by some form of troll or bigot or whatever.
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what you mean. I've found, however, that saying "not all Christians are like that" is, in most cases, unnecessary, especially if we aren't actually acting like that anyway. ;)
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose.
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MK-R Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
RelativeEquinox  
I understand through most of my adolescent youth on both sides of agnosticism and other religions beside Christianity and know what Wicca is an what they do, same with Hinduism and such, athiesm and Christianity on both sides, living in a Christian home.
I don't enjoy eating meat though, might try some veggie stuff to get healthy...
I'm also Presbyterian and respect others beliefs and lifestyle knowing what Wicc and a few others are all about so....y'know...
I'm not going to tell Athiests that they're wrong, but I do believe that being here on Earth is not all we are here for some reason...and we have yet to find out what we are happy with in life :) :hug:
Nice stamp, btw, Mr/Mrs...?
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry, I'm not entirely sure what the point of your comment was ^^;. Healthy respect for others' beliefs does sound rather nice though, and finding individual purpose in life, although I consider it usually separate but maybe-sort-of related to religion, is good as well. So in that light, I agree with you. 
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MK-R Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
I am saying that I have dabbled with some of every other Oriental religion besides Buddhism/Athiesm/Agnosticism, and they never wirked for me, but I always return back to what I feel like is with me always. 
The Trinity :)
and thank you for not being a radical hard Athiest. 
I understand why you all do, but isn't there historical proof of the Bible's historical roots and origins that are supported scientifically?
I'm saying this because I love the History channel documnetaries on ancient civilizations. Dating back to Semetic/Mesopotamian/ Asian-Indian times when cultures began to florish for our knowledge to obtain. 
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Um, I'm not sure if you saw -my- comment <.D.>. I said I was a Catholic all my life; I've never been an atheist. But you're welcome, I suppose. Also, welcome back to Christianoty XD

Although be careful with the History channel because they tend to have a sketchy accuracy level.
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MK-R Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
Ohhhhh. -nod- thanks for telling me of this. Noted. :)
and sorry, I kind of misinterperated your views and jumped to conclusions and I sincerely apologize -light giggle- ^^;
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Ionosphere-Negate Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
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FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed ... problem comes in when right wing atheists go around calling Christians complete idiots, morons, and a host of other names I cannot repeat here for their belief ... and it's for the exact reasons that the Bible is the truth but can't prove itself ... it's right wing Christians who over blow their trumpets that make me annoyed

I have had loads of arguments over the Bible and been told that I am a complete idiot (with both Christians and Atheists), just damned well given up on some of them (was half way through a very long response when I thought ... You know, this guy is just going to continue calling you an idiot even if you continue to back your points with historical documents ... just stop and let him be his own idiot)

Go go common sense! =P
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I try not to go criticizing atheists - many of them are the way they are because they have been deeply hurt by Christians. But I agree that things would be much better if people on both sides would learn to show some respect, and of course, common sense.

It's also good to remember that, in the case of Bible vs. history - for every historical document that you find backing the Christian viewpoint, there is probably another one out there that tells a completely opposite story. The best case we can make for Christ is to show what a difference he has made in our own lives.

Thanks for the input :hug:
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FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I criticise right wing ... the average Atheists are usually just as annoyed with the right wing Atheists as the average Christian is annoyed with the right wing Christian.

See, I have no problem with alternative historical views ... my problem comes in when I am called a mindless moron when I present historical documents and receive none back to either prove I am wrong or to provide an alternative view :shrug: respect is key and there are very few people who actually respect others (both Christian and Atheist and other religion).

I love your stamp ... wish more people would see it :D
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you like it :D
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Xario1 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
XD

Have you ever happen to take a philosophy class?
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope. The closest thing to it I've taken is sociology, and I guess that's not really all that close.
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Xario1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
"common sense" is a point of view often used by most humans that derives its perspective from what we consciously sense.

As a philosopher, I would think it would be a bad idea to ask Christians "use common sense", becuase saying that is often hinting that one is not as wise as they think they are. Some Christians would get offended by this.

Rather, I would say that things need to be looked at from all perspectives. It is good to use scripture, but it is often even better to also explain things deeper than just the scripture or to say things that are very parallel with scripture.

An example is when we say that God wants us to be happy, but he doesn't want us to sin. Some people will say that they can only be happy by doing things that are considered sin. We must then attempt to explain to them that God is a not just the creator of the universe, the most powerful being ever, etc, but also that God is a father figure to us, and just like any good father, he wants us to be happy and spiritually healthy, and he doesn't want us to suffer becuase of the wrong things we might do, just like how a father wouldn't want his child to date with a trouble-maker or criminal, becuase of the consequences ahead.
This is a good example of saying things that are parallel with scripture and the meanings of the scriptures.

I apologize for the length of this ^^;
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
My point was that people need to learn how to think for themselves. I'm not saying they shouldn't live according to God's guidance, but neither should it be complete brainwashing.

And your example is a good one - but all that can be said without regurgitating a lot of scripture, even though it may be parallel to scripture. :)
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Xario1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I understand what you mean. Sometimes when people get over-enthusiastic about it, sometimes they seem a little bit scary, and they accidently make it look like a cult or something ._.
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly - or they just lose all credibility, which defeats their whole purpose.
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MK-R Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Precisely. 
You get a free :cookie: for this. :D
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SionnaDehr Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I like your stamp, but I would like to point out that Jesus is God. He is scripture. He also referenced the Old Testament so many freaking times that I lost count after a while. When he faced off against Satan, he used scripture to fight him.

I'm not saying that just holding onto scripture for every debate is a good idea, because up against an atheist, it's not gonna work. If you're going to do that, combine scripture with something like science and explain how they coincide with each other.

Paul referenced the old Testament as well as what Jesus said frequently.

Er... I would like to correct you on something. I am a right wing Christian and I don't use only scripture to explain myself. I quote it, then explain what it means. If I knew the greek and Hebrew, then I could really delve deeply into it, but since I don't, I have to go off of the literal meaning of the words.

But don't get me wrong, I do like your stamp. I think it's very true. Especially in Christian rock/pop. There are only a select few who even use their own words to show just how much God means to them while being able to implement scripture within their songs. Modern day worship songs are possibly the worst of them all.
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your stamp, but I would like to point out that Jesus is God. He is scripture.


I agree that scripture does have its proper place. But, even though Jesus is God, we're still supposed to follow his example. And he also knew how to think for himself. I should mention that Jesus is not Scripture, however. Jesus isn't scripture, because that would mean that God is scripture. To put scripture on the same level with God is called bibliolatry - a form of idolatry, which is something God tells us not to do in the Ten Commandments.

I would like to correct you on something. I am a right wing Christian and I don't use only scripture to explain myself.


I know that not all right-wing Christians do that. I was really only speaking of the radical or extreme ones - I was careful to make this known in the artist comments.

But don't get me wrong, I do like your stamp. I think it's very true. Especially in Christian rock/pop.


Well, I would tend to disagree with you on the subject of contemporary Christian music - mainly because of the purpose of it. It's not really designed to reach non-Christian listeners. It is for the worship of God. That said, there are some very sensible Christian lyricists out there, too. For lyrics, I'd recommend a group like Casting Crowns or October Project.

Thanks for the input :)
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daisy8000 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes total sense
now seeing as *get ready for this* I don't go to church*le gasp*
I don't know all the verses, Scriptures, etc.
But I do believe in a God
And if he gave us common sense, and he gave Jesus common sense, than we shouldn't be following/reciting(well, I don't mean break every Christian rule, there are some you sometimes break, and even I know that.*is 13*) every single verse. We DON'T want to rewrite history do we? (sorry if this sounds offensive, I'm just speaking my mind. that gets me in trouble with bullies a lot, so I'm used to it :|)
So all in all, I support this stamp :D Good job :thumbsup:
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HarmonicSonic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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