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Who is Got Questions?

Got Questions

Who is Got Questions?

It has bothered me for sometime that Got Questions has taken over the internet with their so called answer to every question imaginable.  Yes, the bible has the answer to every question imaginable, my worry is that Got Questions seems to have the ‘right’ answer for every question.

If you type in the question: “Calvinism”, into Got Questions search you get the following list:

92 results found.Search results for: calvinism

10 pages of results.

1. Who are the New Calvinists, and what are the beliefs of New Calvinism?
Who are the New Calvinists, and what are the beliefs of New Calvinism? How is New Calvinism different from traditional Calvinism?
URL: http://www.gotquestions.org/new-calvinism.html
2. Calvinism vs. Arminianism – which view is correct?
Calvinism vs. Arminianism – which view is correct? What are the five points of Calvinism vs. the five points of Arminianism?
URL: http://www.gotquestions.org/Calvinism-vs-Arminianism.html
3. What is Calvinism and is it biblical? What are the five points of Calvinism?
What is Calvinism and is it biblical? What are the five points of Calvinism? How is Calvinism different from Arminianism?
URL: http://www.gotquestions.org/calvinism.html
4. What is Amyraldism / Four-Point Calvinism?
What is Amyraldism? What is four point Calvinism? Why do Amyraldians deny limited atonement?
URL: http://www.gotquestions.org/Amyraldism.html
5. What is hyper-Calvinism and is it biblical?
What is hyper-Calvinism and is it biblical? How is Hyper-Calvinism different from Calvinism?
URL: http://www.gotquestions.org/hyper-calvinism.html
6. Could Calvinism be a stumbling block to the spread of the gospel of Christ?
Could Calvinism be a stumbling block to the spread of the gospel of Christ? If God is absolutely sovereign in salvation, what is the point of evan…
URL: http://www.gotquestions.org/calvinism-evangelism.html
7. The Top Five Misconceptions of Calvinism
Robin Schumacher sorts out incorrect stereotypes and misconceptions about Calvinism.
URL: http://www.blogos.org/compellingtruth/calvinism-misconceptions.php
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Note that I just took a front page snapshot, there are 92 results alone for the search term Calvinism.  But now you say so what?  Maybe they speak against it.  I wish that was the truth, but Got Questions is a Calvinist organisation and they promote Calvinism with vigor.

Let’s have a loot at some of the results shall we on Got Questions:

Question: “What is Calvinism and is it biblical? What are the five points of Calvinism?”

Answer: While all these doctrines have a biblical basis, many people reject all or some of them. So-called “four-point Calvinists” accept Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints as biblical doctrines. Man is definitely sinful and incapable of believing in God on his own. God elects people based on His will alone – election is not based on any merit in the person chosen. All those whom God has chosen will come to faith. All those who are truly born-again will persevere in their faith. As for Limited Atonement, however, four-point Calvinists believe that atonement in unlimited, arguing that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, not just for the sins of the elect. “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). Other verses in opposition to limited atonement are John 1:29;3:16;1 Timothy 2:6; and2 Peter 2:1. [Emphasis added]

The five-point Calvinists, however, see problems with four-point Calvinism. First, they argue, if Total Depravity is true, then Unlimited Atonement cannot possibly be true because, if Jesus died for the sins of every person, then whether or not His death is applicable to an individual depends on whether or not that person “accepts” Christ. But as we have seen from the above description of Total Depravity, man in his natural state has no capacity whatsoever to choose God, nor does he want to. In addition, if Unlimited Atonement is true, then hell is full of people for whom Christ died. He shed His blood in vain for them. To the five-point Calvinist, this is unthinkable. Please note: this article is only a brief summary of the five points of Calvinism. For a more in in-depth look, please visit the following pages:Total Depravity,Unconditional Election,Limited Atonement,Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints. [Emphasis added]

Read more:http://www.gotquestions.org/calvinism.html#ixzz3KHqvUrkk

So as we can see from just one of their questions, they are bonifide Calvinists.

Let’s see what else they have to say:

Question: “Could Calvinism be a stumbling block to the spread of the gospel of Christ?”

Answer: Calvinism is the term applied to a belief in a high view of the sovereignty of God, especially as it relates to salvation. Calvinists are convinced the Bible teaches that man is sinfully corrupt throughout his entire being and cannot make himself acceptable to God through any amount of effort of his own. Calvinists hold that in eternity past God chose out some among mankind for His own. In the course of time, God grants repentance and faith to His elect so that they might be awakened to their sinful state and need for grace….. [Emphasis added]

So, whether one is a Calvinist or not, evangelism is the responsibility of all believers. Historically, Calvinism not only didn’t diminish the Calvinists’ burden for souls, it purified it! The Calvinists were among the greatest evangelists in the history of the church, motivated by love for their Lord and Savior who chose them and saved them “before the foundation of the world”….. [Emphasis added]

Read more:http://www.gotquestions.org/calvinism-evangelism.html#ixzz3KHwfevlz

Question: “What is hyper-Calvinism and is it biblical?”

Answer:A simple definition is this: hyper-Calvinism is the belief that God saves the elect through His sovereign will with little or no use of the methods of bringing about salvation (such as evangelism, preaching, and prayer for the lost). To an unbiblical fault, the hyper-Calvinist over-emphasizes God’s sovereignty and under-emphasizes man’s responsibility in the work of salvation.

An obvious ramification of hyper-Calvinism is that it suppresses any desire to evangelize the lost. Most churches or denominations that hold to hyper-Calvinistic theology are marked by fatalism, coldness, and a lack of assurance of faith. There is little emphasis upon God’s love for the lost and His own people but rather an unbiblical preoccupation with God’s sovereignty, His election of the saved, and His wrath for the lost. The gospel of the hyper-Calvinist is a declaration of God’s salvation of the elect and His damnation of the lost.

The Bible clearly teaches that God is sovereign over the entire universe (Daniel 4:34-35), including the salvation of men (Ephesians 1:3-12). But with God’s sovereignty, the Bible also teaches that His motivation for saving the lost is love (Ephesians 1:4-5;John 3:16;1 John 4:9-10) and that God’s means of saving the lost is the proclamation of His Word (Romans 10:14-15). The Bible also declares that the Christian is to be passionate and determined in his/her sharing with unbelievers; as ambassadors for Christ, we are to “beg” people to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).

Hyper-Calvinism takes a biblical doctrine, God’s sovereignty, and pushes it to an unbiblical extreme. In doing so, the hyper-Calvinist downplays the love of God and the necessity of evangelism.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/hyper-calvinism.html#ixzz3KHxuGCnC

This last Q&A that I posted is very funny.  They state that “An obvious ramification of hyper-Calvinism is that it suppresses any desire to evangelize the lost.”  Why would you want to evangelise the lost when they are predestined to go to hell?  Or do they mean the Elect are lost?  They say, “There is little emphasis upon God’s love for the lost and His own people“.  So here they make a distinction between the lost and the Elect.  So why preach to the lost if they are doomed for hell and God will sovereignly not change his mind about that.  As Dave Hunt said, “What kind of love is this?”  That God loves the reprobate so much that He sends him to an eternity to burn in hell.   They say, “But with God’s sovereignty, the Bible also teaches that His motivation for saving the lost is love”  Hold on a second, there they go again, God’s motivation for saving the lost is love, but according to Calvinism only the Elect will be saved – are they saying the Elect are the lost (reprobate)?  See this article called Elect are Lost but Reprobates.  Calvinism is a very confusing and sometimes laughable doctrine, but that should come as no surprise because the founder of the doctrine, John Calvin was actually a Freemason. See this article: Huguenots, John Calvin and Freemasonry

Got Questions says that Calvinists were some of the greatest preachers in the history of the church.  That’s a a tall tale if ever there was one!  They called Charles Haddon Spurgeon the price of preachers – was he really?  Read this article to see that he was far from a prince more like a price of darkness.  Charles Haddon Spurgeon: The Prince of Preachers.

John MacArthur teaches that you can take the Mark of the Beast during the Tribulation and then repent afterward. See here:  Grace to You and John MacArthur – Take Mark of the Beast – No Recant  John Mac Arthur also teaches that Jesus blood was never applied in heaven.  John MacArthur also teaches Lordship Salvation – and just recently John MacArthur was exposed as a Freemason as well.  Also see this article:  Orbital Hermeneutics by John MacArthur

Calvinists have taken over the internet by storm and are more dangerous that Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons put together.  Calvinism is a dangerous deceptive doctrine because they preach the truth to a certain point and then STOP DEAD SHORT  when it comes to preaching the message of salvation.  Here it’s twisted into something horrible and downright evil  – that God would send people to hell for no good reason.  Calvinism teaches that you are Elect by pride, not saved by Grace.

Got Questions is a dangerous place to go get answers.  The Satanic trick is this, let people think they are correct on most questions, that when they stumble across the Calvinism questions they will believe them – after all it only takes 1 drop of poison in a nice big glass of refreshing water to kill someone.

Got Questions Kidz

Got Questions KidzNow they are targeting the kids with Got Questions Kidz.  So many think this is a fantastic idea, but at the end of the day Got Questions ultimate goal is to turn Kidz into Calvinists.

There is a reason Calvinism is called Calvinism, Jehovah’s Witnesses called Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons called Mormons  and Seventh-day Advertists called Seventh-day Advertists because its not called Christian.  None of these doctrines are found in the bible – no where do I see Jesus telling us to follow the doctrine of Calvinism in the bible.

If you have to give your doctrine a name, like Calvinism, then people need to worry.  The man who came up with the doctrine of Calvinism is John Calvin – he was a murderer, he murdered people who did not believe in his doctrine.  Calvinists to this day can’t find anything wrong with this, they think murderers are godly men.   See the following articles on John Calvin:

  1. The Legacy of John Calvin – Part 1
  2. The Legacy of John Calvin – Part 2
  3. The Legacy of John Calvin – Part 3
  4. Calvinists Justify the Known Murderer, John Calvin.

See all articles exposing Calvinism here: The truth about Calvinism.

32 comments to Who is Got Questions?

  • Robbie

    Well, well…
    I found some errors there too a while back.

    Thank you for this Debs!
    I agree with Calvinists taking over the web. They are as stubborn as school bullies!
    NOW the book also opened on the “origin” of LS.

    Some are just willfully ignorant.
    Sometimes we win… sometimes we learn.
    Have you noticed how Calvinists expose themselves if you ask them multiple choice questions?

  • Abe

    Thank you for this article. Thank you for exposing “Got Questions”. I have had my doubts about them for a long time. Nobody ever does expose them.

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Thanks Abe!

  • Vanessa

    I enjoyed reading this article. We have been reading all your articles on Calvin and his doctrines. It has explained so much to us in handling a personal matter we have with a family member who follows the teaching of Calvin. You are brave and it cannot be easy to run a site like this. We have settled it in our hearts that the teachings of Calvin is evil. I know at times you must feel alone when running this site but there are those of us who are blessed by the articles you and Thomas post. Even if you can reach out and change the mind set of just one person it counts. There are so many many deceived and lost people out there and the numbers are getting bigger bigger. The church has lost her way but we have to expect this as the Word warns us. Our prayer is that we don’t also get deceived or puff up with pride but to stay humble and willing to reach out to others to help them work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. Thank you Debbie and Thomas for your work and diligance. People feel you don’t have love but oh how I know how righteous anger can make you come across unloving. Take care and have a blessed day.

  • Vanessa,

    Indeed, righteous anger can make you come across to others as unloving, arrogant, conceited, judgmental and what not. And yes, it will cost you something. I have been thrown out of many Bible studies and even been attacked by a dog once when a so-called brother in Christ, who knew I was coming to his home to discuss things with him, deliberately failed to keep his dog on a leash. Hadn’t God protected me I could have been injured very seriously. Some have called me the devil incarnate or an agent of the devil. Some have wished me dead and said that God will take me out, like a sniper takes out his enemies. Some have called me rotten meat not even a crocodile will want to eat, etc. etc. etc. But what is this compared to what Jesus experienced in his life on earth?

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)

    Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. It is going to become worse, much worse.

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Thank you Vanessa, I love you lots. Keep your eyes on Jesus because this ride is going to get a whole lot worse. I sometimes think it can’t get worse and wonder what ‘worse’ could be and then it gets worse.

    One just has to look at our criminal justice system here in South Africa to realise that judges are not doing their jobs (because their mindset is antiChrist and Satan was a murderer from the beginning John 8:44) and they are setting murderers free with the lightest sentences possible.

  • Vanessa

    May the peace of our Lord Jesus be with you both always and yes I love you both as you are my true Brother and Sister in Christ. Hold fast and keep up the work that you are called to do. Yes we (hubby) and I know things are going to get worse.
    Your Sister Vanessa and Brother Vernon.

  • Miles

    I stumbled upon this website when I was looking for information on Rex Humbard. I like this site. It seems you have a lot of information on different things.

  • Deborah (Discerning the World)

    Hi Miles

    Thank you for commenting. I hope you find this website a blessing to you.

    I will look into Rex Humbard for you. Ok here is the best info so far: http://www.apologeticsindex.org/575-rex-humbard It seems he was a Word of Faith televangelist who was influenced by Kathyn Kuhlman (she was a spiritualist and had a spirit guide). Benny Hinn was also influenced by Kathyn Kuhlman. This guy is BAD news. But he passed away at the age of 88 in the year 2007.

  • Chris head

    If you go to gotquestions.org and look up what is arminianism. Got questions admits to being a four point calvinist ministry in the last paragraph.

  • Chris Head

    There is no such thing as a four-point Calvinist ministry. If you remove one of the letters in TULIP the whole things falls apart like a house of cards.

  • Dear Chris Head

    The biggest lie Calvinism every told was that if you remove a letter from TULIP you become a moderate Calvinist instead of a hyper Calvinist. LIES!

    There is no ‘moderately’ Elect and ‘hyper’ Elect. You are either Elect before birth (CALVINIST) or not.

    As Tom said you can’t remove a letter from the TULIP because each one is built on the other.

  • Chris head

    Perhaps.
    Up to this point i thought it was socially acceptable to be a 1-5 point Calvinist, but I do see your point. Either way Calvinism has nearly destroyed my desire for the true God of the bible. I am still a Christian but a pretty wounded one and this whole argument has made it difficult to wanna worship and serve and love the Lord.

  • Dear Chris

    >> Either way Calvinism has nearly destroyed my desire for the true God of the bible. I am still a Christian but a pretty wounded one and this whole argument has made it difficult to wanna worship and serve and love the Lord.

    Hold onto Jesus Christ with all your heart and soul. It was not Him that caused these people to lie and twist the gospel. It was not Him Chris. It was Satan and evil people that did this. Draw close to Jesus Christ, only He can heal your wounds.

    love and hugs from me

  • When anyone becomes a serious student of God’s word, he/she will learn truth. If you desire to know truth, you can find it (JOHN 8:31-32). Once you learn things by study, its not too difficult to spot error. For example, a master-jeweler with 25 years experience would be able to spot, see things, recognize certain jewelry, etc. And so can the Bible student. One does not need a college degree to read and study the Bible.

    There are many, many false teachings on got questions; not just Calvinism!

  • Sjors Roosenbrand

    Thx 4 the info, it helped a lot 2 get rid of the addiction called calvinism. It has been a sticky one since birth…

  • Eric

    you said “There are many, many false teachings on got questions; not just Calvinism!”

    True, but no other false doctrine captures the mind as much as Calvinism does.

  • robbie

    Any light on Justin Johnson… of Grace Ambassadors fame.

  • Libonthung Ezung

    Well, we should not hate each other because of that. You know heaven is real. But you can’t be sure if there are mango trees or strawberries or alien ones. You believe in the trinity nature of God but you don’t understand it properly. You know angels exist but you don’t know how they look like. But that won’t keep you from going to heaven if you are in Christ! Likewise, talking about all these -isms is like arguing about tomato trees and strawberry trees existing in heaven. These may seem serious but they are really silly. So silly that God won’t answer them for you. Then say, what did people believe before Mr Calvin and his apprentice Mr Armini were born, way back before 1500s? The Bible holds no secret which would be discovered hundreds of years later. It’s message is simple and pain. What we don’t need, God doesn’t tell us. It is not necessary to know God fully in order to go to heaven. In fact, God tells Moses that he shall see His back but not His face. How can we know a person without seeing his face? God simply tells us that it is not possible for us to see His face. But we should be careful not to be tossed about and blown here and there by ‘every and of teaching’. We should always ‘test the spirits to see if they are from God’. Jesus is the God shepherd. He will never leave you alone.

  • Dear Libonthung Ezung

    You said “Likewise, talking about all these -isms is like arguing about tomato trees and strawberry trees existing in heaven.”

    Seeing as though you ‘test the spirits to see if they are from God’ because that is what the Bible commands us to do, let’s do just that shall we, here are 2 questions for you:

    1. Do you believe Calvin-ism is christian?
    2. Do you believe Roman Catholic-ism is christian?

  • Libonthung Ezung

    Dear ma’am Deborah,
    I don’t think I need to believe if any religion is Christian. In fact, I believe that no religion on earth is Christian. In the begining of mankind, Adam and Eve had no religion. They had the perfect relationship with God before the fall. Therefore I say, nobody can reach God through any religion. Suppose you follow ‘abc’ religion. If you do really seek God, then God will, say, send a missionary or do something and you’ll find Him. I believe ‘seek & ye shall find’ to be powerful since Jesus said it, he himself being the only way to heaven. Why should the scripture record such an obvious thing? All scripture is God-breathed. Because God has ‘set eternity in the hearts of men’, even if you think ‘abc’ religion is true, deep down inside you, you’ll not be satisfied. Look at the life of Paul the apostle. He wanted to serve the Lord and God showed him the way. (Suppose) Even if you call yourself a Christian, if you don’t seek the lord, you’ll still be (called) blind. God doesn’t want religion. He wants us. He sent Jesus to restore our relationship with him. He even tells us to love him with all our heart, mind, soul, & strength. Though I always fail to do this, my desire is for Him and I’ll not believe anyone who tells me to give God only part of my heart, mind, soul, strength. All glory, honour and praise be to God alone.
    That’s my answer for your question.
    Yo, I’m just an old teen, a schoolboy and I’m no theologian. You ask me more questions again, I’ll be nowhere. I may not have answered you to your satisfaction, but that’s all I know. This site was where I first learned about calvinism & arminianism and I commented. I mean to say, I didn’t know about all these things but I still led a happy life. Now that I’ve come to know that the world seems so complex, I think of the pharisees in Jesus’ time. I realise I never believed in any of the two before & even now, I don’t feel the need to believe in either one. Besides, nobody here seems to support arminianism either, though it is clear that this site is against calvinism. ‘Cast all of your cares on Him’. You may not see it appropriate but that’s what I’ll do for this case.
    By the way, sorry for my poor words, by -‘ism’, I was typing in no time so I meant only those two calva and armini. Looks like you’re poor too. Roman-catholic-ism is a denomination and many other denominations don’t always end with -ism, let alone other religions. Please don’t feel offended. I just don’t understand your motive behind you giving me two homeworks. What were you thinking?
    And to be precise, the theme of my last comment was about hatred.
    A very important question, which, I believe, everyone must know, I shall ask you,
    “What is the importance of believing in calvinism/arminianism?”
    Please note that this question is not an attack like how, I think, you did to me. Please don’t feel bad.

  • Dear Libonthung Ezung

    I’m going to ignore the fact that you are trying to be a smart alec with your silly ‘reversed’ question (in a positive voice of) “What is the importance of believing in calvinism/arminianism?”.

    Please read: Testing the Spirits – True Spiritual Discernment

  • Libonthung Ezung

    Dear Deborah Ma’am,
    This time I’ll be simple, please give me a link to an article which talks about calvinism/arminianism with bible verses just like that in the article you wrote about ‘testing the spirits’. Oh please do, please do.
    I am very much displeased with what you might be thinking about me because of the record I made. Oh, I wish this was the first thing I asked of you. Honest! ^_^

    I am so glad you enjoy comments, after all.
    By the way, I had no intention of reversing your question. So don’t feel bad.

  • Dear Libonthung Ezung Hi/

    It’s ok Libonthung Smile/
    Please go here and read all articles on Calvinism – it’s a lot of information – but I pray you will soon understand that Calvinism is a very evil doctrine. The problem with Calvinism is that it preaches the truth to a certain extent and then when it comes to the gospel message of salvation – it trashes it by stating that Jesus Christ did not die for the whole world (as the Bible states) but that He died only for the Elect (The Elect are those people chosen by God before the foundation of the world to be saved, the others that God did not choose to be saved are doomed to end up in hell).

  • Libonthung Ezung

    Uh, Ma’am Deborah?
    I thought you (and everyone here) were arminian. Or is it so? If you had ever wondered, that was the reason behind me asking you what the importance of believing in calva/armi was. I am curious to know what you believe in. Would you please take the trouble to tell me that?

    I am just content you haven’t written anything against what I have written so far, apart from those -isms. So, I am more than curious to know what you’re up to.

    Our way of communication is better than emails, you know. Besides, God already knows who we are and He is our everything. So, I won’t care about how many lowly creatures read my comments. I mean to say, I like comments too.

  • Dear Libonthung Ezung

    Nope we are not Arninian, Arminian we do not follow Jacobus Arminius. All Calvinists believe that if you are not a Calvinist you are Arminian. This is just totally wrong.

    We are Christians.

    Are you a Calvinist?

  • Libonthung Ezung

    Yahoo/ Yahoo/ Yahoo/
    Ma’am Deborah,
    No, I am not. Funny, you could’ve asked me if I was arminian, based on my writing history. Or is it because of my poor words? Alright, I’m not arminian either.
    One more homework for you: You don’t like arminianism, do you? Is there any article written against it in the light of the scriptures? Please do share. (I am asking you this because I want things which are recommended by you)

    I say again, I’m neither calvinist nor arminian. It’s my first time. I didn’t even know you were in charge here or that you even existed at all. How could I believe in something, all on a sudden, without doing research on it? I’m extremely glad you are very helpful to me. I still believe that I don’t need to believe in either or both of those -isms. Let’s agree to disagree with both calvinism and arminianism.

  • Hi Libonthung Ezung

    Nope I don’t have any information on hand on Arminianism or Jacobus Arminius – never got around to doing an article. I know that John Wesley (who founded the Methodist church – he was Arminian and followed Jacobus Arminius). So is Arminianism actually Methodism? Most probably. You will have to go and investigate on Google. Check/

  • Daisy

    I inwardly cringe when my pastor (at a non denominational church) quotes Calvin. I pray about it and think it is probably ok to quote him if he is making a Biblically true statement (just as Martin Luther obviously was used by God for good even though he was an antisemite). Like you pointed out, we should take our theology from Jesus and the Word of God. Fallible men do not make a reliable foundation ( and Jesus warned against building on sand).

  • Yes, the folks at GotQuestions are Calvinists. The Bible they use is the ESV which is also the preferred bible of many in the Reformed faith.

  • Deborah (Discerning the World) wrote:

    Dear Chris Head

    The biggest lie Calvinism every told was that if you remove a letter from TULIP you become a moderate Calvinist instead of a hyper Calvinist. LIES!

    There is no ‘moderately’ Elect and ‘hyper’ Elect. You are either Elect before birth (CALVINIST) or not.

    As Tom said you can’t remove a letter from the TULIP because each one is built on the other.

    I had a believer in Calvinism tell me in a post on another site forum that a hyper Calvinist is one who believes that witnessing to the lost is a waste of time because God has already chosen who will go to hell and nothing can change that.

    So-called “moderate” Calvinists will share the Gospel.

    I had a friend who went from Mormonism to the Reformed Church. She joined me one time to witness to 2 Mormon elders who had come to my door. After that, she refused to talk to them again. She said their destiny is already sealed and more sharing of the Bible would be futile.

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    5. Transmit or submit any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, or spam;
    6. Stalk or harass any user or visitor to the Site; or
    7. Use the content or information available on the Site for any improper purpose.
  5. You retain the Copyright of any “Comment” you submit to Discerning the World. By submitting a “Comment” to Discerning the World, you agree to grant Discerning the World a irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to use the material or commentary that you have submitted, in any medium and in any manner that Discerning the World may, in its sole unfettered discretion, choose.
  6. By submitting a “Comment” to Discerning the World, you agree to comply with the following rules concerning such submissions:
    1.  You agree not to include in your “Comment”:
      1. Any false, defamatory, libelous, abusive, threatening, racially offensive, sexually explicit, obscene, harmful, vulgar, hateful, illegal, or otherwise objectionable content;
      2. Any content that may be seen as stalking or harassing of any other Site contributors;
      3. Any content that personally attacks an individual. (An example of a personal attack is posting negative comments about an individual in a way meant to demean that person. Note that posting your opinion about someone’s ideas, doctrine or actions is not a personal attack);
      4. Any content that discloses private details concerning any person, for eg., phone numbers that have not been made public, photos that are not in the public domain, residential address that is not public, ID numbers, Social Security numbers, email addresses that are not in the public domain, etc.;
      5. Any content that you know to be false, misleading, or fraudulent;
      6. Any use of profanity;
      7. Any content including advertisements or otherwise focused on the promotion of commercial events or businesses, or any request for or solicitation of money, goods, or services for private gain;
      8. Any content that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or
      9. Any content directly or indirectly soliciting responses from minors (defined as anyone under 18 years of age).
  7. FAIR USE NOTICE:
    1. If any part of the “Comment” is not your original work, it is your responsibility to add the name of the third party, name the book with page number or a link (url) to the website where you obtained the information.
    2. Your “Comment” may contain Copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. You are however allowed to make such material available in your “Comment” in an effort to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.  This constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this Site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.
    3. If you wish to use copyrighted material from a website or any other medium for purposes to add to your “Comment” that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. (Fair Use means you may quote from copyrighted sources, but you may not publish the whole article, book, etc., in your “Comment”.)
  8. You are solely responsible for the “Comment” you upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available to others using this Web Site. Under no circumstances will Discerning the World be liable in any way for any “Comment” posted on or made available through this Site by you or any third party.
  9. You understand that all “Comments” on this Site are pre-screened or moderated. That means that every “Comment” needs to be approved by Discerning the World before it appears in the “Comments” section.  This is not an automatic process.  Discerning the World does this for SPAM reasons.
  10. Discerning the World has the right (but not the obligation) in their sole unfettered discretion to remove any “Comment” that is posted on or available through the Site. Without limiting the foregoing, Discerning the World has the right to remove any “Comment” that violates these Terms or is otherwise deemed objectionable by Discerning the World in its sole discretion.
  11. You understand that Discerning the World in their sole unfettered discretion is not obligated and can not be forced in any manner, be it legal or otherwise to remove any “Comment” that is posted on or made available through the Site by you.
  12. When submitting a “Comment,” you will be asked to provide your name and your email address. While Discerning the World does not object to your use of a pseudonym instead of your actual name, Discerning the World reserves the right, but not the obligation, to reject, change, disallow, or discontinue at any time any submission name that, in Discerning the World’s sole unfettered discretion, is objectionable or inappropriate for any reason. Discerning the World requires the submission of your email address, but Discerning the World warrants that it will not publish your email address to an outside third party without your consent.
  13. Discerning the World does not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes. From time to time, Discerning the World may contact you personally via email. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge and understand that the “Comments” feature of the Site is designed to permit users to post information and commentary for public review and comment and thus you hereby waive any expectation of privacy you may have concerning any likeness or information provided to the Site by you.
  14. You are solely responsible for your interactions with other users of or visitors to the Site.
    1. Discerning the World shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor interactions utilizing the “Comments” facility of the Site, between you and other users of or visitors to the Site. You acknowledge and agree that Discerning the World, or any third party shall not be, and you shall not seek to hold them, responsible for any harm or damage whatsoever arising in connection with your interaction with other users of or visitors to the Site.
    2. Discerning the World does not verify any information posted to or communicated via the “Comments” sections of the Site by users and does not guarantee the proper use of such information by any party who may have access to the information. You acknowledge and agree that Discerning the World does not assume, and shall not have, any responsibility for the content of messages or other communications sent or received by users of the Site.
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    1. Discerning the World does not control, and makes no representations or warranties about, any third party content, including such content that may be accessible directly on the Site or through links from the Site to third party sites.
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    4. You agree that you will not systematically retrieve data or other content from the Site by any means, and you will not compile a database or directory of information extracted from the Site.
    5. You agree that you will not reproduce, distribute or make derivative works of the Site or any of the contents thereof without the express consent of Discerning the World.
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DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY/LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.

  • YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. NEITHER DISCERNING THE WORLD, ITS AFFILIATES, NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, OR LICENSORS WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR FREE.
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16. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between Discerning the World and you with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede any previous oral or written agreement between us with respect to such subject matter.

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