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At least nine people have died in South Africa after they drowned during a flash flood along the Jukskei River in Johannesburg, emergency services said on Sunday.
They were swept away during a baptism ceremony, officials said. It is believed another eight people are still missing.
At least nine drown during baptism ceremony in Johannesburg
Why would God allow that, just wondering?
This question is addressed to Christians, particularly.
I am curious about the other people's stance, though.
So anyone can express their opinion on what Purgatory is.
Purgatory - Wikipedia
You can express your global vision on soteriology, as well. I would appreciate it, if you did.
Thank you in advance.
In a recent thread the concepts of purpose and function came into debate and discussion regarding the origins and evolution of life. From that thread it is clear that different people have different ideas of how each of those terms is defined, used and whether and how they can be observed.
For the purposes of this thread, I am defining purpose as the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. There are several definitions, but I found this definition...
This is, of course, a reaction to the thread Typical atheists vs. Online atheists
Thesis: There is no such thing as atheist activism or proselytisation.
Some religious people find some atheists to be "loud", too loud.
I don't understand that. When I look around on YouTube or RF I see almost no atheist activism. What I see is re-activism. The typical video by "loud" atheists is a reaction video to a theists video. Pro-active atheist propaganda is hard to find if not non existent.
You know, I recall Stephen Jay Gould's argument that religion and science are "non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA)," and therefore there is no profitable way to to argue one against the other. And I think this is true: science works from observation, hypothesis, experiment, test, review and revise. Nothing in science can be considered "dogmatically true," because any evidence that may possibly come along can refute it -- and this is expected.
Religion, on the other hand, depends upon...
Isaiah chapter 48 continues the dialogue found in Psalms 74 and Isaiah 63:
They thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: He claved the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
It wasn't Moses' power that claved the rock that it provide salvation. It was Nehushtan, the portable theophany Moses had with him from the beginning of the salvation. It, not Moses, divided the sea. It, not Moses, turned the bitter water...
I have an observation....
As far as I am aware no religion that I know of explicitly forbids cannibalism.
And does this mean it's OK?
And if it is wrong, why?
What is actually wrong with cannibalism?
And no, I am not a cannibal and neither do I condone the practice indeed I find it distasteful, but don't know why. I suppose I just do.....
I see all the Messengers of God have had to suffer greatly. This OP is about all the Messengers and Prophets that have come from God.
I see their suffering was for us and our neglect of their Messages brings great sadness upon all humanity. They accepted all that suffering, and still do, so we can be released from our chains and bondage to this world.
I also weep for our neglect, as it is their Love that we reject, how can we be forgiven?
I offer a thought from the Baha'i Writings on this...
My view on morals.
Morals are dependent on what your goals are.
"Good" actions are whatever furthers your goals.
"Bad" is whatever obstructs you from your goals.
If your actions get me closer to my goals, then your actions are good.
If your actions make my goals harder to reach, then your actions are bad.
To me, this makes it simple to judge good/bad actions.
We may share the same or similar goals so what we judge as moral can be the same.
However, we may have completely different...
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