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Once again I find myself needing to find explore and find a new faith group. Quick background, I grew up in a religious, but non-denominational family. After spiritual experiences I then joined the LDS church which I attended for quite some time. After a few life-events, I am now seeking to find a group that:
Does not believe in any "caste" system for the afterlife (degrees of glory, eternally outcast→favorite children)
Embraces spiritual experiences, includes more than intellectual study...
When we are younger, it is often heard , when you grow up, when you become an adult as a reason that prohibited someone from "X". Unfortunately, it has become a belief that one becomes an adult by just by living "X" years. So essentially we don't change, we just get older and we are awared adulthood becoming nothing more than old children thinknig we are adults as witnessed on this forum.
Now I don't believe that this guy, the auther of "Once I was a child I did... blah blah but then I...
In my opinion:
In Hinduism there is one ultimate manifestor of reality (Brahman), and then representatives that have been seen in physical form called Avatars (Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, Krishna, etc).
According to a growing number of scholars, when we examine the earlier Biblical text, there was one God Most High, who divided the nations among the Elohim, and gave YHVH Elohim the nation of Israel as his people (Deuteronomy 32.8).
This then makes loads more sense of why the early Christian...
I wanted to ask RF many Pagan members if you face discrimination, ignorance, bigotry and prejudice for your beliefs. Do you have to conceal your beliefs for friends, family, co-workers, etc? How do you deal with it?
Not being familiar with Paganism or knowing many Pagans offline, I wanted to ask as it had never occurred to me that this would be an issue even though you probably live in predominantly Christian societies.
You're welcome to go in to detail if you wish. I'm simply...
Do you know that not all us on the right want to enforce our religion through laws?
We are not regressive fundamentalists. We are simply traditionalists who believe in the dignity of all people. We just have a different Out look on life.
I’m not saying we’re the majority, but we’re not the kind of people you lump is with
For example at the time of the association of John Kennedy, the FBI had about 15% of the information for the case that exists today. Does that warrant a fresh look or reexamination
And by the same token, since Darwin had less that 15% of the mammal species to examine and no genetic information or theory to go on, does that warrant a fresh look or reexamination?
Cognitive dissonance is a really interesting topic to me. It certainly is recognized as an aspect of living in a modern culture. For me if I step out of culture and step into nature the dissonance stops. There is no place in culture that I can find that doesn't generate a sense of cognitive dissonance.
Religion is generally used as a tool to create an intellectual fantasy structure that aliviates the dissonance in a particular way. The doppleganger of that is mirrored in science where it's...
I dunno what people even mean when they talk about possession. Some (say christians) differentiate between "demonic oppression" and "demonic possession" and some (say pagans) liken it to a rape-tastic version of a spiritual communion. Some say it's when they take you over or when they get in you and talk through you.
I've been accused of being oppressed, possessed all of it. One time some guy actually tried to "cast demons out" of me without my consent which was hilariously ineffectual....
It seems to me that we are in a situation somewhat like the time of the Prophet Elijah.
"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word."
I began to study these experiences a great deal back in 1990. They immediately made me realize that the "soul sleep" doctrine that I had been taught was almost certainly in error. I got kicked out of two...
This is a serious question. What exactly are the 10 Commandments? We often hold the images of what Moses had written on the tablets (after he smashed the tablets god gave to him), but yet what was written on these tablets (Exodus 34) is not what we would typically think was written on them, and rather what we think was on them were more of the rules god issued (Exodus 20). Exodus 34:11 specifically states that god is issuing commandments to be upheld as a covenant. Exodus 19:5 also states...
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