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There are debates on Gods existence. I believe that a lot of these debates commit the burden of proof fallacy. For example, when a theist opens the debate by saying "I believe God exists, unless you prove he doesn't" and to be fair when an atheist opens by saying "I dont believe God exists, unless you prove he does", both are committing the burden of proof fallacy.
When you propose something, you should provide the evidence to support your claim. When you propose something, negative or...
In relation to discussing religion.
Outside of online forums, I never discuss my views on religion. Ever. It's simply never brought up. In real life, I think people are generally more concerned about their jobs than discussing something like religion.
It is only here on the forum where I am able to express myself in relation to this topic.
What about you?
So, I was looking over Amazon Prime Movies, and they currently have all the Indiana Jones movies on tap, part of Prime Videos.
And I thought-- why not? I've not seen the original in years. So I put it on, and yeah, it's silly. But it's well done silliness nonetheless.
As I was listening to Indiana Jones' character speaking as a skeptic-scientist (even though he's really a tomb raider) it hit me: Jones says he does not believe in magic in the least, yet he's certain a mythical, mystic...
In a nutshell: God is omniscient,
"The Bible teaches that God is all-knowing or omniscient. The word "omniscient" comes from two Latin words omnis signifying all, and scientia signifying knowledge. When we say that God is omniscient it means that He has perfect knowledge of all things. He does not have to learn anything and He has not forgotten anything. God does not have to reason things out, find out things, or learn them gradually. He knows everything that has happened and everything...
The way I understand atheism is from the American Atheist Association:
"Atheism is not an affirmative belief that there is no god nor does it answer any other question about what a person believes. It is simply a rejection of the assertion that there are gods. Atheism is too often defined incorrectly as a belief system. To be clear: Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods."
Atheists who claim there is no evidence for the existence of God seem...
No one knows if a god does or doesn't exist. No one knows if there is anything after death. There is no evidence of either. That being said we say those that accept both/either is faith based.
Does that mean those that don't accept them are faithless because it's all about evidence? I doubt that because they have faith in other things like their kids for example even when sometimes the evidence shows different they will still have faith.
If a person is not a scientist does that person...
I will try to keep my topic simple. There are multiple reasons why Western scientists need to adopt but I will only offer two:
1. Eastern thought provides an objective approach to acquire knowledge.
Eastern mystics discovered a practice and tool long ago to explore consciousness and reality, and that practice is 'meditation'. This method is objective because it removes the filters that tend to distort reality - the mind and senses. If you cease all mental and sensory input, then you are...
Verses can't always be discerned as to a 'direct meaning', when read without other verses. Thusly, verse comparison is actually, necessary, to derive a meaning, that doesn't contradict something else noted in the Bible.
There are verses with variable meaning, when read without other verse comparison, like
'God hath made Jesus'...
Now, does this mean,
• God is a separate Being, who made a separate Being
• Jesus is God, in Spirit form, thusly incarnated Himself
• there is a binitarian...
This thread was inspired by another recently posted here called Excuses, Excuses, where it calls out, what I later identified as a typical believer's simple attempt to try to convince themselves through rationalizations to address their own cognitive dissonance when confronted with the stark contradiction of the differing presentations of God within scripture.
For instance from the New Testament,
The Path of Love Jesus
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’...
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