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As an Ex-JW (left in February... YAY!) I know that JW's pride themselves with the unity that they have vs the multiple denominations among "Christendom".
From what I understand about most Protestant denominations I have come across (as an example) is that they do not dispute what they see as the fundamentals of Christianity, but they choose the denomination depending on what that denomination emphasizes. So they still see each other as united. So, for an example James White will debate...
To follow a spiritual path can sometimes lead a person to be to serious about life ( I been there)
But may it be that we need to stop being afraid of doing wrong, and if we do wrong learn from it, instead of becoming to serious about it and actually fear our own faults?
My newfound joy in life is seeing life in a more happy way (living in the moment). Laugh of my own "stuid" way of being from time to time, and when someone have fun toward me, to smile and have fun back
Life is actually...
While ISIS has generally been classified by outside observers as belonging to the tradition of “Salafī-Jihādism,” a term first coined in 2002, some, mainly Sunni (and often Salafī) Muslims themselves, have disputed such a label, and have instead advocated for the classification of ISIS as a “Khawārij” movement. Now, as a Shīʿī Muslim, I am going to offer my perspective on why it is incorrect to classify ISIS as Khawārij and why the term Salafī is indeed accurate when applied to them.
Suppose for the sake of argument that the Judeo/Christian/Islamic god exists and that it has performed many great feats of strength and power as described in the various sacred texts. How could we possibly know that this god is not simply a puppet on the string of a greater god or goddess who is more powerful than this god? Suppose the super-deity decided to purposely delude the Judeo/Christian/Islamic god into thinking that he is in control of the universe, when in fact, he is not, and is...
How prevalent do you think Bibliolatry is in the United States, using this definition:
"In Christianity, bibliolatry is used to describe extreme devotion to the Bible or to biblical inerrancy. Supporters of biblical inerrancy point to passages (such as 2 Timothy 3:16–17) interpreted to say that the Bible, as received, is a complete source of what must be known about God."
Bibliolatry - Wikipedia
Science has provided some knowledge many find beneficial.
However, science has not, and cannot provide knowledge of the most fundamentally important things in life.
Some have asked: Why did things evolve to form a universe and a planet equipped to sustain life? Science has no answer.
It is true, we can live without having the answer to this question.
It is also true, we can live without knowing that the earth orbits the sun, rotates around an axis at an angle of 23.5 degrees, at a speed of...
Compassion appears to be a virtue or human quality extolled in most religions. It involves empathetic concern for the plight of others. It may extend to family and friends or extend across all boundaries to strangers of other cultures and beings we share the planet with.
Does our faith or worldview make us more compassionate and if so how? What is it that distinguishes the compassion we express from those with differing world views? How can our faith be seen as special beyond others if we...
This is more directed towards theists who accept that humans evolved from apes etc - the answer from creationists seems obvious.
There was a time where religion hadn't really been formed as we recognise it today - especially monotheism.
My question is, in those ancient times as homosapiens were taking their first steps as a species the notion of a god hadn't necessarily been concieved. If thats the case, how would you reconcile this with your faith?
Millenia passed without reference to...
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