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In another discussion, there was a comparison made between divine law and natural law. In a response, someone mentioned that they thought natural law might exist independent of deities.
I was going to engage in a discussion about the difference between divine and deities, but then looked at the dictionary definition of 'divine' and, to my dismay, found this.
As one that doesn't identify as a theist, I perceive Brahman to be divine, and, as I see it, Brahman is no deity. So my answer to...
Is there such thing as a natural law? (as opposed to a divine law or a human-made law)
That exists independently of God?
In the same way as 4 + 4 = 8 exists independently of God?
Biblically, I think there is, look at Romans 2:14
...for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,,,
I call it "human nature" - the capacity to recognise and follow natural laws, concerning the ethical...
I've spilled no small amount of ink on the subject of the mess the Masoretes have made of the Hebrew of the sacred text of the Torah. And though Genesis 17:17 could be the poster-child for the mess, and though it's a subject worthy of the greatest care, that's not the point of this thread.
This thread is about one of the most obvious, to a theist, points of observation possible, i.e., the life-giving design inherent to, in, the world, the universe/cosmos, versus the truly asinine...
I'm going to say it doesn't. As some of you know my style, sometimes I write an OP in detail, and sometimes I wait for responses before showing evidence from my viewpoint.
Before I bring proof from Quran and hadiths that there is no agreement between Islam and the medical stance today, I will let people weigh in their thoughts.
I tried to read an introduction on the Baha‘i faith but it went like : … As it is evident that there is just one God ..., so I did something I rarely do and gave up reading on page 4.
However, I think I can now can understand better the marketing potential of Baha‘i to sensitive Christians who can‘t get along with the commandment to “love everybody” and yet to disregard/hate religion X because it’s not Christian.
I also read (probably on this forum?) that some Christians will believe the...
As is evidenced by a recent thread on the forum where someone gives a narrative on an experience he had in church, there appears to be some confusion by our membership as to what proselytizing is.
Merriam-Webster defines "proselytize" as "to induce someone to convert to one's faith."
Definition of PROSELYTIZE
Yet, on the mere sight of a narrative of an Christian experience, with no apparent intent to convert anyone, more than one member cried "proselytizing."
Do you have a different...
this is what god has shown me…it all started in church when everybody stood up and began to sing hymns i was just standing there looking at everyone singing than i saw something moving around in the church at first i thought it was people coming in late but as i looked i saw a figure moving at a very high rate of speed .at first it was a blur and as i watched i could see it was a spirit moving about and he was laying hands on everybody in the church than I saw the heavens open up and the...
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