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I'll try to keep this short. I'm looking for some advice. I was raised in a Christian home (Baptist) and have always been a very "spiritual/religious" person. I've been taught you can have a personal relationship with Jesus and I have relied on that for most of my life.....praying for peace, wisdom, etc etc
Over the past 10 years my husband and I have studied and have questioned a lot of what Christianity does, mainly the holidays that are so grounded in pagan practice....seems like an...
One of the few things I like about Christmas, is I get to wish people who serve me at a checkout a "merry Christmas". this is a small humanising gesture that is socially acceptable for me to make maybe once a year in December. The rest of the year- we are total strangers brought together by consumerism.
I also like it when my mum makes those rolls of sausages or stuffing wrapped up in a slice of bacon for Christmas Day. And Christmas Pudding. Hmmmmm...
But actually- there is not much else....
Is suffering spiritually beneficial? If so, precisely how does it spiritually benefit someone to suffer? If not, then why not?
I myself would argue that suffering provides few or no spiritual benefits.
To me, a person's spirituality consists of the manner and extent to which they deal with their psychological self. That is, their "I", ego, or individual self. The more spiritually adept or skillful one is, the better they are at dealing with their psychological self,
One might therefore...
An easy Question.
I want to know If you are happy with your life like it is, or if you want to change it in more than only some points.
And in that correlation I am interested what path /Religion/Mythology you are walking...
Why the Question?
As born with Asperger Autistic I have reached a point Where I really love my life. I have a Husband a Stepdaughter, a little house, an interesting Job with contact to many people and I can stand it. I have intersting Hobbys with many contacts not...
I have read Yajurveda and now I am reading Rigveda.
I find no mention of Ahimsa in Veda/Yajurveda.
War, warriors, battles, foes, soldiers and arms and such words are mentioned in it and so often and frequently. Not a chapter goes by but we find several verses of war mentioned in the Yajurveda.
It is not mentioned in the internal context of the verses as to when to make peace and when to make war. It, therefore, doesn’t seem true that only the "battle of ten kings" was fought in the...
... instead of uprooting suffering itself?
I would daresay that all activities which mankind engages in, from things as mundane as eating, not eating, sleeping, waking, drinking, not drinking, sex, celibacy, pursuing entertainment or education, to things like worship, seeking a savior, a god, etc., are all ways of relieving the symptoms of suffering/dukkha.
We go to sleep, in order to relieve the suffering of tiredness (a suffering). We wake up, in order to relieve the suffering of too...
I just wanted to share some scientific information about the Black Stone believed by Muslims to originate from Heaven sent to Earth's Arabian peninsula (not sure about the authenticity of the Hadeeth that says so). Science has much debate of the origin and the source of the Black Stone. The best source talking about it I could found is Wikipedia that gives no clear identification to it. Here's a link:
Now I am agnostic. I do not know if there is a heaven or not. But if there is, then what is it like? Is it an eternal blissful life that has no misery and no suffering? If so, then that is the life worth living to me and I will stick around in this life and bear through any suffering and misery in this life so that I can get that life since that is the ultimate life worth living to me.
That is my only reason for sticking around in this life. If I was not an agnostic and thought that...
This is my first post and I wanted to make it interesting. So here goes:
In my essay, As It Is Written: Whose Righteousness: God's or Abram's?, I argue that the Christian understanding of Genesis 15:6 is not consistent with the actual Hebrew. A correct interpretation of this verse is that Abram recognizes the righteousness of God. In other words, the verse is not about Abram's faith or righteousness, it is about God's righteousness.
To say that this is an important theological...
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