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This is a question for those who question the practice of theology either atheistically, theistically, or agnostically. . Isn't it just a sort of play make believe, it is true only in a self contextualized self contained kind of way. in reality For me it's just Air guitar being played to a stereo with equalizer. Where some like the Wesley equalizer settings, some like the Calvinist equalizer settings, some prefer just making them up as they go a little this a little that? Personally I find...
It seems one the biggest issues with free will is how it can fit in with a mindless, uncaring, deterministic universe. The modern acceptance of things like material reductionism makes it hard for most of us to see beyond the mindless flow of nature, even to the point of ignoring our own consciousness and its impact.
Now sure, when you're born and growing up there's likely limited, if any, free will. We have to be taught things like emotional regulation, sharing, control of one's physical...
Disclaimer: This mostly focuses on monotheistic representations of God. It may not fit with you.
Just a warning before-hand, this is more subjective, and doesn't really contain any completely objective feelings toward God. And that reminds me. When I talk of God, I do mean a general deity or supreme being. Now, if you're still interested, here's some useless talk about my views.
If anyone is wondering about the Dawkins Scale, here it is:
Apparently the scale sooner or later extended to...
While God may tolerate homosexuals (He never really comes out and condemns such people), according to the Bible it's clear He detests homosexual acts, both male and female. He even wants men who engage in homosexuality to be put to death. Three passages in particular address His distaste. (If there are other direct scriptural references feel free to share.)
Leviticus 18:22 (ERV)
22 “Men, you must not have sexual relations with another man as with a woman. That is a terrible sin!
In Saudi-Arabia people sell and drink Camel Urine because the Prophet Muhammad believed camel urine had medicinal value and prescribed it to cure illnesses.
Camel Urine and Islam - WikiIslam
This Saudi Camel Urine shop was closed down because the urine-salesman was filling the bottles with his own urine:
Saudi authorities close down shop selling camel urine drinks in Al Qunfudhah | Daily Mail Online
In my opinion, each person deserves to believe in a specific God 'of his religion' to have a higher power to cling to in misfortunes, and there's no God of any religion. Just a creator. If there's one correct religion then more than 90% of people are going to hell. And God in all/most religions is merciful. What do you think? Is it the God of our religion we must believe in? Or a creator that didn't ask for any praise and has no religion?
There is a famous hadith in Islam: “Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog.” Dogs don’t belong in a 2-bedroom apartment, they belong in the wild. Is it not a bit of a torment? What are those people doing living with dogs? And, what is wrong with them?
One day, I told my co-worker who is Christian about this angel thing, and his reply was like "nothing new" "I keep them outside" and then he said something about bad spirits. All the Mexicans (or native people) that I know that...
In my experience many theists (particularly Christians and Muslims) like to tell atheists and agnostics that they know "in their heart" that God exists, but are suppressing the truth in their own "unrighteousness." I have even heard many apologists question whether the individuals that they are debating are "true atheists" and state that if they were "true atheists" they would not be wasting their time debating with theists. I would like to turn this type of behavior around to the other...
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