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This seems like an obvious question, but I don't see it having been asked.
The NT says that Jesus is the word made flesh. What's the word? And what's the purpose of pointing out that it was a word?
I mean, I know Psalms 33:6 says, "With the word of G-d, the heavens were made..." But obviously that's referring to all the times Genesis 1 says "And G-d said". "Let there be light" are the two words that created light, etc.
And Isa. 40:8 says "...and the word of G-d will stand forever." But on...
God created the universe and all that is in it.
God created the laws of nature.
God created gravity and orbits.
God created what would become science and mathematics.
God created life and its complexities.
God created the elements and photosynthesis.
God created time, space and medicine.
God created us with intelligence.
God even created "Satan" but for some damn reason the omnipotent creator can't seem to do anything about him, according to some of the more archaic minded religions. Satan...
One of the catch phrases that one hears if one attends a Catholic Church is "Mother of God", as pertaining to Mary, Jesus' mother.
Quite a few years ago I was talking with a colleague who was and is Baptist and who is actually pretty theologically astute, and in conversation I mentioned the Catholic's belief in Mary being the "Mother of God", and he was taken aback by that. Knowing that he believed in the "trinitarian concept", I found it sort of humorous that this seemed to floor him,...
(As an FYI, for the last 54 years public school sponsored prayer has been against the law in America)
"More than three-quarters (76%) of Americans agree that public high schools should be allowed to sponsor prayer before football games. There are few differences by race, region, gender, or age.
More than 9-in-10 (93%) white evangelical Protestants, approximately 8-in-10 white mainline Protestants (82%), minority Christians (81%), and Catholics (79%), and even a majority (56%) of...
I do anticipate some kind of judgement call
I also anticipate the result will place me alongside others who think and feel as I do
how else to be happy?
how else to be fair?
and now I suspect....it doesn't stop there
within the collection of souls I might belong to....
there might be some pushing and shoving
We have hierarchy and discipline in this life
I suspect Greater Hiearchy in the next
I have no means to say I will hold presence alongside Someone Greater
so then.....Who shall be...
I converted to Christianity when I was 16 years old after having gone through a lot of pain and through which I had the courage to improve my life. I stopped being angry at the world and have been a believer up until a year ago when for whatever reason something broke or maybe it's just me who has. I don't know if it is just a temporary thing due to so much crap coming at me in life.
About a year ago, I was laying on my bed trying to pray when an overwhelming sense of emptiness came over me...
For those of you who believe Satan is a real being/entity, who is Satan? Where did he/it/she/they come from? What is Satan's relationship to other beings/entities, including deities, Angels (if you believe in them) and human beings?
For those of you who view Satan more figuratively or metaphorically, and not as a real being/entity, what does Satan represent to you?
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