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This is even a bit more than abiogenesis (how life came about through chemical processes). Where can we point and say, I think there is awareness there? Even at the most rudimentary levels of life, single celled organisms already display signs of learning so awareness is somehow present at the inception of life, the intelligent agent is itself. How could dead matter ever accomplish such a feat?
Here is an article that gets into single celled learning capabilities, which states learning...
How many people have had experience of people speaking in so called 'tongues', or have actually indulged in it themselves?
It was a Sunday morning feature of my childhood during the 50s and 60s. Two members of the congregation of the Elim Pentecostal church we attended, would suddenly feel impelled to spout gobbledegook, often during a prayer or the sermon! It was totally crazy and many of us tried to stifle giggles, including my mother.
As you would expect I am of the opinion that this...
"Forensic anthropologists, geneticists, and other scientists have come up with a picture of Jesus much different from the one most of us are familiar with. Using the best techniques available to science, they have come up with a “best guess” image of what a male individual living in that place and at that time would have looked like. Not an image of Jesus, but a general idea of his appearance. The results? Jesus had dark rather than light-colored eyes, he was bearded as was the practice in...
It's a Jewish text that has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus.
So how did Christians extrapolate that somehow, the Old Testament had anything to do with Jesus?
It seems to me that the Jehovah's Witnesses are being taught that to leave them is to leave Jehovah.
It is what they say about someone who was a Jehovah's Witness but left.
I left them, but I don't believe that I have left Jehovah.
It seems to me that it is not possible to "leave Jehovah".
I'm going to share some thoughts on atheism in this thread. I expect it will throw up some unexpected responses because my views on atheism are NOT representative of many atheists on the forum. It may be useful nonetheless to share and see how things go.
Firstly, Atheism is (for me) the explicit rejection of the existence of god. the reason for this is that god is something that is not and cannot be observed, but is instead inferred by an intellectual error. I realise that is not a view...
In less harsh terms its an excuse, we always have a choice. We are always making choices. Even if one is in a situation where opposition in any form results in death, we either choose to endure the situation or accept death. If we choose to endure then we make up words like powerlessness.
In most situation, we accept the term because the situation in question is not felt to be that relevant.
Life is, because we choose endure it as, we found it.
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