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Recently in a debate, I criticized someone for their apparent inability to produce details - even simplified - about their beliefs. Well, I strive for nothing if not to be fair.
So, in that spirit, ask me anything about my beliefs; simplified or not, let's get transparent!
Did Jesus physically rise from the dead or this an allegorical story?
Perhaps its both and maybe neither?
What is the best way of understanding this core Christian belief?
"Magic is the attempt to either (1) increase and utilize one's free will, or (2) submit ones free will to something viewed as greater."
1. Why call it magic? Free will is more or less unnatural in itself. Obviously it arose from nature, but it allows us to question nature, manipulate it, counter it and use it as we wish. The definition acknowledges that the mind is something more than and separate from the world around it, and can choose how to act.
2. Why two definition? As simple as...
The whole debate about creation vs evolution was a bit vague to me for many years. I did notice that some people were quite fanatic about taking the bible literally and rejecting the idea of evolution, usually the same crowd that to this day denies there is any manmade global climate change occurring, or who insist that the world is 7000 years old and any scientist who says that they have human made artifacts older than that is a liar who will burn in hell..
The whole issue became a lot...
So. I have been searching my entire life for "the religion". And by that, I mean the one that fits me most. I have tried so, so, so many religions. None of them fulfill my need for a higher power or spirituality. I just can't find it. It is so hard for me to. So, for the list. It is basically a list of things I urge for in this religion or philosophy.
Ancestor worship or ancestor veneration
Meditation (similar to Buddhist meditation)
Involves nature somehow
Either multiple deities or none...
Someone at RF reminded me recently that the Kingdom of Heaven is within
King James Bible
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
That is a beautiful reality to meditate on, but what does it mean? When I think of a Kingdom I think of a civilization. Surely it doesn't mean we have a bunch of Angels, structures, and departed souls living within us does it?
So how do I trust what I read in the Bible when I encounter obvious falsehoods?
John 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 16:23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Those two statements are obvious falsehood!
Now I'm aware of James 1
"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and...
In spite of it all (or perhaps because of it all), Americans generally express more positive feelings towards religious groups today than they did three years ago, according to a new survey by PEW Research. I'd interpret that as a sign of increasing religious tolerance, wouldn't you?
The full study (linked to above) has a more detailed breakdown by demographic groups if you are interested. It's nice to see the writing on the wall that hearkens an eventual end to routine coldness...
We Muslims have been in many debates with Christians about 2 main cases :
How come Islam claims that previous profits including Jesus were Muslims?
Another group confirms without hesitation that Jesus would call Islam a serious heresy.
Let us do a simple practice to find out Jesus's answer from Gospels only.
The answer criteria should be with 2 conditions:
Copy & Past statements from Gospels only
It should be Jesus himself words only from his mouth not somebody Else's words
The Collective Messiah - Isaiah 53
We all know that the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 is the Messiah. So, no argument about it. But then whom did Isaiah have in mind when he wrote chapter 53? In fact, who was in his mind when he wrote the whole book? That's in Isaiah 1:1: "A vision about Judah and Jerusalem." That's the theme of the book of Isaiah: Judah. Or the House of Jacob called by the name Israel from the stock of Judah. (Isa. 48:1)
Now, how about the Suffering Servant? Isaiah...
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