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The other day I burned my finger (only slightly, nothing serious) and I was spiraled down the rabbit hole of "what if" propelled by the idea that fire and burning is probably one of the few things that elicits an instantaneous reaction from our bodies. On contact, our bodies instantly recoil due to the instantaneous and lingering pain of a burn. That got me thinking, most human animals could not inflict that kind of lingering pain on others, aside from horrid things like Napalm used during...
According to mainstream versions of monotheistic religions, the present life is a test, set forth by God, that can only end in an eternal afterlife in heaven or hell for each human being. I think that it is fundamentaly unfair to be forced to take part in such a test and there should exist a third option - to not take part in it.
Let us say there is a test which, if passed, grants the winner a massive financial prize and the guarantee of a long and healty life. However, if failed, the...
I’ve recently been asking my Christian acquaintances this question and I have not received, to my understanding, a satisfactory answer.
First, let’s just stipulate that I am conversant in scripture, both Old and New Testament. And I grasp the commonly held fundamental dogma of modern Christianity.
My question is:
Regardless of whether or not God exists, whether there is a Heaven or Hell, whether or not Christ lives and has the power to save… does the literal, historical accuracy of the...
Other nations have stories of virgins having children. For example, the magician Merlin was said to be born of a virgin. No one claims that he is a god. Moses was resurrected and Elijah ascended into heaven. There is nothing in the story of Jesus that has not been said about somebody else. There have been others who have been called god. Jesus is just one myth of many, so what is so unique about his story?
@Terese posted an interesting thread entitled "Your thoughts on other religions" recently, but since it's in the Christianity DIR it only allows Christians to share their thoughts. I found the variety of replies very interesting and wanted to find out what people of other faiths thought about this. Since posting the same thread in every DIR would be a bit redundant, I would like to open up the discussion to the whole community here and ask people of every faith, how do you feel about other...
I'd like to ask ex-jw's these questions, because I know an active jw won't answer truthfully.
When you were active, and going door-to-door, doing God's will, how did you feel about who you were and where you were?
When you weren't doing field service, just out at the grocery store or somewhere public, how did you feel about who you were and where you were?
Was there a difference, did you perceive things about your surroundings different?
It's said that hell was originally created as a place for Satan and his angels. (From what a lot of Christians have said, evidently Satan hasn't found his way there yet, as he's still leading us good humans astray.) Fine, but then god decided to use hell as a final resting place for those of us who fail to toe his line.
So what's the deal here? Was hell going to waste with no Satan to burn? Or does god simply get a kick out of making people suffer?
Just what is accomplished by putting...
No trinity. The idea of a "trinity" was not conceived until 100 years after Jesus. And disputed for another 200 years. It is still not universally accepted today. It was originally a Gnostic teaching.
Christmas. A pagan holiday (solstice) changed to the birthday of Jesus to sway pagans to the new religion of Rome.
Easter: The ecclesiastical historian Socrates Scholasticus attributes the observance of Easter by the church to the perpetuation of its custom, "just as many other customs have...
I saw a link to this image within a YouTube video description, thought it would be pretty cool to share and discuss here. Part of me is saying it has been posted here before (if not multiple times) but I forget which thread/s if so. Anyways...
Does this seem accurate to you other than the estimated dating? Anything missing that you believe need be included based on its historical significance and can't be lumped in as is?
An interesting exercise - count how many listed had, or have, a...
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