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When I ask believers why their god would allow a serial killer to abuse and murder a dozen innocent children over the course of his lifetime, I am often told that god is helpless to intervene because he gave us all ‘free will’ and that to intervene would be a violation of that ‘free will’. It sounds reasonable at first glance, but this argument doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.
I agree that if god were to snap his metaphorical fingers and magically take away the serial killer’s perverse...
1. The main "good guy" is Harry Potter.
2. He does witchcraft.
3. Witchcraft is sin according to Holy Bible.
4. Joanne Rowling is follower of Bible, not enemy of it.
These are contradictory facts, which are being accepted by mind.
Contradiction inside mind is split of the mind.
The split is schizophrenia.
Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned satan’s so-called deep secrets
Christians do not...
Organised religion provides a structure to one's faith.
I like that you can go see someone who you know will (or should) be knowledgeable in this religion and able to help you learn and progress on your journey, to walk you through the faith and be there for you.
I appreciate formal rituals for their own sake, for their familiarity and comfort, for how they bring the community together all partaking in the same thing and imbuing it with spiritual meaning.
I like that there are places for...
OK, so I'm thinking it's time to change the debate subject a little. I'm grown weary of fending off baby atheists trapped their own knee-jerk auto-defensive blinding self-righteousness. (You know who you are.) So I've decided to sit on a different side of the table for a little while.
I am a theist, but I am not religious. I am not one of those religion-haters that think religion should be erased from the face of the Earth, but I both understand and can identify with their objection to it,...
Religiosity in Canada is at an all-time low, with recently released data from Statistics Canada showing only 68 per cent of Canadians 15 or older now report having a religious affiliation. It’s the first time that number has dipped below 70 per cent since StatCan began tracking the data in 1985.
It's important to note that this decline is not across the board; the number of Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus is increasing, and StatCan predicts the number of Canadians reporting a...
The premise of my thread is to debate the questions posted below, and my debate thread is open for anyone to answer, Christian or non-Christian alike. Answer yes or no to the questions, and then substantiate your answer. Christians should note that quoting scriptures isn't a convincing argument, because the bible has ample examples of God either directly killing people and ordering the Israelites to wipe out entire nations, including killing women, children, and infants (1 Samuel 15:3). For...
Do you believe an objective truth exists.
If so, does anyone know what it is?
To me the truth is constantly changing. The truth is what exists in this exact moment of time. When that moment is gone, so is it's truth gone.
Our conscious awareness of truth is always of a truth which has already ceased to exist. By the time our brain registers the experience, it no longer exists.
Our delayed experience of what is, is as close as we can get to any truth, imo.
By this I mean, what does the Bible say faith is, and what it entails?
Faith is belief that comes from hearing or reading the testimony of others. I have never seen Paris, New York City, or Beijing, but I have faith that they exist because I have read about them from reliable sources. Faith is also, more broadly, the foundation of our hope as Christians. Because of our belief in the testimony of those long past, written for us in the Bible, we have hope and look forward to the fulfillment...
(I'ma gonna stick this here, cuz why not? It'll be the most interesting place for sure...)
IF you believe in reincarnation (and yes, some Jews do) then were you a human before?
If not, do you have a human soul now? If yes, how?
If not ...If you were a butterfly before, do you have a butterfly soul now?
Personally, I don't think I have a human soul. You all are incomprehensible, that's why.
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