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[This thread is a carryover from a discussion I've had with @Deeje on another thread, so I'm hoping she joins us here]
Joe Schmoe is a truly nice man who is very compassionate towards all and also is very just (fair) towards all. Even though he attends a local Anglican (Episcopalian) church, he has some doubts about the nature of God, including even at times questioning whether there is a God, and he also sometimes questions Jesus' divinity.
Jane Schmoe, Joe's wife, is an observant Jew...
Whenever I've tried to think about God as all loving or just a God guy/gal I find it rather difficult. The biggest problem with someone being omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent is that it makes it impossible for said being to escape blame for literally everything.
Any wrong doing was allowed by God to happen but not only that, it was more or less programed to happen. If God is the creator of man then he has more or less programed every negative aspect of ourselves into our heads. The...
I have read this before, but thought I'd share it.....you cannot argue with this student's logic.
An atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand:
‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’
‘Yes sir,’ the student says.
‘So you believe in God?’
‘Is God good?’
‘Sure! God’s good.’
‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’
‘Are you good or evil?’
‘The Bible says I’m evil.’
The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha!...
I'm in another one of my moods ...
If the atheists are right, then life on earth is just some grand "accident" and it is just horrible luck that many people get a very raw deal and if you are one of the "lucky" ones, there is absolutely NO reason to assume that you will continue 2 be lucky ... that must be a CONSTANT worry in the back of your mind ...
On the other hand, does plugging God into the equation make things any better? That would mean that the Divine Plan is for many people to...
So I woke up miserable and wanting to die and went to Mass today for the first time in a while and there was a statue of Mary holding a Rosary that just warmed my heart and filled my soul with light, joy, and peace every time I glanced at it.
I got a lot out of mass and didn't expect to and it wasn't the sermon, the music, the Scripture readings, communion, or anything you would think it was. It was that I felt close to Mother Mary. The message from her wasn't clear, it was just I felt...
Islam is now pretty much impossible to separate from the culture of the people who practice it. What I mean by that is there are plenty of practices in Islam that have no place in the Quran and debatably a place in hadith that Muslims carry out everyday.
One of these things is the head covering. It's arguable that hijab , niqab , burqa , chador ect are not actually Islamic in anyway shape or form. The easiest ones here to demonstrate are things like burqa and niqab. No where In the quran...
On the RF you constantly see the religious count down. More and more people leaving religion. Religion isn't necessary. Religion causes problems for everyone.
What I need to know is why is a world without religion going to be better.
Will Russia the US and China suddenly get along.
Will Pakistan and Israel suddenly become friends
Will North Korea become a paradise.
Will the US no longer have Women, Immigrant, Black, Gay rights problems.
Please give me you best thoughts for why a...
Religion appears to be going bust in a real hurry, and I'm not speaking just about Christianity either.
"An ongoing spate of recent studies - looking at various countries around the world - all show the same thing: religion is in decline. From Scandinavia to South America, and from Vancouver to Seoul, the world is experiencing an unprecedented wave of secularization. Indeed, as a recent National Geographic report confirms, the world’s newest religion is: No Religion.
Consider the latest...
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