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The first time I heard of a scale being around was through Richard Dawkins, one of the founders of the New Atheism group. Since I do not have a differing widely known scale, I use his. He's eliminating other beliefs and the like for those whose beliefs lie elsewhere, so I include "Other" in my poll.
Strong Theist: I do not question the existence of God, I KNOW he exists.
De-facto Theist: I cannot know for certain but I strongly believe in God and I live my life on the assumption that he is...
What object does science have to it?
I give from the religious scripture:
[31:13] And We bestowed wisdom on Luqman, saying, ‘Be grateful to Allah:’ and whoso is grateful, is grateful only for the good of his own soul. And whoso is ungrateful, then surely Allah is Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy.
[31:14] And remember when Luqman said to his son while exhorting him, ‘O my dear son! associate not partners with Allah. Surely, associating partners with God is a grievous wrong.’
[31:15] And We...
"God exist" Vs. "I believe God exist" Vs. "I believe in God"
Do you see a difference between these three statements and if so what are those differences?
We have contradictory statements in the Gospels about the reality of Christ. For example:
- Jesus is God
- Jesus is the 'Son of God'
- Jesus is the 'son of man'.
What is the best way of understanding the spiritual reality of Christ?
Could these principles be applicable to other faiths?
Christian beliefs about salvation centre around why Christ gave His life on the cross and what effect this sacrifice has for those who believe. Because many Christians believe that Christ's sacrifice was necessary for our salvation, they often do not believe or understand the importance of the sacrifice of other Founders of the great religions. This thread provides an opportunity to explore the concept of salvation and consider whether this is unique to Christianity or applicable to other...
Stockholm Syndrome, according to Wikipedia,
"is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. These feelings, resulting from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time spent together, are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims. Generally speaking, Stockholm syndrome consists of "strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where...
I was just Googling something and it suggested how did Islam spread so naturally I clicked.
I will be quoting Wikipedia and their sources so long as accurate and/or cited.
"The expansion of the Islamic Empire in the years following the Prophet Mohammed's death led to the creation of Caliphates, occupying a vast area and conversion to Islam was boosted by missionary activities particular those of the Imams.
I have been saying this without knowing Wikipedia did also, for weeks. I don't...
So having spent years trying to explain and educate people, realizing just to be happy they're not invited, and nothing anyone says is going to make them realize they've not understood the basics.
Jews think they're automatically on the guest-list, and yet Yeshua removed all of them in one go.
Christians think they follow jesus, yet blatantly contradict him, by following the Pharisees John, Paul and Simon the stone (petros).
Muslims deny studying the prophets in the Bible, and have lots...
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