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Given the situation you come across a pathological liar, how do you debate with him? Especially in a forum?
Lets say you expose one lie, he makes up another lie. Then you expose that, he makes up a new one. And it goes on, yet never ends. Lets say you identify this pattern and you expose that the other person is a pathological liar, since even pathological liars may say some truth at an interval, on purpose or by mistake, negating everything he says as lies because he is a liar is not a...
Does suicidal rates depend on one's location on the globe; one's environment?
Does where we live affect our mental state?
According to this 2020 report, in the USA...
90% of those who died by suicide had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death.
10.3% of Americans have thought about suicide, while 54% of Americans have been affected by suicide.
Suicide deaths and attempts cost $69 billion in combined work-loss and medical cost in 2015.
48,344 Americans died by...
Are the enemies of Israel also the enemies of God?
'Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
They have taken crafty counsel against thy hidden ones.
They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:'
I recall when I was a Christian and even as a kid, I never really liked or understood the whole Santa thing. I found it a bit odd and thought it took away from the religious meaning of the holiday by way of overshadowing it. Things like Christmas trees also bothered me and I recall mentioning that to one of our Jewish users on here when I was a Christian.
Are there any Christians here who are also bothered by this? Do you think it's too childish or otherwise takes from the message/meaning?
I'm looking here for concepts that are purely religious or spiritual without any connection to reality.
I'd also like to know if they are a consequence of the religion or if they have to be believed separately.
I know of a few in Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism like:
Sin (state of)
What concepts does your religion have?
Are they a consequence from another concept?
Do you believe in them?
There are many discussions and social media shout outs about these two books and various people say various things. This thread is opened in hope of understanding certain points of view and of course some deeper analysis of the topic.
There are several points taken into consideration. How about manuscript evidence? There are many apologists all over the world who say many things, but what do analytical scholarship say? Are they both the same in manuscript evidence? The Qur'an has...
Is it cool to make a living out of a spiritual message?
And by that I mean "make a living" not "own a private jet, a mansion, and several sports cars"
Like how Priests do? (edit: like how they make a living, not own a private jet, etc.)
Priests don't do what they do for free
What do people think?
I would like to make some money out of my belief system, but to me that is very much a secondary concern, I am far more bothered about sharing it with people
What do people think?
I believe in progressive revelation:
That the truth is revealed to humankind one part at a time, not all at once
That it is given when people are ready for it
The fact that our New Testament was added to the old Hebrew Bible shows us that this has happened at least once, within the Christian tradition
How can we be sure there won’t at some point be a Third Testament?
I think anyone could write such a thing, but that the question of to what extent such a thing would ever be accepted is a...
Shinto means "Way of the gods".
That is no more polytheistic than Christianity with the Trinity and Jesus saying , " you are gods"
It is the oldest religion in Japan. The faith has neither a founder or prophets and there is no major text which outlines its principal beliefs.
So, you get to decide the principal beliefs by following the convictions of your heart rather than an ancient text that contradicts itself.
Why is that good?
A) Nothing to argue and kill over related to Doctrinal...
I wonder about this a lot. If people lead a good life and follow what Jesus taught, does it really matter if they believe in Jesus or in God?
As a Baha’i, I believe it matters if people recognize Baha’u’llah, because otherwise Baha’u’llah would not have enjoined us to proclaim that He has come, but why does it matter if people recognize Him, as long as they lead a moral life and follow His teachings? What’s the big deal if they do not follow the Baha’i laws? If they are living by the...
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