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Some material posted in another thread inspired me to do some additional reading outside of RF, which led to the creation of this thread. Allow me to preface this thread by saying this is in no way an attack on the Baha'i faith nor its followers, nor will I allow it to become one. It is, however, a critical analysis of the Baha'i practice of "pioneering."
While I know we have an active thread on proselytizing, I did not want to derail it with an analysis of this practice. So what is...
Within 80 years of George Washington's death, a myth appeared overnight (probably at the hands of a preacher) that George had an angelic revelation about the future of the United States.
Within our lifetimes, lore and myths have appeared about Padre Pio (who died in 1968.) In one myth, he flew up into the sky and stopped American bombers during WWII.
Why is this not possible that myths were created about the life of Jesus within a generation of his death?
Proselytizing can mean different things to different people. Some people may feel a duty to proselytize as part of their faith. Others may use the word in a pejorative way to criticise others who 'teach' their faith to others while insisting on being above whatever they perceive the word to mean.
So what is proselytising? To me it means trying to convert people from one religion or worldview to another. Personally I wouldn't try to convert anyone to my religion, but if someone had questions...
When asked about virtue most, if investigating truthfully, find the virtue of right speech, headed by abstaining from giving signs of what is not true, most difficult. Since it is one of the topics contuctive for long term benefit, it's good to try to give it space and to provide a "teaser" for skilful verbalication:
Self-purification through well-chosen speech
"And how is one made pure in four ways by verbal action?
"There is the case where a certain person, abandoning false speech,...
Why would a male ostrich feather need to be so beautiful?
Why is a sunrise or sunset so beautiful.
I would say God's glory is baked in creation and those things give a small hint of that glory.
Rich Mullins sings about this
And why might it be happening ?
So, what's going on here?
Why is the Christian religion, especially the Protestants, tanking so badly, and its members not fleeing to other religions, but to "nones" and "no religion," no less? And the Catholic religion really isn't doing much better; hanging on by its fingernails while its clergy takes a nose dive. .
In all, a pretty dire picture of Christianity in the USA.
Anyone ever heard of the "Eve gene"?
Me neither. Not until yesterday, when I read that a thing called the "Eve gene" is a "flag" and a "marker" that only humans have and thus humans are separate from other Primates.
I have been a professional biologist for 20 years. Prior to that, I was a graduate student, doing research on mammalian evolution for 5 years, and prior to that an undergraduate working full time for about 6 years.
I have taken classes on general biology, cell biology,...
What are your views on original sin? This is both for hard-line literalists and those who believe it's all metaphorical
For the believers in the literal interpretation: I assume you reject evolution - otherwise the Adam and Eve story can't really be a thing. Who's to say when the first 'humans' walked the earth, considering we all have varying amounts of neanderthal DNA still floating around.
For the metaphorical believers: unless Adam and eve literally gave us original sin, jesus'...
Christianity teaches Christ blood is over the sins of Christians. They worship the diety who died for them.But with all the discussions of Christians trying to scientifically prove that Jesus is God the God not a God, the one and only you guys have not proved why people need a savior?
I personally don't see a need for a savior to save me and rescue me...........am I being saved from hell? i do not live in the future, I will not predict how my death will be but I am not afraid of death. I...
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