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"Forensic anthropologists, geneticists, and other scientists have come up with a picture of Jesus much different from the one most of us are familiar with. Using the best techniques available to science, they have come up with a “best guess” image of what a male individual living in that place and at that time would have looked like. Not an image of Jesus, but a general idea of his appearance. The results? Jesus had dark rather than light-colored eyes, he was bearded as was the practice in...
It's a Jewish text that has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus.
So how did Christians extrapolate that somehow, the Old Testament had anything to do with Jesus?
It seems to me that the Jehovah's Witnesses are being taught that to leave them is to leave Jehovah.
It is what they say about someone who was a Jehovah's Witness but left.
I left them, but I don't believe that I have left Jehovah.
It seems to me that it is not possible to "leave Jehovah".
I'm going to share some thoughts on atheism in this thread. I expect it will throw up some unexpected responses because my views on atheism are NOT representative of many atheists on the forum. It may be useful nonetheless to share and see how things go.
Firstly, Atheism is (for me) the explicit rejection of the existence of god. the reason for this is that god is something that is not and cannot be observed, but is instead inferred by an intellectual error. I realise that is not a view...
In less harsh terms its an excuse, we always have a choice. We are always making choices. Even if one is in a situation where opposition in any form results in death, we either choose to endure the situation or accept death. If we choose to endure then we make up words like powerlessness.
In most situation, we accept the term because the situation in question is not felt to be that relevant.
Life is, because we choose endure it as, we found it.
Its simply not possible to prove a divine revelation to yourself. How did you determine that aliens aren't experimenting on you and trying to make you believe a fairy tale? Maybe they are trying to see what they can get humans to believe by messing with certain neurotransmitters. Or maybe its Satan that's revealed himself to you and is tricking you to convince you to believe the wrong thing such that you'll go to hell. The reason these are fair considerations to bring up is because you can't...
I've noticed that some atheists use death as a proof of G-d's non existence. I don't understand this rationale. G-d never told us that we are (or were supposed to be) eternal. Indeed death is frequently mentioned in the bible and is part of G-d's Creation.
Even on a scientific basis, life forms need to die for a multitude of reasons, such as to provide sustenance to other life forms, to evolve, to make way for successive generations, etc.
How does death being part of 'life' get to a...
I can't count how many times I've heard theists brush off the Problem of Evil by just saying "free will!"
... but how would that work, exactly? Those of you who do this: exactly what do you mean by "free will" and how is it relevant?
Considering deliberate evil acts inflicted by one person on another, there's a three-step process:
1. The person has an evil desire.
2. The person chooses to act on their evil desire.
3. The person causes the evil desire to happen.
Any description of free...
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