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For a while, more and more disturbs me the contrasts I find between the concept of God of the two testaments.
Probably i am not the only one.
I would like to meet here some of those who has the same problem, and some of those who can try to explain it.
For the start here is a sentence from Psalms 137 :
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones Against the rock.
Can anyone imagine Jesus to say that?
Then Jehovah makes an alliance with the Satan to kill Job's...
I was educated and raised in a Buddhist environment. I have a strong belief
for karma and rebirth (born again after death)
But I almost forgot, it's possibly only a ''belief''. It's a belief. We cannot prove it.
Someone suggested to me that - We will disappear forever after we die...
If we are going to disappear forever, where will be our soul?
Is it sad to know that we might only live once and only once?
If we disappear forever, we don't even have a soul to rest in somewhere?
No mind at...
What is sin?
Wikipedia defines "sin" as "the act of violating God's will," "as anything that violates the ideal relationship between an individual and God; or as any diversion from the perceived ideal order for human living," and as "missing the mark."
"Sin is the idea you are alone and separated off from what is whole." - A Course in Miracles
Human beings, as well as a few other species to some extent, have something unique about them. While most of the universe goes by unquestioning, some species are able to ponder the world around them. Where a majority of “stuff” out there is wholly slaved to gravity, sunlight, sickness, etc., others have the ability to step aside from all this by way of the isolate consciousness – and individual “self” which can step aside from the world around us. Where this ability is minor, we can see the...
Over the years, one of the most common arguments I have seen people use in favor of intelligent design or creationism is "order and life on Earth could not have happened by chance." The most common form of this argument I have seen goes like this:
1. It would have been very improbable for life to arise on Earth without an intelligent designer.
2. It would have been even more improbable for the universe itself to have such order without an intelligent designer.
Therefore, there is an...
.....we could be tortured and otherwise suffer forever. So maybe our mortality in this life,is a blessing, not a curse because Adam and Eve ate an apple. Or put another way, the curse was a blessing. And the Tree of Life in a world where anyone and everyone has free will, would be the source of that curse--making the Eden analogy make sense? Agree, yes?
Many times on this site, I’ve come across the argument (usually related to free will and/or consciousness) that either everything is determined, or everything is random. Often, each of these options is identified with classical physics (in the case of determinism) or quantum physics (in the case of randomness). Those who hold this position assert that everything we think, feel, believe, etc., is determined because it is governed by the “determinism” of classical physics and, to the extent...
I'd say most humans yearn for peace...peace within one's self, one's life, with others. When I was an atheist, it's not that I lacked a sense of peace in my life, but *something* seemed to be missing. I couldn't ever put my finger on it really, and so I searched for meaning in other faiths and belief systems. Coming back to Christianity, I've had a sense of peace over these past few months that had been missing. To me, you have found the 'right' path for want of a better word, if you are at...
The following is what I have compiled so far regarding Lucifer. The purpose of this thread is for me to gain greater understanding through discussion and debate of the material below as well as what might be posted by others. Let me also make it perfectly clear I have no interest in Ford's work. I also can not find any books on Luciferianism or even Lucifer, from an academic perspective. That is, nothing which deals into the theistic approach.
Venus is the morning and even star. It...
There have been a few threads cropping up discussing contemporary Paganisms and modern spellcraft. In these threads, practitioners will often explain magic, gods, etc in terms of more readily understood and decidedly more mundane phenomena. Divination is a form of introspection, gods are archetypes and/or parts of nature, magic is the clever use of psychology and so on.
One question/criticism that's come up a couple of times in response is, "why call it call it magic when we understand it...
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