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One myth about theists that won't seem to die is that we believe in God or Gods or whatever we believe in because:-
-We are afraid of death.
-We want to go to heaven, paradise, jannah, the summerland, valhalla, hel, wherever.
-We are more comfortable with it.
-It explains stuff.
-It provides a moral compass so I don't have to think for myself.
As far as I'm concerned, none of these are true for me. I couldn't give less of a damn about the afterlife and a part of me can't wait to die...
Scientists are happy with admitting they don't know all the answers (usually with the rider, "but we're looking into it") why do most (every?) religion have to have an answer for everything? Even if they make the answer up.
To me the 4 dominate religions of the day can be divided into 2 - Hinduism/Buddhism are Parent/Teacher faiths whereas the other two are King/Master religions. Take the terminology - Commandments, Submit, beg, mercy, wrath, punish, Fear - all Slave/Servant words, totally absent in Hinduism/Buddhism. They view God more as a Master - one who will give them the good life in heaven, in return the servant swears undying loyalty and obedience. One can serve only one Master, hence the threats...
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?
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