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In a DIR forum, Is Unbelief a Sin? it came to mind that there were a number of reasons god sends people to hell, and as I remembered them some had not been declared sins.
Reasons for being sent to hell
Revelation 21:8 lists; cowardliness, faithlessness, detestability, murder, sexual immorality, sorcery, idolatry, and lying.
Romans 2:6-8 lists; self-seeking and obeying unrighteousness (whatever that is)
Romans 2:12 being ignorant of god's law
So my question is, is it safe to assume all...
In Islam, for example, believing that God is the only true god worthy of worship and Muhammad is his creation, slave and prophet, is what makes one officially and basically a Muslim.
What makes one officially Christian? I mean a Christian regardless to different sects, trends and denominations.
Please don't turn this into a debate among different Christian sects, trends and denominations. I'm looking for the most basic requirement to be Christian.
After much thought, I've decided I am not really frustrated with anyone's beliefs or systems that are used outside of my own -- I have concluded that I am simply rejecting narcissism in every form. Nothing in my being allows me to accept that type of thinking as correct or normal. This is sort of long... Sorry...
What is narcissism?
DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:
Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
Expecting to be recognized as...
Here is my view which is as much a guess as a guess can get also applies to gravity. Its my TOE.
Your welcome to tear this down, and point out possible errors in my imagination.
We know atoms are hollow, it is a visual mind screw that object are solid to our 3 dimensional brains.
BH = black hole
I believe/imagine the atoms are broken down to electrons and protons and separated, not any smaller in a BH. I believe they are squished together causing the unknown reaction in the...
Here is an article I found this morning...
"Some fundamentalist Christians think this practical joke is a good idea"
The long and short of it is a customer left what appeared to be a 20 dollar bill, but was in fact fake with scripture on the opposing side. Looked like this:
Food for thought:
Do you think this kind of action is appropriate?
Is it an accurate reflection of the spiritual belief in question?
As for me, I think including some materials in addition to a tip isn't a bad way to...
OK, for those of us who especially believe and/or who were brought up in one of the Abrahamic faiths, I'm gonna ask you to put that aside for at least this introduction and try to consider something from the eastern approach.
A phrase that would make sense to one brought up as a Hindu is "We are That". The "We" is obvious, but the "That" may not be, plus it is also even controversial in the east. In general, "That" can stand for "the Great Soul", namely "Brahman" in Hindi, or "God" in...
This occured to me and I dont know if I can answer it myself though it sounds like it makes sense?
We define our beliefs by our theology, ideology (what you practice), beliefs (why you practice), but can we define our religion by just the practices themselves?
Some religious, say eastern, dont refer to their beliefs as beliefs but practice.
How would you describe what your beliefs as practices?
If that makes sense?
It seems to me that both Christianity and Islam are frequently used in misogynistic ways. Examples include:
1 - Restrictions on birth control
2 - Restrictions on abortions
3 - Limitations on voting rights
4 - Honor killings
5 - Limits to employment opportunities
6 - Pay inequities
And so on.
In case after case, we hear religious justifications for such practices. It's true that we occasionally hear feminists criticize religion, it strikes me that what we *should* hear is a much louder...
Is it divine revelation or is it delusion.
On another thread, member Scott C. claimed that there are "drastic differences" between a delusion and a divine revelation. When asked about these differences the reply was delusions are somewhat predictable and cause negative actions but divine revelation causes positive results.
Of course, that answer is unsatisfactory because delusions can cause positive results and aren't always predictable. (The placebo effect and the initial delusions...
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