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While God may tolerate homosexuals (He never really comes out and condemns such people), according to the Bible it's clear He detests homosexual acts, both male and female. He even wants men who engage in homosexuality to be put to death. Three passages in particular address His distaste. (If there are other direct scriptural references feel free to share.)
Leviticus 18:22 (ERV)
22 “Men, you must not have sexual relations with another man as with a woman. That is a terrible sin!
In Saudi-Arabia people sell and drink Camel Urine because the Prophet Muhammad believed camel urine had medicinal value and prescribed it to cure illnesses.
Camel Urine and Islam - WikiIslam
This Saudi Camel Urine shop was closed down because the urine-salesman was filling the bottles with his own urine:
Saudi authorities close down shop selling camel urine drinks in Al Qunfudhah | Daily Mail Online
In my opinion, each person deserves to believe in a specific God 'of his religion' to have a higher power to cling to in misfortunes, and there's no God of any religion. Just a creator. If there's one correct religion then more than 90% of people are going to hell. And God in all/most religions is merciful. What do you think? Is it the God of our religion we must believe in? Or a creator that didn't ask for any praise and has no religion?
There is a famous hadith in Islam: “Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog.” Dogs don’t belong in a 2-bedroom apartment, they belong in the wild. Is it not a bit of a torment? What are those people doing living with dogs? And, what is wrong with them?
One day, I told my co-worker who is Christian about this angel thing, and his reply was like "nothing new" "I keep them outside" and then he said something about bad spirits. All the Mexicans (or native people) that I know that...
In my experience many theists (particularly Christians and Muslims) like to tell atheists and agnostics that they know "in their heart" that God exists, but are suppressing the truth in their own "unrighteousness." I have even heard many apologists question whether the individuals that they are debating are "true atheists" and state that if they were "true atheists" they would not be wasting their time debating with theists. I would like to turn this type of behavior around to the other...
Like all people likely think, I believe the moral system I adhere to is not only reasonable, but more moral, effective, and ethical than that of other philosophies. The Law of Thelema is a moral axiom that states that the only law is to do ones true will. True will is then defined and explained as ones "proper course through life." For example, if you've decided all your life to be a counselor, have the natural born skills it takes, desire such a course, etc, this would be considered ones...
I am adopted, father is neo nazi mother was abused by him.
I was adopted at 2 to a JW couple.
Dad left the organization and us when I was 9. (Didn't hear from him for 5 years)
Mom told me horrible stories about people who leave the group probably to scare me from leaving. She'd say I'd become a prostitute or "women trafficking". And do terrible drugs and stuff.
She said some people went up north to go door to door and since they weren't allowed guns one of the girls was going to the washroom...
Christianity has often reversed itself into the world. For instance, many ancient European church sites were in fact meeting places for various other religions. There was not much point in an evangelist going anywhere else or they would have been preaching to empty spaces!
But taking historic facts and incidents and manipulating them into a story like the Nativity in order to satisfy a whole bunch of prophesies....... well that could be classed as a bit of a fib. But then, if you believe...
(I totally ripped this idea off from @psychoslice - brilliant!, and thanks!)
Be honest now, who among you finds it difficult when someone makes a joke about your religion? Why is that situation uncomfortable for you?
I'll let you guys form your own opinion.
For a force/being to be considered a god, it seems it would have to require consciousness and intent. Biological predisposition may be a Form in itself, but it is one driven by absolutely no intelligence or will. Like the order of the material world, it is mindless and unthinking. However, something like the Form of knowledge would have to be conscious, as there is no knowledge without consciousness. But if anything is conscious, it must be rooted in...
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