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My apologies advance - this might be bit of a ramble as I'm trying to feel around and get some kind of point of my beliefs.
I've always leaned towards the Panentheistic spectrum of my beliefs, but I feel as if there is more (or less?) to it.
I was born and raised Catholic, although I learned very little about Catholicism as a whole. I basically went because my family did and I thought it was the good thing to do. Just going through the motions. That all faded away when I hit my later...
This was brought to my attention last night while reading a book on the nature of the universe. According to the Bible, after god created the Earth and plopped man down on it he stayed quite active in the lives of his creation. Chapter after chapter has him doing this, that, and the other thing. Sometimes obliterating sinners and the towns they lived in, often handing down new rules for living, or turning disobedient people (one people) into pillars of salt, or making sure that taunting...
I've got to say, the Vatican should be ashamed of themselves for this one. I've had enough with religious organizations trying to trample on free expression, attempting to put God and religious beliefs on an untouchable pedestal. They complain like a kid throwing a temper-tantrum claiming that the cover is "blasphemous". But, who cares?! Are we forbidden now from "blaspheming" against religious beliefs and trends that we find abhorrent? It is obvious that there is value in Charlie...
Evangelicals who try to grasp Canonized NT Text are trained to heavily rely upon the singular appearance of #2315 "theopneustos" in 2 Timothy 3:16 to say within all of their efforts they are dealing with The Word of God. Peter never stated all of Paul's teachings were God's Word, and only called them writings and wisdom. Peter never called Paul an Apostle, but only a dear brother.
The sole appearance in Scripture of a word or concept is not to be the foundation of any valid Theology....
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? Spoken by a Greek philosopher. Thoughts?
I do not mean any direspect to Christians; and, I this will be a generalization but please don't take this personally. Comments and critiques are always welcomed.
I was talking to my co-worker for a couple of hours. She is very into the Bible. I mean, really really into her Bible. She is also an evangalist but I doesn't consider herself so. She is also about my age, so I am assuming she is still maturing in faith. That aside.
I made a comment about Christianity in general. I said, if I...
. . . Oh, wait...are you going to pull one of those "True Jew" arguments where you decide that only a Christians is a real Jew and those who call themselves Jews don't count?
Why don't you start by telling us what you think a "Jew" is? ------Before determining who is or isn't a Jew, it would be nice to know what a Jew is?
The term is problematic for many reasons (I assume we will get into those reasons, here), but it shouldn't be.
The term refers to a state of "notness," similar to the term "sober." It's the natural, an affected state. The default.
Sober, means "not drunk." Infants are sober, just like chickens and jellyfish, though we don't apply that term to infants, chicken, or jellyfish, unless there's extenuating circumstances that merit the term's use.
Atheist, means "not a god believer." Infants...
Faith is a word to signify our emotional engines. It's a necessary partner to reason. Reason should be the captain at the helm, while faith is the motive power. Without the former, we run off course and eventually end up on the rocks; and without the motivation of faith, we're dead in the water ending with the same fate.
Faith that denies the use of reason is blind faith.
Most faith, as the various supernatural, revealed religions use the term, is blind faith since the only basis for...
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