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Featured Atheist looking for religious debate. Any religion. Let's see if I can be convinced.

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by infrabenji, Jul 15, 2021.

  1. Trailblazer

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    If they think they know it is the appropriate word.
    How do you know what truth is actually real?
     
  2. Trailblazer

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    Cherry-picking is okay as long as you pick the right cherry.:D

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    Sorry, I am degenerating, time to go do some exercise.
     
  3. night912

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    You denying the facts has no effect on the facts. And I already went over denyers.

    As the saying goes:

    Truth hurts.
     
  4. Trailblazer

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    What facts? I have never seen you present any facts. I cannot deny facts that were never presented.

    You denying the facts has no effect on the facts surrounding the Revelation of Baha'u'llah.

    As the saying goes: Truth hurts.
     
  5. TransmutingSoul

    TransmutingSoul One Planet One People Please
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    I see it more of putting a puzzle together.

    Each piece is part of a larger picture, and each pice tells its own part of the story that must be examined to see how it fits.

    Look how Abdu'lbaha interprets Daniel and Chapters 11 and 12 of Revelation, the prophecy unfolding traverses centuries.

    Now if I spend time adding my ideas, it will only muddy the water further.

    Regards Tony
     
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  6. Tiberius

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    A person can think that a bear is a large dog, doesn't make it a dog no matter how much they believe it to be so. And no one can KNOW that it's a dog if it's actually a bear.

    Whether or not I'm aware of it is irrelevant. My perceiving it and my believing it are not required for it to actually exist.

    Now, could you please answer the question.
     
  7. Trailblazer

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    But you are not going to get that kind of evidence because those passages were never intended to be interpreted literally and as such they cannot be tested.
    Sorry, that is not possible for obvious reasons. We can never know what God is doing at any time.
    One cannot know if what they got was just their believing or if it was an answer from God. They can believe but they cannot know.
    Because certain people keep posting to me and asking me questions, so I answer them.

    I try to answer all posted that are posted to me, unless someone is disrespectful.
     
  8. TransmutingSoul

    TransmutingSoul One Planet One People Please
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    I am saying it is a perceived reality we look at, it is a creation and we are created to be part of it in a specific state of being. If we were not in this state of being, we would not be perceive it as we do now.

    When we pass on we are still part of this world,but in a different state of being, so where are all those that have passed on, why do we not see or hear them? (well not most of us anyway, maybe some indeed do).

    This talk by Abdu’l-Baha offers what I am thinking in this discussion.

    The Other World is Within This World
    "… The answer to the first question: The souls of the children of the Kingdom, after their separation from the body, ascend unto the realm of everlasting life. But if ye ask as to the place, know ye that the world of existence is a single world, although its stations are various and distinct. For example, the mineral life occupieth its own plane, but a mineral entity is without any awareness at all of the vegetable kingdom,…

    "As to the second question: The tests and trials of God take place in this world, not in the world of the Kingdom.

    "The answer to the third question is this, that in the other world the human reality doth not assume a physical form, rather doth it take on a heavenly form, made up of elements of that heavenly realm.

    "And the answer to the fourth question: The centre of the Sun of Truth is in the supernal world—the Kingdom of God. Those souls who are pure and unsullied, upon the dissolution of their elemental frames, hasten away to the world of God, and that world is within this world. The people of this world, however, are unaware of that world, and are even as the mineral and the vegetable that know nothing of the world of the animal and the world of man."
    (‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pp. 194-95)

    I see we are but one heart beat away from being removed from this matrix, into the worlds to come.

    Regards Tony
     
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  9. Trailblazer

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    I never preached that I agree with Christian beliefs, only the scriptures. There is quite a wide disparity between the two.
    I didn't but I do not see how it is related to what I just said.
    I have evidence and that is what convinced me. I cannot make other people be convinced by the evidence and that is not my responsibility.
    Have I ever told you that they show that He was a Messenger from God. I told you that such a claim cannot be proven, and that all we can do is believe Baha'u'llah was being truthful, based upon the evidence.
    I am not deliberately misrepresenting the evidence. All I can so is present the evidence I know about. I cannot present any evidence that shows that I am wrong because I have no such evidence. If people believe I am wrong then they have to present the evidence that shows I am wrong.
     
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    Someone believes they have evidence that God spoke to MrB.
    This does not mean that she/he has evidence that God spoke to MrB.
     
  11. Trailblazer

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    That is because I was backed into a corner and I can only tell the truth about what I believe.
    I know that, but that is not what I claimed. I did not say that the larger religions such as Christianity and Islam are truer than Judaism just because they are larger than Judaism. They are also not truer than the Baha'i Faith just because they are larger than the Bahai Faith. All these religions are true religions of God and there are logical explanations as to why some are smaller than others.
    I said that the teachings of the religions have been corrupted by the religious leaders and that means that in some cases the way other religions interpret their own holy texts is wrong. If/when Baha'is get it right that is because Baha'u'llah or Abdu'l-Baha explained what the verses mean.
     
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    No objective truth? Are you sure?
     
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    Well then, "I think" would be a better way to say it.
    That's correct. You can perceive or believe something exists that is nonexistent and conversely something can exist even though you do not believe or perceive it exists.
    How do I know what truth is actually real? I know by various means. I know the the truth about the physical world is real because I can see it and experience it and it is confirmed to be real by science. I know of the spiritual world is real because the Bible and the Baha'i Writings say it is real and I can sense its presence.
     
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    Someone believes they have refuted the evidence that God spoke to Baha'u'llah.
    This does not mean that she/he has refuted the evidence that God spoke to Baha'u'llah.
     
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    No, but what happens when we magnify sand, and what happens when we look even smaller, I personally do not think creation can be magnified down, nor can we look further out to find a beginning or an end, so what we see now, fits our state of being.

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    Regards Tony
     
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  16. samtonga43

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    You got my point. At last.
     
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    I mentioned neither sand nor creation. I question your statement that "Truth is always relative", because it is not always relative.
     
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    Exactly. "I think" is believable.
    "I know"? Not so much.
     
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    Because I'm not a liar and I would be lying if I was to say that.


    You need to ask yourself that question.


    Just because someone denys it being refuted, doesn't mean that it wasn't refuted.
     
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    I already covered and said what was needed to deniers.

    That statement is only true if those facts actually do exist.

    Apparently it does hurt you, enough to make a threat towards me.

    And there's no need for me to repost it since you're just going to deny it.
     
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