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Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Jeremiah Ames, Sep 23, 2022.

  1. Jeremiah Ames

    Jeremiah Ames Well-Known Member

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    A life of faith without love is like sunlight without warmth - the type of light that occurs in winter, when nothing grows and everything droops and dies.

    I came across this comment recently.

    Made total sense to me, considering the struggle I’ve had over a number of years regarding religion in general.

    What do you think?
     
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  2. Father Heathen

    Father Heathen Veteran Member

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    If God is love, then religion/faith without love is godless, right?
     
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  3. metis

    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

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    Yep, and most religions actually do teach compassion for others, but unfortunately all too many seem to forget to do that.
     
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  4. Exaltist Ethan

    Exaltist Ethan Synverse Shaper

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    Love is a demonstration of faith.
    Faith reminds us that love is worth its risk.
    One naturally leads towards the other.
     
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  5. MikeF

    MikeF Proponent of RAEism
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    Personally, I strongly dislike the word or concept of, "faith". I see faith as intellectual blinders.
     
  6. MikeF

    MikeF Proponent of RAEism
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    I would say that love expressed by an individual simply speaks to that individuals state of mind, and such love may or may not be reciprocated. Having it reciprocated from time to time is what informs us that it is worth the risk, in my opinion.
     
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  7. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    Love has the same qualities as hate. Same exact coin.

    Both are essentially fires that can be controlled or raging out of control, spilling out at all sides.
     
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  8. Truth in love

    Truth in love Well-Known Member

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    Reminds me of


    “Seven deadly sins

    Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Science without humanity, Knowledge without character, Politics without principle, Commerce without morality, Worship without sacrifice.”

    – Mahatma Gandhi

    We either are really in or we are not. The show must go on does not fill a spiritual void
     
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  9. Jeremiah Ames

    Jeremiah Ames Well-Known Member

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    You are very wise, Father Heathen
     
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  10. Jeremiah Ames

    Jeremiah Ames Well-Known Member

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    Quite so, it’s a reciprocal union in my mind.
    The two must be united within.
     
  11. Father Heathen

    Father Heathen Veteran Member

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    I don't know about that, but thanks.
     
  12. Jeremiah Ames

    Jeremiah Ames Well-Known Member

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    Ok.

    Let me rephrase:
    What you say seems wise to me.
     
  13. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    Love can also be seen as possessiveness. A type of ownership over something or someone.
     
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    That’s not love. Love is unconditional, it does not seek to possess or control.
     
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    Sometimes it’s the intellect which blinds us, to those things which can only be apprehended with the spirit and experienced in the heart.
     
  16. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    Dislike is not intellectual. As for "see" that is understanding and not observation. That understanding is not objective and without evidence.
     
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  17. Sedim Haba

    Sedim Haba Astra inclinant, sed non obligant

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    Regarding 'religion in general' it seems to me the emphasis is often on who to hate not on who or even how to love. IMHO religion is never about love, only hate. Witness 'Xian Nationalism'.
     
  18. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    I believe differently.
     
  19. Sedim Haba

    Sedim Haba Astra inclinant, sed non obligant

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    Yet your stated religion is 'the wrong one'. Care to elaborate?
     
  20. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    I am a strong philosophical skeptic. To most people that is the wrong one.
     
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