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OfflinePhluck
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Faith.
    #1071733 - 11/20/02 11:45 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I think the very idea of faith implies a closed mind. I think that it's the arrogant assumption that you know the answer to a question that is impossible to answer.

Disagree with me? Probably. Tell me why I'm wrong, then.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1071759 - 11/20/02 11:50 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

well it depends on faith in WHAT...

Like I have faith that I will wake up tomorrow morning and eat cereal.

I don't have faith, however, in a bearded man who lives up in the clouds and watches over my every move, unless you're referring to spy-satellites and "the man" in general ;-)


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1071779 - 11/20/02 11:53 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I never thought of faith as knowing the answer, but having ideas and hope for it. It is usually thought of as mainly being associated with Christianity, but this isnt necessarily true. Faith can be applied to a lot of things. I have faith that when I die, my energy will live on. This isnt mainly a Christian belief, it is just what Im hoping for.  :smirk: 


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Re: Faith. [Re: Strumpling]
    #1071787 - 11/20/02 11:55 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I don't have absolute faith that I'll wake up tommorow and eat breakfast. I'll plan for tommorow as though that will occur though, 'cause otherwise I guess someone else will be doing the planning for me  :tongue:


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Re: Faith. [Re: bluesky]
    #1071805 - 11/20/02 11:57 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

If it's just what you're hoping for, is it really faith? I'm open to the idea that there's an afterlife, but I think that to have faith in something like that... well why bother thinking if I already "know" the answers?


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1071810 - 11/20/02 11:58 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I don't think faith is arrogant, but some people are arrogant and they will express their faith in a like manner.

I have faith in a lot of things. At some point I think everyone HAS to have faith in at least something.

I have faith that what I experience is real and not just the figment of a delusional mind. I hope that doesn't make me arrogant, though  :grin: :grin:


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Re: Faith. [Re: trendal]
    #1071821 - 11/21/02 12:01 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

"I have faith that what I experience is real and not just the figment of a delusional mind."

How do you know that for sure?


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1071838 - 11/21/02 12:04 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

you gotta have faith on some level else you would just experience random chaos and not have a chance at survival


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1071848 - 11/21/02 12:05 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I totally agreed with you at first, but faith is defined as "belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence". It seems illogical to have faith, but does that make someone with faith closed minded? I certainly agree with the 2nd part of what you said - that it's the arrogant assumption that you know the answer to a question which is impossible to know for sure.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Eightball]
    #1071863 - 11/21/02 12:09 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

No you don't. I operate on certain assumptions, but I am always open to the possibility that everything I know could be wrong.


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Re: Faith. [Re: GoBlue!]
    #1072295 - 11/21/02 02:12 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

"It seems illogical to have faith, but does that make someone with faith closed minded?"

They have closed their mind to all possibilites that oppose whatever they have faith in. Have faith in God? You've closed your mind to the possibility that there is no god. Or that there are multiple gods. Have faith there is no god? Blah blah blah.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1072405 - 11/21/02 03:02 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

"I operate on certain assumptions, but I am always open to the possibility that everything I know could be wrong."

That is the best possible attitude that anyone can adopt.

As someone said though, I do not think that faith necessarily implies arrogance. Albert Einstein had faith, literally, that his theories would be proven correct. He worked by intuition. There is nothing wrong with that.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1072417 - 11/21/02 03:06 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

damn you should look into plato


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Re: Faith. [Re: ]
    #1072433 - 11/21/02 03:11 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I think faith is an arrogant thing. I don't think it necessarily makes you an arrogant person.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1072443 - 11/21/02 03:14 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I see your point.

I guess I am making the distinction between a person who thinks something is true because of their intuition and a person who "knows" they're right without regard for the facts.


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Re: Faith. [Re: ]
    #1072507 - 11/21/02 03:30 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I believe what your saying to a certain extent.
"I know nothing"
But i still have faith in something, i don't know what it is, but i have faith just not in God.


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Re: Faith. [Re: GrowingVines]
    #1072533 - 11/21/02 03:38 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I like Faith Hill. She is a hottie!


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1072935 - 11/21/02 07:14 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

alan watts:

give us this day our daily faith
but deliver us from our beliefs
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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1073043 - 11/21/02 09:26 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

faith is the push of energy that helps you form your reality. if you have enough faith, you can walk on water (see Jesus) or do anything you want. i see where you're coming from, but if you have no faith you wander aimlessly in your reality...


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Re: Faith. [Re: akyouser_oner]
    #1073115 - 11/21/02 10:09 AM (19 years, 16 days ago)

An ancient metaphor-laden text is hardly a good reference as to what is or is not possible. If you cannot walk on unfrozen, deep water without pontoon feet, then your post has no meaning whatsoever.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1073476 - 11/21/02 12:59 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

Quote:

"I have faith that what I experience is real and not just the figment of a delusional mind."

How do you know that for sure?




If I knew it for sure then it wouldn't be faith anymore, would it? It would be proof. Faith (at least as I see it) is not proof that something exists. It is the concious decision I make to believe that something exists even if I don't have some form of tangible truth. I have faith that electrons exist, yet I have never seen or felt one before.

Hopefully that clears up my point  :wink:


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1073619 - 11/21/02 01:55 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I've never had faith, so I don't know what faith is. Maybe your idea about faith is inacurate? Perhaps faith is the God-given capacity to reach beyond the realm of the senses into the realm of the spirit of God. Having faith is knowing in your heart that you have found the truth. It is affirmative response of man's spirit to God who is Spirit.

It's more than just believing, it's intuitively valid, so you know beyond doubt that it is true.

Something like that.


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Re: Faith. [Re: akyouser_oner]
    #1073722 - 11/21/02 02:35 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

"you have enough faith, you can walk on water (see Jesus) or do anything you want."

If this were true, crazy people would be causing all kinds of messed up shit to happen.


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Re: Faith. [Re: trendal]
    #1073730 - 11/21/02 02:37 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

Perhaps our definitions are a little bit different. I don't think a good scientist would have faith in electons, for instance. That would not be science. You have to be ready to abandon your ideas if they are shown to be incorrect.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Revelation]
    #1073733 - 11/21/02 02:38 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

"It's more than just believing, it's intuitively valid, so you know beyond doubt that it is true."

I would call that being delusional.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1073799 - 11/21/02 02:57 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

Well you would. People who have faith wouldn't.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Swami]
    #1073887 - 11/21/02 03:25 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

If you cannot walk on unfrozen, deep water without pontoon feet,

Hey there Swamster! i thought i'd take this opportunity to pick your brain, knowing that you've done a lot of research into many areas of "paranormal" activity. What's the deal with Balinese firewalkers? My understanding is that they are able to walk over hot coals, not only without feeling pain but also their feet remaining unscathed in the process....i guess i am assuming here but i would "think" that faith might play some sort of significant role here.....maybe not.


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Re: Faith. [Re: FreakQlibrium]
    #1074097 - 11/21/02 04:20 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I've seen a whole special on different phenominas(sp?) and firewalkes were included. Turns out rocks don't conduct heat too well and they never get too hot to handle as long as you keep you keep moving at a fast pace. Kinda like a hot potato juggling it between hands to give each hand a slight break from the heat.


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Re: Faith. [Re: sir tripsalot]
    #1074127 - 11/21/02 04:27 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

Thanks for the info STAL, it's just another one of many areas i'd always been meaning to research but never got around to it..... :grin: 


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1074168 - 11/21/02 04:36 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I think the very idea of faith implies a closed mind.
so, do you believe in yourself or are you open-minded?


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Re: Faith. [Re: sir tripsalot]
    #1074319 - 11/21/02 05:15 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

Yes. Note that they are fire WALKERS, not fire standers. If it were truly mind over matter, then movement would be unnecessary.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Swami]
    #1074320 - 11/21/02 05:16 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

If it were truly mind over matter, then movement would be unnecessary.

Good point Swami  :grin: 


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Re: Faith. [Re: Swami]
    #1074334 - 11/21/02 05:25 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

I have watched a Lakota Sioux medicine man handle a glowing hot rock the size of a soccer ball with both hands simultaneously for 10-15 seconds during ceremony.

My rational mind has no explanation for that.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1074710 - 11/21/02 08:10 PM (19 years, 16 days ago)

Yeah I think our definitions in Faith are different.

Here's mine.

Faith: the belief in something that I can't observe with my own senses, and hence cannot prove the existence of.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1074761 - 11/21/02 08:32 PM (19 years, 15 days ago)

I think the very idea of faith implies a closed mind. I think that it's the arrogant assumption that you know the answer to a question that is impossible to answer.

Disagree with me? Probably. Tell me why I'm wrong, then.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Zahid]
    #1074813 - 11/21/02 08:50 PM (19 years, 15 days ago)

"Faith is humility."

That only makes sense if you think your beliefs are 100% true. Of course, you probably do think that. Just like Christians think that, or Heaven's Gate guys think that, or Hindus, or whatever. Their faiths are all different.

How could you really know if there is a god? How do you know your "experiences" with god weren't simply delusions? What makes you so sure that your own mind isn't deceiving you? You trust that what your brain is telling you is 100% correct, and I would say that is arrogant.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1075290 - 11/22/02 12:12 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

That only makes sense if you think your beliefs are 100% true. Of course, you probably do think that. Just like Christians think that, or Heaven's Gate guys think that, or Hindus, or whatever. Their faiths are all different.

Yes, but I really do not know the secrets behind other religions--all I know is Islam, and I know Islam is not a false religion.

How could you really know if there is a god? How do you know your "experiences" with god weren't simply delusions? What makes you so sure that your own mind isn't deceiving you? You trust that what your brain is telling you is 100% correct, and I would say that is arrogant.

I directly experience God, and long ago I reasoned these experiences could not be self-manifesting, or something. At that, I've had religious experiences which only makes my faith strong as a rock. For me at least, every aspect of reality points to the existence of God. I know God exists because I have humbled myself before Him. I know God exists because it is impossible for me to imagine this world being a cosmic accident. There are too many "signs" that almost directly tell me there is a God; and if there's a God, He would be merciful enough to give guidance to man. And hence, religion.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Zahid]
    #1075454 - 11/22/02 01:19 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

Zahid, may I suggest to you a healthy dose of 5 dried grams of psilocybin mushrooms. -This time leave your religon behind.

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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1075534 - 11/22/02 02:08 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

Im not a full fledged Christian, although I share some of the Christian ideas, I do not participate in it's organized religion anymore. But a good idea of faith can be represented in a christian-like manner, OK here it goes:

To Christians- God created humans with free will, this allows them to do and choose what they want. People can choose to follow Gods rules or not. If you say to yourself "Ah, I'll do whatever I want because there is no God and I'm not gonna go to any hell" then by Christian rule, you'll go to hell, (but there's no proof of this). If you say to yourself "I must follow Gods rules because I have faith that there is a God and if I break the rules, I'll go to hell." then by Christian rule, you'll go to heaven (no proof there either). Now comes the kicker--- If there was PROOF that God exists, and that if you broke the Christian rules you WOULD indeed go to hell. Then there would be no faith, everyone would KNOW that if they werent good they would go to hell and everyone would follow the rules. The free will would be lost. This is the purpose of Faith in God in humans. This is why there is not and never will be any proof of the existance of God and an afterlife until we die. Because Faith is what God's purpose is balancing on.

Now dont get me wrong, this is just how I interperate the Christian beliefs in God. This isnt necessarily how I feel. I just thought that putting it in Christian context would be the easiest.


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Re: Faith. [Re: bluesky]
    #1075540 - 11/22/02 02:12 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

Are you so sure you have free will?


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1075541 - 11/22/02 02:16 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

I have not found my actions to be guided by anyone but myself, at least most of the time. I would say I have free will.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1075557 - 11/22/02 02:25 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

Well Phluck, I see your point, but I was coming from a Christian point of view. In some cases people dont have complete free will, that is from other people. But you do have free will from god. God didnt come here and say "you gotta believe this." You can believe whatever you want. The question is: does having faith in another or no God come with a price?


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Re: Faith. [Re: bluesky]
    #1075572 - 11/22/02 02:36 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

I definitely have to agree with you that free will is lost if we knew of God's existance. My question is why the religeous extremists want to take away the free will that God has supposedly given us by making laws banning pornography, gay marriages, etc. If everyone complies with God's supposed will because it's the law to do so, would that mean everyone gets a free ticket to heaven? I doubt it, so why do these religious fucks try and pass these damn laws?


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Re: Faith. [Re: bluesky]
    #1075573 - 11/22/02 02:36 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

I don't believe we are judged when we die. I believe in a different sort of hell- you go there if your soul is not balanced enough, ie- like having a bad trip when on psykadelliks.

Heaven is just the 4th dimension.

All religions I believe have some sort of truth to them, I reccomed studing them and taking parts from each to fit what you believe. Spirituality (imo) is mostly learned through thinking and introspection.....mushrooms help thow.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Murex]
    #1075580 - 11/22/02 02:39 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

Murex, Im with you 110% on that call!!!!!  :laugh: :laugh: :grin: 

I do piece together my own ideas through many religons. I believe that everything in existance is composed of different types of energy, and when these energies are combined, you have god. God (to me) is the ultimate energy force. Although my beliefs are not concrete, I have faith in myself to make the right decisions towards my spirituality. :smirk: I believe that psychedelics are a tool to helping me understand this.


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Re: Faith. [Re: bluesky]
    #1075705 - 11/22/02 03:34 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

Yeah, my beliefs aren't quite solid yet either, but that's not a bad thing. The journey is more important than the destanation sometimes. I'd be a fool to think I know it all.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Murex]
    #1075847 - 11/22/02 04:23 AM (19 years, 15 days ago)

In my humble opinion, the destination does not matter nearly as much as the journey. Present.


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Re: Faith. [Re: bluesky]
    #1077084 - 11/22/02 04:11 PM (19 years, 15 days ago)

I'm not exactly sure what free will is supposed to mean.

Given the same situation twice, would we always make the same choice? If all of our past experiences were identical, all of our fears and biases the same, would we always make the same choice?

If that's the case, are we really just machines? If that's not the case, then what's the alternative? Just making choices at random?


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1182946 - 01/01/03 01:32 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

If a quote out of the bible would offend you then stop reading here. Im not a bible thumping, church every sunday, telling everyone how to live type christian. Christ said "because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move a mountain". Now that tells me, too many other things in this world, hinder my ability to be closed minded in the belief in a one true God who sent his son to take away all of my sins. So im very open in my ways of thinking, and percieving this world of reality. This is my first visit here. I looked at a couple of post and must have just clicked on a few that critized the christian faith. sorry to vent,,last you'll here from me on faith! "Faith you say?" I wish I had it. Still trying.......


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1184523 - 01/02/03 09:24 AM (18 years, 10 months ago)

To me faith is in knowing that I don't have all the answers and that I need a power greater than myself to give me direction to sort it all out.

The more I learn, the more I realize that I simply don't know much.....


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Re: Faith. [Re: christian]
    #1184713 - 01/02/03 10:19 AM (18 years, 10 months ago)

I never said I'd be offended by the bible.

Why is the bible right and the Koran wrong?

"So im very open in my ways of thinking, and percieving this world of reality."

No you're not. You're only open to your own kind of thinking. You refuse to be open to opposing ideas, which is exactly what the definition of an open mind is. You may believe whole-heartedly that Jesus died for your sins, but the only evidence you have is an old book, which appears to any rational person to be a work of fiction.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1184998 - 01/02/03 12:12 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

~
the awesome drama of nature
unfold before my very eye
before that eye I I which
sees all and knows all.
and on
and on
inside goes:
AUM MANI PADME HUM
always bringing me right to my heart
where I dwell eternally
~ pg. 4 - Be Here Now

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Ask anybody, just anybody
They'll tell you that the antibody to the petty
Potty mouth gots to be
Success at something
To be the best of something
And not to stress the dumb shit
Cause you ain't missing nothing
You got to

Motivate, accelerate, never wait, know your weight, throw away hate
Grow and make weight of your older dates
Elevate, concentrate, get your focus straight, and orchestrate fate
Just motivate, accelerate, never wait, show the way, no escape
Take hold and shift shape, live a longer day
Elevate, concentrate, get your focus straight, and orchestrate fate
~ Blackalicious - Release (Lyrics Born)


dunno babe, but sure sounds like a sneer of superiority on yer behalf - as if everyone with faith could be clumped together (a whole spectrum of cats out there who embrace this notion of faith) and termed arrogant. i can't tell you why your wrong - once you get out of yer own skin you can tell yourself, you'll have a better notion of what you were and what you're becoming.


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If we could look into each others hearts, and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.

It takes a lot of courage to go out there and radiate your essence.

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Re: Faith. [Re: CosmicJoke]
    #1185032 - 01/02/03 12:25 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

I understand how great and comforting faith is. Heroin is the same way.

Faith is lying to yourself until you believe the lies.

I'm sorry if my opinions don't rhyme, go well to music, or include fancy metaphores. I'm sorry if I don't have any bad poetry written by acid gurus to back up my ideas. I take style over substance.

"as if everyone with faith could be clumped together (a whole spectrum of cats out there who embrace this notion of faith) and termed arrogant."

Their personalities may not be arrogant, but they share a trait which is most certainly arrogant. Why do they think that their beliefs are correct? There is absolutely no solid evidence, and there are always people with opposing beliefs with an equal amount of evidence. So how could they possibly come to the conclusion that these beliefs are accurate? Even if god himself appears before them, how do they know it's not just a hallucination?

Humans are stupid. There is no possible way to truly understand the way the universe works. There will always be unanswered questions. With enough arrogance, you can convince yourself that you do know the answers to these questions. It's comforting and it feels great "knowing" that you understand everything. It's still baseless and silly.



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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1185233 - 01/02/03 01:47 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

"I understand how great and comforting faith is. Heroin is the same way."

No, heroin is a turn-off drug, ultimately leading one to oblivion. its effect are hardly even perceptible to the consciousness of healthy people, where the pleasure experienced by the psychopathic user is equivalent to that felt by normal people most of the time, it appears as a bolt of joy to the user because his ordinary state is one of accute misery. It's numbing out psychological pain for the psychopath, where the healthy person gets a physical pain killer.

Faith is more comparable to LSD, which moves one towards a state of excitation. You can verify this for yourself by going to the right spiritual retreat, getting away from your material worries, through meditating, singing, dancing, drumming, sweat lodging, whatever it being - giving praise to that sensation of inner-joy and community.

YOUR state of hyper-excitation reminds me of speed, and whether you explain or unexplain the universe to somebody, rest assured in the back of their mind they just want to escape you, because very few people can stand rationalists as such.

If you don't join in with those who are on a path to heightened states of joy, you don't get to enjoy yourself. Do as thou wilt.



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If we could look into each others hearts, and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.

It takes a lot of courage to go out there and radiate your essence.

I know you scared, you should ask us if we scared too.  If you was there, and we just knew you cared too.


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Re: Faith. [Re: CosmicJoke]
    #1185283 - 01/02/03 02:17 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

"its effect are hardly even perceptible to the consciousness of healthy people, where the pleasure experienced by the psychopathic user is equivalent to that felt by normal people most of the time, it appears as a bolt of joy to the user because his ordinary state is one of accute misery. It's numbing out psychological pain for the psychopath, where the healthy person gets a physical pain killer."

You don't know much about heroin I guess, or the definition of "psychopath". It's an opiate, it causes a great deal of euphoria, and can even induce quite elaborate hallucinatory dreams. I don't get the impression you've ever tried heroin.

Faith is numbing. It means you don't have to think. It's comforting and warm and wonderful. It's not a real answer though. It has no basis. It prevents you from actually having to think about reality. You don't need to, you already "know" the answers.

"If you don't join in with those who are on a path to heightened states of joy, you don't get to enjoy yourself. Do as thou wilt."

You know in those zombie movies where people are one by one being brainwashed or something and they're all like "join us, it is so wonderful, join us and you'll see". I prefer freedom of thought to blind stupid fun faith.

"If you don't join in with those who are on a path to heightened states of joy, you don't get to enjoy yourself."

I have many moments in my life that I would easily describe as "pure joy". Who says you need to believe in a stupid fairy tale to feel joy? Just because this doesn't fit into your narrow minded view that only faith can do this doesn't mean that it's not true.

"YOUR state of hyper-excitation reminds me of speed, and whether you explain or unexplain the universe to somebody, rest assured in the back of their mind they just want to escape you, because very few people can stand rationalists as such."

Hey, I've got lots of friends, and people seem to find me pretty agreeable. I just happen to not believe in things that I have no reason to believe in.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1185293 - 01/02/03 02:23 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

I agree with you Phluck, no religon is the absolute truth.

That is why people should find the way on their own.  :wink:


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Re: Faith. [Re: Murex]
    #1185298 - 01/02/03 02:25 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

"That is why people should find the way on their own."

I don't think that people's own delusions have any basis either.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1185511 - 01/02/03 04:22 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

Quote:

"That is why people should find the way on their own."

I don't think that people's own delusions have any basis either. 




Damn Phluck! Your shooting everyone down today. 

Just chill out, kick back, and smoke some ganja man :wink:


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1185675 - 01/02/03 06:04 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

"You don't know much about heroin I guess, or the definition of "psychopath". It's an opiate, it causes a great deal of euphoria, and can even induce quite elaborate hallucinatory dreams. I don't get the impression you've ever tried heroin."

Simply put, your impression is wrong. While my impression of the substance is based on a limited amount of experience (whereas I've had more than several hundred psychedelic experiences), I can safely say that my experiences were not pleasurable, like I consider making love, the psychedelic experience, playing around with a guitar, or hangin' out playing nintendo with my little half-brother to be. My experiences were as if though I was hanging on a thread between awareness and sleep. I consistently would feel withdrawn and about to nod off - they were interesting experiences that were moderately euphoric (i've tasted many an exotic substance, mind you) - but were they exceedingly enjoyable? Nawwww... I personally enjoy sleep more (and as fascinating as dreams are, I vastly enjoy being awake more than dreaming) And yes, I absolutely see the heroin addict as psychopathic (otherwise known as anti-social personality disorder) - if you're willing to lose your sexuality and that mysterious faculty called freedom, just to escape the terrors that were slowly escalating and underming your identity (only those who have had a nightmare of a "psychotic experience" can empathize fully empathize with such a choice) AND yank my stereo system to support this decision, that's VERY psychopathic.

"Faith is numbing. It means you don't have to think. It's comforting and warm and wonderful. It's not a real answer though. It has no basis. It prevents you from actually having to think about reality. You don't need to, you already "know" the answers."

"I have many moments in my life that I would easily describe as "pure joy". Who says you need to believe in a stupid fairy tale to feel joy? Just because this doesn't fit into your narrow minded view that only faith can do this doesn't mean that it's not true."


Sure, I've seen that brand of faith. I recognize that people do beam out to themselves "feel safe" vibrations by believing in a stupid fairy tale. This happiness is just a mediocre state for a middle class existance. Check out the "Yahoo Chat" Religion room, and you will see the epitomy of how needy, emotionally masturbating, down-right sick and zombified people can get.

Fuck Phluck, for all it's worth I don't have faith, for faith is just a word, and words seem worthless in expressing anything about where I am at to you - they become a mere weight pressing against my thoughtlessness, which, I know by heart.

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If we could look into each others hearts, and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.

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I know you scared, you should ask us if we scared too.  If you was there, and we just knew you cared too.


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Re: Faith. [Re: 3eyedgod]
    #1185898 - 01/02/03 08:07 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

Heh, I'm sure I've smoked enough ganja.

My point is basically that believing in anything is completely futile, ridiculous, and arrogant. Whether it's the God that the bible has laid out for you, or the mysterious elves you conjured up while on ten hits of acid. They're still just ideas and nothing more. There is no real basis.


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Re: Faith. [Re: Phluck]
    #1185994 - 01/02/03 09:23 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

"I don't have absolute faith that I'll wake up tommorow and eat breakfast. I'll plan for tommorow as though that will occur though, 'cause otherwise I guess someone else will be doing the planning for me"

well do you have "absolute" faith in anything? does anybody?


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Re: Faith. [Re: Strumpling]
    #1186028 - 01/02/03 09:59 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

Quote:

well do you have "absolute" faith in anything? does anybody?



I have absolute faith that every time I take positive 2 and add positive 2, my total will come to positive 4, but other than that, everything else is up in the air.


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    #1186030 - 01/02/03 10:02 PM (18 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: Faith. [Re: Strumpling]
    #1186581 - 01/03/03 06:42 AM (18 years, 10 months ago)

"well do you have "absolute" faith in anything? does anybody?"

No, I don't. Some people do... or at least claim to have absolute faith in God.


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