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Re: Religion and God [Re: spudamore]
    #1917816 - 09/15/03 12:19 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

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spudamore said:
GOD ISN'T APART OF THE UNIVERSE, BUT IS THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING EXTENDING BEYOND. GOD LOVES ALL UNCONDITIONALLY NO MATTER WHAT.




Everything that we see and experience are just little pieces of this great Creation, everything that there is completes this Creation...

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GOD DOESN'T HOLD THE KEYS OF RIGHT AND WRONG. WE DO BECAUSE WE JUDGE EVERYBODY ELSE SO MUCH SOCIETY HAS JUDGED WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG.  WE HAVE A PURPOSE OF BEING ONE AGAIN WITH GOD, IN THE MEAN TIME WE HAVE SET OUR OWN BOUNDERIES, AND STRUCTURES TILL WE DROP THIS TOO WE WILL OPEN TO CHANGE AND WILL BE READY TO EVOLVE ONE WITH GOD. 




Exactly. Everything that we have today, we have picked up over time, from discovery by ourselves. We have clued ourselves in on the working and forces of the Universe, they have always been there and we "relearned" them, they weren't given to us by any means..

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ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY.  GOD NEVER GAVE US A SET OF RULES TO LIVE BY,  ITS SET UP BY CONTROLING PEOPLE, BECAUSE ALL THEY WANT IS POWER.




We are free people, set to do whatever we wish with the surroundings that we are in. The only rules that we have were made by us ourselves.. To further advance civilization, order must be created out of the chaos, and sometimes people want to much order to fit their own needs and create illusions to get exactly what they want out of people.. all it takes is some good old perspective and some good senses to tune in on what is really going on...

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WE HAVE TO CAPABILITY TO UNDERSTAND, BUT SOCIETY HAS TAUGHT US TO IGNORE SUCH THINGS, GOD DOES NOT HAVE WILL GOD JUST WANTS US TO BE. WE HAVEN'T ALLOWED OURSELVES TO HAVE ENOUGH STRENGTH AND FORTITUDE IT WASN'T ANY OF GODS DOING.




Exactly. If we all realized and utilized the freedom that we all have, the people who have things set up to benefit themselves, their plans and their organizations for control would lose that power. To them, having that power is the most important thing in the world, so they, of course, protect those interests.

I also believe that what is suspossed to happen, happens. For every negative step that someone makes, there is always someone else taking that positive step..

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WE CREATED OURSELVES AS HUMANS, WE CAN CHANGE BUT DOING SO WE HAVE TO RID OFF ALL OUR HABITS, BELEIFS AND CONDITIONING BY SOCIETY. GOD DOESN'T DO ANYTHING TO BETTER OUR SOCIETY BECAUSE OF FREE WILL WHEN WE WANT TO CHANGE AND ACCPET THAT WE CAN CHANGE WE WILL EVOLVE TO BETTER AND HIGHER BEINGS.





We all have a lot of addictions to various things that seriously cloud our perception. If we are going to see what is really going on, what the bigger picture is, and what needs to be done to get to the next level, we must stop tying ourselves to the ground, pull these attachments and start to soar..

By the way, welcome to Spirituality and Philosophy! :grin:
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Re: Religion and God [Re: spudamore]
    #1921348 - 09/16/03 01:38 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)


GOD NEVER GAVE US A SET OF RULES TO LIVE BY

THERE IS NO SUPERIOR SPECIES ON THIS PLANET OR ANY OTHER. WELL NOT
THE WAY YOU MEAN ANYWAY. EVERYBODY HAS THERE OWN ROLE TO FILL IN
THIS THEATRE WE CALL LIFE. DON'T KNOW WHY YOU KEEP SAYING HE, GOD
IS EVERYTHING SO NO NEED TO GIVE GOD A GENDER, COLOUR, OR ANYTHING
ELSE. WE CREATED OURSELVES LIKE WE ARE TODAY, WE ALL ARE APART OF
GODS DIVINE PLAN BUT WE ALL CHOOSE THE WAY TO BECOME ONE AGAIN.

WE HAVE A PURPOSE OF BEING ONE AGAIN
WITH GOD, IN THE MEAN TIME WE HAVE SET OUR OWN BOUNDERIES, AND
STRUCTURES TILL WE DROP THIS TOO WE WILL OPEN TO CHANGE AND WILL
BE READY TO EVOLVE ONE WITH GOD.

GOD ISN'T APART OF THE UNIVERSE, BUT IS THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING EXTENDING BEYOND.

GOD LOVES ALL UNCONDITIONALLY NO MATTER WHAT.

GOD DOES NOT HAVE WILL GOD JUST WANTS US TO BE.

WE CREATED OURSELVES AS HUMANS


You don't know any of these things. These are merely your guesses at
the "order of the universe" and the "way things are". Your guess is
as good as mine however. This unkown is what haunts me. There is no
proof of anything. There is no path to follow.


GOD DOESN'T HOLD THE KEYS OF RIGHT AND WRONG. WE DO BECAUSE
WE JUDGE EVERYBODY ELSE SO MUCH SOCIETY HAS JUDGED WHAT IS
RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG.


We humans do implement our own notions of right and wrong. But,
it is quite telling that there are many views in the human
world as to what is right and what is wrong. If what right and wrong
is is determined by people, then there is no absolute right and wrong.
There would be no undeniable standard of right and wrong that exist.
I think that the only way that right and wrong can exist is if an
intelligence of some type has implemented it.


ABSOLUTE TRUTH IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY.


No it isn't. Absolute Truth is something that is irrefutable. It is
something that cannot be denied if faced with proof of it. It can be
rejected(you can choose not to follow it), but its validity as
Absolute Truth cannot be denied.




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Re: Religion and God [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #1921941 - 09/16/03 05:12 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

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RandalFlagg said:
You don't know any of these things.  These are merely your guesses at
the "order of the universe" and the "way things are".  Your guess is
as good as mine however.  This unkown is what haunts me.  There is no
proof of anything.  There is no path to follow.




Maybe there is not a path to follow so that we can come up with our own path? Maybe there is no proof of anything because there is no definite, untouchable system that gives us truth?

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We humans do implement our own notions of right and wrong.  But,
it is quite telling that there are many views in the human
world as to what is right and what is wrong.  If what right and wrong
is is determined by people, then there is no absolute right and wrong.
There would be no undeniable standard of right and wrong that exist.
I think that the only way that right and wrong can exist is if an
intelligence of some type has implemented it.




What makes the intelligence that implents it have the undeniable standard of right and wrong?

What is right and what is wrong HAS been determined by us, people. The reason that there is so many different takes on what is right and what is wrong is because everyone has a different idea of what right and wrong is. There is no "intelligence" that has the definite take on what is and what isn't. If there was, I could disagree with it, holding different ideas on the same issue, and thereby making his definite take on it null and void.

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No it isn't.  Absolute Truth is something that is irrefutable.  It is
something that cannot be denied if faced with proof of it.  It can be
rejected(you can choose not to follow it), but its validity as
Absolute Truth cannot be denied.
 




The concept of an Absoulte Truth is such that is irrefutable, unfortunately, there is NO absolute truth. All it takes is one person to not agree that this "absolute truth" is the Truth and it is no longer the absolute truth, no matter how powerful this "intelligence" is or how many people believe in the "absolute truth":

You say that there is no proof of anything, than how could anyone believe that some "absolute truth" is in fact the one and only, absolute truth? :grin:
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Re: Religion and God [Re: fireworks_god]
    #1922057 - 09/16/03 05:54 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

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All it takes is one person to not agree that this "absolute truth" is the Truth and it is no longer the absolute truth




Can you elaborate on this please? I don't quite follow you.


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Re: Religion and God [Re: Jellric]
    #1922139 - 09/16/03 06:19 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

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Jellric said:
Can you elaborate on this please? I don't quite follow you.




What validates one being's (even if he is indubiantly more supreme than us) idea of the Absolute Truth as the actual, Absolute Truth?

What I am pointing to is a completely subjective experience. We all have independant, seperate views, and although a lot of the actual ideas and beliefs are basically similar, each one is still entirely independant and ultimately different in that one person's head..

Anyways, an absolute truth has to be believed by ALL to be an Absolute Truth, because otherwise, it is no longer absolute, because there is still a belief somewhere that says that it is NOT the absolute truth.. heh.
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Re: Religion and God [Re: fireworks_god]
    #1922195 - 09/16/03 06:32 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

The Absolute Truth doesn't require everyone believes in it. If everyone believes the sky is pink and you're the only one who believes it's blue, that would mean you're the only one realising this truth.

Another example: the earth orbiting around the sun. If you'd said that in, say, the early Middle Ages, practically no one in the West would have agreed with you. Doesn't change the Absolute Truth though.

The Absolute Truth =! Universally Accepted Truth


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Re: Religion and God [Re: Alan Stone]
    #1922274 - 09/16/03 06:49 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

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Alan Stone said:
The Absolute Truth doesn't require everyone believes in it. If everyone believes the sky is pink and you're the only one who believes it's blue, that would mean you're the only one realising this truth.

Another example: the earth orbiting around the sun. If you'd said that in, say, the early Middle Ages, practically no one in the West would have agreed with you. Doesn't change the Absolute Truth though.

The Absolute Truth =! Universally Accepted Truth




The CONCEPT of Absolute Truth requires all of this, but there is no actual Absolute Truth, I think...

But I am very, very, very tired and will have to come back to all of this tomorrow, so I will return with a fresh perspective on this...
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Re: Religion and God [Re: fireworks_god]
    #1922413 - 09/16/03 07:28 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

You don't know any of these things. These are merely your guesses at
the "order of the universe" and the "way things are". Your guess is
as good as mine however. This unkown is what haunts me. There is no
proof of anything. There is no path to follow.

i have no proof of it, and these aren't guesses, i know for myself this is what is true for me. i used to be scared of all unknown to me since i was 3 years old so scared i used to get into an anxiety attack there wouldn't be a week that i would think aobut it, and the way i overcame it was to do intense meditations and i have shed a lot of light on all these subjects for me, alot of truths and understandings of the universe and life has come to me. maybe open your mind a little more and see what is truely inside you. there are billions of paths to follow but you just don't see the windows of opportunity that are open for you, "no problems just opportunities" the quicker oyu get this concept the quicker you will open your mind to perceive all windows of opportunities.


We humans do implement our own notions of right and wrong. But,
it is quite telling that there are many views in the human
world as to what is right and what is wrong. If what right and wrong
is is determined by people, then there is no absolute right and wrong.
There would be no undeniable standard of right and wrong that exist.
I think that the only way that right and wrong can exist is if an
intelligence of some type has implemented it.

there are no right or wrongs only perceptions. how could "intelligence of some type" have so much unconditional love implement a way of right or wrong?

No it isn't. Absolute Truth is something that is irrefutable. It is
something that cannot be denied if faced with proof of it. It can be
rejected(you can choose not to follow it), but its validity as
Absolute Truth cannot be denied.

i carn't argue that because that is your perceeption of absolute truth


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Re: Religion and God [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #1922713 - 09/16/03 08:33 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

I received a Christian baptism following a number of life-changing spiritual experiences during my undergraduate years - on July 1, 1976. I have never regretted my Path, and have endeavored to be open to those 'Uncreated Energies' that have generated Christ in my Heart. To the extent that one acts from Compassion, often denying one's own egocentric preferences - putting 'the other' before oneself - one is 'doing the Will of God' as the example of Jesus teaches. Acting thusly, one is simultaneously humble - one's ego a mere servant of God. This is the everyday mysticism of being Christ[ian] at one's Center.


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Re: Religion and God [Re: fireworks_god]
    #1924793 - 09/17/03 12:50 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)


Maybe there is not a path to follow so that we can come up
with our own path? Maybe there is no proof of anything because
there is no definite, untouchable system that gives us truth?


Then we are lost. Some people delight in picking their
own path, but I do not. I crave boundaries and a purpose
greater than myself.


There is no "intelligence" that has the definite take on what is
and what isn't. If there was, I could disagree with it

The concept of an Absoulte Truth is such that is irrefutable,
unfortunately, there is NO absolute truth. All it takes is one
person to not agree that this "absolute truth" is the Truth and
it is no longer the absolute truth, no matter how powerful this
"intelligence" is or how many people believe in the "absolute truth":

You say that there is no proof of anything, than how could anyone
believe that some "absolute truth" is in fact the one and only,
absolute truth?

What makes the intelligence that implents it have the undeniable
standard of right and wrong?


I am willing to accept the will of my creator and to recognize it
as being correct and superior to anything Man can imagine.


What is right and what is wrong HAS been determined by us, people.


Yes it has. Because we have never gotten a glimpse at Absolute Truth,
all of the ideas that we hold as right and wrong are thought up
by us, and therefore have no validity.



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Re: Religion and God [Re: Alan Stone]
    #1924796 - 09/17/03 12:52 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)


The Absolute Truth doesn't require everyone believes in it.

example: the earth orbiting around the sun. If you'd
said that in, say, the early Middle Ages, practically no one
in the West would have agreed with you. Doesn't change the
Absolute Truth though.


Exactly. A person could think whatever they want, but that doesn't
change the Absolute Truth. The Absolute Truth could be called
"Factual Morality": a view of right and wrong that is undeniable
in its righteousness.

Just because everyone in the Middle Ages thought the sun rotated
around the Earth, does not change the fact that the Earth actually
rotated around the sun and has for billions of years.

It doesn't matter what people think, it matters if this undeniable
fact of right and wrong(Absolute Truth) exists much like the fact
of the orbiting Earth exists.



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Re: Religion and God [Re: spudamore]
    #1924797 - 09/17/03 12:53 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)



there are no right or wrongs only perceptions. how
could "intelligence of some type" have so much unconditional love
implement a way of right or wrong?


To enable us to know the correct way in which to conduct ourselves.




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Re: Religion and God [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #1924856 - 09/17/03 01:18 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

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RandalFlagg said:
Then we are lost. Some people delight in picking their
own path, but I do not. I crave boundaries and a purpose
greater than myself.




Well, if you really need a purpose greater than yourself, then have fun being manipulated to implement others plans that lucratively offer a purpose greater than oneself.

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I am willing to accept the will of my creator and to recognize it
as being correct and superior to anything Man can imagine.




Hhm.. how can you accept the will of a Creator, who, as you said yourself, has not made any will of his apparent for us to follow? Or perhaps the fact that there is no will at all, except to experience his Creation without attachment?

How will you be able to diffrentiate from his will and another's will? Why must we have some map to run our lives according to some pre-cut plan? Why do we need someone to lead us?

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Yes it has. Because we have never gotten a glimpse at Absolute Truth,
all of the ideas that we hold as right and wrong are thought up
by us, and therefore have no validity.




So, because we thought them up, means they have no validity? Okay, yes, we as humans are imperfect and incapable of any sort of validity because we haven't gotten a glimpse of an Absolute Truth that really doesn't exist?

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It doesn't matter what people think, it matters if this undeniable
fact of right and wrong(Absolute Truth) exists much like the fact
of the orbiting Earth exists.




What if I decide to MAKE what I think matter? In the grand scheme of things, nothing I think matters, but paradoxically, EVERYTHING I think matters. To me, whatever I think may be more important than whatever some God thinks, and I am sure that whatever he thinks is more important than what I think to him. There isn't really an absolute truth, except maybe the here and now, but there is no way of knowing if it is actually the Truth..
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Re: Religion and God [Re: fireworks_god]
    #1926126 - 09/17/03 07:55 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

To enable us to know the correct way in which to conduct ourselves.

Thats something we have to figure out ourselves, its apart of our own journey, if we had a set of rules by god to live by we would be all robots walking around with out our own thoughts and creativity because the rules would already has determined what we should think


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Re: Religion and God [Re: fireworks_god]
    #1928606 - 09/18/03 12:01 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)


Well, if you really need a purpose greater than yourself, then
have fun being manipulated to implement others plans that
lucratively offer a purpose greater than oneself.

I am too scared to go through life with nothing guiding me. But, I
am not stupid enough to be a follower.



Hhm.. how can you accept the will of a Creator, who, as you said
yourself, has not made any will of his apparent for us to follow?


Because any creator is going to be absolutely superior to myself.
Because of that I recognize His will as being superior to anything
that can be envisioned by the human race. Just because He has not
shown us His will does not mean it is not righteous. But, I am
pissed that he hasn't shown us his will in a concise and
comprehensible way.


Or perhaps the fact that there is no will at all, except to
experience his Creation without attachment?

Why must we have some map to run our lives according to some pre-cut
plan? Why do we need someone to lead us?

What if I decide to MAKE what I think matter? In the grand scheme
of things, nothing I think matters, but paradoxically, EVERYTHING
I think matters. To me, whatever I think may be more important than
whatever some God thinks


Only a genius, a fool, or a person with no conscience is capable of
thriving in that state. I am none of these things. This freedom
from attachment to any Absolute Truth is too uncomfortable and too
unpredictable for me to want to partake in it.


How will you be able to diffrentiate from his will and another's will?

At the present moment it is impossible to do this. I have no clue
as to how God would make His will evident if he were to decide to
do so.


So, because we thought them up, means they have no validity? Okay, yes, we as humans are imperfect and incapable of any sort of validity because we haven't gotten a glimpse of an Absolute Truth that really doesn't exist?


If Absolute Truth does exist, anything humans have thought up has no
validity because of the unquestionable righteousness of Absolute
Truth. If Absolute Truth doesn't exist, then there is no standard to
measure our ideas against. All ideas of morality would be relative,
and therefore none would have any validity. In either scenario,
things that come from Man are worthless.








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Re: Religion and God [Re: spudamore]
    #1928609 - 09/18/03 12:04 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)


Thats something we have to figure out ourselves, its apart of our own journey, if we had a set of rules by god to live by we would be all robots walking around with out our own thoughts and creativity because the rules would already has determined what we should think


Maybe that is true.

Reminds me of an idea: Deprive a people of their freedom and
they will be miserable. Give them their freedom and they will
destroy themselves.


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Re: Religion and God [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #1928673 - 09/18/03 12:38 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

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RandalFlagg said:
I am too scared to go through life with nothing guiding me.  But, I
am not stupid enough to be a follower.




If you are afraid, you have addictions to the security level, which seriously cuts you off from life's experiences and will eat your own energy like a serpent .. if you can't trust yourself and what you are doing and your own ability to decide what to do in your own life, than you ARE stupid enough to be a follower... ahem.

What you said doesn't even make any sense, anyways.. if you are being guided, and you are following the guidelines, then you obviously ARE following those guidelines... which makes you: a FOLLOWER.

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Because any creator is going to be absolutely superior to myself.
Because of that I recognize His will as being superior to anything
that can be envisioned by the human race.  Just because He has not
shown us His will does not mean it is not righteous.  But, I am
pissed that he hasn't shown us his will in a concise and
comprehensible way.




Yeah, I saw this one, on the Twilight Zone, no less. Aliens came to Earth. Definitely superior than us. They even took a lie dectector test... they said "Our sole purpose in coming is to serve humans", and they passed, which made everyone pleased..

They left a book, in their own language. Anyways, there were some codebreakers, a guy and a chick, working on breaking the code..

At the same time, the aliens were taking people into their ships, so they could fly them back to their planet and serve the humans...

Turns out the book was a cookbook. They indeed planned on serving the humans... for dinner, no less.

They never made their will and intentions known to all, and they were definitely superior, as they flew to Earth and all (and led people to believe they had good intentions, of course, there are a lot of humans that have this power as well, as people really want to believe stuff that is too good to be true)...

Of course, I would be pissed too if I believed some superior race misled me while speaking the Truth to believe they were righteous and ended up eating me for dinner... ahem.

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Only a genius, a fool, or a person with no conscience is capable of
thriving in that state.  I am none of these things.  This freedom
from attachment to any Absolute Truth is too uncomfortable and too
unpredictable for me to want to partake in it. 




So, you are too uncomfortable to partake in not being attached to an Absolute Truth that has not been made apparent to you and would have no verification that it is the Absolute Truth if it was made apparent to you?

So, if you are not either a genius, a fool, or a person with no conscience, what do you register under? :grin: I'll assume the "genius" tiltle, the other two options really don't fit me..

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If Absolute Truth does exist, anything humans have thought up has no
validity because of the unquestionable righteousness of Absolute
Truth.  If Absolute Truth doesn't exist, then there is no standard to
measure our ideas against.  All ideas of morality would be relative,
and therefore none would have any validity.  In either scenario,
things that come from Man are worthless.
 




If some sort of Absolute Truth does exist, then you are correct in saying that what we would have thought up would not be valid.

If it doesn't exist, then there IS no standard to measure up agansit, just as there NEVER has been for us. All ideas of morality ARE relative.

So, even though we have, through repeated experience in trying to survive, found a rough set of morals that protect us from extinction, it is just worthless??

I'm sorry, but I don't see why living with no absolute except for the fact that we are somewhere, presumably alive because we are breathing (regardless of whether or not we are just a thought that some being on another level is toying with while stoned) is so hard to do.. those religions have gotten too deep in your head, my friend. The Order that is established from Chaos is still surrounded by Chaos, and will one day be consumed once again by it...
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Re: Religion and God [Re: fireworks_god]
    #1929254 - 09/18/03 04:00 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)


If you are afraid, you have addictions to the security level

Yes, I crave security. Most people do.


which seriously cuts you off from life's experiences and will eat
your own energy like a serpent ..

Quite possibly.


What you said doesn't even make any sense, anyways.. if you are being
guided, and you are following the guidelines, then you obviously ARE
following those guidelines... which makes you: a FOLLOWER.

Let me clarify that a little. I am not stupid enough to be a follower
of anything that has originated from Man. Part of me desires to have
an Absolute Truth so the ambiguities of life would be solved.

But, as with most people, I do possess some rebellion in me. I would
be resentful if I was forced to follow Absolute Truth. So, I am a
skeptical person who wants to follow something, but at the same time
maintain my free will. And, I also am quite aware of the pitfalls of
following something.


Yeah, I saw this one, on the Twilight Zone.....


Good point. Just because something claims to be superior, does that
mean we should blindly follow it?

Even if something did create the heavens, the Earth, and humanity,
does that mean it is any more correct than us? That is something we
all need to answer for ourselves.


So, you are too uncomfortable to partake in not being attached to an
Absolute Truth that has not been made apparent to you and would have
no verification that it is the Absolute Truth if it was made apparent
to you?

So, even though we have, through repeated experience in trying to
survive, found a rough set of morals that protect us from extinction,
it is just worthless??

I'm sorry, but I don't see why living with no absolute except for the
fact that we are somewhere, presumably alive because we are breathing
(regardless of whether or not we are just a thought that some being
on another level is toying with while stoned) is so hard to do..



Yes, yes, and it may not bother you but it does bother me.

If there is no standard of morality that can be proven, it dismays
me because then nothing can be assured of having validity. If nothing
can be proven to have validity, nothing should be followed. If
nothing should be followed, then life is meaningless. If life is
meaningless, it means that the value of the human race and all of our
efforts are meaningless and have no higher purpose.

It means that all is permitted, even the most vile things
you can imagine. It means there is nothing to strive for and
nothing worth striving for.

It means that we aren't loved, cherished, or guided, and that we
are alone.


So, if you are not either a genius, a fool, or a person with no
conscience, what do you register under?

A person too smart to be a follower, but to scared to be an
individual.


If some sort of Absolute Truth does exist, then you are correct in
saying that what we would have thought up would not be valid.

True.


If it doesn't exist, then there IS no standard to measure up agansit,
just as there NEVER has been for us. All ideas of morality ARE
relative.

True.


those religions have gotten too deep in your head, my friend.


It is nihilism that has gotten too deep into my head.




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Re: Religion and God [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #1929368 - 09/18/03 04:36 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

It is nihilism that has gotten too deep into my head.





Sometimes people who feel that way follow it up with a bullet.
I don't mean to be morbid, just that almost any belief/no belief is better than nihilism. Nihilism is more of an emotional disorder where your external reality is a reflection of your inner one. (Actually, you could probably make the same case for any belief, just that nihilism is such a particularly damaging one).

Quote:

God has failed Mankind. He has not given us an accurate and
infallible representation of His will. He has not given us the
capability of understanding His will. He has not given us the
strength and fortitude needed to consistently obey His will.
With all of these flaws with the human condition,




Sounds to me like the flaw is more in your conception of God rather than mankind.
If your concept of God is not consistent with your observations perhaps you need to update your concept of what God is.

Seems to me like you're clinging to your old sense of self instead of letting it go along with the obsolete ideas that created it. No wonder you feel terrible, my friend! Shed your skin and leave it behind you- don't identify with it. You'll feel better for it.



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Re: Religion and God [Re: Jellric]
    #1931620 - 09/19/03 06:49 AM (18 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

Jellric said:
Sometimes people who feel that way follow it up with a bullet.
I don't mean to be morbid, just that almost any belief/no belief is better than nihilism. Nihilism is more of an emotional disorder where your external reality is a reflection of your inner one. (Actually, you could probably make the same case for any belief, just that nihilism is such a particularly damaging one).




Reminds me of the Big Lebowski... oh god! :grin:

"No, Donny, these men are nihilists." and all that shit about them... very hilarious. Ahem, anyways..
Peace.


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