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Re: God [Re: missulena]
    #432973 - 10/22/01 11:16 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

Your thoughts sure as hell effect your reality. If you think angry hateful thoughts at someone do you think they will not be affected by them? If you think about how much you suck and how worthless you are do you think you will be happy? If you think about how you would like to eat a hamburger, then you would eat one.
Your thoughts create your reality. And that is a fact.


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Re: God [Re: ]
    #432995 - 10/22/01 11:54 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

To say that "everything is God"
and to say that "God doesn't exist"

mean the same thing, if you think about it.


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Re: God [Re: ]
    #433006 - 10/22/01 12:24 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

It is possible to have a thought and not convey it in anyway it sounded to me like revelation thought that if you think it it must be true without having to act on it, what you are talking about shroomism is acting on this thought and doing something about it but you must know that what you can do about that thought is limited because there is an outside world that your mind doesnt have that much control over


Edited by missulena (10/22/01 12:26 PM)


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Re: God [Re: ]
    #433050 - 10/22/01 03:00 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

God/All that is/The Great Central Sun/Creation is THE center of the universe and the source of all life, love, and creativity in this Universe. (Shroomism)

that is how you see him :) I see him as a her :O)
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Re: God [Re: one_smooth_bitch]
    #433060 - 10/22/01 03:15 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

god is a crazy black woman named ERIS...
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HAIL ERIS !!
ALL HAIL DISCORDIA !!!
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Re: God [Re: ]
    #433063 - 10/22/01 03:19 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

"is the thought of a unicorn a real thought?"
(attributed to robert anton wilson)


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Re: God [Re: gnrm23]
    #433140 - 10/22/01 06:27 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

rotflmao!
hehehe
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Re: God [Re: one_smooth_bitch]
    #433291 - 10/22/01 10:51 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

thou art god
i am god
all that groks is god
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(attributed to valentine michael smith, THE MAN FROM MARS)
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"try looking in a mirror" the shadowy figure replied...
(battlefield death hallucination sequence, timetrip to W W I, in heinlein's _time enough for love_)
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Re: God [Re: mariasabina]
    #433321 - 10/22/01 11:21 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

so has anybody read or seen the joseph campbell works on myth (pbs has bill moyer interviewing campbell, often airing the shows as grist for the fundraiser mill...)
MYTH
can be a truth deeper than mere fact...
need not be merely historical & can transcend history...
is as old as human speechifiying...
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god/gods --- conceptual tools for confroning "the great unkown" ... as to his/her/its/their "reality" --- well we filter what we feel through what we "know" and what we expect... as the sufis say, "he who tastes, knows"...
the nature of the divine, the face of god, the origin and destination of all things... difficult to get a final picture of that one...
but spirit... when the wind is right, and the internal chattering is quiet for a while... spirit can be "tasted" (not the right word, but the sense of spirit may not lie in the tradition 5 or 6 senses, eh?) --- mayhap not "tested" in a scientific sense, but may indeed be tested in a living your life sense...
as i have said before on these boards, i am still working on a relationship with "god" (and may be working on it for the remainder of my life...) but spirit is real...
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some related root words from lingua alterna...
spirit (fr. latin) (& many derivatives --- inspire, respire, conspire, expire...)
pneuma (from greek)
gheist (from german) (& english derivative ghost)
ruach (from hebrew)
...and i am sure there are other woords & other languages... but they all tie in with breath, air, wind, soulstuff and bodystuff... as a fish swims in the sea and notices not the water... so we move and live and have our being in a cosmic ocean of love
love, compassion, charity, caritas, karuna, agape, lovingkindness... the way to "know" the entitiy that for lack of a better word we call "god" is best achieved by practicing "love"...
ummmm, well that was an easy $.05 worth...
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love (if i may use the word) from
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Re: God [Re: gnrm23]
    #437401 - 10/26/01 12:30 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

When Joseph Campbell died the world lost one of its greastest thinkers "The Power of Myth" with Moyer interveiwing Campbell was an awesum show. Bill Moyer also has a show thats a round table discussion on the book of Genisis that compelled me to reread the bible with a much more analytical eye to what was really being said as opposed to what preacher/priests had fed me as a child and young adult.The bible imho is probaly the most abused book ever written that such simple and bueatiful truths it contains have been twisted into the garbage I was taught maybe the worlds greatest sin.


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Re: God [Re: Mosby]
    #437787 - 10/27/01 12:37 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

I personally think the bible has probably been twisted greatly since it's origin...Considering incorrect translations, parts that were cut out because of certain beleifs at the time, and bazillion different versions of it.


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Re: God [Re: gribochek]
    #438629 - 10/28/01 12:23 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

There will be NO OTHER Gods before me

If there is only 1 God
Who are you

Now here we fall back into our functions..
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Re: God [Re: gribochek]
    #443447 - 11/01/01 02:48 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

are you russian?.....


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Re: God [Re: Rono]
    #443456 - 11/01/01 02:58 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

read Ellis R. Brotzman's Old Testament Textual Criticism.

I am, as always, truely amazed at people's lack of understanding of Biblical scholarship. So many people that say they believe in it don't have a clue (but they're sure it says don't smoke weed) and the people that don't believe in it don't have a clue (but they're sure that the fact that there is more than one translation means that it cant be true).

Anyway...


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Re: God [Re: Rono]
    #445375 - 11/03/01 10:45 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

I'll establish the historical attestation to the accuracy of the Bible.
Bibliographically, the Bible is the most reliable document of ancient history.

There are now more than 5,300 known Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. Add (more than) 10,000 Latin Vulgate and at least 9,300 other early versions, and we have more than 24,000 manuscript copies of portions of the New Testament in existence today.
No other document of antiquity even begins to approach such numbers and attestation. In comparison, the Iliad by Homer is second WITH ONLY 643 MANUSCRIPTS THAT STILL SURVIVE. The first complete preserved text of Homer dates from the 13th century.
(Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell, page 39)

John Warwick Montgomery says that "to be skeptical of the resultant text of the New Testament books is to allow all of classical antiquity to slip into obscurity, for no documents of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament."



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Re: God [Re: watchthemusic]
    #445670 - 11/03/01 09:19 PM (21 years, 3 months ago)

yes, it is unfortunate that many ancient manuscripts of classical literature are no longer extant...
due in great part, no doubt, to the long standing aversion of ecclesiastical authorities to the presence of non-christian literature, as exemplified by the destruction of the alexandrian library in egypt (and its chief librarian, hypatia) at the instigation of the christian bishop of alexandria... she became a martyr, and he bacame a saint, go figure...
and the christain bible as canon was not solidified into its present form until the reign of constantine (when much extracanonical scripture was consigned to the flames, along with those who would have kept what they considered to be sacred scripture from the fires built up by the authoritarians...)
that being said, the christian bible and its antecedent scripures, the jewish torah, are (or can be) valuable material to read for believes and others... if only we could find a way to absorb the messags contained therein without insisting that every "jot and tittle" be regarded as the literal and unchanging word of god...
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Re: God [Re: gnrm23]
    #446978 - 11/05/01 03:34 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

God is the great I Am.


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Re: God [Re: Rono]
    #447054 - 11/05/01 04:59 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

God, to me, is creation. Everything that exists and the fact that it exists all make up God.

My problem with the bible is that it suggest that mankind was a specific creation; special compared to other things in the universe. I gain much more serenity in the concept that I am on equal terms with everything in the universe, taking an equal part in the course of things that could never, by nature, be unnatural (shrooms helped me realize this ;) . Moreover, I don't like the implications with the whole Eve story. It makes me feel like the bible is telling men to seperate the course of women from our own. I don't dig that.


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Re: God [Re: gluke bastid]
    #447177 - 11/05/01 06:38 AM (21 years, 3 months ago)

"God" is a creation. Or an expression if you will, of the human spirit.

Every religion tries to explain away the same phenomena that we all question in our lives. Life, Death, Afterlife, morals...etc.
What we dont realize is that the theories/gods of other religions and beleifs are just differnet ways of explaing the same universal things that effect us all.

My beef with religion is that people take everything too literal, nitpick details, and just generally miss the bigger unifying issues.

I think if we look beyond the details such as labels, names, sacred texts there is a common ground covered by all of them. Thats what leads me to believe that "god" is within us- its the human perception, spirit that everyone has.

Thats just my take anyway...


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Re: God [Re: watchthemusic]
    #450757 - 11/08/01 04:33 AM (21 years, 2 months ago)

watchthemusic:

I don't have any doubts that the religious texts that we have now are virtually identical to the ones that existed 2000 years ago. But my qualms are not with the reliability of the copies, it's with the reliablility of the original texts. They could have been copied perfectly down the centuries, but if the original versions were inaccurate in any way then it means nothing.

With reference to the New Testament, the earliest literary mention of Jesus didn't occur till 60-70 ad, in Paul's letters, some 30 years after the alleged crucifixion of Jesus. No historian - literally none - made any record of Jesus until around 90 ad, 60 odd years after his death. Quite odd that the son of god - who supposedly made such an impact over the Jewish people under Roman territory - should fail to get a mention in any Roman's (or in any other's) historical records.

In fact Jesus wasn't even depicted as a human being in any texts until 90 ad - in Pauls letters, he gives us little reason to suspect that he is talking about anything other than a spirit or concept. Why should we then believe a text like the Bible, which aside from all the contradictory and just plain incorrect passages, invariably describes events that happened at least decades in the past, which gives plenty of time for hear-say to increase exponentially?

Or am I being too literalistic? Then how else am I meant to interpret it? Metaphorically? Allegorically? That would enhance the "meaning" behind the text perhaps, but, as Camus once said, the more meaningful anything becomes the less verifiable truth it contains. You can either interpret the Bible literally and put up with any criticisms based either in empricism or logic, or you can choose to interpret it metaphorically, which leaves you with no hope of being able to extract anything absolute - or at least objective - from the text.

My second point is related to the "place" of god in this world. Contrast the place of god 2000 years ago, with his place now, 2001 ad. Back at the dawn of our Christian calendar, God was used - as so many people have pointed out - as explanation of the world that our ancestors failed so miserably to understand with their primordial science. He was a physical (or should that be metaphyscial?) being, with real substance, and very definate human qualities. He was their explanation for all facets of the world: nature, space, morality, time, existence itself.

Today, November 8th 2001 ad, he performs much the same role, though slightly modified to fit in conveniently with our 21st century needs. No longer does he occupy the realm of nature, space and time: science is our new god here. Where god was once the all-powerful lord of these domains 2000 years ago, he now lies impotent. He is no longer needed in the physical realm because we have found a much more powerful, much stronger and much more infinite god: that of science.

Thus as our necessity for god as an explanitory tool shrank, so to did our concept of him. God has been used, historically, as the temporary glue to hold together our fragmentary pieces of knowledge. He has been our doorway to understanding the ascpects of our world that we otherwise do not understand: wherever ignorance, misunderstanding or uncertainty exists, there you will find god.

Now, in this world where science is rapidly putting all the pieces of the puzzle together, god is no longer the all-powerful metaphysical reality he once was. But, despite this, he still manages to occupy the small gaps left in the rapidly more complete puzzle: the parts that science (so far) has hitherto been unable to access.

So what is god now? Where he was once omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, infinite and the undisputed master of his entire creation, he existence is, in the present, a small, fragmentary one. So small, and so fragmented are these gaps in our understanding that god has become impossible to understand, define or grasp: which allows those individuals - who prey on ambiguity - to use this "incomprehensible" nature of god, as an excuse to play around with semantic logic and use it as contorted "evidence" to support their own premise. "Our premise suggests that god is too powerful to be understood", they say, "and as we can't understand him he must exist!". They fail to acknowledge, however, that god's incomprehensibility stems from the fact that his existence is so tiny and so fragmented - and the realms that he occupies so subjectively ambigious - that any attempt to understand our own concept of god as an absolute being are doomed to failure: predictable by even the most elementary standards of logic.

So what realms does he occupy now? Well, as I said before, only the ones that science have not been able to explain up until now. The three areas that I could come up with are: the creation of this universe, consciousness and morality. Approaching any said group of people with any of these three subjects is sure to lead someone to mention "god".

Now I'm not going to go on about it, but all of you here who have spoken of god speak of him not as a being, but as a concept. Not part of the external world, but of the internal one. Might I suggest then, that instead of searching for god you search for yourself (as corny as that sounds)? Seeing as your looking for the transcendent within, wouldn't it just be easier to look for the within within? Does it somehow enhance the meaning of your existence to think that your consciousness is transcendent in this way? Why do you need to search for god at all? What does he add to our lives that cannot be discovered in other ways?

If you search for spirits you will find them. If you are genuinely interested in understanding yourself, discovering humanity, then I would advise you to stop pidgeon-holing your direction towards the search for "god" and resume your search elsewhere. If you can find yourself, and be certain of it, then the belief in any transcendent spirituality - no matter how powerful - will pale into insignifcance. Whether god exists is a moot point: it shouldn't change the way you exist.

On the other hand, if you wish to busy yourself chasing shadows on the wall, then so be it. I'd be interested to see how many of them you can catch.


Edited by Renegade (11/08/01 04:41 AM)


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