Been full of cold all week. Went to bed last night nice and early and lay awake for hours. *sighs* So anyway, tonight I have no intention of going to bed early.
: This is another problem I have with Christianity in general and why I seem to prefer buddhism. Instead of quieting, listening, and opening, many Christians seem to be asking, demanding, and petitioning. I don't believe that an omnipotent being could be swayed by the petitions of puny mortals. If GOD knows all, sees all, hears all, and does all, then asking Him to change the plan is an exercise in futility, or arrogance in some cases. I do realize that this isn't descriptive of even a majority of Christians but I have seen it a lot.
As I said, I think prayer is a two way thing. People are just not always "tuned in" or even maybe willing to listen to what God is saying to them, and I think some people do only turn to God when they want something. Not sure that's right - it's kinda like having a friend and using them, so to speak. As for whether it's right to ask God for stuff - I think if God knows that we have a need (rather than just something we want) and we ask for God's help with a situation, He will answer our cry for help.
: : I don't think God wants any of us to feel crap about ourselves,
: : BTW.
: This seems to be an odd remnant of the Puritans hanging around
: American religion.
How do you mean?
: You can also say that the Christians and the Muslims have "the same
: God", but in reality they don't.
No, but personally I believe there is only one God, but at the same time I think it's arrogant to think that other religions have nothing to them. Maybe they are talking with God as in the God I believe in, but not listening to what he is saying etc. Not so well explained, but I think you know what I mean...
: It seems to me that much of Christianity, especially many of the Protestants, and Islam and even Buddhism (etc, etc, etc) is just Bible/Koran/Buddha worship. As "spiritual" as they all claim to be, most humans seem to need something tangible to latch on to and proclaim as the "one true" book/faith/prophet. It's rather interesting from an anthropological standpoint.
I thank God for giving us what I believe is His word, but I don't worship the bible itself, as an idol like!
: : Agree on this one. If there is a God who created us then I'd suggest that the entire way we live our lives would be an act of worship to God...
: I don't like the word "worship", but otherwise I completely agree.
Fair enough...I guess it's a jargon word...
: : Why wouldn't God give us have emotions?
: I didn't say He wouldn't, just that I don't believe He did. It's that whole creation/evolution bit that is ancillary to the current thread.
Ah, OK. I see what you mean.
: : : How can the eternal die?
: : By rising to life after death?
: See my response to walrus
Yes, re-reading it now, I'm not sure I like the logic either...lol
: : "God so LOVED the world [e.g. us] that He gave His one and only Son..."
: This doesn't answer the question of why said Loving GOD would set
: things up in the first place where an innocent must die to pay for
: the guilty. Sounds very Pagan to me. That's another interesting
: thing to me, the overarching progression from pagan roots to
Throughout the old testement people sacrificed all kinds of things to try and make themselves right with God. I get the distinct impression that God didn't want an innocent to die to pay for the guilty, but it's probably the lesser of two evils if it stops other sacrifices and allows people a clear-cut way to gain eternal life.
: It's truly amazing how the god of one man and his family became
: regarded by so many as the one true GOD of the universe.
Is this a reference to the so called Adam and Eve?
Healthy debate indeed.
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