I hear you, man; and I have mentioned that the Bible records errors, not as instruction, but to learn not to repeat.Alias wrote:No problem. I'm not the one who made an issue of it or accused anyone of attempted decapitation by dentiture.Whitedragon wrote: Look, man, I'm sorry if I misinterpreted your meaning,
Whatever your, or any idle bystanders', impression may be, I am not emotionally invested.
Non-combatants seems a more appropriate starting point.So let me ask you outright: Do you want to be friends?whiskers on mittens, snowflakes on kittens, moonshine and wet strolls...... we both like Shakespeare and Star Trek. What else do you like?
Name two actors who look(ed) good in the rain. Gene Kelly and Grace Kelly.
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Things one hates are often more to the point.
I nominate that god-awful Ferris wheel messing up every cinematic approach to London.
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Seven pages, and you have made no specific reference to what you dislike in another religion or god.Whitedragon wrote: Some religions seem cold and selfish to me
Which ones seem selfish, in what ways? A comparison of two stories on the same theme from two different traditions would be helpful.What of himself did he sacrifice, to whom, and on what rationale?I like the story of a God that sacrificed something of himself
I've asked you this before: Why was any sacrifice required in the first place?
What purpose does sacrifice serve as a religious practice?What are some of the questions?as I say I don't have all the answers.We do have a sizeable world literature to convey pretty much everything humans have ever had to say to one another.Some things are difficult to convey and we have to use metaphor --- we also can't always know what is metaphor and what's not.
Why add the sacred texts?
For my part: No. They are not strange - they're all too familiar.are we rejecting God and the Bible, just because it is strange?
They are also violent, bigoted, short-sighted, morally reprehensible, outdated, childish and outlandish.
None of which would trouble me, if the people who thump that book didn't thump it other on people's heads.
Okay, one of the things I don't like about the Bible is the fact that it says we're all born in sin. The Bible can be very dooming or at least the way people preach it. It is written, "behold the Son of God who takes away the sin of the world..." If that is so and Christs has been here, why is there still "sin," I think we should redefine some of these things. So from this you note that I do not agree with all the theology people have on the matter.
I don't know what the sacrifice of Christ means, if it is to be literally interpreted or not, perhaps it is a metaphorical reference to something else God did, that humanity only could express by comparing the value of the deed in the imagery they chose. From this we can derive that God did something, similar to us sacrificing a child - who knows, perhaps it goes even deeper than that. Like I say I don't have all the answers. What do you think?
I said before that I agree that there are vile things in the Bible, but I don't see them, again, as instruction, but rather to learn from.
One thing I like about Muslims for instance, (not the radical kind), is that they are in many respects more devoted to their faith than Christians.
I like the story/journey about the first Buddha, and how he says that the best way to make sense of this world is to be aware of your immediate surroundings and to value them in the here and now. That is a big lesson for me, something, which Christianity does not place a great emphasis on, often speaking too much of an afterlife, or at least that's the way it's preached.
What I like about Hinduism is, the fact that they really tried to integrate as many of the world religions into theirs, which is something I personally identify with.
What I like about Satanism, is the word's grammatical meaning, "opposer," you will find in the story of Balaam and the donkey, where the prophet went out to curse the people of God for money. In the original Hebrew it is written God put an angel as a "satan" in his path. I like the idea of being a satanist, in this sense, that I oppose not only atheists, but also Christians and other paths when I don't agree with them. I'm on no body's side, I merely am an explorer seeking truth and I will oppose what I don't agree with or investigate what I'm curious about.
What I like about satanists themselves is, they are their own people, their own god, they take responsibility for themselves and if they are true satanists they have a vast knowledge of many things - they study hard to obtain lore and that I respect.