Discuss philosophical questions regarding theism (and atheism), and discuss religion as it relates to philosophy. This includes any philosophical discussions that happen to be about god, gods, or a 'higher power' or the belief of them. This also generally includes philosophical topics about organized or ritualistic mysticism or about organized, common or ritualistic beliefs in the existence of supernatural phenomenon.
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Dark Matter wrote: ↑
June 24th, 2018, 5:44 pm
Well, we all have myths that guide us.
Yes, like the myth of the snake in the parable of Adam and Eve. To some (especially many who buy literal interpretations), the snake represents Satan. But in ancient Gnostic (original Christian) symbolism, the snake is “considered the snake as the Saviour himself, who initiates humankind into consciousness and raises it up out of a primitive, nature-identified unconsciosness.”
I’m beginning to contemplate God as like the yin/yang - masculine and feminine, seemingly opposite principles that make a whole.
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devans99 wrote: ↑
June 19th, 2018, 5:10 pm
God is coerced into being good rather than evil I argue below.
Even God cannot know if there is another greater god than him in existence somewhere. If God ever meets a greater god, the outcome is as follows:
1. Greater god is Good, our God is Evil -> Our god Punished
2. Greater god is Good, our God is Good -> Our god Rewarded
3. Greater god is Evil, our God is Good -> Our god Punished
4. Greater god is Evil, our God is Evil -> Our god Punished
For the sake of argument I'm going to grant you God exists, that he could meet another God, I'll even grant you that there are only these four possible outcomes.
Here's my problem,
devans99 wrote:The only satisfactory outcome is  above so God is coerced to goodness.
What do you mean "the only satisfactory outcome is '? What is it that  satisfies and the others do not which would warrant you concluding that  is necessarily so?
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Would impregnating the virgin wife of a poor Jew in Nazareth constitutes immorality?