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    Chaos Magick, Meditation, Lucid Dreaming. I try not to take my philosophy of life too seriously.
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    Enjoys the study of various religions.

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
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  1. "My Daughter Got A Bible For Her Birthday, What Should I Do?" Notify your local hazmat response team.
  2. Well, who knows? Maybe you and your Mom are both elect? Maybe all us Ex-C's are elect. What if none of the Calvinists are elect? What if Christforums' people 'feel' they have been chosen, so they do the worship thing ... yet they aren't God's elect?
  3. You and MWC and Josh are fricken logic geniuses.
  4. That's a superb point, Josh. What could God send to hell, but pieces of his own infinite self (us)? Jeremiah 23:23: I am a God who is everywhere and not in one place only. God is everywhere. I am somewhere. Therefore, God must be where I am. God cannot be separate or elsewhere. Luke 17:21: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Confirms what I just said above. God being everywhere permeates me and all things. Psalm 82:6: I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Confirms we are of the same essence of the omnipresent God. John 10:34: Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods"'? Later reiteration of Ps 82:6. John 14:11: Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me. God is everywhere. God is in me. God is in Jesus. We are all of the same essence. Since God is everywhere he must also be everything. (Unless someone feels like pulling out some mental gymnastic BS to say that God is everywhere, yet separate from me...so therefore not everywhere.) Everywhere would include every single atom of everything and the space in between. He's not just standing beside me. He has to BE me to be omnipresent and that omnipresence is confirmed in Jeremiah. If God meant something other than this then he would have written something else, right? Being of the essence of God, I'm pretty damn sure I'm right about this (haha). Your point above has a ton of implications. Since God is everywhere, not only 'is' he the heavens and the earth, but he is also hell. He is in every fiber of Satan, is he not? He has to be. He's omnipresent. Good news, for the pro-God-in-schools people. He's there. He's been there. Attention Christians, God is in every non-believer and every believer. You could have a lot of fun with this. I think some of the things Jesus (supposedly) said have more to do with monistic idealism than the idea of sin and substitutionary atonement that's taught in churches.
  5. Welcome back, Leo. Sounds like you are enjoying the place you're at, right now. Glad you're exploring the universal consciousness thing. Consciousness really is the final frontier of exploration, imo. I enjoy considering that the universe and matter are just a manifestation of consciousness. Or composed of consciousness. Kirby Surprise's book on synchronicity has some pretty fascinating ideas along those lines. Maybe add Alan Watts and Michael Talbot to your reading/youtube list (if you like). I'm glad you are enjoying the freedom to think however you like. Yay for independent thought. Anyway, have a good day.
  6. Well what is the prize, exactly? Christians assume that kissing their deity's ass forever and ever in 'Heaven' is desirable. I dont think they have really thought that through. But I remember that as a Christian, thinking was discouraged. Just follow the rules.
  7. I will take the word open-minded and change it to 'pursue.' Should we pursue something that we are interested in if we only have a hunch/belief that it may be true...or that it may be possible? If someone else says, "That's total nonsense" should we then abandon further pursuit of that idea? I'm willing to bet that many things we take for granted today (killing germs by hand washing, antibiotics, airplanes, radio waves, quantum entanglement, access to all known information on a flat pocket sized device) were once (or would have been) considered completely absurd/impossible by the average person ... or even top minds of the day. Some things are not testable yet. Some day they may be testable if we continue developing technology and/or keep searching and researching. Regarding unicorns or other unfalsifiable notions, if you begin to obsess about something, then it could be harmful. If you feel unicorns are telling you to adjust your investment portfolio into more risky areas and you are already retired, well, maybe you ought to rethink that. If you are well adjusted yet feel a unicorn might be blessing you with a beautiful backyard of flowers (even though you are the one that plants and waters them)...is that really an issue? A bit of magical thinking won't send you to hell...nor lead to your intellectual demise or insanity. If something isn't an 'issue' then dont make it an issue. Dont let someone else make it an issue for you. Unicorns havent' given me any trouble in 50 some odd years. Never had to scoop their poop ever. Pretty clean animals, imo. (haha) How much credence you want to give something that is unfalsifiable it is up to you. How much time you want to spend thinking about them is up to you. As long as rational scientists like ... I dont know, Carl Sagan, for example..dont do something patently absurd, like send a golden record into space so aliens for which we have no evidence decide ... to play it , then I'm good. ( oh wait! LoL) edit: P.S. Consider also that some claims are ordinary, some are extraordinary...and others are somewhere in between. Not everything that is without physical evidence is necessarily on the extreme side of extraordinary. Where something lies on that spectrum may guide you in how much thought you want to devote to it.
  8. Luth: I'll say it again. If Genesis is not a literal reading, we have no reason to understand anything. I suppose some will take that as some extremist Christian position and use it as a basis for dismissing Christianity but that only reveals the deeper issue. ......... If you want your basic foundation of understanding to be based on something that does not fit with reality then of course you are free to do so. Though, in my opinion people (Christians included) base their understanding of reality on common sense and observation of what is. Christians don't really live their lives as if all the wacky bullshit in the bible is true. If they did they would all be in mental institutions or prison. Christians (and everyone else) use common sense and logic and reason first and foremost, then sprinkle it with Jesus later on. When it comes to web forums, church , and other unimportant activities, Christians will get fired up over their mythical nonsense that supposedly took place back then but is not observable today. It's easy to say you believe the crazy nonsense happened in the past... but not now, of course. Why is there no expectation of talking snakes and burning bushes and 700 year old people now? Of course, there's nothing wrong with wacky beliefs ... unless you try to codify wacky beliefs into law or otherwise insist others believe them.
  9. I guess not all scientists want to continue to act (or think) like scientists on their days off. Maybe their rational facility needs to be switched off for a while to get recharged. Maybe religion is a nice disconnect from the feeling that your job owns you or that your employer has the right to determine your personality.
  10. ^^ Some great points to ponder there, Sir. I wonder why a loving, intelligent God would bring people into the world as pre-condemned? In any case (elect or precondemned), you could certainly behave any way you like and get into heaven...though, I'm not sure I'd wanna go there with this wacky God in charge of the place.
  11. Beer actually exists. And, it doesnt cause me to be afraid or guilty or shameful.
  12. Maybe God has an electoral college. It's probably not accredited, though.
  13. I wonder if any of that heat or energy is measurable by instrumentation? Since it also is occurring at secular gatherings it seems the common denominator would be people. During one of these gatherings, I wonder if people generate their own (additional) energy or heat that only affects their own individual body or is it a co-mingling of everyone's 'energy' in the room? That's really interesting, Fuego. I remember being in a fairly smaller room (smaller than the large santuary) in church. It was the youth group room. There were a lot of teenagers in there all worshiping Jesus. I dont recall if it was extra warm there, though if it was, that could be because there were lots of warm bodies in a small room. I did feel what we all described as the 'spirit' quite pronounced though. I wouldn't say it was the Holy Spirit but I might say that people in a group seem to be able to generate a euphoric experience, somehow.
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