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  1. I sense that advaita vedanta is true. I believe those words are sanskrit so are of Eastern origin. It could also be called non-duality in the west. I'm not drawn to Christianity. I sense that it is bs.
  2. I'll have to think on that last sentence....is there any other cool mystical stuff in Thomas? I'll google it.
  3. vast might want an Authentic Christian Believer tag.
  4. I think I can follow my own path of Eastern religion, find peace and enlightenment and not bother with any flavor of Christianity, right?
  5. Ed: Makes it more real for me seeing this than wandering around pretending I'm completely God... It's personal preference, really. Some people like to think they are sinners. Others like to think they are limitless being.
  6. Nobody will be changing your mind, Edgar.
  7. Right. Devout Christians live just like atheists and agnostics. Then claim to be different.
  8. Ed: Then the question becomes why are we not connected all the time...given we are physically present with creation. I am continuously connected to an oxygen supply, to the ground, to a food source, to a shelter and to numerous requirements to maintain life. I just am not continually aware of it. Spiritually speaking, I am Brahman living a pretense that I am a bag of flesh cuz, hey, why not. lol edit: And then I lose awareness of being Brahman ... because it's fun pretending to be something else.
  9. Christians claim to be bible proponents, but then ignore whatever parts of the bible they dont like. They claim to be IN the world, not OF the world, then get jobs, have families, have a mortgage and two car payments like everyone else. I think Walter is pointing that out. To be a 'Christian' the bible requires you to think and act a certain way. To be a half-assed Christian, just claim the title, ignore the bible and act like everyone else.
  10. Ed: Christianity specifically provides a standard and mechanism to know the greater, "God", through the human condition, through Christ. Josh: (paraphrased) We ARE the greater God. We are the Christ. .... Eastern philosophy provides a standard mechanism as well, not just to chase after or worship God as a being separate from yourself but to realize yourself AS God, AS the multiverse, AS the All That Is. Buddhism employs koans and zazen to leap past illusion. Advaita Vedanta uses self inquiry as a mechanism to know thyself...or rather dispel the illusion of t
  11. Christianity works for some people. Some people seem to need to be part of the herd, to fit in with that group and follow the holy book of instruction. If it makes them happy, that's fine. Maybe some religious person will try to legislate their religion into law, but I'll vote against it. What does bother me is fanatical Christian parents causing misery for their children. Not much I can do about that. But knowledge is out there and easily obtained so the following generations will be less fooled by religion.
  12. Ed: Josh was going to demonstrate his spiritual superiority via a knowledge based approach. Then when pressed for specifics all I’m getting are no specifics but more of a file cabinet, top drawer, files 1-4 outlining spiritual classification. .... Josh basically said "We are all God." Meanwhile Ed is fiddling with filing cabinets.
  13. Ed: All I have to my understanding is natural, sensory experience, but you nor I have any means of defining a mechanism that connects us to something greater outside of a physiological relationship. ----- I thought Christians believed in souls.
  14. Josh: there is an evident distinction drawn between an historical-factual reading of religious literature versus what is considerably "spiritual." Spirituality is living, breathing, individual, creative ... not following the rules of some book and being afraid of the sky tyrant. One size of spirituality does not fit all.
  15. Bad MrJukes! Rips off my mask. I'm really Gary Habermas!
  16. The overall disingenuousness of biblegod in the Adam and Eve story has been brought out time and time again. I suppose biblegod didnt trick Abraham/Isaac either? Biblegod showed his lovvvvvvvvve to humanity by drowning most of them. Edgar wants to spend eternity with this entity for some reason.
  17. You bet. In Whom reside all beings, and Who resides in all beings by virtue of His being the giver of grace to all – I am that Soul of the Universe, the Supreme Being, I am that Soul of the Universe, the Supreme Being. - Amritabindu Upanishad
  18. Following real life laws in our society is generally good for our well-being. The Adam and Eve myth is a poorly designed story that Christians have to swallow in order to continue to be Christians. Now if I wanted to believe in Jesus I just would and would also ignore the bible. I wouldnt come to the Lions Den to debate obvious biblical nonsense. The Flying Spaghetti Monster is all I need. The Flying Spaghetti Monster is all I need.
  19. Unthinking robotic obedience is apparently holiness in the world of Christianity.
  20. Mens rea is required (in today's society) for certain crimes like murder. Involuntary manslaughter does not require mens rea. And accordingly, there is a difference in the punishments. True it didnt matter for much of human history, but much of human history is barbaric and I think we have evolved past that...somewhat. I think the legal analysis is interesting, but we're applying it to a religious myth, or poorly written literature , as Sdelsolray says. I dont think End-garcito will be particularly impressed with it. I wonder if Edgar believes in a flat e
  21. Very good analysis of the whole thing. Elements of a crime provide fairness in a determination of guilt. BibleGod seems to be lacking in fairness. I was considering "entrapment" as a defense for Adam and Eve, this article talks about it: https://suesspiciousminds.com/2014/04/30/did-adam-and-eve-receive-a-fair-trial/ It was mentioned in the article that the serpent , aka Satan (as Christians tend to identify the serpent as) had been previously in God's employ and God, being omnipresent would certainly have seen the serpent tempt A&E. Of course being omniscient, God
  22. Need life wisdom? Let Captain Obvious here fill you with his philosophy. People are actually excited about this clip. lol
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