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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
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  1. I think your post is beautiful. I hope that you and your mother are able to be fully yourselves and feel free.
  2. So what do you think it is then? It's the mind creating an illusion of going out of your body on a journey? Why was it scary? What did your experience consist of?
  3. Nightmare on elf street - I'm intrigued about what that's about.. that dream doesn't sound too much fun though!
  4. I wouldn't say "no" evidence, just not very conclusive evidence. For example it appears though that there is quite strong evidence that some NDEs have occurred at times when there the heart has stopped pumping blood and there is no registerable brain activity. Some people also give accurate reports of procedures they "saw" being done to their bodies etc. I agree that "astral projection" sounds a bit dubious though. From what I understand it rarely involves supposedly going out of your body into the usual physical world, but into one that is like the physical one, but that can be influenced
  5. Well the Old Testament god just loved having animals sacrificed to him - it was not an exclusively "Pagan" thing. And bathing in a bull's blood was only done in the initiation into the Mithraic Mysteries, as far as I know. It is a bit hard to generalise about what Pagans believed, since in a broad sense pretty much any religion that is not one of the Abrahamic ones was considered "Pagan." But in the modern neo-Pagan sense it generally involves rituals to mark the seasons, venerating two or more gods (who might be seen as literal beings or personifications or aspects of one overall pantheistic
  6. Yes, and what about the bit where Moses says to kill everyone apart from keeping for themselves the young women who have not "known" a man yet.... I guess they just kept them alive because they felt sorry for them..
  7. It's true that by many Christians' logic the kindest thing would be to kill young children before they have had chance to commit many sins ( though I am not sure at what age you become capable of committing mortal sins... surely you don't have to be 18 or 21 or something??) But then again aren't you supposed to need baptism for the remission of original sin, and if not, then what is the point of it? Or if it's your brand of theology that it's faith you need for remission from (all kinds of) sin, in which case young children don't have that either... And in any case these children
  8. I would guess the "where Christ was named" bit is maybe not a good translation, and it just means, as he said elsewhere that he went to places where most people didn't know about Christ, to spread the word. He mentions Jerusalem and a place near Italy to illustrate the large swathe of territory he has preached across. [PS. re Paul believing the dead go to Heaven before the final resurrection, in Philippians he says "I want to be gone and be with Christ" so that seems to suggest this]
  9. I take Freke and gandy with a large pinch of salt - they are not objective in their assessment of evidence but have made up their mind what their theses are and skew the evidence to fit them. For example no one in antiquity as far as I know worshipped "Osiris-Dionysus" - this is just a convenient composite figure they use which combines attributes of every deity with a vague similarity to Jesus (and even then they exaggerate and misrepresent how close some of the similarities actually are). I throughly disagree that in the non-contested letters of Paul there are no passages showing he believed
  10. What's the evidence Paul was a supporter of the Gnostics? I don't get that from reading Paul. Also I would say the evidence is lacking that there even were such things as Christian Gnostics in Paul's day - they seem to have flourished mainly in the 2nd Century as far as I know.
  11. Regarding Acts 22:9, the Bible I use, which is a modern Catholic one (New Jerusalem Bible), supposedly based on thorough reexamination of the original GReek and Hebrew texts by scholars, says: the people with me saw the light but did not hear the voice which spoke to me - in other words a contradiction of 9:7 - the men...heard the voice but could see no one. I see the KJV and American standard version also have "hear", while the NIV goes for "understand" in 22:9. I wonder if the translators of that one went for that word so as to try to erase the blatant contradiction? By the way, I do
  12. I think doubting the religion you were brought up to believe was true hits different people harder than others, depending on your personality. It does feel like a betrayal in many ways, that people you trusted told you something was true, when it turns out it has no solid foundations. And it hurts as well if you thought everything was basically going to always be "alright" because a loving and just and powerful force was in charge, even if his ways seem "mysterious" some times... But it happens again and again that the more people study Christianity with an open mind, the more they doubt and
  13. Me neither. I have read that supposedly the Buddha taught that there was no obstacle to it. While I disagree with his metaphysics and to some extent with other issues like his ideas about renunciation and detachment and his negative view towards sensual pleasures, I do think he was admirable in some ways, and would be surprised and disappointed if he had claimed women had to be reborn as men to be enlightened. It sounds uncharacteristic.
  14. Regarding the examples the OP gave, I agree with other posters, that we have only the gospel writers word for it that he predicted these things and only their word that they then happenned as described. As far as predictions go, I think the fact Jesus in all synoptic gospels preducts the temple will be destroyed, would be quite impressive it it was a genuine prediction (though it had happenned historically before, when the Jews were enslaved by the Babylonians) but I think it is more likely that it is a "prediction after the event", suggestive of the fact the gospels were written (quite so
  15. I find it hard to believe that psychosomatic causes can trigger actual large bleeding wounds on someone's hands. I think it's more likely he did it himself. Ps if the images don't work for you, just google Padre Pio stigmata - that's what I did.
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