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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4035 on: June 02, 2012, 03:56 PM »
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Those purposes are subjective. We create purpose for ourselves. I'm talking about objective purpose. In other words, a reason for our being here.

Once you accept materialism, purposelessness in an objective sense is the only logical conclusion. If you don't subscribe to materialism, do you believe part of us is immaterial? And if so, what part and how do you define it (a soul, for example)?

I can give you all the answers you need or tell you how as I see things but you must admit, there's a purpose in everything however insignificant and subjective. A purpose does exist in all things.

There's a reason for our being here. It is to realize and fully comprehend the superior being or the structure of it. But it simply cannot be done in one lifetime as we have to settle our own scores first.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4036 on: June 02, 2012, 06:44 PM »
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To the course he going too. Which is what he's been talking about
Which was my point exactly, though it doesn't matter now, as he seems to be discussing it on here after all.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4037 on: June 02, 2012, 11:56 PM »
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I can give you all the answers you need or tell you how as I see things but you must admit, there's a purpose in everything however insignificant and subjective. A purpose does exist in all things.

I don't admit that because it just isn't true. You didn't answer any of my questions. Do you subscribe to materialism? And if not, do you believe part of us is immaterial?

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There's a reason for our being here. It is to realize and fully comprehend the superior being or the structure of it. But it simply cannot be done in one lifetime as we have to settle our own scores first.


What are you basing that on? You're just stating that as though it's a fact. My view has clear reasoning behind it, while you seem to be speculating wildly.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4038 on: June 04, 2012, 05:41 AM »
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Clydey... you oxymoronically scare and intrigue me.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4039 on: July 22, 2012, 08:44 PM »
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I like this one...

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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4040 on: July 23, 2012, 10:09 AM »
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Does this mean you've given up your meetings with the Christians then Mark?  Whistle
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4041 on: July 23, 2012, 10:11 AM »
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Hah. I actually went to around 5 of them and therefore completed the course. But yeah, no such activities at the moment Very Happy
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4042 on: July 23, 2012, 10:18 AM »
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Did you learn anything?
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4043 on: July 23, 2012, 11:54 AM »
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Sure, more details about the stories in the bible.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4044 on: July 23, 2012, 01:52 PM »
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Those purposes are subjective. We create purpose for ourselves. I'm talking about objective purpose. In other words, a reason for our being here.

Once you accept materialism, purposelessness in an objective sense is the only logical conclusion. If you don't subscribe to materialism, do you believe part of us is immaterial? And if so, what part and how do you define it (a soul, for example)?
   Just picked up on this thread and haven't followed it at all - but how do you define materialism?  Do you mean material wellbeing beyond sufficiency, or do you mean that material existence is the only reality? You might argue that any material object has an  immaterial essence if it can be defined in the abstract. As to reasons for being here, in a material sense our purpose is to create more of our kind. Any higher purpose is a matter that we can speculate on but never resolve.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4045 on: July 23, 2012, 03:28 PM »
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Hi Mark and all,

With respect I think you're wrong.

I became a Christian at 18. In the years imediately before that a dear friend died suddenly, we had some family troubles, and then, the year or so before I became a Christian I went through an awful break up with the person who is now my ex-boyfriend.

My response to all of that at first was basically to shut down. No one would have realised, I got on and did things, but I was on auto-pilot. Life wasn't fun and I hated it, and hated everyone as well. Eventually I ran out of people to hate, or rather, to be angry with, so I started on God. I eventually decided that he didn't exist, and that was it. It was, in retrospect, me saying that he wasn't playing by my rules, so I wasn't playing anymore. And there's me thinking Roger Federer is arrogant! At that point he would have had nothing on yours truly.

That was fine, I got on with my 'life', such as it was at that point, and I suppose God did his thing as well. However, I suddenly found myself getting really angry with anything to do with religion or religious people. They were all nutters, sheep, with no will whatsoever of their own.

One night I was invited out to dinner with some people I knew. Quite by chance at one point the conversation turned to religion. I was asked by a friend if I believed. My response was pretty adamant. No, it was all daft, religious people were sheep, blah, blah, blah. My friend, to his credit, didn't even flinch. Instead of belittling me, or making me feel bad, he sat there and calmly told me why he believes. The most amazing thing was that it wasn't like listening to someone talk about God. It was as if he was telling me about his mate in the pub. I'd never heard anything like it.

I can't say that moment changed me there and then, but it did make me think. Was I missing out on something? Do we have a real relationship with God through Jesus? What did it all mean for me? I responded in the only way I knew. I began to read. I read all sorts, not just the Bible, which in fact was the last place I went to. The one thing that struck me straight away was that everything I read said the same thing, i.e. that the crucifixion is the best recorded fact in ancient history, and not all of those who recorded it were Christians, so they had no axe to grind in Jesus's favour. Indeed, in some cases the exact reverse is true.

That thought, that Jesus is a historical fact, gave me something to think about. From there I felt able to speak to some people,to find out what difference it all made to them. I was quite shocked by what I found. Christians come in all different types. Yes, there are sheep out there, people who take every word the Bible says as literal truth, people who neither think or question. That wasn't for me. Fortunately I spoke to others who did question, who did think, and who wouldn't be sheep for anyone, yet underneath all that there was faith, an admission that whilst questioning is right, and even getting angry with God is all right, we are mere humans after all, it is also right to know that we can't know everything. That made me realise where I was going wrong. I thought it was my place, my right, to know everything, to know how life works, to be in total control, and that letting go of some of that control was a failure, which led to anger for failing, which led to guilt for the anger. It took me speaking to some good friends to find out that yes, I was right to ask the questions, but that didn't mean I had a right to the answers, and certainly not always the answers I wanted, which is where faith comes in. It was then that all the anger towards religious people, or certain types of them, went away, along with the idea that God can't handle us being angry with Him.

The more time I spent thinking and talking to people who'd gone through their own experiences, the more I realised that these people were happy. They still had troubles, they still went through everything in life we all deal with, but they all felt complete. It made me realise that I wanted that, so I asked Jesus in to my life. I had to ask, He doesn't go where He isn't invited. That took me ages to realise, it caused no end of frustration on my part, but I got there. I invited Him in and He showed up for me. There was no gun to my head, no pushing, it was my decision and mine alone. It wouldn't have worked for me if it had been any other way.

Since then life hasn't been easy. My beloved father died in 2002. My mother developed a form of dementia in the late 90s. My mother died in 2004, two and a half years after my father, and in the years since his death I'd been Mum's main carer.. It made me realise that sure, life is not fair, some go through life and nothing ever touches them, whilst others are constantly picking themselves up from the latest disaster. Of course it made me question. I did a lot of praying that basically took the form of ranting at God. And then it hit me. At least if I was ranting at God I was not going through the bad stuff on my own. The bad stuff was still bad, some of it was a nightmare, but it was a heck of a lot easier to deal with it all with Him than on my own. Emotional prop, I hear you say. Well yes, probably, in many ways, but I would argue as well that my faith has been tested and stood up to the test. To my mind that has to mean something.

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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4046 on: July 23, 2012, 03:55 PM »
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 Thanks for sharing that, TJ.  Can I ask how you visualise God?  An omniscient and all-powerful creator interested in your personal well-being, or  an intermediary in some vast cosmic enterprise bigger than any individual part of it, or something else entirely? I personally feel that there is a vast plan to the Universe that we are only beginning to presume to  understand, but i have never been comfortable with a personal God. Even the word tolerance in religious and other contexts makes me uncomfortable as it implies that those who are tolerated are misguided rather than equal.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4047 on: July 23, 2012, 05:08 PM »
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Hi TJ, I too would like to know the answer to the question Fiverings asked you, but also, when you said "I invited Him in and He showed up for me.", I'd like to know 'how He showed up for you', if you don't mind.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4048 on: July 23, 2012, 05:14 PM »
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I like this one...



That is so simplistic and such a stupid way looking at things that are still mostly unknown.
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Re: Religious Discussions « Reply #4049 on: July 23, 2012, 05:16 PM »
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Just picked up on this thread and haven't followed it at all - but how do you define materialism?  Do you mean material wellbeing beyond sufficiency, or do you mean that material existence is the only reality? You might argue that any material object has an  immaterial essence if it can be defined in the abstract. As to reasons for being here, in a material sense our purpose is to create more of our kind. Any higher purpose is a matter that we can speculate on but never resolve.

I get the impression it's the 2nd one - the one I highlighted.
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