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Terri The biggest error in our thinking is in perceiving God as an authority figure, like a stern parent who disciplines us by dispensing reward and punishment for our behavior. How different would our life experiences be if we saw God not as a parent, but as a partner? An energy-generating source that supports our growth in whatever way we create it, via whatever experiences we create, offering nothing but unconditional love? Rather than a watchful figure standing over us in judgment, what if God is simply an energy of love and light that doesn't have an opinion?
UFP Creating a vital liberal religious community for Peterborough and the Kawarthas (Ontario)
Billybee The Bible could eventually kill us all.
VictoriaPhi "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Proverbs 9: 10.
Chrissy "I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours." ~ Stephen Roberts ~
LutaNagi "Believe, that we may see" Fools Crow, Lakota Holy Man
Ari From the Talmud (Pirkei Avos): > Who is wise? One who learns from every man. As is stated (Psalms 119:99): "From all my teachers I have grown wise, for Your testimonials are my meditation." > Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations. As is stated (Proverbs 16:32), "Better one who is slow to anger than one with might, one who rules his spirit than the captor of a city." > Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot. As is stated (Psalms 128:2): "If you eat of toil of your hands, fortunate are you, and good is to you"; "fortunate are you" in this world, "and good is to you" in the World to Come. > Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows. As is stated (I Samuel 2:30): "For to those who honor me, I accord honor; those who scorn me shall be demeaned."
Prolesharon "The cosmos is also within us; we're made of star stuff. And we are a way that the Universe can know itself." Carl Sagan
SBNR All religions contain some wisdom, but no one religion contains all wisdom.
HK I heard someone say once, "Jesus had a really bad weekend for our sins." - Julia Sweeney, Letting Go Of God
Aeroslin We're born to live, we live to survive, we survive by using our ingenuity, and our ingenuity leads us to our immortality. Not immortality of the self but immortality of our species.
Oasis If controversy creates a positive life lasting result so be it. It did in my life, the unlovable was loved by a loving God. He loves the Atheist, the religious, the unwanted, the orphan, the educated, the.......
Published October 11, 2010