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seeker "For God sent not his son to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved." Holy Bible, Gospel of John Chapter 3:17
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
Published October 11, 2010