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Naturechaplain "My country is the world and my religion is to do good." Thomas Paine
go4tli "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" - Epicurus
SouthWest Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
yozo556 "It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt." -Fyodor Dostoevsky
PastorTylerOdell Show me thy ways O Lord, teach me thy paths, Lead me in thy truth and teach me, for thou art the God of my Salvation, on thee do I wait all the day. Psalms 25:4-5
Starman "He who saves one life, saves the world entire." From the Talmud.
WMGRANT Matthew 6:9-13 (King James Version) 9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
jzenman There is no thing not included in the mind. There is no goal to be achieved outside the mind. Look again! Look again! Look at your own mind! -Tibetan Book of Natural Liberation
The_Beatle I believe that "God", (or whatever terminology one uses to describe the concept) is a conscious, present and loving force. This love force is receptive to all attempts to connect with it. The mistake I believe people make when they align themselves with organized religion is that every religion ultimately states it's dogma as the "Only" way to connect with this force. "Only" if you accept Jesus as your savior..."Only" if you state the words of surrender to Allah..."Only" if you follow Jim Jones without question. My own dedicated journey to connect with God took me through quite a number of religious approaches, and I discovered the most incredible thing...whenever I opened my heart with full desire and sincerity to any particular method of outreach, I made the connection. Because the connection is so real...so powerful...so euphoric...so transcendent, the truth is that if someone created a religion called "Headstanders", and proclaimed that all other religions were "Wrong", and that standing on one's head was the "Only" way to find God, anyone who hungered to be touched by God and stood on their head with an open heart , would absolutely make that direct connection with their higher power, and because the connection would be so miraculous...so beautiful...so filled with light and joy...THAT person would believe for the rest of their lives that Christians are wrong, Jews are wrong, Muslims are wrong, etc., because they would know first hand from their own experience that the only way to connect with God is to stand on one's head.
Published October 11, 2010