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PaulAndrewAnderson - I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else. C. S. Lewis
JohnCalvin There is no one keeping records up there. The records are here in the heart and I am going to have to deal with them. That is far more painful than having a record keeping God up in the skies. So I or anyone who is setting out on the path to enlightenment will eventually become absolutely impeccable in every thing that they do. Is it because of a fear of damnation or of the punishment of wrathful God? Or because one has sinned and hasn't asked forgiveness? No, no, no and no. These are only excuses that lead us away from the real problem. The truly enlightened person will see that every action has a reaction with which they must deal. Not only do we do unto others but as we do unto others we are doing unto ourselves. And if a person is wise then they are not going to do stuff that will cause them to have to later face it and resolve it and balance it in their soul.
DItalian Funny thing about taking this opportunity to step up in hopes of being picked to share my opinions with others, the first thing I did while lying in bed, was ask God to give me the right words to say. So here it is from the heart. Being raised by a traditional Catholic Italian father and a Baptist mother I have to think that my ideas, to say the least, are a little out of normal from most. I like to think that it’s my parent’s artistic flair and love of nature that helped me form my ideas of God more so than all the traditional rites of church and religion that have led me to my personal relationship with God. Not that the traditionalism of Church is not equally as present in my thinking, but for me God is truly a wonderment of all that surrounds us and all that is and will be in times to come. For as long as I can remember, I have recited the same prayer every night in my mind that I did as a little girl. It always starts with; please keep my family safe and healthy. From there it goes on basically the same. Things have been added, things have been dropped over the years. But I always hope the most important things get heard by God. To me god has always brought questions which I hope one day will be answered. Like why is it when someone passes away we always say he/she is now in heaven. How great, but if that was the case why would we need all the hell and damnation part. This is where I like to think of my god as a very loving and forgiving God. Like all children we fall, we do wrong, we say and do things that we shouldn’t and hurt ones we love. But just as a parent, he will always comes through with unconditional love for us. Again being born of parents that loved creativity in their life, I think it has allowed me to see God in all things around me. Yes, it’s sounds a little text book, but how can you not stop and marvel at not just the world around us with it’s blue skies, magnificent oceans, majestic landscapes and not feel that some divine being didn’t have a hand in it all. And if that doesn’t make you believe in God, just take a look at you, yourself. How everything in your body works like a fine tuned Swiss watch. From a single cell to a heart that pumps blood through a freeway of veins. To skin that can be cut and damaged, yet has the ability to heal and mend. To our brains that give us the ability to think and reason and dream. To give us the will to protect, to nurture, to achieve. A true miracle like this seemingly can’t be some fluke of an evolutionary accident. So, yes. I believe there is a God. What ever you call him, whatever you think he or she looks like, the basic fact is and maybe most importantly, is that he represents love. Love for you or me, for nature for peace. There will be a time in everyone’s life where he will creep in and enter your life. Even if that time is but a second of need, a minute of thought or a life time of devotion. So if you ever pass my house and see me staring at the giant oak tree in my backyard. If you ever see me looking dreamily from a plane window at the beauty below, or if you ever see me quietly staring at those I love. You can rest assure it’s with wonderment of my god and all he has created in life for me…………and you.
wheatbucks C. S. Lewis pointed out that some people are angry with God for His not existing, and others for His existing but for failing to do as mortals would have Him do.
Naihm Yes, there are two paths you can go by But in the long run There's still time to change The road you're on. Led Zeppelin "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Jesus Christ (Mat 7:13,14)
Steveroot "Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear." -Thomas Jefferson
Christ GENESIS Chapters 1-11
Megs The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless - Dorothy L. Sayers
K-Diddy "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world" John 16:33
LaHam Find your own North Star and let that guide you...don't hitchhike a ride to reason in a vehicle fueled by false promises and driven by a lunatic with a learners permit! - Me
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Published October 11, 2010

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