Church? LSR? or Both?
Mak's friend wrote (see)
Problem is, with all religious texts, that sections can be taken literally to fulfil the readers own beliefs. Which is why we religous fundementalists of all persuasions believing it is their god given duty to kill or assimilate those of other beliefs.
That can be true of lots of texts, not just religious ones. Lots of people read Darwin and concluded that they should give evolution a helping hand by wiping out those parts of humanity that they didn't want to see reproducing.
That's why responsible interpretation is important. If you spend serious time looking into culture and context, then the more extreme misreadings become far less likely.
Problem is, with all religious texts, that sections can be taken literally to fulfil the readers own beliefs. Which is why we religous fundementalists of all persuasions believing it is their god given duty to kill or assimilate those of other beliefs.There has to be a distintion between those who believe that God created the universe, and those that adhear to a religion. Within a religoin there seems to be varieties of sects with their own interpretations. I think those who follow an organised religion fall into two groups. The first group reqire to be shown leadership and given the promise of eternal life if they follow the rules. The other group use religion to exercise personal power.I'm an agnostic. There a various flavours of agnostic belief too, mine is that we don't have an explanation - yet, and may never have one, but an am positive that all religions are the invention of mankind for their own purpose, be it comfort or control.
There has to be a distintion between those who believe that God created the universe, and those that adhear to a religion.
Within a religoin there seems to be varieties of sects with their own interpretations. I think those who follow an organised religion fall into two groups. The first group reqire to be shown leadership and given the promise of eternal life if they follow the rules. The other group use religion to exercise personal power.
I'm an agnostic. There a various flavours of agnostic belief too, mine is that we don't have an explanation - yet, and may never have one, but an am positive that all religions are the invention of mankind for their own purpose, be it comfort or control.
I think there is some truth in what you say Mak's friend;
People do grab the bits they fancy from religious texts to support their plans.What Aardvark said about the same happening with all texts is valid
Assimilating those of other beliefs - I really have issues with evangelism which some believe is a fundamental part of Christianity. If you listen to a group of runners they are very similar to some Christians believing their lifestyle is 'the way' and dismissing those who don't run. I think any obsession/hobby etc can make you evangelical but religious types have had a nasty habit of acting superior with it
No..... disagree with that paragraph. Fundamentalists believe word for word but talk to the rest of us and you'll probably find a broad range of belief with a single denominator being the resurrection
I would neither describe myself as the group requiring leadership nor the group using religion to exercise personal power. I break rules and not everyone that knows me would know of my faith (they might think I'm a control freak but unrelated to religion)
The problem I have is the beginning. What was before God? What was before the big bang?
I'll grant that mathematics and physics take us back, in a human derived model ,to the big bang, but can't explain what caused it.
I've further concerns that the big bang model is not correct. An example of an incorrect model is Newtonian mechanics, which define how things accelerate, stop and move. When Netwon derived his laws of motion they fitted perfectly with the observations of the time. It wasn't until later when that pesky chap Einstien came along with the laws of relativity that suggested that the laws weren't quite right, but by such a small amount the effect was not measurable using current techniques. Then Eddington devised an expriment that showed light from a disant star bending during a solar eclipse, which confirmed Einstiens theory.
And today we use relativistic equations without realising it. Did you know that your Garmin GPS watch has to include the relatvisitc effects of the movement and timing of signals from the GPS satalites?
And saying God is, and always was doesn't answer the question either.
B.C.D.B. has asked one of the really difficult questions.
Broadsword Calling Danny Boy wrote (see)
One final thing ... when Mrs Blumenwald was getting shoved into the oven at Auschwitz, why didn't God make His presence felt then? What was he doing that day, sorting the garden out? Why didn't he intervene? Did it take place in the absence of God, or was it just a test of faith? It must bve a difficult thing for people to countenance if they have true faith?
In response Here is a quote from anotherwebsite:
"It was not God who failed during the Holocaust or in the Gulag, or on 9/11, or in Bosnia. It is not God who fails when human beings do barbaric things to other human beings. Auschwitz is not what happens when the God who says "Thou shalt not murder" and "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" is silent. It is what happens when men and women refuse to listen."
I have heard a better response, and here is a version of it:
"A History of God, Karen Armstrong describes the episode thus:
It took the child half an hour to die, while the prisoners were forced to look him in the face. The same man asked again: “Where is God now?” And Wiesel heard a voice within him make this answer: “Where is He? Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows.” "
i was just going to post something really trivial and i have walked into the long standing why does god let bad things happen?either you believe or you don't, and if you don't then you don't and nothing that can be said will persuade you and you can go on nitpicking for everChristians are happy in their belief, and as long as it is like that and not used as a brick to hit people with then i can't see what the problem isas with all faiths it is those who choose to use that faith to their own advantage who cause problemsfor the majority of Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindu's etc their faith is a daily part of their lives and enriches them
anyway - what i was going to say was that i went on my long run and then had to shower quickly and get dressed and straight to mass - and now my legs are bliddy killing me!!
Yes, some people just believe and some don't. And if your religious beliefs are a private matter for you then you shouldn't be forced to hold them open to scrutiny.
Equally some people find it difficult to rationalise the existence of a benevolent creator but wouldn't consider themselves fully-f;ledged atheists. They find themselves uncertain as to the origins of the Universe and find tehmselves questioning it. There's nothing wrong with that, either,
Sorry things got heavy just when you wanted to post.
Today MrsBD wanted to go to a not so local village, to a church there, which is now based in a school and is trying to sell the old church buildings. (see previous stuff about church being the people not the building)
And she wanted me to go too, which, was OK with me, so long as I was allowed to do the return journey as my LSR. Which I did.(14.4miles)
On getting home I did preparation for this evenings food. (making pizza dough and frying onions)
Then we went to our usual church in the evening, which went on longer than expected,and I was a bit late with cooking our nosh. We had a visiting preacher who went on about back to church Sunday, which is in a couple of weeks.
Kiwihelen wrote (see)
Quaker meeting lasts 1 hour exactly, plus about 1/2 hour of socialising afterwards,
Crikey! Some of ours go on for hours.....
*looks up Quaker meeting houses in area*
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