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Old 07-10-2003, 06:33 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I would if there was good reasoning behind your belief--but I doubt you--or anyone else for that matter, could ever convince me.

You can't be forced to believe anything.

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That is understandable, but take into consideration that I was once a diehard Christian too. Things change, shit happens, your mind grows and opens up to new possibilities. But i do hope for my sake and the sake of the other 66% of the world that I am right.

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But i do hope for my sake and the sake of the other 66% of the world that I am right.
You see, the other 66% is all divided, so a lot of them are going to hell no matter what.

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It all comes down to having more than 'hope' I think. I'm willing to die for my beliefs...are you?

My mind has 'grown' in more directions than your probably giving credit. You can push the idea out of your head...and have a 'hope' for the rest of the 66% of the world--or you can believe there is a heaven and a hell...God, and Satan...

We've been given freedom to choose--anything else would be forced. Not a 'just and fair God' in my opinion.

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Wow, this topic is a hell raiser.

One year ago, i would have probably agreed with most of the people's posts on here that are pro-christian it's a choice, take it or leave it. As of recently, i would disagree. It seems like the more i look into it, Christianity keeps making less and less sense. The bible is becoming one long list of contradictions. I've actually considered doing a review of the bible for the reviews section, of course. Seeing as how most of you would rip me in half or try to convert me, i think i might wait a while. However, as of now, I'm going to lean more to the atheist side and say that i really don't believe in that stuff right now. I'd probably believe Buddhism over Christianity right now if i had to, but i don't so im not buying either. Will someone please pray for me??????hehe

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I'm pretty confident when I say...there are no contradictions in the Bible..

If there are--name them..

I really don't know a whole lot about it...but some of the books were written by different dudes, say 'Matthew' and 'Mark'--and..

well alright, lets be honest, i have no idea waht im talking about--but i was going to end with this...if you see a contradiction that is going to make you change your belief system, you should probably see if it is really a contradiction--cause more than likely it won't be ....but if you willing to
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Reason I'm all about basically 'believe what you believe and stick to it' ...is because I realize that I have brain...so maybe I should use it as Titan (i think..im high at the moment) so aptly put it..

And--my brain, once it realizes that if I was going to believe in concept of christianity--then God, and in a way, Satan, were a lot bigger than the capacity of all reasoning that I would ever have. Understanding that I'm automatically at a disadvantage for understanding all of the events around me...I realize that fellow humans reasoning of 'Why would God do that?' or 'How could he let that happen?', is futile... We as human beings are made up to respond--absorb the surroundings, and LIVE. Part of that is on the emotional-level, which is understanding of our 'natural' soundings..

If you believe in God--then you believe that there is more to 'it' than stated above.... 66% of the world going to hell? I dunno, I'm not God--so I'm not going to make that decision. But going back to the topic of this post--Christianity is pretty straight forward...saying an Atheist is going to Heaven, according to the bible, is a false statement.

Don't ever believe something because someone else told you to...it won't mean anything--find it out for yourself. If you don't, then you probably never cared enough to begin with..

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I'm pretty confident when I say...there are no contradictions in the Bible..

If there are--name them..
AcTivE, you seem as though you have put a lot in your beliefs, and I respect you for that. But although you seem very confident in saying that there are no contradictions, I can't help but disagree with you on that.

The site I listed before basically lists many contradictions in each book of the Bible. Although, in my opinion, many verses are taken out of context, some I can't help but agree with. All I ask is that if you have the time, just look over it. If you can honestly tell me that despite the long lists of contradictions they have in there, you still believe that there is not one contradiction in the Bible, then I will leave this alone. And if you can honestly say that, I would be interested in hearing your reasoning behind saying the things you did.

Just in case you didn't see the link in my previous post, it's www.skepticsannotatedbible.com . Here's an example of a "contradiction" in this site: http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/contra/knows.html Maybe I'm missing a much larger picture here, and if I am, I'd be really interested in knowing what that was.

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I'm on a shitty modem (19.2kbps right now I think)--so I just looked at the second link you gave..

Although I can honestly say that I do not know for 100% that there are no 'contradictions' in the Bible--(I'll go on to explain second link), however, I can say with 100% confidence, that it would be something I would be morally, and spirtually--willing to base my entire life on.

To point out one link they gave...(if others are like this--then it applies to them also)

Main point (for people who don't want to go to site) are:

'God sees and knows all things. '

vs.

'God neither sees nor knows all things. '

and uses scripture to point out each incident. To begin with, I believe god 'knows' all and 'sees' all. However, I don't think it's a black and white issue--if you want to turn it into physicalling SEEING vs. God of universe 'seeing' (in a sense knowing) all, then Yes indeed, it does contradict itself. But, this is how I interpret the following:

All of the passages in 'support' of God knowing and 'seeing' all:

Ps.44:21
"For he knoweth the secrets of the heart."
Ps.139:7-8
"Whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there."
Pr.15:3
"The eyes of the Lord are in every place."
Jer.16:17
"For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes."
Jer.23:24
"Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth?"
Acts 1:24
"Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men."

To me, that means that there is nothing outside of the reach of God. He knows all--everything that has ever happened, is happening, and will happen.

and the passages:

Gen.3:8
"And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord, amongst the trees of the garden."
Gen.4:14
"Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid."
Gen.4:16
"And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden."
Gen.11:5
"And the Lord came down to see the city and the town."
Gen.18:9
"And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent."
Gen.18:17
"And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?"

(just a few)

For the following:

Gen.4:16
"And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden."

Cain is praying to God I believe..talking to him. Saying that he left the presence of God was saying that he stopped talking to him..stopped praying

I really don't feel the need to go into other ones, as everything I read I knew had no real significance.

That page seemed entirely as somehting to argue with the Bible...and thats cool and all--but all it takes is looking at it a little deeper. Is the Bible going to contradict itself in a physical 'seeing' since, compared to an all-knowing-creator-of-the-universe-seeing ...well I suppose so--it looks like it has. Nothing that I would ever change my faith to buddhaism over though. Since I have a brain, I understand that in literature ideas have to be conveyed, and in doing so there may seem like there are contradictions...especially since it's on a much larger 'spiritual' level. Cop out? No, read the Bible in context. If you don't want to take the time...say it contradicts itself, and take on the unitarian belief [img]smile.gif[/img]

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Yes, I do see your point, and I must say that I agree with you on that one. I didn't really feel like searching through that "contradiction" very deeply at the time, and at a glance, it looked plausible in my point of view. As I said, a lot of these are taken out of context, and a lot of them are based on the fact that words can mean two different things. That made no sense, but basically I'm just repeating what you said. (I think)

Later tonight, I will look through them and attempt to find an actual contradiction. And just to clear things up, I am not basing my entire beliefs on what this website says by any means. I know I won't be able to convince you that your faith is wrong, nor would I want to because you seem to be content with your current beliefs, but it is just something to think about.

I do have to questions, though.

1. Do you think that God is a kind, loving, good (this could go on and on) God? Or do you believe that God is just as evil and he is good? That was probably a weird question.

2. Do you believe God knows what is going to happen before it happens? I'm talking about pre-destination here.

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this subject is just so hard for me to stay away from. I'm sure most here know my feelings toward all of this. I would love to discuss this in depth with anyone, its just that the internet, especially a message board, is just so hard to discuss these matters seriously. nothing will get accomplished with people posting their opinions here. everyone will just get mad about it and go on and on about why they are right and why others are wrong so i'm not even going to get into it. however, in person, i would be more than happy to talk about this kind of stuff.

neither here nor there...
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pre-destination and whether or not God knows what will happen before it does, are two different things. Which one were you going for?

also i believe that God is all of what you said and more, not evil so much, but the good things at least. However, it is important to recognize that he is a just god. That comes with its good and bads

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1) I believe he is a loving God--no evil. I do however believe he is 'just', which others my interpret as 'evil' if they are looking to do so...

2) I believe God knows all, everything that has happened, will happen, and has happened. Not sure if it says it in the bible...But I've done reports on time travel and stuff, and it's just what I believe [img]smile.gif[/img]

I think 'world' as an existence is like this

---------|-- where the lil | is me (not to scale [img]smile.gif[/img] ). I don't believe in 'predestination'. I believe world as more of an 'object' in our sense. Its there, it's happened. We make our choices which lead us in certain directions, but end result God knows--he can see the whole picture.

Basically 'me' realizing that I'm nothing, God is everything. For me to say him 'knowing' all can't be true cause he doesn't know the future...would be ignoring fact that I'm still bound by my 'natural' feelings of existence.

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If Christianity were completely correct, though i don't believe that but for this post I'm going to pretend, there are an ample number of excuses why the bible contradicts itself. It's been around for 2000 years, been translated many times, and not always by the same people (two different people might translate it into latin two different ways). Of course it's going to have some rough edges Dr. Suess.

I just have curiosity as to if the Christians in this discussion believe that the bible is fact... Every single word of it... Adam and Eve... Noah's Arc... The walls of Jerhico... David and Goliath... Methueselah... Moses parting the Red Sea... all that good stuff.

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I just have curiosity as to if the Christians in this discussion believe that the bible is fact... Every single word of it... Adam and Eve... Noah's Arc... The walls of Jerhico... David and Goliath... Methueselah... Moses parting the Red Sea... all that good stuff.
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If you believe in a Heaven and Hell, what's the problem with believing flooding the earth, plagues, parting of red sea?

I took latin...I could translate stuff in two completely different ways alright. Setence could be 'Claudius went into the kitchen'. and I'd translate it 'Claudius where is the club?'...but I really don't think I held onto any of that wonderful knowledge too tight

..and regardless if it's been translated in different ways...would it really be enough to change entire christian theology? (<--sorta big word, sounds right though...potsky makes you question making sense sometimes [img]smile.gif[/img] )

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If Christianity were completely correct, though i don't believe that but for this post I'm going to pretend, there are an ample number of excuses why the bible contradicts itself. It's been around for 2000 years, been translated many times, and not always by the same people (two different people might translate it into latin two different ways). Of course it's going to have some rough edges Dr. Suess.
I'm not sure if you read my post respondign to the "contradiction" post or understood it, but i basically stated that. I didn't really bother to research much into it, and at first it looked plausible to me. I understand that, and that is why i said that things were taken out of context.

I really shouldn't have even bothered with that post, but i did anyways and i can't take it back.

AcTivE: In response to your answers...
1) I had a response written up to this, but it was neither relevant to anything nor worth the effort to explain. But in my opinion, you can't have good without evil thus making God evil as well as good. I don't know why i asked you that question, really...

2.) I don't agree with you at all here. In revelations, there are clearly prophesies that state an exact account of what the earth will be like. I think that somewhere in the book, it states an exact number of Jews that will convert to Christianity during the 7 years before Christ comes back again. I don't remember the exact number, but if that verse is necessary, i will try to find it. The point i am trying to make is that their lives have already been predecided by God. Everything that happens is supposed to happen because of God's plan. What i'm saying is basically all of our thoughts and actions are pre-decided and we're just fulfulling his plans by being here today. I'm know you disagree with me on that, but that's the way I'm seeing it. I'm just curious as to how you came up with your beliefs on predestination and God's knowledge of the future? Did you pull them out of your ass (i'm not trying to be disrespectful here) or is there an actual verse in the Bible that explains this?

The point I'm trying to make is that God can see people go to hell even before they are born. He created each and every person exactly teh way they were and put them into an environment that he found suitable. I believe that a person's choices and thoughts are decided by two key factors: genetics and environment. If God decided both of these, then he basically chose for these people to be sent to hell. This alone makes me question Christianity in general.

I'm sure you're going to prove me wrong, and i'm sorry for the long-ass post. If that didn't make make sense, then i'm sorry.

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God is loving,but he is also just. You think he enjoys there being a hell? But there must be in order for a heaven to exist. Enter Freewill.

The Bible. The more and more research is done, the more Bible is confirmed to be historically accurate.

I just really don't want to get into it now.

This is something you really can't just go into online. I'd be up for having a little discussion group on the topic.

I know I'll at least be talking to Alpha about this...
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let me quote one of my favorite lyricists here... me

"look at this world
O merciful Christ
you died for our sins
is this now the price
I don't think so
for if you really exist
why would you put us through
hell like this
the death the despair
the heartache the pain
wouldn't you stop those
who kill in your name?

you want to know what I truly believe
death is a concept too great to conceive
so people made god, not the other way around
but in the pools of religion, so many have drowned
they cling to the cross
cause they're tired and lost
leave it up to the 'savior'
to measure the cost

I guess, if I'm right, only death will tell
but if I am wrong, I'll see you in hell"

I realize that there are flaws with the raionale presented by that, but there are also flaws with everyone's arguments here. it's really pointless to argue religion, because it should be something deeply personal that is not easily swayed.
As for the historically accurate parts of the bible... it's also been proven that many popular authors use real places and people in their completely fictitious stories.

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God is loving,but he is also just. You think he enjoys there being a hell? But there must be in order for a heaven to exist. Enter Freewill.

The Bible. The more and more research is done, the more Bible is confirmed to be historically accurate.

I just really don't want to get into it now.

This is something you really can't just go into online. I'd be up for having a little discussion group on the topic.

I know I'll at least be talking to Alpha about this...
I would be interested in doing this sometime, because i don't agree with you at all when saying that for there to be a heaven, there has to be a hell, and i'd be interested in hearing your reasoning behind that. But you are correct in saying that it is too difficult to discuss this online.

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I have honestly thought through everything you have said...and basically it boils down to this.

You can look at it two ways--and if you have the perception of the opposite view strongest...then thats the way your going to go. Don't know if that made any sense...for reasons previous stated.

I personally could not deal with the fact that there is nothing else out there except what there is now. It leaves too many questions in my head--and I like knowing that someday there is going to be something better than NOW.

Dudes have gone to explain how that's been religions purpose throughout 'humanity' so to speak..something to help deal with these feelings of 'uncertainty'. Dumbass romans thought there were a bunch of Gods that controlled volcanoes and shit...completely in their perspective as something that could be TRUE to them...am I right?

I think there is too much out there, too much going on...that has lined up perfectly to basic principles and events layed out in the Bible. Right there it peaks my interest, then just kinda run thoughts through my head...

It would all make sense. An all knowing 'being' not even understandble within our own perception--at all. Nothing existed--whatsoever...then there just 'was'. 'Was' --an environment of pure good...happniess, blah blah, animals, fruit. man was given a free will...free will demanded to know what 'sin' was...and so goes the downfall of man.

is God evil? No--but free will of 'Lucifer' ...angel in heaven..blah blah...

Man is presented with evil..free will takes over, and we are presented with the shitty ass piece of crap thing we call 'life'.

Just a bunch of evolutions over the years...is that all we really are? If so, this is all the better it gets--and I say 'Fuck that'. Pain and suffering just doesn't seem like it belongs...its not how we are structered--there has to be a REASON that we search for something MORE to rid us of this..and make us happier. Could it be we were placed in a world where we had to BELIEVE in an almighty God that created us--everything that we are and experience, and had to make the decision--free will, that we would follow him....and then--are presented with the world in which we truly want to live--Free Will

Makes sense to me. Can't appreciate the Good without the Bad--Bad had to happen sometime...now I'm ready for what's next [img]smile.gif[/img]

It's a really nice outlook on life...rather than trying to contradict it--look at how it's contradicted, and look how the people got there..

Have you ever thought of this? Atheiests...lets just pretend for a moment there is a 'God' and a 'Devil' ...don't you think satan would be lining things up to make you believe the way you do?

...and thats where i think the 'perspective of the far ends' comes into play...it's either one way or the other--and everything that I am--physically and emotionally, is pulling me towards something greater

...could just be a trait of the 'evolutional process' --people have to be different...but then again, maybe thats just another 'pull' towards the athiesm ...is 'knowing more' really knowing more?? or is it just putting a greater reality out of perspective??

I'd like to think the latter...but then it just loops around again [img]smile.gif[/img]

the idea i presented forth for 'predestination' was in a way 'pulling it out of my ass' ..but in a way not.

i believe God is all knowing...then I think about universe, and how it was created...then i think about aspects of universe..

then i think about time travel reports i've done... [img]smile.gif[/img]

...and time travel IS possible in a sense..it's all related to speed (and nearing speed of light)--which are all aspects of 'universe'. time is totally a concrete rule of something that God created. He can see the whole thing--can he not? He created it...it's just a rule for something we live within..

You try to think about it--and comprehend it, but it doesn't work..is God on the outside looking in?, How can he see time..blah blah..

But it's his creation, and therefore the 'all-knowing' fact really means that to me... 'all knowing' ..it's like a machine to us--we make it, we know what it will do, and the end result..

only thing about this machine is that the participants are given a 'free will', and are able to make choices that lead them to their final destination...regardless of the environment--people have to make the choice to BELIEVE or not to believe...

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I was raised in a christian family..from birth till now. Church didn't mean anything to me..it was just something we went to. Yes I was 'saved'--but that's just because I grew up with it... I sorta had to see things are really fucked....then realize it was all real....if that makes any sense..

thats all

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There is no chance that everything in the bible is correct, that's just fucking silly to think of and believe. But like many have said this topic should mainly be discussed in person instead of online, i've definently noticed that this is not all that productive of a way.

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There is no chance that everything in the bible is correct, that's just fucking silly to think of and believe. But like many have said this topic should mainly be discussed in person instead of online, i've definently noticed that this is not all that productive of a way.
I don't necessarily believe everything is absolutely correct...but I believe it to be there for a reason. If you believe in Christianity--and an all-knowing God, I'd say it would be pretty important that literature everything is based on is the way it's supposed to be--that wouldn't be too hard for God...would it?

..I could care less if it's productive way or not--I just like arguing about the subject

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Basically, i think this little "debate" we've had all boils down to two basic principles; do we have freewill or do we not? Since we obviously disagree with each other on that and since there is no evidence that clearly states whether either is true (at least not that i know of..?) I don't think there is any way we could agree with each other at all. What i mean is that we will just go around in circles with this entire conversation.

I think it's cool that you've got beliefs that revolve around a god that is looking out for you and loves you. I would give everything i owned to have beliefs like that, but i just never could believe it. I'm not an atheist if my previous posts have led you to believe that, and as far as I'm concerned, there probably is a "god".

Well, as it has been said many times before, a message board is not a good place to discuss things like this, so this will probably be my last time posting in this thread. And AcTivE, if it means anything to you at all (i don't know why it would...), you really have given me something to think about.

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..I'll stop after this [img]smile.gif[/img]

Only reason I believe I have a 'free will', is because RIGHT NOW, i can make the deciscion...you can bring in other factors, saying XXX will sway them one way, and YYY sways them the other--but it all comes down to the choice, of whether to believe...or not to

if you don't--it doesn't exist, people who say it does look sorta crazy for believing something so radical...

I just like to toss it back to the idea--that it's something greater that I can not comprehend with my mind. Is it really a 'machine' that he has created and knows exactly how it turns out? Or has he given opportunity for another 'being' to choose to follow him...free will

Just for kicks--pretend your God, and there is nothing.

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Everyone has free will. If we don't why is there crime, hate, and death? I think we are given what we need to live and left to decide the rest as we go.

I'm just gonna go ahead and say that you might as well believe in god. If he doesn't exist, no loss. If he does, then you made a good decision.

As for the bible, I don't think people should try to disect it and try to prove things with it. I think it should be more of a guide for moral behavior.

My views might seem overly simplistic, but they work for me.
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