LTS, it was GREAT, hope yours as well;) And ditto, I hope your path leads you to your goal;)
asknot...i hope your christmas was fantastic. i had hoped you would have taken my post as an open-ended invitation rather than advice. i respect your choice and hope that your path takes you where you desire to go. :-)
Kunect and LTS, Merry Christmas to you both and the rest;)
I grew up Church of Christ, hence my sometimes misguided assumptions that all Christians are EXTREMELY passive aggressively judgmental.
To each their own, I just wish it could be like that. I honestly think living a good life, being a good person, friend, neighbor, husband and wife is enough. Leave the world a better place than when you entered it and you'll be fine.
LTS, I appreciate the words of advice, but at this point in my life, I'll continue my path of taoism mixed with a little Wiccan, paganism, agnostic, etc. Whatever you wanna call it. I'm just gonna let people do what they do, as long as it doesn't harm others, respect others and Earth and go from there!
Bless you all, no matter who/what you choose to acknowledge these holidays!
what they do, we still love them at some level. one's moral compass whether secular or non-secular in origin is always going to offend someone. don't forget that with christ you do not pay for what your fellow man has done but for what you have done that keeps you from your God. as i stated in the begining....it is all about your personal relationship. perhaps today would be a great day in which to begin again. i am certain the Lord Jesus has not forgotten you. He loves you...alot. :-)
merry christmas eve asknot. thats the beauty of our christian faith. you are not forced to believe but are given free reign by your creator to choose your own faith and sense of truth. the ultimate goal of one's personal relationship with our lord is one made of invitation by ourselves. i place little faith in the approval of man because man is human and imperfect. i do not pretend to know the mind of God, but i have faith in the knowlege of his word and his promise of the Holy Spirit in which to be our helper in this imperfect world. in addition i do not judge his words anymore than i judge others for their actions. their actions are self-evident and require no punishment by me. we all fall short of the requirements of any faith otherwise a redeemer would not be necessary. the concept of love the sinner but hate the sin is a concept lost on many people. you should love everyone but that does not mean you love their actions. just like with one's children, while we don't always like wh
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Dear asknot - I didn't mention any attitudes of "hate" toward anyone in my (sarcastic) comment to The Pope. As you may have already discerned, I am a Protestant (of German ancestry, on both sides). Therefore, I don't believe in the infallibility of The Pope, or any other human being.
"For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (~ Romans 3:23, King James Bible)
..."ALL"... (IMO, that includes the Dude in Rome).
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!
LTS, to each our own, I don't practice Christian religion anymore, but if I did, I'd dig this Pope and what he said! : "because Muslims, Hindus and African Animists are also made in the very likeness and image of God, to hate them is to hate God! To reject them to is to reject God and the Gospel of Christ. Whether we worship at a church, a synagogue, a mosque or a mandir, it does not matter. Whether we call God, Jesus, Adonai, Allah or Krishna, we all worship the same God of love. This truth is self-evident to all who have love and humility in their hearts!"
LTS, first statement: I am 100% fine with your faith an applaud it as long as you stay open to others beliefs and do not limit them in their freedom. But, there is alot og scholars that beleive Jesus, if not, Lao Tzu and Buddha/others, was a teacher to them, hence his disappearance for around 10 years, from teens to adult.
Second comment: I can't argue with any of that, and I agree that would be ideal. Now, the implementation.
Good afternoon lts- of course. it has been extremely busy, and the weather ain't cuttin' any slack.i'm burning daylight, gotta go.
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good morning moderation...you still owe me something from when you wrote "I will post more about absolute and education later" :-)
if i could have i may have even worked three jobs...as long as the third was a professional golfer! :-)
asknot, before i forget. i do not agree with we as a people should be forcing anyone to work by law. i do think that the motivation to work needs to be prodded from within. there has to be instilled into people the desire and drive to gain employment. for the most part there are plenty of jobs available. are the jobs dream jobs??? not always, but they are still jobs. very few individuals walk into their forever job on the first go-round. everyone faces hurdles in life and especially when searching for a creer and maintaining a household. perhaps our focus in the schools should be more geared toward self-sufficiency rather than social justice. it seems to me that if one is occupied by providing for themselves, then the problems associated with social discontent and idle hands will take care of itself. when i worked two jobs while raising children, i was thankful and appreciative for the opportunity. it gave me the resources to make the investments and build the companies that i own. if
good morning asknot. i do believe that there is only one Jesus and can not be confused with anyone or annything else. the Islamic faith recognizes Jesus and does not attribute him to anything other than a prophet. they do not accept that he is part of the trinity. i do think that the muslims worship god the father. their prophet Muhammad is similar to the mormons John Smith as writing their inspired additions to their books of faith. the apostle Paul was hand-picked by Jesus to deliver his message to the Gentiles. i think that all of mankind has an innate understanding that there is someone or something greater than themselves in this universe. however, Jesus was very direct and specific when he said. "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me". that seems to be very direct and final. there are no if's, and's or but's associated with that at all. the subject of the Pope is a totally different discussion altogether.
Kunect, are you aware that most religions share very similar stories and beliefs? That many believe Jesus, Lao-tzu and maybe Buddha were the same person?
Kunect, now you're more scholarly than the Pope! haha
I've read the Bible MANY times, grew up super religious in a very cult like Christian religion, and I welcome his view point!
Question, what happens to you if your faith is wrong? What happens if the Muslims picked the right "God"? How do you know you're right? and even if you are, do you think Jesus would be welcoming to you damning 70% of the rest of the population of earth?
As the Pope said; "Who am I to Judge?" So...who are you to judge?
Dear Pope, The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV) #1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me."
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