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Debating the existance

  1. Jerami profile image79
    Jeramiposted 4 years ago

    This won't last long
      I was just now thinking that it seems to me, every arguement that atheists make against the existence of god aren't directly related to that issue.
    Their arguements are against the    descriptions     of that God   AS DEPICTED    by religion.

    descriptions and depictions of religious perseptions  ARE NOT GOD
    Whether or not a God exists outside the realm of religions descriptions are seldom adressed..

    I would like to hear them if you have them.

    1. aguasilver profile image88
      aguasilverposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I guess it's roughly equivalent to ants discussing how the anthill managed to grow so large whilst standing on the top of a skyscraper looking upward and downwards in astonishment?

      1. Jerami profile image79
        Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Yep ...   and proud of themselves for their accomplishment.

    2. kess profile image60
      kessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      The negative mind creates its own folly so that it can function.
      otherwise it would be at peace, which is not an attribute of the negative mind.

      1. Jerami profile image79
        Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        And Soloman said all a is vanity     Is this our purpose?

        1. kess profile image60
          kessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          The man who have not seen  beyond death cannot help but live the life of vanity

    3. OutWest profile image60
      OutWestposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Very true. Just an easy cop out.  Same as saying no evidence.  Should really say no evidence that we can find.  But obviously many things exist we do not know of.  Human ego.

    4. JMcFarland profile image91
      JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If a god is not defined or described via religion, how is it defined or described?  Who do you ask?  Who do you trust when everyone's experiences are unique and are neither verifiable or provable?  If it weren't for religions or religious literature, how would you know anything about that god at all?

      How do you define god?  What are its qualities, and how do you know?

      1. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Worse, how do you even discuss the subject?

        There, their and they're are bad enough, but now you've got God, God, God, God God, God, God, God God, God, God, God God, God, God, God  God, God, God, God God, God, God, God God, God, God, God God, God, God, God, God and God, every one of which has a different meaning.

        1. JMcFarland profile image91
          JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          not to mention that you can't even discuss their meanings because it might be perceived as a "religion" and then you're back to square one with nothing but the word 'god' which, for all I know, could be the name of your pet hamster, and I have no way of discerning the difference.

          1. Jerami profile image79
            Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I'll take the same kind of religion that  Abraham Isac and Jacob had.  They didn't have a book.

              I don't think that Daniel had a book either. The only reason that Judiasm accepted Daniel as a prophet is because they watched most all of his  prophesy coming into fullment. And then Jesus confirmed Daniel as a prophet. 

               .Religion didn't exist then.

            1. JMcFarland profile image91
              JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              the belief in the god of the bible is, by definition, a religion.  You accept all of the descriptions of god according to the bible - and those descriptions can be challenged.  You just don't like the word "religion" because it has negative connotations.  If you're adhering to the biblical god, why do you have a problem with people challenging his attributes? 

              Religion: Religion is an organized collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values.[note 1] Many religions have narratives, symbols, traditions and sacred histories that are intended to give meaning to life or to explain the origin of life or the Universe. They tend to derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle from their ideas about the cosmos and human nature.

              1. JMcFarland profile image91
                JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                so, since you seem to accept at least some of the biblical stories, but you don't like the religion that they're a part of, define god for me - and tell me where you got that definition from.

                1. Jerami profile image79
                  Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Well according to scripture He wouldn't define himself  so I would be out of boundaries if I tried to.
                  Though I will say this much.   To me it would seem that God is that thing that is just outside of this physical realm which by some means influences the grand sceem of things.

                  Just my opinion   To profess much more would be only speculation.

                  1. JMcFarland profile image91
                    JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    god defines himself in scripture all of the time.  The problem is that he defines himself in mutually exclusive ways.

                    1. Jerami profile image79
                      Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                      It is written that He is happy and he is sad, forgiving and judgmental. patient and quick to anger, etc. But as YOU mentioned before, much of the text is influenced by the person writting it  and then the church interprets that.
                        So ...  are you sure that God said those things?  You can't have it both ways.

              2. wilderness profile image95
                wildernessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                When would you say that religion started, then?  Was it the day that the high priest climbed a mountain, chipped some writing into stone slabs and carried them back down, claiming that God did it and everyone now had to follow the rules he made up?

        2. OutWest profile image60
          OutWestposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          God is the word.  The Creator is the Being.

          1. JMcFarland profile image91
            JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            You claim that he's the "creator".  "god" has just as much baggage as the word "religion" does.  What is this god like?  what does he do?  How do you gain this information?

        3. The0NatureBoy profile image78
          The0NatureBoyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Emile R,
          You said: I personally think those discrepancies are the least of the hurdles. I would think that seas parted, first borns slain, the rotation of the earth stopped, cities annihilated, virgin births, miraculous healing, the dead brought back to life and the resurrection would be the deal breakers. Accept that and the rest is a cake walk but most of those things, except the slain first born, can be explained based on events which has happened in our time. 

          The pillar of cloud which kept Israel and the Egyptians separated was a cloud covered UFO {they have been seen during our day} of cigar shaped which entered the Red Sea and parted the water {air craft have been known to drop thousands of feet because of entering them unseen} and once Israel was out it lifted off and the water returned. 

          Earth's rotation didn't stop, 2 cigar shaped UFOs, one illuminating the area and the other blocking the sun from it until it set and again as it rose the next morning, caused the illusion of the earth stopping. 

          The annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah can be recognized by what happened in Japan in 1945 although it doesn't explain Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt. 

          The virgin's conception happened by a holy ghost {a whole man which can do everything any boy does, like Jesus was after his resurrection}, per the book,  so he came to Mary once the egg settled in her womb and seeped sperm at the opening of her body and she conceived.  Being an enlightened being, he could ensure it was all boy sperm. 

          The miraculous healing was done by communicating lifeforce to lifeforce because every lifeforce has the power to correct everything in our bodies.  And to bring the dead back to life is possible because of NDEs {near death experiences} and OBEs {outa body experiences}.  Jesus spoke lifeforce to lifeforce in raising Lazarus and observed where they moved his body and reentered it after about 39 hours when he rose.

          1. JMcFarland profile image91
            JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            *blinks*

            1. The0NatureBoy profile image78
              The0NatureBoyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              The things made and seen I include, the Bible says, reveals the unseen in Romans 1:20.

          2. profile image0
            Emile Rposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Oh my gosh. UFO's? Of course. It's all so clear now.

            I'll go have my head checked. If they give me the all clear let's start a cult.

            1. The0NatureBoy profile image78
              The0NatureBoyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Emile,
              You keep me laughing.

      2. The0NatureBoy profile image78
        The0NatureBoyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Since the term man means mind able to comprehend all things or become wise it alone suggests man are god in or out of religion's context.  The word Emmanuel, in the Bible or Hebrew scriptures, had the original meaning of in man is god but was redefined as god with us to prevent man from looking within themselves for our answers.  So long as man are looking outside for we are what the Bible's Adam renamed us, woman or woven from man, because in obtaining the mind of good and evil we lost the ability to comprehend all things.

        1. Jerami profile image79
          Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          @ The0NatureBoy  ...    I like IT  sounds nice and rolls of the tongue gently

               and it makes sense

          1. The0NatureBoy profile image78
            The0NatureBoyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks, Jeami

    5. Jerami profile image79
      Jeramiposted 4 years ago

      JMcFarland   ....   does your last comment say that you are attempting to discredit God through religion because you can not discredit God directly?

      1. JMcFarland profile image91
        JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I don't get what you mean by discredit.  Am I trying to "discredit" god by questioning his existence?

    6. Jerami profile image79
      Jeramiposted 4 years ago

      the belief in the god of the bible is, by definition, a religion.  You accept all of the descriptions of god according to the bible -
      =- = -
      Me
      I don't know where you got that idea?
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      and those descriptions can be challenged.  You just don't like the word "religion" because it has negative connotations.  If you're adhering to the biblical god, why do you have a problem with people challenging his attributes? 
      = - = - =
      ME
      The only problem I have with the word religion is that it means too many things to too many people.     Religion ....    is an organization that says that it (which ever sect they happen to be) are the true representive for God.   Everyone knows that there can't be that many diffrent true representives.
           So ...  go ahead and attack religion.  With all the different ones to choose from, you will never run out of discrepencies to attack.
          That is the point!  You are mad at religion; not God.
      =================================   
      Religion: Religion is an organized collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values.[note 1] Many religions have narratives, symbols, traditions and sacred histories that are intended to give meaning to life or to explain the origin of life or the Universe. They tend to derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle from their ideas about the cosmos and human nature.
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             And I can ask you;  what color is correct when describing a bird.
      What commonality does all religions have in comon.

      1. profile image0
        Emile Rposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Jerami. I get what you are saying and agree to an extent, but JMcFarland has a point. You can feel like a party of one, having your own ideas about who God is, but it always comes back to some religious text, since that is the beginning where the idea was born.

        I've always enjoyed your posts, but those who post that they aren't religious and then go on to describe Jesus as their savior make me scratch my head. Where did they come up with that? They read it in a religious text. They warn of hell. Where did that come from? A religious text. They speak of sin. Where did that come from? A religious text.

        Any claims of cosmic knowledge come from reading a religious text. You, yourself, have some detailed ideas on prophesy. Where did you get that information?

        1. Jerami profile image79
          Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I was almost finished with a quite long answer when the page fell out from under me.
          back in a few minutes after redoing it.

        2. kess profile image60
          kessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Emile remember the text did not write themselves....

          I am not speaking for all text nor all writers but.
          Neither was the text and many writers of any consequence while they the writers were alive....

          I am promoting the text but one must admit there must be something it....

          It is not wise to  nay say any text because someone misunderstood it....
          You/they may very well be misrepresenting the author.

          In religion that is very popular .....and even on this very forum with your own writings

          1. kess profile image60
            kessposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            That should be
            I am not promoting thé text.....

            1. profile image0
              Emile Rposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Everyone is simply voicing opinions here. I don't think it is unwise to speak one's mind. Nor do I think there is something there that can't be found a thousand other places. I don't know what you are referring to when you say I misrepresent the author. I don't attempt to represent the authors. I give my opinion as do you. It doesn't make me right, or wrong. You have to decide what makes sense to you and give others the latitude to do the same.

        3. Jerami profile image79
          Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Hi Emile R,  I have always enjoyed all of your posts as well. keep up the good work. 
            You said
          Hi Jerami. I get what you are saying and agree to an extent, but JMcFarland has a point. You can feel like a party of one, having your own ideas about who God is, but it always comes back to some religious text, since that is the beginning where the idea was born.
          = - = - =   
          .Me
              When I was about 7 or 8  I went to Sunday school. We could say that a seed for thought was planted; however tiny of a seed it was. About all that it was is “Jerami meet Jesus  Jesus this is Jerami” Seed for thought.                                                                                                              I didn’t water that seed until I was about 20. I started going to church for a very, very short time.I stopped going because my non-programmed mind didn’t see in print what they were saying that I should see. I stopped reading scripture and or going to church until in my mid forties.
                I just happened to read the book of Daniel. Religion teaches that these prophesy are telling us what is to happen at some time in our future. Gabriel says differently.       I read about 674 years of prophesy which ends when that Hebrew Nation comes to its end of days.  I can admit that the finished product such as my faith is did come from scripture but certainly not from the teachings of religion.
               According to “My Own” beliefs, organized religion is the beast John describes in Rev. 13.
              And if it is? Scripture says that “IT” will cause the people to worship “IT” instead of worshiping God. You have to admit that many Believers are worshiping their religion more than they do God.             The interpretations made by religion are in direct opposition of many things that Jesus is said to have said.  Jesus said that “This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled.”        Religion says that these words are wrong. Which means Jesus was wrong, but we must believe everything Jesus said!
               My beliefs such as they are now does come from the scriptures ... Not from religion.
              =========================================
          I've always enjoyed your posts, but those who post that they aren't religious and then go on to describe Jesus as their savior make me scratch my head. Where did they come up with that? They read it in a religious text. They warn of hell. Where did that come from? A religious text. They speak of sin. Where did that come from? A religious text.
              = - = -= - = 
              ME
            “That same text also says that one sin is no greater than another”. Stealing murder rape all fall under one category  That is the catagory of disobedience.                                                             Religion, Not God, orchestrated the NT in such a way as to fool even the elect.  In order to do that it had to stay within many of the guide lines already set up with the most elect, while throwing in just enough fodder as to spoil the barrel.  That fodder is that Jesus didn’t say exactly what he meant to say but we are to believe what  is written that he said anyway.   A tiny chip in a glass jar over time will break the jar in half.
              =============================

          Any claims of cosmic knowledge come from reading a religious text. You, yourself, have some detailed ideas on prophesy. Where did you get that information?
          = - = -
          ME
            From the book of Daniel    In 538 BC Gabriel told Daniel that “They” will kill the Messiah after 62 weeks.
          If Jesus was the Messiah; 568 years pass then “they kill the Messiah”   This is a very important message which religion keeps sweeping under the rug every time it is exposed.
          If this is accepted, a whole new subject will apear. A great big pile of questions that religion does not want to examine.
          When this is examined, organized religion is seen in its true colors. It is the fox in the Hen House; which opens up a another set of questions which leads us to another place such as we have already been. Another set of questions. It is much simpler for everyone when we just leave it alone as organized religion would have us to do.
          This life is all vanity no matter how we slice it.  At least this is my opinion.

          1. JMcFarland profile image91
            JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            what do you think makes the bible reliable?

            I fundamentally with your assesment of "religion" vs. the "true religion" meant by Jesus.  the bible is the only way to know what he is supposed to have said, and it's the only evidence in existence to show that he existed at all.  We know certain books of the new testament are forged.  We know other passages have been altered/changed.  We know that multiple books were left out entirely and destroyed.

            You know these things too, and that's why you don't accept the "religion" part of christianity.  So what do you base it on?  You yourself admit that the scripture has changed - but we have no originals to compare it to.  So what makes you think any of it is reliable, when you admit that some of it is not. 

            On prophecy, I think the claims of biblical "prophecy" are absurd.  In order for a prophecy to actually be a prophecy at all, it has a very strict criteria that I do not have time to fully list.  It has to be specific enough that it can only be accomplished by one specific act.  If you go out of your way to fulfill it, you're not actually fulfilling prophecy.  Additionally, the entire new testament was written AFTER the old testament - and since Matthew (or the gospel of matthew, not that matthew actually wrote it - because he didn't) and Paul specifically say over and over again "this was done according to the scriptures" they were obviously aware of specific things that the old testament said.  That means they can alter their writings to line up with scripture - and that is not actually prophecy being fulfilled.  on top of all of THAT, the jewish list of prophecy that applies to a Messiah is a completely different set than the ones the "christians" claim.  Why?  Because the early christian fathers picked through the old testament to find ANYTHING they could to validate their "messiah" - despite the fact that the jews vehemently disagreed. The church fathers were forced to do this for a very simple reason - there are no extra-biblical, contemporary sources that support the idea that jesus existed at all.

            1. Jerami profile image79
              Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Firstly ....  Everyone knows that the church spent much time during their first 1000 years of dominance collecting any and everything they could get their hands on  pertaining to religion and science.   It is all in the Vatican.
                 As I mentioned earlier The 62 weeks until they kill the Messiah ...   being 568 (approx) means that a week in prophesy as described by Gabriel would have to be approx 9.13 to 9.16 of our years.
              When this equation is applied to prophesy and prophesy is arranged in proper sequence STRANGE things begin to apeare.
              forty two months that the beast was given to blaspheme (Rev 13) would then be approx 1648 years.  What was happening in the world approx 1648 years ago?
              The church rose up out (of the sea) in 326AD   (1687 years ago) 
              In 367 one of the 10 popes/bishops  was defrocked and sent into exile by the emperor. He recovered  three years later when he was called back to Rome to regain his seat. (1644 years ago)
              In 380 The church was officially proclamed to be the only acceptable religion in the Roman Empire.(1633 years ago).  When this equation is applied to prophesy it apears as footprints through the sands of time.

              1. JMcFarland profile image91
                JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                You're doing the same thing the early christians were doing when they were "prophecy mining" the old testament for validation off jesus as the messiah.  You're looking at the book.  Then you're looking around at history.  Then you're REINTERPRETING the text to coincide with what you believe.  That is not intellectual honesty.

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            Emile Rposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I'm confused on your statement that all sin falls under the category of disobedience. I think sin has to do with how your actions affect others. It is a lack of harmony. The more you disrupt the balance the more it disrupts the balance within you.

            1. Jerami profile image79
              Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I wasn't meaning to be expressing any opinion just throwing a verse out there that one sin is no greater than any other but I guess I did express an opinion concerning them all being an act of disobenience.

                I shouldn't even be posting considering I've had about an hour of sleep (about 16 hours ago) in the last forty.  I may not be making any sense  though my brain won't shudup. 
              I'll have some hot chocolote in a minute and lay me down

        4. JMcFarland profile image91
          JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I got that idea by what you said above.  you believe in jesus.  You believe in biblical "prophecy".  You believe in Abraham, et all.  How would you know anything about any of those people without "religion"?  Your belief in those people is defined as "christianity" and like it or not - it's a religion.

          What gives you the impression that I'm mad at anything?  I'm not mad at religion, and I can't be mad at god.  How can you be mad at something that you don't think exists?

          Religions don't have anything in common, although some religions are similar.  What does that have to do with the price of tea in china?

          1. Jerry Hulse profile image75
            Jerry Hulseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            They came out in the 60's with a newspaper saying God does not exist but there have been too many that are alive today to tell the story that their life was spared and changed by their relationship with the God of the bible and I am one of them. I hate religion and God hates religion because it is all about man reaching up to God but Salvation is God reaching to man. I suggest reading my book  "The Way To God" but in the end we will discover the truth and it will either be for us or against us.

            1. JMcFarland profile image91
              JMcFarlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              I've read a lot of books.  They don't seem to do the job very well, if they're supposed to be convincing me.

      2. Jerami profile image79
        Jeramiposted 4 years ago

        I'm drinking my COCO  and rolling it up for the night. Been good chatting with YA

       
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