-Why are so many people so quick to title their belief or non belief when something new is learned everyday? Is a belief title counterproductive in learning? If you have a belief title or non belief title, are you striving to learn everything or just the things that fit the belief or non belief title?
I see titles and beliefs are separate entities. Titles cater to our nature in as far as they allow us to "belong", whereas true beliefs are profoundly personal. Any belief that is expressed solely socially is not a belief at all as far as I'm concerned, but is simply a social device.
To this end I agree that they are counter productive internally. But they have a social function in bringing people with similar ideas together.
I disagree. Man made the method. Please explain how it is impossible for science to lie. There is science to figure out who is innocent or guilty in a court case, you think the scientific facts used to put the case together can't lie?
How many religious believers would read the God dilusion without fear of letting the devil or demons in? How can you understand both sides of an argument when you fear to put yourself in the other sides shoes?
For me Buddhism is what works. In Buddhism we don't discount others beliefs or practices because we simply don't know. God is a mystery and undefinable. Buddhism is a title of the way we practice. Such as meditation and the principals of Impermanence, Kharma, Suffering, and that all things are without an independent self. God is left up to the interpretation of the individual. So our beliefs are our beliefs. Our practice is our way of connecting with our beliefs.
I''ve never been a fan of easy questions. In your belief of God, how would you respond to somthing that challenges the idea that there is a God? What would keep you from disagreeing simply to protect your belief of God?
My belief is my belief and it doesn't matter what anyone else says. I am confident in my beliefs because they work for me and I see the benefits all around me all the time. Live and let live. To each his own. It is not my job to try to sway others or be swayed.
For me Buddhism is what works. In Buddhism we don't discount others beliefs or practices because we simply don't know. So no. That doesn't contradict learning because part of this practice is having an open mind to other beliefs. So part of my belief is to be open to the ideas of others and thier interpretations. This way I can make my own decision based on the many different view points.
Goldenpath, I agree. What if a person believed the bible was all they needed to learn on because they believed it was the word of God. Why would a person that believes they have already found God look outside of the bible when it answers their questions? Wouldn't the bible keep them from learning new things in a way?
During periods of fast change as in today's world, we need to be able to cope with major changes and quickly. What seemed written in blood one day may be blown away the next. A very good grasp of reality is required to sort it out. The sword of logos is the best tool for this job, not stuck thinking. Some are adapting well, some not.
Surely SirDent, you don't expect me to sit here an accept a statement like that, do you?
Seriously, did you actually read what you wrote there? No, seriously.
These are simple definitions of words, SirDent. They are patterned that way in order for us to use them to help explain our ideas to each other. We use them to distinguish between certain concepts where clarification is vital to understanding.
SirDent, I implore you, sir. Even if you have to turn to your scriptures for advice on this one, it will never teach you to deceive yourself on such simple matters as these.
Yes. As well as putting myself in the state of mind of believing in God to see someone else's. It gets more difficult for me, however, to put myself in the state of mind of someone who believes the bible as fact and the word of God. But I try, I really do.
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