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The Paradigmsearch Definition of Religion

  1. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    The gathering of people with similar philosophical beliefs. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it enables one to have a support group and to even do networking. There's nothing wrong with that either.

    Have a nice day. smile

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      klarawieckposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      If that were the case then there would be a Junkie Religion, a Beachbum Religion, a Live-Off-The-Government Religion, and many more...

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        There are! They're just not officially recognized by the IRS.lol

      2. Chris Neal profile image83
        Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Ever been to a Dead concert?

        No, I haven't, but the people who used to invite me to them (a long time ago, long before I became a Christian,) seemed a little religious to me.

        1. Eric Newland profile image60
          Eric Newlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Juggalos are pretty religiously dedicated.

          1. Chris Neal profile image83
            Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Not surprised. Phish and Dave Matthews both have pretty dedicated followings as well (I think Phish sort of inherited the Deadheads.)

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        Hubert Williamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        These organizations do exist, they are just not called religions, they are called liberals. With the exception of junkies, but they do have very helphful and effective support groups for those with the will to fight the addiction.

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

      Thus strenghtening each other in their delusion...until they die.

      It is good that delusions die that Truth may live.

      1. Chris Neal profile image83
        Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Agreed, and when Jesus returns, all delusions will finally die!

        1. aka-dj profile image80
          aka-djposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          All ateists will believe.


          Bit late!

          1. Jesus was a hippy profile image60
            Jesus was a hippyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Why would it be late? What makes you think that a LOVING god would punish me for not believing a story that my mind deems unbelievable?

            After all, didn't this LOVING god create me like this? I can't force myself to believe anything. I hope you can see the problem here.

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              Hubert Williamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Force is not required only faith and the willingness to ask questions. What you believe after that is at least based on some kind of inquiry. Not just "I don't believe".

              1. Jesus was a hippy profile image60
                Jesus was a hippyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                If I think that a story sounds ridiculous (like talking donkeys and snakes and a 900 year old man building a ark and collecting animals from all over the world) then how on earth can I make myself believe such a stupid story?

                I asked question when I was a kid and not one person could answer them. Not nuns, priests not even the arch bishop.

                Why should I believe what some guy is telling me when he cant even explain it?

                How about when these stories are in direct contradiction with proven facts?

                You are not asking for faith, you are asking for ignorance of knowledge.

                The word "gullible" exists for a reason.

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                  Hubert Williamsposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  I don't blame you for not believing stories related in that way, you can't build a foundation for belief based on fishermen's exaggerations. Bible translations and transliterations were done by men with very little if any knowledge of the language they were translating. Use what you know, or feel very strongly, is proven fact and make your own comparisons. I am not saying that you will instantly see a bright light and see the truth, "Hallelujah" But you can at least disbelieve based on your own study, not the words of so-called holy men. If what I say makes me burn in hell then that would be up to God, not holy men, or any other kind of man. Men can only destroy my body, not my soul. I wasn't condemning you for what you believe. Just don't sell yourself short.

                  1. Jesus was a hippy profile image60
                    Jesus was a hippyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    But that is all we have. The only things telling of a god are scriptures (in any religion) that were all written by men.

                2. Chris Neal profile image83
                  Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  Your story illustrates a sad reality, and no, not that you don't believe. That is sad, but not in a pathetic sort of way.

                  No the sad reality is that all believers are Jesus' representatives on Earth, and it's us who usually turn people away from Him.

                  And we will certainly answer for that...

              2. Chris Neal profile image83
                Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Well said!

            2. Chris Neal profile image83
              Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              Because the LOVING God has already given you all the information you need, and you didn't believe it! He's made it pretty clear that He isn't going to accept those in the next world who didn't accept Him here.

              I know that seems harsh to a lot of people, and maybe it is, but it is Biblical.

              1. Cagsil profile image60
                Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                And BS. lol

                1. Chris Neal profile image83
                  Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  You mean God made it clear He will accept those who didn't accept Him?

                  1. Cagsil profile image60
                    Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                    No. I didn't mean that. I meant your post was BS, much more than it is biblical.

          2. Chris Neal profile image83
            Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, indeed!

            1. Cagsil profile image60
              Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              roll

              1. Chris Neal profile image83
                Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                lol

        2. Jesus was a hippy profile image60
          Jesus was a hippyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          If Jesus appeared that would be AWESOME. Of course I don't see him anywhere.......

          1. Chris Neal profile image83
            Chris Nealposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            That's because He hasn't returned yet.

            I would also like to think it will be awesome when Jesus returns, but after reading the Bible I tend to think that the world will be in an even worse condition that it is now and for most people, Jesus' return will not be seen as a good thing...

    3. aka-dj profile image80
      aka-djposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks.
      I will!
      You too! smile

    4. A Troubled Man profile image60
      A Troubled Manposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Are you saying that support groups and networking can't exist without the need to believe in myths and superstitions that divide us and cause conflict and hatred between the groups?

  2. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 4 years ago

    Up to your usual tricks huh Para. More pointless threads. lol

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It's what I live for... lol

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Somehow I don't doubt that. lol

        1. mischeviousme profile image60
          mischeviousmeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          When I'm not posting inane threads, I'm selling drugs to orphans... Like we fence sitters do. We create more fence sitters so the game will will have more viewers.

          1. Cagsil profile image60
            Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            That's certainly one way to draw attention to yourself. By all means, you do whatever it is you want, however, I'd be a bit more careful about being vocal about it. lol

          2. janesix profile image61
            janesixposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Me too!!

            That is such a weird coincidence.

  3. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    I wonder if religion hubs get much traffic and clicks. I could write some good ones...big_smile

    1. Xenonlit profile image61
      Xenonlitposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      You should! Or, just keep us happy in the forums!

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    klarawieckposted 4 years ago

    And we're all going to reincarnate together as a scattered big family... all of us being the illegitimate children of paradigmsearch. But we'll come together as a musical band (American folk music) like a bunch of hillbillies and we'll write songs about our fatherless condition, and we'll get our DNA tests done to prove that Para is, in fact, our father, and we'll sue him and his weird religious sect that supported his urge to "spread his seed across the earth", and we'll get some serious cash for all the years of abandonment and therapy!

    1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
      Hollie Thomasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I always knew there was something about PDS that I could not quite put my finger on. And now, I discover he is my dad. smile As a Brit Klarawieck, I'm not to familiar with American folk music, could you throw a few lyrics my way so I can practice for our up and coming family reunion, Sister. lol

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        roll

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        klarawieckposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Well, we should really work on an original repertoire, but meanwhile we can settle for Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama and Cagsil will have to work on the solo for Freebird. He's our best guitarist, or so I've been told.

        1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
          Hollie Thomasposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Sounds good. However, Cags seems somewhat bemused by our virtual family gathering.

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            klarawieckposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            He's just worried about the long solo he's going to have to memorize! big_smile

  5. Druid Dude profile image60
    Druid Dudeposted 4 years ago

    Praise be to P.S. Hosannah, hosannah, hosanah. All bow to paradigmsearch, creator and father of us all!

  6. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    Well, it's a lazy, peaceful Sunday here. I might even glance upward a time or two. Actually, who knows? Maybe I'll even get something productive done today.

  7. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 4 years ago

    you are productive already.

    Your definition of religion is sociological. It benefits some people.

  8. Jerami profile image78
    Jeramiposted 4 years ago

    Jesus was a hippywrote
    If I think that a story sounds ridiculous (like talking donkeys and snakes and a 900 year old man building a ark and collecting animals from all over the world) then how on earth can I make myself believe such a stupid story?

    = - =

    me
    Use the scientific method.  ...  take a black magicmarker and remove that part of the story. Continue this process then look at what is left.          We would do this same thing with the encyclopedia.

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    JWAH
    I asked question when I was a kid and not one person could answer them. Not nuns, priests not even the arch bishop.

    Why should I believe what some guy is telling me when he cant even explain it?

    How about when these stories are in direct contradiction with proven facts?


    =.= ,,=  =-=
    Me
      WWSHD?   
    Sherloch Homes would use a scientific method.  ...  take a black magicmarker and remove that  part of the story which he can not believe. Continue this process then examine what is left.           
     
    We would not throw the entire encyclopedia away, or all of our medical books away for the sake of a few bad stories.

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    JWAH
      You are not asking for faith, you are asking for ignorance of knowledge.

    The word "gullible" exists for a reason.

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    me
      I have got to agree,  To throw away the entire medical book just because certain practices have been proven nonefective would not be of benefit to mankind. 

      Black out every part of the bible that we do not agree with or can't understand, and then read what remains.  Then,right or wrong, whatever you choose to do,   you will have made an informed decision.

    1. Jesus was a hippy profile image60
      Jesus was a hippyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Ok, so I black out the unbelievable parts of the bible and what am I left with? A few stories about some social interactions with some people a few thousand years ago.

      A lot of these stories are not really relevant today and the ones that are relevant today are pretty much basic knowledge anyway.

      1. Jerami profile image78
        Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        OK  at least you tried.

          When I did it I was left with more than that.

        1. Jesus was a hippy profile image60
          Jesus was a hippyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          If you omit all the parts of the bible that go against the law of physics and what is known to be true, then you shouldn't be left with much.

          Either you are lacking knowledge about what is known to be physically possible, or you are gullible.

          1. Jerami profile image78
            Jeramiposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I can't argue with that   seeing as how    I'm A thinkin we are all gulible to one extent/topic  or another.

              We all think that we know most all of that which we need to survive.

  9. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iW6HJak7QmM/Tm-skOWBacI/AAAAAAAABLg/d3CsqM0e0J4/s1600/believe_2.jpg
    But there is nothing wrong in assigning a high probability.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, my! This post just cost me a follower. big_smile

    2. Eric Newland profile image60
      Eric Newlandposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      He looks thrilled.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image89
        paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        He does, doesn't he? lol

      2. prettydarkhorse profile image64
        prettydarkhorseposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        He is a "high waist" serious dude!!

        1. Druid Dude profile image60
          Druid Dudeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Nothing doesn't seem to exist anywhere in nature. Statement is unfounded.

 
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