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Prayers and discussions
People usually pray to God
We need to pray God
Welcome to our hub (20), Prayers and discussions
May God guide and help me say the right religious things?
Dear readers, as you know, we are looking for ways how we could improve religious cooperation, so that, we could suggest how religions could become more friendly to each other’s and serve humanity better. In our quest to find the right religious ways, in these religious issues that we are writing here, we have to say that every time that we review and edit these religious writings, there is something new that we could add to it, because our point of view has become modified from what is happening around us. You see, our point of view becomes modified also, from what we have learned in our study of religions, since this writings of Prayers for reconciliation could be said that it is a study of religions as well.
Therefore, we who believe in God and are glad to say so, we have to say that even with all our religious beliefs, it might still happen that sometimes we don’t know if we are doing the right religious things, so, we keep looking for an answer to our problems that we would like to solve. But, whenever there are doubts in our minds and we happen to ask ourselves whether we are doing the right thing, when this happens the best thing to do is to pray God to help us overcome our doubts, so, I am praying God for help and guidance here under, because we need to pray God to write about God and religious things.
My simple personal prayer
Our Father in heaven, to you I turn God Most High, and I start to pray with all my heart, my soul and my mind. In the name of The-Father The-Son and The-Holy Spirit I am praying, hoping that the ever present guiding force of the Holy Spirit on earth (God) would guide me; So that, I would be able to write my religious writing as humanly as possible according to your will. Father, hear my prayer and guide me. Amen.
As you can see dear readers we are praying God, and with prayers in our heart and beliefs in our minds we (I and my religious friends) are going to try to find a way how to achieve what seems hard or impossible to achieve today, we say impossible to achieve because some religious fanatics wage war using religion, which is really shocking to say the least; their actions also increases the atheists attacks on religions, as they don’t believe in God and any religions and when we see these things happen, we have to admit that we cannot blame the atheist completely, because what they are proposing is the lesser harmful way for humanity. Anyhow we believe that through discussions with our religious friends and prayers to God, we might be able to come up with a good suggestion that could solve some of the present religious problem, and also hope to minimize those problems in the future.
Anyhow, today I am waiting for my religious friends to arrive, so that we may have an open discussion about religions in general.
Meeting with friends
Angels Prayers for Reconciliation
I have not seen my religious friends for a while; so, I have been thinking about many things, and at the same time, I have written a religious chapter all by myself, and it is so boring. I hope that my readers will not be bored also when they read it. I have found out that, it is too hard to talk forever all by oneself, you know; even if you have millions of things to say. So, I have asked my friends Mark, Gino and others to come to a new friendly religious meeting; in the hope that we may come up with a new religious strategy, and also find a way how to write religious issues that do not sound so boring.
Now I am waiting for my friends to come, while I am getting a few things together, so that we may have a few nibbles and a drink during or after the meeting; you see I do not want them to feel pushed too much about these religious matters, as they don’t seem to volunteer easily to talk seriously about religion, so I want them to feel that we are here to enjoy ourselves first of all. You see, I may be a religious fanatic, just because I want to talk here about religions all the time, but my friends are just normal everyday people, that talk about religions when they are asked to say something about it.
At last my friends have arrived, so I better meet them at the front door; so that they may feel welcome. I can see five of them, there is Mark, Gino, Don, Bill and another bloke that I have only seen around sometimes with Gino, so I wonder what type of person he might be. Anyhow we greeted each other as often friends do and Gino introduces his friend Peter to me, he seems a decent sort of bloke to me, so I hope he is also interested in religious talks.
Anyhow, we go inside while chatting about many unimportant things, asking how we feel about this and that, and what we have been doing lately. We sit down around this table that I have made ready, and while I offer them a drink they all start nibbling from whatever was on the table, we were all relaxed and enjoying each other company for a while. But then Gino seemed to remember the reason why we were there and asked; Frank, have you written or done anything about those religious beliefs of yours?
Of course I have! I said. And then I said;
To tell you the truth I have written a whole religious chapter all by myself, which I am going to let you read it, if you want to read it later on. Now I want you to know that for me it has been very hard to write that religious stuff, just because I would have felt better if we had had some discussions on those religious issues that I have written, and then it becomes too monotonous and boring, so I really wish that we had discussed a few things before I wrote them down, as that would have made me feel better. Anyhow, now that you are here we may discuss a few religious issues together.
If I remember right a while ago we were discussing the very end of the Bible, which seems to forbid any change of what the Bible says, and therefore any change in religious beliefs; if one believes that not only the end of the Bible cannot be changed, but also anything in the Bible cannot be changed. Here I would like to ask, have you formed any opinion on that subject since then? Or what have you found out that may be able to help me write my religious theory?
(My friends short answer.)
Well; no I haven’t thought much about that, because of all those things that are happening around us, and some of those things seem to involve religions; Gino said.
The same here; Mark said, however I have been thinking about the religious situation of today, so, I would like to say what I think.
We all agreed to hear him; and this is what Mark said.
Religious changes ahead
Mark sees religious changes ahead.
Here we are talking about religions. So, let us stop just for a moment to think about nowadays religious matters, as this is very important to know; because it affects a large part of our life religious and otherwise, so, it would be great if we could find some answers to the questions raised from our fried Frank. But, as Gino has pointed out to us, there are also a lot of things happening out there that need to be taken into consideration.
My own personal experience these days, leads me to think that most things are changing including religious things, perhaps slowly but they are changing anyhow, it has got to be that way, since a lot of things have changed especially the last 50 years. Now to make it easier to understand these issues, I would like to talk about the religions in the past, since this is what we were going to talk about here, and then briefly say something about what is happening today. First of all, I want to point out that when I was a teenager I remember that the Bible was called the Sacred Scripture, and it would be a sin for anyone other than the priest to handle it or read from the Bible.
All this has changed, and today the Bible is available to the public; so, anyone can handle the Bible and read it; also some other religious books are available to the public to read. So, today it is only a matter of time before the public at large learns what is written in the whole Bible and what could be true and good for the people to believe; and what doesn’t make sense and therefore one should not bother about what it says.
Now let us talk about our present times. As you know, today most household have a computer, which helps in many ways to learn new things at a very fast pace indeed; so, the computer is going to accelerate the changes it is obvious, it is going to be just like other great events that have happened in the past, whenever there is something that radically changes the way of thinking or doing things, great changes will follow this first change it is inevitable.
Now, let us take a look at discussion groups on the Internet:
There are perhaps hundreds if not thousands of groups; they are all discussing their own agenda, I don’t want to talk about all those groups, as here we want to talk about religious groups or religious issues mostly. As you all know there are some groups which talk only about religion and their own beliefs; there are groups discussing philosophy, which in a way could and would include religion because religion is part of life; there are groups discussing evolution including creation versus evolution; and there is also a large group called, Atheism versus Christianity.
Of all these groups, Atheism versus Christianity is one of the largest groups if not the largest, the atheists don’t believe about God, so they do not believe in any religions and would like to see religions disappear. Of course, because today there are some terrorist news about religious people, these atheists have a strong point to argue against the existence of God and religions.
The Atheists group is formed largely from well educated people, and therefore, when a discussion arises they are able to put a strong case about their own non-beliefs, so the followers of religious groups, which are usually less educated, are left in a disadvantaged position. Because the believer feels disadvantaged, it may give rise to the believers losing faith and moving away from their own original religions. They may even change religions in some cases, because they feel the need to believe in God, sometimes changing religions could be even worse for them, because they will encounter a different problem.
My views are these: As the Atheists as a whole does not see that if they destroy people beliefs and religions, they are very likely going to create more problems in the whole world.
This makes me think about those differences of opinion, and even though today there are these terrible news of the killing of innocent people from the Islamic State, and for these reason the atheist could be attacking religions more often, I believe that atheist would be making a mistake in believing that the world may be better off without religions altogether. Because looking at the whole situation, I have to say that God and man need each other, and that is the reason why religions need to exist.
What do you say, do you agree with me?
We all said in a way or another, of course we agree with you, your reasoning makes things very clear. Then, I said; I will take note of your speech and if you don’t mind I will write it down in my religious writings. Now, if I remember right you have said before, that man needs God, and also that God is hope for those that need hope most, so, I believe in what you have said as well.
Gino was also impressed and wanted to say something himself:
And this is what Gino said.
The bible is the most read book
Religious problems ahead
Gino sees problems ahead
Let me go back to one of our previous meetings; where we were talking about the end of the Bible; I want to say here, I have been thinking about what we said about the end of the Bible, in one of our meetings; but I have not done anything at all, although every now and then with my friends here Don, Bill and Peter we have mentioned it, without having any real deep conversation about the subject, sometimes I feel a bit worried about all these religious issues, because they seem very complex for us simple people.
Look Frank, I really thought that you would give up writing this religious theory of yours; you see, it is very hard to do something that other people have tried to ignore for thousands of years, whether it was from fear of the consequences that could follow, or lack of general knowledge makes no much difference. Beside that you and I, including our friends here today, we are not what you would call highly educated people. I know that we know how to understand just about anything written, and understand perhaps better than somebody else, because we apply our own reasoning mind properly when we have to, we are also able to write something well enough and be understood, but that may not be good enough to write what you want to try to write here. You see, even the religious writers try hard to avoid any religious changes for fear of getting it wrong, I hope you see what I mean.
Now that I have said that, I see that you look disappointed, Frank!? Since you are keen to write your religious theory, no matter how much troubles you may be getting yourself into, so, I will try to learn a bit more about religious things and next time we meet I may be able to say something more positive that could help you.
For the time being I would suggest that perhaps we may have to start reading the Bible again and again from the very beginning; and while we read and study the Bible we should ask ourselves whether the meanings are clear enough and are they in line with what we have been told they mean? Now, if we believe that there is another meaning to what we have been told, and also what we see at first glance. I think that this is worth to try; of course we also need to look at what is happening today in the world, especially those things that may be said to have a link to religions, but we are going to discuss those things next time, since I need to think about it before I form my own opinion; that is all I want to say for now about religions today.
This is how this religious meeting ended, because after Gino speech we just chatted about other matters that would not and could not interest our religious readers here.
After we enjoyed ourselves chatting and having a few drinks my friends departed, so I was left all by myself to decide what I had to do next, so, I thought I better do what I was doing before the meeting, thinking about religious matters.
And again I thought that perhaps a prayer to God could help, and again I prayed God for guidance.
Prayers for Reconciliation, is to be continued;
Next time with, WHAT SORT OF GUIDANCE WE NEED FROM GOD.
This is all for this article folks.
May God bless us all?
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