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This is profound and deeply insightful.
I too have struggled in my life with this problem. So little time, so much to do! However, always remember, this is your personal journey. You can CHOOSE whatever path to take. No need to take on the world.
Anyone who quotes Aleister Crowley (a man who called himself "the Beast" and tatooed 666 on his forehead) and adopts his satanic philosophy/lifestyle is on the highway to hell. I hope, for your sake, you can break free and find life through Christ.
Did he ever actually harm anyone, CJ?
Aleister Crowley was a known pedafile and made a living by leading people astray. He was a hater of God and lived to serve himself and his wicked desires. So, yes, he hurt many people foolish enough to follow his wicked ways.
You know I don't know much about him, so I looked him up, and I can't find anything that seems credible saying for certain he was or wasn't a pedophile. I poke the issue because from my perspective he appears demonized for being Anti-Christian.
While the pedophilia is uncertain, Crowley was a self-confessed adulterer, a sado-masochist, and someone with strong elements of loathing, self-hatred, and drug abuse in his mind and life. Clearly, a self-harmful and harmful person. (see Wikipedia)
@ CJ. That depends on whether you take Mr. Crowley seriously or consider him a sad old queen who took himself too seriously.
What he did in his personal life is none of my concern. The message is a good one, and I appreciate his teachings.
Mr. Crowley, I'm sure made the most of his time while here. Many people like to pass judgement, but know nothing about the meaning of life.. Crowley did many weird things and many followed him. These people could have chosen not to... Live let live.
What if you never know your purpose, but you still serve it, would that bother you?
You could have not said it any better than that ,LONE. I have been lost too but now I am found.( to re-quote it) and I have been saved by amazing grace. Life is wonderful, isn't it! enjoy Cebu!
In reading the Qur'an I see no point in being good. Allah decides what to do with us regardless of how good we are. He is also described as perfectly just, but in order for him to be perfectly just we all need to go to hell. It is what we deserve.
You are wrong here and your comments are just biased to Islam. "Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and humble themselves before their Lord, they will be dwellers of Paradise to dwell therein forever." Surah Hud 11: Ayah 23
Surah 16:93, and Surah 74:31b
Doesn't sound like Allah wanted us to have any joy, fun, or laughter in life.
16:93 >>If Allah so willed, He could make you all one people: But He leaves straying whom He pleases, and He guides whom He pleases: but ye shall certainly be called to account for all your actions.
One can be a joyful Muslim. Joy is in "seeking knowledge, doing charity, searching for the truth." I know because, though I'm not of the Muslim faith, I do all these and find joy in them. Heaven's joy is felt now by those who follow it's ways.
yes SidKemp, you are right and there are many Muslims all around the world who enjoys their life with the greatest of satisfaction of doing the good deeds.
And let's not forget art and music in the Islamic world. The act of creating such mosaics and sacred music must be joyful, too.
Is that what the purpose of life is then? To enjoy it?
Sorry, Calynbana, that's not what I meant. i was answering Disappearinghead about joy in Islam. My thoughts about life purpose are above. Joy, I think, is a sign that we are fulfilling our purpose(s), but is not the purpose itself.
Sid...I do not believe that joy is found by seeking the truth, when so many find it pleasurable running from it. Many seek truth, but never find it, because they are looking for it in the wrong place or do not recognize it when they see it.
I agree with you
It sounds like you have given this issue some serious thought, and I think you are on the path of a purposeful journey. :0)
I like that, but I wonder if some people get too caught up in the passions that they lose their purpose, or sense of self.
I was previously completely wrapped up in my passion. When turbulent coincidences of life temporarily took that away from me I had something of a crisis of identity and self (To which I found resolution through meditation).
I like the quote though!