Quite the contrary Ben. Your argument was powerful, for one defending the rights of all beliefs having equal importance in God's eyes, and the potential for hypocracy in certain "self important" religions. What diluted your discourse was your statement about not believing in immortal spirit/soul right at the beginning. That implied that it didn't matter to you the need to appeal to the concept of an immortal God looking kindly upon all of His immortal children, no matter what faith, and the consequenses of that same God's wrath. How can hell fire matter to the dead, or Heaven for that matter? A burning corpse feels no pain, nor can placing it in paradise give it pleasure. Because to a soul that can die, it doesn't matter.Ben57 said:Hello Quahom,
I am unsure as to just how not belirvung in an imortal soul makes my opinon mute. For me it adds weight to no hell fire.
Again I do not understand what your reasonoings are
Why do you think my view on no immortal soul is wrong?
It is nearly impossible for an attorney to covince a jury of something they already know he doesn't believe in, sir. That in and of itself smacks of hypocricy. Had you not mentioned your personal belief at the beginning, you would have had my back against the wall for days. In the US Congress that oratory might well qualify for a fillibuster.
Because you did, however, I was now concentrating on something other than what you wanted me to consider, namely how to nullify your argument, and my eyes kept scanning up to this statement:
"...With out at this time discussing an after life (I personally do not believe in an immortal soul)..."
The majority of people I am familiar with today, believe that the ultimate goal is to join forever with the ONE, or Cosmic Intelligence, or The Other, or God, or The Universe. It implies being unique but giving in to the all, to become close with, to not be alone forever.
Can't do this if one is dead. If one is dead, it doesn't matter (dead in spirit/soul).
As I stated Ben, I don't believe you have a mortal soul. But from a legal point of view, I think the jury would have taken my argument over yours this time. You declared from the beginning that you eh, had no spirit behind your argument.
Never douse the flame of hidden hope in humans that there is more than here and now, or you'll lose your audience.
A Lawyer's son...