Questions for class....

Discussion in 'Comparative Studies' started by Looking2Learn, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Looking2Learn

    Looking2Learn New Member

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    Thank you for that kind compliment!

    As for Jordan, I am unfortunately not over there. I am in the U.S. (Good eye A Cup of Tea!) I had the incredible opportunity to first go there on a trip for a month this past summer and see firsthand how to walk by and help peoples of other faith. It captivated my heart and I wish to return. I was with workers who had been there for decades, so I will not attempt to say what it is like to actually live there long term because I only had a few weeks. However, I can give my impression of them. It is hard, but those that take that call are the toughest and most inspiring people that I know and definitely belong in my answer to question 2. Some have been kicked out of countries, had loved ones killed, or worked with people groups for 12 years with no conversions to show for it. Others are just working the best they can or trying to raise a family. In the midst of that, they are so sure of their faith. They great every day with love and enthusiasm.

    Out of all the troubles that come from being a believer in a closed country, one thing was personally easier for me: talking about faith. In the States, it is almost a taboo topic. To ask what someone believes is like asking how much they weigh or how much they earn. Over there, it is such a free and constant topic. People were happy to talk about it and eager too.
     
  2. A Cup Of Tea

    A Cup Of Tea An ordinary cup of tea

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    For you wil <3
    I'm technically atheist but I don't identify as such. As theist-athieist is the thing that is important to most people, that guide them, gnosticism-agnosticism are what I'm attuned to. It is not a choice I've made, it is just how my mind have been shaped.

    1) Did you convert, or did you grow up in your current faith?
    Non was practiced so I guess so.

    2) Who has inspired/ motivated you the most in your faith?
    Agnostics aren't very loud, so I get surprised when anyone express themselves as agnostic. But anyone who express skepticism as to what can be known, and their own ability to judge inspire me. Lot's of comics!

    3) What is the most important part of your religion to you? (prayer, mediations, good works, etc)
    Be as good to the people around you as you can. We are all trying to find our way.

    4) What is your favorite memory associated with your religion?
    N/A

    5) What is your favorite holiday that stems from the religion?
    N/A

    6) If you will have/already had children, will you raise them in the faith too?
    I will ask them to question things to their best ability, especially what I say. Parents have a powerful hold.

    7) What is the common portrayal of your faith? Do you think it is accurate?
    I don't think people care about us much, haven't seen any negative stereotypes. It's not super complicated. (We did have a guy on here who was very upset about agnostics, worse than atheists apparently)

    8) What do you wish more people knew about your religion?
    N/A

    9) What is the most troubling part about it? The most rewarding?
    Well the world is rather bleak...and also very bright. It's chaotic and messy, and it's all in our nature.

    10) How has it impacted the past/how you look at the future?
    Things come and go, nothing is new under the son, make the best of it.

    11) What is one thing you would like a non-practicer of your faith to understand?
    Na, you guys are smart, you know enough.
     
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  3. StevePame

    StevePame Administrator Staff Member

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    FYI, I've consolidated all of these posts into one thread. So, if you're responding to the questions, please note your religion in your first response. Thank you.
     
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  4. Aetius

    Aetius Christian

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    Convert to Christianity, raised atheist.

    The love Christ demonstrated by his death on the cross.

    Prayer is the lifesblood of the faith.

    Sometimes, when deep in prayer, I feel a loss of self into the divine. The first time this happened is a favourite memory of mine.

    Easter.

    I have raised three children in the faith.

    I do not believe American Evangelicalism is an accurate portrayal of Christianity but it is the most common in North America.

    Christ Himself.

    The lack of depth displayed by many of my brothers and sisters.

    Serving Christ by serving others.

    I use to be a pessimist but now I'm a lot more optimistic.

    ~ Aetius
     
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  5. Looking2Learn

    Looking2Learn New Member

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    If you don't mind me asking, what (if any) is your view of an afterlife? I know everyone, especially in Judaism, views it a little differently, but I was just wondering if you had a specific one?
     
  6. rosends

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    The Jewish understanding of the afterlife is complex and explicated historically late in the game. Notions of the eternal soul, judging the dead, resurrection, the Messianic age are all described in post biblical (and in most cases, post talmudic) rabbinic writing.

    The best I can do is give resources:
    https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/47936/what-is-the-orthodox-jewish-view-of-the-afterlife

    look on the right side of the page for other linked or related questions.
     
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  7. Thomas

    Thomas Well-Known Member

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    Hi Rosends—

    I found that resource page really quite interesting, and the comments in the main Q&A worth following up.

    Lots of question re Hebrew mystical speculation and later Christian theology.

    And following a link, I really laughed at a comment quoted of Peter Schäfer, which I think applies to so much sensational/populist theology today:
    "There are many correct and new aspects in your paper—only what is new isn’t correct and what is correct isn’t new"

     
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  8. Namaste Jesus

    Namaste Jesus Praise the Lord and Enjoy the Chai

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    Profound indeed...;)
     
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    BigJoeNobody Professional Argument Attractor

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