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  1. spockrates

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    Sure! I mean, consider the Tree of Trust: It’s a given that one may and perhaps usually should trust a trustworthy person, and the trustworthiness of a person is contingent on the person knowing what’s best and having one’s best interests at heart. Therefore, I see no reason to not believe a being who is wholly wise and fully loving would know best what I should do in every situation. Don’t you agree?
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    In general imo it's a loaded question because 'God' is not a (being) person. God may communicate with people in human terms, but what is being communicated are spiritual laws that are often at odds with natural laws.

    We have free will. That means spiritual beings are not allowed to help us unless we ask first.

    It may be only in extremity that a person is ready to surrender their ego. So: "Unless you become like a little child," etc?
     
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    Fascinating! Are you saying the Lord is a what, but not a who? Or are you thinking the Lord is one what in three whos? Or are you of the opinion the Lord is one what in one who? Or do you have some other understanding of the Lord cited in the passage you quoted?
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    All/none of the above.

    "For I accept every sacrifice, and I am their Lord supreme. But they know not my pure Being, and because of this they fall.

    For those who worship the gods go to the gods, and those who worship the fathers go to the fathers. Those who worship the lower spirits go to the lower spirits; but those who worship me come unto me.

    He who offers to me with devotion only a leaf, or a flower or a fruit, or even a little water, this I accept from that yearning soul, because with a pure heart it was offered with love."

    Bhagavad Gita 9:34-26
     
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    I’m interested in learning about Hinduism, and I think that’s a quote from one of the religion’s texts.

    But I’m a logical thinker, as my user name suggests. Isn’t it illogical to say both all and none are the case?

    I mean, it sounds like you are saying the Lord God is a sometimes a what and at the same time is never a what, which seams to me a self-contradiction.
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    Schrodingers cat?

    Spirit surrounds and contains and permeates nature. Spirit 'weaves' nature. The greater wheel of spirit turns the lesser wheel of nature, but is not turned by it. Imo
     
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    Over my head. Perhaps because I’m a dog person?

    Let me try to explain why I’m having difficulty grasping your meaning: When the writer of Proverbs uses the word, Lord, that word is a noun. It’s an accepted fact that a noun can only be a person, a place or a thing. By saying the Lord is never a being, that logically leaves only three possibilities: The Lord is a place, a thing, or both.

    Which of these three do you prefer?
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    Light is a wave until I try to measure it, then it becomes a particle. It is impossible to know both the position and momentum of a particle: the more I know about one state, the less I can know about the other state.
    Unfortunately dictionary definitions may not apply? Spirit may be at least as complicated and apparently contradictary as quantum mechanics?
     
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    Affirmative. But is it possible light is also both not a particle and not a wave at the same time?

    If the Lord, the Spirit, God, or whatever noun we choose is not something that a noun can be used to describe, then should we trust any religious book that uses a noun to describe this Lord, Spirit, God or Other? Indeed, can we sincerely use any of these nouns ourselves?
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    Sure, hug them first, and don't let the bark scare ya.
     
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    I don't know. To me light is the shadow of God. Light is often used as an expression of Spirit. Darkness is the lack of light, not the opposite of light.
    Again, it's the attempt of words to vaguely outline what language cannot adequately contain. It's not the dictionary words that matter. The words are the shell of the nut, imo.
     
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    Sorry for being clear as mud! I was speaking of actual — not metaphorical — light.

    Yeah, yeah! I think I get it: The noun God is accurate, but our definition of a noun is too narrow. One might say a noun can be a person, place, thing or spirit. Since these are exclusive categories, we might say that just as a person is never a place, so too a spirit is never a thing. Does that ring true to you?
     
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    I prefer embracing birch to other barks. Hope that doesn’t make me a tree bigot! ;)
     
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    Just a little flakey
     
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    :D
     
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    So was I. Light is a flow of electromagnetic waves/particles. Without one another the wave/particle cannot exist, yet when I try to look at a wave, it vanishes to an infinitely tiny point that takes up no space, and when I try to pin down the position of the point, it becomes a wave that spreads out to occupy infinity. Can it be neither wave not particle? I don't know. Does it matter?
    A person occupies a place in space. Spirit is the reality. Plato's cave.

    Spirit is not bound by nature. It is not bound by what I can detect with my five natural senses. It's not bound by words. It's vaguely like trying to describe sight by reference to the sense of smell, sort of. Imo ...
     
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    It does if one is to hold the opinion that nothing illogical can possibly be true.
    Then why are you using words to describe spirit if no words can describe spirit? Isn’t it better to say nothing about God at all, since anything we say will be untrue?
     
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    But I didn't say that. Schrodinger's cat is both dead and alive at the same time. A photon is both a particle and a wave at the same time. Is that logical?
    Scripture uses words to give an idea of spiritual laws. Christ used parables and also the mystery of his own life to explain spiritual laws. But I do not think you will be satisfied with anything I say, so ...
     
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    Oh, you’re fine! Good talking with you! :)
     
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    Ditto :)
     
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