How does your faith influence your everyday life?

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  1. Cino

    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic) Admin

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    How does your faith influence your everyday life? Apart from religious ritual, prayers, obligations?

    What does the "cultural" side of your faith look like, in other words? (I think religion is part of culture, but you see what I mean?) What is its bearing on the movies you watch, the books you read, the way you spend your free time, the way you decorate your home?
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    In Unity, to me it is all about personal connection with your inner connection with all that is. Your Christ self, your I Am conduit we go thru as we strive for oneness.

    My belief ..i believe...has made life easier on me. Or way my belief taught me the power of changing my perception has allowed me to traverse life's pitfalls with an ease that is greater than I see with many around me. Divorce, for closure, job loss, death in the family, the pandemic, 2 open hearts and 4 strokes...whatever...the understandings I gained from reading/teaching/and listening to my preacher...has quite simply made coping with life's rollercoaster....an experience...the good and the bad, the ups and the downs...perceptions...if the perceived bad times were removed...it would not be my life... I have enjoyed the ride in this plane.
     
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    Cino Big Love! (Atheist mystic) Admin

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    That's very inspiring, @wil.
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    It was awesome teaching Sunday school for 20 years... I still get kids thanking me for inspiring them...making them understand their personal involvement in the things that happen in life.

    Teaching really helps one understand where the questions are....twas a shame that my teachers were not open to questions....and a blessing to teach in am environment where blasphemy is just a word.
     
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    I only formally taught for a few years, university first-years. The setting was different from yours, of course, in that the questions were driven by a need to pass exams. I didn't like the ever-recurring same questions, that drove me into a rut. I imagine it is more rewarding to discuss sincere and candid questions, even if they are the same, year in year out?
     
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    Aupmanyav Search, be your own guru.

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    It makes me stick to my duties (dharma).
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    I try to act from my own highest place, and let God do the details. It works in my life. I feel I am always talking to God, asking God to help me
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    My time teaching unity principles and metaphysics was rewarding by watching the impact it had on kids thoughts and attitudes despite it being nearly entirely selfish. I taught kids 1-2 years older than my twins mostly...which got me prepared for the attitudes and questions to come at home.
     
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    RabbiO הרב יונה בן זכריה

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    May I suggest that it might also be a good idea to, at least from time to time, ask how you might help G-d?
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    How does.that playout in your mind?

    Teaching? Preaching? Protesting war? Supporting carbon neutral endeavors to combat climate change? Working in a soup kitchen?
     
  11. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Search, be your own guru.

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    All that is nice, but why should anyone protest when a war is necessary for the security of one's nation?
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    Fodder for another thread.

    Does protest unjust wars suit ya?
     
  13. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Search, be your own guru.

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    India does not engage in any such.
     
  14. RJM Corbet

    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    I've always thought these words contain all scripture:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    And lean not on your own understanding;
    In all your ways acknowledge Him,
    And He shall direct your paths.
    Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

    Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV
     
  15. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Search, be your own guru.

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    Suits many people but is not the atheists, atheists have understood that fear is in brain.
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    Still wiser to back away from a cobra? And to fear/acknowledge the consequence of doing bad?
     
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    To be fair, from a theological viewpoint "fear of the Lord" encompasses more than simple fear. Theologically the term fear encompasses awe, reverence and wonder. Mary says: "His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him" (Luke 1:50) and the fear here does not mean something craven.

    John Mallon wrote that 'fear of the Lord' is often misinterpreted as a "servile fear" (of getting in trouble) whereas it should be understood as a "filial fear" (of offending someone whom one loves).

    Lutheran theologian Rudolf Otto coined the term numinous to express the type of fear one has for God, and C. S. Lewis apparently liked and used this term often, saying that a fear of the numinous is not a fear that one feels for a tiger, or even a ghost. Rather, it is awe, in which you "feel wonder and a certain shrinking" or "a sense of inadequacy to cope with such a visitant and our prostration before it".

    In the RC tradition, 'fear of the Lord' is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, along with wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge and piety.

    Aquinas says (ST I.II q68 a1) that four of the gifts (wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and counsel) direct the intellect, the other three (fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord) direct the will toward God.

    The gifts have their counterparts in the virtues, the key distinction being that the virtues operate according to human reason (albeit prompted by grace), whereas the gifts operate under the impetus of the Holy Spirit; the former can be used when one wishes, but the latter, according to Aquinas, operate only when the Holy Spirit wishes.

    In ST II.II, Aquinas draws the following correspondences between the Heavenly Virtues and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
    • The gift of wisdom corresponds to the virtue of charity.
    • The gifts of understanding and knowledge correspond to the virtue of faith.
    • The gift of counsel (right judgment) corresponds to the virtue of prudence.
    • The gift of fortitude corresponds to the virtue of courage.
    • The gift of fear of the Lord corresponds to the virtue of hope.
    • The gift of Reverence corresponds to the virtue of justice.
    To the virtue of temperance, no Gift is directly assigned; but the gift of fear can be taken as such, since fear drives somebody to restrict himself from forbidden pleasures.

    Rev. Brian Shanley writes: "What the gifts do over and above the theological virtues (which they presuppose) is dispose the agent to the special promptings of the Holy Spirit in actively exercising the life of the virtues; the gifts are necessary for the perfect operations of the virtues, especially in the face of our human weakness and in difficult situations."

    (All the above nicked from here and there)
     
  18. RJM Corbet

    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    Agreed 'fear of the Lord' implies much more than fear of retribution.

    'Right action' -- like stopping at the red traffic light -- is not usually motivated by fear of punishment but because it is correct? Individual judgement may decide it's fair to shoot the light if the road looks clear, but the law decides it's not up to the individual to decide.

    Something like that ...?
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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    Fear.the Lord... Is where the tent revival preachers bang the lectern and raise.their voice with the bible in the air.

    If it is misunderstood as you say it is simply bad ad copy like defund police.
     
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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens Admin

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    Oops, I keep forgetting about those guys, lol. I probably spend too much time alone ...
     

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