Tolerance within spirituality

Discussion in 'Belief and Spirituality' started by juantoo3, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. Bandit

    Bandit New Member

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    Hey Q, that is a most overwhelming trip down the freeway. it is interesting how we can be on the right path and out of nowhere this source of lurking and destruction just appears.
    Like it is all around us and comes in many forms.
    Wether it be seaweed or a huge hole in the road, it can take us down, but it is impossible when we keep our hearts and minds focused on the Lord. He is not going to fail us when we keep the communication open, He will send the answer. I see a spiritual path in that experience. Keep it close to you, our favorite CoastGuardsman!
     
  2. Sacredstar

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    Hi Bandit well I said path of light.

    I wonder what BB would say about the radical message of Jesus, I feel humilating the Jewish priests was pretty radical.

    Oh yes so did I my father he was a rebel with a cause, I just chose freedom and rebelled against parental control and domination. I relinguished the spiritual warrior a long time ago on both a human and soul level, but I must say I am enjoying the replacement of the Christ Lionheart.

    Love beyond measure

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  3. Sacredstar

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    Well if we allow the soul and spirit to navigate we would never be in a space of danger but that does take complete surrender of control to GOD and the guys find it very hard to surrender.....

    Onwards and upwards

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  4. Virtual_Cliff

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    What a lot of interesting stories. It reminds me of those dinky little tracts I used to read years ago. I commend Bandit's prompt action in intervening in the fight. He did so not for moral reasons but practical ones. We only have one physical life, and although less important than the spiritual one, I'm all for saving it when you can.

    We are finding out now that sometimes we need to be careful about being too careful. Kids are now discouraged or prevented from playing any game where they might get hurt, or going anywhere they might get lost. Grown people are being told that a bag of nuts "may contain nuts" and so on. The result is a society of bored bad-tempered frustrated people with no sense of how to take care of themselves. I have touched the live wire and the neutral wire simultaneously, as a child I fell of my bike regularly, fell off trees, got lost far from home; as an adult I have crashed my car more than once... not to mention many other disasters of culpable stupidity:eek: . As a result, I feel I have become progressively wiser, in a way I would not have done if I had just read a book on common sense. All I'm saying is that it's easier to be a moralistic bore than it is to keep quiet.

    As for being a rebel, can you honestly look around you and see the blasphemies being carried out as government policy and not feel bound to rebel? We are systematically killing and robbing the poor of the earth to provide toys for the rich. The earth itself is being destroyed as we watch. Isn't this a good time to rebel?
     
  5. Sacredstar

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    Dear VC

    What about 'emotive social evolution' and people power?

    My father taught me that when the people are united the power is with the people, hand in hand, side by side in the front line creating a Kingdom of Love a new world for our children the future of humanity.

    Blessings in abundance

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  6. Bandit

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    Yes. Someone out there is of a bad persuasion is trying to own the planet.
    There is a definate lack of love and trust and reguard in all respects to life.
    Bigger than the earth has ever seen.
    So people are either blind or just ignoring it or don't care.
    But there will always be a few who try and they are the ones who stand in the middle and fight for what is right, who are willing to make a stand to make things better and declare this is has to change. Sending out the signal- "Please listen and watch"

    1TI 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing
    spirits, and doctrines of devils;

    (Revelation 16:13-14)
    (13) And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs {come} out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
    (14) For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, {which} go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.


    ECC 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is {vanity} and vexation of spirit. (KJV) ECC 4:6 Better {is} an handful {with}quietness, than both the hands full {with} travail and vexation of spirit.

    This is how we know, not everyone is on the same path.

    It has come to a point where we have to become rebels to straighten out the rebels. :eek:
    That is how I see Jesus too:) .
     
  7. Bandit

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    Over all I think tolerance is a very easy thing, but it is learned. The problem comes in when beliefs infinge on others. In the extreme of organized crime, gangs and taliban that teach violence and destruction.

    Maybe even cults that teach sacrifice of human life.

    No doubt, It has always been this way.
    However I do see an increase in this type of thinking over the last decade. It goes beyond just the basic religious beliefs.
    I look back at the 60s, 70s and 80s where the same basic beliefs are there and I dont think we were nearly as stressed and perplexed back then.
    I see a spirit of sarcasm filled with pride and less humility, that I did not see in days gone by...and things like this.
    People really did care about each other with sincerity and not just a *form* of love. Where as today it takes drastic measure like Ground Zero to hear the call and alert us to bring people together to work together.

    Please and Thank You is still spoken, but it is felt every time?
     
  8. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    Hello Bandit, et al.

    I can't answer for governments and their behaviors, but on local levels of living I have seen quite the opposite. In fact the behavior of the people seem to absolutely contridict what the media tries to roil up into a frenzy.

    I also notice that the care begins with "me" (in other words, I begin instead of waiting for the other to begin). From Russia, to Turkey, to Israel, to Greece, Japan, The Philipines, the South Pacific Islands, The Middle East...everywhere I've been, I've noticed that if I initiate, then the response usually is to reciprocate. Small groups of people together seem to work best, while in larger group (like huge cities), it doesn't always work as well.

    Simple things like a smile, even with the eyes, or hold a door open, or letting someone go ahead of you, or playing jacks with a child, or listening to a elder person while they tell about yester year, while standing in the middle of a store isle...people notice this with veiled but intense interest.

    I have found that as contagious as bad manners and harsh words are, kind words and good manners are just as contagious.

    I'd invite you all to try an experiment. Deliberately use your most polite and kind demeanor on some stranger regardless of the situation, and watch what happens to you, to them and to those around you watching ;) You might be very surprised at the lingering results.

    v/r

    Q
     
  9. Sacredstar

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    Dear Q

    I agree

    My heart overflowed with joy by the response of the general public to the South Asia disaster and more and more people and taking action. It was just today I received info about the next 'Be the Change' conference being held in London. There is joy, excitement, love and passion for change in the air.

    http://www.bethechange.org.uk

    being love

    Sacredstar
     
  10. Bandit

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    Maybe Q in your everyday public places. But I would not say in any given situation. You might also get a switch blade pulled on you for smiling or opening a door for the wrong person. I lived on the streets for awhile and I know what kind of people are lurking out there. More numbers than what people realize.

    People used to walk down the streets at midnight hand in hand.
    In some U.S. cities today if you are walking after 10 PM, you can be arrested for prostitution or intent with drugs and be hauled off to jail, with no evidence. We are also not allowed to stand outside in specific places of business to talk with someone. You go IN, or you go somewhere else and this is not a loitering issue.

    The planets destruction in land and water is not being properly addressed. I see a lot of talk but I dont see a good answer yet.

    You have a good spirit Q and want the best for everyone and you want to protect and help others, and so do I want that. I cannot ignore what I have seen and I remember where I have been.

    You know the glass is either half full or half empty. Right? Well I see the possibility of it 5 different ways.
    Half full, half empty. The possiblity of a Full glass and even an overflowing glass. Then it is possible it can be knocked over and you have an empty glass.
    So it is not just in the way we view something but the possiblities in it also.

    When we have a disaster we have many people who come together, but I don't see this in a regular basis with just the every day people. We also have those who will loot and take advantage of others through price jacking during a disaster.

    There was no such thing as police walking the halls of schools 20 years ago and having children walk through detectors searched every day for weapons.
    Certainly not every school has to do this, but why do we have to do it period?

    When I was kid, we slept every night with the front door open and windows open with no fear, and so did evryone else.
    That era is gone and may be gone forever.

    I can't change it and I can't bring it back, no matter how much I smile and how much good I do for others. And yes we have to tolerate it.
    So now we have a generation behind us, who thinks all this is normal and just the way it is. Are the belief systems and spirituality better today?

    I can still remain positive and applaud the good deeds, but Sadly, I am not convinced that things today are better over all.

    Thanks for listening. I did not mean to get all side tracked on this, but I guess I just wanted someone to listen.:)
     
  11. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    heh yea? One of my strapping military sons volunteered to go to Sri Lanka, to help clean up and provide aid (I never expected him to take such a stand). It's sad over there, dirty, dangerous, and he jumped at the chance! Army said "ok". He is 19. There is hope indeed...

    v/r

    Q
     
  12. Ciel

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    Dear Quahom,
    Yes, a thousand times Yes. The only way we can build this world is with the positive and a smile. There are many good people hidden in the every day senario, all waiting for the encouragement to freely express their hope and joy in other humanity who show a little respect and kindness. It comes from the heart and it's wholesome, open and beautiful and the foundations of a society that is not afraid to believe in itself.
     
  13. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    Yes, Ciel I am charged up as well. (a bit concerned. as I should be). These kids surprise us everyday with their intent and follow through. definitely not what the media portrays, I should think.

    v/r

    Q
     
  14. Blue

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    May I praise POST 30 by Bandit.

    I agree with it whole-heartedly for telling it how it is!

    :)
     
  15. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    Good afternoon Bandit and Blue,

    I grew up in Detroit during the 67-68 riots (learned to hide under my bed at the first sound of gunfire), was stationed in the Philipines during communist insurgent attacks during the 80s, and saw the vehemence of people during the Fishing rights conflict between Northwest US native Americans and "white" fishermen. I spent months in Haiti during the 90s uprising, and have partaken in the Haitian boat operations during the latter 90s. I've been knifed and shot at (thank God I didn't have to shoot back).

    As a detective and boarding officer for the service, I have seen things that no man should see. It could make the strongest of men lose compassion, if not for the love and hope in God.

    If the glass has any water at all, it is good. That means life has the potential to continue.

    If you two care to consider history (at least in the United States), you will find a peculiar pattern emerges. Every 40 to 50 years or so, society's behavior swings from extreme lethargy to extreme action, complacency to rebellion.

    Bandit, what you describe is nothing new. The same things were happening in the 1890s, then again in the late 1920s, then again in the 1960s, and now. Of course we can go back even further...1850s, 1800 decade, 1760s..

    In between these radical decades the nation settled down, and prosperity presided.

    I thank you for thinking I have a good heart. But I'm not a peace maker. I am a peace keeper. But I believe in peace.

    And as God said, as we BELIEVE, so it shall be. Who can argue with that?:D

    v/r

    Q
     

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