Free Will - its scope and purpose

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  1. pattimax

    pattimax Somewhat returning

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    When you know His son, know what He has done for you, you realize how much God loves you.
     
  2. shadowman

    shadowman New Member

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    what, save from hell? yes. thats huge. but it was his idea in the firstplace. I agree that it is immense that people get saved from eternal torment. but thats a horrible thing in the firstplace. humans arent that bad. no one should have that. its too dreadful. its too terrible. its too screwed up. and thats why it seems so good. tyhats the whole thing. hell scares the living crap out of people and jesus offers relief. the imagination puts so much dread and terror into hell that by the time the m ind is scared enough of hell, jesus is bound to make it feel better. the realization that christ saves from hell is awful. its absolutely awful, its not even sickening. its on another level. horrific, dreadful, gloomy, desolate. soooo desolate. soo dark and hopeless.
     
  3. shadowman

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    this god isnt using love, hes using fear. hes convincing people they are all going to hell and he is the only way out. thats cold man, hardcore, and oh so cold, real effing low. screw him
     
  4. mee

    mee Interfaith Forums

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  5. 17th Angel

    17th Angel לבעוט את התחת ולקחת שמות

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    *chuckles* A bit like the incredible hulk?
     
  6. Snoopy

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    Perception is reality isn’t it?

    I originally responded to a question by cyberpi specifically about the Golden Rule and Buddhism, I even apologised for a minor hijacking of the thread, even though I was simply replying to cyberpi’s direct question. It seems I then went on (again in response to a post of cyberpi) to ramble a bit about free will generally. I had no intention to turn a thread on this forum into an ongoing B******* topic.

    s.
     
  7. Snoopy

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    Thanks cyberpi, I’ll bear it in mind.

    s.
     
  8. Tariki

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    Hi Snoopy,

    No need for any apologies us far as I'm concerned...............my own threads seem far better once hi-jacked.......:D

    :)
     
  9. cyberpi

    cyberpi Interfaith Forums

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    While I know Snoopy gets it I should probably carve some ambiguity from my statement... the mention of the 'Fire' may conjure up the wrong images of 'Hell and Brimstone'. I consider Fire to be good and necessary. It is a measured scientific understanding that ALL things in this world that interact must produce heat and/or entropy as it consumes energy. That is what a fire is. Fire is an interaction that consumes stored energy and produces heat and/or entropy. So I use the word fire to mean anything that interacts whether it is controlled or uncontrolled. A log fire is uncontrolled and it can burn you, but the fire in the mind, in all things electrical and mechanical, and the interaction between people can be controlled. To me (not a Buddhist), the self meditation in Buddhism is largely that... trimming back the flame in the mind and then maybe doing something with that clear and focused mind. Anyway that is how I meant the term... all activity is a Fire whether controlled or uncontrolled.

    Water extinguishing a log fire is actually a fire in itself... kind of like an endothermic reaction it removes heat faster than the fire can produce, but it produces entropy as a result which the steam carries away. Water is viewed as cleansing but it also cools people and animals... necessarily. Anything that interacts must be cooled. People breathe air and exhale water vapor for a reason... it is a real fire but it is controlled.

    So with meditation or relaxation people actually trim back a real electro-chemical flame in the mind. The word "patience" is maybe one of those overlapping words in both Christianity and Buddhism. Between people and yet within one's own mind. A person who considers themselves a victim of their thoughts instead of controlling their mind would find meditation difficult. Between people there is what I would term an overlapping will or a joint will where there is going to be interaction. In every thread, forum, medium, relationship in the world there is a joint interaction. Every thread is a fire that is not controlled by one single person but is instead controlled by all. To each individual it appears like an uncontrolled fire, but somebody is always controlling a portion of it.

    So anyway that is what I meant... walking in fire is good! Well, I do it. But no reason to get burned. If words could hurt a person then a dictionary would be WMD. But, I think like patience or forgiveness, meditation leads to impressive self control of the mind and body's Fire. From what little I have done, I consider it to be a worthwhile inactivity.
     
  10. pattimax

    pattimax Somewhat returning

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    Really?
     
  11. Snoopy

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    Hi,

    It’s simply a notion from the world of business / marketing. One person’s perception of the appropriateness or not of my contributions to this thread is different to another’s; that is what I meant by this comment in this specific case.

    I see posts from others on this thread appertaining to the Dhammapada; they too are out of order I presume and worthy of being directed elsewhere.

    What kind of response to cyberpi's question about the Golden Rule and B******* is acceptable? Silence?

    s.
     
  12. cyberpi

    cyberpi Interfaith Forums

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    Please respond with whatever B******* you deem appropriate, and if comparative B******* is suddenly deemed unacceptable on this website then please judge and respond to my B******* in a PM. Thanks!
     
  13. 17th Angel

    17th Angel לבעוט את התחת ולקחת שמות

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    Handbags at dawn.... :rolleyes:
     
  14. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    Practice what we preach...isn't that the way it should be? :eek:

    v/r

    Joshua
     
  15. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    I thought it was "...hell in a handbag", but then I could be mistaken...;)
     
  16. flowperson

    flowperson Oannes

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    Q...

    "handbasket" if i'm not mistaken. I believe that 17th was referring to a duel on the field of honor to be fought with handbags. Maybe this should be moved to the "completely useless thread" ?

    flow....:D
     
  17. Quahom1

    Quahom1 What was the question?

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    Why? You just taught me something...(lol) :)

    two somethings, actually...
     
  18. pattimax

    pattimax Somewhat returning

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    Hi there!

    It was kind of a play on words, (perception is reality- Really? For real?) But it also was to state that it just is not true. A used car lot depends on this kind of advertising and we all know how reputable they can be. Or I have some land out in the Everglades that I will sell you at low tide.

    cyberpi- Buddhist and B.S. have the same number of letters.

    No one (at least not I) have deemed your contributions inappropriate. In fact I like playing with buddhism. (Can't you tell?)

    Someone once accused me of trying to shove tracts down his throat (although he subscibes to foolish hysteria) and just today I was accused of prosthelytizing just because I ended a P.M. about samsara(endless wheel of existence) with Jesus is Lord and a smiley face. I am not doing anything of the sort. You guys do not have to be so touchy.

    This IS the Christianity page.
    Karen
     
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    wil UNeyeR1 Moderator

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