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Good luck with that. For example, religious rituals fulfill the desire for order Not really. About the only thing they actually accomplish is highlighting the moral impotence of mankind. Ritual is a crutch by which man attempts to fulfill his own self-righteousness. It ritual is not about order at all, even when it's disguised as such.

Sadly, much of Christianity is filled with ritual nonsense, even though the core doctrines are actually opposed to this. It doesn't change anything, at best prevent a perpetrator from committing another crime, which is a noble thing in itself, but that's really too late. If you are looking for Vengeance or Justice, you will have to wait a while, because the omnipotent God isn't in a hurry to administer it himself, and there's a reason.

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Power is a pretty stupid and useless goal for humans to have. It causes one's perspective on life to be warped, and even an otherwise moral person can easily be corrupted. Religion and moral convictions or lack thereof are not so simple to deal with as some silly questionaire. Someone may be convinced of oen moral principle and not another, and while I can't just have some attitude of throwing everyone away like a piece of garbage, I cannot simply "agree to disagree" either.

Oh that's a term which seems to have taken steam around the time I was in high school, "agree to disagree". Well, the slippery slope happened.

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First homosexuals were rebuked. Then it was reduced to marginalized. Then they were promoted by the far left and the television shows. Then they were accepted by the liberals in high school and college. Then they were married by the supreme court justices.

And meanwhile the Pope blesses them, but in his Bible, the Apostle Paul writes that we should not eat with them nor bid them God speed. God can forgive anyone, but that doesn't mean we accept them without repentance and commitment to change. I don't know, religion isn't really accepting. Now for example, I get an email in my in-box, "Hot horny Lesbians As I watch, I am wondering what either of them gets out of being a Lesbian, and what it would take to convince them to be straight.

What was that Augustine quote? It goes something like, "God deliver me from temptation, but not today. I don't think that's hypocrisy, I think it's some kind of lapse. I hold myself to the same standard as everyone else, do my best to keep it. Silly church rituals can't help anyone.

Religions evolved through natural selection. Those that were better at outgrowing and overrunning their counterparts were the ones which have survived to the present. Islam is only a little better at this than xianity because it was able to incorporate lessons learned and trim off unnecessary baggage. It doesnt matter what they say; it matters what they DO that makes them so dangerous. Further, for Christians to hear as well as unbelievers, Jesus actually told the ritualistic Priests and the lawyers and scribes that, "The Harlots and publicans go into the Kingdom of Heaven before you.

The problem here was the same as the problem in every major world religion today, especially the big 3 so-called Abrahamic religions: IN spite of Constantine trying to ruin everything, some gems have survived. Islam is a deception which is easily tipped further one way or another to encourage murder in the name of a false prophet, muhammad. Islam does not do anything better than other religions, in fact it does worse. It views God as being transcient and unknowable, and therefore salvation is unknowable.

To them, mass murder in the name of their false god "allah" is encouraged and rewarded with carnal benefits such as extra wives in heaven and so forth. The heaven Jesus spoke of is one where humanity transcends the carnal and the mortal pleasures to a greater spirituality with God. Xians have nothing to say against the cultures who are still doing these things because their books all require them. They are edicts from your GOD. Where does the audacity to ignore certain parts of the bible while insisting that others be adhered to, come from?

Ill tell you - it comes from the rise of secular western culture and the fact that religions are not ALLOWED to do what god tells them to do in their books. Many religionists are understandably unhappy about this. This includes expressing their inherent bigotry in public. Although you WILL hear it in church, temple and mosque, and from evangelists on tv and radio. And I thought that inciting bigotry was illegal. Islam is a deception which is easily tipped further one way or another to encourage murder in the name of a false prophet But lrrkrrr your book says exactly the same things, and REQUIRES that they be carried out, in the name of gods little boy.

How do you rationalize this, if I can even use the word in the context of religion? Do you want specific verses? Mohammud is a false prophet, and he is one of the few false prophets who is specifically predicted by a Bible author, namely Paul in the book of Galatians, where Paul indicates that someone was going to claim an "Angel from heaven" gave them something contradictory to spread. If you are referring to the Old Testament, it was intended to that the Jews would admit they couldn't keep it, but in their pride they said "This we will do," which they never actually could keep it.

For the most part they actually didn't go around stoning people, because they mostly got that. If you stoned everyone who was an adulterer, witch, or an idolater, you'd quickly kill the majority of the population for one reason or another. When Jesus came on the scene, and asked what to do with an adulteress, he said, "Let him who is without sin first cast a stone at her. Answer the question Lrrkrrr. Are you less pious than the muslims who do these things perhaps not to mention the xian faithful in northern ireland and serbian and lebanese militias, and the lords resistance army?

Do they love god more than you? And there hasn't been a legitimate stoning since then, because the law was never intended to kill people, it was intended to convict people and turn them to God. In the New Testament church leaders simply excommunicated people until they changed their behavior.

They know nothing of Love nor mercy nor God. I have also told people that I believe some of the books in the old testament are corrupted, in fact there is even internal evidence in parts of the Old Testament which suggests that other parts have been heavily doctored or replaced.

I don't believe the texts we have regarding the prophet Samuel, nor even much of what we have of Moses and Joshua, are in agreement with the teachings of Jesus in certain regards, because Jesus said his kingdom was not of this world, else his people would fight. Do you know that secular law actually agrees with most of what Paul wrote to Timothy?

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Right now we don't kill them, we just put them in prison forever As one prisoner from a maximum security facility even said, "once someone has been in here a long time, ten years, they should NEVER let them out. The Purpose of the Law …24Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.

It was supposed to make you realize that you could not live up to God's standard of goodness through your own efforts, and therefore make you ask for forgiveness and salvation through a savior. There is not a single command by Jesus or an Apostle to kill anyone in the new testament Oh no its only implied there. Jesus says to sell your cloak and buy a sword. And that he came not to bring peace but a sword "For I have come to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— 36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.

Not to mention the foulest form of all; self-murder, or martyrdom. Does little ever seem to go right for you? Do you sometimes feel that the universe is out to get you? Why do I have bad luck? It just feels that way. Better still, there are two simple things you can do which will reverse your feelings of being unlucky. Most successful people take the opposite view.

They look for a way to make things better. When things go wrong, they quickly look for ways to put them right. No one is habitually luckier or unluckier than anyone else. It may seem so, over the short term Random events often come in groups, just as random numbers often lie close together for several instances—which is why gamblers tend to see patterns where none exist.

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When you take a longer perspective, random chance is just. Yet those who feel that they are less lucky, typically pay far more attention to short-term instances of bad luck, convincing themselves of the correctness of their belief. You learned it somehow. As a result, you will almost certainly stop trying, convinced that nothing you can do will improve your prospects. Your attention is under your control. Send it where you want it to go. Starve the negative thoughts until they die.

To improve your fortune, first decide that what happens is nearly always down to you; then try focusing on what works and what turns out well, not the bad stuff. When random events happen, as they always will, do you choose to try to turn them to your advantage or just complain about them?

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