THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
"I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"
GOD COMES TO MEET MAN
50 By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of his works. But there is another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of divine Revelation.1 Through an utterly free decision, God has revealed himself and given himself to man. This he does by revealing the mystery, his plan of loving goodness, formed from all eternity in Christ, for the benefit of all men. God has fully revealed this plan by sending us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
After watching the news the last couple of days and seeing just how stupid people really are, no longer respect those that say this is a christian country! I was very offended by that. That was like saying all americans agree with dufass in office. We are a changing nation, and I believe it's time for "god" to get off his fucking high horse and let someone else climb aboard.
I mean how long do these people think he will be coming back before they actually see that they have been brain washed into believing some screwed up fairy tail? It's a book. I have no desire to read it less much dedicate my life to it. Maybe I will start the Dr Seuss religion, no, I better not, then they will think I am brainwashing people and that we are all going to wait for some comet or ghost pirate ship to take us away!!! Hold on, isn't that what they are doing right now, except it's okay to give your money to them along with your life.
anyone out there wanna start a conversation? go ahead.. im listening...
My first ever post. My name is Ryan MacLeod, I deny the Holy Spirit, and I am not afraid.
Man is inherently condemned to be free. Skill to maintain freedom? How about rejection of all religious doctrines. Are atheists the only free individuals. I look at religion and see an escape from freedom. Are christians fearful? I think so. A free nation based on religion? Kind of an oxymoron.
I am not wealthy, but can I contribute in some small way, either financially or otherwise, to help ensure your freedoms?Submitted by Serafim Evgenie... on February 5, 2007 - 1:39pm.
I am a Theist, but must say, with profound conviction, that your courage and honesty moves me deeply, to the core of my being, and ask for your help as to how I can help protect you from having to live in fear. In my book, your honesty and courage in expressing your rationally reached conclusions are far more valuable to humanity than the conclusions of those who threaten you; they are the ones who are living in hell already. I agree with you - there is no hell - except for those who hate and threaten others who do not agree with them. They are the ones who have created hell for themselves, and who would create it for all of us if they had the power to do so...PLEASE report all threats to the authorities.
Quaran and probability. Allah has revealed Himself to you but most hate the Truth - Let us apply this theory of probability to the Qur’an, and assume that a person has guessed all the information that is mentioned in the Qur’an which was unknown at that time. Let us discuss the probability of all the guesses being simultaneously correct. At the time when the Qur’an was revealed, people thought the world was flat, there are several other options for the shape of the earth. It could be triangular, it could be quadrangular, pentagonal, hexagonal, heptagonal, octagonal, spherical, etc. Lets assume there are about 30 different options for the shape of the earth. The Qur’an rightly says it is spherical, if it was a guess the chances of the guess being correct is 1/30.
Let us apply this theory of probability to the Qur’an, and assume that a person has guessed all the information that is mentioned in the Qur’an which was unknown at that time. Let us discuss the probability of all the guesses being simultaneously correct. At the time when the Qur’an was revealed, people thought the world was flat, there are several other options for the shape of the earth. It could be triangular, it could be quadrangular, pentagonal, hexagonal, heptagonal, octagonal, spherical, etc. Lets assume there are about 30 different options for the shape of the earth. The Qur’an rightly says it is spherical, if it was a guess the chances of the guess being correct is 1/30.
Despite the user name, I'm not here with dogmatic intentions. The name is just a celebration of the challenge. Here are some ideas you may want to consider:
- Create a symbol. Make it positive. Display it everywhere. Movements need an shared idenity, so like-minded individuals can recognize each other.
- Establish a day of celebration. Religions use the species survival mechanism of shared communual activity to cement their beliefs into peoples' psyches. Take a leaf from their book. Make it joyful. Use music. Give your fellows something to look forward.
- Have a parade. I'll come.
Defeatist arguments are the primary defense mechanism of the weak-minded.
I have been told on many occasions, when I express opinions regarding laws that I plainly disagree with, that you cannot fight the government. It is a belief that any government wishes their native populace to believe, because a people who think that they cannot fight their government in any fashion is more easily controlled.
Think of this: the early American colonists endured the same form of propaganda. They were told in no uncertain terms that the King and his armies were too powerful. That there was no way to oppose them, and it was folly to even attempt to do so. The vast majority of the people living within the colonies simply endured whatever legislation the King laid down, and submitted themselves to whatever tyrannies might be imposed upon them.