Point to ponder

Any God who could torment hapless mortals for failing to believe in a savior of whom there is no proof, for not belonging to a sect of whose superiority there is no evidence, is no better than the devil. –R.M.P.

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Communication baby

There is no such thing as non-communication in the network of communication, for it too is a communicative act. -R.S.

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Damn this is good

So long as one is under the sway of the idea that there is no genuine life amid falsehood, it is very difficult to find the courage to work out which ‘spontaneous activity’ is right for oneself.

-R.S.

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Another keeper

“That person made me so mad I wanted to give them a mouthful.” –J.M.S.
Mouthful

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Things that make you go, hmmmm….

I think I hate being right for the wrong reasons more than I love being wrong for the right reasons. But I could go either way on this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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But what of truth?

“Sects” may be more true to the essence of religion than “churches” …. “Churches” may be sects that have accommodated themselves to modern society. (Maloney 1988, 133).

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Delusions

Whenever I hear people say that they do not just believe in God but experience God or Christ as a watchful presence in their lives, I am not impressed with the reality of their faith. Rather, I fear for their sanity. They are cultivating a delusion. Even if there is a God, what else is going on in their heads but the cultivation of a delusion?

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More on toleration.

The Pilgrims and the Puritans did not come here to establish religious toleration. On the contrary, they wanted to be in a place where they could be tolerated, not tolerant. The founding fathers must have known this well because the First Amendment calls for the separation of church(es) and state.

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A brief history of Xian tolerance.

First the Anabaptists, then the Quakers, the Shakers, the Ranters, the Levellers, the Diggers, the Calvinists and the Methodists (not to mention the non-denominational institutions or churches). Martin Luther must be “rolling in his grave.” So many sects and the process has not stopped nor is it showing any signs of slowing down. The Thirty Years’ War ended with Catholicism, Lutheranism and Calvinism gaining the right to existence. These three forms of Christianity tolerate each other but sadly none of them seem to tolerate anyone else.

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Toleration?

Where does toleration come from? If I accept your right to believe differently from me, but I think I believe the truth and you think you believe the truth, then what has become of truth? And then what are the implications of toleration for “truth”? So many questions, so few answers.

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Social Interview

What would make you give up your position on god, and how would you feel about it?

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Random Thoughts

The observer has been observed and now the observed has become the observer. And so it goes.

However, if the observer wants to be observed then by definition he/she gives up his observerhood.

I suppose it’s possible to be observed while observing. I guess it all depends on your power of observation.

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Happiness

True happiness is being an unwitting sower of jealousy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Facebook stuff

Ralph Scherer lost the track of his mind there for a sec. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ken Ryder
You’ll find it Admiral Angle.

Ralph Scherer
It’s just that I don’t know which story is true. The one they told you or the one they didn’t tell me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ralph Scherer
And who is they, exactly? Someone needs to do an exposรฉ on who they is/are. ๐Ÿ™‚
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John Knouff
When that happens, make sure to check under the couch cushions. It sometimes will find its way there.
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Ralph Scherer
Doh! New Web site search engine: find what you need at www.underthecouchcushions.com. Google needs some competition. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Irreligious

Maybe nothing we do now will matter in a thousand years, but IF SO, then it also would seem that nothing that will matter in a thousand years makes a difference now, either. In particular, it doesn’t make a difference now that in a thousand years, what we do now won’t matter. –JAP

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Random Thanksgiving thoughts

Life is momentary. There are happy moments and sad moments and to experience life to its fullest you must stay in the moment. I think I understand what all the monks meditating out there are doing. They are making a valiant effort to stay in the present moment.

I submit this is impossible to do because there is no such thing as the present moment. The future is feeding on the past.

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I submit for your edification….

It takes more energy for good to reside in evil than it does for evil to reside in good.

…. and not bad is better than pretty good.

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Point to ponder…

The world is fleeting, and so am I. Maybe I should learn to surf instead of drowning.

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Christian ignorance…

… of scripture and their intellectual dishonesty is more than skin deep. You guessed it, it goes right down to the bone.

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Words of wisdom…

When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

–Benjamin Franklin

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