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  2. I thought of these things you listed when I was younger but was too busy being entranced by the wealth of the church to care. Almost like it's done purposely to attract people ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Anyway thanks for sharing brother/sister.
  3. I agree that the wine & bread are emblems of the life and sacrifice of Christ taken in remembrance of him, they were never meant to represent the actual blood & body of Christ. "This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19). I rejected Catholicism because it mixes old testament law with the New Covenant. Example, Christ taught to confess your sins to God, and that he became our intermediator, but Catholics still require sins to be confessed to a Priest, that's Old Testament where the Priest would then make a sacrifice for sin. But all th
  4. I was ordained as a minister of the Apathetic Agnostic Church. The church motto was -- "We don't know and we don't care." Words of wisdom. Words to live by. Sadly, the church is gone. The motto still reflects my outlook. I'm an amiable fellow, given to friendly conversation. I'm done with arguing. It's not fun and I'm bored with it.
  5. I have recently spoke with a friend and he is more of a "I don't care." while I am an "I don't know." type of person in accordance with a belief in God(s). I try not to think to much about my own faith anymore as it doesn't do anything but stresses me out because of conformity. For now I will just continue my theological studies and create discussions to keep this board active. Hope to see much more of your input!
  6. What is it about Catholicism in particular you reject? Personally, I found communion being the actual body and blood of Christ to be a stretch. I also reject the authority of the Pope, although with all religious leaders some of their teachings speak true to world matters.
  7. Welcome Brother, hope you find what you're looking for here. Don't be afraid to start discussions or join in on some, ULC needs community to stay alive.
  8. I personally believe the bible is 100% valid, that it was inspired by God and written for all times. Its the 'Living Word' and not an out-of-date ancient document. Little if anything was lost in translation, a good concordance can help reveal the exact meaning of the Hebrew/Greek words translated into English. Everyone has questions and don't understand it all, but studying and getting answers will certainly help to solidify your faith. Teachers don't perform miracles or rise from the grave, Christ was Messiah. Bottom line is that belief in anything is ultimately a choice. I've obv
  9. I am a newly ordained Universal Life Church Minister and my name is Don Brown. Blessings of Love and Light to each of you. I look forward to learning all I can from anyone who wishes to share. Please feel free to reach out to me as the Spirit moves you. Especially anyone that lives in Florida. LOL Be well Rev Don
  10. Good. We can keep this simple. A god -- or God -- that can not be demonstrated to exist, is irrelevant and meaningless. Even if that god actually exists -- so what? Just like that, no big arguments. It doesn't matter.
  11. Are you referring to the Gnostic gospels or something else? I am interested in learning more.
  12. I think that is a healthy look at it... and if I remember correctly if we look at the scrolls that didn't "make it" into the "new testament" he himself saw it more or less that way too...
  13. I've started to take it at that value. I am beginning to see Jesus of Nazareth as only a teacher rather than the messiah. Just a little stressed about liberating myself, Other than that the past week has been very eye opening to me. Just wanted to hear my brothers/sisters opinions.
  14. There are a few "wise" things to be found in there. More or less like a parable or philosophy... But as a "all knowing and 100% accurate depiction of reality"...? Not so much...
  15. I'm an Agnostic. I don't know is a good answer. You seem stressed. Really. Try to relax.
  16. I used to be a hardcore catholic who would shun my current day self. Never once did I question the validity of the bible as doing so would be blasphemy. Although the more I read, the more questions without answers I had. I would spend hours praying and hours listening trying to find God's voice inside of me for the answer to these questions. Every time the answers were ones of doubt. My parent's would say that was the voice of Satan but I am not so sure. Looking at the multiple translations from Hebrew, Greek, Roman-Latin, etc, I can only imagine how much was lost in translation. Even now, man
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  18. Of course it is. That is why people want God to be real. Why sheep follow shepherds. Why authoritarians like Trump prosper. Peter Pan lives. "I won't grow up."
  19. I was a Home Health Aide for three years. Enough to know what you're talking about. It can be rough.
  20. I mention as a matter of human self care and not about promoting some aged scripture or religion. We are human and we have needs. If we do not look after our personal needs then we will fail at the emotionally hard things in life such as caring for others. I speak as someone who was a nurse for 46 years. Those who don't look after their needs do not last long in the job. They burnout quickly. There has to be something for the carer as there is need of the cared for.
  21. "Modern" urban people know nothing about shepherds. You are spot on. Real shepherds kill their sheep, eat their flesh and wear their skins. This, after a lifetime of "fleecing". If the sheep knew more about their shepherds -- or their politicians -- they would take their chances with the wolves. Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. ... In Context | Full Chapter | Other Transl
  22. Oh, I was just thinking about this when I read your post in the "Hedonism" topic about happy individuals... O how the sheep love their shepherds... forgetting what a shepherd eventually does to his sheep...
  23. I think that this is a self evident truth. When individuals are happy, then the people are happy. When individuals are miserable, then the people are miserable.
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