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  1. I make a distinction between prayer (an expression of the soul offered up to God) and the mindless recitation of a string of words employed to indoctrinate people to a cause.
  2. A prayer's power lies not in the words, but in the faith of the supplicant...
  3. Prayers for him, and your family. God bless.
  4. If I were Buddhist... I might take offense at an image of the Buddha being used as a hat-rack... And I'd probably be pretty vocal about it. I guess "funny" is in the eye of the beholder....
  5. Your legacy...

    From my perspective... Everything about that which is YOU has always existed (in one form or another) and always will. All acts, good or bad, are recorded in the Akashic Record and any act of love lives forever as a part of the harmonious vibrations that construct the etheric plane......
  6. Though not one of a church's primary functions, providing social interaction for adherents of all ages is beneficial for many reasons, the most obvious being that it strengthens the bonds of friendship/love among the congregation. Despite the fact that some have used the cover of religious authority to prey on the innocent, I still believe church activities are pleasant, positive experiences.
  7. Enemies

    If that's what you got from the reading, either you have a reading comprehension problem or you've intentionally distorted the words to fit what you want them to say. God save the world from "Christians " like you...
  8. Enemies

    Really? For one so well versed in the words of the Christ, you repeatedly appear to prefer to not only ignore His teachings, but seem to revel in doing the opposite of His will. Maybe you skipped Matt. 5..... In His sermon on the mount, He presented the world with words of wisdom and encouragement and advised us to refrain from the very human temptation to repay evil with evil. When pressed into service to carry a burden for a mile, are we not directed to carry it two? When stuck in violence on one cheek, are we not instructed to turn the other? Are we not counseled to forgive our enemies? Are we not admonished to live our lives in such a manner that our example may be as a light to guide others so that they may also give glory to God?
  9. Very interesting and informative! But as usual with me, a little knowledge leaves me thirsting for more... This is the first I've ever heard of the ancients using a 10 day week... Thanks for giving me something to research!
  10. Forgiveness is necessary?

    Really? May be... May not.... Might be... Might not.... I don't recall....
  11. Forgiveness is necessary?

    In keeping with the theme here.... When I find that my actions or words may have caused offense to another (sometimes the realization is immediate, sometimes only after reflection and contemplation of the apparent consequence of the action) , I apologize as soon as I realize my offense. With the utmost sincerity, I apologize.
  12. Forgiveness is necessary?

    The more I this about this subject, the more I think that forgiving oneself may be the hardest to do.... Especially when one has "reasoned" his way into committing an act that would be regretted by any individual capable of honest self-analysis.... "The man that says he has lived his life with no regrets, is either a liar or a fool." - Me
  13. Forgiveness is necessary?

    OK. If you prefer Luke.... Chapter 23, verse 34- "Father, forgive them. They know not what they do." Those guilty of His death were ignorant of the enormity of their offense, were unrepentant, and yet they were FORGIVEN anyway. The Christ did not say, "Ask me for forgiveness, and it will be granted." He gave the guilty absolution without hesitation and without prerequisite pleas for forgiveness.. Shouldn't His example be followed by His followers?
  14. Forgiveness is necessary?

    Dan..... In your reading of the Bible, did you skip Matt. 18:21-22? From the KJB.... 21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. The Christ's whole ministry was based upon the necessity of forgiving others...
  15. Forgiveness is necessary?

    Is Forgiveness necessary? ABSOLUTELY!!! My spiritual/religious beliefs are based on immutable universal laws, the two most important being the "Law of Karma" and the "Law of Forgiveness". Most people are familiar with the concept of Karma (stated simply as "What comes around, goes around.") but not all are aware of the dire consequences for their actions. Karma demands payment in kind ("an eye for and eye...") for any spiritual or physical offense against anyone or anything. A Karmic debt not only effects the offender, but binds the souls of the offended and offender together, and is carried beyond the bonds of this life into the next, and the next, and the next.... until the wrong is righted, or the offender forgiven. Only by the application of the Law of Forgiveness can the offender be pardoned and released him from the retribution demanded by the Law of Karma. Is Forgiveness necessary? POSITIVELY!!! Not just forgiveness for our own sins but (more importantly) forgiveness of others for their offenses against you. Forgiving another person (for their sins against you) may be done for purely selfish reasons.... Forgiveness releases you from the Karmic bond that would otherwise require you both to deal with the unresolved issue in the next life. Finally, Forgiveness need not be sought to be given... A willful offender, ignorant of Karmic penalties, may not even regret their act. Forgive them anyway. For YOUR sake.
  16. So good to see you here too, G! Hope you're loving life out there on the left coast!
  17. In response to the original post... I identify myself as a Karmic Creationist. As far as I know, I am the only traveler on this particular path to Understanding. Few are aware of my religion or it's tenets, so I get few questions. While I have no desire to proselytize, I welcome earnest inquiries from individuals honestly seeking knowledge and enlightenment.
  18. I just saw this... My thoughts and prayers for his family and all that grieve Brother Al's passing. I'll miss him too.
  19. New haiku thread

    In a dry basin, Hidden in a cloud of dust, A dirty bird bathes. .
  20. Hello Everyone

    Doing well, thanks. I'm traveling the country hoping to land an inside job that will last through the winter. How about you?
  21. God has been "defined" in this forum many times. And you've repeatedly claimed the definition was lacking. Just because you don't accept the definition, doesn't mean that the object in question doesn't exist. It just means that God has not granted the proper words to one, or complete understanding to the other.
  22. Risk

    There's risk in everything.... I don't proclaim my ordination in public, but have told my friends.... I don't wear a distinctive costume or collar that would lead others to believe I am anything other than the sinner that I am... The future.... Who knows?
  23. New Certificate

    I was going to order a "Starter Pack" (with the certificate, wallet card, and a couple other items) from the Modesto head-quarters, but when I clicked on the item I was informed that the item I desired was "not in stock in the quantity indicated". I only wanted one......
  24. Baptism

    It's not just the Roman Catholic Church... not even other Protestant churches recognize baptisms from other Protestant churches. I've been baptized 3 times (as an infant, as a teenager, and as a young adult) in three different denominations. There's a story I heard long ago.... There was a man that had the reputation of being a notorious drunk and degenerate. Early one Monday morning, a preacher of a Baptist church saw the man walking down the street singing hymns. Noticing that he was clean shaven and sober, he inquired as to what had made such a great change in his life. He answered, "Last night as I was walking down Main Street, I heard the most beautiful singing I had ever heard in my life coming out of a church. I felt drawn to go in, and after listening to the preacher speak, I accepted the Lord as my Savior, was baptized, and all my sins were washed away!" "There are three churches on Main Street." said the preacher. "Which one did you attend?" "I'm not real sure," said the new convert. "It's not a real big church," he said, "but it's doors are always open, and when I went in, I felt welcomed. After listening to the singing and preaching, I confessed my sins, was baptized, and all my sins were washed away!" "Well," said the preacher, "I know I didn't see you at my church last night. So that means you went to either the Methodist church or the Presbyterian church. And though I'm glad to see the change in your life, I'm sorry to say your sins haven't been washed away." "Yes they were!" exclaimed the man. "I confessed my sins. I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I was baptized. And all my sins were washed away!" "I'm sorry," said the Baptist preacher. "You may have confessed your sins and accepted Jesus as your Savior, but your sins weren't washed away.... They were dry-cleaned."