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  1. Hmm... Does require some thought, doesn't it? First statement: If considering a belief system (Judaism, Catholic, Buddhism, etc), then faith is a choice. Within a system, choice may be limited. Example: Many Christians hold that free will is merely choice that allow us accept or deny what God has commanded of them. You are free to choose what will take one to heaven or hell. But, outsiders see this as not having a choice, at all. It is commandments that must be obeyed. These outsiders also question how an all knowing God can allow choice, knowing the end results or He is not all knowing. He does not wish us to perish, but He is all powerful? Why say for us to repent while knowing if we will do so or not? If He doesn't know what choice we will make, but only the possible outcomes of those choices, than He is not truly all knowing. Outsiders see contradiction. Or do they simply choose to see it that way. Second statement: Again, using Christianity as an example, as I am more familiar with that faith based system than others, believers follow that God allows choice to test the faithful. That we are as we should be if we do not repent from sin, which is the only true choice, aside from acceptance of Him. Outsiders can not help be see there are choices if they believe we are shaped by our experiences and shared knowledge, for that is a process of ongoing decisions to have been made. As for the "he is wrong, I am right" argument? Man hates to be wrong about anything. Man equally hates the unknowable. This is why man strives for knowledge or faith. (Which can be seen as yet another choice.) As for the last two questions: Peace is subjective to how one personally defines it. Thus, it is obtainable according to however one wishes to pursue it.
  2. stoic principles

    Out of curiosity, does this belief system allow for the irrational or anything that defies natural order?
  3. Racing with a tiger

    Ever been told to "trust no one", but didn't listen because you suddenly didn't trust him?
  4. 3? Food, shelter, and wife. Not necessarily in that order, though. Humor is in top 10, or likely my wife would kill me.
  5. Racing with a tiger

    Ah, but it's the symbolism, not the pill that determines the reality, hence the two choices.
  6. Tripping over.......

    Was unintentional! Sorry, Jonathan. But we all know it was Dan's original quote.
  7. Racing with a tiger

    Yah, I enjoyed that trilogy. Enjoyed them more at home with captions and the sound turned off. Hate hearing Keanu.
  8. Tripping over.......

    Sure, as per your example, not all laws are negotiable or contestable. But say your speeding was captured by a camera. That has been contested before, and won from time to time. Even radar guns have been contested, and turned over. So while the posted limit never changed, other issues make it negotiable, so to speak. Challenges can make laws debatable. Btw, my comment was in reference to your opening statement, not your example.
  9. Racing with a tiger

    Depends on if you take the blue pill, or the red one.
  10. Racing with a tiger

    False. Unless you're looking at it from space, you know the earth looks flat, not spherical. Know is subjective to perspective.
  11. Tripping over.......

    Not really. This is why cases are often revisited, as "interpretations" do change from time to time. So even what seems so black and white at one time either fades or darkens to grey another time.
  12. Tripping over.......

    Often people can have their thinking in black and white, then learn more about all the grey areas and how to deal with them when they actually go about experiencing their chosen profession or life. Cops, for example, can become jaded in their view due to their experiences, but every once in awhile...something different surprises them. Drawing lines can trip folks up, but only if they can't accept and adapt any grey matters that come up.
  13. Society often places a higher or different standard on clergy than upon other professions. So, yes, it can have hard tasks. The rewards for serving others can also be great, though. Glad you're enjoying your learning. Blessings and peace upon your journey.
  14. Making life better

    It has been said by someone a long time ago, but I don't remember who, "if you can't find happiness in the little things, you will always find misery in the big things." Now, I'm not too sure about the misery with big things part, but I do find that things are bearable when you can find something to make you smile or smirk just a little bit. Maybe that is a small murmur of contentment, or promise of not everything seeming bleak? In any case, to me, it seems easier to obtain happiness or contentment with someone, rather than alone.
  15. It can be argued (and has been in another thread) that one doesn't need a God to know right from wrong anymore than they need one to know what feels good or bad. Which, by the way, can also be an argument for the question that came after. As for the monkeys, simply put, not all species had evolved, obviously.
  16. Sorry to confuse you. I was merely fleshing out my thoughts on the statements as they were made. 1. Belief is necessary for knowing something is true. Knowing is results that have been proven. Because one may have belief without results to prove it, the statement is false. 2. Knowledge presupposes belief. Depends on which belief. The one that uses proven results to find an end result, or the one that still needs to be tested. Still confused? Then I'm really not able to articulate any better. Sorry.
  17. Making life better

    Collective is more reliant on many separate variables, whereas an individual has only the self in regards to obtaining contentment. If you are inquiring about fear, you are looking at a variable or motivator. Variables or motivators instill an action or reaction differently to an individual than it would a collective. An example: fear would only either cause a collective to flee, confront, or to disperse to do both. An individual would only have fight or flight. In the greater picture, I might well be wrong. Just further proof that the issue of contentment isn't simple.
  18. 1. False. Example: faith is belief without facts to back it up. One can believe in something until evidence is provided to debunk it. Thus, knowing isn't really part of the equation until it supports belief if it is true by investigation. Belief can therefore be false without knowing. 2. Belief may be the basis for which knowledge is obtained. Knowledge only comes before belief in the way tools are constructed to test it. Knowledge may be the results or the vehicle of discovery then. We wouldn't know much of what we do, if it weren't for someone believing it could be tested to find truth. Just my 2%.
  19. Avoid complications? A little difficult with the position of "I don't know".
  20. Making life better

    I see what you're saying. Character, priorities and etc. greatly influence our situations and goals, and therefore our destinations, too. So, while circumstances may be identical, the goal may rarely be. Thus, it still falls that the roadblock is the only common denominator. At least in my view.
  21. Making life better

    Interesting quandary. However, it could also be viewed that those obstacles, or roadblocks, are just strengths towards contentment that we don't realize at the time. Think of it...when one comes to a roadblock in the path of their destination, one could quit the journey, or find a way around it and continue on. That fork in the road, as you will, is about all we have in common with EVERYONE, as situations, goals, or destinations may differ from one person to the next.
  22. Far more helpful than I was, Rev Calli.
  23. You may perform all functions pertaining to your faith for your church or ministry, as long as it is legal according to the law of the land, as is indicated by the tenet of the ULC, "Do that which is right". There is helpful reference material available in the ULC bookstore. You'll find a link at the bottom of the forum page that lists all the threads. Some ministers have also found useful resources at a local library. Can't say for sure if that would be true of all libraries, though. Perhaps you may even find something by researching online, too. The bookstore is easiest for me. Might require more time for you to wait due to postal service and your distance.
  24. Numbers to a “good life”

    Yes, that was quite helpful. Thanks.
  25. Not everyone here is a lawyer, either. So, to determine what is legal in your location is best to consult with one in your area who knows, or an official that records such events. As for title, you are allowed to use whatever you deem is appropriate to your ministry or religion.