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#1    Sherapy

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 05:07 AM

Do all paths lead to God?  I think that any path will eventually lead to God,  What if we were all bridges to each other and honored each others path and shared our love of God with one another, Is it possible the major problems of the world would begin to clear up? Why do we spend so much of our energy fighting about God why do we challenge each otherl? Why aren't we challenging the doctrines that have created division amoungst us?




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Posted 14 June 2005 - 05:15 AM

we are challenging the greatest division amungst us.  it is called the belief in "gods" and what they really are.


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Posted 14 June 2005 - 05:19 AM

There was a time that religion ruled the world and no one challenged belief in 'god'.
That time is now known as the 'Dark Ages'. A period of earth history filled with constant torture, killing, murder etc in the name of god.


Why do we spend so much energy fighting about god and challenging the common belief? To put a stop to the dark times and their lack of knowledge. To put an end to killing in the name of religion.

If you want to believe in a faceless entity, then yes your paths will lead to it. I prefer the path that leads away from all those terrible human flaws.


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Posted 14 June 2005 - 05:27 AM

*sniffles* Burns thinks my path is failous....

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 10:45 AM

I wish this was in the Spirituality vs. Skepticism, it'd be so much more fun arguing  tongue.gif

Seriously though - my personal belief, John 14:9 - (Jesus speaking) "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."

Putting aside all arguments as to what happens if people never heard of Jesus before, or those that died before the time of Jesus, or any of a number of arguments, it is my personal and sincere belief that it is only through the sacrifice of Jesus CHrist on the cross for our sins that we can come into a right relationship with God.

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 01:41 PM

I'm sincerely happy that your belief system works for you BFG.  That is the point though, isn't it?  What works for you, may not work for me and vice versa.  When the human race as a whole, and people in particular, finally mature enough to realize that "one size (anything) does NOT fit all", then we will begin to make some progress.

When people stop letting ego get in the way of understanding, then we will begin to be 'one race'.  And by "Ego", I mean that particular response that we all get when someone challenges our cherished notions.  Whether it is the "best" ball team, movie, book, or religion, we have to understand that we each have our own opinion, and to let it be.


I think the biggest fault of this is due to people who feel that their choice of (whatever) is the one and only "true & Correct" choice.  If someone believes differently, it sets in motion a 'defense mechanism' whereby the person who THINKS they are right, must somehow disprove the other persons beliefs/choices in order to validate their own values.


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Posted 14 June 2005 - 01:53 PM

I think the argument is that, while each individual branch of each religion may insist that it is the 'one true way', the only path to God (or whoever), and that all the others aren't, when it comes down to it there is only the one God; that the God that is worshipped by Catholics, by Protestants, or whoever, is all the same one?  So all these religious differences are just the different slant that each church puts on it, that they disagree basically on the details.

Am i getting this the wrong way round, or is that what we're saying here?

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 04:06 AM

QUOTE(SilverCougar @ Jun 13 2005, 10:27 PM)
*sniffles* Burns thinks my path is failous....

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 04:16 AM

Perhaps the best path to God is one you choose completely for yourself. I find it much easier to relate to God in my own unique way rather than seeking fellowship from others who feel the same way as me. I have searched for years to find an organized religion that suits my beliefs to no avail; there just is not one out there for me. Therefore, I do not affiliate myself with any organized religion.


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Posted 15 June 2005 - 04:45 AM

Before I give you my opinion you should know that I am not of any religious denomination but I used to be a Christian.


I believe there is a higher power other than myself and I believe we all go on after physical death. A religion can be an avenue to a higher consciousness but not totally necessary. I think any spiritual path leads to God.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 05:14 AM

personally I'm not  bothered by anyones chosen path or religion. I prefer  people who walk their own path as long as that honors their inner truth, I enjoy all people and often I learn something new, I have friends that are Christian  Catholic, Mormon, Atheist and we share our journeys with each other our love of
God and what we are learning personally, I would never bypass  sharing in a  geek.gif love of God because of someones religion. Any thoughts  grin2.gif




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Posted 15 June 2005 - 09:27 AM



So we can surmise that, all paths do lead to God, they just twist and turn in different directions.


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Posted 15 June 2005 - 09:37 AM

QUOTE(Kismit @ Jun 15 2005, 07:27 PM)
So we can surmise that, all paths do lead to God, they just twist and turn in different directions.

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I'm not sure about that personally.  Further on my OP, how can a suicide bomber who kills hundreds of people in the name of his/her God be on the same path as someone who may not even believe in God but lives in harmony with their environment and treat all life as sacred.

That's my two cents worth.



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Posted 15 June 2005 - 09:42 AM

And an excellent two cents it was. But here's the way I look at it. You and I are bothe genetically very similar. we were both born after a gestation period which took place inside of a human female womb.

The path spoken of is one we have to reach, so I  assume this is death and what comes after. Then presumably if we all go through the same or similar process at birth we will all go through the same if not similar process at the point of death.

All roads lead to God. I never said that God was an all loving entity, just that God, IS.


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Posted 15 June 2005 - 09:52 AM

If my path leads to someone elses god.. then I surmize I took a wrong turn.

Honestly... If I came here and said.. "All paths lead to the Goddess.." I can bet most of you would be against that notion..

So why think that you're ideas are right above anyone elses, thus thinking you have the right to superimpose it on everyone else?



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