En-Lugal wrote:I'm inclined to agree with you. Does that strengthen your connection to deity? Where does that leave you?
at1with0 wrote:En-Lugal wrote:I'm inclined to agree with you. Does that strengthen your connection to deity? Where does that leave you?
It opens my mind to the possibility that the account of God in the Bible is true and accurate. Or, at least, more is true than I thought. It opens my mind to the possibility that God's love is not at all like human love.
In every frame of your memory, there was something that most accurately symbolized God, although "most accurately" may be relatively inaccurate. Sometimes it's a clock. Maybe a bee. Or a source of light. A person on occasion. Sometimes the entire frame is the best symbol for God. That's when the connection feels strong. I am tethered to the earth but floating far beyond the stars.
En-Lugal wrote:So small things we take for granted like the bee can trigger the same response that a panoramic of the universe, as far as we can see at present, and connect one to deity.
The flesh is here on this earth but our intelligence, our soul, may actually be beyond the universe of/or man's understanding and connected in ways even further away from our understanding. The clue may reside in the way which our brain sees and decodes symbolism. Is that an accurate interpretation?
at1with0 wrote:I don't know if that's a question but if it is, the answer is yes. Something as small as a bee can trigger that response.
Sometimes I'm reminded of the Chinese Room scenario and what it might feel like for the person stuck with just symbolic decoding all their lives to leave the room.
His research shows that the death toll from democide is far greater than the death toll from war. After studying over 8,000 reports of government-caused deaths, Rummel estimates that there have been 262 million victims of democide in the last century. According to his figures, six times as many people have died from the inflictions of people working for governments than have died in battle
at1with0 wrote:If you believe in a God and the flood, then not only did God allow genocide to happen, God caused the genocide.
If you believe in a God but not the flood, then, yes, mankind perpetrates genocide and God allows it to happen.
Your point seems to be that mankind, rather than God, perpetrated genocide (in the form of democide). Yes, I would agree that mankind perpetrates genocide. My point is that whatever God you believe in allows it to happen. Many will nod their head with that and say they'd rather have free will than no genocide/democide allowed.
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