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August 12th, 2003

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From:djner
Date:August 13th, 2003 09:16 am (UTC)
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Very very nice, I'm glad I am not the only one who believes in this. I'm sure to continue to write about that topic as I'm very much surrounded by religion at home. I've looked into the Unitarian faith but being now that my sister and mom say tat they are "way out there" I don't know. My sister said when I mentioned Unitarianism, "don't even get me started on them." Who knows. I'll be looking forward to your entry.
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From:lucid42day
Date:August 13th, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC)

heh

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I have also "looked into" other faiths, but then I realized that the simple act of trying them on in this way is somewhat fraudulent. What purpose would it serve in your life that nothing else is currently serving? Is it honest for you to attempt to wear a faith to please your mother or sister? It seems to me that it's the sort of thing that should be done as if no one else exists.

Understand please, I'm not attacking you. These are the sorts of things that I considered when I had a crisis of unfaith. I was guilt-tripped into becoming Christian. I'm still not entirely sure why I did it, but I understand that proselytizing is a way of using someone else's hopes, fears, ignorances, and sympathies to get them to do what you want them to do.

I remember afterwards I would carry a Bible around with me, mostly for reading. That was where the problems began, I think. I remember asking other people questions, and being unsatisfied with the answers. It only took me a few months before I ran into some basic philosophic problems with the Christian outlook. I remember the first one, "What is evil?" The best definition said it was the opposite of something that nobody could define.

Well, enough rambling from me.

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From:djner
Date:August 13th, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC)

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As usual Joe, your comments are very well reasoned. I wouldn't be trying on new faiths, I'd be researching them, trying to understand them. I don't want to become christian again just because "everyone's doing it" I want to do it because I fully believe. I still don't know how I stand on the issues, its a difficult one.
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From:rangoon
Date:August 19th, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC)

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In a deeper sense evil actually proves the existence of God. In order for evil to exist, objective moral values have to exist. How can something be considered evil if there is no absolute standard by which to judge it? Without God, there are no objective moral values. All morals are relative, and hence nothing can be classified as evil. Therefore there is no contradiction between the statements "God exists," and "evil exists." There is no philosophical reason why these two entities cannot coexist or cancel each other out. How could you call something unworthy of God if there was no god?

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