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11 Nov 2014, 1:52 am

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I'm spiritual, but not religious. Religious people interpret this as a me being a lost soul looking for a religion. Atheists interpret this as being an atheist in denial.


Hmm... I'm not trying to pick a fight, but I am curious. What does that actually mean to you?

...because when I hear that phrase, it makes me think, "superstitious but without a moral/ethical code."

The practical purpose of religion, to my mind, is the transmission of morals and ethics (not that one cannot be moral and ethical without being religious, because they can, obviously).

I kind of believe in a god or higher power, but I don't know much about about it. That kind of rules out atheism. I do have morals, but I don't really depend on some god to enforce them. My conscience usually does that instead. I guess I have a lot in common with atheists when it comes to morals. I believe in a lot of other stuff, but I won't mention them because I don't want to debate them.


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Nominally Lutheran I guess, that's what my parents were growing up but I've been to church like 3 times in my life outside weddings and funerals. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod is pretty ultraconservative compared to other branches of Lutheranism from what I gather, I'm not really interested in all that. My mom told me they have some pretty extreme views on the Pope, Jews, black people, etc. They basically consider themselves the one true Christian church. I'd probably describe myself as an agnostic, it's impossible to know so I don't even try. I vaguely believe in something, something bigger than myself that is beyond comprehension and that there is more to our existence than what we what we experience here on earth during life. I always figured if there was a god that wanted me to worship or do something for him/her/whatever that they'd rationally speak to me or give me a sign or something. I dunno what to believe really, what you want and what you rationally believe are two different things. I just try to be a good person and keep those that have passed in my life in my thoughts, they continue on living that way.


My own Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which fancies itself as theologically conservative, looks liberal compared to the Wisconsin Synod.


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11 Nov 2014, 6:07 am

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Nominally Lutheran I guess, that's what my parents were growing up but I've been to church like 3 times in my life outside weddings and funerals. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod is pretty ultraconservative compared to other branches of Lutheranism from what I gather, I'm not really interested in all that. My mom told me they have some pretty extreme views on the Pope, Jews, black people, etc. They basically consider themselves the one true Christian church. I'd probably describe myself as an agnostic, it's impossible to know so I don't even try. I vaguely believe in something, something bigger than myself that is beyond comprehension and that there is more to our existence than what we what we experience here on earth during life. I always figured if there was a god that wanted me to worship or do something for him/her/whatever that they'd rationally speak to me or give me a sign or something. I dunno what to believe really, what you want and what you rationally believe are two different things. I just try to be a good person and keep those that have passed in my life in my thoughts, they continue on living that way.


My own Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which fancies itself as theologically conservative, looks liberal compared to the Wisconsin Synod.


In the big wide world of Christian theology you guys are pretty conservative when compared to groups that don't share nearly as much in common with the older order. Of course there is much debate too on who is actually "the most conservative", as clearly the most conservative group would be the one that most resembles the 1st century Christians in their theology. Many argue that these older order groups were Hellenized so they aren't technically of the oldest order, that their idea of mystical ordination from one church leader to the next all the way up to the modern Catholic, Orthodox, and Coptic churches, may not actually pan out as we learn more of classical period history.


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11 Nov 2014, 10:24 am

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Nominally Christian deist and student of stoic philosophy.


'Christian deist'? first time I've ever heard that.. isn't that an oxymoron?
if you believe in the divinity of jesus then you aren't a deist.
if you don't you aren't a christian.


Well, I think you need to pay closer attention... :P

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_deism
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Christian deism, in the philosophy of religion, is a standpoint that branches from Christianity. It refers to a deist who believes in the moral teachings?but not divinity?of Jesus. Corbett and Corbett (1999) cite John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as exemplars.[1] The earliest-found usage of the term Christian deism in print in English is in 1738 in a book by Thomas Morgan,[2] appearing about ten times by 1800.[3]
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It adopts the ethics and non-mystical teachings of Jesus, while denying that Jesus was a deity. Scholars of the founding fathers of the United States "have tended to place the founders' religion into one of three categories?non-Christian deism, Christian deism, and orthodox Christianity."[8] John Locke and John Tillotson, especially, inspired Christian deism, through their respective writings.[9] Possibly the most famed person to hold this position was Thomas Jefferson, who praised "nature's God" in the "Declaration of Independence" (1776) and edited the "Jefferson Bible"?a Bible with all reference to revelations and other miraculous interventions from a deity cut out.


Personally, my position is that Christ's divinity has no bearing on the practical value of his moral/ethical teachings. Also, while I believe in a creator, it is abundantly clear that the world works via scientifically knowable forces such as the laws of physics and evolution and without divine micromanagement--(my flavor of Deism).

This is pretty much the official position of the Catholic church as well.

So, as you can see, Christianity and Deism aren't as mutually exclusive as you might think.

Also, while I think the world of men, mostly, operates on its own via a long string of cause & effect, I don't rule out very occasional divine intervention. So, I guess you could call me a 'soft' deist.


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11 Nov 2014, 12:11 pm

^^
i agree with MOST of this.. :)

i do not think that all of modern Christianity reflects all of the oral tradition.. originally better reflecting what might have been the teachings of Jesus then... per the Gospel of Thomas.. translated to English in 1959....

http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/thomas.htm

IN FACT.. there is substantial evidence that Roman Emperor Constantine with help of Early Catholic Cohorts.. changed the oral tradition of Jesus' aka Yeshua's words around to suit THEir desires at that time..

Centuries after Jesus lived.. making Jesus into a warrior GOD of the Universe.. and Roman Empire too.. of course to help consolidate with other tribes with similar beliefs to expand the Roman Empire further and further beyond its current borders...

While Constantine ordered and erected a psychopathic leaning giant monolith statue of Constantine himself.. to reflect Constantine as a frigging Sun GOD.. as those with psychopathic leaning traits.. tend to do.. albeit in smaller ways than that.. usually...;)

The main thing is 'he'.. YES Jesus.. reflected himself as a humble teacher and giver.. not a GOD...of the entire frigging Universe....

When i read parts of the modern versions of the New Testament.. it's like listening to any used car salesman.. or perhaps Roman Emperor Constantine.. of old.. when i get to John 3:16 per the emotional hyperbole of the folks yelling at me on the street corners.. per reciting that verse as literal truth or going directly to hell with no pass to get out...

It's truly to me..

like visiting the used car sales lot.. without them knowing i could buy the lot in cash if i cared to...

In other words i don't need no stinking credit from a verse in a book by a salesman by the red lights of life...

As metaphor.. of course....

i go on green all now long..:) in GOD's freedom.. that no human rules... by book.. or word....

And i also agree that "No man is free who is not master of himself".. per Epictetus

Not easy to do.. but obviously possible by scientific example of Yogi's in the Tibetan mountains who can steam heat off of robes in icy waters.. as well as control their brains waves from alpha to theta wave trance....

i have these abilities as i do Tai Chi in my underwear in the snow and wear shorts on 18 degree weather days.. and yes.. i have it documented in photos too.. but not appropriate to share here....

Additionally i control my brain waves.. through sacred TAI CHI like dance from alpha to theta trance....

With no need for bio-feedback machines to verify this.. as anyone in the know who knows it sees it when i am there....

And yes.. obviously at times...

i do this in form of words too...

when i 'set' my mind to IT.. but i can turn off the switch at WILL.. back to Robotic Mind.. whenever i care to..

of words with no soul.....

Yes.. THIS IS RELATIVE FREE WILL..... STUFF that used car sales folks.. LIKELY WILL never enter into as potential NEW DIMENSION IN LIFE.. TO be eyes and ears.. of GOD as well.. vs. worshipping money.. as a cold dead idol.. of life.. that doesn't even exist....AS LIFE with SOUL....


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11 Nov 2014, 12:44 pm

GoonSquad wrote:
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Nominally Christian deist and student of stoic philosophy.


'Christian deist'? first time I've ever heard that.. isn't that an oxymoron?
if you believe in the divinity of jesus then you aren't a deist.
if you don't you aren't a christian.


Well, I think you need to pay closer attention... :P

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_deism
Quote:
Christian deism, in the philosophy of religion, is a standpoint that branches from Christianity. It refers to a deist who believes in the moral teachings?but not divinity?of Jesus. Corbett and Corbett (1999) cite John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as exemplars.[1] The earliest-found usage of the term Christian deism in print in English is in 1738 in a book by Thomas Morgan,[2] appearing about ten times by 1800.[3]
...
It adopts the ethics and non-mystical teachings of Jesus, while denying that Jesus was a deity. Scholars of the founding fathers of the United States "have tended to place the founders' religion into one of three categories?non-Christian deism, Christian deism, and orthodox Christianity."[8] John Locke and John Tillotson, especially, inspired Christian deism, through their respective writings.[9] Possibly the most famed person to hold this position was Thomas Jefferson, who praised "nature's God" in the "Declaration of Independence" (1776) and edited the "Jefferson Bible"?a Bible with all reference to revelations and other miraculous interventions from a deity cut out.


Personally, my position is that Christ's divinity has no bearing on the practical value of his moral/ethical teachings. Also, while I believe in a creator, it is abundantly clear that the world works via scientifically knowable forces such as the laws of physics and evolution and without divine micromanagement--(my flavor of Deism).

This is pretty much the official position of the Catholic church as well.

So, as you can see, Christianity and Deism aren't as mutually exclusive as you might think.

Also, while I think the world of men, mostly, operates on its own via a long string of cause & effect, I don't rule out very occasional divine intervention. So, I guess you could call me a 'soft' deist.


I wouldve thought the same thing- that they were mutually exclusive.

Okay - there are Diests, then there are "Christian Diests" who are who have a Deism that is flavored by Christ as a philosopher ( using the word "christian" in a way equivalent to the terms "Platonic" or "Confucianist").

But they would hardly be "Christian" in the usually sense.
If youre a deist than you deny that Christ was divine, therefore deny the Trinity, therefore cannot be an orthodox christian. You would be nontrinitarian heretic in the Arian traditon (like a Muslim, or an old style Unitarian).

And there is no way in heck that denying the Trinity is "the official stance of the Catholic Church". That would mean that the Vatican was declaring itsself to be heretical by its own definition. They would have to burn themselves at the stake!



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11 Nov 2014, 1:03 pm

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He's not saying that the Catholic Church denies the trinity. He's saying that the Catholic Church focuses more on the value of the morals and ethics of the teachings rather than the man Jesus as idol of divinity. In other words, 'Pretty much', an adjectively speaking phrase of words which means almost, but not the whole thing.

And as I have not missed a Sunday in Catholic Church, for the last year plus, going through the whole yearly liturgical seasons, I can vouch for this truth, NOW, as it's all about the teachings, verses my visits at Southern Baptist churches where it's all about Jesus as GOD and if you don't believe it you ARE GOING TO HELL.

THOSE WORDS are never said in my Catholic church, as there it is ALL ABOUT HOPE AND LOVE, AND If any deacon varies from that, like suggesting that what homosexuals do is evil, or single mothers are not fit to raise children, from the old ways of thinking, he slaps them down, into submission, of Love. :)

And I do have documented evidence of that, upon request. As I was the one that brought it to his attention in E-mail form, when they took advantage of his absence per that Sunday of deviance from hope and love, that my Monsignor Priest never veers from a pulpit of LOVE And HOPE.

Yes, Hope and LOVE ARE SOME OF THE Real tangible benefits of human LIFE, living it in a positive way, PER NATURE, as evolved without cultural illusion, as science now shows, as well, OVERALL, and the Catholic Church NOW PROMOTES THAT, from the Pulpit.

I cannot say the same for the other so-called Christian churches in my area that I have visited, and that is why they are only visits. There are seeds and weeds, and there are churches that are seeds and weeds, depending on which one is visited.

I do not mind visiting weeds, but they can get annoying. :)


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11 Nov 2014, 2:01 pm

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Nominally Lutheran I guess, that's what my parents were growing up but I've been to church like 3 times in my life outside weddings and funerals. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod is pretty ultraconservative compared to other branches of Lutheranism from what I gather, I'm not really interested in all that. My mom told me they have some pretty extreme views on the Pope, Jews, black people, etc. They basically consider themselves the one true Christian church. I'd probably describe myself as an agnostic, it's impossible to know so I don't even try. I vaguely believe in something, something bigger than myself that is beyond comprehension and that there is more to our existence than what we what we experience here on earth during life. I always figured if there was a god that wanted me to worship or do something for him/her/whatever that they'd rationally speak to me or give me a sign or something. I dunno what to believe really, what you want and what you rationally believe are two different things. I just try to be a good person and keep those that have passed in my life in my thoughts, they continue on living that way.


My own Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which fancies itself as theologically conservative, looks liberal compared to the Wisconsin Synod.


In the big wide world of Christian theology you guys are pretty conservative when compared to groups that don't share nearly as much in common with the older order. Of course there is much debate too on who is actually "the most conservative", as clearly the most conservative group would be the one that most resembles the 1st century Christians in their theology. Many argue that these older order groups were Hellenized so they aren't technically of the oldest order, that their idea of mystical ordination from one church leader to the next all the way up to the modern Catholic, Orthodox, and Coptic churches, may not actually pan out as we learn more of classical period history.


Yes, but we're in an odd position - theologically conservative, yet clinging to an identity as a mainline Protestant church rather than fundamentalist/evangelical. More often than not, we consider ours to be a "unique" identity.
I readily admit I don't agree with everything my church body teaches, particularly about LGBT rights, and an evolutionary process in nature. But neither am I the only one in the LCMS who feels this way by a long shot.


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11 Nov 2014, 5:44 pm

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I wouldve thought the same thing- that they were mutually exclusive.

Okay - there are Diests, then there are "Christian Diests" who are who have a Deism that is flavored by Christ as a philosopher ( using the word "christian" in a way equivalent to the terms "Platonic" or "Confucianist").

But they would hardly be "Christian" in the usually sense.
If youre a deist than you deny that Christ was divine, therefore deny the Trinity, therefore cannot be an orthodox christian. You would be nontrinitarian heretic in the Arian traditon (like a Muslim, or an old style Unitarian).

And there is no way in heck that denying the Trinity is "the official stance of the Catholic Church". That would mean that the Vatican was declaring itsself to be heretical by its own definition. They would have to burn themselves at the stake!


When referencing the Catholic Church I was specifically talking about its attitude toward science not the nature of Jesus.

I suppose I should have separated those two comments for clarity.

As to what aghogday said, it sounds pretty good to me.

I'm not 'up' enough on contemporary Catholic teachings to comment on it.


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11 Nov 2014, 6:22 pm

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Youre right about that.

They didnt much like Galileo back in the day, but the last three or four Popes have actually been okay with Darwin. And the Eastern Orthodox Churches were never very upset about him either. Its Protestant Americans who seemed to be the only ones carrying on the fight to deny Evolution. Maybe with help from Australians (both Catholic and Protestant).



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11 Nov 2014, 11:31 pm

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^^
i agree with MOST of this.. :)

i do not think that all of modern Christianity reflects all of the oral tradition.. originally better reflecting what might have been the teachings of Jesus then... per the Gospel of Thomas.. translated to English in 1959....

http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/thomas.htm

IN FACT.. there is substantial evidence that Roman Emperor Constantine with help of Early Catholic Cohorts.. changed the oral tradition of Jesus' aka Yeshua's words around to suit THEir desires at that time..

Centuries after Jesus lived.. making Jesus into a warrior GOD of the Universe.. and Roman Empire too.. of course to help consolidate with other tribes with similar beliefs to expand the Roman Empire further and further beyond its current borders...

While Constantine ordered and erected a psychopathic leaning giant monolith statue of Constantine himself.. to reflect Constantine as a frigging Sun GOD.. as those with psychopathic leaning traits.. tend to do.. albeit in smaller ways than that.. usually...;)

The main thing is 'he'.. YES Jesus.. reflected himself as a humble teacher and giver.. not a GOD...of the entire frigging Universe....

When i read parts of the modern versions of the New Testament.. it's like listening to any used car salesman.. or perhaps Roman Emperor Constantine.. of old.. when i get to John 3:16 per the emotional hyperbole of the folks yelling at me on the street corners.. per reciting that verse as literal truth or going directly to hell with no pass to get out...

It's truly to me..

like visiting the used car sales lot.. without them knowing i could buy the lot in cash if i cared to...

In other words i don't need no stinking credit from a verse in a book by a salesman by the red lights of life...

As metaphor.. of course....

i go on green all now long..:) in GOD's freedom.. that no human rules... by book.. or word....

And i also agree that "No man is free who is not master of himself".. per Epictetus

Not easy to do.. but obviously possible by scientific example of Yogi's in the Tibetan mountains who can steam heat off of robes in icy waters.. as well as control their brains waves from alpha to theta wave trance....

i have these abilities as i do Tai Chi in my underwear in the snow and wear shorts on 18 degree weather days.. and yes.. i have it documented in photos too.. but not appropriate to share here....

Additionally i control my brain waves.. through sacred TAI CHI like dance from alpha to theta trance....

With no need for bio-feedback machines to verify this.. as anyone in the know who knows it sees it when i am there....

And yes.. obviously at times...

i do this in form of words too...

when i 'set' my mind to IT.. but i can turn off the switch at WILL.. back to Robotic Mind.. whenever i care to..

of words with no soul.....

Yes.. THIS IS RELATIVE FREE WILL..... STUFF that used car sales folks.. LIKELY WILL never enter into as potential NEW DIMENSION IN LIFE.. TO be eyes and ears.. of GOD as well.. vs. worshipping money.. as a cold dead idol.. of life.. that doesn't even exist....AS LIFE with SOUL....


What's interesting about Roman Catholicism is that they also took the books that were already canon and came up with Hellenic concepts on books we understand today to be distinctly Hebrew. They substituted Hebrew oral forms for Latin and Greek forms like the credo/creed, encyclical, etc. and then they elevated their Hellenic traditions to the same status as the original materials.

No offense, but I'd honestly like to see why you think the gospel of Thomas is authentic material though. I don't mean to put you on the spot or put you down, but lot's of times a gnostic person will refer me to these gospels and act as if the mere fact that they exist throws what we know to be 1st century material into doubt. How do we decide which is which in a way that isn't arbitrary? This I haven't been given much of an explanation for yet, although I have at least heard a gnostic say they thought the gospel of Thomas in particular wasn't a 3rd century but a 1st century document.


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11 Nov 2014, 11:36 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
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Nominally Christian deist and student of stoic philosophy.


'Christian deist'? first time I've ever heard that.. isn't that an oxymoron?
if you believe in the divinity of jesus then you aren't a deist.
if you don't you aren't a christian.


Well, I think you need to pay closer attention... :P

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_deism
Quote:
Christian deism, in the philosophy of religion, is a standpoint that branches from Christianity. It refers to a deist who believes in the moral teachings?but not divinity?of Jesus. Corbett and Corbett (1999) cite John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as exemplars.[1] The earliest-found usage of the term Christian deism in print in English is in 1738 in a book by Thomas Morgan,[2] appearing about ten times by 1800.[3]
...
It adopts the ethics and non-mystical teachings of Jesus, while denying that Jesus was a deity. Scholars of the founding fathers of the United States "have tended to place the founders' religion into one of three categories?non-Christian deism, Christian deism, and orthodox Christianity."[8] John Locke and John Tillotson, especially, inspired Christian deism, through their respective writings.[9] Possibly the most famed person to hold this position was Thomas Jefferson, who praised "nature's God" in the "Declaration of Independence" (1776) and edited the "Jefferson Bible"?a Bible with all reference to revelations and other miraculous interventions from a deity cut out.


Personally, my position is that Christ's divinity has no bearing on the practical value of his moral/ethical teachings. Also, while I believe in a creator, it is abundantly clear that the world works via scientifically knowable forces such as the laws of physics and evolution and without divine micromanagement--(my flavor of Deism).

This is pretty much the official position of the Catholic church as well.

So, as you can see, Christianity and Deism aren't as mutually exclusive as you might think.

Also, while I think the world of men, mostly, operates on its own via a long string of cause & effect, I don't rule out very occasional divine intervention. So, I guess you could call me a 'soft' deist.


I wouldve thought the same thing- that they were mutually exclusive.

Okay - there are Diests, then there are "Christian Diests" who are who have a Deism that is flavored by Christ as a philosopher ( using the word "christian" in a way equivalent to the terms "Platonic" or "Confucianist").

But they would hardly be "Christian" in the usually sense.
If youre a deist than you deny that Christ was divine, therefore deny the Trinity, therefore cannot be an orthodox christian. You would be nontrinitarian heretic in the Arian traditon (like a Muslim, or an old style Unitarian).

And there is no way in heck that denying the Trinity is "the official stance of the Catholic Church". That would mean that the Vatican was declaring itsself to be heretical by its own definition. They would have to burn themselves at the stake!


The Vatican is no longer all that repressive of people, aside from stuff like birth control of course; it makes my eyes roll that they've made so much progress and they're tripped up on a few simple issues like that. For starters they no longer pronounce anathema/damnation on groups outside of the Catholic church, although they do call it heretical. That would be a technically accurate statement though, as heresy literally means difference. Now they also accept empirical science for what it is and have adjusted accordingly.


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i agree with MOST of this.. :)

i do not think that all of modern Christianity reflects all of the oral tradition.. originally better reflecting what might have been the teachings of Jesus then... per the Gospel of Thomas.. translated to English in 1959....

http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/thomas.htm

IN FACT.. there is substantial evidence that Roman Emperor Constantine with help of Early Catholic Cohorts.. changed the oral tradition of Jesus' aka Yeshua's words around to suit THEir desires at that time..

Centuries after Jesus lived.. making Jesus into a warrior GOD of the Universe.. and Roman Empire too.. of course to help consolidate with other tribes with similar beliefs to expand the Roman Empire further and further beyond its current borders...

While Constantine ordered and erected a psychopathic leaning giant monolith statue of Constantine himself.. to reflect Constantine as a frigging Sun GOD.. as those with psychopathic leaning traits.. tend to do.. albeit in smaller ways than that.. usually...;)

The main thing is 'he'.. YES Jesus.. reflected himself as a humble teacher and giver.. not a GOD...of the entire frigging Universe....

When i read parts of the modern versions of the New Testament.. it's like listening to any used car salesman.. or perhaps Roman Emperor Constantine.. of old.. when i get to John 3:16 per the emotional hyperbole of the folks yelling at me on the street corners.. per reciting that verse as literal truth or going directly to hell with no pass to get out...

It's truly to me..

like visiting the used car sales lot.. without them knowing i could buy the lot in cash if i cared to...

In other words i don't need no stinking credit from a verse in a book by a salesman by the red lights of life...

As metaphor.. of course....

i go on green all now long..:) in GOD's freedom.. that no human rules... by book.. or word....

And i also agree that "No man is free who is not master of himself".. per Epictetus

Not easy to do.. but obviously possible by scientific example of Yogi's in the Tibetan mountains who can steam heat off of robes in icy waters.. as well as control their brains waves from alpha to theta wave trance....

i have these abilities as i do Tai Chi in my underwear in the snow and wear shorts on 18 degree weather days.. and yes.. i have it documented in photos too.. but not appropriate to share here....

Additionally i control my brain waves.. through sacred TAI CHI like dance from alpha to theta trance....

With no need for bio-feedback machines to verify this.. as anyone in the know who knows it sees it when i am there....

And yes.. obviously at times...

i do this in form of words too...

when i 'set' my mind to IT.. but i can turn off the switch at WILL.. back to Robotic Mind.. whenever i care to..

of words with no soul.....

Yes.. THIS IS RELATIVE FREE WILL..... STUFF that used car sales folks.. LIKELY WILL never enter into as potential NEW DIMENSION IN LIFE.. TO be eyes and ears.. of GOD as well.. vs. worshipping money.. as a cold dead idol.. of life.. that doesn't even exist....AS LIFE with SOUL....


What's interesting about Roman Catholicism is that they also took the books that were already canon and came up with Hellenic concepts on books we understand today to be distinctly Hebrew. They substituted Hebrew oral forms for Latin and Greek forms like the credo/creed, encyclical, etc. and then they elevated their Hellenic traditions to the same status as the original materials.

No offense, but I'd honestly like to see why you think the gospel of Thomas is authentic material though. I don't mean to put you on the spot or put you down, but lot's of times a gnostic person will refer me to these gospels and act as if the mere fact that they exist throws what we know to be 1st century material into doubt. How do we decide which is which in a way that isn't arbitrary? This I haven't been given much of an explanation for yet, although I have at least heard a gnostic say they thought the gospel of Thomas in particular wasn't a 3rd century but a 1st century document.


No problem, I always enjoy answering questions and quite honestly people rarely ask them of me here now that I am writing in the more complicated 'Queen's English' version, whereas before people seemed to think I went insane when my special interest became poetic expression and novel ways of expressing it in writing.

So then SOME of them 'thought' they could take advantage of my good nature, by suggesting I was defective, ha-ha. For whatever reason they are all gone now, as far as I've noticed here, in the last month.

It was amusing to me, to see just how much tolerance there is for diversity here when I decided to change written language a little bit, and it wasn't surprising, but it seems like there is more tolerance for diversity here, now, so yes, I came back to read here and input a little more.

I have a direct conduit with GOD, and I only look to what other folks think of GOD, in reference to how I communicate with GOD and actually coming across the Gospel of Thomas this year, it rings true to what my communication with GOD in synchronistic ways says to me.

I have no idea who REALLY wrote it and that matters not to me, as when I see truth it matters not to me the source of general religion either, whether it is Buddhism or Paganism, the essence of truth when I discern it is Universal to me.

I think this innate ability IS in our genetics, as science does now show at least in so-called lower animals, they have direct access to the genetic memories of their ancestors.

Or there could be an almost infinite number of other reasons, why I have always been able to discern what's true to me, easily, of course with personal bias not excluded from that equation from the 'Universe' of information I have been exposed to over the course of almost 5 and a half decades now, as an hyperlexic individual who reads 10 to 15 times faster than the average human being.

Although, with great difficulty with the output part of it, in verbal spoken language until my 40's and 50's, particularly in being concise as there are torrents of information flowing through my mind, and a pretty big pipe of information to consolidate in type faced words. Yes, I have a problem being concise, as well, OBVIOUSLY. :)

Most of the people in these forums by informal polls have symptoms of non-verbal learning disorder which comprises about 50% of folks historically diagnosed with Asperger's in the US, where they have difficulty thinking in visual images and patterns, as well as often having difficulty with math.

I am opposite from this as I am a visual and pattern thinker, and also a symbolic thinker, much more than a verbal thinker, and I think it is more likely that folks with my way of thinking have an easier time 'seeing' signs of GOD in there life, realistically and no, not by illusory or delusory way.

With the loss of effective use of my eyesight and hearing for five years, I had to learn to navigate the world in words, which for me was truly the challenge of 'Job' as a visual thinker of course with the additional JOB like challenge of 19 medical disorders, including the worst pain known to mankind, type two Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN).

TN makes a migraine or cluster headache, a comparable sunny day at the beach, with a cool breeze. And it was a challenge in pain that never ended during non-sleeping hours, additionally taking my emotions away, which was in effect and AFFECT even worse than the pain, in some ways.

I went to a place so dark, that I doubt many people have been there, but I also went to a place so light, that I doubt many people have been there either, after practically exploding out of the darkness in LIGHT.

All I can say is; THAT particularly biblical story of JOB has REAL LIFE MERIT. :)

As well as MOST OF THE ETHICAL and MORAL TEACHINGS of the bible, but of course not all, as it was written by men, likely in a theta brain wave trance, where most truly unique human creativity in all arts is generated, in what can be described as lucid waking dreams, but certainly not infallible for any human being, as none of us are perfect, nor do I think any of us should strive for that, who wants to stay sane. :)

Anyone with any common sense that understands how oral stories can change around dramatically in details, in just 30 minutes per round table conversation cannot possibly believe that there are any Actual 100% literal WRITTEN interpretations of what either Yeshua or Socrates said when they actually lived, per oral tradition.

However the information that remains, in written version, is what rings true to people or is used to control people, and obviously a mix of both, only effective truly for minds with or without the ability to discern the truth VS BS, quite frankly, respectively as such. :)

I need no book to understand GOD, however I find much affirmation for what I see as truth in direct conduit with GOD throughout all religions, as the methods of arriving at the essence of truth, are obviously similar, whether it happened 15 thousand years ago, or now, as human beings, genetically speaking haven't changed much, and if anything, more complex language and culture, makes illusions rather than access to truth more prevalent than ever, in just my opinion, of course.

And particularly for people who have difficulty with metaphor and tend to take language literally as is. That's a quite a challenge in life, considering we do not have a literal version of the English language. The whole damn thing is almost ALL metaphor, in reality. :)


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i agree with MOST of this.. :)

i do not think that all of modern Christianity reflects all of the oral tradition.. originally better reflecting what might have been the teachings of Jesus then... per the Gospel of Thomas.. translated to English in 1959....

http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/thomas.htm

IN FACT.. there is substantial evidence that Roman Emperor Constantine with help of Early Catholic Cohorts.. changed the oral tradition of Jesus' aka Yeshua's words around to suit THEir desires at that time..

Centuries after Jesus lived.. making Jesus into a warrior GOD of the Universe.. and Roman Empire too.. of course to help consolidate with other tribes with similar beliefs to expand the Roman Empire further and further beyond its current borders...

While Constantine ordered and erected a psychopathic leaning giant monolith statue of Constantine himself.. to reflect Constantine as a frigging Sun GOD.. as those with psychopathic leaning traits.. tend to do.. albeit in smaller ways than that.. usually...;)

The main thing is 'he'.. YES Jesus.. reflected himself as a humble teacher and giver.. not a GOD...of the entire frigging Universe....

When i read parts of the modern versions of the New Testament.. it's like listening to any used car salesman.. or perhaps Roman Emperor Constantine.. of old.. when i get to John 3:16 per the emotional hyperbole of the folks yelling at me on the street corners.. per reciting that verse as literal truth or going directly to hell with no pass to get out...

It's truly to me..

like visiting the used car sales lot.. without them knowing i could buy the lot in cash if i cared to...

In other words i don't need no stinking credit from a verse in a book by a salesman by the red lights of life...

As metaphor.. of course....

i go on green all now long..:) in GOD's freedom.. that no human rules... by book.. or word....

And i also agree that "No man is free who is not master of himself".. per Epictetus

Not easy to do.. but obviously possible by scientific example of Yogi's in the Tibetan mountains who can steam heat off of robes in icy waters.. as well as control their brains waves from alpha to theta wave trance....

i have these abilities as i do Tai Chi in my underwear in the snow and wear shorts on 18 degree weather days.. and yes.. i have it documented in photos too.. but not appropriate to share here....

Additionally i control my brain waves.. through sacred TAI CHI like dance from alpha to theta trance....

With no need for bio-feedback machines to verify this.. as anyone in the know who knows it sees it when i am there....

And yes.. obviously at times...

i do this in form of words too...

when i 'set' my mind to IT.. but i can turn off the switch at WILL.. back to Robotic Mind.. whenever i care to..

of words with no soul.....

Yes.. THIS IS RELATIVE FREE WILL..... STUFF that used car sales folks.. LIKELY WILL never enter into as potential NEW DIMENSION IN LIFE.. TO be eyes and ears.. of GOD as well.. vs. worshipping money.. as a cold dead idol.. of life.. that doesn't even exist....AS LIFE with SOUL....


What's interesting about Roman Catholicism is that they also took the books that were already canon and came up with Hellenic concepts on books we understand today to be distinctly Hebrew. They substituted Hebrew oral forms for Latin and Greek forms like the credo/creed, encyclical, etc. and then they elevated their Hellenic traditions to the same status as the original materials.

No offense, but I'd honestly like to see why you think the gospel of Thomas is authentic material though. I don't mean to put you on the spot or put you down, but lot's of times a gnostic person will refer me to these gospels and act as if the mere fact that they exist throws what we know to be 1st century material into doubt. How do we decide which is which in a way that isn't arbitrary? This I haven't been given much of an explanation for yet, although I have at least heard a gnostic say they thought the gospel of Thomas in particular wasn't a 3rd century but a 1st century document.


No problem, I always enjoy answering questions and quite honestly people rarely ask them of me here now that I am writing in the more complicated 'Queen's English' version, whereas before people seemed to think I went insane when my special interest became poetic expression and novel ways of expressing it in writing.

So then SOME of them 'thought' they could take advantage of my good nature, by suggesting I was defective, ha-ha. For whatever reason they are all gone now, as far as I've noticed here, in the last month.

It was amusing to me, to see just how much tolerance there is for diversity here when I decided to change written language a little bit, and it wasn't surprising, but it seems like there is more tolerance for diversity here, now, so yes, I came back to read here and input a little more.

I have a direct conduit with GOD, and I only look to what other folks think of GOD, in reference to how I communicate with GOD and actually coming across the Gospel of Thomas this year, it rings true to what my communication with GOD in synchronistic ways says to me.

I have no idea who REALLY wrote it and that matters not to me, as when I see truth it matters not to me the source of general religion either, whether it is Buddhism or Paganism, the essence of truth when I discern it is Universal to me.

I think this innate ability IS in our genetics, as science does now show at least in so-called lower animals, they have direct access to the genetic memories of their ancestors.

Or there could be an almost infinite number of other reasons, why I have always been able to discern what's true to me, easily, of course with personal bias not excluded from that equation from the 'Universe' of information I have been exposed to over the course of almost 5 and a half decades now, as an hyperlexic individual who reads 10 to 15 times faster than the average human being.

Although, with great difficulty with the output part of it, in verbal spoken language until my 40's and 50's, particularly in being concise as there are torrents of information flowing through my mind, and a pretty big pipe of information to consolidate in type faced words. Yes, I have a problem being concise, as well, OBVIOUSLY. :)

Most of the people in these forums by informal polls have symptoms of non-verbal learning disorder which comprises about 50% of folks historically diagnosed with Asperger's in the US, where they have difficulty thinking in visual images and patterns, as well as often having difficulty with math.

I am opposite from this as I am a visual and pattern thinker, and also a symbolic thinker, much more than a verbal thinker, and I think it is more likely that folks with my way of thinking have an easier time 'seeing' signs of GOD in there life, realistically and no, not by illusory or delusory way.

With the loss of effective use of my eyesight and hearing for five years, I had to learn to navigate the world in words, which for me was truly the challenge of 'Job' as a visual thinker of course with the additional JOB like challenge of 19 medical disorders, including the worst pain known to mankind, type two Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN).

TN makes a migraine or cluster headache, a comparable sunny day at the beach, with a cool breeze. And it was a challenge in pain that never ended during non-sleeping hours, additionally taking my emotions away, which was in effect and AFFECT even worse than the pain, in some ways.

I went to a place so dark, that I doubt many people have been there, but I also went to a place so light, that I doubt many people have been there either, after practically exploding out of the darkness in LIGHT.

All I can say is; THAT particularly biblical story of JOB has REAL LIFE MERIT. :)

As well as MOST OF THE ETHICAL and MORAL TEACHINGS of the bible, but of course not all, as it was written by men, likely in a theta brain wave trance, where most truly unique human creativity in all arts is generated, in what can be described as lucid waking dreams, but certainly not infallible for any human being, as none of us are perfect, nor do I think any of us should strive for that, who wants to stay sane. :)

Anyone with any common sense that understands how oral stories can change around dramatically in details, in just 30 minutes per round table conversation cannot possibly believe that there are any Actual 100% literal WRITTEN interpretations of what either Yeshua or Socrates said when they actually lived, per oral tradition.

However the information that remains, in written version, is what rings true to people or is used to control people, and obviously a mix of both, only effective truly for minds with or without the ability to discern the truth VS BS, quite frankly, respectively as such. :)

I need no book to understand GOD, however I find much affirmation for what I see as truth in direct conduit with GOD throughout all religions, as the methods of arriving at the essence of truth, are obviously similar, whether it happened 15 thousand years ago, or now, as human beings, genetically speaking haven't changed much, and if anything, more complex language and culture, makes illusions rather than access to truth more prevalent than ever, in just my opinion, of course.

And particularly for people who have difficulty with metaphor and tend to take language literally as is. That's a quite a challenge in life, considering we do not have a literal version of the English language. The whole damn thing is almost ALL metaphor, in reality. :)


I wonder if you'd be interested in this when it comes to oral tradition:

http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/artic ... ailey.html

Informal Controlled Oral Tradition and the Synoptic Gospels
Kenneth E. Bailey
Themelios 20.2 (January 1995): 4-11.


So I guess you're less interested in how the gospel of Thomas fits in historically than you are in how the book resonates with you? I can respect that.


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