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Why People Seek Solace In Gods.

 
 
Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 02:46 pm
Hi All,
Why, indeed? Have you ever sought God?

I would be happy indeed, if some of you would take the time to answer any or all of the questions below.

1) Have you ever sought God?
2) Why?
3) Did you find what you sought?
4) Are you still looking?
5) Are you convinced that there is a God?
6) Do you follow your faith to the LETTER?
7) Do you sin?
8) Do you believe in an afterlife?
9) Have you ever had an epiphany)
!0) Did a traumatic experience flower your search?

All your replies will be gratefully appreciated.
Thank you, and journey well.
Mark...
 
plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 04:48 pm
1) Have you ever sought God? Not certain what you mean by sought. Probable yes.

2) Why? If seeking God is praying for people when I hear an ambulance, then when I have heard an ambulance.

3) Did you find what you sought? Not possible to know.

4) Are you still looking? Not certain

5) Are you convinced that there is a God? Sometimes, I think that god is actually a group of adolescents from an advanced and gigantic-sized culture who play Dungeons and Dragons with this planet as their board.

6) Do you follow your faith to the LETTER? I follow my weltanschauung, if you consider that a faith.

7) Do you sin? Hey, none of us are able to cast stones.

8) Do you believe in an afterlife? I believe in reincarnation.

9) Have you ever had an epiphany) Perhaps, not spiritual but intellectual.

!0) Did a traumatic experience flower your search? I started praying when I saw/heard an ambulance immediately after I was in an auto accident.
gungasnake
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 04:53 pm
@mark noble,
Quote:
9) Have you ever had an epiphany)


Yeah, when I discovered beyond any doubt whatever that evolution was a bunch of bullshit, i.e. when I read about those fruit fly experiments which turned Richard Goldschmidt away from evolution and evoloserism.

All that leaves is your choice of available religions. Again I am not into promoting any religion. I RECOMMEND Christianity if somebody wants a recommendation but, as is more often the case, if all you require is something better than evolution, then pretty much anything would do including Voodoo and Rastafari. Neither Voodoo nor Rastafari require infinite sequences of pure zero-probability events.

http://www.evolvefish.com/fish/media/Q-RastaFishGn.gif
Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 04:54 pm
Welcome to A2K
1) Have you ever sought God?
Yes
2) Why?
I thought at the time it was for love, it turned out to be fear.
3) Did you find what you sought?
Nope.
4) Are you still looking?
Nope.
5) Are you convinced that there is a God?
Nope
6) Do you follow your faith to the LETTER?
Every day
7) Do you sin?
Every day.
8) Do you believe in an afterlife?
See the answers to 3,4 and 5.
9) Have you ever had an epiphany?
See the answers to 6 and 7
10) Did a traumatic experience flower your search?
No. I was just trying to find peace.

Joe(I lied about sinning every day, many times I skip a day or even two.)Nation
PS: Now ask what constitutes a sin for an atheist? Heh heh.


mark noble
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 04:57 pm
@plainoldme,
Hi plainoldme,
Nice to meet you.
Thank you for investing your time in this thread. Your ability to do so, and honestly at that, puts you in the 5% of people who are not terrified of their own shadow.
Well done indeed!!!
Again, I thank you! Have a truly magnificent day, plainoldme.
Mark...
mark noble
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:05 pm
@gungasnake,
Hi green snake thing,
You've really got it in for evolution, haven't you? My friend is the most devout christian I know, and he has no problem with it. Good luck with that though, and thank you for partissssipating, Snake.
Journey well.
Mark...
mark noble
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:14 pm
@Joe Nation,
Joe Nation wrote:

Welcome to A2K
1) Have you ever sought God?
Yes
2) Why?
I thought at the time it was for love, it turned out to be fear.
3) Did you find what you sought?
Nope.
4) Are you still looking?
Nope.
5) Are you convinced that there is a God?
Nope
6) Do you follow your faith to the LETTER?
Every day
7) Do you sin?
Every day.
8) Do you believe in an afterlife?
See the answers to 3,4 and 5.
9) Have you ever had an epiphany?
See the answers to 6 and 7
10) Did a traumatic experience flower your search?
No. I was just trying to find peace.

Joe(I lied about sinning every day, many times I skip a day or even two.)Nation
PS: Now ask what constitutes a sin for an atheist? Heh heh.




Hi Joe,
Nice to meet you, Well done, sir.
Your "2)" Fear is always the key.
Your "10) Only the conflicted seek peace. Conflict is trauma.

Thank you for your honesty Joe. Have a fantastic evening, sir.
Mark...
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:16 pm
@mark noble,
Quote:
My friend is the most devout christian I know, and he has no problem with it.


Not having a problem and being unaware of the fact that you have a problem aren't the same thing.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:20 pm
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:
1) Have you ever sought God?

Yes. But when I found him he told me he wasn't there. And I knew he was right.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:22 pm
@mark noble,
Well, that was nice! Thanks!
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sometime sun
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:25 pm
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:

Hi All,
Why, indeed? Have you ever sought God?

I wonder and then resolve that it is God seeking me.
mark noble wrote:

I would be happy indeed, if some of you would take the time to answer any or all of the questions below.

Pleasure.
mark noble wrote:

1) Have you ever sought God?

Yes and not enough, however, have I always found God?
I'm going looking this summer, I have a plan.
mark noble wrote:

2) Why?

Because I did not understand why I was so alone.
Because I thought that by finding God I would not be so alone.
Because God owes me an answer or two.
But I know I will have all I need when the time is right.
mark noble wrote:

3) Did you find what you sought?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
But resolved that what I have not yet found either doe snot need to be or will find me when the time comes rightly.
mark noble wrote:

4) Are you still looking?

Yes and no.
Sometime I have all the God I need, sometimes I don't have enough, and yes sometimes I even have to much.
God's sight is fixed on me but sometimes must leave me be to make me strong.
And sometime s I wish to hide from God.
Does this mean God requires I am independent of him?
Not likely with the gifts God showers on me so often.
mark noble wrote:

5) Are you convinced that there is a God?

Yes and no.
Sometimes God need to be re-established.
mark noble wrote:

6) Do you follow your faith to the LETTER?

Yes and no
Depends on what I am reading and writing and believing, oh and being.
mark noble wrote:

7) Do you sin?

Yes and no.
Do I sin and not know it?
Do I know what sin is and that I have done it?
Can you help 'sinning' and keep living?
I do not sin what I understand to be a sin.
And if and when I have ever slipped I do not forgive myself but do ask to be forgiven.
mark noble wrote:

8) Do you believe in an afterlife?

Yes and no.
No because I am not there yet nor have been shown.
mark noble wrote:

9) Have you ever had an epiphany)

Yes and no.
No because I cannot quote it.
mark noble wrote:

!0) Did a traumatic experience flower your search?

Yes and no.
No because I love searching.
mark noble wrote:

All your replies will be gratefully appreciated.
Thank you, and journey well.
Mark...


To you as well kind man.
All my best,
sometime sun
mark noble
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:28 pm
@gungasnake,
Hi Snake,
I completely agree. My friend has no problems though, no discriminations either. He's not of the ilk of "Christian" that you are ever likely to percieve. By the way, I am not of any fixed religion. But I do believe that evolution is real.
Thank you once again Snake, be merry.
Mark...
mark noble
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:31 pm
@rosborne979,
Hi rosbourne,
So God is a "He" IYO, I take it? You never found God, my friend.
Thank you for posting though. Have a great evening.
Mark...
Huxley
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:35 pm
@mark noble,
1) Have you ever sought God? Yes

2) Why? It's a filial tradition.

3) Did you find what you sought?Yes

4) Are you still looking? Yes

5) Are you convinced that there is a God? No

6) Do you follow your faith to the LETTER? No

7) Do you sin? Yes

8) Do you believe in an afterlife? No

9) Have you ever had an epiphany) Yes

10) Did a traumatic experience flower your search? No
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Krumple
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:38 pm
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:

1) Have you ever sought God?
2) Why?
3) Did you find what you sought?
4) Are you still looking?
5) Are you convinced that there is a God?
6) Do you follow your faith to the LETTER?
7) Do you sin?
8) Do you believe in an afterlife?
9) Have you ever had an epiphany)
!0) Did a traumatic experience flower your search?


1) Yes.
2) If you can determine what you are up against then you can know what you should be doing and where you will end up.
3) Yep the truth is right in front of your face.
4) I haven't stopped looking but i am convinced i know what is most likely.
5) I am not convinced there is a god.
6) faith is only as good as the first step in a ladder, it should not be the end and if you make faith the end of your pursuit then you really don't care about the truth.
7) sin does not exist. it is just a made up concept to try and scare people into behaving.
8) there is no after life for person but will life continue after you die, more than likely it will but you won't be partaking in it.
9) yeah.
10) yeah that trauma was being born.

rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:40 pm
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:

Hi rosbourne,
So God is a "He" IYO, I take it?

Not really. It just sounded better to write it that way (better than, "I found it and it said it wasn't there").
mark noble
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:44 pm
@sometime sun,
Hi Dearest Sun.
You've made me smile now...
Equal measure - God seeks as is sought, God loves as is loved, God forgives as is forgiven, God despises as is despised, God hates as is hated - Do you see a pattern forming?
Great you calling, I've missed you today!
Mark...
mark noble
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 05:49 pm
@rosborne979,
Hi rosbourne,
Sometime sun got me smiling, and you've made me laugh. Brilliant!
Thank you rosborne, be brilliant, always.
Mark...
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 06:03 pm
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:

Hi rosbourne,
Sometime sun got me smiling, and you've made me laugh. Brilliant!
Thank you rosborne, be brilliant, always.

You're too kind. My posts often convey subtle points, but I think there is more brilliance in the perception than in the expression.
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ABYA
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 06:18 pm
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:

Hi All,
Why, indeed? Have you ever sought God?

I would be happy indeed, if some of you would take the time to answer any or all of the questions below.

1) Have you ever sought God?
2) Why?



Yes, Because having already tried searching for power, for wealth, for honour, for knowledge and a whole bunch of other worldly desires, none of which brought me lasting pleasure, I realised I needed to find something higher than mundane temporal pleasures. Something eternal.
 

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