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What is life? (a personal view)

 
 
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 04:14 am
@Fil Albuquerque,
Quantifying sociopathic "density" may be a valid way to compare, IF it were constant across all cultures. I dont think thats a valid assumption, based on societal acceptance of what you call sociopathology,since it, among the Dene was often a way to confer manhood and tribal status. Today we call it savagery.

Extreme environments most often dictated community norms, but thats another topic entirely. Id be most interested in that but not here. This thread sounds more like a Catechism than a anthropological discussion (IMHO)

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Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 07:27 am
@Fil Albuquerque,
I never liked him, too simplistic and naïve, which ironically is exactly the stuff of believers. Atheists should never worship science.

But now I like him even less. He is a bit like Christopher Hitchens, who supported the invasion of Iraq by Bush because he saw it as a war on Islam.

Religious wars, religiously fought by anti-religious people... :-)
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Leadfoot
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 07:30 am
@ fil
If the universe has taught me only one thing about God it would be that I am not him.
Knowledge starts with the basics: A = A, A is not = B.
Logic is useful, not illogical.

@ farmer
I didn’t say you should ask those questions of your religion or your college professor, (they have pre-cooked answers if that’s what you want).
I said you should ask them of your God.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 08:29 am
@Leadfoot,
your views about "college professers" seems to not be pre-cooked. Instead it appears more Half -Baked. If you dont wih to learn things, only read that with which you agree, thats the way to get a scholars medal from the Institute
Leadfoot
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 09:03 am
@farmerman,
You don’t need to continually identify your God, I see it.
I guess you are satisfied with its answers.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 09:05 am
@Leadfoot,
what's he been sayin about me??? Ya know hes got a drinking and anger management problem.
HabibUrrehman
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 09:08 am
@Leadfoot,
When I say Allah has no needs it means He does not need to eat, drink, sleep, have sex, have children etc. Needs are something associated with mortality and creation. Since Allah is Immortal, He has no needs. Allah's dominion does not increase or decrease if we don't worship Him. This does not mean Allah is not Loving.

"The Loving" is one of Allah's names as He said about Himself:

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"And He is the Forgiving and Loving" (Qur'an 85:14).


Love is just a word which must be translated in action and it becomes obedience in the case of His creation, human beings, and mercy in case of the Creator, Allah.

You can see that when love is translated into action it is mercy and His mercy is unconditional. You receive Allah's mercy whether you are an obedient servant of Allah or you are a non-believer. Love must be translated in action, attitude and behavior, otherwise it is just a word without meaning. Let us take a few examples:

A man may say to his wife "I love you" but he beats her and does not provide for her. Does he love her?
A child says to his parents "I love you" but he disobeys them most of the time. Does he/she love them?

You see that love without right attitude and behavior is just a word without any meaning.

Allah's love is translated in His attributes of forgiving, compassion and mercy. Look around and you will find that Allah's mercy is spread all around. All humankind irrespective of their belief in Allah and their character whether they believe in Allah or not; whether they are good-doers or evil-doers; they all obtain their sustenance from Allah. Many evil people are very rich because Allah decided to give them all the wealth and good things of this life; this is because Allah is Ar-Raheem (Merciful). Allah is also Ar-Rahman for the believers in Him; they are good-doers. They receive special blessings from Allah, that is, happiness and contentment in this life and reward in the hereafter.

In the Qur'an Allah says that He does not love those who reject Him (3:32), does not love those who are transgressors (2:57, 140, 5:87, 7:55), does not love those who are evil-livers (5:64), does not love evil talk (4:148) and others. In all these cases love is connected to the deeds of a person.

At the same time Allah does not deprive them of anything in this life. You will not find that all good people are rich and all sinners are living in poverty and a wretched life. Allah gives a person life-long opportunity to turn away from the life of sin and disobedience and receive His forgiveness. Conversely, Allah says, "Say, if you love Allah, obey me , Allah will love you and forgive you your sins, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful" (3:31). If you love Allah show it in your conduct and obey Allah and His Messenger, for obedience of His Messenger is the obedience of Allah (4:80). It means our expression of love is in obedience.

See what Allah also says in the Qur'an, "Say: O My slaves (mankind) who have been prodigal to their own hurt! Despair not of the mercy of Allah, Who forgives all sins. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful..." (39:53-58). Here the message is that those who commit evil are doing wrong and hurting themselves in this life and the next, however, Allah's forgiveness has no limits and the only condition is asking for forgiveness and repentance (not committing wrongs again knowingly).

Prophet Muhammad PBUH said:

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Allah created mercy with a hundred parts. One of which was sent down upon the jinn and human beings and other living creatures. It is out of this one part that they love each other, show kindness to one another, and even the animals treat their offspring with affection. Allah has reserved the remaining ninety-nine parts for his true worshippers on the Day of Judgment.


Let me also address the purpose of our creation. I will focus on Quran only because only our creator can tell what is the purpose of our creation.

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"We did not create the jinn and men except to worship us." Al-Qur'an 51:56


So relative to Allah, we were created in a means or a way in which Allah has chosen to manifest his attributes of creation, mercy, grace etc and he could have chosen another one. But relative to us as human beings, we know that our purpose is to worship Allah. As I said, Allah does not need our worship. When he created us to worship him, he didn't create us, out of a need for our worship, because Allah has no needs.
Allah says in a famous hadith qudsi:

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If all of you, jinn and mankind, were to worship like the most righteous amongst you, it would not increase the dominion of Allah in any way shape or form. And if all of us, jinn and mankind ... "


Therefore when we look for the purpose of worship, we have to look into man. Allah created us to worship him, because WE NEED to worship him. It is something he has given us as a means of benefiting ourselves. We are the ones who benefit from it. Worship has been established, fundamentally for the growth, the spiritual growth of man. This growth takes place through the remembrance of Allah. When you look at all the different aspects of worship, you will see the core of it is focused on the remembrance of Allah.

Worship is there for us to remember Allah. And it is in the remembrance of Allah, that we achieve that consciousness. Because it is when we forget Allah, that Shaytan (Devil) causes us to disobey Allah and fall into sin. So it is only in His remembrance that we can attain salvation. All of the various acts of worship help us remember Allah in order to grow spiritually.

Allah has said that he has created us to test us, to see which of us is best in deeds. He is not testing us to know, in the sense that he doesn't already know, but this world is a test for us in order again that we can grow spiritually.
We cannot develop this spiritual characteristic of generosity unless some of us have more than others and then we are required to give of the wealth we have. When we give, we grow. Similarly, if we were not in a position where others had more then us then we wouldn't have the ability to develop the higher spiritual quality of contentment, patience, satisfaction in what Allah has given us.
So it is all there in order to bring out the higher spiritual qualities, which enable us to attain the state, which makes us suitable and eligible to return to paradise. The paradise from which we were created, we were created in paradise and for paradise. Through our choices we have left, in this life, a field of testing, where we can grow to a state where we deserve paradise.
The purpose of this life is the worship of Allah, this life is a test. A test for us, will we worship Allah, or will we forget Him. This is where our focus has to begin.

I know it has been a long reply but I hope you find answer to your questions.

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Leadfoot
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 09:08 am
@farmerman,
That God never says much. Just gives you a diploma and sends you on ur way.
You seem satisfied anyway.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 09:16 am
@Leadfoot,
naw, he musta written several letters of reccomendation to our govt soI could teach applied sciences to military engineers and then he got me an invite to teach at an ivy.

How did you get your jobs? without training? Or Are you just an I. S. like our oralloy??
Leadfoot
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 09:28 am
@farmerman,
You have unmasked me. I am (or was) an undocumented engineer.

They (Sperry Univac/Unisys/Lockheed Martin) needed someone to fix the computer hardware used to control all ship borne Naval weapons systems and none of the resident PhDs could do the job.

That’s literally how I got my jobs.

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Fil Albuquerque
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 09:42 am
@Leadfoot,
1 - I am not a dualist.
2 - Set X is Set X so what I never said the opposite. I just happen to believe in 1 Set of all sets, not 2...I figure that makes sense.
3 - Logic is the Pattern of all patterns in Reality. There is no justification for Logic being the way it is, there is no logic to Logic, or the logic of Logic, an oxymoron, Logic just is what is the case.
Leadfoot
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 09:54 am
@Fil Albuquerque,
You are still trying to deny the reality of entropy.

Organization is not 'natural'.
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 02:26 pm
@Fil Albuquerque,
The idea of a set of all sets leads to a logical condradiction, because such a set would include itself as an element, and if you postulate the existence of such self-including sets, you end up with logical condradictions. I think it's called the Russel paradox.
HabibUrrehman
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 03:05 pm
@Olivier5,
Nice to see you my friend. Hope you are doing well Smile
Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 03:39 pm
@HabibUrrehman,
Alhamdulillah! How are you Habibi?
HabibUrrehman
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 03:46 pm
@Olivier5,
You just made me smile.
Alhamdulillah I am doing good. Good to know that you know some of Muslim's Vocabulary Smile
Olivier5
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 04:11 pm
@HabibUrrehman,
If I brought you a bit of solace, my job is done and my role fulfilled.



What is she singing about, with that calm, masterful voice?
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Fil Albuquerque
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 05:01 pm
@Olivier5,
I am familiar with it. The paradox is about the set of all sets who do not belong to themselves belonging or not belonging to itself. Set theory as a long way to go...
Fil Albuquerque
 
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Reply Wed 4 Sep, 2019 05:35 pm
@Fil Albuquerque,
I don't believe in actual infinities but I do believe in fractal patterns that repeat themselves ad infinity. That is to mean a finite set with a finite amount of information who belongs to itself can repeat, or reboot itself without any loss of information. Set size is only relevant regarding the amount of information which must be finite. Set shape or geometry must be fractal and repeat such that the size of the set, zooming in or zooming out becomes irrelevant. You can do it to infinity but the amount of information again is finite. The Set obviously belongs to itself that is why it is fractal.
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Thu 5 Sep, 2019 12:41 am
@Fil Albuquerque,
Set theory has gone a long way since Russel. His paradox is easily solved by postulating that no set can include itself, and therefore that there exists no set of all sets.
 

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