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Troll or simply hard to discourage?

I, recently, got into a “discussion” with a reader on Michelle Styles blog about spirituality, faith, and religion vs concrete facts.  I could not decide whether the other person was a troll-type person or simply someone who loved discussion so much he could not let it go.  He does have a blog on WordPress.  In either case, I tried (at the end) to allow it to a natural conclusion.  I don’t know if he agreed to this as he has not had time to answer.  It will be done soon as I am tired of it and wish it done.  For your consideration, amusement, anger, and whatever else, here is the entire discussion up to a few moments before I started this.  As I said, I will only give him one more answer as it will be that I am done.

Let me know what you think:

“Arch”, huh? Arch-Bullsh*t if you ask me. I grow weary of people who drag you along in a discussion until you “prove their point.” That’s an argument.
He would have had a field day with my views, yessiree.
I liked your well-thought-out definitions and descriptions. Of course, you are right. The only time we even come close to a single idea consensuses is from the administrative viewpoint of organized religion. And, I think you know how I feel about organized religion. Not much for their administration either.
Scott

  • There is no argument, Scott. The point was established from the outset.
    There is no such thing as a real christian

    And if you need to put an asterisk to hide the fact you don’t like to wrote Bullshit, then don’t write it – it isn’t clever and makes you look contrived.

    Oh, and just what <em are your views?

    • I put the * in case it might offend others or upset someone in WordPress. I don’t mind doing it and don’t much care if it looks contrived.
      lol – as for the rest, that is all a relative thing. I leave it to the individuals to figure for themselves. My views have changed over the years. I began as an introductee to the United Methodist Ministry, but decided against it (for the wrong reason, but it worked out right- big surprise). Since that time, I have come to view organized religion as something I cannot be a part of. It becomes too much a business and more focused on keeping that business going and growing than on what I consider the more important matters of spiritual growth. I believe very deeply in God and leave others to view Him/Her/? as they will. I do not believe in Hell, the Devil, Sin, or Final Judgment. When we die, we return to the Sentient Energy Source (God). After that, I don’t worry about it. My beliefs are not really concerned with great details, so I can encompass many things. I feel that whatever a person has to believe at any given time is what is best for them at that time. We grow, we evolve, we, hopefully, become much more efficient (for lack of a better word) in living the life we choose and, hopefully, that life serves to help others in some way.
      Mantra – All things work together in the end; if it hasn’t worked out, it isn’t the end.
      I don’t argue about beliefs. Those are mine; yours are yours. I don’t mind discussions, but arguments are worthless.

    • So you are a deist? No problem with this. Bit odd, bit there is no doctrine or dogma, and therefore no crap that is indoctrinated into kids.
      Good for you.
      As for Christianity; yes, complete bullsh*t.

    • I don’t believe it is complete crap. There are many items I identify with. Hell, Devil, Judgment, Sin are the main things I don’t believe in. I don’t think you must atone and work to get to Heaven. It is there for all and all will go. This life is for something besides atonement. Not certain what yet. I am not worried about it.

    • Christianity is built upon false premise and false doctrine.
      That you might believe contrary to this and cherry pick some sort of version you like does not diminish the facts one iota.
      So, as you are not a proper Christian are you a deist? You didn’t say.

    • I don’t really care to associate myself with a specific set of religious beliefs. I will look in deist; perhaps, it may fit better.
      As for Christianity being built upon false premise and false doctrine, how so?

    • Really? You are unaware? Interesting.
      Well, first, the Pentateuch is considered historical fiction by all but Fundamentalists, so this throws the fulfilled prophecy claim for a loop.
      Then there is the etymology to consider for such things as Hell and even the laughable Virgin Birth nonsense the writer of Mathew ripped off from Isaiah.
      Surely you know these examples?

    • They are all speculative. It all boils down to faith. A true Christian merely has to have faith in the Gospels and in Christ and consider himself saved to be a true Christian. While I do not agree with most of these precepts, that doesn’t invalidate them simply because of that or that someone else says nay. Not trying to argue or fight, just converse.

    • Then as the Pentateuch has been shown to be historical fiction, how is it possible to attach veracity to Christian claims of fulfilled prophecy?
      How it is possible to base an entire religion on false premise: Original Sin, and Hell for example?
      If an adult chooses to believe such nonsense in the face of scientific evidence, etymological evidence and historical evidence to the contrary that is their choice , but surely such belief should not be allowed precedent? And more importantly, children should be protected from such insidious indoctrination.

    • This sounds to me to be a disagreement between concretism and and mythos. You want only facts to be put into the equation. The Christian goes above these facts. It’s not that they are not important, but in order to have faith, the truth cannot be concrete, else it would not require faith.
      I have an immense amount of faith. All of it is, partially based on science, but a lot is merely my beliefs and how I apply them to the universe.
      The Dali Lama once was asked what his religion would do if presented with some bit of science that rendered some of their religion obsolete. His response was that if science proves something, it must be incorporated into the religion. The religion cannot simply ignore it (that was the gist anyway).
      I feel the same. Christianity should keep science by their side. However, some of the “proofs” you mention are still being argued and not yet set as “Scientifically accurate”. In fact, the nature of some means they may never reach quite that point. Then, it is informed opinion. All people have rights to their opinions. And religion is high on this list. People should always have a right to believe what they will. My contention with most organized religions is there thinness when it comes to accepting others outside of their own religion has having worth or consideration. People need to be free to study, question, and choose.

    • I sense you are beginning to hand wave a little?
      If science has clearly demonstrated the falseness of many religious claims – and it most certainly has in a large number of instances – of a genuine historical foundation then it is crucial that this falsity be exposed for what it is, and especially where it is used to indoctrinate children and impact/influence society in general.

      No rational individual should tolerate such acceptance over Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny etc – we know we made these characters up – so why make exceptions for Christianity -or, in fact, any religion?
      That smacks of hypocrisy of the highest order.
      Yes, people do need to be free to study, but the truth must be actively promoted, something that is not happening in the Abrahamic religions.
      Ask the secular archaeologists!

    • Wait wait! Stop trashing my Easter bunny! He brings me chocolate!

    • Oh, dear, so it’s not only religious ”truth” (sic) that needs to be addressed in some households.
      Maybe someone should have a quiet talk with you about Bunnies, Santa, Fairies, Psychics and similar stuff? 😉

    • We need to agree to disagree.

    • Well, facts are facts and evidence is evidence.
      It really matters not what you believe, but if this belief contradicts evidence then such belief is false.
      The foundational tenets of Christianity, all Abrahamic religions in fact, are built upon false premise.
      In other words, made up.
      Where you from here is your own business.

    • Yes, faith.

    • Faith is believing in something you know ain’t true. Mark Twain.
      It is wrong to impose faith dictum on people and especially children when it comes to such vile garbage as Hell and Original Sin.
      Therefore, why should any more leeway be given to such crap as Noah, Moses, and the god man Yeshua Ben Josef walking on water and coming back from the dead?
      Cherry Picking religion is what has resulted in over 40,000 different christian sects alone.
      If you are prepared to explain the reason for faith and why it should be inculcated into kids, I am prepared to listen to any reasoned explanation you may have.

    • I disagree with Mr. Twain (and he is one of my favs).
      While I do not believe in Hell and Original Sin, I did at one point and it helped to bring me to where I am now (satisfied), so I don’t condemn the notion, just more how it’s approached.
      You are not a religious person. I have not been able to see you as a spiritual person. While that is your choice, I wholeheartedly disagree with that.
      As for faith, it is a necessary component to a full life. Each time something new is discovered it is because whoever discovered it had the faith it would be so and continued when so many may have given up.
      I see most of Science as “best guess” and not as uncontroversial fact.
      Best example: “The world is fact”
      Next: The Sun travels around the Earth.
      Washing hands was not done before surgery because no one believed that there were such things as germs. This list could go on and on. Science takes what it believes to be the closest thing to reality it can comprehend and goes with it. However, there is always the one or the few who see past it (faith) and prove something new.

    • Again, whether you disagree with Twain is of no consequence to facts and reality.

      What you seem to ignore is that science is fluid and those that practice it acknowledge their own limitations and accept that it changes all the time.
      Are you suggesting that evolution, for example,is not fact?

      The use of faith in everyday life is far different in meaning ( and execution) as what one generally understands as ”faith” in any sort of religious or supernatural context.
      I have ”faith ” my dog will return when called – because I have trained her.
      I have faith the roast I prepare will turn out scrumptious, because know how to cook and trust the oven, based on experience.
      I have no faith that if I pray hard enough the missing leg on one of my cats will grow back.
      You are also confusing ”best guess” with what we know to be fact; and there are way too many simple every day examples one could list.

      However, if you think gravity is merely ”best guess” be my guest and jump out of a first storey window.

      The Abrahamic faiths have been the cause of more than enough misery and any good they may have instituted has been matched and bettered by secular humanism.

      To not condemn the doctrines of Hell and Original sin is to a) ignore the facts of their history and etymology and b) to tacitly approve of children being subject to such disgusting man-made dogma.
      This alone I find cruel and unnecessary and unwarranted in one who claims to be ”spiritual”.

    • Ah, you realize this is not a “winnable” argument because I don’t argue?
      I will simply state again that you are a very concrete person and I am not, therefore neither of us will sway the other because we both disagree coming from different aspects of life.
      I can state that this reality is all a figment of an imagination and none of it is real. This cannot be proven or disproven as you would have to leave the aspect of reality to do this.
      I respect your views on reality and life.
      I would ask you to do the same, but it appears you cannot do this.
      Believe in your concreteness, just know it is exactly that and will never ever fit into a world that has any spirituality in it because that demands faith.
      My real understanding is that we must agree to disagree.
      We have discussed this in a complete circle, are back at the beginning, and neither of us has altered their belief one iota, therefore, let it end reasonably.

       

    • Unlike you appear to do, I do not consider this a ”point-scoring” exercise.

      You are entitled to your belief and I respect this, even though I disagree. We are adults. This is how it should be.
      But you have a habit of not addressing certain issue that have been raised, which speaks volumes in itself.
      My ‘concreteness’ as you call it is not as rigid as you imply, it simply does not acknowledge the nonsense of the supernatural, and especially where it concerns religion nonsense that is subtly directed at the public sphere.
      But even this can, to an extent, be treated with the contempt it deserves and positive inroads are being made to change this somewhat blind acceptance.

      My real concern is your tacit approval of the teaching and indoctrination of Hell and Original Sin to children.

      This I find inexcusable.

    • I would like, in closing, to let you know – I had a major stroke about 5 years ago. It has played havoc with my memory and my fatigue levels. My refusal to not address certain issues means I am tired and/or I simply do not place too much importance on them as concerns my views. My object is not to play points (that is merely the way I approach a discussion – you make a statement, I make one, back and forth – i can see where you come up with that notion).
      I also agree we are adults and allowed our views.
      I am not particularly “for” advancing the notion of “Original Sin” and “Hell” or the “Devil”. The fact is it will be taught. I do speak up with my arguments as to why they are not correct (in my opinion) but I also know that people hold strongly to these beliefs and will not give them up until they are ready to do so. I generally listen to the other person, feel out where they are in the matter, then, if I feel they might be searching for “something else” I let them see how I live and what I believe in and why. It has been effective for me so far. I am sorry if I came across as belligerent or nasty. That was not my intent, but I tend to get that way when I am overly-tired (Which, I am).
      Children are always taught things that are not very nice or even realistic. Religious beliefs are full of this. The church usually tries to balance this with the children, but I find it usually comes across as confusing. This is fact. I am who I am and come across to children as someone they might want to listen to. I taught grades 6-12 and we had a lot of discussions about a lot of things. I am digressing here, so i will stop.
      Thank you for a very frank and long discussion.

    • So, no good reason then , I take it?
      *Sigh*
      ‘Tis ever the same story.

      (This was a separate statement made somewhere in the discussion.  I ignored it)

      ________________________________

      Namaste,

      Scott

Here It Is: Easter Again

Source: The Huffington Post Reuse License listed in search Click on Pic for page

I used the above picture for the sole reason that when I typed the term “Easter Celebraton” (no quotes) into Google, it was one of the choices and I could find no good reason.  🙂

As I sit here writing this, I find myself wondering that it is a big Christian holiday:  Easter.  Easter is upon us and all day there has been celebrating and church, meals, and candy.  Those go together in my head because of my Christian upbringing, but as I sit here now and think about it, the whole Easter Bunny, church, Salvation, Resurrection, and celebration ideas just don’t fit very well.  Children pay more attention to Christmas and Easter because of gifts.  That may be the big draw to those two holidays.  I am not downing anyone who celebrates it at all.  I think celebrating is good for the body, mind, and soul.  I am simply pointing out something I noticed.  You can do with that as you will.

I used to be a big celebrator of Easter.  Easter Bunny in the morning, followed by church.  In my early years, it was Church at dawn, then Bunny, then church afterwards, followed by the noon meal.  This was a big feast in which all of my immediate family as well as my Dad’s family got together and celebrated.

We didn’t do that this year.  My family – parents, sibling, children, great niece, and so forth got together, ate, then did various things (such as nap) before leaving to go home around supper time.  It was enjoyable, but nothing like it used to be.

I have become non-religious in the last few years.  Not atheist, by any means, simply not a follower of Christianity or any other organized religion.  I don’t miss it.  My own closeness to God occurs anyway, much to the disbelief of many who feels that a non-churchgoer cannot have much faith.  I see this as a very limited perspective.

Be that as it may, I decided I should attempt to write something on this holiday.  Not certain exactly how I have done, but here it is.

Namaste,

Scott

Just a Spoonful of Sugar…(don’t look at me; I’m diabetic)

Yeah, funny…maybe not quite that funny!

I picked Mom up this morning and we both braved the bitter cold to head to the hospital and get Dad.  He was supposed to be discharged today (and was).  He has been told now that he has a bit of congestive heart failure and a bit of renal failure.  Armed with that information, new meds, and a good amount of faith, we all went home.  I took them to their home, helped Dad get his medicines squared away, made a couple of calls for him, and went home to relax.

After relaxing for a couple of hours my best friend and I went out to eat.  We had a good time and I unwound.  I came home and entered a Facebook Fantasy NCAA bracket contest.  I am utterly horrible at these, but it was free and easy to fill out.

Now, I sit here, filling out this post and realizing I am too flippin’ tired to do it.  I had good intentions several hours ago, but the steam has fizzled.  I will attempt to gain just a little of the zeal back by saying that today showed me a lot of what I have going for myself.

In the hospital, I notice how sad most people are.  It’s to be expected, of course, but still…

Now staff is all serious, but the nurses try to step out of that mold sometimes, and do manage it.  I, for one, am glad to see the giggles and the smiles from some of them.  If our attitude is supposed to be a big part of our health, I think it would be better for all concerned if doctors, surgeons, and such would develop a better sense of humor.  If I had to go to a hospital I would much rather it be one in which laughing could be heard at different times and places throughout.

Dad is home and resting.  He is very tired and has a lot to think about.  I would like to thank you all for your prayers and thoughts, and concerns throughout all this ordeal.  I know it is not over yet, probably only begun, but it is nice to know I have some supports to lean on.

Namaste,

Scott

Chances Are…

I was bouncing around YouTube tonight (of course) and stumbled onto this one clip.  It is rather long, but very addicting once you start it.

I made me think of myself and how many things had to come together for me to make it to where I am with you all now:

1) Stroke happened during dinner while with girlfriend who could drive a manual shift.

2) I was able to stay conscious long enough to stumble to the car and get in.

3) Traffic must have been low (we were in a high traffic area).

4) Was only a few blocks from hospital.

5) Both my children were only a few miles away (one lives way out of state) at a wedding.

6) My girlfriend was able to tell the hospital staff about my neuropathy when they thought I was paralyzed (no reaction in feet).

7) Daughter saw to it that I was treated in one of the best rehabs in state.

8) Sister looked out hard for me.

9) God was always with me.

Well, this clip shows what happens when chances are…

Enjoy and know that I love being here with you all.

Namaste,

Scott

Your Faith and Your Life

I would like tonight to point you toward a post that intrigued me:

Post is here!

Now, the biggest thing, for me, about this post is it showed me the idea of living your faith by living your life.

I find, so often, people have their faith and they may be very lively about speaking concerning their views.  They  may have the answers to the most probing questions and be able to argue with the best of them.  I went through a phase similar to that one.  I was able to point out flaws in most faiths and show good reason why mine was good.

The problem is it, usually, only creates enemies when we do that.  No one wants to be talked out of their faith, not really.  We have chosen to believe a certain way and we try to stand beside it.

A big part of walking your faith as a part of your life is believing in yourself.

Rather than argue and try to persuade, I have learned if my faith is such a part of my life people cannot put me in the ring with hypocrites, but, instead, can tell you a lot about my faith by the way I live, then I have succeeded.  I am living my faith.  If my normal life is a good illustration of the basic me and how I feel and believe, it is hard to argue with that one.

At least, I am valid and consistent.

I think I am finally to the point I do, indeed, live my faith in my everyday life.  I walk the talk, so to speak.  I am now the type of person who will listen to someone talk, listen if they have questions, and try to comment if they want someone to comment.  This works for me.

I am much happier this way.

I much prefer talking instead of arguing and talking instead of debating.  Life is much simpler when your beliefs mirror your life.

Do you notice here that I have not said what my beliefs or yours are or should be?

I think that is good, too.  Your beliefs are yours; mine are mine.  If you desire to question (as have I in the past) and want comments and have come to me seeking, then I owe it to you to talk and discuss and give opinions; otherwise, you must be reasonably happy where you are, believing what you will.

I don’t seek to change that.

You are on your own path and that path may cross mine, should you choose for it to (or God choosing, of course).

I am waxing philosophical tonight.  Just some thoughts as I read through many posts and think about how we all should fit together and not be moving apart.  You all help me to shape my life and my beliefs.  I can only hope I can do the same for you if you need it.

Namaste,

Scott

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