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Re: asking for stuff rayww

Posted by SLS on February 8, 2005, at 14:13:52

In reply to Re: asking for stuff, posted by rayww on February 7, 2005, at 18:38:48

Thank you for the concern you have shown for me and the great advice.

> the thought that came to mind was how blessed you are and will be because of your attitude.

Thank you. It isn't always recognized by the people around me.

> Have you heard the quote, "As a man thinketh so is he"?

Hmm. No, I hadn't. I like that.

> Do you believe God will judge our heart, our thoughts, our intents, and all the things we wish we could do if we were able?

That is a difficult question for me to answer. I think there are rewards for doing right. I am not so sure there are penalties for doing wrong, though. I think there are rewards in this fashion:

1. The experience of bliss that comes from the understanding of what God wants from us, and the drawing closer to God our Father for the love we demonstrate for Him and for others.

2. The experience of fulfillment in the absence of a personal relationship with God because such things resonate so positively with our core humanity.

> The point I am clumbsily trying to make here is that no matter the condition of our body, it will fulfill it's eternal purpose. Eternity is a very long time, and by comparison, the time we spend here is millisecond. Surely we can endure as that eternal second passes.

This is one point where you and I diverge a bit. I have no confidence in there being of a hereafter. In fact, it goes against my worldly belief system. I believe that our consciousness is a one time event. I believe that our bodies continue on as they are recycled in the environment and become part of the living again.

The MAJOR reason I have not committed suicide despite entering several genuinely suicidal state is precisely because I don't believe in a hereafter. I consider this a one time deal. There is nowhere to go afterwards. For me, death represents the end and not the beginning.

> You have been blessed with a good attitude and a wonderful belief. Your prayers will be answered, but likely not how or when you expect.

> It takes faith to accept that God's plan is not always our plan.

I will try to be accepting of whatever God has decided. So far, I have not been willing to accept the notion that I will never emerge from depression. I still have hope, although I don't completely understand why.

Just as an epilogue, I tend to live well with uncertainty. It is what helps keep me going. Of course, this uncertainty also exists for my lack of belief in a hereafter. However, it would represent defective logic to deduce that there is no hereafter. Uncertainty does not permit it. If there is a hereafter, I will be pleasantly surprised.


- Scott




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