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Re: Reality

Posted by SLS on May 12, 2008, at 22:03:03

In reply to Re: Reality, posted by Forerunner on May 12, 2008, at 9:25:00

> > > > > Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons i believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we hade always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.
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> > > > > -Forerunner
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> > > > In fact, month by month, the Universe reveals all sorts of new things that are unexpected. Nobody would have believed that its matter is accelerating outward instead of inward. It doesn't seem to make sense until you take into consideration dark energy. 20 years ago, nobody would have thought to make that story up, even though Einstein got it right where he thought he had blundered. I enjoy both the concrete and the mysterious. However, at the moment, the only mystery to me lies in creation, and man's vain attempt to explain why it occurred at all.
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> > > > - Scott
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> > > The Christian and the Materialist hold different beliefs about the universe. They can't both be right. The one who is wrong will act in a way which simply doesn't fit the real universe. Consequently, with the best will in the world, he will be helping his fellow creatures to their destruction.
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> > > -Forerunner
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> > They can both be wrong. They can both be right. The concept of duality allows for two perspectives to represent reality simultaneously. It is analogous to the nature of light. Light is both a wave and a particle stream. However, both counterparts can not be observed and quantified at the same time. One can look at one or the other, but not both. Time and again, physics offers explanations as weird as they are profound.
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> > Perhaps you could go into more detail as to what a Materialist is. I have never heard of this philosophy.
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> > I believe in one God. Regarding organized relions, there are some good ones out there. If one is receptive to an eclectic approach towards building a personal spirituality - for me, anyway, I find there are different ways to conceptualize reality. It is possible that everyone is wrong. However, I like to ponder the nature of existence. I find truths in many religions and spiritual philosophies. For me, the Eastern philosophies resonate well with my Being. Christianity does not. It's not a bad religion though. I think there is much humanity to be portrayed wonderfully in the New Testament. I do not believe that Jesus was divinity here on Earth. For now, my beliefs work for me. I have seen other belief systems work very well for other people.
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> > Which religions or philosophies do you feel are guides to destruction?
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> > - Scott
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> God is a basic fact or actuality, the source of all other facthood.

If God were a basic fact, it would be basic to the human experience to recognize God as you might like to portray Him. This, however, is not reality since organized religions differ so much in their portrayals. And, in fact, there are some religions that have no portrayal of God at all.

It seems to me that it is man who is the source of all facthood.

- Scott




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