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Prayer Forum / Re: Prayers for journey
« Last post by marigold on Today at 07:23:38 PM »
May God grant you many years!
Lord, have mercy on Sharbel.
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Religious Topics / Re: Why I don't believe in God anymore.
« Last post by Story on Today at 07:15:58 PM »
To be honest, as "overused" as these arguments are, they aren't fundamentally unreasonable things to be concerned about. It's not like I have the ultimate answer to these things. However, to me God is so much bigger than these concerns. I'm not saying I don't care, I'm just saying that I don't have the answers, but I still cling to God because I know he's bigger than whatever controversies about specific parts of Scripture come up, or our own notions of what God should be like. I still cling to God because I NEED God, and because I personally don't find the arguments as to His nonexistence convincing.

I acknowledge that it may sound like I'm clinging to a fantasy because I can't cope with life. Well, it is true that I can't cope with life without God. I do not see a particularly logical path to absolute morality or absolute meaning objectively existing if God does not exist in any way, shape, or form. I'm not saying atheists can't have a sense of morality or meaning, but I just don't see how it could ever be claimed to exist objectively if God or at least some real "spiritual dimension" to life exists. Basically, I can't see a point in living without God. I can still make life happier for myself and others, but to me, that's not enough, because there is no reason to seek that happiness other than for its own sake. There is no actual reason to make myself or other people happy, other than that it feels good. I would not and could not be satisfied with that. Other people may be different, but that's just the way it is for me.

To be honest, I am deeply disturbed by some of the things in the Old Testament. I don't have ultimate answers to why they're there or if they really happened (I certainly hope the latter is not the case). But I know God is so much bigger and so much more than that. Until you see that too, I think it is likely you will never believe in God again. We can question certain things in Scripture endlessly. Maybe we'll find answers, but we can ALWAYS find more questions if we try.

tl;dr I don't know why God let all that stuff put in the Bible, or if He actually did command these things (again, I hope not). I just know God, and Christianity, is a lot more than that. The reason why I am a Christian is not because every question is answered perfectly. I know that's not much of an answer, at least in terms of what you were looking for. However, to be frank, I don't know if you'll find the answer you're looking for. If that prevents you from coming to Christianity, well..I guess you won't be a Christian, then. I'm certainly not happy about that, but it may just be the way things are.
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Religious Topics / Re: Why I don't believe in God anymore.
« Last post by ZackShenouda439 on Today at 07:02:53 PM »
Hi Ray1

Seeing that you have “materialist” under your jurisdiction, I encourage you to take a look at this physics experiment

"Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six experiments”
http://deanradin.com/evidence/Radin2012doubleslit.pdf

if you are unfamiliar with physics/reading such studies in general & need a frame of reference in for understanding the technical study, than you can also read this entry on this experiment too

"Groundbreaking Research Shows Conscious Intention Directly Affects Quantum States; Scientific Basis for Mind of Over Matter?"
https://thesearchforlifeafterdeath.com/2016/08/21/groundbreaking-research-shows-conscious-intention-directly-affects-quantum-states-scientific-basis-for-mind-of-over-matter/
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Reviews / Re: What is everyone reading?
« Last post by Luke on Today at 06:38:59 PM »
Finished volume two of the three-volume set:  Jeremiah : a new translation with introduction and commentary / Jack R. Lundbom.

Sounds very interesting. Three volumes? So what's your reaction so far?
The author says that anyone undertaking a commentary on Jeremiah has a huge job ahead, and I believe him.  St. Jerome only made it to chapter 32 before he passed on.  Jeremiah is a big book, and there are a lot of questions about how it was put together and of course why the Masoretic text differs from the Septuagint.  It is interesting as to how Jeremiah is put together, and the author points out places that use Chiasmus.  When there are differences between the Masoretic text and Septuagint, the author usually prefers the longer readings.  The shorter readings are usually (but not always) in the Septuagint.  The author attributes most of them to haplography.  Maybe that was the case, but it leaves me wondering if there are other factors involved.  If you want to read more ideas about the differences between the Masoretic texts and Septuagint, I would read McKane or Holladay.
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Other Topics / Re: Ban the person above
« Last post by Asteriktos on Today at 06:29:29 PM »
Once you climb to a post count like mine you find that, from that high vantage point, you can see all the way to the future. Thus I knew you would be posting, ilyazhito, and I also knew that I would in turn ban you. My apologies, though happily I can see that you will prosper despite the ban. Good day.
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It's highly unlikely America became irreligious overnight.
Not overnight, but in 3 years, which is still hard to believe.
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Prayer Forum / Re: Prayers for journey
« Last post by Sharbel on Today at 06:08:22 PM »
I am now a catechumen in the Greek Orthodox Church.

Please, pray that the Lord may have mercy on me.
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Other Topics / Re: What does everyone look like?
« Last post by DeniseDenise on Today at 06:08:12 PM »
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Other Topics / Re: What does everyone look like?
« Last post by Dominika on Today at 06:08:01 PM »
The rest is: I'm waiting for a husband ;p

I'm sure many candidates are looking carefully at these photos as we speak, earnestly desiring to be globally moderated. 

:-*


I have to confess to always having a slight crush on Dominika; predating both these pics and her promotion to the upper echelons of the OCNet moderation team.

 :-[ I'm amazed!

Well, I guess I just like the way you write and what you have to say; it is indicative of a loving and  pious nature.  :)
So nice words, thank you! Anyway, if I'm of pious nature, I have to struggle with my pride ;)
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Other Topics / Re: What does everyone look like?
« Last post by Alpha60 on Today at 06:03:56 PM »
The rest is: I'm waiting for a husband ;p

I'm sure many candidates are looking carefully at these photos as we speak, earnestly desiring to be globally moderated. 

:-*


I have to confess to always having a slight crush on Dominika; predating both these pics and her promotion to the upper echelons of the OCNet moderation team.

 :-[ I'm amazed!

Well, I guess I just like the way you write and what you have to say; it is indicative of a loving and  pious nature.  :)
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