1. Standard memberTheSphinx
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    I just cannot believe how many people are into religion of one kind or another! I mean, how many of you are christians, how many of you are muslims, how many of you are cathlics, how many are there etc etc?

    If there is a God, how do you know you are 'supportingt the right side?' Suppose that after years of praying to your chosen 'God' you find that you could be wrong, and it is another religion that has the 'correct one?'

    I thought there there was only one God. I imagine him as being white in colour, with a beard, the typical pictures I see of 'Him.' But do black people see him as black?

    With all the different religions how would you feel, on the day that you died, after 50 years of praying to your God, the gates opens and you find you was wrong after all!! How would you feel? Pretty stupid I imagine.

    But if there is only one 'GOD', why are there so many religions?

    But if there is only one 'GOD', why are there so many religions and why is there so much hatred of one religous factor towards another? The Catholics and the Protestants, lets say the Christians against the Jews, the Jews against the Christians and so many other religions that escape me now I am trying to remember them!


    My question to you is, who is praying to the right God?
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    30 Sep '05 17:151 edit
    Originally posted by TheSphinx
    I just cannot believe how many people are into religion of one kind or another! I mean, how many of you are christians, how many of you are muslims, how many of you are cathlics, how many are there etc etc?

    If there is a God, how do you know you are 'supportingt the right side?' Suppose that after years of praying to your chosen 'God' you find tha ...[text shortened]... now I am trying to remember them!


    My question to you is, who is praying to the right God?
    These are the Roman Catholic Church's answers to your questions:

    FIDES ET RATIO

    http://www.vatican.va/edocs/ENG0216/_INDEX.HTM
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    30 Sep '05 17:20
    Originally posted by TheSphinx
    I just cannot believe how many people are into religion of one kind or another! I mean, how many of you are christians, how many of you are muslims, how many of you are cathlics, how many are there etc etc?

    If there is a God, how do you know you are 'supportingt the right side?' Suppose that after years of praying to your chosen 'God' you find tha ...[text shortened]... now I am trying to remember them!


    My question to you is, who is praying to the right God?
    Take a look at the story I posted in the "Is there an afterlife?" Thread. It's on page two.
  4. Standard memberTheSphinx
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    30 Sep '05 17:49
    Originally posted by The Chess Express
    Take a look at the story I posted in the "Is there an afterlife?" Thread. It's on page two.
    I'll relate a story I read once by Paramhansa Yogananda, The Essence of self-realization.

    There was once a man who had six blind sons. He told his sons to wash his elephant. As they were doing so they began to discuss between themselves what the elephant was.

    One said that the elephant was two large bones. He had been washing the tusks.

    The second was disgusted and said that the elephant was really a thick rope. He had been washing the trunk.

    The third son was appalled and insisted that it was like a couple of fans. He had been washing the ears.

    The forth son was dismayed by what he was hearing. He was washing the legs and was ceretain that the elephant was like tree trunks.

    The fifth son, was outraged at the others and shouted in frustration you are all wrong! The beast is a big breathing wall. He was washing the sides.

    The sixth son, beside himself with contempt, called the rest of his brothers liars and said that elephants were like string from the sky. He had been washing the tail.

    The brothers now despised eachother and began fighting between themselves.

    Soon the father walked in and saw what was happening. Listening to their story, he laughed and said that they were all fighting over nothing. He then told them what an elephant really was.

    Just because peoples desciptions of God don't make sense to you, does not mean that there isn't one.

    A brilliant posting, don't know who originally thought this one up but it is very good.

    I'm not saying there is or isn't a God. Well no, that's not correct as I don't believe in anything that includes the words God and religious/religions.

    My question is, how do you know, for sure, that you are praying for the 'right one?'
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    01 Oct '05 03:18
    Originally posted by TheSphinx
    I just cannot believe how many people are into religion of one kind or another! I mean, how many of you are christians, how many of you are muslims, how many of you are cathlics, how many are there etc etc?

    If there is a God, how do you know you are 'supportingt the right side?' Suppose that after years of praying to your chosen 'God' you find tha ...[text shortened]... now I am trying to remember them!


    My question to you is, who is praying to the right God?
    there is something inside you that tells you.
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    01 Oct '05 03:34
    Originally posted by blindfaith101
    there is something inside you that tells you.
    there is something inside you that tells you.

    egoism?

    "the little man inside me tells me" defense. of course, consider one who represents all that you do not -- your antithesis essentially. his little man tells him that he is right and that you are therefore wrong. so which little man is correct? we need a third little man to break the tie.
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    01 Oct '05 04:081 edit
    Originally posted by TheSphinx
    I'll relate a story I read once by Paramhansa Yogananda, The Essence of self-realization.

    There was once a man who had six blind sons. He told his sons to wash his elephant. As they were doing so they began to discuss between themselves what the elephant was.

    One said that the elephant was two large bones. He had been washing the tusks.

    The se ...[text shortened]... ions.

    My question is, how do you know, for sure, that you are praying for the 'right one?'
    I'm glad you enjoyed it. Though I did paraphrase from the book, to the best of my knowledge the story comes from Paramahansa Yogananda. My gut feeling tells me that it is probably a pretty old story though.

    Rather than worry about praying to the right God, maybe it is more important to focus on how one prays.

    Most religions teach that there is a omnipotent God of love and that this God lies within us. Personally I believe the more sincerely one searches, the more God reveals.

    The different religions don't make perfect sense to me when taken on face value either.
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    01 Oct '05 04:47
    Originally posted by blindfaith101
    there is something inside you that tells you.
    Too bad you have zero respect for anyone else who has something inside them that tells them differently than what you believe.
  9. Standard memberTheSphinx
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    01 Oct '05 12:16
    Originally posted by LemonJello
    [b]there is something inside you that tells you.

    egoism?

    "the little man inside me tells me" defense. of course, consider one who represents all that you do not -- your antithesis essentially. his little man tells him that he is right and that you are therefore wrong. so which little man is correct? we need a third little man to break the tie.[/b]
    So basically you are saying absolutely nothing!!

    'egoism' ?????????????????????????????????? Sorry just don't understand that at all.
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    01 Oct '05 20:22
    Originally posted by TheSphinx
    So basically you are saying absolutely nothing!!

    'egoism' ?????????????????????????????????? Sorry just don't understand that at all.
    So basically you are saying absolutely nothing!!

    i am saying that the "little man tells me" argument is neither coherent nor forceful.

    is the office life getting you down, Sphinxter?
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    01 Oct '05 20:57
    Originally posted by blindfaith101
    there is something inside you that tells you.
    Is it the same thing that tells schizophrenics to murder people?
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    01 Oct '05 21:01
    Originally posted by The Chess Express
    I'm glad you enjoyed it. Though I did paraphrase from the book, to the best of my knowledge the story comes from Paramahansa Yogananda. My gut feeling tells me that it is probably a pretty old story though.

    Rather than worry about praying to the right God, maybe it is more important to focus on how one prays.

    Most religions teach that there ...[text shortened]... s.

    The different religions don't make perfect sense to me when taken on face value either.
    Why does it take such a convoluted analogy to 'explain'? The fact is religion is a throwback to more primitive times, and no amount of cutesy, cod-philosophy can disguise the fact.

    I'd have far more respect for the son who took a step back and saw the elephant for what it was, rather than focusing on specific parts like a retard.
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    Originally posted by ivangrice
    Why does it take such a convoluted analogy to 'explain'? The fact is religion is a throwback to more primitive times, and no amount of cutesy, cod-philosophy can disguise the fact.

    I'd have far more respect for the son who took a step back and saw the elephant for what it was, rather than focusing on specific parts like a retard.
    Seeing the elephant for what it is as you say is not all that easy. If a religion inspires and gives a person strength, then it is a good thing.

    It is up to the individual how he/she chooses to believe. I know that there are Christians who believe that people of different faiths can find God as well.

    The fact that there are hundreds of different kinds of Christianity just goes to show that something which is divine cannot really be explained by human words.

    Personally I believe that God must be experienced to be understood.
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    02 Oct '05 09:19
    Originally posted by ivangrice
    I'd have far more respect for the son who took a step back and saw the elephant for what it was, rather than focusing on specific parts like a retard.[/b]
    .............I see..............so, the BLIND sons inability to perceive the situation made him retarded.

    Well, let me tell you, I feel no need to argue with that logic. 😵

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    02 Oct '05 09:21
    Originally posted by LemonJello
    [b]So basically you are saying absolutely nothing!!

    i am saying that the "little man tells me" argument is neither coherent nor forceful.

    is the office life getting you down, Sphinxter?[/b]
    A lack of coherance nor forcefulness does not refute the premise, as it is not predicated by it.
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