Thursday, August 2, 2012 7:18:26 AM
In other words I search for truth, and not once have I found God there, rather, by searching for God you are assuming a conclusion that may not exist. If you are content with such a priori reasoning, then so be it, but don't be surprised when you don`t find truth there either.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 7:15:07 AM
It may simply be an appreciation of the light, pure and unblemished, not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes, we stand in front of the light and assume we are the center of the universe, God looks astonishingly like we do! Or we turn to look at our shadow and assume all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose, which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all its beauty and all its flaws, and in so doing, better understand the world around us.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 7:15:03 AM
So, if people are reading the scriptures just to find problems with them, that's likely all they`ll find. But on the flipside, those who are studying the scriptures to find the Lord, and His love, will find all the lessons they need. I had made an analogy in a philosophy of religion class years ago that illustrates this way of thinking.
If I take a flashlight and shine on the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The flashlight is our search for truth, for understanding. Too often we assume the light on the wall is God, but the light is not the goal of the search, it is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the revelation upon seeing it. Similarly, someone who does not search, who does not bring a flashlight, sees nothing. What we perceive as God is the by-product of our search for God...
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 6:29:53 PM
HolyGod: I base my facts on multiple sources as well, such as historical records, modern records, logic, reasoning, faith, spirituality, and the culmination of Human Knowledge. While i enjoy the Holy Bible, i've studied the main faiths that uphold love, and found that the Holy Bible has most of all the lessons beneficial to that end. I can testify that God is real, because i have witnessed Him.
But the most important thing God wants us to do is love one another. In love, mocking, quick judgements, assuming, hurting has no place. However teaching and rebuking, for reproof, for correction, or for training in righteousness can.
If someone is learning deep lessons of Love from God, to bring into a world starved of love, it`s nothing but a shame to mock or scorn them. Besides no one an stop faith in God, no matter how angry or upset they are with it, of that, history is clear. So there is no point in getting upset about faith in God.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 6:02:40 PM
LillianDulci: there is no real debate of points if there is no reasonable discussion. It only turns into a mud slinging, chest puffing mess.
A reason most faith related debates are brushed off is because they tend to be diatribes focusing on little rocks, with no real value or substance, turning into a waste of time. Especially when there's bigger rocks study such as love, joy, faith, hope, and Gal 5:22 for example. It does no one any credit to throw these along the wayside, since we all know the world needs more love.
BTW I just noticed your response, but the fact is God is seeking a relationship with us. I used to think he wasn`t as well, until i met Him. Then I saw He had been carrying me most of my life, just as He is doing the same for many of people right now. Maybe you`ll see this fact someday too.