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Christianity / The Apostle's Creed
« Last post by Andre on November 04, 2012, 08:07:43 PM »
Can I get some comment about the importance or lack thereof on this creed.
         I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;and in Jesus Christ, His Son, Our Lord, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried: He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. I believe in the Holy Catholic Church, the comminion of saints, the forgiveness of sins. the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.
         
          Is it important to the Christian faith, is it irrelevant,or are some parts relevant and some parts irrelevanr?
          Please help with your opinion .
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Suggestions / Re: Aiding those wishing to contribute
« Last post by laurent on October 30, 2012, 07:30:35 AM »
It took a little longer than anticipated but I have enabled the spell checking feature of the website. To use it, simply press the "Spell Check" button at the bottom right of the edit panel.
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Suggestions / Re: Aiding those wishing to contribute
« Last post by laurent on October 04, 2012, 03:53:22 AM »
Hello Andre,
It's a good suggestion. I have a spell checker in my browser, so I didn't think that it would be needed in the editor as well, but now that you mention it I see that it could help. I will do that when I come back from my business trip in about a week.
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Religion and evil / Is there really a Devil ( Satan , Beelzebub)?
« Last post by Andre on September 26, 2012, 12:03:04 AM »
Many people are obsessed with Satan,while others doubt his exsistance. If we are to believe the horror movies or the ghost stories,he is a being that lives in the shadows. His followers are werewolves , vampiers,goblins and other such vile creatures. However people do not crave for repulsive things (normally). People usually seek that which are beautiful or expensive.The idea that Satan is repulsive is a ploy  use by Satan to fool people.Envy, murder, strife and wars are caused by man's desire to posses power, things of beauty,wealth and fame. We need to stop seeking Satan in the dark for the Bible tells us that he was beautiful angel and he uses thing things of beauty to lead humans astray. Is there really a being called Satan or is it man's greed that is causing all the strife , wars and hurt in this world. If there is good then there is evil. If there is a God there should be a devil.
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Suggestions / Aiding those wishing to contribute
« Last post by Andre on September 22, 2012, 10:27:10 PM »
         I have noticed that many people come to the sight but the contribution on the topics are not many . Many people are not good spellers or  good at the written form of the language.Is it possible to allow contributers to access the the program that automaticaly correct grammartic or spelling errors, or even to show that an error has been made so that it can be corrected. This would save time and perhaps allow contributers to fell more comfortable in participating in discussions.
           Thanks in advance
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Religion / Re: What briefly is written in the Quran
« Last post by Andre on September 22, 2012, 10:06:31 PM »
Laurent; One of the most simple religion is Christianity. Christ when He was on earth taught his followers to love one another. He sought to show that the teaching of Judaism was cumbersome and only sought to lay burden on its followers. It was after His death that some of his followers started to impose rules and regulatins into the doctrine. The Catholic Church is the one mainly respondible for doing so. This caused many to break away form their teachings and so we have the start of the different denominations.{Because the reply colume is small quotes and references present an problem}. But I can assure you that the founder of most religions did not start them with the elaborate rites that are now practiced in them. Research will show that it  is the priest of these religions who has formulate these rule for their own importance.How do you know whom to follow. Would you be a member of the Nazi or the Salvasion Army? the Black Panther movement or Martin Luther King peace movement? We have conscience we should use it wisely. 
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Faith / Re: faith needed
« Last post by Andre on September 22, 2012, 09:34:33 PM »
Hi Laurent. It's good to meet people who can discuss ideas without being aggressive.  Jesus asked Pilot an interesting question;"What is truth?" Others have questioned reality, for whether we like it or not or believe it or not the human race is evolving both scientifically and spiritually. The things that even our parents thought were impossible a few years ago  are mow comman place - ( 4g cell phone/ the song sung in churches and upgrading of the language of the Bible). The race or society that ceases to evolve becomes stagnant and either die out or is absorb by other races or society. The Incas and Mayas of South America and several of the tribes of North America are examples. Religious intolerance though still prevalent is on the decrease in most countries. Freedom of wordhip is the accepted norm in most countries. What will happen in a few years fron now is anybody"s guess. What is certain is that if we lack faith in ourselves and what we believe in there ore always those ready to lead us in their ways and their beliefs,
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I like that question. But I would put an additional twist to it. The gods that are worshipped are not the gods themselves but incomplete and biased descriptions of these gods made by human beings. So the question becomes, which god do you worship, and how different from the actual god is the god that you worship (assuming here of course that every description of a god corresponds to an actual deity).
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Faith / Re: faith needed
« Last post by laurent on September 19, 2012, 06:40:13 AM »
Good point Andre, mankind has an appetite for the sublime, which has been traditionally satisfied by religion and worship. I think that a few thousand years ago, that might have been the most efficient and effective way to do so. But is that still true today?

Our understanding of the universe is surely not complete but it is much deeper than it was even just a couple of hundred years ago. We understand such things as DNA, quantum physics, relativity, we have discovered beautiful mathematical truths. We understand much more our place and impact in nature. All this knowledge is accessible to anybody, anywhere in the world. Can the beauty of what we know and understand not satisfy our need for absolute and truth that is currently satisfied by religion? Should it?
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