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Old 02-22-2005, 07:54 AM   #81
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:15 AM   #82
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I knew it was risky to start this, but I figured since the population here tends to be older, it'd stay sort of civil. *Besides politics gets brought up so much, i didnt see the harm in adding religion. *Maybe sex can be next eh?

I really am genuinely curious about what i asked. *It'd be neat if a poll were taken to see if there were any correlation. *Or maybe there is no correlation. *That's why i asked.
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:25 AM   #83
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I figured since the population here tends to be older....

I don't get too bothered about the politics stuff or the religion stuff. But now I can feel myself getting sort of pissed.
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:18 PM   #84
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I don't get too bothered about the politics stuff or the religion stuff. But now I can feel myself getting sort of pissed.
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Old 02-22-2005, 12:34 PM   #85
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I thought that Unitarianism was the "no muss - no fuss" religion of choice?
Yeah, but do they get to guzzle wine during services?

Funny story: I walked up to receive communion at a thinly-attended Mass a few years ago. I got up to the cup, and the eucharistic minister leaned forward and whispered words to the effect that could I drink it up since there was nobody else there. Chug, chug, chug! Bottoms up with the transubstantiated blood of the Savior!

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Old 02-22-2005, 01:01 PM   #86
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It'd be neat if a poll were taken to see if there were any correlation. *Or maybe there is no correlation. *That's why i asked.
You want correlation? I'll give you correlation:

http://early-retirement.org/cgi-bin/...num=1090991603
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Old 02-22-2005, 02:11 PM   #87
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. . .Maybe sex can be next eh?. . .
Well. . . count me in favor of it. But not with any of you.
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Old 03-01-2005, 04:20 PM   #88
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Fallen Catholic and fallen kayaker. I've left both behind.

I used to call myself Christian, until I figured out that I need to believe in Christ for that. (I'm not trying to be funny). I believe in him as a historical figure, but not necessarily as a savior.

I have Quaker and pagan tendencies.


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Old 03-01-2005, 07:01 PM   #89
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I am a Christian.
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Old 03-01-2005, 07:59 PM   #90
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The Word is the beginning and the end. *The universe was created through Him, and for Him. *He holds it together with the force of His will.
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Old 03-01-2005, 08:07 PM   #91
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The Word is the beginning and the end. *The universe was created through Him, and for Him. *He holds it together with the force of His will.
Are you refering to John Galt?
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:20 PM   #92
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No. A hint, the Word was made flesh a litlle more than 730,000 days ago.
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:44 AM   #93
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I used to call myself Christian, until I figured out that I need to believe in Christ for that. (I'm not trying to be funny). I believe in him as a historical figure, but not necessarily as a savior.
That's my problem too. *Was raised in a christain family, but as i went on to become a scientist (masters in biology), thinks like faith and "belief" lost all meaning to me. *

To me, there is what we know and what we dont know. *I neither believe nor disbelieve anything. *Sure, I guess I could say/proclaim I believe such and such, but what difference does that make? *It certainly doesnt necessarily make it so just because I believe it. *If my "beliefs" couldn't pass the scrutany of scientific literary journals, then maybe I shouldn't be so confident about presuming its true simply because I "want" it to be true. *

No one wants to live just ~ 80 years, and certainly no one "wants" to go to hell, so I can certainly understand anyone's motive for wanting to believe in God and Heaven. *The alternative just isn't that rosy is it?

I think for a time I was using "Pascal's Wager"; which basically argues what do you have to lose by believing. *If you're right, you go to heaven, if not, you're worm food just the same. *Problem with that is, I doubt God would consider that line of thinking genuine. *If one's only "covering a base", then I serious doubt that will get you past the pearly gates. *Also, the genuince christain knows the bible actually calls for a great deal of sacrifice as part of the process of putting God first, so its not exactly a painless gamble.
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I think for a time I was using "Pascal's Wager"
Well, the other problem with Pascal's Wager is that you are also taking a bet on which god or gods to believe in. *Are you sure that if you choose brand X religion that the "true" religion isn't brand Y? *Perhaps the brand Y god would be happier with those who didn't choose rather than those who chose brand X?
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:23 AM   #95
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Well, the other problem with Pascal's Wager is that you are also taking a bet on which god or gods to believe in. Are you sure that if you choose brand X religion that the "true" religion isn't brand Y? Perhaps the brand Y god would be happier with those who didn't choose rather than those who chose brand X?
That truth just ticks me off to be honest. Why did I have to be born in a world where I have to guess what truth is, and according to many, if i guess wrong, i'm going to burn for a long time. Why the guessing games, "God"?

And why do 95% of the people in this world have it all figured out, even though most of them don't agree with each other. Do these 95% realize that all of them have to be wrong except one... at best?

I'm an agnostic out of humility. I get accused of being a know-it-all, but I'll be the first to tell you I haven't the slightest clue as to what all the real answers are to the meaning of life.
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:43 AM   #96
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...I haven't the slightest clue as to what all the real answers are to the meaning of life. *
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yes, but I still haven't found the question!
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I'll bet it has something to do with safe withdrawal rates. Although the answer being '42' leaves me to think theres a 'magic tool' involved.
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Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, anyone?
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