"The Astrologer said:On the whole Susanna I agree with your comments, surely though it is every-ones duty to protect and preserve animals and the environment for our offspring.As a Christian (an aging one of no fixed church movement) I remember the…"
"I agree with BastetAsshur. I believe that everything that is ALIVE is in a special state of being, and has a soul. I think they are equal with us in that our kinds of intelligence are merely different. They are, in essence, non-human races.
"It isn't up to us to decide who has a soul and who doesn't, just like it isn't up to us to invent God, or Gravity. We observe and report what we find revealed to us, both through our own investigation, and that which is revealed to us…"
"Since reality is created in our brains, and our understanding is percieved as experinces either thoughs or actions.
Then does all life have a spirit? YES This is needed to percieve life.
The spirit and the soul are not the samething there is no way…"
"perhaps less emphasis on oneself is found in more emphasis on others, human or animal. Our focus has to be somewhere, and it will most naturally fall on ourselves. We have to work to place it on others."
"Yeah, I know. My point was merely that to be "responsible" you must be "response-able" or have the capability to respond to the need. The ability to respond is largely dependent upon what understandings are held as to how to…"
Hey really nice. That kind of material is going to be valuable to our cause. It's not enough to lay down this Open Source Religion thing as purely intellectual or mathematical; people need to understand it in prose as well. It's more experiential that way.
Briefly, having been raised Catholic, in my teens I began to visit/study many other religions (including various Yogas, hinduism, islam, and "fringe" christian religions, among other things) and I learned that it largely was simply a matter of "works" of one form or another. I was shown the "template" for pure Christianity and accepted it and saw it as far more valid than anything else...and it is without DOING works of anykind. And so I am simply a "born-again" Christian that implicitly believes everything the Bible teaches, which is far more than I ever imagined (and which may sound naive), and which is scientifically sound (I have a Ph D is physical chemistry, though that is not neccesarily here nor there), in that the more that I study it (which I am constantly doing), the more I am convinced that I have found what is true and what is simply simple.
unfortunately that is true, very often...and people put up walls without realizing it. But each person must speak for themself and be honest for/to themself...and there is often much that influences us, both negative and positive.
That's cool. And as you'll see, if you spend any time here, there are all kinds of people that post comments here...and sometimes it can get pretty intense. Some people are just rather strong about their opinions sometimes. And I guess like anywhere, some people come and go, and others stick around...just like life.