I really like this topic but will not participate in it very much. I have avoided it so far until this moment. And even now am not saying too much about my inner beliefs.
this is a discussion that does better over the internet than it does in close quarters. That is most easily demonstrated by what fever said about her country.
The biggest problem with a discussion like this is many people have a "my GOD is better than your god" belief. They are justified by this. All beliefs or religions can not be equal. If that were the case then there would be no need for religion or belief. If they were all equal then they would be all equally useless. this does not mean that I can not respect others differences. In my mind I merely allow them to be wrong. For if they are not wrong then I am not correct. If I am not correct then I am not proper in my beliefs. Seeing all can not be correct then if all beliefs were equal then they would all have to be incorrect. That is the end of religion, belief, spiritualism. what ever you want to call it, it is over. So my Beliefs are the pinnacle. It can be no other way. If any one wants to confront me with their beliefs they had better bring a very large arsenal to confront me with. I am quite stead fast. But I am not confrontational so if you pass me by I will not chase you down.
I have already read a few things as I surveyed this topic that have insulted my senses. I will not say which things. I am not here to convert or to argue. So I will just let it be. We all have a common bond on this forum. Religious belief or cosmic doctrine or philosophical wailings do not need to be aligned for this bond to continue.
I am a Christian and I follow Christ. Within Christ I can allow a variance in others who are not lock step with my thoughts. the further away from Christ someones views are then the more alien they are to me. But I do not wish to conquer others sense. If some one wants to learn what I think and believe then I am happy to tell them. If they hope to tell me what they believe it would be best if they wait for me to ask.
If someone wants to post what may offend me I will just not read and I would expect they would do the same in my direction.
I save my faith for GOD. All others bring proof. I can coexist with anything that at least is moving towards being GOOD. None are perfect. I know that. So I will make allowances for you and I insist you do the same for me.
Thank you skepticaldollars for letting us know what is in you heart.
I appreciate your contribution very much.
May we grow day by day towards maturity and true wisdom....