Posted by SLS on September 30, 2006, at 11:57:19
In reply to Re: Evil, posted by rayww on September 30, 2006, at 10:09:00
> There is truth in all religions,
Perhaps. I like to think so.
> but not all religions are all true.
Perhaps none of them are. If no two religions are exactly alike, then at most, only one could be the Truth. I happen to prefer the Eastern philosophies to explain the nature of existence and our place in it.
> Most religions are man made...
In some religions, it is ok to believe that all religions are man made, and that God is God.
> ...with some sort of spiritual foundation. So what is spirit? Does the spirit exist?
It seems to me that many religions around the world have arrived at similar belief systems despite not having had contact with each other. For this, I believe that there is a natural spirit.
> Because there are so many different spiritual paths with some leading toward good, others toward evil, and still others leading nowhere, you would tend to believe there must be good and evil spirit as well.
You consider a path towards evil a spiritual path.
This is where you and I differ. I hope you have in your heart and mind enough room that someone should have a belief different from yours. I believe that there is only one God and only one Spirit. It is Good.
> Only God is lofty. When we put ourselves above God we become lofty. In the end all loftiness will be made humble by God. I prefer to keep myself humble thank-you,
Do you feel that I am lofty for presenting beliefs that are different from yours?
> I will figure out for myself whether evil and good exist.
You already have.
I don't understand why you felt the need to write this. If you wish to discuss matters of belief, then you might encounter someone whose beliefs are different from your own. If you wish to state what your beliefs are, you might encounter someone with alternate beliefs who might wish to state what they are. This is what occurred. I did not tell you what to believe. I did not berate you or your belief system. I did not - and this is very important - I did not state my beliefs to be fact. I did not portray them as being the only true religion. I did not state that it was a fact that my scripture was the word of God. If I did believe that my scripture was the word of God, I would have the courtesy to state it in just that way - I believe. Saying "I believe" does not make a Truth any less true. It just prevents alternate views from being any more false.
You do make a lot of declarations and ask a lot of questions. These invite discussion.