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Nov 14, 17, 03:31 PM #31
Nov 14, 17, 03:37 PM #32
Yes, he really acted alone.
If you ever have the time to read Vincent Bugliosi's 1,600 page book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy", you will have no doubts. It took him 20 years to research and write it but he did a great job with the finished product.
Nov 14, 17, 04:32 PM #33
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Nov 14, 17, 05:44 PM #34
Nov 14, 17, 06:16 PM #35
In my case these experiences have only strengthened a spiritual faith within me whereas I'm certain, considering my past of agnostic leanings, that if they had never happened I would likely have solidly considered myself to be completely agnostic, and therefore ponder no further to seek answers.
I was once so close to that assessment that during my lifetime nothing could enlighten me, yet these experiences instilled in me a hope that previously was not there for me.
When I doubted a God, the message was "No, I'm right here". When I doubted a Heaven, the message was "It's a joyful and beautifully loving place". When I doubted an afterlife, the message was "I may be gone, but I am still very much alive and my love is unconditional and eternal".
All very positive comforting things that filled me with hope when previously I had only doubt.
It all came to me as a positive force seemingly meant to enlighten, and give comfort and hope, whereas if it were otherwise, or not at all... I would likely have believed in, hoped for, and expected nothing.
If this wasn't just my imagination playing tricks on me, then I can only assume that it was a God/Love force reaching out to me to comfort and enlighten me, for if it were a negative force it would have been more effective for its purposes it would seem, to have left me alone with my doubts and disbelief.
Nov 14, 17, 07:01 PM #36Everytime I read this thread title, I do it to the tune of Joan Osborne's "What if God Was One of Us".
Nov 14, 17, 07:05 PM #37
Nov 14, 17, 07:09 PM #38
Nov 16, 17, 09:45 PM #39
I can't begin to understand how that's possible, but I am also bound by time. I only know in terms of past, present, & future.
But if God created time and is not bound by it, that would seem to change things. We measure time with timelines, but God takes that timeline and bends it into a circle--no beginning and no end.
Maybe I am wrong, but that's how I see it.
Interesting discussion regardless.
Nov 17, 17, 07:35 AM #40
But you could be right.
Nov 17, 17, 11:53 AM #41
The omniscience of God and the free will debate has always confused me. The way I have always interpreted it is God knows the future because He’s All Knowing. If He doesn’t know the future then He’s not completely All Knowing, which would be strange for an All Powerful God.
However, if He is completely All Knowing then free will would be erased because the free will would be God’s Will in a world of predestination. We would be mere pawns on a chessboard with our lives already determined before our birth.
When I hear the free will point of view I always think, “Yes, we do naturally have free will to do whatever our next thought or move is, but doesn’t God already know what our free will decision will be because of His omniscience?”
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Nov 17, 17, 06:15 PM #42"Hey God, Can I get tomorrow's Powerball numbers."
In all seriousness, I would have so many questions, I don't see how I could narrow it down to one.
Nov 17, 17, 06:36 PM #43
Someone helped me to understand a bit better by the following illustration:
Imagine a father and his sons are watching a Christmas parade from behind a wooden fence. The father is tall enough to see over the fence, but the boys are too short and can only see the parade by looking through a knothole in the fence. So the boys can see what's happened and what is happening now in the parade, but they can't see what is coming. But their father can see the parade in its entirety, so he can tell the boys what is getting ready to come (like Santa). He knows what's going to happen, but he doesn't cause everything in the parade to happen.
It isn't a perfect illustration, but it's the best I have ever come across.
At the end of the day, it boils down to this: God is beyond 100% human comprehension IMO. Some struggle with that and I get it. On the other hand, I take comfort in it and am glad God is way too much for me to fully grasp. That's where faith comes in.
I believe it was Augustine who once said something like, "Once we fully understand God, He stops being God."