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Two eternal choices. One choice leads to a path of eternity in which you are connected to all through God, and One choice leads to eternal separation from all.
It is up to you to decide what choice to make, and time is fallacy that God has put in front of our eyes so that you may choose to be part of all that is. It is a gift. Once you are brought back up into that higher fractal the choices you made are the choices you will make forever.
You see friends, I believe many of us here on ATS are at least capable of understanding that everything is connected, a universal consciousness of sorts.
I disagree, consciousness is the only substance that can be known. Anything "outside" of consciousness is only an extension of it. Consciousness is far from being without substance, it is what gives you the ability to make that statement in the first place.
In my opinion God is consciousness, we are the fractals of that consciousness, all containing the whole.
In my opinion the physical universe is a hologram of our consciousness. What happens when you cut a hologram of an apple in half a million times? You get 2 million whole apples, not halves and halves of halves as you would think. The whole is preserved through this act of separation, and each individual "half" contains and preserves the entirety of the whole.
Think of us as this apple that has been sliced in half also many times. The apple represents God, and we, the slices, contain the whole of God, only in an individualized form.
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That's exactly what's happening right now. We are the fullness of the apple contained in parts. We are slices of the apple and each slice is the apple itself, only individualized. A hologram preserves all of its qualities when cut into slices, and the fullness of those qualities lie in each slice, meaning the fullness of God lies within each and every one of us. We are God experience itself.
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God's will is free will. We all have free will even if our individual free will is different from one another. God's will is our will because it is free will, something we all possess.
Well it's not a substance is it. If it was, we'd be able to measure it or confirm in some way that it is indeed a substance. Any small amount of research into substance dualism will confirm this.
To make a statement such as this, one must first exist in order to do so. It requires that I am a living organism with all the necessary functioning body parts. Birds cannot make this statement, not because they lack consciousness, but because they lack the necessary body parts required to do so. If consciousness is required to make a statement, then why are the other animals not making statements? The quality of being conscious is a quality of the organism, and therefor comes second to, and is a product of, whatever entity it is that is conscious.
It seems to me that with your view, there is no point to life.
If we have no control of our lives, what's the point of it all?
Is god just pulling our strings while we go along for the ride?
If I choose not to go out to a bar tonight, that wasn't my decision, but god's who decided it an eternity ago?
If that's the case then what is the point of babies being born then dying the same day because of some freak accident?
Or is there no point to it in place of it being random chance that was not already decided long ago?
The fact is you have no control of it.That's reality.Unreality is believing you have control.The only thing you are doing is making choices according to your nature and character and the experiences you've had and the outside experiences of everyone that ever lived(by osmosis).You have no control over your choices causes.You just believe you do.The chain of causes and effects in alignment to your nature and character cause you to make choices you do.
No.The creator God does not need to pull any strings to be in control.There are no strings attached.Everyone is acting according to their nature and character. The creator God is the cause of the process of Life(the meaning of spirit).There is no ride.The physical realm/universe is a matrix where the physical creation is growing.ALL created (controlled) by the creator.
No.The creator God does not exist in an "eternity"(which the meaning is age not endless time).The creator God does not pre"decide" actions of the creation.The creator God is not IN the matrix of the space/time continuum. Those are physical realm constructs of linearity.The creator God is not bound by physical realm physics of any kind.They created it.They do not "do" actions linearly they way we do in the physical realm.We experience cause and effect linearly in time however the creator isn't bound by them.Our whole history of time and space is like a piece of paper they draw 2 dimensional objects on.
Why ask me. I don't know the core reason neither do you nor anyone else.It does nothing to speculate why.The fact is it did.That is not evidence of a will free of cause.That's the point ...why speculate at all.All things in the physical universe are completely out of our control.We are not given reasons why "ALL" things happen because we can't control them.
There is a psychological syndrome for people that have a perverted sense of control in the vernacular called control freaks....ego maniacal. They try to "control" their environment( and people) by their "will".The reality is they are not in control at all but are only acting according to their nature and character which at the core is spurned on by fear.Fear of loss of control.
We can absolutely measure consciousness. A doctor can declare somebody either conscious or unconscious so right there, you have a binary observational measure. You bring up dualism which sort of advocates for the measuring of everything in at least a binary form.
You are knitpicking his example of "typing" being a result of consciousness but I think you know what he meant. Replace "typing" or "making a statement" with simply "being aware" or "observing". Those are things that aren't achieved by simply replicating the tissue and biology of a brain. This is why machines are not "conscious".
The only evidence that leads to our consciousness being a product of our biology is that they can remove the connection we have to the world and then record the lack of consciousness. All that proves is that our interface is needed to interact with the world with our consciousness. There are tons of anecdotal cases that say the opposite and that our bodies are not required for consciousness.