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originally posted by: Baddogma
Cool thread, nice thoughts and I tend towards gnostic thought, myself, but the state transcending material matters and petty intrigues I thought I had reached turned out to be a dying thyroid ...
so be careful in this hall of mirrors and uncertainty is the only certainty, I think ... maybe?
originally posted by: shawmanfromny
Interesting thread, but I think there are many people who have a strong faith in God and who also have "extraneous distractions" and "material distractions" in their lives. Not many are capable of living like monks inside a temple, nor should we treat life like an "illusion" because it's the physical state that God chose for us.
If our physical life is a gift from our Creator, why do you refer to it as "silly?"
There are people who leave this "temporary realm" who have helped many people with their "material necessities." I've read stories about rich people sharing their wealth to help those in need. They do it because they care about the less fortunate. Isn't this a virtuous act that shows a high morality? Your thread seems to imply that people who possess material things are incapable of "refining" their souls, or having "a cognizance of God." I say BS to that idea.
originally posted by: FamCore
a reply to: cooperton
I am not religious, but I am spiritual, and this thread was a bit of an eye-opener for me. Thank you for putting this together and sharing. It helped someone (me)
originally posted by: rickymouse
I awakened from the trance I was in for many years which lowered my ability to reason properly, I purposely put myself into that trance so I could get along with others in the trance.
originally posted by: dfnj2015
a reply to: cooperton
We live in an analog Universe not a digital one. Computer metaphors like the Matrix are simply fantasy. Reality is way far more interesting than a simple mindless Von Neuman architecture. The cool thing about reality is how unpredictable it can be. Where as computer science is a perfect science.
originally posted by: Specimen
(1) His disciples said to him: “When will the of the dead take place, and when will the new world come?”
(2) He said to them: “That (resurrection) which you are awaiting has (already) come, but you do not recognize it.”
Definitely. John 11:25-26 elaborates on this distinction. Those who wish to stay will die but still live thereafter, but those who leave while alive will never die. Marriage in the pre-Christ era was and still is a means to unite with God. When the woman at the well asks about the gift of God and how to find eternal life, Jesus says to bring her husband, alluding to the fact that matrimony has in it the power of eternity, and a great gift of God.
originally posted by: InTheLight
Perhaps eternal life is bringing forth new life along with our DNA - don't genes have memory?
originally posted by: Trucker1
I believe things are meant to be enjoyed on this earth while we can enjoy them.
originally posted by: 316stee420
In catholicism the priest during mass says blessed are the fruits of thy womb Jesus, could it be that Jesus created the matrix or the womb for the world to live in illuminated educated consciously high bliss?