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Originally posted by netbound
What I've never understood is why we should be the object of any other entiy's attention at all. Whatever is behind our creation is more likely not aware of us at all. We're such a small part of a humongous universe.
We are aware of ourselves, which is kind of odd in itself, but that may be as far as it goes. IMHO we may come and go as a species and no one will ever know we were even here at all. It may be that a universal consciousnes exists, and we are such a small part of it that our contribution goes completely unnoticed. Then again, we may be the only conscious entity that exists, in which case there is nothing out there to be aware of us.
I really don't know. All I do know is, if there is some entity out there that is aware of the plight of us humans, and if that entity has the power to guide our lives in good and bad ways, then it must have a sadistic twinge. Considering all the awful things that occur daily on earth; all the famine, misery and pain suffered around the world by the totally innocent; the horrendous slaughter of thousands daily for unjust causes and criminal gain; all the people suffering the pangs of hunger in a world that could provide for their needs. If there is some one or some thing out there that is all powerful and can control our fate, then I don't see it as a merciful or compassionate one.
IMHO, if we are part of some larger experimant, then we are on our own swimming around in the dish, and if noticed at all then we are being observed just to see how we will survive left to our own resources.
Sorry to interject such a dark side to things, but it's how it all appears to me. At least today ...
Originally posted by EvilBat
When I was a younger I used to dream of the people on earth were created by others from outerspace. Yet all of space was made by a creator of some kind who has passed away sometime ago.
Originally posted by Paul_Richard
You may not realize it, but that was an incredibly insightful and accurate message from Spirit that was given to you.
Originally posted by TxSecret
I love threads like this. (Say that in good spirit) God is more awesome than you could EVER imagine,you simply can't get your head around "Him" or comprehend Him. This is ok because you were not supposed to according to the Bible. God is a mystery (We will never know 'all' there is to know about Him) and the best place to know more about what He wants you to know is in the Bible. You should start with Genesis. My favorite incidence in the Bible concerning this subject is in Exodus: When Moses was talking to God at the burning bush... Moses asked God His name and God responded:
"I Am the I AM"
You guys can go off on any tangent you like, I'll just take God's word for it.
God is THE ALPHA and THE OMEGA.. THE BEGINNING AND THE END.
Really simple for me.
One of my favorite quotes by yours truly:
"You can't put God in a box.. HE IS THE BOX.
[edit on 29-10-2005 by TxSecret]
Originally posted by LCKob
If I recall correctly, there are several documented instances that isolated tribes in South America and the Amazon took explorers as being gods ... and in one case, the tribesman actually made a pretty realistic wicker statue of the "flying godmen" and airplane (to which they prayed) ... as it so happened, these godmen were white explorers with a Bushmaster or similar top wing monoplane ...
THE FUNCTION OF PRIMITIVE RELIGION
The savage felt the need of insurance, and he therefore willingly paid his burdensome premiums of fear, superstition, dread, and priest gifts toward his policy of magic insurance against ill luck. Primitive religion was simply the payment of premiums on insurance against the perils of the forests; civilized man pays material premiums against the accidents of industry and the exigencies of modern modes of living.
Modern society is removing the business of insurance from the realm of priests and religion, placing it in the domain of economics. Religion is concerning itself increasingly with the insurance of life beyond the grave. Modern men, at least those who think, no longer pay wasteful premiums to control luck. Religion is slowly ascending to higher philosophic levels in contrast with its former function as a scheme of insurance against bad luck.
But these ancient ideas of religion prevented men from becoming fatalistic and hopelessly pessimistic; they believed they could at least do something to influence fate. The religion of ghost fear impressed upon men that they must regulate their conduct, that there was a supermaterial world which was in control of human destiny.
Modern civilized races are just emerging from ghost fear as an explanation of luck and the commonplace inequalities of existence. Mankind is achieving emancipation from the bondage of the ghost-spirit explanation of ill luck. But while men are giving up the erroneous doctrine of a spirit cause of the vicissitudes of life, they exhibit a surprising willingness to accept an almost equally fallacious teaching which bids them attribute all human inequalities to political misadaptation, social injustice, and industrial competition. But new legislation, increasing philanthropy, and more industrial reorganization, however good in and of themselves, will not remedy the facts of birth and the accidents of living. Only comprehension of facts and wise manipulation within the laws of nature will enable man to get what he wants and to avoid what he does not want. Scientific knowledge, leading to scientific action, is the only antidote for so-called accidental ills.
Industry, war, slavery, and civil government arose in response to the social evolution of man in his natural environment; religion similarly arose as his response to the illusory environment of the imaginary ghost world. Religion was an evolutionary development of self-maintenance, and it has worked, notwithstanding that it was originally erroneous in concept and utterly illogical.
Primitive religion prepared the soil of the human mind, by the powerful and awesome force of false fear, for the bestowal of a bona fide spiritual force of supernatural origin, the Thought Adjuster. And the divine Adjusters have ever since labored to transmute God-fear into God-love. Evolution may be slow, but it is unerringly effective.