reply to post by moocowman
I'm intrigued , you mean to say that, if I had called you up instead of your friend, and proceeded to announce I have a book alluding there is no
god. Would you have joined me in study equally as passionate ?
If you came to me with atheism when I was at rock bottom, I would have definitely took hat as I sign and wrestled with you about it. When I started my
Bible studies, I didn't blindly accept it. I wrestled with my teacher for well over a year. He had to go ask College theologians for answers to some
of my difficult questions.
Don't you ever entertain the thought of, that if the bibles god were real it would answer your question personally yes or no ?
I know that now, because I meditate and go within. Back then however, I didn't know what "within" was, so I cried out. It felt right.
We are all aware that there are many many contradictions and errors in the bibles and there are many threads discussing them here on ATS
If thats what you look for, contradictions, then you can find them everywhere, in buddhism (all is illusion so what buddha says is illusion), Bible,
Koran, Hinduism, etc. I was not seeking contradictions but seeking God. Its easy to get stuck on a seeming contradiction and not go any further.
That's picking parts, instead of looking at the whole.
You were at rock bottom and needed to know if god was real, instead of simply speaking to you and comforting you, this god chose to get your friend to
recommend a very dodgy book authors unknown which is "claimed" to be inspired by this god.
Quite simple. If you choose to live out the illusion of separation from God then that role has to be played out until you are ready to go back to the
source. Many people forgot about the source because of this illusory separation. Jesus came to touch you on your shoulder and say, hey you forgot
about your father. Here's how to go back. Also Im not completely dismissing any other religion. Im on the fence about other paths, though mysticism
in any branch I believe to be true.
Plus, fortunately for me, I had already done just about everything there was to do, had money, drugs, sex, traveled, education, books, family, made my
music career dreams come true in New York, criminal activities, etc. Everything was empty bull-sh*! cycles to me. None of it made sense and was so
unfulfilling. After seeking fulfillment through all those activities and finding them dead, I then cried out to God and got a sign.
Also I approached the whole Xtian thing as a spiritual scientist. Basically testing it as I went through it. Ok, so if I love God and follow this way
of Life, I wil eventually experience for myself this God and have my third eye opened. So I followed it, as a scientist, and as a result had the exact
same spiritual experiences and enlightenments talked about in the Bible.
Are my experiences a mental issue as the OP has suggested? Heck no. It was after these experiences that I got into quantum mechanics and infinite
math. I became more refined, more of man, untroubled by anything, complete loss of fear of death. All anxiety and worries and ego stripped away. This
is bliss, absolute freedom, and I love everyone because of it!!!!
So if that's mental issues, then I dont ever want to be cured.
Oh and the whole "religion is a crutch for the weak minded" excuse, which basically is just an excuse to not seek any further. Perhaps religion is,
but what religion is hiding, is that you can experience God and be completely be free as a result of it. Then you never need a crutch cause then you
realize there is no weakness and no crutch, but the omnipresence of God.