A couple of qualifiers if you will allow me before I proceed ...
1. For the record and for those who may not know, and if labels are required, the most approximate way to describe me would be as a non-dual
spiritual agnostic. That is to say that I recognize my extremely limited understanding of the universe on all things. As such I consider and respect
all possibilities, faiths, ideas but do not hold any single one of them as the truth, although I do recognize that there is truth in everything.
I am aware that the following maybe an seemingly odd question coming from a person like myself who claims to dwell in non-duality ... you're just
gonna have to trust me that it is and it isn't.
2. I do this thread in the spirit of honest inquiry, hoping as usual to learn something new from my fellow members. The questioned contained within
it isn't a loaded one nor is it meant to question any beliefs ... it is simply a consequence of my natural inquisitiveness towards all things
Having said all that ...
I've always wanted to ask folks who ere fluent in theology and/or devout christians to help me/us understand was is to my mind a seemingly
existential paradox ...
Being devout, in christianity or any other faith for that matter, requires a total trust and handing over of one's will to the divine, for example as
the expression "God's plan." But being a conspiracy theorist requires a certain distrust, cynicism, and constant reevaluation and questioning of
paradigms and veiled realities.
Now I understand that one is a matter of inward knowledge and the latter one of mind knowledge. And obviously the two are not mutually exclusive as
there are many many devout ats members. I also understand that to have faith doesn't necessarily make one blind to the history of their own religion
and as such one may even be able to approach subjects in let's say the "conspiracies in religion" forum with a degree of personal detachment.
Still, it has always seemed like one would have to wear two existential hats ... one with which they totally and unconditionally hand themselves over
to their faith and one where one questions everything.
I would appreciate any input that would help my understanding in this regard.
In closing, I would ask from my heart that we try to keep it civil and respectful, there's no need to knock another's spiritual view simply because
it may differ from our own.
[edit on 28 Sep 2009 by schrodingers dog]