posted on Dec, 31 2009 @ 01:36 PM
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
When I get into these types of discussions I like to focus on the definitions of the key words like proof, belief, physical and spiritual. Belief is
only useful for things that have not been proven as fact. It would be incorrect to state that you believe in a fact. True scientific facts cannot be
argued as they are indisputable. Beliefs and opinions cannot be argued neither as these are things that are beyond fact or which have yet to be
proven, more on this below.
I usually get into trouble when I start doing this as it seems to irritate those around me but I can't help it, it is what it is. The attempt at
arbitrarily defining words ambiguously is a poor debate tactic and almost always leads to no resolve.
For example what is a "Theist"?
A person who "believes" in a theory of God and an "atheist" would be a person who does not believe in any theory of God...does that sound correct?
If this is correct then not believing in any theory of God or for God would be a theory therefore Atheism is impossible.
How about "Gnostic"?
Gnostic is a Greek word (Gnosis) which means, "To know", like in the words "Diagnostic" or "Prognosis". So Gnostic means "to know", "have
knowledge" or "Understanding" (I think you fit in better as a Gnostic rather than an atheist). Agnostic would therefore mean those who do not
believe in knowledge nor Understanding and this is quite confusing. How could one "know" enough to "believe" that there is no knowledge? Of coarse
these are not the classical definitions for these words and that is the confusing part. How did these words digress into such a mess? Could this be on
purpose to obfuscate any possibility of Understanding our own spiritual potential?
Scientific fact cannot be argued for it has been proven as fact.
Religion, Spirituality, Opinion and possibly even some theories cannot be argued neither for they are One's own thoughts and beliefs which have not
been proven as fact. You will destroy a theory by proving it to be a fact.
As for your belief in spirituality, "You are never wrong unless you 'Believe' you're wrong in which case your right."
ADD: Stormdancer777, I would like to ask you if there is any spiritual, mythological and/or astrological meaning in your avatar.
[edit on 12/31/2009 by Devino]