Originally posted by FlyInTheOintment
reply to post by Brianegan
I see your point, and in a way it's a fair one; nobody can be 100% aware of all the sins they commit.
However, as per the Book of Psalms:
"My sins are ever before me"
As in, I am fully aware that I commit them, and I do my best to avoid them, and in humility I ask for grace to walk uprightly wherever possible. God sees them, but luckily for us, he will cast them into the Ocean of Forgetfulness, and LITERALLY won't remember them (all-powerful, can self-limit for the sake of Grace), so long as we walk in humility before Him.
That's my true and honest opinion on that subject. He doesn't hold our inevitable crimes against us, so long as we walk with 'a right spirit within' - which as you will know, is also a gift for which we should be thankful.
After all, which of us created ourselves, or dictated the circumstances of our life, or saved us from being hit by a bus last Thursday at ten past four in the afternoon when we were late collecting the children from Karate..?
This is the way I live my life. I am thankful, and I try to walk rightly before God and Men.
When you do eventually look at it you will understand what I have done here and at that point you will realize that, yes, it was for a reason.
Sorry dude, but that's plain ridiculous. Anyone reading through our exchange will see quite clearly that you have absolutely zero to offer me, or any genuine seeker who practices introspection and walks with God.
Your arrogance, selfishness, mean-spiritedness and lack of metaphysical/spiritual understanding are crystal clear. IMHO.edit on 29-6-2011 by FlyInTheOintment because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by FlyInTheOintment
reply to post by Brianegan
I see that no matter how constructive I try to be (remember the point about addressing the crowd, not just the OP?) you are more selfish than I had given you 'credit' for...
'Funny man'..? Really..?
Sheesh. back atcha.
I wasn't talking to you, I was sharing my thoughts with a new friend, who happened to be on this thread, and who also directly asked a question based on something I had written. I was answering the question. If anyone else who happened to be following the thread got something from it, then the task has been completed according to the intention it was written with; to be helpful...
Why are you so obsessed with holding your petty little creation so close to your chest? Do you ascribe your measure of self-worth by the level to which you are able to control the flow of conversation in a thread?
It's poor form, and as per 'Dragons Den' (excellent show here in the UK), "I'm out". This will be my last comment - and if you are indeed as I expect you to be, a snotty comment along the lines of 'good riddance' will surely follow. What a shame.
You know, people go off on a tangent and have little arguments/ discussions in my threads all the time - I enjoy it, as it brings variety and shows that people were inspired to new levels of thought by the words I put down originally, or by their own interactions and inputs during the course of the thread's progress.
Why is it so painful for you that people aren't directly involving you in the conversation at every step? It seems a deep-rooted flaw imho. As for me, being (similarly to you, and everyone..) non-perfect, I tend to wilfully seek out my own character flaws, through self-inspection, reflection on the day's events and prayer/meditation etc. I suggest you do the same.
Best of luck dealing with that selfish streak.
Originally posted by curious7
I have to agree with Fly here, discussions go on tangents all the time in real life as on forums and while most were quick to argue or attack, some of us tried to make sense of the world around us and the point of the OP.
Nothing personal against you Brian whatsoever, I'm sure somewhere in there you do believe you're helping people but I don't see how picking fights with other good people like Fly can benefit yourself or the threads.
Isn't it better to have similar yet differing views and opinions so that those reading information for the first time can choose which they feel in agreement with? Now this isn't a sleight on you or anybody else who may do a similar thing but this thread and others authored by yourself do seem to be confusing and vague. Whether you do that on purpose to allow people to work for themselves to figure things out, I just don't know and can only speculate but Fly is also a respected member here to quite a few people and what he says could potentially aid what you also say.
To go back and forth with sarcasm and aggression is unnecessary in my view.
You wasn't here for some time and so my question was answered by Fly while you had issues to tend to that are more important than ATS and its forum. His answer resonated with me and then when you returned and gave your reply, it was also of a similar nature to Fly's yet was more praise than explaining why I might be on the right track and what to possibly do next if anything.
I honestly think the two of you could work together on whatever message is to be spread if both of you so desire it. Fly extended the olive branch initially and you seem to have refused and seemingly attacked which is a shame for all.
Both of you are my friends and brothers in this life and the next and I hate to see a family feud.
Originally posted by yakuzakid
Found this thread fascinating, if a bit too wordy at times, let's try summarise better?
It's interesting you talk about free will, and the will that allows us to chose our own actions in life. I believe there are far too many outside influences to truly have free will, you will always have some guidance in your actions, negative or positive.
It all depends how much energy (what you keep calling god I guess) is around you, and how its charged, and those you associate with, and how they view life and interact with others. This will charge the energy we all feel at times to positive or negative and to various strengths.
Originally posted by fenceSitter
You can't prove God exists any more than I can prove he/she/whatever doesn't. It all comes down to beliefs - you have yours and everyone else is entitled to their own. What will aggravate most readers is your attempt to 'force' your beliefs on others. Please (oh please) correct me if I am wrong but doesn't God want us to make the choice to believe in him? If that is the case - why are you trying to force others to believe. It seems hypocritical to me.
Originally posted by laffoe
Foolishness almost seem to vanish like water in the desert
Nothing there to nourish you and nothing to hold on to
When some day soon the second sun will arrive
Much of this foolish water will evaporate
Where will you hold on to
Where will you hide
Wisdom and truth is like a cooling river
Will set you free
Be that river
Become that wisdom
We have been calling and calling
Wanting you to join
Wanting you to realize the amazing truth within you
On a deep level
We have been calling
You were laughing
Asking for proof
Still hear the calling?
Now you prove
(the steps are already there, in the music in the threads, the truth is there within you, you are worthy.... you just have to realize... spoon feeding are over... what you call proof, will soon reveal itself... if you open your eyes proof have been here since long time ago... you have to break the box... soon it will be broken wide open for you... get ready... you are not a baby... you are groen up... stand on your own two feet and make that choice and live it!!!)