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Originally posted by ztruthseeker
Ah, the God who plays favorites. The God who reveals to certain individuals the divine order of the cosmos, and to the others who are not his favorites, he sends to hell.
I love this God as much as he loves me.
Originally posted by dominicus
The Christian of the Future will be a Mystic, or he will not exist at all - Karl Rahner
I am a future Mystic and in the last 10 years I've witnessed the rise and popularity of Atheism, the segregation and division of Christianity due to numerous denominations, the watering down of the teachings due to the east/west schism, and the slow but sure emptying of the church pews.
The Bible even predicts Christians will be persecuted and killed for their beliefs, and I see a time will come when a Christian will be a minority and will have to risk travesty were they to speak of their Faith. Which means the death of most of these denominations. However the good news is the Christian Mystic will be the keeper of the flame and will carry it on into the future.
For a Mystic does not just hold to a belief, faith, and dogma ....but tapers these with actually experiential testing. Direct experiences of Divine truths are what this is all about.
For myself, when I was a mere Evangelical, movies like Zeitgeist and a sudden emergence of larger numbers of Atheists on the college scene ready for debate, really put my faith and belief system to a test and had me on the verge of leaving. However the direct experiences kept me firmly established in unquestionable undoubtedness
I find it boils down to 2 parties. Those who have experienced the Divine, and those who don't. Those who don't are left with faith/belief in one camp (Religion), and complete skepticism which keeps them from even investigating or gaining towards an experience, in the other camp(atheism/agnosticism).
Overall, I have adjusted my system. I see OT as a bunch of reports, of how things went down, so I brush it off, but the NT is a system of life and their is an Absolute to strive for, which would be CHristhood, Love, Selflessness, or Enlightenment. This Enlightenment I also find in Buddhism and many philosophical systems of thought when doing cross comparative studies.
So there it is. My experiences, many of which happened after getting Baptized, hold me firmly rooted in the teachings of Christ being actual facts that lead to mystical experiences for anyone that follows them. I have since remembered pre-existing, had my third eye opened, many times psychic events take place randomly, and lots of energy channels open up inside my body, amongst many other things like merging with an Infinite Ocean of Consciousness here and there.
It is impossible for me deny these experiences for they have seemed more stable and real than the everyday realities we are all used to. I know directly that I am neither the body nor the mind, but a soul which inhabits this body and uses the mind for discernment. Love, joy, appreciating Art/Music, is of the Soul. Lust, greed, hatred, jealousy, and over all animalism is of the body/mind complex. There is a schism within us all and we are all called to transcend. Very little do.
(All this coming from an ex-atheist/agnostic)edit on 21-8-2012 by dominicus because: (no reason given)
testing the 4th commandment Sabbath day commemoration to the Creator....exactly where the protestant reformation collapsed on at the Council of Trent
Originally posted by WarminIndy
reply to post by lonewolf19792000
Lonewolf, it is interesting to me that they forget Paul actually approved of Sunday worship. The first day of the week according to Paul falls on Sunday. First Day is what the Quakers used to call it. And if they want to keep the Sabbath on Saturday, they should rename Saturday, because it is a pagan god, Saturn.
I have seen videos of Michael Rood who seems to be an extreme SDA. Some things about him just do not sit well with me. Why are the SDAs not keeping every feast day and every new moon? Do they celebrate Passover as Moses did?
You can't mix truth with error.
You are happy to compromise your faith so you won't be killed off for God's sake?
versus keeping God's Divine Law fully, testing the 4th commandment Sabbath day commemoration to the Creator....exactly where the protestant reformation collapsed on at the Council of Trent).
At this stage you seem to be a poster child of comprise
(so at this stage during the Tribulation period you would be found written out of the Book of Life based on what you have said in your OP)
but lament the watering down of teachings while encouraging others to embrace Luciferian teachings against God as well
It seems kind of like an odd mix of desire going on here... If you lament the watering down of teachings then go to a denomination that doesn't water down its teachings, remains true to the Bible alone and doesn't compromise....
Originally posted by autowrench
reply to post by PhantomLimb
No difference at all. I always bless my bath water, and call upon the power of water to do what I need it to do. I once took a vial of water to a Catholic priest to see how he would bless it. All he did was pass his hand over it and say," by the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." That's it! No magick, no spellcasting, just words. I have words too. And so do you.