Ya know Jeffrey Dahlmer was a Christian, using your line of thinking all Christians are evil i guess
Christian extremists are not the main body of Christianity--there are no violent mobs of Christians roaming the streets. And when some nut commits an atrocity, and claims that they did it in the name of Christ or God or Yahweh, there is no huge Christian upwelling of support.
Sadly those days are gone- only kidding!
But that isn't to say that those actions didn't take place. In fact they did and it happened all the way into the nineteenth century in western culture. Today, they continue regularly in Indonesia. I’m not pointing the fault at just Christians or Muslims but as far as my studies of theology, it has always been prevalent among followers of monotheism. Ancient didn’t fight wars based on religion, but on conquering kingdoms and lands for their wealth. We Hellene believed it to be an offense against the Gods to even attack places of worship of other Gods. We even had temples dedicated to the Unknown God! In our world, a religious person is one that accepts all Gods as good and strives to be as good as the Gods are. In that manner, I find monotheists to be religiously superficial in that respect and to be Godless because of that.
Where in the Universe is there only one of anything? No where, unless that being or that entity is endangered and the last of its kind! I am not speaking of the Universal consciousness of which to us is the interaction of Gods which act as one.
skygod wrote:I am thinking that monotheism parallels the development of the sciences, and the idea that some things are more true than other things.
Correct me if Im wrong!
You are on the right track, but even science is broken up into many areas of study.
theCryptofishist wrote:I am a little dissapointed in the degenaration of this thread. (And I haven't read it all) I"m sorry it became muslim bashing. My thought was that those sorts of fundamentalists--of any flavor--weren't going to attend the event anyway, so why worry.
Do be afraid Cryptofishist I’m here to even out the score all things find equilibrium in nature. And one great prophet said, “forgive them father for they know not of what they do!” You will all be forgiven including Jeffrey.
Kinetic IV wrote:
The power...is in you. Not in some supernatural being who lives in the sky somewhere. In my sky the only thing up there are 767's, birds, air, clouds, lightning, and sprites. No supernaturals. Sorry.
That's where the aliens are! The immortals can be anywhere, but then again so can the aliens. Just don't be paranoid about!
Kinetic IV wrote:Each religion has it's mysteries that if unlocked may hold an answer. It's also fascinating to look into each one if for nothing else than to understand the historical significance of it and how it plays into today's political issues.
The answers are hidden as though they put there purposely. And, as I have stated before, if you want to know who and what about a group of people, you must study their religion.
If those groups wish to hold congregations on the playa, let them. As far as bringing my religious beliefs there, I don't have to. Just by having fun and sharing that with others is a religious experience, though we call it the Dionysian Festival.