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On God
August 12, 2005
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Cici
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I was loathe to change my faith and convert to Buddhism for many years because I have had personal experiences with God, where I felt God's presence.

But I realized one day that the very experience of feeling the hand of God made me change my views. I realized that my salvation lay not in a belief in God, but in my own actions.

Thus, in Buddhism, divinity very well may exist and does exist, but your salvation lies in your own choices and actions, not in the belief in God. In my humble opinion, it's an easy out.

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August 12, 2005
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Hi Cici,

As a Christian ever since I was kid and being nestled in Christianity in its Catholic and Protestant branches, I cannot choose but the God of my Lord Jesus Christ for many reasons.

My Lord Jesus Christ proved to me always that He is loving, honest, passionate, trustworthy, confidant, faithful. He is my lover, my best friend, my fortress, my companion...these are just few attributes of HIM.

I even pray for husband who is just like Jesus. What more can I hope or dream of?

I love HIM with all my heart. I am being transformed into HIS image. What joy can be more than that. I love myself cause I look like HIM.

I wish you God's blessing in your quest for the truth as well as in your marriage!

~Love & kisses, RAS~

August 12, 2005
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Hey Cici,

We can choose a salvation based on doing...our actions and our choices. This is, far as I believe, the essence of religion. Religion is all about works; looking good, sounding good, etc., before men and women.

We can also choose a salvation based on faith...God's actions and our choices. This is the essence of relationship. Faith in God is a relationship where Someone reached out to us first, when we looked bad, sounded bad and were unacceptable to anyone but Him.

Maybe it seems like an easy out, but I've never felt so secure as when I chose to walk thru that Door.

Blessings & Peace to you,

CM

August 14, 2005
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Cici.

I watched a program on TV last night on the group of Jesuit priests who are all astrophysicists working under the auspices of the Vatican doing research into the creation of the universe. They have set up an organization, procure funds from the rich, and are taking in the best minds from the world's leading universities, Harvard included. I was astounded to hear the head Jesuit scientist and a confident of the pope, say that he did not believe that God was omniscient. He expanded on what he meant by saying that when God set the universe in motion at the big bang, He(God) did no know what the outcomes would be.

I am staggered ... We have a brilliant mind saying that God is really a god with a lower case 'g'. So now we have a leading Jesuit from the Vatican proposing a god(lower case 'g') who didn't make us by choice per se! However, now that we exist, it seems to me that this god(lower case 'g') is either not omnipotent and cannot help us OR he chooses not to do so because of some other less than God like reason. Perhaps this Jesuit would give reasons like he(god) cannot forsee the results of helping us or he doesn't have the power(not omnipotent) or he is not altruistic(doesn't care) or somehow this god 'thinks' that is in our best interests to suffer because of our ignorance regarding the nature of suffering.

It is all too anthropomorphic and childlike a concept of a deity for me. If a Divinity of the omnipotent, omniscient and altruistic variety does exist, then He sure as hell isn't in a hurry to re-educate his supposed creation. It is obvious that such a God wants us in ignorance and in the dark for whatever reason. Of all the many belief systems that I have encoundered, thiestic, athiestic and agnostic, the Mind Only School of Buddhist Thinking is, in my opinion, the least offensive to the rationally thinking mind.

How come this leading Jesuit Astrophysicist is able to switch so comfortably between rationalist and irrationalist thought? I find this question unfathomable. Can you see how this can be? Is this a question of cognititive processing versus emotionional processing wherein two contradicting different processes are somehow reconciled? Such conflicting processes certainly did lead to cognitive dissonance in me when I was an adherent to Christian beliefs about the nature of their God.

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