I'm becoming more and more godless with age

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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Ben » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:35 am

Reductor wrote:My wife maintains some ties to a fundamentalist church she once attended. When asked by one member last year about my belief, I replied that the presence or absence of god no longer meant much to me.

Does that mean I'm godless?
No. Its pretty close to where I am at, I think. Whether gods and devas exist - I don't have the experience of encountering them.
Hence, I am agnostic (without knowledge) as to their existence.
Having said that, I feel closer in temperament to (non-fundie) Christians and Muslims than materialist atheists.
Perhaps its their having a compass that comprises of sila and some form of samadhi in prayer.
Who knows.
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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Kim OHara » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:39 am

Ben wrote:I feel closer in temperament to (non-fundie) Christians and Muslims than materialist atheists.
Perhaps its their having a compass that comprises of sila and some form of samadhi in prayer.
Me too. :smile:
People who don't even think about how they live in the world disappoint and leave me somewhat baffled.

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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Hanzze » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:56 am

Today there are even more Sotapanna's or people of the first person are found in other religious environment. That's for sure and it is always better to assisoate with the wise rather with very outwardly indentification.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by m0rl0ck » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:07 pm

Mawkish1983 wrote:
m0rl0ck wrote:Monotheism... i cant think of any other single philosophical error that has resulted in more human misery... but what can you do with them? Beat them with an IQ stick?
I do not believe it is correct to say that monotheists generally have a lower IQ than non-theists, atheists, polytheists et al. Indeed, I have heard that the majority of humankind adheres to monotheism, and the average IQ is, by definition, 100.
I just really meant the phrase to denote a lack of awareness generally, but since you bring it up, i would bet that agnostics, non theists and atheists have a higher average IQ than monotheists.
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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by DAWN » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:50 pm

I think that for believers, God is some kind of ideal of behavour.
If we takes the qualities of God, we see taht God is :
- Wise (Non attachement)
- Limitless (Infinity)
- The One (Unity)

If we take a emptyness of dhammas :
- 0 is wise against +1 or -1. Wisdom is when you conemplein good or bad how it is, and so there is no affection of craving for good or bad, you take a positon of 0. = Wise quality
- 0 can't be multiplied. = Infinity quality
- 0 can't be devided. = Oneness quality

It's all the same qualityes.

BUT !
The God and Zero is two extremes. The Buddha teach The Dhamma by the middle.
Thee is nothing so everything is eternal.
If somebody would like to understand what it means, i can explain.
Sabbe dhamma anatta
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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by m0rl0ck » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:32 pm

And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air. Gen.6:7

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. Gen.6:17

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. Gen.7:4

And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: Gen.7:21-23
And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. Ex.12:29-30



The LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. Ex.14:17-28



And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. Ex.17:13
If you look at the first passage in the second qouted block, he doesnt even give the poor dumb cows a break :)

If he were a person he would be in the deepest darkest hole of the tightest maximum security prison or waiting for lethal injection.

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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Hanzze » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:11 am

There is a lot of traumata in regard of God... :smile: but no need to take it with you. Its good to remember that the battle is over, when it is over and to remember that it is not over when it is not over. How ever, no battle is good, even it might be boring for the first time. Letting go is one thing, do not touch it agian another.
Putting Down the Glass

Practice by letting go. Don't hold on. Or if you hold on, don't hold on tight. Do you understand not holding on? This glass here: We hold on to it to pick it up and look at it. When we know all about it, we put it down. That's called not holding on — in other words, holding on but not holding on tight. You hold on to take a look and to know, and then you put it down. You're at ease. It's the same with this...
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Mawkish1983 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:26 am

m0rl0ck wrote:
Mawkish1983 wrote:
m0rl0ck wrote:Monotheism... i cant think of any other single philosophical error that has resulted in more human misery... but what can you do with them? Beat them with an IQ stick?
I do not believe it is correct to say that monotheists generally have a lower IQ than non-theists, atheists, polytheists et al. Indeed, I have heard that the majority of humankind adheres to monotheism, and the average IQ is, by definition, 100.
since you bring it up
With respect, I didn't.
m0rl0ck wrote:i would bet that agnostics, non theists and atheists have a higher average IQ than monotheists.
Given that IQ apparently deteriorates with age, how does this fit with the topic title?

I don't particularly want to get into a debate, but some of the most intelligent people I have met, my PhD supervisor amongst them, were monotheists. That is hardly surprising given that they are in the majority.

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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Alex123 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:07 pm

manas wrote:Any other godless folks out there? I mean, really-and-truly godless, blinded as if on the road to Damascus, except that the light spoke to one and said, "guess what? THERE IS NO GOD!"
Me to. I am becoming more and more skeptical. I don't believe in God and Soul. I also have difficulty believing in 5,000km fish, Devas as cause of weather , being reborn as invisible flying peace of meat that vultures peck at, geocentric universe and that Rajagaha existed for hundreds of thousands of years.

I also try my best to believe in rebirth and kamma, just in case. More evidence seems to point to that death is the end.

I do try to contemplate aspects of Dhamma as much as possible because I do suffer. There definitely are really good pointers in the suttas.

Unfortunately Buddhism is a faith. So we have to take parts which are useful to us and discard the rest.
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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Alex123 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:10 pm

Mawkish1983 wrote:Given that IQ apparently deteriorates with age, how does this fit with the topic title?
Experience and knowledge grows (hopefully) with age. IQ decline might become too severe after really old age and partially can be held in check through mental exercise, right diet, etc.
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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Hanzze » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:31 am

Alex123 wrote:Unfortunately Buddhism is a faith. So we have to take parts which are useful to us and discard the rest.
Have you ever tried to make it contrariwise? I guess we would just feed what we already have if we take just what seems to be useful for us.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Alex123 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:58 am

Hanzze wrote:
Alex123 wrote:Unfortunately Buddhism is a faith. So we have to take parts which are useful to us and discard the rest.
Have you ever tried to make it contrariwise?
What exactly do you mean?
Hanzze wrote:I guess we would just feed what we already have if we take just what seems to be useful for us.
Of course one has to use discernment. But really, I have trouble to believe in rebirth as flying piece of meat being eaten by Vultures, or that some city existed for 100,000s of years, or talking animals. I am also not big about protective chanting (where did law of Kamma go?!).

Also, do you really believe that a person could memorize word-for-word everything the Buddha or his disciples recollection of what Buddha has said.
Then teach it to a group of monks. Then they would carry 10,000+ worth of pages of unchanged Buddha's teaching for centuries until it is written down in dead language that we are not even sure the Buddha has spoken. Then the dead language would be translated in English, etc. as verbatim truth in all cases?

We can't prove beyond any doubt that Buddha existed, that He knew everything, or that his message was accurately passed down to us. We have to use certain amount of discernment.
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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Hanzze » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:08 am

You have problem... or should I say excuses.
Medicine

...It's like a doctor handing a bottle of medicine to a patient with a fever. On the outside of the bottle is a label telling the different diseases the medicine can cure. As for the medicine that cures the diseases, it's inside the bottle. If the patient spends all his time reading the label — even if he reads it a hundred times, a thousand times — he'll end up dying and never get any benefit out of the medicine. He'll then go around making a big fuss, complaining that the doctor is bad, the medicine can't cure the diseases it's claimed to cure, even though he never opened the cap on the bottle to take the medicine.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Alex123 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:22 am

If you don't read the labels or learn what and why you need to take certain medicine, then you can take the wrong one and make your illness worse.

It is better to take your time, study your illness and then take the right medicine. Otherwise if you keep taking wrong medicine again and again... It can make your illness worse.
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Re: I'm becoming more and more godless with age

Post by Hanzze » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:23 am

Oh yes. Somehow also a believe, isn't it?
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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