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Old 10th November 2021, 04:41 AM   #81
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Christianity isn't plain delusion.
Christianity is plain delusion (1+1+1=1) wrapped in an amazing technicolor dreamcoat.
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Old 10th November 2021, 04:52 AM   #82
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So which of the many flavours of Christianity is representative of Christianity as a whole?
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Old 10th November 2021, 01:42 PM   #83
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Originally Posted by dellarte View Post
Christianity is plain delusion (1+1+1=1) wrapped in an amazing technicolor dreamcoat.

Ah yes! The Christian three part God.

The early Catholic Church put that one together, although so much of the Bible seems to suggest otherwise - Jesus praying to his father and such. Some stats on how many other denominations go with the three in one idea would be interesting.
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Old 10th November 2021, 09:44 PM   #84
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In Mahāyāna Buddhism - the largest branch of Buddhism active today (56%) - the Buddhas are so like gods as to be virtually indistinguishable from them. They are infinite, exist outside space, perform miracles, and so on. It is therefore not true to say that Buddhism as a whole is nontheistic.
"The Mahayana tradition accepts the existence of a historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. ... Mahayana Buddhists believe that Buddha and bodhisattas can help intervene in others' lives and help them on their spiritual journey. However, they still do not have the status of a god".

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Originally Posted by Thor 2 View Post
Ah yes! The Christian three part God.

The early Catholic Church put that one together, although so much of the Bible seems to suggest otherwise - Jesus praying to his father and such. Some stats on how many other denominations go with the three in one idea would be interesting.
Christians count Good Friday afternoon to early Easter Sunday morning as three whole days and three whole nights.

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Christian denominations have differing numbers of books according to their respective versions of the Christian Bible. The 325CE Council of Nicaea (Turkey) tried to unite Chritianity once and for all. One of the main topics at the Council was the nature of Jesus of Nazareth. Did he exist before he was born on planet Earth?
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Old 11th November 2021, 05:37 PM   #86
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Christian denominations have differing numbers of books according to their respective versions of the Christian Bible. The 325CE Council of Nicaea (Turkey) tried to unite Chritianity once and for all. One of the main topics at the Council was the nature of Jesus of Nazareth. Did he exist before he was born on planet Earth?
John Milton answered this question quite handily in 1667.
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Old 12th November 2021, 04:58 AM   #87
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Originally Posted by Tassman View Post
"The Mahayana tradition accepts the existence of a historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. ... Mahayana Buddhists believe that Buddha and bodhisattas can help intervene in others' lives and help them on their spiritual journey. However, they still do not have the status of a god".

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My litmus test of religious/spiritual conduct has to do with natural vs supernatural. With regards to the conception and birth of Buddha what do Buddhists believe?
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Ah yes! The Christian three part God.

The early Catholic Church put that one together, although so much of the Bible seems to suggest otherwise - Jesus praying to his father and such. Some stats on how many other denominations go with the three in one idea would be interesting.
Quicker to list the non-Trinitarian ones.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nontrinitarianism
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My litmus test of religious/spiritual conduct has to do with natural vs supernatural. With regards to the conception and birth of Buddha what do Buddhists believe?
I believe legend has it that the Buddha was born “fully formed” and articulate and that lotus petals or some such sprung from his footsteps. I’ll look it up.

Edited to add - I had it roughly right. Fast forward to 3:25 for the actual birth. The conception story precedes it.

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My litmus test of religious/spiritual conduct has to do with natural vs supernatural.
As with the X’tian tradition, there are no written records about the Buddha found from his lifetime or for nearly two centuries thereafter. And, as with the traditional histories of significant holy figures from this prescientific era of myth and magic, the traditional biographies of him inevitably include various miracles, omens, and supernatural events.

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With regards to the conception and birth of Buddha what do Buddhists believe?
Mahayana Buddhists (the majority) believe that Buddha and bodhisattvas can help intervene in others' lives and help them on their spiritual journey. However, they still do not have the status of a god. Serious Buddhists are more interested in living a good life and finding spiritual enlightenment through following the Buddha's example, NOT the supernatural aspects of the Buddhist tradition. Although, the latter is popular among the masses with their Hindu-oriented shrines and Spirit Houses.
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Old 20th November 2021, 07:46 AM   #91
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Christians Are Terrified Of The Metaverse by Claire Goforth

What virtual reality should Jesus join? None. At least that’s what numerous
Christians are arguing. They’re convinced the metaverse is going to steal
their souls. ... They’re convinced that any metaverse created by the company
formerly known as Facebook is going to be a highway to Hell—literally.

Zuckerberg the devil. * Facepalm. * No way.
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Zuckerberg the devil. * Facepalm. * No way.

Interesting read, thanks.

One dude puts a positive spin on it"

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“God is allowing this technology to be built during our lifetimes for a reason,” he wrote. “We must learn, adapt, build, and strategize for how we will use it to bring glory to His name and advance His Kingdom.”
God gets the credit once again.
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Zuckerberg the devil. * Facepalm. * No way.
This may already be a virtual reality universe (Zuckerberg notwithstanding) given that it is possible we are actually living in virtual reality now.
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