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Courteous Discourse

I wanted to take a moment to welcome everyone…and by that I do mean everyone.  I want to make this a place where people of varying opinions and points of view can discuss the topics at hand.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me.  In fact, part of what pushed me to start this blog was the realization that I had found myself surrounded by like minded friends who think like me and while that is all well and good, it isn’t particularly challenging.

All I ask of anyone who comments is that you remain courteous.  Express yourself, express your emotions, your thoughts, your world view…but remember that is what the rest of us are doing too.

I welcome those of all religions, or no religion, all stops on the political spectrum, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all points on the scale of social standing.  Lets dig in and talk.

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  1. Richard S Kaiser permalink
    August 10, 2011 5:25 pm

    Since there are as yet no comments made here I shall be the 1st. My ‘religious’ fundaments are a mixture of Christendom and Science related Augmentations that I find brings me a sense of humbleness and I am meekly moved with these seemingly opposing views by otherly folk. I have become committed to learning/understanding many various issues that Life itself does offer to anyone willing to come to grips with. My sullenness of sometimes rampent discourse is more a melodramatic consequence than it being of physicalness. I do abhor physical acts of the violent natures. My regrets vary from day to day depending upon what I think at times and/or read about or even recieve from watching the Tv’s agenda orientated schizoids promulgating their wranglings of self-regulative dispersals of unnerving flagallencies unbecoming their soundness of righteousness’ sakes. Enough said for now and I will give the ‘floor’ to anyone willing to post here and blog-in,

    Live one’s life righteously and regretless,
    Richard S. Kaiser

  2. August 20, 2012 12:25 am

    The other board is locking up so I will answer you here, The Bible is pretty well documented and even the Quran supports and confirms it. I would not be a Christian if it were just religion. I have seen some pretty awesome things healings, testimonies, lives changed. When you see this and can actually have a relationship with the Lord it kind of makes all the arguments moot. I know this as fact not as reading a book or second hand. I went to my friends restaurant the other day and there was a guy there and we talked about the Lord and we came into agreement about something and I prayed for this man he nearly fell on the floor. Well about 4 hours later he called my friend and told us about the wonderful experience he had since he left the restaurant. I only offer this as a example of what I know by fact not by just reading, if that is all God was to me I wouldn’t be a Christian. Hope I didn’t upset you to much by all my posts

    • August 20, 2012 2:09 am

      Hi Bob, welcome to my blog. I’m not certain which of my recent comments on the CNN blog you’re referring to, as I posted to you several times today, but that’s okay.

      The Bible is pretty well documented and even the Quran supports and confirms it.

      The bible and the Koran both are evidence of man’s search for meaning, for a way to define the world that they saw and could not explain. Neither are history books, nor are they completely fiction, nor are they books of poetry, yet both contain elements of all of these. What is fairly well documented is that both also borrow heavily from religions and beliefs that came before them.

      There are elements of Sumerian and Egyptian myths at minimum, and the god described in the old testament is an amalgamation of several gods of the region prior to the Jewish religion coming to prominence.

      I would not be a Christian if it were just religion. I have seen some pretty awesome things healings, testimonies, lives changed.

      As have I. I have been witness to many amazing things. Funny though, not all of them have taken place within the Christian faith. I have stood at the altar during a prayer service and witnessed healing. I have sat in a drum circle and witnessed healing. I have participated in guided meditation and witnessed healing. I myself have experienced my own healing in all of these situations.

      When you see this and can actually have a relationship with the Lord it kind of makes all the arguments moot.

      When you see this, when you feel that same feeling of connection at an altar call, in a circle under a full moon, sitting beside the ocean as dawn breaks on the summer solstice…when you realize that divinity transcends man’s made up fantasies about “god”…it makes all the arguments moot.

      I know this as fact not as reading a book or second hand.

      You believe this. I believe as I believe. Neither of us is likely to convince the other. Our experiences are different. How we feel about them is different.

      I went to my friends restaurant the other day and there was a guy there and we talked about the Lord and we came into agreement about something and I prayed for this man he nearly fell on the floor. Well about 4 hours later he called my friend and told us about the wonderful experience he had since he left the restaurant.

      This is pretty vague and insubstantial story wise. I have deep, meaningful conversations often with regard to faith and religion and gods. Often it leads to shared consensus (or an agreement to disagree), sometimes it leads to one of us changing our minds about something. Life is an experience, faith is something that should change and grow with us, with our experiences.

      I only offer this as a example of what I know by fact not by just reading, if that is all God was to me I wouldn’t be a Christian. Hope I didn’t upset you to much by all my posts.

      Your posts could never upset me, Bob. They’re just words on a screen, after all. I do worry about the level of vehement fear and anger they sometimes display, and I pray that love find it’s way into your heart.

      I also hope that you consider that your faith is not so different from mine. We both believe because of what we *know*, what we’ve seen and experienced…and perhaps give that a little thought.

      Peace and blessings to you.
      Natalie

  3. November 14, 2012 8:31 pm

    Hello Lovely lady!

    From your postings here and at CNN Belief Blog, I do tenderly bequeath my leveraged kindness upon your eyeingness candor! As i continue to read this site of yours, I will post more wordages for your eyes’ sakes. Yes, I am but one man in my late 50’s and have been celibate for many years now. I do not wenture forth for physical sensations yet I now do find it very pleasing to read other’s words of witt and respond accordingly. I go by the name of LionlyLamb at CNN. “May your ongoing traversings thru this celestial lifespan bring you the pleasantries you so richly deserve!

    Love Lettuce,
    Love Let Us,
    G.O.D.

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