In Vino Veritas
28th August 2006
A long time ago a man at NPR - National Public Radio, a radio station in the US began a piece of NPR radio which till this day has survived. He called it I Believe, because in it he asked those who submited essays to talk about something they believed. Most commonly decided, and told by a real life story, or event that shaped the belief, and then a summary of what exactly it is you believe. To me, writing these "I Believe" essays if you will, is right up there in difficulty with finding true love. I won't include an entire essay on my belief, but share yours, either in story format, or in simple sentence. The only question to ask now is, What do you believe? I personally after many experiences which are too in depth, and too hard to explain, believe that we choose our own fates. There are many people who would like to tell me that our lives are planned from the moment we are born to the moment we die, either by the will of god, or by some other power beyond our imaginations conception. I for one believe that this is a false statement, and that in everything you do, you have at least two choices, ultimately one of those becoming a decision. Like now, as I write this, I have the option to close my Internet Browser and go to bed, but instead I have chosen to write this, in hopes of hearing peoples replys, and starting a new conversation we can all enjoy. Of our most common choices, are the simple "Yes" and "No", I believe that every one of us will make a decision involving "Yes" or "No" more often than we realize, and it is that simple decision, that could influence our lives forever. Every time you speak you run the options of what to say in your mind, every time you move you debate as to how to move. This ultimately is true in how we live our lives. While I believe that God is real, I in no way believe that he or Lucifer, is able to influence my decisions, and instead see him as a entity to whom I can share my deepest thoughts, without the fear of them reaching public ears. I believe that no matter what happens in life, life itself is unpredictable, and calls upon you to make decisions every single moment of your daily lives, and that somehow, these decisions have ever lasting effect on our ultimate fates. P.S. Your Turn :)
Can't ... give peace a chance?
10th April 2004
He-he tough thread but I'll bite. I believe in God and I believe God has two Wills for us - His Perfect Will and His Permissive Will. His Perfect Will would be the correct choice in a situation that has been set up for our moral development, which is God's goal for all of us. His Permissive Will is that He continues in His love for us and strives for us to complete His Perfect Will even though we don't choose it. In other words going back to square one before you can go on to square two. To accomplish these goals, God humanized a portion of His Deity in the form of His Son Jesus Christ to deliver tools for this to be accomplished, hence establishing "a new covenent." To summarize these tools would be to say Word, Blood, Fire and Water. There are no accidents and no luck in my view but situations that occur that allow you the greatest revelation of all time - that of yourself and your most pitiful condition of mind, spirit and soul that was bestowed upon us from birth due to Lucifer. Yep, I believe he exists. The result of such revelation? Repentence which is a petition that acknowleges your personal state and moves God to correct it with His form of terraforming, giving you new energy and new life and the ability to acknowlege the reality of A Higher Power which is Truth. The end result of this is a world view in which you see all things have a common start and are indeed related, both animate and inanimate and a Creator that maintains it all to reveal to His Creation in various ways Himself and His divine attributes. In simliar fashion, the relationship God has with His Creation He wishes to extend to you personally. I also believe that there are levels of Christianity and the higher ones are much more deeper than most people realize and can even understand, let alone believe.
Mas stylie por favor...
13th April 2005
I believe we are the impurities found on a molecule of iron orbitting a hydrogen/helium compound!!! But I believe in some higher power that caused it. How boring it would be to sit back and watch everything unfold in a pre-planned manner. How boring it would be to watch your creations take time out of their fleeting existence to pay tribute and worship and squander my gifts...
The bad things in life, accidents, diseases, handicaps, depressions etc. could be entertainment for a higher power. Or how South Park pointed it out, we are a 'real life soap' for aliens. But being serious, I do not believe in any God. The deeds I do some days are called sins by Christians, I never get any punishment, in my own eyes my life is perfect. (ofcourse I could use 250 million dollars but you can't have everything) I think we should believe in ourselfs and eachother. Be kind to another and you will get that kindness back. But a religion is your own choise, you can be raised with it and find it normal and nothing against that! Everyone has it's own way and taste and I wont mess around with that.
I am also [130.Pz]Gef.Elche Pz
6th December 2005
I believe I am not smart enough to formulate sentences into essay form.
A superior 5-digit number
27th June 2004
I believe that I have absolutely no idea what any of you are talking about.
21st August 2003
Even you, LordInvictus, are touched by His Noodly Appendage. The Pasta shall overcome.
But being serious, keep yer teapots.
How do you know I believe in His Great Noodleness?!
I didn't make it!
I believe in God. I believe God is the ultimate infinite being, and the basis for all reality.
I believe objective reality exists, but we cannot perceive reality with 100% certainty based on reason alone. The extra percentage between certainty and our reasoning is made up by faith.
I believe that God interacts with the world as he chooses, without regards to things like time and space. God created the universe + he is infinite, so he can do whatever he wants with it.
I believe that God gave us free will when he made us consciously self-aware beings. God gave us free will even though this gave us the ability to do bad things. This is because having a choice and choosing the right thing is infinitely better than doing it because you are an automation. If we were all automations who could only choose the right thing, we would not even know what goodness and happiness is. In fact, we wouldn't know anything, because we wouldn't be self-aware. We'd be the equivalent of my laptop that I am typing this on.
I believe people's natural instinct is to look out for their own interests, but they also have a God-given desire to help others. The natural instinct is stronger and usually overrides the God-given instinct. This natural instinct is what we call "original sin."
I believe that God sent Jesus to the earth to die for us and take the penalty for our sins.
I believe that the only real love that there is, is to be willing to die for another. Every thing else is on some level a farce.
I strongly believe in the importance of reason in learning about the world.
Ok... Does anyone know how God looks? Because the Church his image of God is just a cheap ripoff from the Great Zeus.