Religion

11 May 2012

Believing Versus Knowing

Submitted by Stephen Winters

 

This morning I read the forward in a book that gave me some answers to a question that was within me, that I hadn't yet put into words. This has to do with the connection between belief and knowledge. Here is a copy of that forward: 

"THIS IS JUST INFORMATION

This book contains just information. All information can be (partially or completely) true or false regardless of where it is found. "Great spiritual master", "enlightened guru", TV, a book, Internet and others are sources of information. None of these and no other source of information can give you (real, true) knowledge.

Knowledge is something you build by experience, using the information you receive. The information itself is not knowledge. To build your own knowledge, you can use information from different sources. Having checked the information out and having experienced it, you can say: I know. Until then you were believing, you did not know.

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7 Apr 2012

Evidence Based Religion

Submitted by Stephen Winters

Today that thought came to me "evidence based religion". After that thought came to me I did a Google Search on that phrase "evidence based religion." There showed to be 83,500 hits. Evidently I wasn't the first person to have that thought. The website on the top of the list was called Evidence Based Religion. While there wasn't much on that blog, I did find these two useful definitions below.

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28 Mar 2012

Love The Lord Your God

Submitted by Stephen Winters

In the middle of the night I was laying in bed and had these thoughts running around in my head. I as unable to sleep and was keeping my wife awake by my being awake. I finally got up and went to my computer and started writing. I basically had this one question, "What does it mean to love God?" How can we love God, who is Love Himself? This is what came out as I wrote.......

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27 Feb 2012

Asking The Holy Spirit

Submitted by Stephen Winters

In trying to plan a new type of project at work I had asked for advice from other professionals. On of the responses was "Ask the Holy Spirit to show you..... He is the best teacher." The  person was kind and considerate in her response and meant well. But her response got me to thinking. What is meant by that response? 

Does that mean that: 

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24 Feb 2012

Seeking Freedom From Negativity.

Submitted by Stephen Winters

I mainly started this website to have a place where I could think out my ideas, to explore what do I believe about various subjects. A large part of this process has been my trying to untangle myself from various erroneous religious ideas and beliefs. I would suppose that many young people have went through a growing up and thinking out who they are at a much younger age than me. In my writings (perhaps necessarily) on this website I've written a fair amount against religiosity and man-made religion and false beliefs about the Bible.

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