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About JosephM

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  • Birthday 07/12/1947

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    Minor interests in Rving, skiing, fishing, motorcycling, and computers, Golf and ...
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  1. Discussion Forums

    Enjoyable read Derek. Joseph
  2. Gay Marriage - Australia says YES

    You got me there. Ouch.
  3. Gay Marriage - Australia says YES

    Austrailia has just re-defined the word marriage however the US led the way first however not with the people s vote but rather the supreme court decision .
  4. Why Would God Show Me This?

    Nice post Paul. Well put.
  5. Consciousness in insects

    Thinking about a response to the question, seems to me, would get me no closer to the truth. So i would have to say it is either unanswerable or i don't know.
  6. Spiritfilled, (Scott) I don't know what your agenda is here but i suspect it is not typical of those who come here to share and learn from others or in line with our purpose and function as a forum.. You have posted multiple times identical posts as the one above on numerous sites on the internet. While yo are welcome to participate here Please refrain from further posting of cut and paste posts you have plastered over other sites on the internet or they will be considered as spam. Consider this a final warning or you will be put on Administrator approval of posts or banned from this site.. JosephM(as Admin).
  7. Salvation for the Dead (A Practical Guide)

    Scott, I noticed you are posting the same exact material on a number of different Christian forums. While we appreciate those who start threads of interest to other members, i would ask that you refrain from the appearance of spamming numerous sites with the same exact material. Perhaps you can make your opening posts more of a discussion than a personal teaching and follow up with responses to your posts. Thanks for your attention to this. JosepM(as Admin)
  8. New Alternate Admiin

    To all Members, PaulS will be assisting in the administration of this site as an alternate Administrator. This will insure that the forum can still be operated and maintained in the event that i have passed on or am unable to continue to do so. Paul has been a faithful member for the past 7 years and served as global moderator. He believes this PC forum serves a useful purpose and has a wealth of posts for both members and visitors that are both informative and challenging that are stored in its archives. JosephM
  9. Software updated to take care of minor issues and security in last revision JosephM
  10. Turning 58

    Good advice Bill, even for someone my age (70). My father had this advice to give in his final days and that was... "Drink plenty of water son, it's basic". Perhaps his advice was more like a parable with dual meaning. One literal and true and one on a deeper level for those who are able to see it. Mine would be "Don't let the sun go down on your unforgiveness lest you find you have destined yourself to the same condemnation until you recognize the same fault in yourself and are able to forgive." Joseph
  11. Decline of Christianity in the West

    I do not see God and Christianity as anymore than 1 possible path to the expierencing of the Divine. I think Christianity will continue to decline as an exclusive religion and its survival ( in whatever form it takes) depends on a more pluralistic approach to an authentic religious experience.To me, Christianity itself is an invention of man and is only a pointer to a connection to the spiritual realm and our very source of Life.
  12. Theism - What Would It Take?

    Thomas Perhaps you are just curious as you say. I don't know the answer to why?, so i restrain myself from attempting to answer that question intellectually . To me, no explanation is required. So while i might try to empathize with those who require an intellectual answer, i cannot supply one. In the state of conscious divine connection, at least in my case, all questions including those of why one and not another fail to arise. No doubt i am not very helpful in that area to one who requires such. Joseph
  13. Theism - What Would It Take?

    Jack of Spades experiences seem very close to my own. Thomas, i wouldn't get too hung up on what you might consider favoritism. Even in the NT Peter is recorded as hearing directly from the Father himself when asked "Whom do men say I am ?" by Jesus. What looks like favoritism can be found in many examples throughout the Bible but yet it may not be as it seems. Our understanding is limited and i have seen the works and gifts in people you would least likely expect it to come from. As BillM says he is not looking fo hearsay but rather personal experience and i am in much agreement. Before my first memorable experience, the lyrics in a song that went " You'll never know that it true til it happens to you" were imbedded in my mind. I wasn't looking for words or knowledge but rather for something to happen to me. Something internal that would transform me. That seems to me to be a key to mystical experiences. It seems to me, sometimes, we only find what we are looking for. Joseph
  14. End Times?

    Got a call from an old acquaintance last night who evidently felt compelled to call me at a late hour (after 10PM to inform me i needed to seek a safe place as the end of the world as foretold in the Bible was taking place. He was of course referring to the signs of disasters such as Harvey, Irma, Maria and the Mexican earthquake. . End times seems to have made the news lately from some Christian fundamentalist groups even predicting again dates and future catastrophes. Obviously there are people out there who believe it. What do you tell them? I just listened to the 10 minute rant and and when he was out of steam without any disagreement from me he politely said his goodbye. Anybody else still know somebody like that? Joseph
  15. Hi Joseph.  One of the upgrades has trashed my Christian music thread.  I have not checked the art thread but it had live links too.

    If you could please delete the bad posts or even the whole thread if necessary I will work on recreating them.  Thank you.