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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.

 

Carl Jung

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from Don Scrooby's blog http://seeingmoreclearly.blogspot.com/2012/01/part-2-process-theology-god-nurtures.html

 

... God can be imagined as an intimate, creative and freedom supporting parent who says to her/his child, 'Surprise me, do something I hadn't fully expected so that together we can bring about something new and exciting.' "

 

Process Theology - A Guide for the Perplexed, Bruce Epperly

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Thanks, Dutch. Synchronicity at work again.

Man, do we have some connections going on in this community, or what!

 

Jenell

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Religion is the vision of something which stands beyond,and within, the passing flux of immediate things; something which is real, and yet waiting to be realized; something which is a remote possibility, and yet the greatest of present facts; something that gives meaning to all that passes , and yet eludes apprehension; something whose possession is the final good, and yet is beyond all reach; something which is the ultimate ideal, and the hopeless quest.

 

Science and the modern World, Whitehead, in Process Theology, A guide for the Perplexed.

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"True religion is not a system of philosophic belief which can be reasoned out and substantiated by natural proofs, neither is it a fantastic and mystic experience of indescribable feelings of ecstasy which can be enjoyed only by the romantic devotees of mysticism. Religion is not the product of reason, but viewed from within, it is altogether reasonable. Religion is not derived from the logic of human philosophy, but as a mortal experience it is altogether logical. Religion is the experiencing of divinity in the consciousness of a moral being of evolutionary origin; it represents true experience with eternal realities in time, the realization of spiritual satisfactions while yet in the flesh."

 

The Urantia Papers 101- Section 1. True Religion

 

(a small portion of what are sometimes called the "religion" papers, highly worth reading imo)

Paper 99: The Social Problems of Religion

" 100: Religion in Human Experience

" 101: The Real Nature of Religion

" 102: The Foundations of Religious Faith

" 103: The Reality of Religious Experience

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"The world is filled with hungry souls who famish in the very presence of the bread of life; men die searching for the very God who lives within them. Men seek for the treasures of the kingdom with yearning hearts and weary feet when they are all within the immediate grasp of living faith. Faith is to religion what sails are to a ship; it is an addition of power, not an added burden of life. There is but one struggle for those who enter the kingdom, and that is to fight the good fight of faith. The believer has only one battle, and that is against doubt--unbelief."

 

(UP 159:3.8 - Instruction for Teachers and Believers)

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We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us - Joseph Campbell

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We always think we are the first - Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) objected to the concept of salvation as deliverance from divine wrath.

 

Rather, sin is the absence of God-consciousness and a consequent failure to be utterly dependent upon him.

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We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us - Joseph Campbell

 

I must admit Campbell has become one of my favourite authors. Here's a quote (from PoM) that for me sums up religion in a nutshell.

 

... But the ultimate mystical goal is to be united with one's god. With that, duality is transcended and forms disappear. There is nobody there, no god, no you. Your mind, going past all concepts. has dissolved in identification with ground of your own being, because that to which the metaphorical image of your god refers to the ultimate mystery of your own being, which is the mystery of the being of the world as well.

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True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self; but the point is not only to get out - you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.

Henry James, Roderick Hudson, in Sun Magazine, Sept 2012

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We do not serve God by abandoning our intellectual integrity.

 

C. Randolph Ross, Commonsense Christianity (available online at www.religion-online.org)

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On happininess.......

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."

Marcus Aurelius

 

Joseph

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Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?

- Douglas Adams

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Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

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"Don't seek happiness. If you seek it, you won't find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it. Unhappiness covers up your natural state of well-being and inner peace, the source of true happiness."

 

Eckhart Tolle (from "A New Earth")

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"When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yorself, you lose yourself in the world"

" Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I AM that is deeper than name or form"

 

Eckhart Tolle (from "Stillness Speaks")

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Spiritual Awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.

 

Eckhart Tolle

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"There is no path to truth and there are not two truths. Truth is not of the past or of the present- it is timeless - and the man who quotes the truth of the Buddha, of Shankara, of the Christ, or who merely repeats what I am saying, will not find truth because repetition is not truth: repetition is a lie. Truth is a state of being which arises when the mind -which seeks to divide, to be exclusive, which can only think in terms of results, of achievement - has come to an end. Only then will there be truth. The mind that is making effort, disciplining itself in order to achieve an end, cannot know truth because the end is its own projection and the pursuit of the projection, however noble, is a form of self-worship. He alone shall know truth who is not seeking, who is not striving, who is not trying to achieve a result." - J. Krishnamurti, Collected Works, Vol. VI,134

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God is Being itself, not a being. -- Eckhard Tolle

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It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see. - Henry David Thoreau
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Here are 4 quotes I find amusing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (1) An evangelical Christian wanted to witness to Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).  So he asked him, "Where do you hope to go when you die?"    Twin replied dryly, "Well, I'd choose Heaven for the climate and Hell for the company."

(2) A Sunday school teacher was teaching on the Parable of the Prodigal Son to her  3rd graders.  At one point she asked the class: "Who was sorry when the prodigal son came home?"  A  little boy at once replied, "The fatted calf!"

Now for 2 bloopers from my boyhood pastor's sermons.  I found his bloopers particularly funny because he never told jokes and had no sense of humor:                                          (3) In the midst of an otherwise forgettable sermon on John the Baptist, our pastor bellowed, "Then Jordan baptized Jesus in the John!"                                                                         (4) In a later sermon on David's conflict with King Saul, our pastor declared, "And there David stood in the gates of the sanctuary, breathless and pantless."

What made these bloopers especially hysterical to me was that the congregation just sat there stone-faced, as the pastor moved on, unaware of what he had just said.  I thought to myself, "Is any one listening to this sermon carefully or are they all dozing off?"

Now for my 2 favorite spiritually profound quotes:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (1) G. K. Chesterton wrote an essay entitled "Twelve Men" to criticize British politicians who were advocating the replacement of juries of ordinary people with 12 lawyers.  Chesterton summed up his objections to this proposal with this unforgettable pithy remark: "the more a man looks at a thing, the less he can see it; and the more a man learns a thing, the less he knows it."  I think this remark has profound relevance to the spirituality of many theologians and pastors.  

)2) Here is my favorite Billy Graham quote: "Theological understanding is the booby prize  because it provides just enough spirituality to inoculate one against the real thing."  By "the real thing", Billy meant self-authenticating spiritual experience, especially a life-changing mystical encounter  that leads to a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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On March 4, 2019 at 6:49 PM, Deadworm said:

Here are 4 quotes I find amusing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (1) An evangelical Christian wanted to witness to Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).  So he asked him, "Where do you hope to go when you die?"    Twin replied dryly, "Well, I'd choose Heaven for the climate and Hell for the company."

(2) A Sunday school teacher was teaching on the Parable of the Prodigal Son to her  3rd graders.  At one point she asked the class: "Who was sorry when the prodigal son came home?"  A  little boy at once replied, "The fatted calf!"

Now for 2 bloopers from my boyhood pastor's sermons.  I found his bloopers particularly funny because he never told jokes and had no sense of humor:                                          (3) In the midst of an otherwise forgettable sermon on John the Baptist, our pastor bellowed, "Then Jordan baptized Jesus in the John!"                                                                         (4) In a later sermon on David's conflict with King Saul, our pastor declared, "And there David stood in the gates of the sanctuary, breathless and pantless."

What made these bloopers especially hysterical to me was that the congregation just sat there stone-faced, as the pastor moved on, unaware of what he had just said.  I thought to myself, "Is any one listening to this sermon carefully or are they all dozing off?"

Now for my 2 favorite spiritually profound quotes:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (1) G. K. Chesterton wrote an essay entitled "Twelve Men" to criticize British politicians who were advocating the replacement of juries of ordinary people with 12 lawyers.  Chesterton summed up his objections to this proposal with this unforgettable pithy remark: "the more a man looks at a thing, the less he can see it; and the more a man learns a thing, the less he knows it."  I think this remark has profound relevance to the spirituality of many theologians and pastors.  

)2) Here is my favorite Billy Graham quote: "Theological understanding is the booby prize  because it provides just enough spirituality to inoculate one against the real thing."  By "the real thing", Billy meant self-authenticating spiritual experience, especially a life-changing mystical encounter  that leads to a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Do you have a source for that Billy Graham quote?   It does not sound authentic to me.  

BG is kinda like Einstein.  Lots of people make up quotes and stick his name in front of them.

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As a boy, I actually heard Billy Graham say in a sermon what I quote!  During Canada's centennial celebration in 1967, he came to Winnipeg for a week-long crusade at the Winnipeg Arena.  I took the opportunity to go early and attend every night.  I'm glad I did: hundreds came forward to accept Christ every night. The reason I  went early was to drink in the atmosphere because I sensed God's gentle hovering presence there in a way I seldom did in church.  About 8 years ago, a retired progressive pastor from the United of Church of Canada regularly drove down the 50 miles from Grand Forks, BC, to attend my services.  He said he had been converted in that Winnipeg crusade.

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