God Is Too Big to Fit Under Your Hat

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    God is beyond the comprehension of human minds.

    God is, therefore, also beyond description in human language.

    God is, therefore, also beyond the ability of scripture to describe Him/Her/It or His/Her/Its will, since scripture is written in human language and suffers from the limitations of human language.

    Therefore, all religions are false.
     
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    Not necessarily. Maybe dogmatic/ formally organized religions are, maybe not. Religion itself isn't false.
     
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    I don't know that I would say all of 'em are false. If you look at the varied religions, you'd see that many of them carry the same message, just for a different audience. Tao is very closely related to Judaic theology in it's approach to God, and what Yeshua (Jesus) taught is very similar to what Buddha taught after he reached enlightenment.

    I think the title of this thread would be more appropriately titled if it said "God is too big to fit in just one religion".
     
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    The Holy Spirit dwells within the bible.

    So you're full of shit.
     
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    Actually, not the entire Bible, just the first 5 books of it known as the Torah.
     
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    Actually, no.
     
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    When I say that all religions are false, I mean that no religion states the truth in any straightforward way, because that's impossible. I could just as accurately say that all religions are true, because all of them point towards the truth with metaphorical language and symbol.

    As long as one understands that religious doctrines and ideas are metaphors and symbols and not literal statements of reality, one can experience the truth of God in the context of ANY religion. But if one takes religious doctrines and ideas as literal statements of reality, then one will be BLOCKED from finding the truth by ALL religions.

    Also, as long as one is aware of the metaphorical and symbolic nature of religious ideas, then all religions become functionally identical, because all of those symbols and metaphors, however much they may seem to differ, are hinting at the same truth. To the extent that religions are true, all are the same religion; to the extent they differ, all are false.
     
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    Here's another way of saying the same thing. All religions are a mix of two sorts of thing: symbolic/metaphorical hints at universal spiritual truth, and comic-book stuff. To the extent that people focus on the comic-book stuff, such as (within Christianity) the miracles of Jesus, the virgin birth, the resurrection, or the idea of life after death and Heaven and Hell, it will seem a unique religion that disagrees with all others. But to the extent one focuses instead on the symbolic/metaphorical hints at universal spiritual truth, and ESPECIALLY to the degree one actually experiences universal spiritual truth, the religion will seem to agree with all others.
     
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    Please, one time is plenty.

    You and Loki are about on the same level when it comes to being enamored of your own verbage.
     
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    Simply because you dont grasp a subject does not mean it is 'comic book stuff', Sherlock.

    So it is only of value as long as it blends in with the rest of the pablum of spirituality?

    Bullshit.

    As to your main point, God is beyond oour limited ability to completely grasp Him, but He is also all knowing and wise enough to translate as much of His characteristics as to provide us all that we need to know.

    So dont be so impressed with yourself; your cognitive capacity does not limit God, the universe nor the Body of Christ. Such limitations are just your handicaps, not those of all of us, so you would do yourself a favor to realize that you only speak for yourself and no one else.
     

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