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By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of his works. But there is another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of divine Revelation. God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. Wishing to open up the way to heavenly salvation - he manifested himself from the very beginning. This revelation was not broken off by the fall. God buoyed hope of salvation by promising redemption. He has never ceased to show his solicitude for the human race. For he wishes to give eternal life to all those who seek salvation by patience in well-doing.

Even when we disobey him, he does not abandon us. The covenant with Noah after the flood gives expression to the principle of the divine economy toward mankind. In order to gather together scattered humanity God called on Abraham. The people descended from Abraham would be the trustee of the promise made to the patriarchs. God formed Israel as his people by freeing them from slavery in Egypt. He established with them the covenant of Mount Sinai and, through Moses, gave them his law so that they would recognize him and serve him as the one living and true God, the provident Father and just judge, and so that they would look for the promised Savior. Through the prophets, he prepared them to accept the salvation destined for all humanity.

God, who "dwells in unapproachable light", wants to communicate his own divine life to the men he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son. By revealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to him, and of knowing him and of loving him far beyond their own natural capacity. The divine plan of Revelation is realized simultaneously "by deeds and words which are intrinsically bound up with each other" and shed light on each another. It involves a specific divine pedagogy: God communicates himself to man gradually. He prepares him to welcome by stages the supernatural Revelation that is to culminate in the person and mission of the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ.

God revealed himself and gave himself to man by sending us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. His will was that men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature. God revealed himself fully to man by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant for ever. The Son is his Father's definitive Word.
 
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The gods revealed themselves to me the other night. They stopped by for dinner and had two servings of my best avocado and grilled chicken.

I was going to serve some wine and crackers as an appetizer but thought that might be inappropriate.
 

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The gods revealed themselves to me the other night. They stopped by for dinner and had two servings of my best avocado and grilled chicken.

I was going to serve some wine and crackers as an appetizer but thought that might be inappropriate.
it would be fine
 

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The flying spaghetti monster god revealed himself to me every time I climbed mt leconte in the smoky mountains.
I came down with an iPad filled with commandments but i only got called crazy for it.
What am i doing wrong, Moses? :(
 

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The flying spaghetti monster god revealed himself to me every time I climbed mt leconte in the smoky mountains.
I came down with an iPad filled with commandments but i only got called crazy for it.
What am i doing wrong, Moses? :(
do you have PERSONAL CHARISMA?
 

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The flying spaghetti monster god revealed himself to me every time I climbed mt leconte in the smoky mountains.
I came down with an iPad filled with commandments but i only got called crazy for it.
What am i doing wrong, Moses? :(
The gods are fully invested in devices powered by the android OS.
 
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Moses ben Maimon [known to English speaking audiences as Maimonides and Hebrew speaking as Rambam] (1138–1204) is the greatest Jewish philosopher of the medieval period and is still widely read today. The Mishneh Torah, his 14-volume compendium of Jewish law, established him as the leading rabbinic authority of his time and quite possibly of all time. His philosophic masterpiece, the Guide of the Perplexed, is a sustained treatment of Jewish thought and practice that seeks to resolve the conflict between religious knowledge and secular.

Maimonides’ commentary on Chapter 10 of the Mishnaic tractate Sanhedrin. While discussing the claim that all Israel has a share in the world to come, Maimonides lists 13 principles that he considers binding on every Jew: the existence of God, the absolute unity of God, the incorporeality of God, the eternity of God, that God alone is to be worshipped, that God communicates to prophets, that Moses is the greatest prophet, that the Torah was given by God, that the Torah is immutable, that there is divine providence, that there is divine punishment and reward, that there will be a Messiah, that the dead will be resurrected.[2] This was the first attempt to introduce articles of faith to Judaism and set off a controversy that persists to this day (Kellner 1986, 1999).
 

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God only started watching over us quite recently, according to a study that analyzed 414 societies from 30 world regions.


One popular theory has argued that moralising gods were necessary for the rise of large-scale societies. Small societies, so the argument goes, were like fish bowls. It was almost impossible to engage in antisocial behaviour without being caught and punished – whether by acts of collective violence, retaliation or long-term reputational damage and risk of ostracism. But as societies grew larger and interactions between relative strangers became more commonplace, would-be transgressors could hope to evade detection under the cloak of anonymity. For cooperation to be possible under such conditions, some system of surveillance was required.
 
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God only started watching over us quite recently, according to a study that analyzed 414 societies from 30 world regions.


One popular theory has argued that moralising gods were necessary for the rise of large-scale societies. Small societies, so the argument goes, were like fish bowls. It was almost impossible to engage in antisocial behaviour without being caught and punished – whether by acts of collective violence, retaliation or long-term reputational damage and risk of ostracism. But as societies grew larger and interactions between relative strangers became more commonplace, would-be transgressors could hope to evade detection under the cloak of anonymity. For cooperation to be possible under such conditions, some system of surveillance was required.
Except morals or lack of morals have a self compensating feature which has always existed.

If the universe were created through natural process and we are an accidental happenstance of matter and energy doing what matter and energy do, then there should be no expectation for absolute morals. Morals can be anything we want them to be. The problem is that nature does have a preference for an outcome. Societies and people which behave with virtue experience order and harmony. Societies and people which behave without virtue experience disorder and chaos. So we can see from the outcomes that not all behaviors have equal outcomes. That some behaviors have better outcomes and some behaviors have worse outcomes. This is the moral law at work. If the universe was created by spirit for the express purpose of creating beings that know and create we would expect that we would receive feedback on how we behave. The problem is that violating moral laws are not like violating physical laws. When we violate a physical law the consequences are immediate. If you try to defy gravity by jumping off a roof you will fall. Whereas the consequences for violating a moral law are more probabilistic in nature; many times we get away with it.

Morals are effectively standards. For any given thing there exists a standard which is the highest possible standard. This standard exists independent of anything else. It is in effect a universal standard. It exists for a reason. When we deviate from this standard and normalize our deviance from the standard, eventually the reason the standard exists will be discovered. The reason this happens is because error cannot stand. Eventually error will fail and the truth will be discovered. Thus proving that morals cannot be anything we want them to be but are indeed based upon some universal code of common decency that is independent of man.
 

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The Ancient Rites That Gave Birth to Religion

Sacred beliefs likely arose out of prehistoric bonding and rituals.

The invention of religion is a big bang in human history. Gods and spirits helped explain the unexplainable, and religious belief gave meaning and purpose to people struggling to survive. But what if everything we thought we knew about religion was wrong? What if belief in the supernatural is window dressing on what really matters—elaborate rituals that foster group cohesion, creating personal bonds that people are willing to die for.
 

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It's like kicking an ant pile :lol:
Yep... non believers just can't say they don't believe in any God, they have to get all cute and sarcastic about it.

I think it's pathetic, just like democrats.
 

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Yep... non believers just can't say they don't believe in any God, they have to get all cute and sarcastic about it.
I'm not a believer- why are you trying to be cute?
 

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