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by dande48
21 Jun 2018, 19:45
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: An Afterlife?
Replies: 65
Views: 2740

Re: An Afterlife?

I heard a lecture by Alan Watts, a 60s new age philosopher, on the nature of god. He proposed that God pushed a 'random existence generator button', and here we are; living this existence, all of us gods who don't remember pushing the button. Alan Watts was quite a guy! I hadn't heard that particul...
by dande48
21 Jun 2018, 19:25
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is belief a choice? Also, seriously? No really, seriously?
Replies: 16
Views: 174

Re: Is belief a choice? Also, seriously? No really, seriously?

When is it enough hurt from religions having their freedom of belief? When is the policy necessary to defend? What is hurt by changing the policy? I detest the hurt caused by religious beliefs as much as anyone. The trouble is, in rejecting any particular religious dogma, you take on another; and a...
by dande48
21 Jun 2018, 12:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is belief a choice? Also, seriously? No really, seriously?
Replies: 16
Views: 174

Re: Is belief a choice? Also, seriously? No really, seriously?

I really don't want this to turn political (not the mission of the site and all that) but the USA has the first amendment, it also has a Christian majority. I'm probably wrong but the USA feels like it is moving closer to becoming a theocracy. I'm just not seeing people losing their religious freed...
by dande48
21 Jun 2018, 12:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is belief a choice? Also, seriously? No really, seriously?
Replies: 16
Views: 174

Re: Is belief a choice? Also, seriously? No really, seriously?

Back to the title question, "Is belief a choice?" Like with just about everything (including sexuality/gender identity), religious beliefs a combination of nature/nurture, and a *little* bit of choice (if any), in varying degrees from person to person. I'd reckon none of us would believe in Jehovah,...
by dande48
21 Jun 2018, 07:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Does Programmed Service Build Community?
Replies: 12
Views: 185

Re: Does Programmed Service Build Community?

IMHO, any gathering can build community, no matter what you are doing. When I think of "Programmed Service" I think of cleaning the chapel, raking the church leaves, or home teaching. Do any of these build community more than the ward Christmas Party? More than Trunk or Treat? More than the three ho...
by dande48
20 Jun 2018, 12:15
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another "why people leave" survey
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: Another "why people leave" survey

These surveys help me to feel a close connection with those who have gone through similar "faith crises", but as always, the majority of Church leaders are only going to bend the results to fit their current narrative. I don't have much hope any real change will happen. We will still get labelled as...
by dande48
20 Jun 2018, 12:01
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: An Afterlife?
Replies: 65
Views: 2740

Re: An Afterlife?

NightSG wrote:
19 Jun 2018, 09:32
I know me and there's no way I would have done that without hanging on to some cheat codes.
Just wait... one of these days you're going to hit just the right combination... A,B,A,B,LEFT,RIGHT,LEFT,RIGHT,START... and *POOF!*, infinite money.
by dande48
20 Jun 2018, 07:20
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New hymnal is in the works! Some major, wonderful changes.
Replies: 33
Views: 509

Re: New hymnal is in the works! Some major, wonderful changes.

I vote for the removal of: -Hymns focused on or praising Joseph Smith -War Hymns -Hymns with deep, unsubstantiated doctrine And replacing them with hymns focused on: -God/Heavenly Father/Christ and our relationship with Them. -Virtues such as humility or gratitude "In Our Lovely Deseret" is a joke h...
by dande48
19 Jun 2018, 05:17
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New hymnal is in the works! Some major, wonderful changes.
Replies: 33
Views: 509

Re: New hymnal is in the works! Some major, wonderful changes.

It always seemed strange to me that O Canada and Advance Australia Fair etc were not in there. Especially the former given that there is a kind of mini-Utah in Alberta. That's an easy one to explain... It's because the United States of America was specifically declared by God in the Book of Mormon ...
by dande48
18 Jun 2018, 20:21
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: An Afterlife?
Replies: 65
Views: 2740

Re: An Afterlife?

What if this life is like a dream? And the afterlife is when we wakeup to reflect on the meaning of this mortal existence? What if we dream an entire life each night? When we end this life we are actually waking up, only later to fall asleep and dream another entire existence. A few months back, I ...