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by SilentDawning
17 Aug 2020, 21:35
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why God cares so much about car keys
Replies: 13
Views: 1228

Re: Why God cares so much about car keys

I would define a miracle as something that happens beyond coincidence. An amputee growing an arm back, or asteroid hurling toward earth being deflected at the last moment. If something would have or could have happened anyway its coincidence not a miracle. Correlation does not mean causation It is ...
by SilentDawning
17 Aug 2020, 14:48
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wouldn't it be easier just to tell us?
Replies: 34
Views: 4436

Re: Wouldn't it be easier just to tell us?

"What would be the point of agency if there’s already a pre-built path we need to follow? What learning would there be?" I don't think providing a pre-built path would sap our agency. We still have the ability to choose it if we want. It's when we are FORCED to do something that we lose agency. If ...
by SilentDawning
17 Aug 2020, 14:35
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: My Recent Experiences with Prayer
Replies: 5
Views: 727

Re: My Recent Experiences with Prayer

I think the extreme examples of "expect a miracle" and faith like a rock are those individuals that refuse medical treatment and instead rely on faith healings. I see this as people walking out onto a tight rope of faith with no safety net. I feel that faith and prayers work best when coupled with ...
by SilentDawning
16 Aug 2020, 07:26
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: My Recent Experiences with Prayer
Replies: 5
Views: 727

My Recent Experiences with Prayer

As I have said in other threads, I have been praying a lot more recently given tendencies toward insomnia. Here are the results. 1) I had a prayer answered. 2) I have felt on one occasion, the feelings I consider to be the Spirit. Something that hasn't happened in a long time. 3) I prayed as a famil...
by SilentDawning
14 Aug 2020, 21:07
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Now I'm really confused
Replies: 6
Views: 904

Re: Now I'm really confused

My preliminary attitude is that I don't really want this to be an answer to prayer. I don't like being expected to rely on a means of achievement that is so unpredictable and subject to such mysterious rules as prayer. On the other hand, there is evidence that God WANTS us to acknowledge his hand in...
by SilentDawning
14 Aug 2020, 20:58
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Would you ever intentionally lie?
Replies: 11
Views: 1385

Re: Would you ever intentionally lie?

This is a tough question. My answer is that under normal circumstances, I always tell the truth. However, there are circumstances where I would likely be less than truthful, put spins on situations, or withhold information if the consequences of outright, naked truth are severe. There are times when...
by SilentDawning
14 Aug 2020, 11:31
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Now I'm really confused
Replies: 6
Views: 904

Now I'm really confused

OK, as you may have gathered, I've been praying a lot lately. I have basically been happy to accept the Deist view of God, although I do pray for others and for things needed just in case. But I haven't really been a proponent of regular prayer, or its efficacy since my faith transition. I was comfo...
by SilentDawning
14 Aug 2020, 11:20
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Structuring our Prayers
Replies: 9
Views: 928

Re: Structuring our Prayers

I take a Deist approach to God and believe God has little if any interaction with humans. I do believe miracles exist and are possible however rare they are. This would mean, therefore, that you don't really believe in certain parts of the prayer structure I gave then, doesn't it? For example, if y...
by SilentDawning
13 Aug 2020, 09:42
Forum: Spiritual Stuff
Topic: Structuring our Prayers
Replies: 9
Views: 928

Re: Structuring our Prayers

I take a Deist approach to God and believe God has little if any interaction with humans. I do believe miracles exist and are possible however rare they are. This would mean, therefore, that you don't really believe in certain parts of the prayer structure I gave then, doesn't it? For example, if y...
by SilentDawning
13 Aug 2020, 07:24
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Leadership seems anti-mask - Church guidance isn't anti-mask at all
Replies: 16
Views: 1399

Re: Leadership seems anti-mask - Church guidance isn't anti-mask at all

I also agree that simply opting out of attendance is a healthy response to lackadaisical attitudes toward preserving the health of members. I also think it behooves the membership to set the example, even if they don't feel the personal need for it. The fact that you've got supervulnerables and supe...