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by W4TVQ
April 18th, 2010, 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: be thou my vision
Replies: 3
Views: 21650

Re: be thou my vision

Early on as seekers we need rules. Of course we do. God is I Am, the Ultimate Ground of being, infinite, eternal and thus incomprehensible by us ...but relative to us He is father. The entire bible, as well as the collective Scriptures of all the "Ways' that have been since things were written...
by W4TVQ
April 17th, 2010, 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: be thou my vision
Replies: 3
Views: 21650

be thou my vision

Been thinking lately (oh-oh, can you hear the gears grinding) ... lots of discussion on my other message board about Law, about "obeying God's rules," about what pleases God, etc. ... and I am personally of the opinion that the very idea of trying or wanting to "please God" is a ...
by W4TVQ
February 21st, 2010, 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Shroud of Turin
Replies: 2
Views: 4275

Re: The Shroud of Turin

I am going to church on sunday and I am standing in front of a riddle ... and it's just fine, there couldn't be any more liberating experience. Though I only believe half of what is being said, I believe in the unknown that is being expressed in between the lines A most familiar feeling to me as we...
by W4TVQ
February 8th, 2010, 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Falling from grace
Replies: 4
Views: 5394

Re: Falling from grace

In AA we have a saying: "I do not need to fear going to hell -- I have already been there." C. S. Lewis also addressd the issue, stating that "Hell is so small that if a single small bird in heaven swallowed it whole, he would not be aware he had done so." And he identified hell ...
by W4TVQ
February 5th, 2010, 1:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Imaginary people pretending to be imaginary people
Replies: 7
Views: 6766

Re: Imaginary people pretending to be imaginary people

Everything written about enlightenment or reality must ultimately be self-contradictory, isn't it? Presumably, yes. The very act of writing or speaking about enlightenment contradicts enlightenment, because it adds adjectives and adverbs to what is in essence simply a verb: I AM. Thus an element of...
by W4TVQ
January 29th, 2010, 8:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Interesting Course
Replies: 4
Views: 5836

An Interesting Course

I have just begun a 12-lecture course on audio CD, on "the Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis." I've always been a fan of Lewis, as of his mentor J. R. R. tolkine; few men, if any, ever really approached the questions Lewis approaches, with the degree of detachment and dispassionate reason t...
by W4TVQ
January 24th, 2010, 6:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If ... If ... If ...
Replies: 2
Views: 3921

Re: If ... If ... If ...

Indeed, most interesting. I have cme t mostly the same conclusions s the autor, but it does not bother me t have done so. I am still a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, a.k.a. Issa bin Yusuf, and it matters not one whit whether he ever existed or not. I presume he did, since he is mentioned in secular ...
by W4TVQ
January 13th, 2010, 1:05 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: dealing with pain in the wee hours.
Replies: 2
Views: 18505

Re: dealing with pain in the wee hours.

In those "wee hours" times (we all have them) I usually resort to the "Serenity Prayer" that we use in AA: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference. As I practice it, it means examining w...
by W4TVQ
January 5th, 2010, 7:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prior Moment?
Replies: 11
Views: 9969

Re: Prior Moment?

Then they lose the ability (are scolded and preached out of it?), and spend the rest of their life seeking to restore it. This puts me in mind of a story I head, presumably true, concerning the arrival at home of a new infant, a home in which there was already a 3-year-old. Late the firt night, the...
by W4TVQ
January 2nd, 2010, 8:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prior Moment?
Replies: 11
Views: 9969

Re: Prior Moment?

Approaching this issue frm the standpoint of current scientific knowlege, one arrives at pretty much the same conclusion. Once old Albert got through with his equations, such concepts as "time," "space" and "eternity" ceased to have any content whatever. One might say t...
by W4TVQ
November 30th, 2009, 1:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Could it be that ...
Replies: 7
Views: 8427

Re: Could it be that ...

But one can say that the picture shows neither an old woman nor a young one (isn't it just black & white on a screen or a piece of paper?) Actually, I'm getting a bit away from the subject here, but this observation reminded me that I ave seen it before, in the amazing book Philosophy In A New ...
by W4TVQ
November 24th, 2009, 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Could it be that ...
Replies: 7
Views: 8427

Re: Could it be that ...

Your question, "What's the difference anyweay?" says it for me. It's an AA thing. We learn to live one day at a time, remembering that "yesterday is a cancelled check and tomorrow is a promissory note: today is cash." The past is what it is: if it exists, it does so only as a con...
by W4TVQ
November 22nd, 2009, 4:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 21547

Re: Rapture?

So that was the reason for it all! Quite possibly so. The teachings of the Buddha make snse of a lot of things, including the teachngs of Jesus. I particularly was enlightened (poited to the light) by this: "Like good organic gardeners they [the enlightened] do not discriminate in favor of the...
by W4TVQ
November 18th, 2009, 2:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 21547

Re: Rapture?

Update: The cause of my problem may have been uncovered at last. As Sherlock Holmes said, when all other explanations have been ruled out, the one that is left is correct. All other causes having been ruled out, what is left is the medication nifedipine, which has been known to cause precisely this ...
by W4TVQ
October 11th, 2009, 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 21547

Re: Rapture?

I like the illustration of the fox. I feel much the same way about dying: I do not fear it, and am willing to go quietly and without struggle if God so wills. My only sticking point is the profound love I feel for Peggy, and the beautiful, ever growing bond between us ... and I don't want her to fac...

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