pre-existence of souls?

Oct 25, 2012
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has this occurred on this thread?

how does one "claim a reality" for someone else?
Please read what you decided to harp on in context in order to avoid seeming disingenuous.

"Until a thing is shown to even exist any talk of "When" is not even worthy of speculation. It is fine for any individual to believe whatever they wish, but claiming it as reality for anyone else is unacceptable."
 
Oct 7, 2012
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Please read what you decided to harp on in context in order to avoid seeming disingenuous.

"Until a thing is shown to even exist any talk of "When" is not even worthy of speculation. It is fine for any individual to believe whatever they wish, but claiming it as reality for anyone else is unacceptable."

Yeah. It's the part in bold I'm questioning. Has this happened? Have I claimed my theory as a reality for anyone else here?
 
Oct 25, 2012
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#23
Yeah. It's the part in bold I'm questioning. Has this happened? Have I claimed my theory as a reality for anyone else here?
This thread asks a question, a question asked generally infers there is something that begs an answer, "Something" must exists to be answered. I answered.

There is no logical reason to take this as some personal response.
 
Nov 24, 2016
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I like to toy with the fancy, common to both the Zoroastrians and the Neo-Platonists, that the vast mass of "our" souls resides beyond the boundaries of space and time. A personal soul is merely a tiny fragment of the Oversoul, which, like the pseudopod of an amoeba, explores a region of space and time and then is withdrawn back into the mass of the Oversoul with what it has collected from its explorations.
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Aug 9, 2012
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I like to toy with the fancy, common to both the Zoroastrians and the Neo-Platonists, that the vast mass of "our" souls resides beyond the boundaries of space and time. A personal soul is merely a tiny fragment of the Oversoul, which, like the pseudopod of an amoeba, explores a region of space and time and then is withdrawn back into the mass of the Oversoul with what it has collected from its explorations.
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Po-TA-to, po-TAH-to. Another name for "Oversoul" is God. Not the "God" written into certain ancient texts, but the power behind the creation of the Universe and of which we are all a part.

One analogy I've used is the cycle of water on Earth: There is the great Ocean. Heat causes some water to evaporate, rise, condense and fall back into the Ocean as individual drops. Some of those drops fall onto land and, after a great journey, back into the great Ocean. The drops are never lost when melting back into the Ocean because they were always part of the Ocean to begin with.
 
Jul 26, 2009
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1) The Bible, while containing a lot of ancient wisdom, also contains a lot of perceptions from relatively unsophisticated people 2000-4000 years ago.

2) If God is both all-knowing and all-powerful, then God knowingly created "evil" and there can be no doubt about the victor in a battle between good and evil.

3) I expect the vast majority of the story about Lucifer and fallen angels is apocryphal. although there is the possibility that it's a distortion of actual historical events such as fallen civilizations or the arrival of humans on the planet. This latter is intriguing, and there are tens of thousands of year gaps in our history, but has zero evidence backing it.
You assume Yahweh, Canaanite storm god and self proclaimed as vengeful and greedy, isn't evil. The assumption that Yahweh is benevolent (contrary to his own pronouncements) is the source of your confusion. Yahweh demands that we (willingly) submit to him as slaves ready and eager to do his bidding. To those that submit and obey he promises greatness (for a slave) and for all others death. He is an evil god that rewards his minions and loyal (and useful) slaves. When you understand this, his allowing of evil and suffering is not at all baffling, indeed it's clear it can be no other way.
 
Oct 25, 2012
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You assume Yahweh, Canaanite storm god and self proclaimed as vengeful and greedy, isn't evil. The assumption that Yahweh is benevolent (contrary to his own pronouncements) is the source of your confusion. Yahweh demands that we (willingly) submit to him as slaves ready and eager to do his bidding. To those that submit and obey he promises greatness (for a slave) and for all others death. He is an evil god that rewards his minions and loyal (and useful) slaves. When you understand this, his allowing of evil and suffering is not at all baffling, indeed it's clear it can be no other way.
It is also important to note that you must deal with his middleman and never even meet this God, while understanding this middleman does not exactly have a sterling reputation.
 
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Jul 26, 2009
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It is also important to note that you must deal with his middleman and never even meet this God, while understanding this middleman does not exactly have a sterling reputation.
I chulk a good part of that up to the Roman government trying to take control of Jesus' cult than any actual religious messaging. When I was a Christian I was a red text Christian for that reason and Jesus pretty clearly says that pray in private, pray simply and pray TO Yahweh. The idea that people are supposed to worship Jesus (contrary to what he said and a blatant violation of the 1st Commandment) is something the Romans invented to win over polytheists. He's not REALLY a middle man, just a messenger.
 
Oct 7, 2012
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What in the Barney purple blazes is that??? :rolleyes:

In the ENTIRE World Wide Web, only one (1) individual used that EXACT phrase!!! In other words, NO SUCH THING!

if you can't find it on the internet, it doesn't exist?

denial is a powerful defense mechanism for you. Ironic, or perhaps telling, given your atheism.
 
Nov 24, 2016
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One analogy I've used is the cycle of water on Earth: There is the great Ocean. Heat causes some water to evaporate, rise, condense and fall back into the Ocean as individual drops. Some of those drops fall onto land and, after a great journey, back into the great Ocean. The drops are never lost when melting back into the Ocean because they were always part of the Ocean to begin with.
Oh, you afficianado of Advaita Vedanta ! --- :)
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Nov 24, 2016
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Victoria, BC
#35
You assume Yahweh, Canaanite storm god and self proclaimed as vengeful and greedy, isn't evil. The assumption that Yahweh is benevolent (contrary to his own pronouncements) is the source of your confusion. Yahweh demands that we (willingly) submit to him as slaves ready and eager to do his bidding. To those that submit and obey he promises greatness (for a slave) and for all others death. He is an evil god that rewards his minions and loyal (and useful) slaves. When you understand this, his allowing of evil and suffering is not at all baffling, indeed it's clear it can be no other way.
Oh, you Manichean Gnostic ! --- :)
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