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    Re: Questions to Abrahamics

    The use of the word "Abrahamic" is disingenuous here (would it not be disingenuous to post a video about Buddha, and claim it applies to Hinduism as "dharmic"?) But I can play along and answer the...
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    Re: slavery in Abrahamic religions

    The Greeks and Romans took slaves as the spoils of war, or from trading with other lands.

    In America, Africans were captured and shipped on boats to be slaves.

    In neither case were the...
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    Re: The Concept of Killing

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-11-23/scientist-assisted-suicide/51376254/1?csp=Dailybriefing

    Real world example;



    Is this the same as suicide? If a dog is sick and in pain,...
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    Re: Happy Thanksgiving

    Hmm, well, to be fair Thanksgiving predates the killing of American Indians. It WAS originally a feast to be thankful for the harvest season, and that is still a positive message. The unfortunate...
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    Re: The Concept of Killing

    I don't agree with this. Suicide bombing is never okay. It's one thing to let someone take your life if you don't want to give in to them. But it's not the same to purposely take your own life just...
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    Re: slavery in Abrahamic religions

    Building nuclear weapons is a military strategy. In economic terms, it is best if EVERYONE has them, because no one will use them. It may be an unfortunate fact that the technology exists, but game...
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    Re: The Concept of Killing

    I will add that from my point of view, abortion is similar to murder, and not okay. There can be some gray areas though, which is where it gets tricky. Some people think it's only okay if the baby...
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    Re: slavery in Abrahamic religions

    There is such a system. I just described it above. It's called the Oral tradition. We compare the Written and Oral to the Sun and Moon. The Sun is the same everyday, never changing. The Moon however...
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    The Concept of Killing

    This has been especially on my mind recently. I want to ask about it here...

    There are many kinds of killing; murder, self-defense, suicide, abortion, and so on. How do you make the distinction...
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    Re: slavery in Abrahamic religions

    There are two concepts here. The concept of criminals, and the concept of war. War is where we attacked other people, and criminals were our own people. Try and keep in mind that they are two...
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    Re: slavery in Abrahamic religions

    Bingo.

    The word used in Hebrew that is often translated into "slave" is עבד
    which more closely means "to work", or "to labor".

    There are other words that mean "slave" in the modern sense...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    Okay, I will try to make this as lucid as possible.

    I can think of three general explanations for the hate and violence;

    1) They happen for no reason
    2) They happen for a reason
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    Re: Nothing becomes everything

    Imagine that you're at your computer (well, I guess you are when you read this). You open up The Sims, and to those bits inside the program, YOU are God. You created them, you are more complex than...
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    Re: Nothing becomes everything

    I think this has been a fascinating topic of conversation for people especially in the last 50 years (when the Big Bang was accepted).

    Existence from nothing, no "thing", or something?

    (It...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    That's not entirely true. For sure, it existed long before Christianity itself, and it still exists today besides the fact that both religious and racial tolerance is probably the best we've seen in...
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    Re: Hindu Charity

    Let's be honest, even 10% is difficult. That's a lot of money (and time). I would say the average person (at least in America) gives about 3-5%. Giving more than 15% would be quite a feat! I don't...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    If this is a thread about hate speeches, than you can't find a better example than Hitler!

    I think you have to look at the dates. Hitler may have, like most people in the world, changed over time....
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    Re: Hindu Charity

    One sixth? Ouch. Sounds like Peter Singer or something. Where does it say that? (Jews and Christians say one tenth as well... Muslims say one out of forty).

    I found this one interesting;
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    Yes, we have all different kinds of Jews in our communities. We get together every Friday night to eat, and someone gets up to analyze a portion of our scripture (the same portion is studied around...
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    Hindu Charity

    Are there any generally accepted rules on giving charity in Hinduism? By charity, I mean both monetary and non-monetary forms. Is there some sort of philosophy behind it? Is it discussed in the...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    Thanks for the response. Now, the questions that I have asked and brought up on this forum are a result of the kind of culture I've been raised in. We are taught to question everything. It is not out...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    You said "ask me" to explain Hanuman, so I did. I didn't realize you were being sarcastic.
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    What's wrong with that question? What's the background of the brahmastra? I'm assuming there are descriptions of it.
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    Where did the brahmastra come from?
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    Okay, go for it.
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    I don't know what to make of it. I know the Egyptians sold things with gold and silver, but I don't think they had coins or anything until later. I don't know much about where money start. I'm also...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    The view of history here is very surprising to me and I didn't even realize my initial post was controversial, I thought the dates of 1500-1000 BC were just generally accepted. People did tell me why...
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    Re: Judaism - where does it come from?

    I have no issue with that article, it was a straight forward archeological account. There is no message or mission there.



    Ra is just a word in Hebrew. I just pointed out that it is probable...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    No one claimed the Hebrews were the first to write. Usually that is given to the Sumerians with Cuneiform. And then later the Egyptians with hieroglyphs. When the Hebrews were working under the...
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    Re: Hello to all that are interested

    I was trying to do that with the Vegetarian/Dietary thread, but it was other people who brought up my faith. An important point I made was that our law accepts other dietary beliefs for other people....
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    I didn't realize you thought the Vedas were older than the Sumerians. There's a difference between facts and beliefs. Beliefs are about spiritual things. But the archeological story says that India...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    Yes, I know of that. It apparently comes from the cradle of civilization, extending out of Mesopotamia (where Sumeria was). I see no problem, unless you think the Indus Valley is older than...
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    Re: Hello to all that are interested

    Everything above is incorrect regarding the Jew. Maybe if you believe me we CAN have discussions without people saying "Moses this, Abraham that". I didn't come here to talk about Moses so if people...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    Even if that's true it has nothing to do with Adam. No where is it implied that he is the ONLY person on Earth. But it did seem like he started Sumeria, where Abraham had his origins. I see no reason...
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    Line 1 is not so universally excepted as Line 2 and 3. Roughly half of the people in the world DO believe in Hell.
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    Re: Hello to all that are interested

    ... nothing is so purifying as knowledge...

    I'm pretty surprised by the reactions of some people here. What ever happened to having discussion with people who are different from you? :( If my...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    I've never shown any such thing. I keep on saying that I accept other beliefs. I really don't know why you keep on thinking I'm trying to force my beliefs on any one.

    But Sumeria being the first...
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    Wundermonk just talked about how he doesn't like the concept of Hell and eternal damnation and people having to believe what you do to be saved. And I agreed, and clarified that so I wouldn't be...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

    wundermonk, you sound to be filled with a bunch of hate yourself. You also confused all "Abrahamics" like that term means something. Maybe you should be a little more open-minded.

    I don't know...
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    That was my point earlier- there's a whole section in this forum for that. I don't know why one topic has to turn into everything Abraham just because it was start by a child of Abraham...

    I must...
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    Re: Hello to all that are interested

    It did seem like devotee was attacking me after I only introduced myself. I don't think it would have matter much what I said.

    But the rest of you here are nice.
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    What pain would that be? Health reasons, physical pain? Or some sort of bad karma?
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    Re: Judaism - where does it come from?

    It does have an effect on us- tides and oceans and so on. I don't believe that the moon can tell us of our future or personalities or anything.



    They were Egyptian, written by Egyptians on...
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    Re: Judaism - where does it come from?

    You asked me about Moses. The Jews point out that we didn't believe in Moses just because he said so, we did it because we as an entire nation heard the voice of God. Every single Jew was gathered...
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    Of course you can, that's a major part of evolution. That would be like saying you can't believe in evolution and believe that animals are endowed with anything special that plants are not.
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    Claiming a "fact" about spirituality doesn't make sense. It's no longer spiritual.

    I certainly did not question the historicity of Jesus. I quoted sources that talked about him and his...
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    Ah, okay. Humans are in the animal kingdom. Just like humans and plants are together in the eukaryote domain. So? Neither label has much meaning, with the only level in taxonomy that has any real...
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    Re: Hello to all that are interested

    The history of Israel around Jesus' lifetime was extensively covered in the Talmud. There are also the Dead Sea Scrolls, some of which were written during Jesus' life, and the writings of the...
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    Actually, what I suggested is not allowed by the Torah (eating an animal that died of natural causes). It was a question that came out of a logical extension of your response- that you are not to...
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    What are you asking here? You want me to define what an "animal" is? I think that's pretty clear- the same definition given in primary school biology. My point was, would you have a moral issue with...
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