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    Conservationists and environmentalists might appreciate Psalm 104. Kind of long, but the theme of nature and humankind co-existing, and the balance of everything is in there.

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    He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.

    11
    They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

    12
    The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.

    13
    He waters the mountains from His upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of His work.

    14
    He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:

    15
    wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.

    16
    The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that He planted.

    17
    There the birds make their nests;
    the stork has its home in the junipers.

    18
    The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
    the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.



    19
    He made the moon to mark the seasons,
    and the sun knows when to go down.

    20
    You bring darkness, it becomes night,
    and all the beasts of the forest prowl.

    21
    The lions roar for their prey
    and seek their food from God.

    22
    The sun rises, and they steal away;
    they return and lie down in their dens.

    23
    Then people go out to their work,
    to their labor until evening.



    24
    How many are Your works, Lord!
    In wisdom You made them all;
    the earth is full of Your creatures.

    25
    There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.

    26
    There the ships go to and fro,
    and Leviathan, which You formed to frolic there.



    27
    All creatures look to You
    to give them their food at the proper time.

    28
    When You give it to them,
    they gather it up;
    when You open Your hand,
    they are satisfied with good things.

    29
    When You hide Your face,
    they are terrified;
    when You take away their breath,
    they die and return to the dust.

    30
    When You send Your Spirit,
    they are created,
    and You renew the face of the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evee View Post
    "To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower.."

    We never left the Garden. We are still there, we have simply forgotten how to be. Heaven is in the present moment. If only you learn to see again, slip away from all you've known.. the garden holds such incredible beauty..

    "Gratitude is heaven itself." -William Blake
    Yes, this is called mysticism. It is available to believers and non-believers.

    And interestly almost all religions have a mystical strand. And the mysticism of very different religions is startlingly the same.

    A good way to get into mysticism is to fall in love with a mystic. This is easy because most mytics are ineffably loveable. I fell in love with the mystic Simone Weil (pronounced Vey), the first female graduate of the Sorbonne. And I carry her in my heart.

    There are of course many mystics from many religions and none. Evee favours William Blake, but who is the mystic for you?
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    Also, I'd love to dialogue with you about God related issues.
    If you have questions, please share them.
    suggest that the scope of the thread is broader than what you outline here. The question of whether God exists at all is definitely a "God related issue". That being said, there is certainly room for a thread where believers can share their thoughts and experiences, predicated on the assumption that God does exist
    .

    As I said, I was only basing my words on the statement made in the opening line of the thread's resurrection, I apologize.

    However, I do not apologize for my opinion that such arguments are seemingly endless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD45T-2 View Post
    Transubstantiation is a Roman Catholic/Eastern Orthodox thing. Protestants (that would include me) generally think it's a silly idea.

    funny video.

    Protestants still take communion. I've been to at least 7 non-catholic churches that do. Some DO see it as more symbolic, but it is still odd to me.

    But the Bible is so full of silliness, it doesn't even matter.


























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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyyukon View Post

    Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. ~Matthew 4:3,4

    I like celebrating the eucharist as much as possible. It's a ceremony where we honor Jesus' death for us, and reaffirm our faith in Him. I even keep wafers by my bedside and have a ritual I do, sometimes reciting the shema.

    I think this is an important part of worship that non denominational churches have lost. I did it growing up as an Episcopalian, and I like it. It makes for a well-rounded worship to the LORD. It emulates Jesus' last supper before He was crucified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyyukon View Post
    funny video.

    Protestants still take communion. I've been to at least 7 non-catholic churches that do. Some DO see it as more symbolic, but it is still odd to me.

    But the Bible is so full of silliness, it doesn't even matter.


























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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyyukon View Post


    Quote Originally Posted by AphroditeGoneAwry View Post
    Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. ~Matthew 4:3,4
    Rice paper, with a little salt, is also delicious.
    I've had this ice cream bar, since I was a child!

    Each thought's completely warped
    I'm like a walkin', talkin', ouija board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AphroditeGoneAwry View Post
    Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. ~Matthew 4:3,4

    I like celebrating the eucharist as much as possible. It's a ceremony where we honor Jesus' death for us, and reaffirm our faith in Him. I even keep wafers by my bedside and have a ritual I do, sometimes reciting the shema.

    I think this is an important part of worship that non denominational churches have lost. I did it growing up as an Episcopalian, and I like it. It makes for a well-rounded worship to the LORD. It emulates Jesus' last supper before He was crucified.
    Well since we're sharing the ceremonial rituals of our religions, I often recite the following incantation when summoning certain Goetic Spirits of the underworld:

    "I DO invocate and conjure thee, O Spirit, Tetragrammaton and being with power armed from the SUPREME MAJESTY, I do strongly command thee, by the most Powerful Princes, Genii, Liachidæ, and Ministers of the Tartarean Abode; and by the Chief Prince of the Seat of Apologia in the Ninth Legion, I do invoke thee, and by invoking conjure thee. Oh terrifying Spirits of Asmodeus, Carnax, and Naberius."

    One must not do so without the proper Dark Altar and a sphere of pure Obsidian (for skrying purposes) and 6 red candles, 1 white candle, and of course, an Order of Thelema ceremonial Dagger.
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    If you want to play kinky with me, we do so outside the religion realm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AphroditeGoneAwry View Post
    If you want to play kinky with me, we do so outside the religion realm.
    This post exemplifies religion vs spirituality.

    Spirituality is all-encompassing. There is nothing outside of it.
    You hem me in -- behind and before;
    you have laid your hand upon me.
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.
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