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very eloquently put Connor: and how often do we realize through our trials that we actually desire something different than we were originally seeking?
Theologically, no. When "bad" things happen, it can happen as a means of bettering the person. Remember, God's ways are not our ways, and what is good for us is not always what we think.interesting topic i have a problem that is getting worse not better no matter how hard i try so this means god is punishing me because i’m a bad person?
When my shoulders were hurting, I viewed it as a correction, a way to get myself focused on what is most important, and not to be inordinately focused on strength of the mortal body.And Jesus passing by, saw a man, who was blind from his birth: And his disciples asked him: Rabbi, who hath sinned, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind? Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
And he [God] said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
For religious guidance, you might want to ask those who you see as having authority for you. The mix of us here are just giving our own perspectives.i am jewish so maybe this is condemnation on me since i am not “in Christ Jesus” but i was born as a jew since my parents are jews so i dont understand why i should suffer for actions of other people before i am even born.
God is, in your scriptures, described as "merciful" and "just", without qualification. If all the ways of God are merciful and just, then there is a perfection that we cannot understand. Like a child who does not understand his parents, we cannot understand the eternal God. When our flesh is dust, we may have a very different perspective on the pleasures and pain of life.tim i am confused if god is love than how can he stand the existence of hell which as far as i understand it is eternal suffering.
nico ramaekers, not everyone believes what you believe, so you might want to have a little more respect. The responses here are appropriate for the original poster.what’s up with all the religiony stuff? The flying Spaghetti monster is not pleased!
Enlightenment is a biological process which has intellectual consequences. It can only be achieved through disciplining the body, which allows for the resurrecting of the spirit. Resurrecting the spirit means strengthening and entraining the body's electro- chemical fields and hormonal systems normally thought of as the parasympathetic nervous systems and gaining control over the "flight/fight response.'' People familiar with esoteric or occult traditions may refer to this as opening and aligning the chakras, or if you've read into Taoist medical practice, running the micro- and macrocosmic orbits to "harmonize" the mind, spirit, and body. Religious people may experience this as union with god as the spirit gains ascendance. Yogis and ninjas both may refer to it as following the light, and Zen practitioners as following the breath.
I see enlightenment as a process of reeducating the mental structures which support the ego (the learned self and particularly the negative aspect sometimes referred to as the superego) to allow the id- which is grown up and housebroken though some- what childish to run the show. The result is not psychosis but transcendence if the practitioner is altruistic, trusting, and impeccable (pursuing truth not perfection, not sinning, or missing the goal) in his or her practice of intention. Once the process starts it is almost impossible to stop, as it is a natural biological need to be righteous.