• To whom do you owe your existence?

    It's a simple question, really; but also quite profound, if you take it that way (as I hope you will.) Naturally, many will say, "my mother and father," but that presupposes and undervalues so many "miracles" that made that biological union possible. And yet, here you are. I'm really NOT trying to set up a question... show more
    It's a simple question, really; but also quite profound, if you take it that way (as I hope you will.) Naturally, many will say, "my mother and father," but that presupposes and undervalues so many "miracles" that made that biological union possible. And yet, here you are. I'm really NOT trying to set up a question where the only "right" answer is "God" (even if that's what I believe.) I really hope to hear your sincere, honest and thoughtful answers. (I know... in Y!A, that hope, in and of itself would be a miracle!) ;)
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Atheist's view of the meaning of life?

    For those true atheists among us, I have a serious question: Why do you bother to live? I'm not asking for a suicide pact among the AM: this is a serious question. If you say, "to live my life to the fullest," of what value is that after you're dead? If you say, "to be able to raise my children to be the best they... show more
    For those true atheists among us, I have a serious question: Why do you bother to live? I'm not asking for a suicide pact among the AM: this is a serious question. If you say, "to live my life to the fullest," of what value is that after you're dead? If you say, "to be able to raise my children to be the best they can be," why do you care? If things follow the normal course of events, you'll eventually be dead before them, and unaware of how they turn out anyway (as they argue over who gets your matchbook cover collection, etc.) It's this, "When I'm dead, it's all over anyway... no afterlife" notion that I am trying to understand from the context of how/ why you get up in the morning to face the world. Please: no trite answers about "returning your energy" back to the universe. In that case, I don't count you as an atheist, but one who worships the universe. Maybe I really mean to ask this question of the nihilists among us. Are there any here in R&S?
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • How does an evolutionist explain the concept of "love?"?

    I am not talking about the hormonal drive to procreation to sustain the species. I don't mean the survival benefit of collaborating into groups and tribes for a better chance at survival, etc. I don't mean lust; the desire to sexually interact with those of the opposite sex for the enjoyment of the moment. I mean "love." That... show more
    I am not talking about the hormonal drive to procreation to sustain the species. I don't mean the survival benefit of collaborating into groups and tribes for a better chance at survival, etc. I don't mean lust; the desire to sexually interact with those of the opposite sex for the enjoyment of the moment. I mean "love." That googly-eyed, warmth in the heart, weak-in-the-knees, inexplicable "feeling" you get when you're in the presence of someone (wife, child) that even most Christians have a hard time explaining. Can anyone who is a dyed-in-the-wool evolutionist give me a basis why such an emotion would be positively selected into the human race? Do you think other species are also capable of love? Or does the evolutionist theory have any place for the concept or emotion of love? This is a serious question, not intended to say you are all love-less heathens or anything like that. Just an honest question that came to mind as I was reading a book today about God's love.
    2 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Believers and Atheists in Y!A R&S?

    I was going to ask for a show of hands, but it seems pretty obvious to me that the atheistic regulars here in the Religion and Spirituality section signifcantly outnumber those who believe in some higher power, whether Christian or other. Setting sarcasm and other witty non-answers aside, I'm simply asking why you all think this is so?
    I was going to ask for a show of hands, but it seems pretty obvious to me that the atheistic regulars here in the Religion and Spirituality section signifcantly outnumber those who believe in some higher power, whether Christian or other. Setting sarcasm and other witty non-answers aside, I'm simply asking why you all think this is so?
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Cult of personality/ superstar culture: your Christian perspective?

    Conversation starter only: I realize this is not technically a "R&S" question, but it's one for which I want to hear answers from Christians: When, exactly, did this culture of "superstardom," your "fifteen minutes (seconds?) of fame" and the "cult of personality" become so mainstream? More to... show more
    Conversation starter only: I realize this is not technically a "R&S" question, but it's one for which I want to hear answers from Christians: When, exactly, did this culture of "superstardom," your "fifteen minutes (seconds?) of fame" and the "cult of personality" become so mainstream? More to the point, what would you say is the proper Christian response to it? To further elaborate, why should a Christian follow every twist and turn in the latest drama in the lives of Angelina Jolie; Paris Hilton; Oprah; 50 Cent, or whomever the latest media darling might be? As a Christian, I know that, ultimately, like all mankind, they will stand before God to be judged. I know their celebrity status will mean nothing. I also know it's not a "sin" to read about the latest trip to rehab for Britney/ Lindsay etc., but honestly, do you pray for these poor lost souls, ignore them or, like the rest of the world, just stand on the sidelines like voyeurs into their life tragedies?
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • California fire, Mexico flood, Georgia drought, Pacific tsunami, Middle East strife, Global warming...?

    Questions for non-believers: 1.) Would/ Could there ever be a natural disaster or series of them so immense (e.g., 9-11) that your heart would turn to God for answers? 2.) So the Bible isn't true (you say) but nonetheless, how would you analyze these passages if they were written by an author whose work you did believe: "And you... show more
    Questions for non-believers: 1.) Would/ Could there ever be a natural disaster or series of them so immense (e.g., 9-11) that your heart would turn to God for answers? 2.) So the Bible isn't true (you say) but nonetheless, how would you analyze these passages if they were written by an author whose work you did believe: "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." and "knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? ...all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation”?
    20 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • "King James Bible-Only" supporters. What about foreign missionary work?

    I have often wondered, for those Christians who believe that "Only the AV 1611 KJV is accurate, and all other translations are to be avoided," how do we translate the KJV into foreign languages? I wonder whether the most staunch "KJV-only" supporter might say, "Teach them English first using the KJV as the text." I... show more
    I have often wondered, for those Christians who believe that "Only the AV 1611 KJV is accurate, and all other translations are to be avoided," how do we translate the KJV into foreign languages? I wonder whether the most staunch "KJV-only" supporter might say, "Teach them English first using the KJV as the text." I believe that is how many early missionaries worked, but is it practical or even desirable today for missionaries to teach either modern or even "the King's English," simply so that they can get their Bible instructions solely from the Authorized 1611 KJV? I guess another way of putting it is: it doesn't seem possible to translate the AV 1611 KJV into French or Mandarin without going through the exact same exercise a translator would go through to produce a modern English version. This really isn't a hateful question: just one that I have never been able to reconcile in my mind for those brothers and sisters who honestly and in good faith trust only the trusty KJV.
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Praise songs for the musically ungifted?!?

    I am a musician and singer on our church praise team. I've been musical my whole life (since I was 5) and, after I gave my life to the Lord, I gave up playing secular gigs (albeit after a couple of years of trying to keep one musical foot in the world and one in the kingdom. Not saying it's sinful; I was just called out of the secular music... show more
    I am a musician and singer on our church praise team. I've been musical my whole life (since I was 5) and, after I gave my life to the Lord, I gave up playing secular gigs (albeit after a couple of years of trying to keep one musical foot in the world and one in the kingdom. Not saying it's sinful; I was just called out of the secular music world as a performer, although I still listen to jazz, classical, opera, and the occasional classic country/ pop songs.) Anyway, my point and question is this: I have no personal basis for understanding what a musically ungifted, perhaps even tone-deaf person "hears" when the praise music is being sung. Do such people "read" or mouth the words to themselves, under their breath, or perhaps even just in their hearts? When the congregation is caught up in the worship of the Lord singing, say, "How Great is Our God" by Chris Tomlin, what happens inside the heart/ head/ mind. spirit of someone without the gift of music? Do the lyrics alone affect you?
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Biblical support for the rosary?

    I read this statement in another Q&A in R&S, and I find it so preposterous, I am waiting for one of the more intelligent Catholic apologists here in R&S to show me some scriptural back up on the claim that the Bible supports the praying of the Rosary.
    I read this statement in another Q&A in R&S, and I find it so preposterous, I am waiting for one of the more intelligent Catholic apologists here in R&S to show me some scriptural back up on the claim that the Bible supports the praying of the Rosary.
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Believers, what exactly do you think happens in the Rev. 9:6 period to someone who attempts to commit suicide?

    Revelation 9:6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. I know some have interpreted this in a a way that creates some pretty gruesome scenarios. I mean, imagine a guy run over by a steamroller or something, yet he cannot find death because death flees. Incredible. He... show more
    Revelation 9:6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. I know some have interpreted this in a a way that creates some pretty gruesome scenarios. I mean, imagine a guy run over by a steamroller or something, yet he cannot find death because death flees. Incredible. He must be lying there in indescribable, excruciating, total and complete pain, yet conscious of every aspect of his broken body? I guess I see it as, God simply does not call their souls out of their dead bodies, so they don't die, but it's still difficult to envision what will be happening here on earth while we, those saved by the grace of God are in His presence in heaven praising His holy name!
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Israel is God's Biblical timepiece. So what time is it?

    God doesn't use the U.S.A., Iraq, Iran, Trinidad and Tobago, Gog, Magog, Nahru or any other nation as the basis for His biblical prophecies. In other words, the U.S.A. may have turned its back on God (as I believe we have,) but that has nothing to do with whether the Rapture is imminent. The timeline for Biblical prophecy is all based on... show more
    God doesn't use the U.S.A., Iraq, Iran, Trinidad and Tobago, Gog, Magog, Nahru or any other nation as the basis for His biblical prophecies. In other words, the U.S.A. may have turned its back on God (as I believe we have,) but that has nothing to do with whether the Rapture is imminent. The timeline for Biblical prophecy is all based on what happens in, around and to Israel. So, although no one knows the day or the hour, I'd like to hear from serious Biblical students what "time" are we in? From a nation of Israel perspective, what are the "signs of the times?" I read, for instance, there is a rising incidence of open homosexuality, prostitution, drug abuse, etc. in Israel. Anyone been there lately? How bad is it getting? References on "the times": Luke 12:54-56: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?boo... Matthew 16:2-3: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?boo...
    9 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Serious, non-evangelizing question for atheists and creationists.?

    I must say I have learned much in my several months on Y!As. For instance, I used to use the words "atheist" and "creationist" interchangeably. I now see that people seem able to reconcile for themselves these two "categories" of thought that, to me, end up in the same place, i.e., in theoretical inconsistencies and... show more
    I must say I have learned much in my several months on Y!As. For instance, I used to use the words "atheist" and "creationist" interchangeably. I now see that people seem able to reconcile for themselves these two "categories" of thought that, to me, end up in the same place, i.e., in theoretical inconsistencies and extrapolation. I say this, not to sound so critical (although I admit it comes off that way,) but to set up a serious set of questions I'd like to hear answered by those who place themselves in either category (or both, I presume.) What would you say is the most common explanation an atheist and/ or creationist would give for the existance of the following concepts: 1.) Morality 2.) Sin 3.) Evil 4.) Good Answer only for yourself; i,e, don't tell me what you THINK an atheist would say: I want to hear from actual atheists and/ or creationists. Who are the well-regarded atheist/ creationist authors/ theorists whose work you considered credible in this area?
    18 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago