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Old 10-12-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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How about the Bible? (And no, I'm not being facetious here.)
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Old 10-14-2010, 01:08 AM
 
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How about the Bible? (And no, I'm not being facetious here.)

I have tried several times to read the Bible. It's in my room now still. I just can't get through the old testament. But I'm stubborn and don't want to skip any parts.


It just seems unimaginable to me that trying to live like Jesus in today's western world could actually work. We are taught to not pick up hitch hikers. We are taught to not give cash to homeless b.c they will just buy booze and drugs. We are taught to avoid strangers for our own safety.


They are much different times in deed. However, I do understand nothing much has changed in the 2000 years after all in terms of spirituality and what is actually right and wrong.

But as I also understand it, right and wrong might just be a fiction of our own irrational prejudgments of reality.


I understand that having a bright horizon in the distance to look forward to can elevate your happiness. I see religion as so corrupt though. With all the religious gurus and radio heads who never saw their own deadly sin of pride. All the once a week-ers on Sunday who went back to routine for the rest of the week.


I think I have for the most part, have always been humble. Not worrying too much about the people criticizing me for what was right. However, I have fallen for the deadly sins of gluttony and flesh and most likely others that I have forgotten.


Thanks for your reply, I hope one day soon, I will have gained the courage and resilience to finish the whole Bible.
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Old 10-14-2010, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I have never, that I can recall, read a "self help" or "inspirational" book. But I consider myself to be living happily, within the constraints that the physical laws of the universe permit, and I never wonder if my life is meaningful, because that would send me down the slippery slope of defining 'meaningful', and I am happy enough the way things are that I don't want to go there.

I would say the three things that have most contributed by my happiness are a) shunning all forms of religion, b) questioning authority, and c) avoiding economic debt. Those are the keys to personal and intellectual freedom.

There is a very simple test to determine whether you are happy or not. Just ask yourself if you can name any other human being that you would rather be than yourself, anyone you would change places with.

There---I have just written an inspirational, self-help book, without padding it with 300 pages of fluff.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I have tried several times to read the Bible. It's in my room now still. I just can't get through the old testament. But I'm stubborn and don't want to skip any parts.

Thanks for your reply, I hope one day soon, I will have gained the courage and resilience to finish the whole Bible.
I have read the entire Bible, but I don't recommend starting in the old testament. Most people recommend starting in the new testament with the book of John. http://www.gotquestions.org/start-reading-Bible.html
http://www.gotquestions.org/abundant-life.html
Also, it's helpful not to judge Christianity by anyone's behavior except Jesus'. Christians are called to live holy lives, but Christianity is more a religion of what Christ has done for us than what we can achieve on our own. Does that make sense?
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There is a very simple test to determine whether you are happy or not. Just ask yourself if you can name any other human being that you would rather be than yourself, anyone you would change places with.

There---I have just written an inspirational, self-help book, without padding it with 300 pages of fluff.
That's probably a pretty decent test indeed.

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