I recently made a similar point to a TBM lifelong friend. I recommended a few books like "No Man Knows My History" and others but he was afraid Satan might lead him astray. I asked him if Satan is more powerful than the holy ghoul. If God cares about him n his soul, why would he permit Satan to overpower the HG?
my question is how is "satan" so evident? Can't it mostly be all just bad luck. Remember Murphy's: law what can go wrong likely will. And a principle of thermodynamics states that our natural environment is in a state of disintegration, disorder naturally comes to pass.
Satan won one today as I had KSL TV on for the morning news. They had a movie review of the new mormon movie and the reviewer mistakenly said "mormon" once instead of the church of . . . . They never do reviews of other movies, of course.
I disagree. There is good in all things. And there is evil.
Sometimes the evil does outweigh the good in life, but not always. You have to look for the good to find it sometimes. Other times it's not so hard to see when it's right in front of you.
As for prayers, I've had some of mine answered where I knew that they were as in no fuzzy indicators that there was anything else at play.
I believe there are powers beyond our understanding working in our lives. It is my faith that helps me get through each day.
We all go through trials and suffering, that is part of the human condition. It isn't the only condition of existence. We also experience joy, birth, love, happiness.
As for where's Jesus? In my life he's been present for me or the God presence whatever that essence is through reassurance, giving me inner peace when I've needed it in answer to certain prayers when I've felt inconsolable. And through other signs and sometimes intercession. Yes, I've been saved more than once.
Am I thankful? Of course I am. I give thanks for my life, for my loved ones, for the time I have on this earth. And the time is the one thing we don't get back once it's gone, we don't get a dress rehearsal in this game of life.
Bell Shaped Curve. That's how I see it. We're just little bouncing balls and if you want to understand why things turn out the way they do, just study the overall dispersion and then don't take it personally.
I personally hope Jesus is somewhere in a hippie universe with his hippie friends enjoying life because he sure deserves this. I mean, after all, he worked hard to get people thinking about some very important stuff, so I tend to think he has earned lots of jolly universe-time hanging out doing whatever in the hell he wants to do.
Did he ever take time to surf on the Dead Sea? No, he just walked. Now how fun is that? (maybe it is since I for sure have not mastered it to know) Did he ever try sky diving or ride or fly a helicopter? How about just having lots of down time lying on a beach with his girlfriend of the time, with her in a sexy bathing suit, and him, well, as naked as the day he was born if he felt like it.
Now, on the other side of the coin you might be thinking that Jesus should be much busier this day and age fighting that brother of his-SATAN-or you might be thinking that he should be in big trouble for causing religious wars and terrible deaths for years and years and more years. I grant you, it is something to think about.
However, I tend to think, you know, after trying to think a lot, that Jesus most likely was a hot-head revolutionary who was sick and tired of the status quo. Did he have goals for himself that might be considered self-serving or grandiose? Who knows? Not me, that's for sure.
And, that Satan guy. Well, I personally think, you know again, trying to think a lot, I think he grew out of men's imagination....you know, we humans need to blame someone or something on why there is evil and masturbation and porn and on and on and on in this here amazing, but puzzling world of ours.
> And, that Satan guy. Well, I personally think, > you know again, trying to think a lot, I think he > grew out of men's imagination....you know, we > humans need to blame someone or something on why > there is evil and masturbation and porn and on and > on and on in this here amazing, but puzzling world > of ours.
As I said on another thread (did u get the memo?): Satan's 'real name' is Stan, Stan is a woman (she was the temptres in the Garden, after all!!)
I love this thread and its great, pressing question of "Where's Jesus?'
I think it is THE question to bring up to religious people. Yes, I can (I think) hear your response of what these religious people will reply. They will reply:
***Jesus must lay low because this world is a test to see what we are made of and if we will follow Him and, drum roll, CHOOSE THE RIGHT.
***That Satan guy does not have to follow those rules of laying low. In fact, he seems to have been given the freedom to lay high, low and medium....to be all over the world, and given the go-ahead to have a hay-day giving people endless diseases and heartaches and all the damn trouble he pleases.
***What was God thinking? I mean, it is widely touted that He is all powerful, so he then must be able to bend the rules, break the rules, and well, make NEW AND BETTER just rules if he so chooses. Even if he made the ridiculous rules of Jesus and Satan's role on this earth, couldn't he, wouldn't he, see how they were NOT working out well, nor fair, nor kind, nor loving,and quickly change them? Where is HE? This God that would act like this?
Did he fall to sleep on the job? Is he busy on other universes? It seems to me that he forgot to check up on this earth and his children he supposedly loves. He forgot to check up on Jesus too.
Anyway, that is my Ex-Mormon opinion of which I am proud and stand behind, and not very humble about.
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