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Thread #29796   Message #1947070
Posted By: Bill D
24-Jan-07 - 05:54 PM
Thread Name: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
Subject: RE: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
Once we get into classic statements like Slag's last paragraph with significant words capitalized in deference, it moves beyond discussion and explanation and into what is a just circular 'statement' that is a personal position that borders on preaching.
Essentially, it says that IF you believe, then you can accept the Bible's version of what to believe and can rationalize that all seeming contradictions are merely misunderstandings of God's purpose and methods. That is, once you just **DECIDE** that you accept a couple of premises, it all falls into place and everything supports everything else in a great interlocking set of rules.
Then, you are free to interpret all arguments and criticisms as extraneous to your position and not applicable, since God's ways are not subject to argument or complete understanding by men.

There is really no way to get at this position...it is like Popeye the Sailor saying "I yam what I yam!" The thing about this kind of belief/statement is that it DOES solve certain dilemmas and provide comfort & solace for many...and of course, that is not all bad. It is VERY, VERY hard to explain precisely why in 'might' not be ultimately correct...especially when you can't provide a more comfy answer.

*shrug*...It is what it is, and we DO need to at least shelve our differences 'most' of the time.