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Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

Postby Millennium » Tue May 25, 2010 10:32 pm

Save America, IMPEACH OBAMA! And continue tossing out the deadbeat Democrats that are currently in office.
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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

Postby Brian » Wed May 26, 2010 2:39 am

"I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower
Makes you talk a little lower
About the things you could not show her."

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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

Postby sirlamre » Wed May 26, 2010 2:04 pm

Getting back on topic --
We can debate all day about whether God said something or had any right to say something or whether we should believe that there is a God who did say something...

Brian said:
"If that's the case, it would suggest to me that one can sin without committing an act. While we're at it, isn't hate itself a sin, in Christian terms?"

That's what I recall -- for Christians who believe and practice, it's as much a sin to THINK about something you know is wrong, as it is to DO it.
Because either way, you're focussed on something God doesn't like -- acting and thinking are one and the same in the context.

I think the idea is to purify one's thoughts -- and steer away from thinking judgemental un-loving thoughts about others --
to try to "see God" in each person, and not be so focussed on their failings that we want to hate them.
(Yes Frank, I know and agree that many Christians do nothing BUT judge == welcome to why I am a Baha'i and not a Christian)

Or, to be so un-focussed on the spiritual world that we're overly concerned with the physical (sexual) world.

At the most fundamental level, it's about what IS our focus === Christians (and Muslims, amont others) have evolved those concepts into a massive set of rules to follow, mostly couched in terms of
"do not" sorts of things -- rather than having a primary focus on "do", they set their focus on "do not"
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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

Postby Millennium » Wed May 26, 2010 2:15 pm

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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

Postby Brian » Wed May 26, 2010 2:49 pm

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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

Postby 24HourNut » Wed May 26, 2010 3:01 pm

I've heard plenty of Christians say you are guilty of lust and sinning if you just think of screwing that hot babe in the bikini. Apparently, God = thought police, zero privacy.
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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

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Re: Actions versus thoughts and "righteousness"

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