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11-10-2012, 05:12 PM
Building a Personal God
I haven't written a recent blog article that I felt was worth sharing on the forum, but this one seems appropriate.

Ozzie - you might enjoy this based on the Pew Forum study.

Erx, KC - you might enjoy the Calvinistic aspects here as well Smile

http://seanasbury.wordpress.com/2012/10/...sonal-god/

It also provides a bit of a backstory to my own adaptation of Christianity I created in my own mind en route to pulling the plug and stepping aboard the Nebuchadnezzar...

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12-10-2012, 06:23 PM (This post was last modified: 12-10-2012 06:26 PM by fstratzero.)
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Building a personal god is simply a last ditch effort to believe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationaliza...excuses%29

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12-10-2012, 06:26 PM
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(12-10-2012 06:23 PM)fstratzero Wrote:  Building a personal god is simply a last ditch effort to believe.

fstrat - don't you think everyone does this though? Reference to church shoppers. Think every believer essentially creates the god they want in their mind, then searches for the support system to enable it...just my thought... Wink

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12-10-2012, 06:30 PM
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It's good to get a bit more of the story of what was going on in your Jeebus years. Thumbsup

And an interesting breakdown on the Calvies. Smile

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12-10-2012, 06:35 PM
Building a Personal God
(12-10-2012 06:26 PM)Seasbury Wrote:  
(12-10-2012 06:23 PM)fstratzero Wrote:  Building a personal god is simply a last ditch effort to believe.

fstrat - don't you think everyone does this though? Reference to church shoppers. Think every believer essentially creates the god they want in their mind, then searches for the support system to enable it...just my thought... Wink

I don't think it's a last ditch effort either. I think everyone has a different idea of god because it is allegedly a personal relationship with the deity, so probably ever person has a different vibe about what that relationship means to them. I did not recognize this as a Christian. I felt I was representing the god that all True Believers believed in. It really wasn't until I came to TTA that it clicked that even the most devout followers are going to see godness in an individual way.

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12-10-2012, 06:44 PM (This post was last modified: 12-10-2012 07:01 PM by fstratzero.)
RE: Building a Personal God
(12-10-2012 06:35 PM)Erxomai Wrote:  
(12-10-2012 06:26 PM)Seasbury Wrote:  fstrat - don't you think everyone does this though? Reference to church shoppers. Think every believer essentially creates the god they want in their mind, then searches for the support system to enable it...just my thought... Wink

I don't think it's a last ditch effort either. I think everyone has a different idea of god because it is allegedly a personal relationship with the deity, so probably ever person has a different vibe about what that relationship means to them. I did not recognize this as a Christian. I felt I was representing the god that all True Believers believed in. It really wasn't until I came to TTA that it clicked that even the most devout followers are going to see godness in an individual way.

I could see how people start with a personalized version of god, and then base beliefs on that. I have to agree with you on that.

Personally I never thought about god or his attributes, just believed it. Later on during my deconversion I had to personalize god to deal with contradictions that kept coming up. Until the point where I couldn't cut any more things out of his attributes that would allow it to have god status.

However I wonder how many people define their own god and move on from there?

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12-10-2012, 07:40 PM
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(12-10-2012 06:30 PM)Erxomai Wrote:  It's good to get a bit more of the story of what was going on in your Jeebus years. Thumbsup

And an interesting breakdown on the Calvies. Smile

I had to give my buddy crap for his outlook. I think he has abusive deity syndrome - he's a battered believer...

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12-10-2012, 10:10 PM
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jyst go read some ra salvatore and follow his god.

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.

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12-10-2012, 11:21 PM
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I notice when people do go church shopping, if they don't agree with what the church is preaching or doing then it is 'evil' and tainted by the devil. Once it fits who they are then the church is good and they can feel God's strong presence there (personalizing it).
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