Black Spirituality Religion : Why Do We Put God In A Box?

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  1. Destee

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    Hello Family,

    Why do we try to confine God to a book, or a series of books / writings, or a religion, or some people's perception of things, or some way of life?

    Why do we do this?

    Is God not bigger than all these things?

    How can you put God in a box and say, this is God?

    And anything outside of that box is not God?!!

    How can you do this ... when God made you ... you did not make Him/Her?

    :heart:

    Destee
     
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    oceolo Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Its not about putting God in a box , but If God is perfectly good and the ultimate upholder of justice(which I think we all believe) then that means he has put in place certain laws of morality and truth that we must follow and christianity is the only faith that teaches all of these laws
     
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    Miss Desste This Is Easzyyyyyyyyy It Because People Got Their Perception Of God Be It A She Or He . From A Book Or Word Of Mouth , For You See Until One Was Taught The Existence Of God He / She DoesN't Exist To Him Or Her . And This Is Why You Have People Personlizeing This Own God Etc Etc . Just My Though's
     
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    boxes are where we put things that we want to contain and control.
    man only deals with the amount of God that he can get to fit into the box. :deal:

    God is infinite, man is quite finite.

    this may explain some of the mess we have in this world.
    even in this forum. :argue:
    it is the story of the blind men and the elephant.

    only, people die.

    :bye:
     
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    limited thinking.

    God is those things.

    God is the box.

    Go is ALL outside the box.
     
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    Excellent question, Destee.

    I personally believe with all of the diversity God has allowed both with the spiritual aspects of his creation, (aka the souls of humans and other emotionally-developed creatures), as well as physical aspects of nature, that He/She meant for us to NOT put Him/Her in a box. I think God wants us to explore Him/Her by exploring ourselves through our own unique perspectives, talents, culture, and creativity.

    Some religions have diverted away from this viewpoint because you can't effectively control people by allowing them to worship God as they choose. In addition, these beliefs have been drilled into people's heads ever since these types of religions were invented. It is very, VERY difficult trying to get rid of this thinking.

    Also it is the white/Western/European mindset that what the individual believes doesn't matter unless he has been deemed by the whole community as being worthy, whether through history (as is the case with the ideals of the decased), education, wealth, or fame. Joe Smoe could have the deepest most spiritual perspective in the world, but if he hasn't been recognized by society in some way, his viewpoints don't matter.
     
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    This is a wrong idea that most people have . You cant just go by your own feelings and know how to live morally in Gods eyes . If you use your reasoning then anything and everything people do(homoseualiy,murder,rape,theft, etc) could be considered moral . You have to admit that cant be right. You have to follow God's laws to be moral and God's law is in the bible
     
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    karmashines Banned MEMBER

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    Many of God's law advocate barbaric things... at the very least you can admit that if you did some of the things in the Old Testament in today's time, you'd go to jail or a mental institution.

    As far as people who are immoral... they are not being considered in the equation, (though I don't think truly immoral people would be seeking God anyway). It is assumed that if you use your own reasoning for worshipping God that you are a person of average morality. And, if you are doing something 'wrong' in the process, your conscious (your connection with your own spirit and God), will let you know.
     
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    How can you tell who is moral or not ? why cant a person who is a murderer be moral ? In India religon there followers of a hindu god and part of their worship of that god was making human sacrifices . Do you consider this moral?
     
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    No, I don't consider this moral. But again, there are things in Christianity I don't consider moral either. Sometimes people (of all faiths) ignore what their conscious is telling them and use religion to justify evil choices. They become so immersed with an evil behavior that they lose the guilt that they would've originally had. They WILL be set straight eventually, whether it is in this life or in the next. Nonetheless, this should not be used as an excuse to prevent people from freedom of spiritual expression. If you are TRULY seeking God, regardless of what your culture or your religion says, you will strive to do good and be loving towards people because this is the true nature of God Himself/Herself.

    As far as a murderer being moral... it depends on the situation in which they murdered. If they were doing it in self-defense, then that would have no affect on their moral stance.