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Re: Re: Re: The Buddhist Concept Of Life....... KARMA

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Posted by GwynJ on November 23, 2000 18:42:16 UTC

Thank you for clarifying that there are some differences within Buddhism, as I think you are aware there are some within the christian 'religions' or sets of beliefs. It appears to me that what we are both observing is that in both beliefs/populations, you have some who believe even in their own teachings that 'this is all there is' and some who believe 'this is but some of all there is'.

It is written in Genesis, God created the heavens and earth, and the earth was formless and void.

Stars were not added until a little later, so i'm thinking that is also when the 'energy waves of time' spoken of in this post may have had a start, if at all. then he put an expanse of solid (land) to separate the waters from below (the earth's core?) from the waters of above (atmosphere?). Laws being what they are, equal pressure forms a sphere, the atmosphere being within an amniotic sac, if you will, and an ecosystem ultimately. in chapter 2 vs 5 he had not sent rain upon the earth, vs 6 but a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. in vs 9 god CAUSED to grow every bit of vegetation. because of the disobedience of adam and eve, they had to physically plant (no longer would the food be self-perpetuating?), she was told she'd have pain in childbirth (were people before that formed just by the desires and thoughts instead?) there was sorrow at the separation their disobedience caused.

when we feel sorrow, it takes a toll on our bodies. when god felt sorrow, could not it have taken a toll on his earth where the sac was rent, the bubble burst, and physical laws had to take over to sustain the planet with each season? in vs 14 of chapter 1, he said let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens for signs and seasons, and let them be to give light on the earth. he is a merciful god, and assuring; would such a god give us a glimpse into a wonderful eden only to leave us to wander the earth, lifetime after lifetime, desiring what could never be again?

if gravity is gravity and cannot be turned back, how much more the mercy of god who invented gravity to give anchor to his creations so their bodies may be strengthened as they toil? (we know in zero gravity the muscles wither).

in the new testament the afterlife is described as a place of no death (therefore, the end of 'repeated lives' because there is no method for it), no tears (again, no earthly bootcamp as we know it). the perfect design he had in the beginning would be recreated even better, eliminating the 'competition' of a dissatisfied angel who thought he could be better than god. if he made one earth, certainly he could make another life-sustaining 'location' of whatever he wanted.

perhaps he did also make reincarnations, but then he may also not prefer that method, just as he did not see sending the flood as one of the greatest activities to his credit. there may be this better way to make all things new (as he said he would), start over differently. not to say that he was not perfect to begin with, but for us to be able to acknowledge that we had been given a chance and we did mess it up a lot, but that because of his love he was not going to let our failures get in the way of his perfection. yes, we broke the drinking cup, but that does not mean he is unwilling to allow another chance for us to sip from the rivers of his life energy. when we are thankful to a neighbor, we tell others of how great they are. recognition of another's using their abilities for our benefit, even if we don't deserve it, leads to thanksgiving.

sorry this is so long. hope i was at least clear.

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