seeds wrote: ...upon deeper inspection, your theology seems to be on a par with the nihilism and oblivion inherent in materialism - in that it neither promotes nor foresees any ultimate purpose for us (again, as “individuals”) in the context of eternity.
Is that true?
The transformation of substances through bodily processes is simply the means through-which we continue to exist as physical beings on the surface of this planet – and should in no way be referred to as being our “purpose.”
Nick, according to UNICEF, approximately 29,000 children under the age of five, die every day. That’s close to 11 million infants and toddlers per year.
Clearly, none of them will ever have enough time or the mental wherewithal to undergo some form of “conscious evolution.”
Therefore, what exactly does your theology have to offer those children other than eternal oblivion?
If your particular form of spirituality does not allow you to impart a sense of “hope” to a dying child that their life will not end, but will continue on in a higher context, then at least in that regard, it is no better than atheism.
What translation are you referencing? Because in the King James Version of 1 Corinthians 15, there is no mention of a “New Man.”
Also, 1 Corinthians 15 clearly states that...
...and says absolutely nothing about man possessing a “seed” of a potential soul.the Bible wrote: “...the first man Adam was made a living soul...”
In the context of Panentheism, the mental fabric and workings of our “conscious universe” belong solely to one being and one being only.
And in precisely the same way that no entity other than yourself can govern the inner-workings of your own mind, likewise, no entity other than God can govern the inner-workings of the universe (God’s mind/spirit body).
Except for an extremely select few, your concept is indeed nihilistic, especially as seen from the perspective of the children I mentioned earlier.
And, again, you need to lose that “seed of a soul” business.
Now if you want to refer to the human soul (as I do) as being the “seed of God” or the “seed of the universe,” then that’s a different story.
Nick, because you are so immersed within the details of your own unique belief system, you may not be able to see that the arcane nature of what you stated above is completely saturated with “old paradigm” vagueness and mystery, and it will never translate into a “new spiritual paradigm” for us.Nick_A wrote: ↑Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:57 amIMO a person with a developing soul is in an enviable but dangerous position because they have responsibility. A good human being has a healthy seed of a soul and that will be saved in the body of Christ. But if a person with a developing soul starts to follow all sorts of hair brained paths or pervert their inner freedom for earthly gains, then they contaminate this developing soul in ways that are hard to fix. Fortunately only a few acquire something worth perverting so no lasting harm is done except for a few willing to forfeit the seed of their soul to gain the world.Matthew 16:26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
In other words, it can never coexist in harmony with science and modernity.