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by Ghost
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The gods of Christmas
Replies: 9
Views: 271

Re: The gods of Christmas

Reuben wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:59 am
What? No, no, no. In the Star Wars universe they celebrate Life Day, which is totally different.
Good to know. I have never actually seen the Star Wars Holiday Special. In the case of He-Man, though, it was definitely Christmas.

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by Ghost
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Support
Topic: Weirdness of the LDS faithful
Replies: 21
Views: 992

Re: Weirdness of the LDS faithful

When I experienced the temple ceremonies for the first time, I was surprised and glad that I had something new and unusual to think about, in contrast to the usual repetitive lessons and things. It was fascinating, but also kind of disappointing to eventually discover many of the pieces that they ar...
by Ghost
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The gods of Christmas
Replies: 9
Views: 271

Re: The gods of Christmas

It also gets interesting when fictional settings have "Christmas specials," such as Star Wars or He-Man. The implications of the holiday existing in those universes are fun to consider.
by Ghost
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Are You Spiritual
Replies: 25
Views: 879

Re: Are You Spiritual

For what it's worth, I hope that NOM will always remain a place where those who believe in God, Christianity, Mormonism, or some other brand of spirituality will not feel hesitant to participate, along with those who have lost some or all of the above. One thing I believe in is the purpose of this s...
by Ghost
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Humor to Soften Truth
Replies: 54
Views: 3245

Re: Humor to Soften Truth

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by Ghost
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Are You Spiritual
Replies: 25
Views: 879

Re: Are You Spiritual

I've found that the word "spiritual" has become almost repellent to me. I guess in part because so many things that word connotes have become so empty. I still outwardly practice my religious tradition to some degree, though. It sure would be nice to somehow be convinced again that I have a spiritua...
by Ghost
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: Humor to Soften Truth
Replies: 54
Views: 3245

Re: Humor to Soften Truth

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by Ghost
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Loyal Christian's hanging onto mormonism
Replies: 13
Views: 529

Re: Loyal Christian's hanging onto mormonism

I recently read the phrase "religious, but not spiritual" somewhere, and realized that this might describe me to some degree. I still maintain a connection to the Mormon community and I still follow a lot of the rules, even many of the arbitrary Mormon-specific ones. But I can't seem to make room fo...
by Ghost
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: New message about choosing to believe
Replies: 23
Views: 1191

Re: New message about choosing to believe

Parts of this video resonate with me and come across as authentic, though I can't sympathize with the part that Palerider mentioned where he says that he found himself wanting to disbelieve and investigating further for that reason. That sure isn't a phase that I went through. (I also can't help bei...
by Ghost
Fri Nov 01, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: War in Heaven
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: War in Heaven

I guess it would be difficult to wield even a proton pack as a spirit.

The official teaching I'd always heard was that it was a war of ideas.

But perhaps they also tested out some of the devices that will ultimately be used to keep resurrected beings from infiltrating a higher kingdom.
by Ghost
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: What if....
Replies: 19
Views: 744

Re: What if....

I'm perfectly fine with "not existing" if that means there would have been less suffering in the world because MORmONism never existed. My fluffy little person means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of the universe. If life had never existed at all, then there would not be suffering of any ki...
by Ghost
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: The Cosmological Conundrum
Replies: 21
Views: 646

Re: The Cosmological Conundrum

My thoughts on this are similar to what blazerb said above, I think. On the surface, the cosmological argument seems to me to be simply dodging the question of how things came to be. An infinite regress of gods similarly kicks the can down the road without answering anything. At one time, I found ar...
by Ghost
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: Richard Dutcher's Films Are on Amazon's Prime Video
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: Richard Dutcher's Films Are on Amazon's Prime Video

God's Army has a character that some at NOM might relate to, a questioning missionary. States of Grace is a movie that I've recommended many times to people at church. I have always appreciated how it's edgy enough to be interesting but also includes things such as a literal application of a Book of...
by Ghost
Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Gods All The Way Down
Replies: 14
Views: 710

Re: Gods All The Way Down

Move forward some years and I find myself wondering is it possible that we can become gods. Not so much in the Mormon sense, getting there my some inane rituals and adherence to a set of arbitrary rules. Maybe it is just part of the universal plan that we progress through eternity, growing and acqu...
by Ghost
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Support
Topic: A one-liner that captures your disaffection
Replies: 87
Views: 3778

Re: A one-liner that captures your disaffection

I guess mine might be something like this: "How disappointing to discover that not only religion but absolutely everything appears to be made-up nonsense."
by Ghost
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: By What Authority Do You Know the Truth?
Replies: 7
Views: 394

Re: By What Authority Do You Know the Truth?

Thanks for sharing. It is an interesting idea that authority bestowed on a player (or even a non-player character) in a video game is "real" in a sense that maybe no authority is in our world outside the game. Within the game's world, it can be truly concrete and binding rather than just something t...
by Ghost
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: The Coffee Shop
Topic: Richard Dutcher's Films Are on Amazon's Prime Video
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Richard Dutcher's Films Are on Amazon's Prime Video

God's Army , Brigham City , and States of Grace are now included with an Amazon Prime subscription. I hope Falling eventually gets added as well. I've been wanting to see that for ages. There are some amusing reviews by people who didn't realize that these films were "Mormon propaganda." I'm still ...
by Ghost
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Mayan Nephites
Replies: 9
Views: 433

Re: Mayan Nephites

If only the Book of Mormon revealed whether they really sacrificed the winners or the losers (or neither) at the end of a Maya ball game.

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by Ghost
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Terryl Givens steps into the BoA ring
Replies: 127
Views: 5274

Re: Terryl Givens steps into the BoA ring

This is a great thread. All of the responses are very interesting. Yes, I also appreciate this discussion. I sure was impressed with Givens's By the Hand of Mormon when I read it soon after its release. I've wondered in recent years how differently I might look at it now were I to read it again.
by Ghost
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Doctrinal Discussion
Topic: Book: The righteous mind
Replies: 12
Views: 692

Re: Book: The righteous mind

I think this book is excellent. One of the reasons I liked it was that some of the points Haidt made backed up thoughts I'd had myself about how we as humans come to conclusions and then attempt to support our conclusions using reason. It was amusing to find myself more or less applying this practic...