Aaaand I'm bawling again. We had to put down our cat Stormey in November, and then my dog Buddy passed right before Christmas. I bought him as a puppy outside a walmart when I was 8 for $25 (mom sent dad and I to get milk... oops) and he was the very best damn dog I could have asked for growing up. I moved out 2 years ago so it broke my heart that I wasn't there when his time came. Ahhhh my heart hurts seeing this but I'll see you again someday Buddyboy. :,(
@MotherofGuineaPigs, I don’t want to seem insensitive or insulting, but I don’t understand the need to believe in such a reuniting. It’s going to crush me when my dog dies, which is any year now considering she’s about 13. I will cherish the time I had with her for the rest of my life, but I have no reason to believe any part of her will continue to exist after her death.
Other than wishful thinking, do you have a reason to believe that? I’m genuinely curious, and am not in any way trying to debate the validity of your faith.
@I Are Lebo, There really isn't, that's what faith is, believing in something in spite of a lack of evidence.
@SimonPetrikov, I have to think that a faithful person sees faith as more than just believing in something because you want to. The alternative makes me lose faith in humanity. That the only real difference, at their core, that a person believes in Christ, Moses, Vishnu, Zues, or any of the other specific deities rather than any of the others is basically because “I think it’s true and am determined to hold onto that view at any cost”.
It strikes me as profoundly tragic how many different people preaching the word of the Ultimate Good have caused as much evil as they have. I look at it like the stumbling and chaotic maturation of a very young species. If there really is a God who wants us to know Him and worship Him, it seems like he’s done a really poor job of making that happen.
@I Are Lebo, Worked so far, people still believe regardless.
Honestly, I do understand where you're coming from. I think I and many others are just predisposed to believe in something we can't prove, so it makes sense that there are many people on the other end, not seeing any sense in it. Faith like that is the foundation. I can't speak for other faiths, but in regards to Christianity, there's more to it than just believing. There's understanding, questioning, curiosity, and generally seeking wisdom to fine-tune faith into a meaningful relationship with the God we worship. But before that, we need to believe in God in the first place. That means believing in something that cannot be proven by human means.
Also, pisses me off when evil is done in the name of God - any god, but the God I worship in particular. I know what followers of Christ are supposed to represent. Prejudice, oppression, genocide, these are NOT what Christ represents, and it's an offense to claim so.
@SimonPetrikov, it’s not so much the idea of taking for granted as true something that cannot be proven true, because it’s at least a foundation that one can count on to be somewhat stable.
What bothers me is when faith is used as a stand in for morality. When I hear people claim the Bible as a source of moral goodness, it frustrates me, because those books are loaded with absolutely monstrous things. I’m not as familiar with the Torah, and less so the Quran, and I’m completely unfamiliar with all other religious texts, but I feel safe in assuming such things are present in all religious texts, so please don’t think I’m singling out Christianity out of specific animosity.
But your bible endorses slavery. It endorses substitutionary atonement. It endorses having different levels of consideration for different tribes of people. I and society at large consider these things to be immoral and harmful.
There is a conflict of claims within Christianity at large. (Cont)
There’s the claim that the Bible is the Word of God. There’s the claim that God is the ultimate Good. There’s the claim that God never changes. And there are multiple passages within the Bible that explicitly lay out the rules and criteria for owning other human beings as property.
It is objectively harmful to enslave people. It is harmful for the slave, for the slave owner, and for society at large in quantifiable ways. Slavery is damaging to humanity. It is objectively immoral, taken one’s definition of ‘moral’ is a rational understanding of well-being.
If morals are just whatever God says they are, then it is literally impossible to do evil in the name of your God, and whether it’s massacring the Samsonites or blowing yourself up in a Middle Eastern cafe, you’d be moral.
At least some of those claims are false. God cannot be both ultimately powerful, and ultimately benevolent. It’s contradictory. Likewise, He cannot deliver both perfect justice and mercy.
@SimonPetrikov, I suppose so, but I've always been under the impression that animals were soulless and therefore had no afterlife. People are body spirit and soul, animals are body and spirit 🤷 but people can believe what they want to, it makes no difference to me if they end up being right and me wrong
@I Are Lebo, look at you guys having a calm and productive discussion! Gold stars for both of you 🌟 🌟
@Medic135, YAAAAY! Gold stars! 😁
This, hit right on the feels
I'm not crying, you're crying! Shut up!
If this is true I can't wait to die and see my Noodles, Einstein, Minime, Spot, Angel, Mac, Buster, Cheddar, Midnight, Miss Kitty, Powder, Todd, and Penny. That would literally be my heaven to see them all again.
We just put our Jasper boy down at the end of December. We just got a letter from the vet yesterday that had all the doctors and staff sign it and they pressed his paw print on the letter. Y'all, I cried so hard when I opened it.
Damn rainbow bridge...I’ll be there someday Percy, Makana, Xiana, and the latest member to cross the bridge...Lola. 2 1/2 decades took these lives.
Then u go to hell for raping an alligator :/
I was not ready for this
This looks a lot like Bill Watterson’s art style.
Aaaaand the tears again