Been there – recently. On Joy and Sorrow Your joy is …

Comment on The Day My Heart Broke by archaeopteryx1.

Been there – recently.

On Joy and Sorrow

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine, the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow, that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board,
Remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

— Kahlil Gibran —

Recent Comments by archaeopteryx1

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Be sure and repost our comments too, Wally —

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I’m not sure, Ufuoma, if it was your basic premise that you wanted me to re-read, or a single comment of yours within it, so I will do both. First, let me point out some areas of disagreement with your premise.

When they can’t get us to denounce our beliefs, they attack His nature and qualities, as though by labeling Him as bad, we will suddenly wake up from our trance!

I don’t know what others do, but I can hardly label “bad,” an entity that I don’t believe exists. I DO however, point out what the Bible states that its god did, and ask, if such an entity were real, and had done all of those things, why would anyone want to worship him/her/it?

Also, they seek to disprove the Biblical stories with ‘scientific evidence’, even though the sphere of science is yet to be fully comprehended by the human mind!

Frankly, I hope that Humankind never fully comprehends the sphere of science – how dreary would life be, if we ever knew all there is to know? From the day we came down out of the trees, Humankind has been explorers, whether physically or mentally – always wondering what is over the next hill, around the next corner – I would hate to see us lose that wonder.

They arrogantly ignore the many scientists who have eventually had to conclude that ‘there must be a God’.

“Eighty-five percent of the members of the International Academy of Science are atheists or agnostics.”
— Neil deGrasse Tyson —

That leads us to the final attack – the prohibition of religion.

There is no movement anywhere to prohibit religion, merely to keep it in it’s place – in the homes and in the churches, mosques and synagogues.

In the meantime, there are no restrictions on the filth that children are taught in schools concerning their gender and self-image, sexuality and relationships, evolutionary based science and the idea that their purpose in life is to be rich and famous!

Frankly, I believe you need to rethink your definition of “filth.”

So the anti-God agenda gets free reign in schools and public spaces, under the tolerance agenda, while people of faith are openly persecuted and abused, but made to think they have the same rights to their beliefs, its expression, association and life as others.

Which religion would you see taught in schools? Could we fairly teach one, and not all of the others? “The true one!” you may well say, but the followers of each religion believe that theirs is true. And if all are taught, what time is left for academics that actually keep the world moving forward and food in the mouths of people? And before you say, “God will provide,” I suggest you look at areas within your own continent, where children with bloated bellies and matted eyes are literally starving to death, and tell me what your god has provided for them.

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Ufuoma is no Colorstorm, but rather a fair-minded person – her only criteria appears to be “easy on the rude,” but that’s just common courtesy – unless rudeness is encountered (then the gloves come off). She’s far more of an actual Christian, than Colorstorm in his wildest fantasies.

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OK, Ufuoma, I’m up (sort of – still working on my first coffee), and I haven’t yet re-read the comment you asked me to consider, but that’s next.

I HAVE, however, read your entry, “If I Didn’t Believe In God,” as you asked, and although I didn’t set out conditions for reading it, I think it only fair that you read something for me – Leaving My Religion Was Nothing Like Entering It, by Neil Carter. Hopefully, you’ll find other entries by Neil that will interest you as well.

Having read, “If I Didn’t Believe In God,” I’m convinced of a number of things:
1) You have not had an easy life and some rather unpleasant things have happened to you,
2) You have convinced yourself that your survival has been entirely dependent upon an invisible, supernatural spirit, while I believe that your strength lies within YOU, and that doubting that, is your worst enemy, not atheists, and most certainly not “Satan.”
And further, that,
3) You are so thoroughly convinced that #2 is true, that you could actually become suicidal if your belief system were taken from you or put in doubt, and so I will no longer question your decision to retain it – at least until you come to the realization (if you ever do), that the REAL strength you possess is your own. I DO however beg you to stop believing the biblical BS that insists that because you are Human, you are automatically bad, and that because you are a woman, you are automatically weak or at least inferior – neither are true.

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And obviously too sleepy to hit the “y” key!

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