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Like this:Guarantees nothing at all. Actually just stating facts.
Anyone who promises something great in the form of the external, not the internal, is a fraud as I see it... unless they're God.
Beware of the false prophets, you know. I am an atheist but I can recognize a fraud. A true prophet talks about what you should do, not what you will receive in response. The reward is internal, not external.The only reward promised here is inner peace. There is no forecast of external events.
The way I see it is that God is a rock and not a rain shower and he doesn’t grant favour when it isn’t warranted.
My thing as an atheist (though not a militant one and I find beauty in God and religion) is that the greatest reward of bettering ourselves is internal. If you'll forgive a crude analogy for which I would want to stretch it to every corner and nuance of our lives, it's like the reason to work out and eat well should ideally be internal. You have more energy, you feel better, you can think more clearly. If someone wants to work out with the goal of getting girls or guys, then they cannot appreciate the beauty of what they achieved internally for themselves, and they might fall towards desperation and resentment if their external goals aren't accomplished.
I think so too. If you tell me a hiking trail will let me live longer I will do it but if you say it will increase my chances of being liked, it won’t have an impact because I care very little about being vainly appreciated for my body and looks.
... or the noblest goal of them all as I see it. Work out and eat right so that we can not only take care of ourselves but also others. That is Godly and saintly as I see it. And usually this mindset will be rewarded with external gifts, like lovers, and friends, but that should never be the motivation.
Are you familiar with Stoicism? I am a fan of this philosophy and I think it's wholly compatible with Christian beliefs. In fact, the Serenity Prayer is a Stoic prayer:>> God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,>> courage to change the things I can,>> and wisdom to know the difference. -- Reinhold NiebuhrThat is a Stoic prayer:Stoicism intro:https://youtu.be/o0MzQZ_eFEY
I read his book cause it was part of a 50 book package I found on Amazon that was compiled together - what he says I think the bible says in different words which is to trust in God meaning you put your confidence on the back objective nature of the universe and the love it Has and not on the tangible and changeable things that are unstable. I go to the universe when I want companionship because nobody in my life is perfect enough to compete with that.
It is when we have freed ourselves of all dependencies to tangible things that I think we've reached a transcendent state. This is the closest I've seen to the Stoic sage:https://youtu.be/ZwQTsCiguHc
The sad fact: Anthony Robbins... who the fart is that :D?(don't reply... it's a rhetoric exclamation )
@andreasderjuengere I think he means self-help guru Tony Robbins. To be fair Robbins made himself disgustingly rich with no more than the gift of the gab and amazing good looks.
@EnglishEuropean I should try the same, then :D