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Discussion: What kind of a god is that?

I read about a professor at a religious university who gave his students two questionnaires, one at the beginning of the semester, the other near the end.  In the first, he asked his students to describe themselves, in the second, he asked them to describe God.  The results of the two exams from each student were nearly identical.  God was essentially a carbon copy of themselves.

As one friend of mine said, "God created man in his own image and ever since then we have been returning the favor."

Is "god" merely a collection of nice attributes we want to assign to the "man upstairs" mixed with some underlying anger and prejudice?  What are the consequences of that mentality and how does one discover the truth?

Come with your thoughts and a respectful attitude as well.  This won't be an opportunity to bash others around you who have a differing worldview, but rather a chance to understand ourselves and each other more fully.

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  • chris l.

    The meeting was a wonderful experience for me. I was inspired by all that I heard to become a regular; I was impressed by the open-heartedness and open-mindedness of the entire group. I thank all of you for such a warm welcome. Chris Lindley

    1 · April 30, 2013

    • chris l.

      Thank you, Nina. It was a joy meetiing you and listening to your wisdom. Let's do church on Sunday.

      1 · April 30, 2013

    • Nina T.

      Hi Chris! Did you get the email I sent you about church tomorrow? Please contact me via email or phone if you'd like to meet up!

      May 4, 2013

  • chris l.

    It was a powerfully honest discussion with many provocative ideas.

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Cynthia S.

    Agreed. I found our group very thoughtful, respectful, and most interesting. Sorry (as always) to miss hearing from the folks in the other group. At least we insiders stayed dry when the clouds burst! Looking forward to more, good people.

    April 29, 2013

  • Leigh

    Thoughtful, stimulating discussion. Very enjoyable, refreshing evening. Great questions and conversation.

    April 29, 2013

  • Jeremy M

    Like several others here, I felt we had a very open, honest and non-judgmental conversation. As we saw tonight, the Open Table is a safe place to express yourself and learn from others.

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Very good, polite discussion with valid points for all

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • paula m.

    Hi, Paula here! I REALLY enjoyed the people that I had the opportunity to be with, tonight! It felt to me, that each person, was expressing themself, through their Heart. I value everyone, & respect their view & their Belief, on ANYTHING in this Life.
    Thank you, Jeremy, for having me, & this Group! Blessings, Paula Murray

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very balanced discussion on a difficult topic.

    2 · April 29, 2013

  • paula m.

    Hi Jeremy, Looking forward to tonight!
    Paula Murray

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I am not comfortable with the direction the discussion seems to be taking. Another time

    April 28, 2013

  • Hope D.

    here's another way of considering this question... from a friend's post on Quora: Let’s face it, the world is a mess, getting worse all the time and seems likely to self destruct soon if something doesn’t change. With the explosion of technology advancing exponentially now almost by the hour who knows the potential of advancing weaponry development. Is it not obvious that religion has not been helpful but as much the problem as the solution? They preach love but promote fear. They fear the other is going to get the upper hand and quickly justify killing to preserve their own beliefs.

    1 · April 28, 2013

    • Jeremy M

      All good questions. This should be an interesting discussion.

      1 · April 28, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Methinks we think alike. I agree more of a force. Guess I don't have to show up now, lol!

      April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am very hopeful that this is indeed a conversation, not a sermon. Part of the message seems to rest in the hands of the messenger. I love the last paragraph above.

    April 28, 2013

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