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He is. Let's see if he gets his head cut off.
The people rioting about depictions of Muhammad live in or are strongly influenced by dictatorships who use the distant authority of Islam (and arab nationalism, and the Ottoman Empire etc) as part of their power structure. This kind of redirected religious anger didn't even exist until the mid to late century, and they are almost always invoked when the government is under threat and needs people to let off steam. Some of the most aggressive Islamic fundamentalists are just compensating for the fact that they don't live up to the standards of the religion and need an easy way to show off how devout they are.I feel like the logic is gone, people are acting without any common sense.
Not sure if this is the best thread for this but whatever.
Why is pride considered to be a sin? In all religions that I know anything about and also I think in most secular philosophies pride is considered to be a hindrance to good behaviour in some form of another. To me it seems like a neutral driving force for behaviour, if you are proud of the wrong things (I think this would most commonly be the usual end results of "good" behaviour, e.g. being proud of wealth earnt by working hard) rather than being proud of choosing to behave well (so actually being proud of the decision to work hard as opposed to the results) then yes I suppose it could lead you to judge people who haven't seen the same results as inferior to yourself (so poor people in this example) and it could push you to be overly competitive for that end result and to use bad behaviour to achieve it (fraud for example). Your pride and sense of self worth could also be damaged by factors largely outside of your control too I guess, perhaps you get wolloped by a load of unforseen expenses or whatever and you end up a self-loathing poor person. Now if you have actually taken pride in the choice to act well then these should not be issues, as long as you recognise that this choice will influence the end result but does not determine it - so maybe your friend is poor because they have other priorities or commitments or general circumstances. They might work very hard as a volunteer, or towards their hobbies or in a job that doesn't tend to pay well.
And pride can also blind you to your own flaws, but if you take pride in being someone who acknowledges their flaws and tries to overcome them then surely pride could be a motivator for doing so.
So is pride being considered a sin just an acknowledgement that pride can be and often is a drive for bad behaviour/arrogance or is it something fundamentally different to how I interpret it? I've noticed some religions seem to teach it dogmatically, I think from the idea that we all have flaws and are supposedly nothing compared to God but this doesn't seem particularly healthy to me.
Oh lol. And I replied to that one as well.Why are you copying an old post? Is has already been discussed. At least add something to the topic...
One or all of these:To people who are not sure that God exists:
What kind of empirical evidence, if provided, would strengthen your belief in God?
Nah I was thinking that for myself. But I realised I cannot come up with any hypothetical evidence and I would rather explain any extraordinary event by super capable aliens instead of God.
I once asked this the local priest, reffering to God, and he responded :"He can, and he did, the stone is a man, and that stone (human) can only be "lifted" by itself alone (reffering to its transition to heaven)"As an empirical evidence, simply the one proposed in the paradox of omnipotence, - "Can an omnipotent being create a stone so heavy that even that being cannot lift it?