tl;dr the rapture isn't in the bible.
No, rgc1600, the Rapture isn't spoken of throughout the NT. It's possibly alluded to once in 1 Thessalonians and I don't think it's an accurate reading of what's on there but I know that many disagree with me and that's fine.
And, there are different views of when it occurs in relationship to all the bad stuff. Some believe that believers will be raptured before the crap, some say in the middle of the crap and some say after the crap.
And by the way it is not just "alluded to" as one person here said, it is actually described in detail. Maybe you need more to be convinced, but it is enough to convince me.
The doctrine of the rapture is alluded to here, it's not explicit. And I happen to think that it's not teaching the rapture at all but the point of this thread isn't to argue for its truth.
Now I get to be a know-it-all I guess. Sorry about that.
The Hanukkah menorah or chanukiah (Hebrew: מנורת חנוכה menorat ḥanukkah, pl. menorot) (also Hebrew: חַנֻכִּיָּה ḥanukkiyah, or chanukkiyah, pl. ḥanukkiyot/chanukkiyot, or Yiddish: חנוכּה לאמפּ khanike lomp, lit.: Hanukkah lamp) is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah, as opposed to the seven-branched menorah used in the ancient Temple or as a symbol.
Perhaps accept paradox for the Koan question?
Aside to Dan: Using the adjective “doubt-provoking” on its own here gives the wrong impression I think. It’s not supposed to instill a general sense of doubt in oneself or the teachings, it is only supposed to free the student from thinking that logic and reason is the be-all and end-all of understanding and wisdom, when it is only the beginning.
Also, I had always heard "edict" for papal decrees, never bull. Might "edict" be acceptable? Or is that not specific enough?
It looks like you got your definition from Brittanica, but I’m going to argue that my source is better :-) I have been a Tibetan Buddhist most of my life, and actually lived in a monastery (as an ordained monastic!) for a couple of years!
But in the likelihood that you’re not gonna change the clue, maybe at least correct the spelling of monastery? Yer a peach. ;-D
You see, the Dalai Lama is a jolly lama because he's the highest lama of them all.
I hope this clears up all of your melancholy lama drama.
Also maybe the rebirth questions could be rephrased, as most Buddhist schools believe in reincarnation but not in souls.
Maybe it is about the word soul here? and how that is interpreted?
Ps reincarnate literally means to be made flesh again/given a body again. So something has to be made flesh again. (And the general definition for soul is everything besides the body, your carnal/physical form)
and if it is just about basic energy or similar concepts, maybe a better word would be re-purposing? ;)
Can't help wondering though, if out of my interest in religion from a social perspective (I am personally atheist/anti-theist) helps me know more terms? Most people i know who are religous hardly know any of the words from their own or others faiths (except for ones we have gotten to know all to well over the last decades, because of over-exposure of such terms such as jihad).
"but a horse is not the only animal that exists!""It is not even the only animal with stripes" ...
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