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Subject:  Re: Heaven is real Date:  10/12/2012  1:35 PM
Author:  RayKinsella Number:  183488 of 199081

So, if all I want from a god is my prayers answered, that makes me a pretty lousy worshipper.

And if I do all my good actions without giving god a thought at all, then I am certainly not considering faith in that thought process either.

I'm not sure where the next step on this thought ladder is, though.

Let me turn your question on its side. What if the interest in a Deity isn't selfish?

For example:

This is not to say that I live my life as a selfish person (or at least I hope not!!!). I volunteer my time. I donate to charity. I try to be mindful of my impact on the planet. I try to be a decent human being in my interactions with others, etc. I give a lot of consideration to my actions and really, really try hard to figure out what the right course of action is in any given circumstance.

What if you were brought into a certain situation for a given purpose? Would it be worth asking a deity for clarity in that moment? Rather than, say, asking for a winning lottery ticket (as some do)?
What if there were a Deity that simply wanted a relationship with you to provide you with deep fulfillment?
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