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  1. Nathaniel Red

    Reliability of Jay Dyer

    Oh oops. Why was a 3 year old thread revived?
  2. Nathaniel Red

    Reliability of Jay Dyer

    Actually about 4 years now, at least from what he's said.
  3. Nathaniel Red

    Why is pleasure bad? Why do we suffer?

    I didn't find your answers satisfying, so I went to my priest for the first time in months, and I think I've actually gotten some good answers. I'm sorry if I've offended you at all, please forgive me for my sinfulness and please pray for me. You are right, I need to suffer more, though I hate it.
  4. Nathaniel Red

    Why is pleasure bad? Why do we suffer?

    I guess I'm going to hell.
  5. Nathaniel Red

    Why is pleasure bad? Why do we suffer?

    What if there is a care you have that is the very reason you believe in God in the first place? To put it in its proper place in God would paradoxically threaten your belief in God completely, while to ignore it is to threaten your relationship and faith in God. Is there some third option where...
  6. Nathaniel Red

    Why is pleasure bad? Why do we suffer?

    Thats a fair point. I guess the question is more that, it seems that while God expects us to change everything about ourselves around him, we don't have any similar expectation of God to change or help us in our life with personal desires or pleasures or anything that sets us apart as us. We are...
  7. Nathaniel Red

    Why is pleasure bad? Why do we suffer?

    I have a somewhat related question that's bothering me. Since God is unchanging, how can we have a relationship with him? We cannot change God, so doesn't that mean that we cannot affect God in a relationship? If we cannot have pleasures, desires, will, or self, but are supposed to find those...
  8. Nathaniel Red

    Why is pleasure bad? Why do we suffer?

    So there is no pleasure in heaven? Then why should I care about it? If God is dispassionate, shouldn't I be dispassionate about God?
  9. Nathaniel Red

    Why is pleasure bad? Why do we suffer?

    I don't want to suffer. How do I desire suffering?
  10. Nathaniel Red

    Why is pleasure bad? Why do we suffer?

    How does pleasure and suffering relate to patience? I don't feel like I have enough patience to suffer through this life.
  11. Nathaniel Red

    Why is pleasure bad? Why do we suffer?

    Why is pleasure bad? Why should we have to suffer? Why does getting closer to God bring more suffering rather than more pleasure? God sends pain and affliction, but when is there ever any rest?
  12. Nathaniel Red

    Real distinction without composition?

    I know I'm overcomplicating it, but this is incredibly important for me, so a simple answer like that is never going to satisfy me. It may sound stupid, but the way it relates to things personal to me, I have had all sorts of issues because of it that I cannot ignore. It's fine if it is too much...
  13. Nathaniel Red

    Real distinction without composition?

    Everything about it! I don't know what it is. I know there are hypostatic properties like begotten, spirated, and uncaused cause, but is there a hypostatic property of human personhood, or would it differ for each human person? What would that even mean? And hypostatic properties are still just...
  14. Nathaniel Red

    Real distinction without composition?

    I don't really see how that has answered my questions. I think I'll end the conversation here, I could go on asking questions forever. Thank you, I do appreciate your answers father, I do have a better grasp of the essence energy distinction, though I think personhood is still difficult for me.
  15. Nathaniel Red

    Real distinction without composition?

    I didn't mean equal in the sense of how you answered "infinite and eternal" for essence and energies. I know all of God is equally infinite, and is the same reality. Equal in the sense of, is it on the same level of reality? Energies are the knowable things of God present in existence, while...
  16. Nathaniel Red

    Real distinction without composition?

    Are they equal? Are they encompassed together in the Divine nature? What is the exact relationship between the personhood and Divine nature? You called it possession and said the Personhood is not united to the Divine nature. Is it a real distinction without boundary as with the Divine...
  17. Nathaniel Red

    Real distinction without composition?

    That actually makes a lot of sense, and I suppose explains even the paradox I mentioned. I'm not sure you're meaning the same thing with the word "above" as i am. I'm not trying to say that the energies are lesser than the essence in any way, but that the essence encompasses the energies...
  18. Nathaniel Red

    Real distinction without composition?

    Im sorry, I don't understand this explanation. Why do boundaries necessitate space? What about something like the sorietes heap paradox? There is a boundary between what is and isn't a heap of sand that isn't physical. If nature is something united under personhood, doesn't that show that...
  19. Nathaniel Red

    Real distinction without composition?

    But isn't the Essence Energy distinction different from Catholics because there is a real distinction? Why does that not entail composition or separation and boundaries? Isn't the hypostasis of Christ composite? What is the difference? Why can a hypostasis be composite but not the nature of God...
  20. Nathaniel Red

    Real distinction without composition?

    So, could it be described (energetically) in some sense as containing every category and all of reality within it? Is there not any non-existing thing, outside of God, or does God encapsulate nothingness as well as somethingness? What is it besides composite? Is there a philosophical term for...