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Post Reply Is Life more meaningful when you believe that God exists?
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Posted 11/6/12
Life is what you make of it and people seek to give it meaning in various ways. The comfort that comes with belief in God is that it can help people deal with the fear and anxiety of uncertainty and can give them something to trust in. So believing in God can make someone feel like their life has purpose and meaning because it relieves them from the fear of not knowing why they are here, what it all means and how it all ends. Most religion is based around dealing with fear of the unknown by giving some simple answers to life. Ultimately we want to be certain that there is a plan, that it has purpose and meaning and that someone trustworthy, reliable and capable is monitoring everything. In the end, life does not have a special meaning but if you sprinkle some magic dust on it and put a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow then many people will believe it does.
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Posted 11/15/12
NOT necessarily. Putting God as your meaning of life is just one of many things you can make your meaning. There are near infinite things you can do, especially living one hell of a life, and then you can die satisfied that you did great in your life. It's all up to interpretation to that makes life meaningful, and is not absolute towards any deity.
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Posted 11/18/12
It may give meaning to some, but it would have quite the opposite effect from my point of view. As an atheist skeptic, I know that for the duration of the existence of the universe, I have only one life and one chance to make it a good one for both myself and others. To me, waiting impatiently for the promise of an infinite afterlife would devalue it immensely.

As for having "meaning" or "comfort", I don't need to believe I was created in the image of a god to have those. Although very limited, my understanding of the workings of the universe provides both of them. Perhaps you have heard this before, but every atom in your body was forged in the furnace of a star and scattered in a supernova.

"The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself." - Carl Sagan
Posted 11/18/12
I agree with this, its only because of god I got through lifes hardest times and because of god, I have a life and I am alive right now, so yes with god there you have so much more of a meaningful life.
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Posted 11/24/12
For me I don't think that religion will affects different people different ways. Like I think that if you're someone who dwells over and fears death religion is nice because it helps you cope with death. But on the other hand if you don't believe in a god to me the idea that i am the one who decided what morally right or wrong is more appealing that some omnipotent person deciding it.

tldr: Different strokes for different folks.
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Posted 11/24/12
Yes, believing in god is a nice way to escape the fear of death.
But I dont think it necessarily helps overall. Life is life.
Id hate to dedicate my life to someone or something.
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Posted 11/25/12
hey is a question you have to ask yours self.. what is purpose.. dose believing in something give you that or do you need a purpose to believe in what in that one thing. people only know what they have picked up
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Posted 11/25/12
I am not here to make enemies, but I believe that the concept of god is a crutch for people who can't bear to live in this unfeeling cosmos, where lives are created and snuffed out in the blink of an eye, for no reason. What makes life meaningful are the choices we make, the paths we take, and of course those who love us. Life would be meaningless without purpose; of course this sounds like an unnecessary statement, but it's really up to us what we choose to live for.

To speak from a more personal view, I find no comfort in the concept of god. Either he exists, and morality has no intrinsic value due to the nature of this being (can he be omnipotent,omnipresent,omniscient, and omni-benevolent?), or god does not exist and morality has a value that is determined through our actions and choices. I do not believe in doing the right thing because it is what god wants, but because it is the right thing to do. To put it more clearly, I think life would actually carry less meaning if god existed, because all of our questions will have been answered in advance, everything will have already been decided, and none of our choices will have mattered because god already knows what we are going to do. It's hard to have an all-powerful,all-knowing god and still have free will here on earth.

That said, I believe there are things in this universe that we cannot fully understand, but that's off-topic.
Posted 11/26/12 , edited 11/26/12
In outer space, no one can hear you make metaphors.

Such as "God created Heaven and Earth" explaining creation.

Oh, but doesn't God have his own portable supply of oxygen? Can't he use an inaudible means of communication should there be no air to transfer a sound wave?

The plot thickens. That it does.
Posted 11/26/12
science gives me Life is proves we can invent and improve and fined out truth from lies

i am a Agnosticism
so am not agents god once proven then i will be

Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown and (so far as can be judged) unknowable. Agnosticism can be defined in various ways, and is sometimes used to indicate doubt or a skeptical approach to questions. In some senses, agnosticism is a stance about the difference between belief and knowledge, rather than about any specific claim or belief. In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of a deity or deities, whereas a theist and an atheist believe and disbelieve, respectively. In the strict sense, however, agnosticism is the view that humanity does not currently possess the requisite knowledge and/or reason to provide sufficient rational grounds to justify the belief that deities either do or do not exist.
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Posted 11/26/12
Maybe it does.

Maybe people are scared of the thought that there may be no romance to life at all, that it could all be just a coincidence with no real meaning at all may be too much for some people to bear. The thought that their good deeds won't be rewarded in the next life is probably worrying for some.
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Posted 11/26/12
Yes God gives meaning. In absence of God, nothing really matters. There's no difference between a good life and a bad one. What is the difference between a person who starved to death and a person who died from obesity. What does it matter at this point?

This reminds me of a "certain" video game. It highlights this very question. What is the point of doing anything if everything is gonna come to an end? It doesn't matter what you do, death is the end result of every path you take in life. There is an option at the end of the game.

You have a choice to wipe away your own memories. Think only happy thoughts and ignore reality. Live in the moment and ignore your inevitable death. (create meaning for yourself. even though it doesn't matter because it's all gonna disappear one day)
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Posted 11/30/12
Yes, I agree that life has the potential of being much more meaningful and fruitful for a person that truly believes (and acts upon his beliefs) that there's a loving God waiting for him when their time is done on this Earth. I can't even imagine life without God. To take a few words from St. Paul, "to live is to live for Christ," and it is how I try to live as well, and as a result, my heart has known no greater satisfaction and peace, the peace that I know can only come from Christ, and not from things or pleasures of the world.
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Posted 12/8/12
God IS the origin of LIFE.
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Posted 12/8/12

myhk31 wrote:

God IS the origin of LIFE.


Really, I have read quite a bit on Abiogenesis, and there is nothing that mentions this God, who was the Origin of life.
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