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Post Reply Is Life more meaningful when you believe that God exists?
Posted 12/29/12
If you really believe there is more meaning for believing God does, then so there is. To the mind of a believer, a chief deity is the source of all meanings and existence. You can't reverse that perspective very easily if at all.
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Posted 12/29/12
It takes away from the experience of life because you are retreating into fantasy and make believe.

Any enrichment you think you are having is equivalent to a child's joy at thinking that santa is poking about in their chimneys.

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Posted 1/1/13
In one way or another I believe that life has meaning to it no matter what you believe in. For us to dictate what is a "good" or "bad" belief depends ON set belief. It's totally up to the person themselves, the only thing we can ask them is to not go through life believing in nothing. Unless their faith in nothing counts as something, but then that's a weird cycle.
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Posted 1/2/13


A lot of those names aren't even gods. They're mythical beings, yes, but not gods.
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Posted 1/4/13

turborobo wrote:

If you really believe there is more meaning for believing God does, then so there is. To the mind of a believer, a chief deity is the source of all meanings and existence. You can't reverse that perspective very easily if at all.


Hmmm someone said something really smart. Nice post.
Posted 1/4/13

Karkarov wrote:


turborobo wrote:

If you really believe there is more meaning for believing God does, then so there is. To the mind of a believer, a chief deity is the source of all meanings and existence. You can't reverse that perspective very easily if at all.


Hmmm someone said something really smart. Nice post.


Why thank you.

Brings up the point that attempting to talk people out of their faith only strengthens it. Those who would go about bashing God for all the ills of mankind just reassure those who adhere to his commands that non-believers are wrong and must be ignored. What more can be accomplished through badmouthing one person's religion than prejudice? Not much, really. You just gain a large group of people who feel concerned for you and the soul they believe resides in your body. Then they might wish to help you should they be the loving and kind types. So why make life any more difficult for them? There is no point.

The concept of holding something higher than yourself is humbling and meaningful to be sure. Whether a person is raised with certain values from childhood or they find them later on, it is a commitment of goodness no matter the god you worship or not. A person could call God the Universe or a kind of widely agreed upon law. A force that can't be explained. Anything at all. It's up to each person to decide and it is their basic human right to do so.
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Posted 1/6/13 , edited 1/8/13
I would like to believe in God, but I do not support any of his evil acts on record. If Christianity was a completely empathic religion, I would wholeheartedly support it.
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Posted 1/7/13
It's more meaningful knowing that you go somewhere after you die, and thinking that God is guiding you with every obstacle you encounter then learning from them. I think God is kind of like a "self guidance" mechanism with a dash of unlikeable things that come with religion.
Posted 1/9/13
life is more meaningful when you try your best to struggle.
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Posted 1/11/13
Why does anyone want to live for an eternity after this life? Can you even fathom how long an eternity is? An eternity basically in servitude of this big mysterious guy in the sky.

The existence of Heaven and Hell doesn't make sense to me in the first place. Why would a supposedly loving, forgiving, omniscient god create beings in his image, knowing that they would disobey him, knowing that according to him, they would suffer for an eternity bathed in fire and brimstone? Why would he knowingly throw those people into the hands of such a fate? Why would he create a being such as Lucifer, knowing what he would become, knowing that because of his creation, 'his' people would suffer.

I don't want to live forever. I want to maintain my youth for as long as I possibly can and die when I'm ready. Be that 100 years from now, or 1000.

You bring meaning to your own life. Whether you believe in God or not has nothing to do with it. It's up to you to make it meaningful.
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Posted 1/11/13
Id rather believe in him and possibly go to paradise rather than die not believing and possibly go somewhere else. If anything why not believe.
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Posted 1/17/13

MarshDiamond wrote:

Id rather believe in him and possibly go to paradise rather than die not believing and possibly go somewhere else. If anything why not believe.


Because your God doesnt want people to believe just to "play it safe". If your God were real, he would want people to believe out of faith. Not to "hedge their bets". So it wouldnt matter. If it were true and someone worshipped as a why not thing, they would still go to hell.


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Posted 1/17/13
It depends on how devout you are.
Most people are fairly non-religious, even if they claim they aren't, and just live their lives, more concerned with the moment than the end.
As an Atheist, life is simply my time to exist. I will enjoy as much as I can before I am expunged by something I have no control over.
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Posted 1/18/13
okay...I guess. Did I offend you in anyway? What was you acual point? Are you saying that I as a human do not believe strong enough and think that god is just a non-existant thing that I just think I should believe in, in case? Are you a strong believer and maybe you took what I said wrong? Or Are you a non- believer trying to point something out? What is your point? If you don't mind me asking. Im serious I really want to know????
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