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How did you come to hold your religious belief?
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Posted 9/13/09
Best way to describe myself would be a non fundamentalist christian. I believe in God and evolution. I have come to believe that you can't take the bible literally because it doesn't do it justice. I take all the stories in context and view them using a historical scope (history major in school). As much as I love science it doesn't tell me there is or isn't a God. As far as we know God was the one who created the material in the big bang that started everything. Who knows, and that is what makes it interesting.
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I was born into a Catholic family, but because of the rotten atmosphere of public schools, didn't really live it until I more actually "converted" to it in my late teens. There's a difference between going to church (building) and living according to the reasons for being there. I consider my life another obvious example of just what BS it is that people can be "brainwashed" by just being born into a family of a particular religion. I may have ended up staying (and actually living as) a Catholic, but if I had looked at my religion and found it wanting, I doubt I could have stayed in it. In other words, I made a conscious decision (by the grace of God) to choose to live this Faith. I didnt' choose it just because "mommy and daddy went there." Or because "they said so".

The beauty of it is that no matter what question I look into, the Church (of tradition and history, rather than the new institution of "anything goes" in practice even if not in teaching) always makes perfect sense of everything. Every time, if there is any question it's been a misunderstanding on my part, such as a lack of the answer the Church really gives (which I'll find later and then see that it makes perfect sense), or some such temporary ignorance on my part.
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Posted 9/19/09 , edited 9/19/09
If you really want to know about my boring live...

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Posted 9/19/09
I don't have a religion as such, but my beliefs are almost certainly influenced by my family, education etc. My parents can broadly be described as Christian, and they would describe themselves as such, but they don't go to church or read the Bible (though they do have a copy of the Bible in their house.)

When I went to primary school there was a fair bit of religious education there, basically going through Bible stories. I don't remember any real pressure to be Christian, but I probably absorbed a lot of it and I'm probably influenced by it to some extent.

As I've got older and thought about it, I've come to the conclusion that there is something out there. I believe this something is effectively God, though I personally don't think it's exactly the Judeo-Islamic-Christian God (I suspect that the God in the holy books is more of an interpretation of this entity/force, likely distorted as the texts have been translated and re-translated over the years.) I also believe that as a being of that power is way beyond human capacity to understand there can be no "true" religion, and therefore everyone is free to follow whatever belief system suits them, as long as it doesn't harm others.
Posted 9/23/09
My mom is a hardcore Christian/Catholic. She raised me that way. Logically after a few years I started to question things and read into other religions, history and science (enlightened my mind in a sense). Eventually I just broke off, after having formed my own opinion on religion (and somewhat of a disdain of having religion forced on me, and said religion's issues with my sexuality and style). Now I'm a pragmatic/theistic agnostic with alot of Buddhist and Anarcho-Communist morals. She failed on converting my brother too XD. He's more of a Germanic Neo-Pagan. Takes a very liberal view on it.
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Simple, I prefer myself to do my own thinking for me. That's why instead of a religion, I ended up with an idealism called individualism.
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Posted 9/26/09
I became atheist when i was a child my mother forced me to go to church every Sunday which i grew to hate so much. Im a wild mix of atheism and agnostic i began reading the bible stories and realizing how much crap this was. It was completely and utterly ridiculous i used common my sense, and wondered how can people really believe stupid shit like this. I began to see the truth that church does nothing more than fill peoples head with nothing more than lies to control them. And now they have become nothing more than mindless pawns bound to a false ideologies.
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Posted 11/17/09
'So far we have a few good stories..'
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Posted 11/17/09
When I first started learning science in school it confirmed my thoughts that the bible was full of contradictions. After taking history classes I realized that for all I know the greek pagan religions could be right, and that in the future christianity will be looked at as a pagan religion of the past, and some other religion will control the masses. Basicaly I got an elementary education, and it all made sense. The idea of a 6,000 year old planet and the idea that all people are the result of 2 people makes no sense.

I also realized that people aren't ready to accept the fact that there is no higher power(The idea that people, who aren't pure good are the highest power scares many, and as a result they cannot accept it and for hope of a more "just" and "fair" higher being), and that they needed something to explain things they either couldn't understand.

While I respect christians and other theists I cant see the logic in what they say is the truth.

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Posted 11/17/09

Dragonbow0 wrote:
When I first started learning science in school it confirmed my thoughts that the bible was full of contradictions. After taking history classes I realized that for all I know the greek pagan religions could be right, and that in the future christianity will be looked at as a pagan religion of the past, and some other religion will control the masses. Basicaly I got an elementary education, and it all made sense. The idea of a 6,000 year old planet and the idea that all people are the result of 2 people makes no sense.
I also realized that people aren't ready to accept the fact that there is no higher power(The idea that people, who aren't pure good are the highest power scares many, and as a result they cannot accept it and for hope of a more "just" and "fair" higher being), and that they needed something to explain things they either couldn't understand.
While I respect christians and other theists I cant see the logic in what they say is the truth.


The more I study & learn about the Bible, I begin to feel there are not as many so-called contradictions than maybe just so many misunderstandings.
There are 3 major conflicts, I feel, to understanding it - 1.the differences between the age in which it was written applying to our modern world today; 2. the differences between the ancient 'eastern' culture & the modern western culture attempting to make it fit w/o first understanding the eastern culture; & 3. the 'lost in translation' syndrome, which gets mixed up thru ancient (the old Aramaic & Greek) & dead (Latin) languages, & idioms.
Not all Christians believe the earth is 6,000 yrs. old, & some of us do accept the processes of evolution. In my reasoning, the discoveries of science show the limitless imagination & creativeness of God.
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Posted 11/18/09
i noticed the following here (and some religion-related forums)

1. there is a lot of atheist posers
2. a lot thinks religion is like a mind control machine that dictates a person's action and belief
3. A lot of people here are biased. Since they can't prove that there is a god, they chose to be atheist. How about proving there is no god?
4. A lot of people thinks that if you are born in a religious family, you have no choice to choose anymore (kudos for Ayanin 's post for explaining the "choice")
5. A lot questions the realness of the Bible and if they don't understand, they dismissed it (HELLO! We are talking about God in action here). Well, can't blame them. I can't understand math thats why I avoid it.

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My parents are both Christians. Like most children, I hated to go to church. If it wasn't for Jollibee (local hambuger fast food chain), I will not go. However, as I grew up, I got involved with philosophy (i'm 18 back then). Of course, with philosophy, religion comes with it. As I do more reading, I realize I was starting to believe in a supreme being. I met more people, philosophers, teachers, priest, pastors, ordinary people, atheist, agnostic, muslims etc and the more I talk to them, the more my belief in a supreme being was validated.

I took math (simple math. No advanced math) with philosophy and theology and the formula shows the same results (for me). There is a god. A supreme being. I realized there is someone/something unexplainable who is greater than us. Who/what is this greater than us? No books can tell us except the Bible and Quran (since both has claim that it is God's word).

Why do I believe this books? it has evidences of God's existence. It's like a biography of God while the world is His novel.

Why not believe science books? coz it doesn't even tell something about God. It just explains how things works but it doesn't tell about God.

My point, no one can know God better but through the Scriptures not only from mere science books. Its like saying, you knew JK Rowling by reading Harry Potter. No. You will know JK Rowling by reading her biography.

Posted 11/18/09 , edited 11/19/09
I always took it upon myself to do a lot of studying about religions so it would have an effect on what I would be or not be. I decided to select a belief correct for me involving two pagan beliefs. I follow Set for the offered Xepher and Norse gods based upon my Scandinavian ancestry. The old, beaten paths are great ones, indeed.
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Posted 11/19/09
I didnt come here to debate the subject. Those contradiction are all things my mom's church tried to force on me. Im not saying all christians believe it, but the ones I was associated with did.
Posted 11/19/09

Dragonbow0 wrote:

I didnt come here to debate the subject. Those contradiction are all things my mom's church tried to force on me. Im not saying all christians believe it, but the ones I was associated with did.

However, those same contradictions in your mom's church made you reject the very nature of the Christan's faith, instead of questioning it. Whereas individually these contradictions were created due to the fact that there are different views that Christians failed to address among themselves.

Therefore you see, as long as you don't objectively subject these contradictions through debates, your view on the religious faith known as Christianity will never change.
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Posted 11/20/09
This is my friend's blog (which I helped him with) that he started last week, on faith and religion in general: http://logicalbeliefs.blogspot.com/
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