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Hey all,

I was wondering if you guys could help me out. Right now, I'm trying to put a name to my religious beliefs, but I can't seem to figure out quite what it is.
I don't believe in an all-power sentient being (such as God or Allah) and I don't believe in several gods like in the Greek or Norse traditions. I don't believe in spirits or sprites such as dryads.

I remember when I was a kid I went to Bible school. My teacher used to say something like, "God is everywhere, God is everything." That idea is sort of what my beliefs are (minus the all-powerful sentient being part).
I believe that there's some kind of...universal life force that binds all living things together. Sure, each person, animals and maybe even plants have their own individual souls...but I'm thinking, like...all those souls are made up of one bigger "essence", I guess. ...Hm, I guess the closest example of something similar I can think of is the Mana Stream in FFVII (mind you, I didn't start believing this just BECAUSE I played that, bahahahaha).
It's like...I think there's just this unifying life force flowing through us all. Now, that might seem a tad far-fetched because it's not necessarily a common belief or something you hear about every day, but I wish I could figure out if there is a word for this belief.

The closest religion I can find to it is Animism, but that's not quiiiiiiite it. It's similar, but animists also believed in spirits and stuff, and, like I said before, I don't really believe in that stuff (although it does make for great literature).


So, any help you guys can give me would be great. I'd love to figure out what the word for my beliefs are.
Thanks.
Posted 11/9/09 , edited 11/9/09

Lionna wrote:

Hey all,

I was wondering if you guys could help me out. Right now, I'm trying to put a name to my religious beliefs, but I can't seem to figure out quite what it is.
I don't believe in an all-power sentient being (such as God or Allah) and I don't believe in several gods like in the Greek or Norse traditions. I don't believe in spirits or sprites such as dryads.

I remember when I was a kid I went to Bible school. My teacher used to say something like, "God is everywhere, God is everything." That idea is sort of what my beliefs are (minus the all-powerful sentient being part).
I believe that there's some kind of...universal life force that binds all living things together. Sure, each person, animals and maybe even plants have their own individual souls...but I'm thinking, like...all those souls are made up of one bigger "essence", I guess. ...Hm, I guess the closest example of something similar I can think of is the Mana Stream in FFVII (mind you, I didn't start believing this just BECAUSE I played that, bahahahaha).
It's like...I think there's just this unifying life force flowing through us all. Now, that might seem a tad far-fetched because it's not necessarily a common belief or something you hear about every day, but I wish I could figure out if there is a word for this belief.

The closest religion I can find to it is Animism, but that's not quiiiiiiite it. It's similar, but animists also believed in spirits and stuff, and, like I said before, I don't really believe in that stuff (although it does make for great literature).


So, any help you guys can give me would be great. I'd love to figure out what the word for my beliefs are.
Thanks.


Sounds like pantheism = cosmotheism
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Lionna wrote:

Hey all,

I was wondering if you guys could help me out. Right now, I'm trying to put a name to my religious beliefs, but I can't seem to figure out quite what it is.
I don't believe in an all-power sentient being (such as God or Allah) and I don't believe in several gods like in the Greek or Norse traditions. I don't believe in spirits or sprites such as dryads.

I remember when I was a kid I went to Bible school. My teacher used to say something like, "God is everywhere, God is everything." That idea is sort of what my beliefs are (minus the all-powerful sentient being part).
I believe that there's some kind of...universal life force that binds all living things together. Sure, each person, animals and maybe even plants have their own individual souls...but I'm thinking, like...all those souls are made up of one bigger "essence", I guess. ...Hm, I guess the closest example of something similar I can think of is the Mana Stream in FFVII (mind you, I didn't start believing this just BECAUSE I played that, bahahahaha).
It's like...I think there's just this unifying life force flowing through us all. Now, that might seem a tad far-fetched because it's not necessarily a common belief or something you hear about every day, but I wish I could figure out if there is a word for this belief.

The closest religion I can find to it is Animism, but that's not quiiiiiiite it. It's similar, but animists also believed in spirits and stuff, and, like I said before, I don't really believe in that stuff (although it does make for great literature).


So, any help you guys can give me would be great. I'd love to figure out what the word for my beliefs are.
Thanks.

we are a part of earth, the same as all other living things, we are all parts that make up the life force known as gaia. Wen we die we go back to this life force, bringing with us all are memories, dreams, and experiences. All living things come from Gaia, and wen Die go back to Gaia. To be reborn anew.

So Gaia is a force a creator but is not taking on human characteristics.
(later humans wanting to connect more with Gaia, so they gave it a form... So they gave it a form of a pregnant lady with a huge round body, with small arms, legs, and head.) Originally Gaia did not have a form, it was more like a living ocean made up of the life force that all things have.

At least that is how I remember it. I might have to look it up again.

Also there is the Gaia Hypothesis witch is based of from the idea of Gaia. But that is a little different.
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I’d say you’re probably a mystic pantheist. Your views seem to be a personal experience and based more on what you feel is right than what you logically deduce is likely (mysticism,) and you think that “God,” is or is a part of everything. Interestingly enough Albert Einstein was a pantheist of sorts, sort of mix of Jew and pantheist, and so are Hindus.
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SeraphAlford wrote:

I’d say you’re probably a mystic pantheist. Your views seem to be a personal experience and based more on what you feel is right than what you logically deduce is likely (mysticism,) and you think that “God,” is or is a part of everything. Interestingly enough Albert Einstein was a pantheist of sorts, sort of mix of Jew and pantheist, and so are Hindus.


Einstein might have been part of a Jewish family growing up.. But he was far from a Jew, he did not believe god was the type that could think.. He was more believing that god was a thing that just was. creating us might have been more of a natural occurrence for it. A creator who did not create because he wanted to but was a side affect do to what it was.

(aka.. a creator without a mind.)
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Lionna wrote:

Hey all,

I was wondering if you guys could help me out. Right now, I'm trying to put a name to my religious beliefs, but I can't seem to figure out quite what it is.
I don't believe in an all-power sentient being (such as God or Allah) and I don't believe in several gods like in the Greek or Norse traditions. I don't believe in spirits or sprites such as dryads.

I remember when I was a kid I went to Bible school. My teacher used to say something like, "God is everywhere, God is everything." That idea is sort of what my beliefs are (minus the all-powerful sentient being part).
I believe that there's some kind of...universal life force that binds all living things together. Sure, each person, animals and maybe even plants have their own individual souls...but I'm thinking, like...all those souls are made up of one bigger "essence", I guess. ...Hm, I guess the closest example of something similar I can think of is the Mana Stream in FFVII (mind you, I didn't start believing this just BECAUSE I played that, bahahahaha).
It's like...I think there's just this unifying life force flowing through us all. Now, that might seem a tad far-fetched because it's not necessarily a common belief or something you hear about every day, but I wish I could figure out if there is a word for this belief.

The closest religion I can find to it is Animism, but that's not quiiiiiiite it. It's similar, but animists also believed in spirits and stuff, and, like I said before, I don't really believe in that stuff (although it does make for great literature).


So, any help you guys can give me would be great. I'd love to figure out what the word for my beliefs are.
Thanks.


sounds like Ki energy to me...peace over war
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Lionna wrote:

I don't believe in an all-power sentient being (such as God or Allah) and I don't believe in several gods like in the Greek or Norse traditions. I don't believe in spirits or sprites such as dryads.

I believe that there's some kind of...universal life force that binds all living things together. Sure, each person, animals and maybe even plants have their own individual souls...but I'm thinking, like...all those souls are made up of one bigger "essence", I guess. ...Hm, I guess the closest example of something similar I can think of is the Mana Stream in FFVII (mind you, I didn't start believing this just BECAUSE I played that, bahahahaha).

The closest religion I can find to it is Animism, but that's not quiiiiiiite it. It's similar, but animists also believed in spirits and stuff, and, like I said before, I don't really believe in that stuff (although it does make for great literature).


You've already answered your own statement. That bigger 'essence' is God. That 'Universal Life Force' is God.
Animism is like Pagan and Pagan is like Greek or Norse traditions.

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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

we are a part of earth, the same as all other living things, we are all parts that make up the life force known as gaia. Wen we die we go back to this life force, bringing with us all are memories, dreams, and experiences. All living things come from Gaia, and wen Die go back to Gaia. To be reborn anew.

So Gaia is a force a creator but is not taking on human characteristics.
(later humans wanting to connect more with Gaia, so they gave it a form... So they gave it a form of a pregnant lady with a huge round body, with small arms, legs, and head.) Originally Gaia did not have a form, it was more like a living ocean made up of the life force that all things have.

At least that is how I remember it. I might have to look it up again.

Also there is the Gaia Hypothesis witch is based of from the idea of Gaia. But that is a little different.


The concept of Gaia is like a 'soul' of Mother Earth to keep the life of humanity. In other words, is like God. Therefore, do we have any evidence that we will be reborn after we died?
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Ryutai-Desk wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

we are a part of earth, the same as all other living things, we are all parts that make up the life force known as gaia. Wen we die we go back to this life force, bringing with us all are memories, dreams, and experiences. All living things come from Gaia, and wen Die go back to Gaia. To be reborn anew.

So Gaia is a force a creator but is not taking on human characteristics.
(later humans wanting to connect more with Gaia, so they gave it a form... So they gave it a form of a pregnant lady with a huge round body, with small arms, legs, and head.) Originally Gaia did not have a form, it was more like a living ocean made up of the life force that all things have.

At least that is how I remember it. I might have to look it up again.

Also there is the Gaia Hypothesis witch is based of from the idea of Gaia. But that is a little different.


The concept of Gaia is like a 'soul' of Mother Earth to keep the life of humanity. In other words, is like God. Therefore, do we have any evidence that we will be reborn after we died?


'Its just one of the religions I my self do not believe in the Soul that leaves the body.'

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Lionna wrote:

Hey all,

I was wondering if you guys could help me out. Right now, I'm trying to put a name to my religious beliefs, but I can't seem to figure out quite what it is.
I don't believe in an all-power sentient being (such as God or Allah) and I don't believe in several gods like in the Greek or Norse traditions. I don't believe in spirits or sprites such as dryads.

I remember when I was a kid I went to Bible school. My teacher used to say something like, "God is everywhere, God is everything." That idea is sort of what my beliefs are (minus the all-powerful sentient being part).
I believe that there's some kind of...universal life force that binds all living things together. Sure, each person, animals and maybe even plants have their own individual souls...but I'm thinking, like...all those souls are made up of one bigger "essence", I guess. ...Hm, I guess the closest example of something similar I can think of is the Mana Stream in FFVII (mind you, I didn't start believing this just BECAUSE I played that, bahahahaha).
It's like...I think there's just this unifying life force flowing through us all. Now, that might seem a tad far-fetched because it's not necessarily a common belief or something you hear about every day, but I wish I could figure out if there is a word for this belief.

The closest religion I can find to it is Animism, but that's not quiiiiiiite it. It's similar, but animists also believed in spirits and stuff, and, like I said before, I don't really believe in that stuff (although it does make for great literature).


So, any help you guys can give me would be great. I'd love to figure out what the word for my beliefs are.
Thanks.


Sounds like pantheism = cosmotheism


Well, I looked up Pantheism, and it is very similar to my beliefs, for sure. Not exactly the same, but closer than any other religion I can find. Thanks.
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

Einstein might have been part of a Jewish family growing up.. But he was far from a Jew, he did not believe god was the type that could think.. He was more believing that god was a thing that just was. creating us might have been more of a natural occurrence for it. A creator who did not create because he wanted to but was a side affect do to what it was.

(aka.. a creator without a mind.)


That’s something that theists and atheists argue about all the time. Personally, I don’t believe it’s true. Einstein made plenty of statements suggesting god was more sentient and human like than you might imagine. Just one of these was his famous, “God does not play dice.”

Now, atheists (Richard Dawkins most notably,) say that Einstein was being poetic, but I don’t think they’re correct. I don’t think there’s any real evidence that he was being poetic in these statements. If anything I think Einstein was torn, that his religious background and his logical mind were conflicting and that his conclusion was inconsistent. But I do think tat there was some Jewishness in his beliefs.

This being said, you know he was a really political guy? Forget his religion and science, I don’t think he gets enough credit for –that-.
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'Its just one of the religions I my self do not believe in the Soul that leaves the body.'



What do you think will happen to us when we're died?
In my belief, we will be judged of what we did in this world. So, everything will be equal there. No rich and poor distinction, you only be judged by your good and evil deeds.
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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'Its just one of the religions I my self do not believe in the Soul that leaves the body.'



What do you think will happen to us when we're died?
In my belief, we will be judged of what we did in this world. So, everything will be equal there. No rich and poor distinction, you only be judged by your good and evil deeds.


Deeds? Or intentions? Someone may do something "bad" but have good intentions for doing it. Albeit misguided intentions. What happens to those people? o.o
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Lionna wrote:


Ryutai-Desk wrote:


Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

'Its just one of the religions I my self do not believe in the Soul that leaves the body.'



What do you think will happen to us when we're died?
In my belief, we will be judged of what we did in this world. So, everything will be equal there. No rich and poor distinction, you only be judged by your good and evil deeds.


Deeds? Or intentions? Someone may do something "bad" but have good intentions for doing it. Albeit misguided intentions. What happens to those people? o.o


If that is the case one can argue that Hitler is in heaven. Hitler only did what he deem the christian thing to do. Hitler him self believe that god was on his side, and so can you really say he does not belong in heaven wen he was just doing it for God?
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Lionna wrote:

Deeds? Or intentions? Someone may do something "bad" but have good intentions for doing it. Albeit misguided intentions. What happens to those people? o.o




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Darkphoenix3450 wrote:

If that is the case one can argue that Hitler is in heaven. Hitler only did what he deem the christian thing to do. Hitler him self believe that god was on his side, and so can you really say he does not belong in heaven wen he was just doing it for God?



A very reason Atheist tends to dislike it. =p
God knows everything, deep inside human's heart, wide outside human's act. Including the causes that might happen for their actions. Therefore, human shouldn't look into white and black only, there are severe factors that could be taken into account to determine ones action. That's why Light and Darkness always exists in this world. No entire right and no entire wrong. (Well, in some case)

Hitler killed Jews for political reasons. Therefore, he would be in hell. Just like other war criminals and bandit.
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