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Post Reply are you religious? if so, why?
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because my family wants me to be reagos
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I'm not religious at all.
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Nope.



And yes, I do base all of my religious and political beliefs on stupid memes.
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I will be.... someday
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Nope. There are way too many atheists on the internet for me to be religious. I was born here, you know.
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JustineKo2 wrote:
Unfortunately you've made the erroneous assumption that this can possibly describe any atheist, even by the broadest stretches of the imagination. Suggesting an atheist doesn't believe in anything is pretty much the same as suggesting a theist believes in EVERYTHING. While I posit that most theists fall for anything someone tells them, there's nothing on the books that says different philosophies have anything to do with the number of things people believe in. I'm an atheist I don't believe in this god or that god, that's it, the topic of what I believe in pertains to gods only. What this has to do with love, an entirely different topic, I have no idea.


Sorry, I see love as a deity rather than an emotion. I sometimes forget how damn crazy that seems to other people. But, you're right. I shouldn't lump you all in one category; especially when it's technically labeled incorrect. And while I could speak more about my personal issues with atheism, I really only cared enough to admit I was wrong in that particular case. Holding that much pride isn't good for a man.
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Nope, most would consider me to be an anti-theist (if they know anything about the subject). Most of the time, they just confuse me for an atheist.

I've studied various religions and participated in some since I was 12 or so. I never found one that resonated with me.. or that I didn't personally witness a billion problems occurring because of said religion.

My personal opinion (not to offend anyone), is that religion in all forms is a very old, outdated method of describing and analyzing the world around a person. You don't understand it, so it must be 'x'. The ancient Greeks and Romans attributed massive beasts/monsters like titans to describe violent upheavals (like tornadoes and hurricanes). Basic science has answers for these weather phenomena now, so very few people really pray to or pay attention to ancient theology. I'm sure there are still many people who do, but even they mostly accept that these weather occurrences are due to 'x' number of factors interacting with one another.

Furthermore, I have seen very little positive influence as a result of religious interference or belief. If anything, I see more disruption and chaos due to religious difference than anything else. On top of that, religion so far has not helped me answer any of the personal questions I have or helped me cope in any way with negative things going on in my life. It hasn't inspired me to be a better person, or to be stronger, more able. It just seems like an unnecessary crutch in light of pursuing one's personal best.

But again, this is my conjecture, not fact. I'm sure others have different experiences and opinions on the matter.
Posted 8/15/12

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Watermelonheaven wrote:

I used to be Buddhist but I'm agnostic now. I see agnosticism as the middle ground between religion and atheism.

I don't think I can be sure any god is real but, at the same time, it's hard to prove that god isn't real.


Nooo, it's pretty easy. You can use philosophy to make a hardcore religious person rethink about religion. All the things people say to prove god is real are absolutely ridiculous and child's play.

"Well who created us other than god?"

"No other being out there is as powerful as god, so he must created us!" << Can't ask this question unless you're assuming there is a god so this isn't even a counterproductive argument.

And what's with priest molesting children? This is not a false rumor, these things actually happens.

I don't think those are even valid arguments. A religion is separate from its followers.

It's not that easy to prove/disprove something as profound and unknown as the supernatural. It's actually very hard to prove that some things don't exist, especially if this entity is supposedly something we can't see, hear, smell, taste, etc. For instance, you can't prove to me that there isn't a gold-rimmed white mug in the orbit of Mars at this very moment. You can say why it is unlikely and we can interpret the unlikeliness as a 'doesn't exist,' but the off-chance is still there.
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It's prideful to think everything in this world can be rationalized.
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Watermelonheaven wrote:


Michaeln93 wrote:


Watermelonheaven wrote:

I used to be Buddhist but I'm agnostic now. I see agnosticism as the middle ground between religion and atheism.

I don't think I can be sure any god is real but, at the same time, it's hard to prove that god isn't real.


Nooo, it's pretty easy. You can use philosophy to make a hardcore religious person rethink about religion. All the things people say to prove god is real are absolutely ridiculous and child's play.

"Well who created us other than god?"

"No other being out there is as powerful as god, so he must created us!" << Can't ask this question unless you're assuming there is a god so this isn't even a counterproductive argument.

And what's with priest molesting children? This is not a false rumor, these things actually happens.

I don't think those are even valid arguments. A religion is separate from its followers.

It's not that easy to prove/disprove something as profound and unknown as the supernatural. It's actually very hard to prove that some things don't exist, especially if this entity is supposedly something we can't see, hear, smell, taste, etc. For instance, you can't prove to me that there isn't a gold-rimmed white mug in the orbit of Mars at this very moment. You can say why it is unlikely and we can interpret the unlikeliness as a 'doesn't exist,' but the off-chance is still there.


Those weren't arguments. Those were questions asked by theist. I am not even making an argument.

You are correct, it is not that easy to prove or disprove of something that is unknown. But first of all, you would have to tell me where did this concept of "gold-rimmed white mug in the orbit of Mars" come from? What is the reason for this to exist in the first place? What was the premises that led you to believe that such a thing exist?

For the concept of God, there are reasons of how this came to be. A few may be because humans are discomforted and needed something to put faith in, or maybe because humans are born with a degree of curiosity and anxiousness to work things out when they can not understand some things. In this case, humans often look into reality and think to themselves how does all these things exist ; the world, the beauty, the life, the shapes, the forms, the colors, etc. They cannot comprehend how they exists and assumed there must be a higher power somewhere that created them all, and that humans doesn't have the capacity to or can't possibly ever comprehend. A being that is said to be omnipotent, omnibenevolent, and omniscient - the Creator.

Now as you all could probably tell, I am an atheist. The reason I don't believe in a higher power is because I can not believe in something I have never seen before with my own eyes. The bible is nothing more to me than a fairy tale, a story to be told by the bonfires, gathered around by children waiting for some day they can tell the stories to other groups of kids with a side of their own fabricated part.

Plus I've seen, read, and heard of a lot of things that occurred in this world that very much contradicts the image of God.

If I have no choice but to believe in God, I would have to say I believe in God spiritually, nothing more than a feeling of comfort, liveness deep within the soul of oneself.
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There is no evidence of a god, that is a fact...
The law of physics can exist from nothing, that is a fact.
You can get life from non-living things, that is a fact.

To believe in something you need evidence, not faith...!
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When someone asks me what my belief system is, I reply with this.

"I'm more of a spiritual person".

They ask me to clarify the difference.

"Spirituality is for those seeking understanding, Religion is for those seeking reward".
Posted 8/16/12
I worship Dio.
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I'm an atheist.

I enjoy not being at the mercy of any type of deity, most notably the christian god

I'd like to quote dawkins on this.

"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."

Even if "god" is real I want nothing to do with him! the devil seems like more of a decent chap then the so called "good guy" Hows that for a laugh?!

Posted 8/16/12
I fall into the "Spiritual - not religious" category.
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