First  Prev  34  35  36  37  38  39  40  41  42  43  44  45  46  47  48  49  50  Next  Last
Post Reply are you religious? if so, why?
14343 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / F / A castle in the sky
Offline
Posted 4/26/13
I believe in God. Period.

I prefer not to be labeled as religious. This term can have many negative connotations that do not aline with what it truly means to be a Christian.

I want my life to be of benefit to the lives of others. I do not have to be labeled as a religious person to do this. I just need a heart that is good. This is a large part of why I love anime so much. I feel like I can connect with the values of so many of the characters. The good actions of these characters can sometimes seem to too heroic or unrealistic to some people but this is exactly what I want to achieve. I don't think it is impossible.

Believing in God is so much more than saying that you are religious.
10264 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
20 / M / England
Offline
Posted 4/26/13
Agnostic ftw.

We don't know whats out there, so just have an open mind.
25134 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
22 / M / Dallas, Texas
Offline
Posted 4/26/13
i'm not sure that i believe in god yet i'm still sorting some things out about it, i kinda find it over exaggerated but who am i to talk i 'm a otaku who's obsessed with all things anime
36 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
15 / F / Canada
Offline
Posted 4/26/13
I personally, am not religious. I grew up in a christian household, going to church and Sunday school, etc. My Nana is even a Minister at her local church and has been a Minister for years! I'm not really sure why the beliefs never rubbed off on me. Maybe it's because I have a tendency to over think things? Even I don't really know.

What I do know is this: My family doesn't know I'm atheist. and I'm afraid to tell them. I started to tell my mom once, but I could tell she was getting angry, so I stopped and haven't brought it up since. I'm afraid I will get judged for not being in God, or any sort of higher power.

The point is, not all atheists judge Christians, but some do. Not all Christians judge atheists, but some do. It doesn't matter what you believe in, we should all just get along .

Also; sometimes I think Christians need to back off a little. I mean, in my country, gay marriage has been legal since 2005, and I can't but feel bad for the couples who can't express their love because of some bible-banging homophobes for a government. I know this doesn't apply to all Christian's, just making a note here.
Erikku 
24071 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M / USA
Offline
Posted 4/26/13
I am a atheist and have been for years. I became a atheist for the right reasons though. Christians seem to think most atheists hate god and that's why they are atheist. I however studied philosophy for years also i actually did the research and read the entire bible and came to the conclusion that Christianity is immoral and also it provides no evidence so naturally i became a atheist.
Erikku 
24071 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M / USA
Offline
Posted 4/26/13

sharkjack wrote:


SeargeantGreg wrote:

I'm a christian, and well if i didn't believe in a higher power, I'd have nothing to ge a sense of right or wrong. If your an atheist and say that something is not right or is unfaire, how can you know what is and what isn't if you don't get that from a higher power. All that's left is your opinon over mine... a bullet to your head would fix that, and if there is no God, then when i take your life, i'm taking nothing of value.. There should be nothing wrong with that, because i say it's totaly cool, even if you disagree. let anarchy reign.


There's two seperate issues to discuss here. The first is why did morality arise and why should it be kept intact from a pragmaic perspective. The answer to that is because we're social animals that live in a society together. I would rather live in a society where people aren't allowed to just walk up on me and shoot me. I'm sure a lot of people agree with that so we work together make and enforce laws to prevent that from happening. Of course as a member of that society I'd avoid killing people in the open because then I get sent to jail or worse. Basic neccicities and biological reality is sufficient to explain how societies come to have moral rules and norms. But that's just the pragmatic side. We also have this thing called empathy that naturally makes us moe inclined to be nice to people you know.

On the more philosophical side, morality arises from the realizations that:
1. actions have consequences and we can generally do a decent job at predicting these before we choose our actions.
2. People and a selection of animals are generally like me in that regard.

Now you could say without a god people don't have vaule. I wholeheartedly disagree with that. People have value to me because they can experience, they can enjoy and get hurt and learn and wonder and do all of these wonderfull things. Beyond restricting people from doing stuff that hurts others, why would I not let people do the things they enjoy? If I recocgnize that they are fundamentally similar to me, and I would like to have them let me do what I please as long as I'm not hurting them, then I should be consistent with that thought and apply the same to others.

My morality is mostly a respect for enthousiastic willfull consent and a balance of enjoying myself without hurting others.

On the other hand, you are suggesting a far bleaker view of the world. You say wihtout a god that tells you what's right and wrong you'd just kill people if you felt like it? Really?

Either way, what do you say makes things moral? are things moral because your god says they're moral? that's not morality, that's obedience.
Or does god say things that are moral because they are moral. In that case god is just telling you what's moral and we should be able to figure that stuff out by ourselves. In that case atheists like me have just as much claim to morality as you do.

As a atheist i approve of your response to that i would have made the same argument. One thing i say to Christians is if i tell a dog not to sit on a couch does that make what the dog is doing moral or is it simply doing it because i told it not to. Being told something wrong does not mean it is moral it is your own morality that determines if actions are moral or not. I would also like to point out to Christians that the whole genesis explanation of morality is flawed. Adam and Eve would of had to have some sense of morality before they ate the fruit or they would not have known it was wrong to do so in the first place. If god is your moral dictator i feel sorry for you because the bible clearly condones slavery and genocide.
28 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
32 / F
Offline
Posted 4/26/13
I hate the term, "religious." I have faith, but I don't obsess about tradition, unless there is a real purpose to it. For example, I'm a Covenant Christian and I go to church, but I don't do it because I believe that church is going to save me. I do it because I like the people at my church (and yes, they know that I like anime) and I want to learn more about my faith. I also like my pastor who listen to what I have to say and enjoys having theological discussions. He challenges me, but he respects me, even when I disagree with him.

I've looked into various religions of the world and found one that best resembled my beliefs. I also found that science and faith can co-exist. The two are merely the different sides of the same coin. As my college Physics teacher (at a secular school, I might add) said, "Science merely explains HOW the universe works; Faith explains WHY the universe works."
Posted 4/26/13
I'm not religious.
17757 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
M / Los Angeles, CA
Offline
Posted 4/26/13 , edited 4/26/13
I am atheist... I believe all religions are overall bad for humanity. They are not all equally bad, I would say Islam, Christian, and Catholics are the worst. Buddhism, for example, is more benign.
3056 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
13 / M / Brooklyn, New York
Offline
Posted 4/26/13
I was once non-religous, but I became an atheist when I searched into the origins of god/gods, if you do your research, you'll know that people created gods in the past because they didn't have the science or knowledge to explain everything that went on in the world, unlike today. Religion has spread so much since then.
186 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
19 / M
Offline
Posted 4/26/13
I understand what youre getting at. I believe that feeling you get (your morality) comes from somewhere other than a biological program for progressive socal interactions. I don't feel like killing anyone, and i wouldn't. I just used that as an example. I mearly wish to express that with no (plan) in genaral, we can follow whatever and think whatever and wether we'r right or wrong, it doen't matter. You can think it does and give examples to prove it, but that still doen't change anything. We are all but ashes in the wind after all. When our time comes, you and I will find out for certin if there is a God. Other than that, i'm afraid it seems i don't have the necessary knowlege or experience to discuss this topic with you on equal grounds.

All and all i'll still believe in God, and you currently don't, gonna let bygons be bygons
7086 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
18 / M
Offline
Posted 4/26/13 , edited 4/26/13
At some level or another, everyone has faith. Most have faith in the scientific method. And while this may seem like a backwards statement, it really isn't as it's impossible to prove that the scientific method actually works without using another methodology which also cannot be proved without using another methodology. Even if one is to cite that the scientifit method works because it time and time again demonstrates things unfailingly. But using something to prove itself is circular reasoning. This doesn't eliminate the neccesity of having faith in the scienctific method as, well, it's impossible to prove without using circular reasoning.

Now at the same time, a blind faith in the scientific method is certainly not bad one. The scientific method is perhaps the single most amazing thing to happen to humanity as it does actually work to effectively explain natural phenomena around us.

Question everything; even the questioning
80 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
F / Texas
Offline
Posted 4/26/13
I fully believe in Jesus Christ. I have met atheists. They are friendly towards me until they find out i believe in Jesus Christ & then take out everything on me.

You don't want to accept Christ I won't force you. I won't blame all atheist based on the actions of the few(all those I have met) who took their frustrations out on me.
7086 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
18 / M
Offline
Posted 4/26/13 , edited 4/26/13

luvsailoromance wrote:

I fully believe in Jesus Christ. I have met atheists. They are friendly towards me until they find out i believe in Jesus Christ & then take out everything on me.

You don't want to accept Christ I won't force you. I won't blame all atheist based on the actions of the few(all those I have met) who took their frustrations out on me.


Yeah I have this problem too. Somehow beliveing in Christ gives the impression, at least to some atheists, that I'm a complete idiot.
Erikku 
24071 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M / USA
Offline
Posted 4/26/13

bensonc120 wrote:

I am atheist... I believe all religions are overall bad for humanity. They are not all equally bad, I would say Islam, Christian, and Catholics are the worst. Buddhism, for example, is more benign.


I agree with this that. Any good religion does can be done by secular means without strings attached.
First  Prev  34  35  36  37  38  39  40  41  42  43  44  45  46  47  48  49  50  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.