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Nope. When I was 8th grade and was asked if I wanted to make my confirmation (my family's Catholic and I went to a Catholic school) I thought about if I really did believe in something like a God and I realized that I didn't. And from then on I just don't think there is a god, I do find religions interesting as well though. :3
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I was raised in a religious family. Even went to a private christian school for 5 years. K-4th grade. But I accept all religions (most). I just think it's good to have something to believe in. Have some faith in.
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I generally pose this question to Christians: "If lying is a sin (which most religious people consider it to be), and, according to your own doctrines from the Bible that state that Jesus Christ is the only being to have existed on Earth without any sin, wouldn't that create the possibility that those who wrote the Bible and by proxy those who spread its teachings (since all humans are sinners) are liars?
I'm agnostic, I can believe in something with concrete proof. I don't hate religion either, I just enjoy philosophical arguments. No one in my old philosophy class could completely refute this question. Always question everything!
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There is some evidence that something can exist from nothing, but can something come from nothing if no plain of existence yet exists? Perhaps God was always the plain of existence, the only thing accompanying the void before the universe itself existed; allowing for all things to exist.



Also, dancing cows are cool.
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Almondz wrote:

I generally pose this question to Christians: "If lying is a sin (which most religious people consider it to be), and, according to your own doctrines from the Bible that state that Jesus Christ is the only being to have existed on Earth without any sin, wouldn't that create the possibility that those who wrote the Bible and by proxy those who spread its teachings (since all humans are sinners) are liars?
I'm agnostic, I can believe in something with concrete proof. I don't hate religion either, I just enjoy philosophical arguments. No one in my old philosophy class could completely refute this question. Always question everything!


absolutely not, Because there is so many reasons to consider the Bible, One reason is the prophecies that are recorded within it's pages and their fullfillment.

2 Pet. 1:20, 21: “No prophecy of Scripture springs from any private interpretation. For prophecy was at no time brought by man’s will, but men spoke from God as they were borne along by holy spirit.”

Example: ▪ Prophecy: Isa. 44:24, 27, 28; 45:1-4: “Jehovah . . . the One saying to the watery deep, ‘Be evaporated; and all your rivers I shall dry up’; the One saying of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd, and all that I delight in he will completely carry out’; even in my saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and of the temple, ‘You will have your foundation laid.’ This is what Jehovah has said to his anointed one, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have taken hold of, to subdue before him nations, so that I may ungird even the hips of kings; to open before him the two-leaved doors, so that even the gates will not be shut: ‘Before you I myself shall go, and the swells of land I shall straighten out. The copper doors I shall break in pieces, and the iron bars I shall cut down. . . . For the sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel my chosen one, I even proceeded to call you by your name.’” (Writing by Isaiah was completed by about 732 B.C.E.).


□ Fulfillment: Cyrus had not been born when the prophecy was written. The Jews were not taken into exile to Babylon until 617-607 B.C.E., and Jerusalem and its temple were not destroyed until 607 B.C.E. In detail the prophecy was fulfilled starting in 539 B.C.E. Cyrus diverted the waters of the Euphrates River into an artificial lake, the river gates of Babylon were carelessly left open during feasting in the city, and Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians under Cyrus. Thereafter, Cyrus liberated the Jewish exiles and sent them back to Jerusalem with instructions to rebuild Jehovah’s temple there.—The Encyclopedia Americana (1956), Vol. III, p. 9; Light From the Ancient Past (Princeton, 1959), Jack Finegan, pp. 227-229; “All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial” (New York, 1983), pp. 282, 284, 295.
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▪ Prophecy: Luke 19:41-44; 21:20, 21: “He [Jesus Christ] viewed the city [Jerusalem] and wept over it, saying: . . . ‘The days will come upon you when your enemies will build around you a fortification with pointed stakes and will encircle you and distress you from every side, and they will dash you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave a stone upon a stone in you, because you did not discern the time of your being inspected.’” Two days later, he counseled his disciples: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by encamped armies, then know that the desolating of her has drawn near. Then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains, and let those in the midst of her withdraw.” (Prophecy spoken by Jesus Christ in 33 C.E.)

□ Fulfillment: Jerusalem revolted against Rome, and in 66 C.E. the Roman army under Cestius Gallus attacked the city. But, as Jewish historian Josephus reports, the Roman commander “suddenly called off his men, abandoned hope though he had suffered no reverse, and flying in the face of all reason retired from the City.” (Josephus, the Jewish War, Penguin Classics, 1969, p. 167) This provided opportunity for Christians to flee from the city, which they did, moving to Pella, beyond the Jordan, according to Eusebius Pamphilus in his Ecclesiastical History. (Translated by C. F. Crusé, London, 1894, p. 75) Then around Passover time of the year 70 C.E. General Titus besieged the city, an encircling fence 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long was erected in just three days, and after five months Jerusalem fell. “Jerusalem itself was systematically destroyed and the Temple left in ruins. Archaeological work shows us today just how effective was the destruction of Jewish buildings all over the land.”—The Bible and Archaeology (Grand Rapids, Mich.; 1962), J. A. Thompson, p. 299
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I used to be religious when I was younger. Until I thought of how ridiculous and unrealistic it was. It was just like the tooth fairy my mother used to tell me about when I was 7. God is something people want to believe and pray to, to feel better and safer. They sorta cling onto this false hope, that if they pray enough or believe enough that something will happen. But the thing is nothing ever will. But hey whatever gets them through to another day right? But I respect everyone's beliefs and I will not try to say people are stupid, or wrong for having a religion. I honestly could be wrong and am granting myself a one-way trip to hell right now (hell actually doesn't sound that bad so .-. i'll see you in hell baby ;D)

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The real question is what if religion never existed? I wanna hear those answers more
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Religion was initially a collection of beliefs (written as metaphorical stories) that tried to explain the origin of life and the meaning of life but it originated so long ago back when we didn't know much about the universe.
I mean.. people used to truly believe the world was flat.
Basically religion is just a really ancient 'theory' of the beginning of the world just like how The Big Bang theory is a modern day theory.

How religion has survived all these years baffles me and the fact that it's a way of life for some people, to the extent of conflict or war is even more baffling. You'd think billions of years later with all the understanding and knowledge we have accumulated humanity could move forward but I guess religious extremists > science.
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No, covering up pedophilia is disgusting.

I agree with giving the Church money... Not everyone can be as generous as others like me I'm pretty poor so I just offer some prayers since I don't have a steady income. Catholic priests usually have a range of 18k-22k (in the US) annual salary their whole lives... The money from collection baskets mainly goes to the up keeping of the particular church building and for its charity programs... Look at a Catholic church and then look at a Protestant one... You'll usually notice that the Catholic church will have more things done to it and more spectacular than the Protestant one... Then look at where the Protestant 'pastor' lives and look at where the Catholic priest lives... The Protestant pastor usually lives in a nice big house and driving nice cars while the Catholic priest lives in a little house on the particular church property usually sharing it with another priest or sometimes living in an apartment.

I am 19 yrs old and I converted to Catholicism on my own free will and I will not be attending any none-Catholic religious services which includes my cousins wedding coming up here. Why? Because that's another religion which theologically conflicts with my own... Does that mean I don't have friends outside of my religion? No, actually most of my friends are none-Catholic/none-religious

If none of this makes sense to you or you're just gunna' reply to argue I could care less... I don't care if you want to argue or whatever I was just stating my unchanging opinions because I am an American citizen and the U.S. Constitution guarantees me the right to not only to have but also state my opinions and for you as well. Thank you for replying to my comment.
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The real question is what if religion never existed? I wanna hear those answers more
The world would invariably be a better place because realistically religion is organized spirituality. If we didn't have churches, mosques, temples or holy books, people themselves would still hold to the idea of a greater good out there watching them. But what have these organizations - interested only in profiting off of the hopes of individuals - really brought to the world that we otherwise wouldn't have? Perhaps they have even brought us more evil (like wars, mass murders, slavery) than the good that could just have likely come from non-theocratic based charity.

Down with *religion* specifically, I say.

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cause theres a god 8D , FIN

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words may not exist but something which is realistic to all human exist nor stupid or smart or dumb people will know theres god, we do sins almost everyday ,etc women clothes, sexiness make me turn horny >~< , ok stop there, and praying everyday seem to be the most realistic dont u think? sins, the fairness for people whom want to go to a higher level of heaven , only blind will not understand or havent yet receive thier oppcuneity
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I am technically a theist, but my line of beliefs align more so with that of an atheist than anything.

I believe god is whatever created the universe, and is only that. It does not extend beyond the act of creation and plays no role with humans. Thus I have no reason to be a part of any religion and god plays no role in my life. I believe in evolution and such as well.


EDIT: I am somewhat conflicted with the idea of religion though. When it's not filled with intolerance, hate, and ignorance, and actually serves a meaningful purpose I believe it does people quite a bit of good. But the amount of intolerance that is amongst it is difficult to ignore.

That said, I don't think I'd ever wish to abolish it. Without religion, music would hardly exist today, and that would pain me very much.
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appleCUPsup wrote:

The real question is what if religion never existed? I wanna hear those answers more




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