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I'm Agnostic (formerly Catholic a few decades ago). I believe everyone has their right to worshiping their own religion their own way. On the other hand, if the religion either infringes on others rights to peacefully worship (such as various pushy or door to door religions) or harms it's worshipers in any way (molesting priests, Jonestown kool-aid vendors etc), I'll be the first to deflate their beliefs on the facts in evidence vs. blind faith.
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I used to go to Catholic school as a child and I got in so much trouble because I was really into science and asked how the creation story could be real when there was scientific evidence of evolution and they were not happy about that... Long story short I realized I'm an atheist who graduated a year early and is getting a degree in medical illustration (which I would not have done I don't believe if I stayed with Catholicism). But I believe others have the right to believe in what they want just like I should be able to believe in what I want. My family is still Catholic and my boyfriend is a practicing Christian and I still go to church with them for holidays to support them and stuff.
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I am an atheist. I cannot believe in an omnipotent, all-seeing, all-knowing deity. What I do believe is that we don't know everything, so it's important to keep an open mind. Religion, in my opinion, is a crutch that some people need to make it from day to day; without it they would curl up into a fetal position and slowly succumb to despair. If that was all there was to it, everything would be just fine. Unfortunately, religion and faith are also used to justify our innate xenophobia, greed, and lust for power over others.
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I have no problem at all with religion or religious people in general, and anything that positively affects a person's life is fine by me. However, I don't think anything could make me believe in a god. Even if I had visions or heard a voice, I don't think that is adequate evidence - there are too many ways the mind can mess up and trick you. Coincidences are common, and there are bound to be times when things work out against all odds. It's math.

If there were a god, like the monotheistic all-powerful one, I'd probably hate him. Sounds edgy, I know, but I don't really intend to be.
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I don't care about your beliefs but I will respect that they are your beliefs. Respect mine and we will be fine. I can not stand though when someone who is religious gets the high and mighty ego and thinks they are better than somebody else. We should all know whats good and whats bad and if you don't you probably have some sort of mental disorder. No offense, but you probably do.
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A question I have about religion is if there are many people who believe in God, maybe even a specific one tied to a faith, but are skeptical about the texts associated with that faith, such as the Bible, for example.

I think this is becoming more common, even people who identify as Muslim, Christian whatever can worship the specific God but don't like the stuff written in their holy texts and acknowledge they are flawed or corrupt because of being written by men.
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As long as they don't get any special rights then I'm cool with it
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I'm happy being Catholic and respect other faiths.
I love my faith and at one point in my life considered becoming a priest but decided against it.
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Pro religion:
I absolutely adore religion. Nothing better illustrates many of the most noble traits of mankind. Our constant reaching towards the divine. Our imagination and artistry. Our desire for order and morality. Our strong connectedness where we can achieve the ecstasy of a "hive mind" unity. Our fables and proverbs which have carried ancient wisdom down through the ages.

Anti religion:
Organized religion is a lot like government. Anywhere money and power higherarchies exist, corruption will invariably follow. They also tend to be so mired in tradition that they adapt far too slowly to the changing needs of society. I seldom see the need to attend an actual church. I advocate tithing to your local food pantry or homeless person rather than an institution that spends "God's money" on fancy windows and clergymen's car payments.

Personal beliefs:
Christian, in an obviously non-vanilla way.
I believe in God and believe that disbelief in God is a supreme form of arrogance. God is simply the highest life form in the (uni/multi)verse. Obviously as 3.5 dimensional creatures, we have little capacity to actually perceive a creature of 11+ dimensions. If we simply assume that we are the highest life form in all existence that is pure hubris.
I also see God in a somewhat pantheist sense. As in, how does the universe itself not qualify as a life form? Then again, in a Christian sense, if you believe God is omnipresent, that essentially necessitates a pantheist view.
Why choose Christianity over other available religions? I won't deny that being raised Christian, it's comforting to stick close to home. Also, I like the way Christ summarizes the law as "Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself."
The first part of that keeps our heart geared towards the spiritual, while the second part, if followed universally by all, would create the kingdom of heaven while here on Earth.

Afterthoughts:
I have been seriously considering a central Gnostic belief, that the god(s) of the Old Testament is not, in fact, the one true God. YHVH may, in fact, be Satan. In the end, getting caught up in the religious semantics of God's name seems somewhat irrelevant. The question is are you a follower of light, or of darkness?
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I have no opinion on religion.
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I like to think I'm agnostic.
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I feel its impossible for me to believe in any sort of deity or religious behavior mostly because i take the world and people in it at face value. People lie, cheat, steal, and murder every day. Just saying, if i was omnipotent this wouldn't happen. Plus ignorance and mental instability doesn't seem like a strong foundation for any religion.
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I believe in god. I just dont believe in religion.
I believe in a theory that explains god AND the big bang theory and why we wont ever see him.
I believe it doesnt matter what we do because most people believe you have to do things alone. You cant rely on god to fix things if you're not willing to help others fix things. We dont work together, so we live alone
My theory on god is kinda depressing but it definitely makes sense...to me ;P

Posted 6/13/15
I personally dislike religion. It doesn't bring any good to the world, and what good it does bring is outweighed by the bad. I don't care if people are religious, but I still hate religion if that makes sense. I'd rather there be no religion, but I am not going to talk about you for having a religion.
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