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I've been wondering something - how come religion or atheism isn't viewed as a mental illness?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

The "What if God does not Exist" threas brought something to my attention


So...even though it was necro-posted from a year ago? Better late than never, I, um, guess.


Ever since I was young I always had the trouble in whether I should believe in God or not. But as I grew older I tried not to care about whether god exist or not. Yeat I can't help but question for the longest time about people's reasoning for believing in god or not. Then it hit me when I was place in a mental institution


(O-kayyyyy......Reading rest of thread under advisement. )


Yet it is strange because some people view atheism as a mental illness as well.
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No, we just view it as being a snarky, paranoid, antisocial asshat who's taking out his own repressive personal/childhood demons on the world and frightening news headlines--mostly formed by believing creakingly outdated negative cliche's utterly and naively, and patting himself on the back for his cleverness--by taking Very Big Hostages, and then crying sympathy for it from the same world that they also want to shut out and spit on.
There are some fundamental problems with this strategy.

(Okay, there's an opinion that's going to be lauded with mass love and cheers...)


Bonus Questions:

1) What makes believing in god different from having an imaginary friend?


Other people around the world don't have your imaginary friend. Which reduces the likelihood of it being imaginary. If they did have the same one as yours, that would be rather interesting.


2) Is there difference between religion and mental illness?


Yes, mental illness doesn't improve your life.


3) Why would not believing in god or religion make you mentally ill?


Well, sociopathy and self-loving narcissism are technically classified as mental disorders...
Posted 3/6/16
I don't think believing in a religion or not believing in a religion is a mental illness
But if you're talking about extremism, that's a different story
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qualeshia3 wrote:

The "What if God does not Exist" threas brought something to my attention


So...even though it was necro-posted from a month ago? Better late than never, I, um, guess.


Ever since I was young I always had the trouble in whether I should believe in God or not. But as I grew older I tried not to care about whether god exist or not. Yeat I can't help but question for the longest time about people's reasoning for believing in god or not. Then it hit me when I was place in a mental institution


(O-kayyyyy......Reading rest of thread under advisement. )


Yet it is strange because some people view atheism as a mental illness as well.
I take all unpopular opinions right here right now


No, we just view it as being a snarky, paranoid, antisocial asshat who's taking out his own personal/childhood demons on the world and frightening news headlines--mostly formed by believing creakingly outdated negative cliche's utterly and naively-- by taking Very Big Hostages, and then crying sympathy for it from the same world that they also want to shut out and spit on.
There are some fundamental problems with this strategy.

(Okay, there's an opinion that's going to be lauded with mass love and cheers...)


Bonus Questions:

1) What makes believing in god different from having an imaginary friend?


Other people around the world don't have your imaginary friend. Which reduces the likelihood of it being imaginary. If they did have the same one as yours, that would be rather interesting.


2) Is there difference between religion and mental illness?


Yes, mental illness doesn't improve your life.


3) Why would not believing in god or religion make you mentally ill?


Well, narcissism IS technically classified as a mental disorder...



I didn't think greatly enough when I made this thread. In a sense, it kind of feels like I am asking a stupid question.
My curiosity does get the better of me.

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I don't think believing in a religion or not believing in a religion is a mental illness
But if you're talking about extremism, that's a different story


So, if it's gone to extremes then it's a problem?
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qualeshia3 wrote:
I didn't think greatly enough when I made this thread. In a sense, it kind of feels like I am asking a stupid question.
My curiosity does get the better of me.



Well, if you're going to ask, ASK.
Don't fall into the same pit as that Chinese poster, who just wanted to prove her own leaped conclusion and say "But why would you want to act like delusional idiots?" Erm, maybe we're not.
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qualeshia3 wrote:
I didn't think greatly enough when I made this thread. In a sense, it kind of feels like I am asking a stupid question.
My curiosity does get the better of me.



Well, if you're going to ask, ASK.
Don't fall into the same pit as that Chinese poster, who just wanted to prove her own leaped conclusion and say "But why would you want to act like delusional idiots?" Erm, maybe we're not.


Wait, what Chinese poster?
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qualeshia3 wrote:


Ejanss wrote:

Well, if you're going to ask, ASK.
Don't fall into the same pit as that Chinese poster, who just wanted to prove her own leaped conclusion and say "But why would you want to act like delusional idiots?" Erm, maybe we're not.


Wait, what Chinese poster?


Errr, let's keep that one buried. Suffice to say, there's a difference between posting actual curiosity--which answers might result in one finding out that one might be wrong--and mass straw-man burning, which safely removes that risk entirely.


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stars201 wrote:But if you're talking about extremism, that's a different story


So, if it's gone to extremes then it's a problem?


Yes, because then you're using it to get what you want, and it's like quoting Shakespeare out of context to make that mean whatever you want:
It just shows off how much you haven't read the plays, and other people who've read them since high school will judge that cultural knowledge accordingly.
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Ejanss wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:
I didn't think greatly enough when I made this thread. In a sense, it kind of feels like I am asking a stupid question.
My curiosity does get the better of me.



Well, if you're going to ask, ASK.
Don't fall into the same pit as that Chinese poster, who just wanted to prove her own leaped conclusion and say "But why would you want to act like delusional idiots?" Erm, maybe we're not.

Maybe not most of you.
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Okay then.
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Someone's religious beliefs (or lack thereof) are usually based on their view of how the universe works: Was everything created by a higher power, or does it just happen by chance? Both sides have valid points, it just depends on your personal beliefs. The only time "mental illness" is really involved is when someone takes their beliefs way too far, or they severely dislike the other side and cite insanity as the cause of that side's beliefs.


All of this. Basically, religions and even scientific theories are just ideas about things we can't quite explain, especially when it comes to the catalyst of all life. I'm not a religious person at all, but having a basic set of rules and lessons to live by isn't a bad thing. Some people live by their own moral codes, and others live by an established preset. Neither is wrong, or an indication of mental illness in any way.

The people who do crazy stuff in the name of religion are the same sort who might do crazy stuff because they saw it in Grand Theft Auto: impressionable idiots whose urges to do evil align with someone else's idea. Hitler gets all the hate, but there were thousands of other people who just went along with whatever he presented on the podium. Everyone justifies their wrongdoing somehow. Religion is just an easy excuse, and therefore a common one.
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It depends what you do with those religious beliefs. I personally don't believe in God, but if you do believe in him as long as you don't harm other people it doesn't really matter. It's when people cross a line and use religion as an excuse to attack someone that mental illness comes into it.
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Really comparing religion with mental illness ..Damn I say anything close to that bad and some mod feels the need to be all up in my grille..Fucking hell Neo-nazis allowed to express themselves, atheists allowed to bash away and I can't even call anyone an idiot for being an idiot.
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Really comparing religion with mental illness ..Damn I say anything close to that bad and some mod feels the need to be all up in my grille..Fucking hell Neo-nazis allowed to express themselves, atheists allowed to bash away and I can't even call anyone an idiot for being an idiot.


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In short, religion and mental illnesses have nothing in common?


Absolutely not

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qualeshia3 wrote:



In short, religion and mental illnesses have nothing in common?


Absolutely not



Okay.
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