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What would you do if not for your religion?
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Being an Atheist I find religion stupid and nothing but a crutch for those who cannot come to terms with the reality of living, I don't want to sound hateful or anything as I have many religious friends, you're free to believe what you wish, I hate religion not religious people but if you ask me religion and all the stupid rules it comes with are nonsense. Rather than wasting time to find a meaning in a nonexistent super being just look outside, there's billions of other people also looking for a meaning to life, we find a meaning for life in each other I say and yes death is inevitable and nothing awaits for us after but it's not what awaits us after death that's important, it's what we leave behind, the next generation follows our examples, leave a good example and just rest in peace with the knowledge your ideals are eternal even if your life is not
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If I weren't religious... I would troll religious people and mock their religion-based discussions to quell my insecurity.
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If I didn't hold to my beliefs then I would just continue living life like I do
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cheapshotfail wrote:

If I weren't religious... I would troll religious people and mock their religion-based discussions to quell my insecurity.


at most certainly is a portion of the atheist community. I'd hate to think they're all jerks. They can't be.
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After giving up my religion a year ago, I am personally a happier, and a better person. Without religion I am solely accountable. I don't give praise to a mysterious source, but give thanks to actual people that enter my life. I also don't blame outside spirit forces for causing me to sin. What I do, I take full accountability and will never shift the blame to anything else.

I also believe that humanity is our hope, and until we take some self-accountability we will continue on this destructive path, expecting a miracle to fix the messes WE caused. This is no hypothetical answer here, this is my personal experience of my entire life being structured around a religion, and finally obtaining freedom and my own salvation in me.
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Maiden_aya wrote:

After giving up my religion a year ago, I am personally a happier, and a better person. Without religion I am solely accountable. I don't give praise to a mysterious source, but give thanks to actual people that enter my life. I also don't blame outside spirit forces for causing me to sin. What I do, I take full accountability and will never shift the blame to anything else.

I also believe that humanity is our hope, and until we take some self-accountability we will continue on this destructive path, expecting a miracle to fix the messes WE caused. This is no hypothetical answer here, this is my personal experience of my entire life being structured around a religion, and finally obtaining freedom and my own salvation in me.


Actually we're not supposed to sit back and expect miracles. We're told that faith without works is dead but I can see what you mean.
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Get myself a boyfriend and eventually marry this boyfriend.
It's hard being a gay Catholic.
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I can't become a full blown nihilist. I appreciate too many things to think it doesn't have some form of meaning. It doesn't matter to me that I'll die some day. I just learn to accept it. I'm born to live. I live so I can see what this life has to offer. You don't need a God. I'd be more disappointed if I died and there was a God.
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It's probably all that separates me from being an impulsive beast that justifies terrible things with deluded logic... or maybe not.

I don't adhere to any organized religion. I make it my own so to remove it would be to remove myself and thus my humanity.
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ZavinRoyalheart wrote:


Maiden_aya wrote:

After giving up my religion a year ago, I am personally a happier, and a better person. Without religion I am solely accountable. I don't give praise to a mysterious source, but give thanks to actual people that enter my life. I also don't blame outside spirit forces for causing me to sin. What I do, I take full accountability and will never shift the blame to anything else.

I also believe that humanity is our hope, and until we take some self-accountability we will continue on this destructive path, expecting a miracle to fix the messes WE caused. This is no hypothetical answer here, this is my personal experience of my entire life being structured around a religion, and finally obtaining freedom and my own salvation in me.


Actually we're not supposed to sit back and expect miracles. We're told that faith without works is dead but I can see what you mean.


I will acknowledge that is true. And I respect everyone right to belief. But in my search for answers, my answer is that in the long term it is up to us. Because I do still believe in the principal because faith without works is dead. While I don't have a belief in a deity, I feel any belief, idea, value, etc is meaningless without action to back it up.That's why self-accountability is so important to me. Because for me leaving a religion, wasn't to gain a freedom to do certain things. In fact, I think I'm harder on myself now that I'm not religious

My value system, equivalent to religious persons faith, is dead without without actions to support it too. And I will add, although I have my personal views against religion, I am still always 100% for anything that makes a person happy, and that helps them be a good person. We all have our motivators, and for some, it is religion.
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HuastecoOtaku wrote:

Get myself a boyfriend and eventually marry this boyfriend.
It's hard being a gay Catholic.


Yeah that must be hard. Catholics are pretty strict I've heard.
People seem to assume is gay is a choice and a sin. I'm not gay so I can't say if it's a choice are not. You probably know the answer to that. It's definitely not a sin and even if it was people seem to forget that Jesus died for all of our sins. As long as you believe with all your heart that Jesus is the son of God and that he died for your sins you shall have eternal life. We're saved by faith. To be saved by not sinning is near impossible in this world.
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cheapshotfail wrote:

If I weren't religious... I would troll religious people and mock their religion-based discussions to quell my insecurity.


at most certainly is a portion of the atheist community. I'd hate to think they're all jerks. They can't be.


They are not. We are not.

I have had my fair share of hatred thrown towards me by those that follow religion. Most atheists don't give a fuck what god you follow as long as you don't try to shove it down their throat. Heh, the only time I have lashed out at religion is when I was jumped after school. It was a "Holy Jumping" as I liked to call it. Pretty much they tried to beat me till I said I was wrong. It didn't work... I took a lot of martial arts, but I sure as hell lashed back at those kids till they cried. Funnily enough one of them is now a friend and a fellow atheist.

Most of my friends/acquaintances, however are Christian/Muslim/Buddhist. I respect their belief and it is somewhat of a joke between us now.

Ex) I say "Happy Holidays!" and they reply "Merry Xmas/Easter/Whatever" you fucking atheist.
None of us get our panties in a wad over what the other believe... we just mess with them.

Now to answer the OP. I was religious and now that I am not I have found a meaning in my life. I feel I am free of the chains of fate (aka no personal freedom, it has all been determined). Religion tied me down and kept me narrow minded. I now accept all people, regardless of their beliefs. Even if I don't agree with them, I can accept them.

When I was a Christian, I looked down on the sinners as a superior. I am going to heaven and those filthy muslims/Buddhists/Taoists/etc are going to hell. I don't see it that way now. I am much happier (though I still suffer depression on occasion like most).

/endrant.
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Maiden_aya wrote:


ZavinRoyalheart wrote:


Maiden_aya wrote:

After giving up my religion a year ago, I am personally a happier, and a better person. Without religion I am solely accountable. I don't give praise to a mysterious source, but give thanks to actual people that enter my life. I also don't blame outside spirit forces for causing me to sin. What I do, I take full accountability and will never shift the blame to anything else.

I also believe that humanity is our hope, and until we take some self-accountability we will continue on this destructive path, expecting a miracle to fix the messes WE caused. This is no hypothetical answer here, this is my personal experience of my entire life being structured around a religion, and finally obtaining freedom and my own salvation in me.


Actually we're not supposed to sit back and expect miracles. We're told that faith without works is dead but I can see what you mean.


I will acknowledge that is true. And I respect everyone right to belief. But in my search for answers, my answer is that in the long term it is up to us. Because I do still believe in the principal because faith without works is dead. While I don't have a belief in a deity, I feel any belief, idea, value, etc is meaningless without action to back it up.That's why self-accountability is so important to me. Because for me leaving a religion, wasn't to gain a freedom to do certain things. In fact, I think I'm harder on myself now that I'm not religious

My value system, equivalent to religious persons faith, is dead without without actions to support it too. And I will add, although I have my personal views against religion, I am still always 100% for anything that makes a person happy, and that helps them be a good person. We all have our motivators, and for some, it is religion.


Good. Even though you're not religious I can still see you're a good person. Many of my people would shun you for this but I wont for I'm never going to be ok with the way certain "Christians" act. They have no right to judge. We're all only human.
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Dark_Alma wrote:


ZavinRoyalheart wrote:


cheapshotfail wrote:

If I weren't religious... I would troll religious people and mock their religion-based discussions to quell my insecurity.


at most certainly is a portion of the atheist community. I'd hate to think they're all jerks. They can't be.


They are not. We are not.

I have had my fair share of hatred thrown towards me by those that follow religion. Most atheists don't give a fuck what god you follow as long as you don't try to shove it down their throat. Heh, the only time I have lashed out at religion is when I was jumped after school. It was a "Holy Jumping" as I liked to call it. Pretty much they tried to beat me till I said I was wrong. It didn't work... I took a lot of martial arts, but I sure as hell lashed back at those kids till they cried. Funnily enough one of them is now a friend and a fellow atheist.

Most of my friends/acquaintances, however are Christian/Muslim/Buddhist. I respect their belief and it is somewhat of a joke between us now.

Ex) I say "Happy Holidays!" and they reply "Merry Xmas/Easter/Whatever" you fucking atheist.
None of us get our panties in a wad over what the other believe... we just mess with them.

Now to answer the OP. I was religious and now that I am not I have found a meaning in my life. I feel I am free of the chains of fate (aka no personal freedom, it has all been determined). Religion tied me down and kept me narrow minded. I now accept all people, regardless of their beliefs. Even if I don't agree with them, I can accept them.

When I was a Christian, I looked down on the sinners as a superior. I am going to heaven and those filthy muslims/Buddhists/Taoists/etc are going to hell. I don't see it that way now. I am much happier (though I still suffer depression on occasion like most).

/endrant.


It sucks what certain "Christians" will do. That's not the way.
I used to think myself better than other people when I was very young but I've come to understand that we're just different. They aren't bad people for their beliefs. They probably aren't even bad people.
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It sucks what certain "Christians" will do. That's not the way.
I used to think myself better than other people when I was very young but I've come to understand that we're just different. They aren't bad people for their beliefs. They probably aren't even bad people.


I like that you said "Christian" in quotes. I agree with what it implies. Some hold to the title without standing up to what it should mean. That goes for all of the religions.

I am glad you do not see yourself greater than those who believe different than you. It shows great personal growth. I remember in 2012 I had a girl named Sarah tell me "I am going to pray for you, so your time in hell will be lesser after the rapture." She always treated me like a lesser being, making me wonder why she was praying for me. Either way, I got a good laugh out of it. I have been through 7 different religious raptures. I AM STILL HERE.

Also, I have a very diverse group of friends and acquaintances. I roughly 30 religions and over 100 countries and all continents. I can say there are good people everywhere, even if they don't believe in your god!
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