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What would you do if not for your religion?
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Posted 5/24/16

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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.


Oh I sadly know. I didn't want to be a hypocrite and stay in my religion in name only, so I officially removed myself and am shunned. All my friends since childhood, my best friend, even my CLOSE family that are still in the religion have to consider me dead and will never talk to me again.I still don't hate them, or the people that are religious, just the institutions that allow those things to happen for a rule they just decided on.

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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!


She sounds like a fire and brimstone type. I'm certain they mean well but what they don't understand is that when you speak of rapture and God's wrath it's going to scare people off.
We're meant to go out and preach the good news. We're to tell of Jesus' love. Yes. A rapture shall come but it is not through God's judgment that people are brought through Christ but through his love and mercy.
Honestly. I'd rather spend the rest of my life with sinners than these "followers of God".
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Posted 5/24/16

Maiden_aya wrote:


ZavinRoyalheart wrote:


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.


Oh I sadly know. I didn't want to be a hypocrite and stay in my religion in name only, so I officially removed myself and am shunned. All my friends since childhood, my best friend, even my CLOSE family that are still in the religion have to consider me dead and will never talk to me again.I still don't hate them, or the people that are religious, just the institutions that allow those things to happen for a rule they just decided on.



Very good. That's weird for a Christian to say to a non-believer.
I know you probably don't want to hear it but I sincerely hope that one day Christ will find you again and that you can forgive these shunners and walk with him again so that you may shine some light upon these "Christians". I understand atheism. I know it's tough for some people to be Christians. I believe that a virgin gave birth to the sun of God for crying out loud.
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I feel like without my religion I would become a nihilist.
Life would have no meaning. I'd find it to be the biggest of all jokes. To spend time on life and then for it to disappear unavoidably. I'd have no hope. I'd think we're just born to die. Decisions wouldn't matter because in the end nothing will exist and you'll be less than a thought. Some day even coca cola and Shakespeare will be forgotten. What chance do you have? One day all life will end and it will be the ultimate punchline to the longest joke ever told.


Well sad and depressing as it may be, this is all that i believe life is. Its a sad existence i know. I'd like to believe that there is more to it and at times i think surely there must be?
But i think religion and "god" is man made and simply false hope and brainwashing.
I have thought that it must feel nice to belong and be a part of something and have something to believe in and have faith that despite no proof what so ever that god and an after life dose exist.
Life really is a cruel joke of an existence if there is not.
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I'd do what I do now, since my religion is non-religion.
Knowledge is power, so question everything, research and study what you're curious about. Have respect and compassion for others who reciprocate and deserve it, find your own higher power and be accountable for your own downfalls. Stay humble when you rise. Write your own moral code and abide by your own standards. Be strong enough to believe in your own efforts. Make life how you want it.
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Why would a lack of religion make you a nihilist? So what if their is no eternally lasting meaning? Simply do what you want to do because there won't be another chance. Be happy and enjoy life. If anything being religious would make me a nihilist. There is no point in being alive, why not just hurry up and die so I can go to heaven and receive eternal "life" and happiness?

We create our own meaning in life. And for the record I'm not an atheist. I'm agnostic.
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Southern55 wrote:

Why would a lack of religion make you a nihilist? So what if their is no eternally lasting meaning? Simply do what you want to do because there won't be another chance. Be happy and enjoy life. If anything being religious would make me a nihilist. There is no point in being alive, why not just hurry up and die so I can go to heaven and receive eternal "life" and happiness?

We create our own meaning in life. And for the record I'm not an atheist. I'm agnostic.


Atheism and agnosticism are not mutually exclusive. Agnosticism is just your claim on knowledge. An agnostic atheist would say "I do not believe in the existence of god but I do not know this for certain". As opposed to an gnostic Atheist, "I believe there is no god and know there is no god". You could be an agnostic theist if anything, "I believe in god but do not know for certain if god exists". Agnosticism is just a lack of certainty towards a knowledge claim.
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OP is implying I have religion.
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I would be the same because I am not religious. Waste of time if you ask me. But you can do whatever you want
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If not for my religion I'd increasingly become a liar and and abuser.
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I'm not religious, never was. I'm an apathetic agnostic and part-time nihilist. I have my bouts of depression and despair, but I make sure to stop and smell the roses. I don't want to die. I don't want to "end." I can't help it. I'm not the sort of person to let go easily, and the likelihood of "ending" triggers my instinct of self-preservation; however, I'm utterly fascinated by evolution. I'm curious about what will eventually rise up upon the "end" of mankind's era. Naturally, my own death is needed to come for my curiosity to be satiated. Therefore, I will wedge a compromise between self-preservation, greed, and a lust for knowledge; I'll go kicking and screaming and may only accept my "end" at the last possible second.
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Personally, I don't have a religion but I do have philosophical practices. Being non-religious has not made me less aware of the astonishing complexities of life and beliefs, the laws or nature of living things, cultural values or of the self within the space of existence. I might not worship a God or a specific religion but I do turn to my beliefs as something always greater than myself or something to always grow into and learn from. Without freethinking and individual will or individualism itself, to have a belief system at all. I would not know where to turn. That being said, everything around me, no matter my beliefs; is vastly significant. The pure existence of it all. So I can appreciate everyone's choice in religion, practices, whatever it is they turn to. In the end, what keeps people going is important.
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What if I already don't have a religion and very happy with that and have a lot of pride in my irreligion? In addition I know I'm a good person who has made a positive difference in the world. It's not difficult, if I can do it, anyone can.
Posted 5/25/16
I don't think I ever had a religion but at birth there was a religion given to me and what I'm doing is the following since I've started to get away from Christianity: Be less willing to take on the savior archetype and somehow save people from the "evils" in their life, starting to have no real feeling of needing to be saved, realize that the world isn't some prison in which we as humans were put in exile, start to actually question whether or not I actually have an individual abiding self, realize that humans are not separate from nature, starting to see how pervasive the Judeo-Christian cosmology is in "modern" society and how actual advances aren't really incorporated into society and how that world view really sets us up to be really prejudice ( Although I would say any religion can accomplish the same), questioning whether or not the universe is actually a hierarchy, that were not some special chosen ones but were probably pretty insignificant and grand as anything else in the world, and being a bit more open to my own experience rather than undermining it with that cosmology.

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I'd probably still be the hateful asshole I was in highschool, and would be without the moral support I've had from my church community over the years.
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