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    Re: Are you religious?

    Post by Tolvo on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:10 pm

    While I don't believe it, perhaps if you die and come back you just forget what the afterlife was like. Maybe only your soul experiences it so when you return to your body, you don't have any memory of it or a way to express it. Who knows?

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    Re: Are you religious?

    Post by Emergence on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:17 pm

    goober0331 wrote:Here ya go

    Please keep this thread to an expression of one's own beliefs and not a forum for belittling others'.


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    Re: Are you religious?

    Post by Ghadis_God on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:30 pm

    I don't personally believe in a God, but I see the potential for a higher order to the universe that humans fail to perceive. Just think about a cat and calculus. No matter how smart a cat it is, the feline brain is simply incapable, by its structure, of perceiving the abstract relationships that are required to understand that level of order in the universe. Who's to say that we have the brain structure to understand the universe? A cat, like us, is limited by the things it can observe and think about: No matter how much you train a cat, it will never learn or understand math. We can reach the pinnacle of human understanding, but the human brain might be blind to some method of ordering the universe just as a cat is blind to mathematics.


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    Re: Are you religious?

    Post by Tolvo on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:40 pm

    It would be amusing if after all of the history there is, eventually "god" is contacted and it is done by robots left over after the fall of humanity, just curious and testing a wild and crazy theory.
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    Re: Are you religious?

    Post by reim0027 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:22 pm

    I don't have faith, as a result, I'm not religious. I do respect other's beliefs as long as they don't negatively impact anyone else.


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    Re: Are you religious?

    Post by goober0331 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:40 pm

    Emergence wrote:
    goober0331 wrote:Here ya go

    Please keep this thread to an expression of one's own beliefs and not a forum for belittling others'.

    I did express my own beliefs, which is organized religion is completely and utterly destructive to human civilization.

    Religion belittles by restraining, mutilating, and perverting the human species; however when I express this I am deemed a pariah while the Pope is the holiest man on Earth, even while he tells millions of Africans that condoms are worse than HIV/AIDS.

    Completely and utterly hypocritical, and it shows the grand double standard that religion and anti religion have in human culture.

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    Re: Are you religious?

    Post by Ghadis_God on Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:44 pm

    Fair enough goober, but expressing your beliefs is different from insulting people and starting flamewars. I haven't seen any religious people talk about how atheism is destroying human civilization in this thread.


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    Re: Are you religious?

    Post by Tolvo on Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:48 pm

    Goober there is a difference between expressing your atheistic beliefs, and expressing a hatred of those of other beliefs. That video seemed to be baiting a flame war. I'd suggest you check what the forum rules are.
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    Re: Are you religious?

    Post by PlasticandRage on Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:38 pm

    Having faith or belief and subscribing to a religious establishment are not necessarily synonymous. I think all said and done I'm more an agnostic than anything else. A few years ago I would have said atheist, and held a relatively flagrant negative perspective of anyone who did subscribe to such things, but since then I've not only become a lot more educated about a lot of different faiths, but things have happened in my life that have brought me faith in something more. I don't subscribe to any establishment in particular, but life has shown me that there's something out there that's bigger than me, or a collective us. For one thing I find it impossible to not believe in a form of the afterlife. I've had some experiences that have made it very difficult for me personally to dispute them. I've also found the philosophies of several eastern traditions to hold numerous beliefs that my personal knowledge of has helped me through some dark times. Taoism in particular is an absolutely beautiful philosophy, and without my awareness of it I don't think I would have adjusted as well to my putting my life back together after some pretty serious past mistakes as I have.

    Buddhism too really.

    All of that aside I think what Reim said sums up my perspective on organized religion pretty well. They're fine by me as long as they don't interfere with others believing what they feel is best.

    You guys ever hear of the Perennial Philosophy? It's not technically a religious institution, but I find that pretty beautiful as well. That actually probably sums up my personal form of faith more than anything else.


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    Re: Are you religious?

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