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Old March 4th, 2013, 07:07 PM   #21
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Where I grew up those that "taught" religion drove the nicest cars and had the nicest houses.
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In all seriousness I will be whatever religion you want me to be if you are pouring free wine.
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Freethinker is what i think would describe me. my mom is protestant, my father was catholic or so he was at one point. i was never brought to church or told to believe in god or any of that. As i got older i decided i didn't need to be told how to be a good person by any group of people. I like to form my own opinions and not be told you must believe this because we say so.
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Raised Catholic but lost faith years ago. through the years I have come to realize Mankind is no better (far worse!) than any other animal on the planet. I can not belong to any organized religion because if you break them all down to any overly basic state they all say the same thing. "Believe as we do or you will either go to hell or at least not get into their version of "heaven" So, to shorten this post I guess my personal beliefs fall along the Pagan/Druid lines.....Everything is as important as is anything else.

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i have not been proven otherwise. as soon as a religion can be proven to me i will believe in it. if a religion seems to "fit" for you that doesnt mean you believe, it means you like the lifestyle. i believe in being a good person and that is enough of a lifestyle choice for me.
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i have not been proven otherwise. as soon as a religion can be proven to me i will believe in it. if a religion seems to "fit" for you that doesnt mean you believe, it means you like the lifestyle. i believe in being a good person and that is enough of a lifestyle choice for me.
I cant go athiest since I cant believe this is all just some cosmic fart, something or someone put our "soul" into us, or consciousness if you prefer.
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I cant go athiest since I cant believe this is all just some cosmic fart, something or someone put our "soul" into us, or consciousness if you prefer.
The term atheist means in it's most basic sense "without religion". My specific definition is lacking a belief in any god or gods. If you don't have a belief in a god, you're an atheist.
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I cant go athiest since I cant believe this is all just some cosmic fart, something or someone put our "soul" into us, or consciousness if you prefer.
I don't believe its a cosmic fat although that would explain the smell. I don't believe in evolution though I feel it has a strong case. I don't believe in creationism because its hard to do that without god. Truth is I don't give a fukc .

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Every Sunday morning I religiously attend the blessed St. Mattress until the after church rush is done at my favorite breakfast establishment!
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Whatever the truth is, I'll believe in that. Since that is unproven, I remain humble.

I prefer to think objectively, ideas backed by the scientific method would be preferable.
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Born and raised in a United Methodist home. I was baptized as an infint. Religion was never forced on me but was not hidden from me either. Always considered myself Chritian but in hindsight I didn't live as a Christian. About 4 years ago I truly gave my life to The Lord Jesus Christ. I was baptized again as an adult as a non denominational Christian. Praise be to God
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Brought up in the Lutheran church.

Lately I've been studying Zen Buddhism, with the emphasis on the Zen part, which seems to be more about how you live you life and treat others, and not much at all a "religion" in the western sense.

Right now I think of myself as something of a cross between an agnostic Christian and a philosophical Buddhist.
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I was raised strict Catholic. Communion, conformation, church every Sunday and so-called religious holiday.
Now I am pretty much an atheist. I believe there was a dude named Jesus but that he was more a political type figure.
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I honestly believe there is something after death and that something created all of this. I can't tell you what it is and no one else can tell me either. One thing every culture on this Earth has is a "creation myth" and that spans all of human history.

I was raised Catholic just because my Mom wanted us to grow up believing in something. My Dad went to church with us maybe six times. I was baptized (twice... once as a baby and again at 17 as a "born again"), communion, confirmed, all of it. No matter how hard I tried there was always a nagging feeling that no matter what it was just wrong.

The Bible is a book written by man and most of the men that compiled it were political figures. The Vatican even acknowledges that there are tons of texts that were either cut out or simply not included in the Bible and they refuse to let anyone read them. That's a major red flag.

All forms of organized religion are, to me, the ultimate form of the arrogance of man. There is nothing out there but "faith" to prove one religion is more correct than another. All of their "truth" revolves around texts that were written and edited by men. Ever play the telephone game in school as a kid?

What I do see is the mark of an extremely advanced engineer all around us. From our bodies to the planet to the solar system and beyond. Absolutely amazing level of engineering. I believe that there IS something after we die. I can't tell you what it is. I haven't been there. All I know is that most accounts of people who are clinically dead and are revived are remarkably the same. The most credible accounts don't speak much of seeing Jesus or going to Hell. They speak of being welcomed by people they knew and loved in this life but have passed on before them and the presence of a supreme being. That supreme being also doesn't match all of the descriptions of the God in all of the texts of modern religions.

So to sum it up... I believe something created all of this. I believe its still around but does not involve itself in our day to day lives. It does not listen to our prayers or anything of the sort. I believe it created everything and doesn't meddle in our affairs. It's pretty much just a master engineer.

I also believe that every single organized religion on this planet has been butchered, polluted and perverted to such an extreme level to be pointless. Maybe at one time there was truth to it but that truth was long ago lost in man's endless quest for more power and control over others. To say that your belief is more correct than someone else's when you're basing it on the same amount of evidence is absolutely ridiculous and offensive. If Jesus came down today and said "The Christians are right" than fine. Same goes for the rest of the religions.

When it comes down to it... We really don't know SHIT about ANYTHING when it comes to the universe, how it all works and how it all got here. To say we do is at best arrogant and at worst insane.
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I was raised Episcopalian and still go to an Episcopal church every few weeks. My parents were never very religious folks. We grew up in the middle of nowhere and I think they looked at going to church every Sunday as a way to socialize with the rest of the folks out there in farm country. I don't particularly believe much of the story of the Bible but I can appreciate many of the lessons that it tries to instill.

These days, I go to church because it was a good way for us to meet people in our neighborhood when we moved in, is a good place for networking and professional development, and I sort of like the 90 minutes of relative solitude and quiet on those Sunday mornings. We also like to get our daughter in the habit of going because once she is a bit older, they have a lot of activities that might be good for her (and many don't seem to have a religious bent to them).
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I honestly believe there is something after death and that something created all of this. I can't tell you what it is and no one else can tell me either. One thing every culture on this Earth has is a "creation myth" and that spans all of human history.

I was raised Catholic just because my Mom wanted us to grow up believing in something. My Dad went to church with us maybe six times. I was baptized (twice... once as a baby and again at 17 as a "born again"), communion, confirmed, all of it. No matter how hard I tried there was always a nagging feeling that no matter what it was just wrong.

The Bible is a book written by man and most of the men that compiled it were political figures. The Vatican even acknowledges that there are tons of texts that were either cut out or simply not included in the Bible and they refuse to let anyone read them. That's a major red flag.

All forms of organized religion are, to me, the ultimate form of the arrogance of man. There is nothing out there but "faith" to prove one religion is more correct than another. All of their "truth" revolves around texts that were written and edited by men. Ever play the telephone game in school as a kid?

What I do see is the mark of an extremely advanced engineer all around us. From our bodies to the planet to the solar system and beyond. Absolutely amazing level of engineering. I believe that there IS something after we die. I can't tell you what it is. I haven't been there. All I know is that most accounts of people who are clinically dead and are revived are remarkably the same. The most credible accounts don't speak much of seeing Jesus or going to Hell. They speak of being welcomed by people they knew and loved in this life but have passed on before them and the presence of a supreme being. That supreme being also doesn't match all of the descriptions of the God in all of the texts of modern religions.

So to sum it up... I believe something created all of this. I believe its still around but does not involve itself in our day to day lives. It does not listen to our prayers or anything of the sort. I believe it created everything and doesn't meddle in our affairs. It's pretty much just a master engineer.

I also believe that every single organized religion on this planet has been butchered, polluted and perverted to such an extreme level to be pointless. Maybe at one time there was truth to it but that truth was long ago lost in man's endless quest for more power and control over others. To say that your belief is more correct than someone else's when you're basing it on the same amount of evidence is absolutely ridiculous and offensive. If Jesus came down today and said "The Christians are right" than fine. Same goes for the rest of the religions.

When it comes down to it... We really don't know SHIT about ANYTHING when it comes to the universe, how it all works and how it all got here. To say we do is at best arrogant and at worst insane.
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