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I was just wondering, for those people who don't necessarily follow the "main" religions out there ... have you ever thought of your own religion, basically stating what you think about all of this?
I've come up with some ideas, but all of them are more theories than things that I actually follow. So, before I share those with you all, I'd like to hear if anyone actually follows any "new" or "radical" religions, maybe devised yourself, and if anyone else follows these ideas or if they are pure theories?
Sorry if that doesn't make sense. ^_^
Personally I feel that none of the major religions express how I would answer the big "unscientific questions" like why are we here, where do we go, etc. I decided a while back that these things were unknowable in any non-mystical sense so I don't bother wondering about them.
But there's no rule that everyone HAS to have a religion.
I like the practices of Buddhism, and while I don't follow them all (vegetarianism for example) I do think they are admirable. I am pretty much a Buddhist who isn't sure if reincarnation is real or not (it seems unlikely to me).
That is to say I'm a guy who thinks you get back what you give, and that drink and drugs cloud the mind and meditation is good for you.
When people ask I always simply say "I'm not religious."Makes perfect sense (Y) (Yay my beloved thumbs-up is back!)Originally Posted by Lost Nemesis
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I find myself drawn to Buddhist/Zen ideals, myself, but nowhere near as hugely devoted as .. well, lots of Buddhists.
I have theories on "higher beings" but none of them are really my true beliefs, just possibilities, so I call myself an atheist for the time being. I don't really have the mind to become a "religious man" but that doesn't stop me from having ideas.
Same as you two. Kinda "Neo Western Bhuddisim".Yeah, that happens to me too. Ack, you've taken up all my converstation points!I have theories on "higher beings" but none of them are really my true beliefs, just possibilities, so I call myself an atheist for the time being. I don't really have the mind to become a "religious man" but that doesn't stop me from having ideas.
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My brother's girlfriend is a Laotian Buddist, so her and her family kind of have the same respect for Buddha that Christians do for God.Originally Posted by Lord Yossanrion
She calls guys like us "Pink Buddhists"
A good one.Originally Posted by robotnik
I think the way the world is spinning, and the advancement of technology and logic through education, makes the catholic, Islamic and Hindou quite less apealing.
As your look throughout time, religions have kept thier hold on the populations by monopolising on the ignorance commoners suffered, wich explains why they are slowly dying at the moment, as education is wide spraid.
As an Atheist, I can't beleive that you can rely on the Bible ( or any other such ''novel'' ), as it way writen many after the events, from mouth to ear ( you know what happens when you play telephone right?) and retranscripted in different languages. It is also full of very contradictory statements from apostle to apostle.
Also those who preach to Bible don't even apply it. Priest should where to live in squalor, free of possessions, and look what it turned into through time, the Vatican is one of the richest independant states in the world.
Many religions where about grasping power, to control the masses. Another good one is Hindouism, wich stats that you are born in a cast, and will remain untill your karma elevates you to a superior one though rebearth. This is simply a way to keep a simple social order, the poor stay poor, and the princes remain princes.
But as many of you, I find Boudhism to be the most apealing religion out there, take some and leave some.
Woah. We certainly are a like minded group of people.
"Religion is the Opium of the Masses"
But remember religion can be good. Like look at our laws. Most of those fundamentlas are based on the Bible, and they are pretty good principals. Thats why I think people like Bhuddisim: its like Christianity (good points) but without the bad points (against Gays, women preists etc.)
Sorry ig I offended anyone. Peace out.
My "religion" is simple.
I don't believe in the existence of gods. Is not just a disbelief in the existence of God(s) is an explicitly held belief that God(s) does not exist. Of course not believing that something is true is not equivalent to believing that it is false, one may simply have no idea whether it is true or not. Which brings us to agnosticism. For me the idea of God as presented by the major religions is essentially self-contradictory, and that it is logically impossible that such a God could exist. If God interacts with our universe in any way, the effects of his interaction must have some physical manifestation. Hence his interaction with our universe must be in principle detectable. If God is essentially non-detectable, it must therefore be the case that he does not interact with our universe in any way.
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You have hit a nail on the head here, Nagato. Either God interacts with the universe, or he does not do so. If he does, why can we not see a better pattern to his actions? Why does he punish the faithful? It has been suggested that the reason George W. Bush was so inactive after Hurricane Katrina was that he could not beleive that his god could inflict such devastation on God's own country, and such a trial on GWB personally.
And if God does not interact with the universe, then why bother to believe in him?
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I guess I'm what you'd call an Agnostic, as Nagato said, though sometimes I have strong Wiccan tendencies. I don't necessarily believe in a singular power, but I'm open to the idea of forces above, below, and around us that work in ways we cannot describe. Not necessarily for our sakes, or with our best interests in mind, but just because that's what they're there to do.
It bugs my wife. She's Mormon, and while not exactly hardcore like some of the people around where I live, she does believe in her God, and takes the teachings to heart. We often joke that she should start being Agnostic, as it's easier to go through life not worrying about things like that. I tell her that she can't, for if I'm wrong, she's my ticket into the afterlife. In the end though, she respects my beliefs, I respect hers, and that's why our marriage works.
I figure I'll have time to figure out all about the afterlife when that time comes. I prefer to take life each day as it comes, and enjoy the time I have. There will be plenty of time to worry about being dead when I actually am dead. In the meantime, I'll live my life like how I was brought up, and I'll do good things in the world; not because I'm expecting some grand reward after I pass on, but because that's what I feel is right.