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#1 iLozza!

 
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 04:59 PM

We've got to have one of these again (we don't have one already, right?).

So discuss what you believe in/what you don't believe in or ask questions etc etc. I actually started this thread because I'm watching a documentary on Stone Age life and I was wondering since that man has always believed in a God of some sort, could that possibly mean that there is such thing as God? I'm unsure. I'm also tired. Nothing makes sense.

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Oh and sorry if this has already been done, I really suck at the search tool. sad.gif
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:01 PM

I have been having many doubts about the existence of a God lately... I really don't know what to believe in anymore, IF there's something to believe in at all =/
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:05 PM

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I believe in God...but I do not follow any religion or bible. I just have a faith that I can't deny or ignore.
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:06 PM

I was in Brighton yesterday and this guy came up to me and my friends to ask us whether we thought we were gonna go to heaven or hell. He was obviously gonna give us a very long speech about jesus so we all just kinda mumbled an excuse at him and walked off. It was only later when I realised I should have asked him some questions about god. Like he gave us free will so we could choose to worship him, otherwise that love would be worthless because we'd have been forced into it. But if we choose not to, we are punished and sent to hell. I would have liked to see that guy try and explain that. Doesn't sound like and all-loving god to me.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:06 PM

Atheist.
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:11 PM

Atheist.


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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:13 PM

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I believe that there is a God but,in my opinion, religion is a man made thing.
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:15 PM

I was agnostic for a very long time; teetering between not really believing in god, yet wanting there to be an afterlife of some sort. I started reading Anarchy Evolution a few weeks ago and so far what he's written makes complete sense. I now realize that I really don't want there to be an afterlife. Sure, it would be great to see certain people again, but life is hard now as it is. Why would you want to keep it going? Even if it is all peaceful and whatnot...

Therefore, I have recently come out of the athiest closet. :)

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:15 PM

I don't want to say I'm an atheist because everything else is just as possible.


So, I'm an 'It's Possible'
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:18 PM

I was in Brighton yesterday and this guy came up to me and my friends to ask us whether we thought we were gonna go to heaven or hell. He was obviously gonna give us a very long speech about jesus so we all just kinda mumbled an excuse at him and walked off. It was only later when I realised I should have asked him some questions about god. Like he gave us free will so we could choose to worship him, otherwise that love would be worthless because we'd have been forced into it. But if we choose not to, we are punished and sent to hell. I would have liked to see that guy try and explain that. Doesn't sound like and all-loving god to me.


No we are not forced to believe but our free will has consequences...and if God is real (I believe he is) why would he choose to bring the people who did not believe in him, have faith in him, or share a bond with him to heaven? (or whatever it is) It wouldn't make sense...and from what I remember God is not only an all loving God but is also a Jealous one. That's the way I see it anyways.

I feel like there is no harm in believing in God...becasue if it is true (which I believe it is) than you will have spent your life believing and than when you die you would be in heaven, but if you didn't you would go to hell. But if it isn't true and all that happens is we are left lying in the ground forever than it won't matter.

Not trying to Preach at all justing giving my opinion.
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:38 PM

I feel like there is no harm in believing in God...becasue if it is true (which I believe it is) than you will have spent your life believing and than when you die you would be in heaven, but if you didn't you would go to hell. But if it isn't true and all that happens is we are left lying in the ground forever than it won't matter.


This is actually something that's bugging me lately. I keep wondering if I'll go to Hell (if it exists) since I'm having so many doubts about the existence of God =/
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:40 PM

Atheist. I don't believe in any god, I believe after we die we're dead, life's over and there's no coming back and no heaven to look forward to. But i could be wrong. :unsure:

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:41 PM

I feel like there is no harm in believing in God...becasue if it is true (which I believe it is) than you will have spent your life believing and than when you die you would be in heaven

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:45 PM

S'APPELLE "PASCAL'S WAGER"

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:45 PM

No we are not forced to believe but our free will has consequences...and if God is real (I believe he is) why would he choose to bring the people who did not believe in him, have faith in him, or share a bond with him to heaven? (or whatever it is) It wouldn't make sense...and from what I remember God is not only an all loving God but is also a Jealous one. That's the way I see it anyways.

I feel like there is no harm in believing in God...becasue if it is true (which I believe it is) than you will have spent your life believing and than when you die you would be in heaven, but if you didn't you would go to hell. But if it isn't true and all that happens is we are left lying in the ground forever than it won't matter.

Not trying to Preach at all justing giving my opinion.

I was taught in school and in church that god is completely perfect in every way, so how a perfect god could be jealous is something I don't know about. But then, I am talking about god in a christian sense, and since you haven't specified a religion, we could be talking about different things.

I agree that there is no harm in believing in a god, although I do not. I do disagree with a lot of aspects of religion though, especially what some religions teach about the treatment of women and homosexuals. In that way I think that religion can be harmful. Although if there is a god, that would not necessarily be his fault since all of the holy texts were written by humans, as far as I know. So while there is no harm in believing in god, if you've spent your whole life
doing things that your religion tells you to do and it turns out to have been untrue, then you've wasted your life.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:46 PM

I love religion. Viva Cristo Rey!

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:48 PM

I was taught in school and in church that god is completely perfect in every way, so how a perfect god could be jealous is something I don't know about. But then, I am talking about god in a christian sense, and since you haven't specified a religion, we could be talking about different things.

I agree that there is no harm in believing in a god, although I do not. I do disagree with a lot of aspects of religion though, especially what some religions teach about the treatment of women and homosexuals. In that way I think that religion can be harmful. Although if there is a god, that would not necessarily be his fault since all of the holy texts were written by humans, as far as I know. So while there is no harm in believing in god, if you've spent your whole life
doing things that your religion tells you to do and it turns out to have been untrue, then you've wasted your life.


I don't believe in religion...I just believe in faith.
I don't follow a guide or bible...I feel like church feels like a cult.
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:48 PM

This is actually something that's bugging me lately. I keep wondering if I'll go to Hell (if it exists) since I'm having so many doubts about the existence of God http://www.greendaycommunity.org/Forum/p...


If God is something that would send you to hell because you had a few doubts over it's existence (which you have been given pretty much zero proof of, religion is pretty much based on blind faith), why would you bother worshiping it, clearly it'd be a right bastard? There is absolutely nothing wrong with having doubts about your religion, it's healthy and advisable. Question everything, especially things that have such a great influence and power over people. If you choose to go down the religious root and feel bad about questioning your God (which you shouldn't), I'm pretty sure confession absolves any 'sin' you've committed.

I'm an atheist. I used to say agnostic, but I'm pretty okay with the idea of 'eternal nothingness', it's not like I'll be aware of it.
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:48 PM

I'm just gonna put "Sorry double post" in my sig now, this fucking computer I swear... :runaround:

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:00 PM

Yeah mang I question shit alllll the time... hence the reason I don't believe in religion. I think you need to be free to live your life...just live it truthfully...don't just be an ass for the sake of being an ass, don't just believe in God becasue your parents tell you too, don't just choose not to becasue your friends think it's 'not cool' just do what feels right to you.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:07 PM

i think people just use god as a way of explaining their problem. if they didn't like the way something turned out its all gods fault, or in judism its that if something bad happens gods just testing your faith in him.
i have this teacher that is very into how god must have written the torah and how the jews are the chosen nation and all that crap!
i believe there is a god but i dont have much faith in him
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:44 PM

Nihilism ftw :cool:
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:48 PM

I'm an atheist

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:55 PM

I wish I could believe in God, I often think how reassuring it must be to have that kinda of faith in your life, but I just can't. On the other hand I'm pleased that I don't have those boundaries that could cause me to not live my life how I want. I watched Paul at the cinema today, I love the part when the girl realises there is no God and does all the things she has always wanted to but couldn't because they were against her religion, it just demonstrates that people are holding back on what they want to do because of a God that they can't even be certain is real.

I find it so difficult to understand how the majority of the human race can possibly believe in a God, the whole idea of it just seems impossible to me. I went to a Christian primary school and so spent my childhood singing about God, praying and going to church etc. but I can't remember ever actually believing in it.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 07:21 PM

I'm not sure what I am anymore. I don't know exactly what I believe. I think I believe in God, but I'm not sure. Yes, I know that sounds like I'm agnostic, but I'm not quite... Anyway, religion really bothers me. My family is Christian. They don't bother anybody about it, and for everybody it's more of a personal thing. We don't go to church or anything like that. So yeah, like I said, I'm still trying to figure out what I believe. Blah blah blah.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 07:25 PM

I love the impossibility of it. It's so big and scary and unknown...I love the un knowing, I like being able to just believe and not be afraid to live my life and make mistakes, after all we're all human and regardless of what we believe we're all going to make mistakes. I've never really had a father, and it may sound stupid, but my 'relationship' with God feels like a father daughter relationship, sometimes I get pissed off at him, I know I disappoint him sometimes, sometimes we go weeks with out contact, sometimes I feel like letting go and running away from him but in the end I feel Loved, protected, forgiven and listened too. I don't care if it sounds crazy, it's gotten me through so many hard times in my life. I went through a while of vocally denying it, trying to convince my self that it isn't real. But I've overcome so much shit and hardships that I know I couldn;t have done by my self.

I do think putting boundaries and walls and rules around everything just sets you up to fail, I think people need to live knowing it's ok to mess up, knowing that you are going to mess up.

But like I said I refuse to follow any religion...and I don't believe all the bull shit about it being wrong to be Gay or Lesbian, having sex, getting an abortion, having kids before marriage or anything like that.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 08:00 PM

I'm Lutheran

I do believe in God, but I do understand people's doubts. All religions take a leap of faith.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 09:04 PM

I guess I'm somewhat agnostic.

I mean, I do believe there's probably some kind of greater power out there, but sometimes I'm not so sure that it's a "god."

And sometimes I wonder if all this religion stuff is maniuplated in some sort of way to get people to believe in their faith rather than someone else's.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 09:16 PM

I'm about as atheistic as you can get.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 09:16 PM

The one thing I struggle with is Jesus..not too sure about that guy.


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