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1. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Do you believe in God? Are you at all religious? If so, what religion are you?

What, if anything, do you believe in? Why?

What do you think happens when we die?

No religious arguments please !

2. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

Juicey topic!

For the longest time I would tell people and myself: "I am not religous". I never believed in a god or gods. I didn't think about the afters of death. Time passed with death affecting me more. I pondered more about what follows ones death, but I held true to my belief in no god.

Later still, I have come more into the realisation that "anything is possible". The notion of saying anything with conviction and certainty is absurd to me. I suppose that labels me as more of an agnostic.

Recently I have been researching the variuos religions of the world, the almighty's and the multi-vacets to the lack of super-natural. I suppose Buddhism strikes me as the most approachable. All religions preach the idea of unselfish compassion and inate "goodness" in all, but Buddhism has this lack of vanity, which others seem to carry.

The idea of multiple-incarnations has it's appeal. To think of your loved ones manifesting into another life force. And it seems to make sense, the Earth has an energy cycle which carries life forward.

In short I guess:

Do you believe in God?
I do not believe in 'God'.

Are you at all religious?
I believe that everyone is religious in their own-right. Who more than an athiest talks of God and lack thereof.

[W]hat religion are you?
I do not carry an affiliate card to any religion in particular.

What, if anything, do you believe in? Why?
I believe in an inate sence of "good" in people. I believe evil and good do not exist in the textbook definition sense. I believe that all life is sacred.

What do you think happens when we die?
Which phyisical law is it that says "Energy can not be created nor destroyed". Thermodynamics? I use this as my thoughts on death. Every living "thing" has a life "energy" or force, if you will. The entire functioning of life is based on energy cycles. Where then does this enery go when we die? Certainly back into the cycle, but in what form? Are we as ourself? Is there an "I" after death? Perhaps we join the collective consiousness of energy? We will all find out soon enough I suppose.

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 10y

Quoting james

Do you believe in God? Are you at all religious? If so, what religion are you?

What, if anything, do you believe in? Why?

What do you think happens when we die?

Yes, there is something besides us out there.
Yes, I have a lot of faith.
Wiccan
I believe in lots of things, myself, my children, that the sun will rise tomorrow, that chocolate is bliss....;)
I think when we die..it is the end. I hope I am wrong...and I hope there is something else, but I don't want to walk around hoping the hereafter is going to make up for the life I have now. Live your life like this is it....you might appriciate the here and now a lot more!

4. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 10y

Quoting james

Do you believe in God? Are you at all religious? If so, what religion are you?

What, if anything, do you believe in? Why?

What do you think happens when we die?

-I don`t believe in the Bible`s god,for whom the correct definition would be ``a nevrotic substitute of what a god shoud be``as I read in a book.But of course,there is a creator,though I don`t consider it as a person,but as everything.Everything which is,and also everything which is not,or could be.The very big thing,I mean,every part of us,of our body,of our mind,of our thoughts,of stones,all these and all others together are god for me.That means,also god is,in a way,an old man with a white beard,but this is not more is definition than any sound,any music,any shine.
-I am not at all religious,so no religion,cause religions are created by humans to limitate in this or this way what is unlimited.Religions are just ``OK,this is true,this is wrong,this is good,this is bad,this you can,this is forbidden``.Have some affection for buddhism,but as the dalai-lama told,it is not a religion,but a way of life.
-I believe that there are so many ways to live your life,and all we do is choosing one,every single moment of our lives.And this time,I choosed to believe in everlove,passion,to believe in dreams,I choosed to believe in all the things that are the most beautifull to me.I believe it has no importance the size of the obstacle and your strength.All that counts is how much you trust in what you do.In this I believe.
-I think when we die,our second degree soul,that is,our soul as the entity we were in this last life has a reviewing of what we`ve done,then has a break in the unmaterial world as long as it wants to,and then choose something to do,could be to live another material life,or break with this,and go on in the unmaterial world life(which can be hard stuff!)The fact is I don`t consider we die,we only change of body density when the robot is out of battery.

5. Posted by Wolf (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

I believe in him,oh he knows I do.But I will never trust him again.He is a betrayal.As all men are.

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

anyone else?

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

This is a tough one. I'm not sure what I believe - I'm more sure of what I don't believe.

Do I believe in God? I don't know - how do you define "God"? I believe there must be something, some entity, that unites all life. I don't think life and death are necessarily opposites - much like love and hate aren't opposites. But what happens to us after we die - I don't know. I don't. It's a mystery, and I believe it's supposed to be. There are some things we, as humans, just don't have the capacity to know. So we can only do our best here - through whatever religion we choose, whatever good deeds we choose, whatever we decide to learn from what happens to us.

I love what you said, CC: I don't want to walk around hoping the hereafter is going to make up for the life I have now. Whatever God is, I don't think his job is to even the score. God helps those who help themselves isn't in the Bible, but I think it shuld be.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Do you believe in God?

No.

Are you at all religious? If so, what religion are you?

No.

What, if anything, do you believe in? Why?

Lots of things, but I assume you mean spiritually. I believe that it is in the best interest of humanity to be nice to each other, to respect the planet we are on and that every human is deserving of some basic rights and freedoms.

What do you think happens when we die?

Worm food. Though, personally, I'd like to die overseas and be cremated and interned there. So I guess I just be ashes to ashes...

9. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 10y

it should be a totally private thing. what is wrong with just believing. you don't have to ware anything different do anything different. we have the devil to compare good and evil. we make our choses. mankind left the garden of eden and has been trying to get back there ever since. go for it be a good person. you never know all is possible - who knows? people use religion as a way just to fit in. i say do something for yourself and do something for manking be individual. this is how we survive. otherwise we would be personality dead like robots!!!!!!!!

10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Atheist meself. Each to their own eh? Apart from those who insist on imposing their beliefs (religious or otherwise) on others.