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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I was born Catholic.
But, I am not interested in practicing any religion.

12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting BambooSong

Hi friends, I have a paper to write and need to "interview" some of you. If you can, I'd love to hear your responses to these 10 questions. Thank you!

Phew!!!
U have a paper to write.
I though u might be one of those religious types, who wants us to chew over again, the feeble evidence that those things in the holy books really happened.
Hopefully I willl get time later,to answer your questions. ;)

13. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I'm a lapsed Catholic - although I still consider myself Catholic, if I had to check a box somewhere. It's the religion I was brought up with and the religious customs that I feel most 'at home' with. Although I went to a meeting last night for the parents and godparents of about-to-be-baptised babies, and deacon scary did the ol' guilt-inducing preaching, with a few jabs at other religions ("they're trying to take over with their own religions, but that's another story!") for good measure.

14. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting BambooSong

1. What is the ultimate power in the universe - Who's in charge?

2. How would you describe God?

3. If not God, do you believe is spiritual things?

4. Where did the world, our universe come from?

5. What is a human being? What is the nature of humanity?

6. What happens when a person dies? Why do you believe that?

7. What is the basis of human knowledge, our capacity to know. How can we know anything?

8. How do we know what is right and wrong? Ethics, morals, values - are they important? Are we the maker of these values?

9. What is the meaning of human history, or the meaning of life.

10. Do we have a purpose? Why are we here?

Ah Ha!!!!
Looks like I have a little time, right now.

1. Nobody is in charge of the universe.
2. God is the symbol for the energy, which governs everything, which happens, in the universe.
3. Yes, I believe, in spirituality. But when u say a spiritual thing, I am not sure what u mean. The Gods and stories in the holy books, are symbols of spirituality. They exist to help us understand spirituality.
4. A series of chemical reactions seems likely, to me.
5. Humans are a species of mammels. We have certain characteristics, which define us, firstly as mamels, and then as something else, until we get down to the particular characteristics of our species. I suppose the nature of humanity is defined by what is typical behaviour of our species.
6. Or body dies, and like all other living organisms, will then give off some energy, to nurish some other life forms. This is the explanation,which makes the most sense, to me, based on my experience and knowledge so far.
7. I judge things on my experience and information, which I have aquired so far.
8. Yes, morals, ethics and values are important. I think if we examine things in an honest way, then we will be able to feel what is right and wrong. No, we should not rely on others to make our values.
9. What do u mean, by the meaning of human history? Would u be a bit more specific, with this quesiton? I am inclined to say, history is history. It happened.
10. We have a purpose, if we want to have one.

15. Posted by Galskygge (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

I just wanted to pop in and say that all of you have some interesting responses. Thanks for sharing and thanks for not completely destroying everyone due to their beliefs, as many people would I assume.

Have a good day, everyone. :)

16. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

me being catholic. i hate all other religions....kidding. atheism is fine with me but i won't discuss with them, no use. religion is religion and atheists spit and kick on it. but freedom of opinion on TP.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 20, 2007, at 11:09 AM by wouterrr ]

17. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting BambooSong

Here are the questions:

1. What is the ultimate power in the universe - Who's in charge?

The ultimate power is simple energy.
As for who is in charge? I assume you mean the universe and I would have to say no one entity. (I'm an evolutionist with an odd sense of being.)

2. How would you describe God?

Personally, I describe God as the invisible/unknown/ethereal entity that helps some to accept the creation and wonder of everything that surrounds them. God helps explain the "unexplainable" in an acceptable manor, otherwise it would be unfathomable or overwhelming. Anthropomorphize God and it all makes sense. Ultimately, God is what a person wants "him" to be.

3. If not God, do you believe is spiritual things?

I consider myself to be spiritual and of having faith, but not in the "godly" sense. I find myself spiritually connected to almost everything that exists in the natural world. (I'm hard-pressed to say I connect with my monitor.) I view things as energy in solid form (people, animals, trees, water, rocks, etc.) so I find them all spiritually attractive. It's exceptionally difficult to explain how "God" does not enter into the equation, but "he" doesn't.

4. Where did the world, our universe come from?

When someone actually figures that one out - please let me know. I believe in the big bang theory, but that does not explain ours or any other universe completely. I actually like not knowing because I like a good mystery.

5. What is a human being? What is the nature of humanity?

What is a human being? A whole bunch of atoms all bound together.
What is the nature of humanity? Are you speaking about "humanity" as defined by just being part of the human race, or "humanity" defined by it's benevolence? I'll go with the benevolence aspect... The nature of humanity is one's ability to interact with the world around them. As an "intelligent" species, we have set up guidelines as to what is humane and what is inhuman, though not all agree on the definitions. The true nature of humanity is survival, but over time as we have needed to work together towards that goal, it has also incorporated our behavior toward each other.

6. What happens when a person dies? Why do you believe that?

Their energy is released and combined with the energy around us.
I believe that because i don't believe in that special place called "heaven".

7. What is the basis of human knowledge, our capacity to know. How can we know anything?

Without going into a whole lot of scientific diatribe about chemical reactions and neuro-synapses, I'll just say good question.

8. How do we know what is right and wrong? Ethics, morals, values - are they important? Are we the maker of these values?

We don't. But, going back to the humanity aspect of things, then it comes down to treating others the way you wish to be treated. Ethics, morals and values are all subjective. What may be moral for you may not be so for me. But, somewhere along the line, certain "rules and regulations" seemed a good idea. They are important when encompassing large groups of individuals. Are we the makers? Not really, but then again, it depends on who you mean by "we". Ethics, morals and values are more religiously based. As religion grew, more and more people embraced them. By embracing them, rules, regulations and laws were put into place to accommodate ethics, morals and values. Again, ethics, morals and values are very subjective and different ethnicities will have differing opinions about them all.

9. What is the meaning of human history, or the meaning of life.

Two completely different topics there...
Human history - the progression of mankind throughout history. Being an evolutionist - it's the record of our evolution from the big bang forward.
Meaning of life - whatever you want it to be. If someone needs to have a supreme purpose for existing, more power to them. It's whatever floats their boat. For me, it's just being here. I don't need to be part of a grand scheme to make my existence all worthwhile. I've been alive for 53 years and that's pretty meaningful to me.

10. Do we have a purpose? Why are we here?

Do we have to have a purpose? Can we not just exist? My real answer is I don't know.
As to why are we here? Again, I don't know but it's pretty damn cool!!!

18. Posted by BambooSong (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your fascinating answers. I don't have time right now, but will come back and give you my answers to my own questions. It looks like I have some good material to work with for my 10 page paper due on Sunday! Off I go to the Library!

Thanks again,
bamboosong

19. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Agnostic here.

Maybe there is a God, maybe there isn't. I won't let the notion of it affect the way I live.

Even in the moments when I acknowledge that there might be a Creative Intelligence in the universe, I have to remind myself that, if there is, He is so far beyond the limits of my understanding that there really isn't much point dwelling on it because I'm not going to be able to comprehend the magnitude of God.

20. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

Mmm really juicy answers. I like them all.

Herr Bert - you make good points however there are few I still question. For example you say the big bang and evolution have been 'proven'. What are you basing that on? Your own experiments?

If you haven't done your own experiments and testing of the theories I take it you got your information from books and lecturers. The lecturers themselves probably never did the experiments they are just very knowledgeable of the books. Does this sound familiar? It's very much inline with most religions.

We take the information we receive on hearsay, be the information scientific in nature or theological. The priest tells us there is god, a heaven, and a hell. If we follow the guidelines and information in the scripture we will find "truth". Meanwhile the professor tells us there is the atom, he tell us of quarks, gravity, he says the earth is round, and we are children of chance. If we follow the scientific method we will find "truth".

There seems to be a rift, a split in the path, towards the same goal. Truth. It's my belief we need to bring the two paths together for it to work. Over the last few hundred years we as a species have come a long way scientifically but haven't advanced at all spiritually. We've reduced ourselves to atoms and dust... and for what?

It's all very interesting