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  • kerley
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    Do you fear death?

    Not a single bit, no. My wife is well catered for when I die and that is all I need to know.

    antigee
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    did i spent many a sunday morning receiving biblical instruction because it would one day save my soul or were my parents just at it like rabbits?

    wilburt
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    Does your God hang out with the other Gods?

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    So, do we have a summarised list of questions yet?

    pondo
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    Do you fear death?

    Not a single bit, no. My wife is well catered for when I die and that is all I need to know.[/quote]
    D’you know, it makes me very sad to think of it, whether I go first or Mrs Pondo does – just to think I’m leaving her alone, or she me. I have sad dreams about it sometimes. πŸ™

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    I’m an atheist but I really enjoyed American Gods on Amazon – so I’ve been thinking – how do you choose a god to believe in? Which one is best? Or is is just a ‘gut’ feel thing?

    I guess I’m trying to figure out why (say) the Norse gods aren’t as good as the Christian one?

    And I suppose the other question from me would be as an atheist I don’t really care what people believe in providing it doesn’t hurt others – however it seems to me that many believers really don’t seem to like other people believing in a different God? Why is that?

    joshvegas
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    Are we getting answers?

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    In the book hopefully!

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    however it seems to me that many believers really don’t seem to like other people believing in a different God?

    I would bet the number of believers who don’t like people believing in other gods is about the same proportion as atheists who don’t like people believing in God.

    In other words, there’s a portion of society that feels the need to berate other people with different points of view, regardless of what that point of view might be. People who cannot accept differences.

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    D’you know, it makes me very sad to think of it, whether I go first or Mrs Pondo does – just to think I’m leaving her alone, or she me.

    One reason I changed my mind about having kids. So I could (hopefully) still be close to someone without Mrs Grips.

    Junkyard
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    however it seems to me that many believers really don’t seem to like other people believing in a different God? Why is that?

    the first of the ten commandments
    Secondly their faith lets them know the other person is wrong

    I guess I’m trying to figure out why (say) the Norse gods aren’t as good as the Christian one?

    I’m betting that monotheism ousted polytheism partly because it was a one*-fits-all alternative without (quite) all of that pluralistic complexity and heavy ritual.

    *discounting the Trinity which I still don’t fully understand in a ‘standalone’ sense. I do find it fascinating in a comparative sense, ie

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_deity

    https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/is-god-a-trinity/how-ancient-trinitarian-gods-influenced-adoption-of-the

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    I’m an atheist but I really enjoyed American Gods on Amazon – so I’ve been thinking – how do you choose a god to believe in? Which one is best?

    You could always start your own religion?

    Junkyard
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    I’m betting that monotheism ousted polytheism partly because it was a one*-fits-all alternative without (quite) all of that pluralistic complexity and heavy ritual.

    Its just simper a bit like how having one boss would be easier than having 23

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    I don’t think Norse gods were actual bosses of anyone were they? Just a powerful race of beings.

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    To be fair, much as I would probably enjoy Norse or Roman debauchery I think I might be a pastafarian at heart… http://www.pastafarian.co.uk

    I’m a pantheist = “god”, universe or whatever (insert name here)is everything, therefore belief in god is irreverent as one cannot believe in everything. Which also destroys the notion of freewill as god is everything including oneself. Perfectly understandable when considered with the notions of parallel universes. Never could see the problem with being an atheist for this reason.

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    Well yes. To deal with the question of ‘is there a god?’ you first have to define ‘god’.

    There’s one for SaxonRider’s book – what is God?

    mattyfez
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    If there really is a god surely he would smite anyone who started yet another STW religion thread….

    I’ve challenged God various times, he never picks up the phone. If you are lucky you’ll get his secretary.

    He’s probably gone down the pub.

    slackalice
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    Monotheism came about with the rise of Judaism, prior to that, it is believed that there were many Gods.

    Interestingly, the Christian religion also has a polytheist premise in so far as all the saints, who are by any other name, demi-gods. Or at least, that’s the interpretation I choose to make.

    Talking of interpretations, I am continually surprised by the number of intelligent people on here who still feel the need to subscribe to the established definitions of God. Why? It’s your life, your world, your Universe, your existence, no one else’s! So why not make your reality fit for you?

    Define your own God if you choose, who is there to stop you? Furthermore, choose your own version of life or non existence after shaking free of the human mortal coil, nobody knows what, if anything happens, so set yourselves free and make your own belief, it’s no more delusional than believing your going to spend eternity with a shit load of virgins – which quite frankly does nothing for me, so guess what? I don’t subscribe to that.

    Whatever you choose to believe in or have faith in ( the two are completely interchangeable by the way), be it a Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Norse God, the Universe, it may even be money, whatever, just be sure that your faith makes you a better person and if by choosing to not believe in any form of unknown Higher Power or those listed above, that belief also makes you a better person.

    Refreshing to see the lack of antagonist posts on here today, well done. πŸ˜€

    In other words, there’s a portion of society that feels the need to berate other people with different points of view, regardless of what that point of view might be. People who cannot accept differences

    Someone should invent a word for this.

    Well yes. To deal with the question of ‘is there a god?’ you first have to define ‘god’.

    That’s the trick.

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    Junkyard – lazarus
    You die and life goes on without you.

    Which is fine to accept, but the concept of non-existence is a struggle. As vaguely a scientist, having an understanding under current theories that the universe is infinite and time may actually be infinite, and we cease to be and never can ever exist in any form ever again, freaks me out.

    No get out with time looping round and everything repeats again. Nothing.

    Belief in some kind of afterlife makes it easier to handle. Not saying you should or I do, but I kind of feel happy for people who do.

    Fictional stories about immortality always go on about it being a curse. Stuff that. If it’s non existence or live forever, I’ll take the latter.

    Anyway…

    [video]https://youtu.be/lm6YnAqPv4w[/video]

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    I like slackalice.

    pitduck
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    In the complete absence of any proof,WHY?

    mattyfez
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    the concept of non-existence is a struggle

    Of course it’s a struggle, you didn’t exist before your birth and you’ll ceace to exist when you die.

    That’s a hard pill to swallow.

    Whether you can get over it or not, it’s entirely up to you.

    badnewz
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    If God is good, why did he choose Evolution (with its attendant suffering, waste, and in the animal kingdom, predatory behaviour) as the process to run his cosmos?

    slackalice
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    Thank you molgrips.

    Thank you also for your continued presence and stance on these faith threads, in spite of the views expressed. Better man than me, I stopped contributing as I cannot be arsed trying to explain anything to anyone who goes to any length to not listen and show a modicum of respect.

    Thanks also to the mods, who I presume have at the very least had a word or two with the main protagonists and as such have enabled an environment for more reasoned discussion.

    Who else? My agent, my manager, my partner, parents and of course, the Universe for making all this happen in the first place πŸ˜‰

    I think I like your idea of a bike ride too πŸ˜€

    deadkenny Don’t get hung up with this universe/or time frame, there are plenty of others (unlimited). Lose the notion of self and accept the notion that you are the universe(s). “The concept of non-existence is a struggle” which is why Religion and faith where invented, for the need for the “self” to exist. Self is totally irreverent to the universe and is but a moment.

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    Feelin’ the love.

    slackalice
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    @ weatheredwannabe – beautifully and eloquently put, my belief too πŸ˜€

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    molgrips – Member
    Well yes. To deal with the question of ‘is there a god?’ you first have to define ‘god’

    Everyone defines God in their own manner.

    I’m happy with my definition and my answer to the ‘Is there a God?’ question.

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    Yeah, it’s a good thread πŸ™‚

    Religion is a fascinating topic because its completely intertwined with history and humanity and those things make us who we are even if we aren’t believers.

    Junkyard
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    weatheredwannabe- very Bhuddist view – not sure if intentional or not- not a criticism just an observation seeing as its a nice thread

    FWIW i think there is a difference between spirituality and faith
    I have dabbled and whilst i do many Buddhist practices i dont consider myself one and I dont believe in reincarnation or nirvana but i do feel happier doing spiritual things [ yoga/meditation in the main]

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    I don’t quite understand what spirituality means. I see myself as a collection of emotions, and I know they are created by chemicals, so I don’t separate them from the physical world. Does spirituality draw a distinction between the physical world and something else?

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    Well that depends on how you define it.
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    But yes.
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    Do you believe that there is anything that isn’t part of ‘the physical realm’?

    Edukator
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    If spirituality had nothing to do with the physical world people wouldn’t do this for spiritual reasons:

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    Could you tell me what’s spiritual about it?

    Junkyard
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    He is on a bike and that idiot is walking πŸ˜‰

    Just because you dont believe in god does not mean you are no longer on a quest for meaning and i think we all need to stop and stare in wonder at this great experience called life and the universe

    Its fantastic and all of us can do great things [ though not on the internet in my case] . We can a make a difference, we can all improve ourselves and the world and it means nothing at all

    I dont intellectualise it i just feel better when I meditate or do yoga or seek inner harmony/peace – again I hide this incredibly well n the internet dont I 😳

    slackalice
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    Good question molgrips and one I’ve pondered on for a number of years, which has lead me to draw a definition that I relate to, which is the same definition I hold for Love:

    The will to extend oneself for the benefit of ones own and another’s personal growth.

    It’s all about the intent and being present. Who has been somewhere with others or on your own where the experience filled you with pure joy or intense feelings of goodwill? That could be a spiritual experience. Lots of things can go into the mix too and there are lots of ways to access those moments and state of being.

    By the way, my definition, for me. I have no intention of it being a doctrine! It may be bat shit mental and delusional to some, but it’s my world, my Universe! πŸ˜‰

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    Just because you dont believe in god does not mean you are no longer on a quest for meaning

    I’m not.
    I’m quite happy that there is no ‘meaning’.
    πŸ™‚

    …..i just feel better when I meditate or do yoga or seek inner harmony/peace

    I can enjoy that too, but without the quest.

    And you’re intellectualising it right now.

    Junkyard
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    your just trying to test my inner calm arent you:wink:

    We are debating it so to some degree yes just as you are with no “meaning”

    Shall we forgive each other

    jimjam
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    Shall we get back to asking questions or continue patting each other on the back?

    slackalice
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    Yeah okay, so jimjam, are you feeling the Love?

    πŸ˜‰

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