It's cool, Zero, as long as no offensive language is used, you're free to express
your religious, political or whatever opinions.
Although I got an A* in GCSE R.E., I don't particularly enjoy it
completely and have not continued it in advanced levels (A Levels) and beyond.
But what helped me was how I could relate it to God arguments
and my beliefs.
I have problems structuring and organising my thoughts;
therefore I may not include all my ideas or may have to edit some in.
I am a deist. That means, I have no religion but I believe in God.
I believe God MAY not consider us in such ways that would
cause holy books to be made and profits to be assigned missions and such.
I just think we're too small and insignificant.
I will present my arguments but remember, they're only my opinions,
I may be right or wrong but I mean no offense and respect that everyone
has their beliefs (or not...you don't have to believe anything, you can just be passive, that's fine too).
Bacteria, viruses (assuming viruses they're living, thought they probably aren't). Will they go to Heaven?
It's difficult to imagine. Although probably only humans
have an afterlife according to most religions. Dunno.
I'm just saying, it's a bit odd if you think of it like that.
I think it's just evolution that made us be able to think so complexly compared to
Evolution: way too much evidence and sense to dismiss from a science perspective.
Why do I believe in God but don't do anything ritualistic?
Well, I just didn't like the style and lack of freedom.
E.g. going to church. I know you don't have to,
but for example, if you're a Christian, you do not necessarily HAVE to
go to church EVER but I'd rather not find guilt in a human ritualistic
foundation. (Human made in MY opinion. Whether God exists or not, humans made religion,
in my opinion. I don't think God directly influenced religion/worship.)
I assume most religious people are religious because
they were born into that culture.
What if you weren't? What, that means you're not holy or good enough?
That's just my argument. You can ignore me if you wish,
it's just my rational and critical assessment of such a topic.
It's things like some religions having animal-like depictions
and convenient stories and excuses and such,
that make me think 'religion looks fake to me'.
(E.g. angel wings must have been inspired from birds. Of course it can be argued
that us humans may not understand without some kind of metaphorical representation.
But that's up to you. Some think it's suspicious convenience and others think skeptics
are just cynical or don't have faith.)
Why are there no obvious profits these days?
What was it about hundreds/thousands of years ago
when holy books were first made, that cannot continue
to modern times?
And why must modern people trust the advice of what was said LOOONG ago?
Were we there when certain profits achieved great things or whatever the case?
How can we vouch for our ancestors' beliefs?
Wise people are not necessarily correct. They're just experienced and disciplined.
Their guess may not be better than yours.
We are only going on what someone said long ago that's been passed down
through culture. It's not necessarily wrong, but it doesn't encourage critical thinking.
Though that may not be important if religion is right.
And also the thing about there being many many many religions;
can we trust any of them if they all seem so different?
And some may be similar to others to conveniently seem to be consistent,
thus believable. Perhaps. Perhaps not.
Also arguments about why God allows suffering and stuff.
Well, clearly either he doesn't exist or it's not as simple
as depicted in stories and books and hearsay.
'Having faith': it sometimes makes me wonder if
according to some people, that those who don't
have faith in whatever, are insinuating we are not good enough
to trust God OR religion. I think that's unethical if that's the case.
But where did this faith come from?
Does it arrive with instinct or anything else biological?
Why would it come first when I can believe my fear
of dying or anything else that I have had from birth/early ages
and grew up with VS what someone claims is the right answer
and happens to be impossible to falsify. (Disprove/prove to be false;
you can prove God exists
but logically, you CANNOT prove he does NOT exist.
It's like trying to prove you DON'T have a certain particle in your house
that hasn't been discovered and cannot be detected with current scientific instruments/techniques.)
I bet I sound like an atheist. But I'm not. (Nothing wrong with that though.)
If you're interested in atheist humour (not suitable for children or easily offended religious people
that may not be able to take certain types of humour)
well I've seen some really funny (and clever) atheist humour videos on YouTube.
If you're open minded, those videos are funny. YouTube account is darkmatter... something, I forgot.
There's an argument that religion is just a means for humans not
to worry about death because of an afterlife.
I hope there is a Heaven, because a lack of consciousness,
or 'absence' or 'the camera going off' seems frightening.
Seeing black forever seems like the worst case scenario but
it's probably just like being in the deepest sleep forever.
Just not knowing anything, not thinking AT ALL, not existing,
which is not as bad but still depressing.
So ONE reason I choose to believe in God,
is because well, if you die and go to Heaven,
then great! You haven't disappointed the big boss upstairs, so to speak.
If you DON'T believe in God, you STILL have nothing to lose.
Imagine an atheist and Christian for example made a bet (not for money/no gambling)
for their beliefs:
-If God exists, the atheist MAY disappoint God. If he works that way.
But God is hopefully forgiving right? Hopefully. Or there is that devil thing...which I dunno....
-If God DOESN'T exist, (or technically rather the concept of an afterlife)
no one can laugh 'HAHA I WAS RIGHT!' at the other because
there is no consciousness for either of the two.
Everyone just loses in a way.
So in my opinion it's just better to have something to fall back
mentally to. Praying your life will be better won't necessarily
do anything, scientifically speaking. But it may help with your psychology.
Faith can bring motivation and confidence.
Also sometimes there are beautiful coincidences (and nasty ones...)
that make you wonder if there is something either supernatural
going on or if God operates in mysterious ways.
I personally don't believe the mysterious ways thing.
It just sounds like an excuse to be honest.
More likely it could just be a God vs the devil battle.
What do we know? Who are we to assume?
We can believe though. Ya know....if you want...
I'm sure I could make more points but...
I think the main ones are out of the way.
If I was religious, I'd be Christian, mostly because
it would fit me, culturally, more so than most other religions.
child of science!
But for the reasons mentioned (plus more)
I believe in God but don't have a religion.
I think religion is just made by humans.
Is believing just some kinda game?
The ones who don't believe are sinners?
The ones who do, win.
C'mon! (I sound like I'm contradicting myself but this is just a hypothetical logical argument
to think about. And I'm referring to religion, not God.)
There have been absurd things written in holy books.
Those may or may not have been the writings of corrupted modifiers (or the way
some good people were raised culturally)
or they may just be human inventions.
But at least religion can sometimes make people better,
by teaching ethical guidelines. Others abuse it however,
making religion an excuse for terrorism or political arguments and changes, or whatever.
I may sometimes pray. But it's not a regular thing.
It's only for times of desperation or psychological assurance and wellbeing and hope.
But religious ties with me have loosened as I feel as though
I've been let down when I prayed for someone
who meant a great deal to me, who passed away.
I don't know if it was God's doing. I just feel
helpless and that prayer isn't something I trust much any more.
Questions of destiny arise and I start thinking,
'What so...the people who died in the last millions of years...
they were collateral damage to 'destiny'?'
Know what I mean?
So to summarise, I believe God may exist but he probably
doesn't care for us in the same way some people say.
For all we know, God may be a scientist and we might be part of a universe
or petri dish....Who knows.