Well, I must say that all religions are part of a truthful thing that actually can be scientifically declared, but the science behind it is very difficult, therefore I think that people will only be busy with its details for about two hundred years later. IF the will to do that will ever come to mind in the head of the common scientist XD
But I am also spiritual, and I also cannot imagine that someone wouldn't believe in anything. Many people around me are either Christian or atheist, but even the atheists say that they believe in some powerful thing. (I guess they meant God, or Allah or Yhwh, the one being who stands above all...for now)
I also do believe that every organism has a soul (I do not believe that rocks or mountains have souls, but I do believe that plants and animals have souls) and I must also say that I know this. It may sound arrogant, but nah, I think it should be said, as they can clearly be comfortable and suffer (tough I guess not at the same time) and I'm getting sick of people who think that animals are lower beings, because they're not. Animals stand above people for a long time. I do appreciate those who intentionally do good things, tough. Religion is important to me, but I must remind everyone to keep an open mind about it.
Also, I like symbolism, because it's like a puzzle...when you've put the pieces together, you feel awesome. It's not a religion when you think about it. People just needed some metaphors to make clear to their fellow people what they meant on an emotional level. Wow, I sound like a nitwit with a scientific background now, I guess...
Djd... I'm not an atheist, but worship being driven by genetics isn't gonna make religion any more desirable for an atheist, imho . They can choose to focus on the word 'religion' itself and not worry about anything else; that's their choice, not ours. Just as us focusing on stuff more than just that word is our choice to make, and not theirs. Thus, we are really limited in saying things authoritatively on that count.
In any case, when you try and argue with another side, there is one things that will help you most. And that is, you have to argue from their point of view. If you look at these, and then look at what atheists value in life, you can see that from their point of view, these won't be very convincing. Thus, they are not really good arguments to be making against them; there are stronger ones out there. While they may be effective arguments for self-convicition (they help you support your point of view), they are not powerful enough to convince people of a different paradigm. I think those are the arguments you should search for.
How come all your examples of why people wouldn't believe imply negative things about the people who don't believe? Here's a suggestion: If the only reasons you can imagine that people might hold a different view than you do are that those people are deficient in some way, then you probably need to broaden your imagination a bit.
To answer your last question, though:
Talking to friends helps. Helping people helps. Spending time in the woods helps. Exercising helps. Writing helps.
You could have just left out the wall of text and gone straight to your question, "Who or what helps you rise to a better place within yourself?" which your preceding text distracts from and adds unnecessary assumptions that cancel out your attempt to speak to everyone equally.
I can't actually answer this question. There is no one person or thing that inspires me to personal greatness. I couldn't even list a top ten.
i feel as though religion and labels separate humanity from being completely one. all these borders of countries and different religions have made many wars and disputes. i realize that everyone has a very different thought pattern and different ways of perceiving this world but when it all comes down to us all living as humans on this sphere floating in space, we should realize that we are all experiencing the same thing... life. and the more and more we make things to define our selves through gender social class race and religion the more and more we separate. if we had no countries and realized that these borders we have made are make believe and imaginary lines should not make new york for example think they are better then any other state. or even america to think they are better then canada. we are all living and breathing this same air and lives so if we maybe decided and realized that all these religions have a main concept, the way of working with love and thinking with our hearts and putting aside our egos we could then start to go foward on why we are truly here on this planet. and i find that focusing on truly learning to love thy self is very important because much of humanity does not love there selves they just tolerate them selves from day to day but with the knowledge of what we truly are it helps to understand how to love my self. i feel like we are spirits inhabiting a temporary body .. very complex bodies that have so much potential and that knowing that we are beings of pure light and pure consciousness with no beginning and no end to this vast universe. just looking at the complexities of everything around me inspires me
Because, the Bible says, "The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit are One." Now, if we put this in our mind, heart and spirit. Maybe, then the whole entire world can become one. But, we know this is not going to be establish by mankind. But, only through the "Lord Jesus Christ." Who's God Himself!
i agree but not with jesus christ some how coming and saving us ... we cant hope for something like that. by lord christ i think the bible means that we need to go within find god and reach christ consciousness which is the next level of consciousness the 3rd level
Of course not, it's a fucking car crash of a typing attempt. The way you type makes it a genuine ordeal for anyone to read what you're trying to say. But hey, if you can't be fucked to type properly then what you're saying obviously isn't important.
I'm not being at all judgmental; your typing is terrible and makes it hard to read what you're trying to say, which has the effect of making you look stupid and lazy. The written language is black & white, right and wrong are very clearly defined and there is no grey area between them, and you do it wrong.
But the point is you're not getting your point across due to how badly it's written. One then gets the impression that you don't care about what you're writing, since you can't be bothered to put in the tiny bit of effort needed to make it readable.
He came to my page a few days back to tell me how I need to get in touch with myself and how he feels sorry for me, because I’m not a hippie tree hugger like him. In the worst grammar possible, of course.
I've never worshipped anything in my life, nor have I ever felt the need to. I am a perfectly happy and well-adjusted human being. All religions I have been presented with have demonstrated no compelling evidence to accept their claims as fact. Your opening curiously leaves out the reason for non-belief that such things are simply wrong.
There is no 'what' that helps me. Only people. Myself, my friends, and my family who support me. And I in turn support them.
Enter key, looks a little like this (<----l) with the word ENTER on it, use it. It's not even nit-picking, it is actually painful to read massive chunks of text like that.
On topic though, Religion doesn't always require worship. I'm a Pagan, I personify deity as a female (though this is more for personal reasons as I imagine Deity would be something far beyond human comprehension). I however don't "worship" as it were. I'll honor, but I won't get down on my knees or go to church. You can believe all you want, you don't have to worship it.
Granted, i could be speaking gibberish as I'm not 100% sure what all this wall of text is talking about.
You claim to have encountered scientific research that indicates humans have a need to believe in God. I am saying that as an active Christian for 20 years, and as a healthcare professional, I have not encountered this. So the burden of proof would be on you, not me.