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    not to be trusted miss fortune's Avatar
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    Default so why don't you have religion?

    the man was invited to go to church by a friend this morning and actually went (much to my shock and awe! ) as a favor to that friend... it actually started an interesting conversation upon his return... on the topic of why neither of us is particularly religious and our thoughts on going to church

    He thought that the "happy friendly people" were all quite fun to be around and insists that he just hasn't found a religion because nothing has made enough sense to him so far- he accused me of being overly cynical about religion and religious people for my attitudes

    I'm the evil bastard of the situation for insisting that if there is a god, I think that he's a total asshole and that so much evil shit has happened in the name of religion that it's done more harm than good in the world Of course I'm the one who was suspicious that the "happy friendly people" were all just an act as well...

    I thought that such differing opinions coming from two self proclaimed agnostics were rather amusing and I know that there's plenty of other reasons as well... what's yours?
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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    Default Everyone has a religion!

    One has religion or not, adheres to his or her own ethical standards or principles.

    These standards could be extremely complicated or quite simple.

    Either way these ethical standards are your religion.

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    Religion tells you what is wrong and right.

    Your ethical standards tells you the same.

    Your principles are your religion.

    Conclusion -

    Everyone has a religion.


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    So @whatever what is your religion?

    Translate, what are your principles?

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    I have spirituality much more than I have religion.
    I've been called a criminal, a terrorist, and a threat to the known universe. But everything you were told is a lie. The truth is, they've taken our freedom, our home, and our future. The time has come for all humanity to take a stand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    I have spirituality much more than I have religion.
    And that spirituality is your religion.

    It's a tricky religion though.

    Spirituality is based on moment to moment feelings.

    Of course maybe we could be discussing different forms of spirituality .

    That means my point of view on your spirituality being your religion could be wrong.

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    I'm using the definition of organized religion = religion for this thread

    and what do I believe in? protect others, be there for those who are important to me, live
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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    It would serve no purpose in my life.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.

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    I have religion.. It's just probably heretical. So I'm the only follower of it, at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riva View Post
    Conclusion -
    Everyone has a religion.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system, but religion differs from private belief in that it has a public aspect
    This is an important difference. A private belief system makes you an individual. A public person will be an individual more in the form of the name and number.

    I'm open to belief in public belief systems. But the common ones are typically constructed at a time where they thought the earth was flat. So to believe in one of these religions would be similar to a flat earther. I just can't find it in me to do either. Or why I should, what this could give me. My time is limited enough so I would like to spend it trying to figure out a life for myself. Not just read a book, and follow the recipe. It's boring.

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    I don't have a religion because I don't believe, I could try and make myself believe because it might make me feel better but I don't think that's a good enough reason to believe in something.
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