Originally posted by biggie smalls
One does not have to believe in or join organized religion to believe in a higher power.
your opinion is valid and I completely understand where you are coming from.
I was atheist for a while due to my raising in the Catholic church. I saw how hypocritical everyone was (not just the priesthood, but the fellow
parish members) and how no one behaved such as Christ did.
I know I'm quoting old material, but I felt I needed to address this fellow.
I am so glad, biggie smalls, that you realize this.
I have no problem with spiritualists. (For lack of a better term.)
Those who can conduct their religion without the church.
In fact, if religious war were ever to break out, I would call the spiritualists, and agnostics my allies. Allies of atheism.
The whole point here isn't to preach the existence or non-existence of god, it's to break away from the control medium that is the church.
(And I guarantee you, if another religious war starts, it's entirely the fault of organized religion.)
After you break away, should you chose to still believe in a god, great, if not, thats great too! You have total free will at that point, everything
you believe in was devised by YOU and not preached at you by some power hungry podium dweller, and thats the only thing that matters.
If you were to want to still follow the bible/Q'ran, eh, thats you're decision. Personally I think they're so riddled with holes that nobody should
use it as scripture... but it still makes for a decent moral code if you can't find something else to use at the time.
(I suggest to anyone else leaving the church, that you write down what you feel is common sense moral code, and stick to it. If your common sense
doesn't tell you to treat everyone as if it were you, then maybe having free will isn't a good idea for you.)
As you stated, once you freed yourself from the church, you re-visited your belief in god, and chose to continue believing. I took the ulterior path.
That seems to be the only deviance between your tale and mine. I decided that there was such a lack of evidence pointing to the existence of a god,
that I believe there isn't one.
You might have seen something different. But I have not.
It's all about belief. There are no facts on the matter, so nobody is wrong in their belief.
But the whole point to belief, is YOU have to decide for yourself.
I'm glad you did.
[edit on 24-8-2008 by johnsky]