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Originally posted by gingern
I believe in god... just in case there is a heaven. Only joking.
Faith is very powerful and some people, well most people, need faith just to get through the day.
Religon is just different sets of moral codes. I'm happy with my morals so I don't need some one to tell me whats right or wrong.
Originally posted by gingern
I think, if we are honest, we all need something to get us throuh the day.
It seems the weaker the mind the more people become dependant and they, I'm affraid, are who the cults work on.
What I can't understand is who are the weak and who are the strong. Now the Pope is quite clearly a very clever man and me, well I'm not not going to remembered for much, so who is right me or him?
Originally posted by Marilyn
I believe in God.
It has little to nothing to do with having a weak mind. It has to do with having a spiritual connection. When a person chooses to accept God as their Lord and Savior, it changes them. It changes their heart and the way they perceive life, other people and the things around them. It's a feeling of connection...a connection we are all born with and what we are/were created for. It changes our soul and reconnects us to God. God did not create us to be mindless meat packages, he created us to be a part of his family. He gives us that choice though to accept him or reject him. When you accept him, you become a part of that family. When you reject him, he can't help you. He can't help someone that refuses to believe in him. He has made our salvation as simple as possible for us. All we have to do is accept and believe. God is perfect, but he knows we are not perfect and he knows we can never be perfect (on this earth) and he doesn't expect us to be. He only expects us to try...even if we fail (which we do, miserably), he still accepts us and loves us as his children...even more so than we love and care for our own children.
Why do people still believe in God?
Love and faith. It's better to die in love and faith than to pass from this world with no hope.
Someday we will all face God (whether you believe it or not) and I know I will not have to try to explain to him why I thought he didn't exist.
Originally posted by Deitrim
I have read alot of threads relating to religion in the last number of months and to be honest im always a little concerned about getting involved because of the deep feelings it brings out in people. However ....
People have always believed in a higher power. This goes back to the earliest pagan cultures and has continued all the way up to the present day Scientology et all.
I dont know if I have an answer for why people need to have a belief in a god, but I think that subconsciously people need to believe that the infinitesimal spec of time that our lives represent in the grand scheme of history is not the sum total of what we can ever hope to be. Without that belief that death is not the end I believe that apathy would talk a hold of a large portion of society. Belief in a higher power gives people hope that are immortal. That they die but live on in blissful happiness etc...
I was a very religious person in my youth but this was a result of the influences of others, teachers priests parents. The belief was that if you are good you believe in all these things ... and I was a very good boy It was only in later life when I was no longer blindly believing what I was told and allowed to formulate my own ideas that I changed my perception of things. However it is not easy to unravel years of, what I call, programming and allow yourself the freedom of self expression and thought. There are still many silly things that make me uncomfortable and this stems directly from what I used to believe in. This difficulty in moving away from things that are so deeply ingrained in people is what I believe makes people settle into a comfort zone and go with their theological flow as it were.
I was brought up catholic (live in Ireland so no great surprise there) and there are many things to be admired about religion in the sense of their moral teachings, honor your parents, do not steal / kill etc ... The world would be a very good place if we took religion out of the 10 commandants.
So my ramblings aside to get back to the question at hand, I believe that we will not be able to completely move ourselves away from the idea of a higher power because of the hope it brings people. The alternative of death and VOID is not nearly as appealing to everlasting happiness is it. Maybe if the alternative belief system has 2-4k years to permeate into societies subconscious we might then be able to let go.