reply to post by JesusisTruth
Thanks for the reply but let's get something straight.
I didn't say all religious people’s lives are pitiful.
I said SOME people’s lives are so pitiful that they need something to believe in.
Religion can, and in many cases does, serve that purpose.
Some people living in the slums in India or the numerous Shanty Towns throughout Africa and South America have so little of anything of any value and
have so little hope for the future that they need the belief of something better in the afterlife otherwise they would have absolutely no purpose
whatsoever to exist.
SOME people are just so lonely, they have no friends or family that they need the belief that they will meet up with the friends or relatives they
once had after they die.
It provides comfort for them.
SOME people need the feel to belong to something.
SOME people find that in various groups, societies, clubs etc.
SOME people find it in organised religion.
Religion can, and does, provide these support functions, for SOME people.
Religion can, and does, feed off the fears of human beings.
I would not be embarrassed of a Guardian Angel but for a Guardian Angel.
Some of the positions or predicaments I may have placed “it” over the years could be acutely cringe worthy.
I may indeed be sub-consciously searching or reaching for something spiritual and have taken on board what some people have said, it’s just that I
am thoroughly at one with the life choices and lifestyle I lead.
It’s my choice.
I lead a fun and full life with none of the self-persecution so many people seem to have.
I am free of the cerebral flagellation that most people seem to put themselves through on a constant basis.
As I stated in a previous thread; if, and it’s a big if, sometime in the future I am judged and found wanting, then so be it, it was my life, my
choices and I have no complaints.
I won’t blame anyone else.
How many people here on ATS can honestly say that?
I understand that there are many caring, well-intentioned individuals within religious communities and I would like to think that I respect both them
and their beliefs; it’s just that I expect the respect to be shown to me.
For some reason I enjoy the religious discussions on ATS but I do not understand the unwillingness of most members to consider other opinions and
viewpoints and the complete lack of respect given to followers of other belief systems.
There are of course some notable exceptions; I think they know who they are.
RnR to all.