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Originally posted by paul76
I choose to follow my own path. I choose to judge every human equally, something which religion deprives one off. I choose to make my own mistakes and to learn of those same mistakes. I choose to find my own god. I choose to lead my own life, and not to be dictated to by somebody whom I've never met.
You never set out to make mistakes, you just learn and move on whatever it is.
There's plenty of wisdom in most of them, but it's easy enough to live a good, honest, worthy life without a religion and without a belief in God or Gods.
And yes, I repeat. I would kill an animal if it tried to kill another wrongly.
I really don't understand the excessive value placed on human life. It is thought that we are above all else,
Early modern thinkers distinguished between theoretical or speculative atheism and practical atheism. The theoretical atheist was someone who claimed to believe that there was no God, but for whom this belief had no real pragmatic consequences. It was a philosophical position, not a moral, social, or devotional one, and it had little effect on his behavior. The practical atheist, on the other hand, was someone who, while probably not really denying "in his heart" the existence of God, nevertheless led a dissolute and immoral life and engaged in the overt mockery of religion. While there were undeniably many such libertines in early modern Europe, there was great debate at the time over whether there were, in fact, any sincere theoretical atheists. The idea of a providential God, some asserted, is innate in the human mind. René Descartes (1596–1650) argued as much in his Meditationes de Prima Philosophia (1641; Meditations on first philosophy). Although the concept of God may become obscured by the more vivid and compelling material from the senses, ultimately—in dire circumstances or as the end of life approached—all professed atheists were said to acknowledge God.
Originally posted by MatrixProphet
I know on ones that plain and simply don't want to rock the boat, which to me lacks conviction. Be an atheist, or one who questions, or take a stand for God. Just take a stand for something!!
I see a lot of people are saying that they are spiritual.
Do any of you have a definition of "spiritual"?
I used to say that, but then one day I realized that I didn't know what that meant; it just sounded meaningful.
So I really dont know. It does seem like a stand would be nice, to make us more certain of who others are, of who we are. But what in the material world is concrete and fixed? Even the mightiest mountain is in motion on the molecular level. And on the more mundane level it is being eroded, by wind, by water, blown apart by eruptions, plowed into the earths crust by tectonics. Nothing at all is fixed and certain in our world. Maybe certainty is inharmonious with God, or the Divine. Maybe more of us should be on the fence, if not in the belief that there IS a Divine, but at least in regard to the belief that we could possibly know what that means.
We all must make our own way in the spiritual paths we choose. No two are alike.