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Originally posted by AshleyD
Are we allowed to reply to the thoughts of others? If not I apologize but I would like to add to something KL said.
Originally posted by Dave Rabbit
Are people religious because they really believe?
Do they simply go through the motions because they are too afraid of the consequences .... just in case there is a Heaven or Hell?
Is it simply a security blanket because they want to believe that there is something better after they die and would be miserable if they didn’t believe there was something at the end of the religious rainbow?
Originally posted by The_Alarmist2012
I sat on a very high ledge and watched a spectacular sunset not too long ago and pondered my own existence. Thoughts of my life, memories, the world and deep thoughts about these words: "There has to be something more"
For me, I would have to admit that when I was younger, yes I did follow because it was what I taught, but as I grew older, I followed my beliefs because I really did (and still do) believe. When it comes to consequences, this is the main key: Yes, I am afraid of what may happen between me and God if I do do something wrong, but just because of the negative that will impact me later, but because I want to love my God with all that I've got, and when you love someone, you WANT to make them proud, you want to listen to them, and you want them to be happy with you, or at least try. Now, as a Christian, I believe that I can never win over God's approval because he already loves ALL of us equally and unconditionally, but I still want to make a positive difference for him because it is the least I can do for the God whom sent his son to die for me. Like it was said in an earlier post by someone else, Jesus asks us to use him as our refuge, our strength. I don't really use religion as a tool to ensure me a ticket to heaven if that's what you mean. I don't believe in doing good works so other people can see, and pat me on the back, no. God is my Savior, and yes, I can count on him, and use him as my place for security because after all, he did create me. So in a way, yes my relationship with God is my security, but I don't use it to think illogically, and ignore the world around me, hoping that it'll all go away, but at the same time, I don't doubt God's power.
Are people religious because they really believe? Do they simply go through the motions because they are too afraid of the consequences .... just in case there is a Heaven or Hell? Is it simply a security blanket because they want to believe that there is something better after they die and would be miserable if they didn’t believe there was something at the end of the religious rainbow?
Originally posted by capgrup
This is great. Finally having a post that does not turn into a flame fest.
The only person I have ever known that I would consider to be truly Christian was my grandmother. She went to church 2-3 times a week, taught Sunday school, never criticized other people. She was really a great person. I did not subscribe to her beliefs but she never condemned me for it. It made her feel complete and content and that is perfectly alright with me. She believed that there was something or someone waiting for her and it made her happy.
Originally posted by Grey Magic
Nice thread Dave and some good points.
I wish we would abolish organized religion in every way and make it individual religion.
Let people read several books and standpoints and make up their own mind.
So many kids and adults are still brainwashed by organized religions that I am against it.