Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Well that would be the million dollar question now isn't it?
Probably if you were of a spiritual bent it would be the million year question?
How do can we possibly know which religion is the right one, or if there is a right one at all?
If as most with the view on religion being like yours feel it probably very material and material, then taking the scientific route and experimenting,
till you find the "results" that prove it to yourself.
The answer is simpler than you think.
It certainly is.
We cannot know.
Please do not speak for humanity, or me, with your perspective and experience, and results.
It is impossible
Most of humanity would disagree through history.
since as humans we are not equipped to contemplate or understand such a complex idea.
Is a drop unable to know the ocean or have oceanness within it, and therefore experience this?
The idea of god and creation, is beyond our ability to interpret and understand.
Who mentioned God and creation?
Is that your interpretation and view of religion?
I preach the gospel of I don't know, because I don't.
The "I" is important here, and does not speak for many "We" and "Us"
And anybody who attempts to figure it out is wasting their time.
As opposed to telling everyone who tries or has that they are wasting their time? Whose time is spent best?
Those looking for the ultimate truth of reality or those who denounce those who have and claimed to ave done so?
The only way to truly know is to die and then you can't tell anybody about your discovery.
Mmmm Big NO NO here you are in conversation here with a NDE survivor, I shouldn't be here.
I am living proof that your last statement is false and wrong.
Most people are indoctrinated into their religions.
Very true. But then it is just like a "preference" of fashion etc, your like or dislike.
They are raised from birth.
The universe certainly does raise us all since birth.
Some find it after traumatic events that require a shoulder to cry on,
Indeed, true, or even get a kick up the backside to look at it through the very same beliefs indoctrinated in them since young as you point out and
search, quest for it.
or a place to put the blame.
Oh how true.
Others simply want something to believe in,
good observation, a psychological need and blanket, like our first love will never end.
to believe they are not alone in the world and that this is it.
Do you feel alone in the world then, separate from the rest of the world?
It would be pretty depressing if it was I'll give them that.
Well in reality if you look at the above, and your post you are talking to yourself? only they find a way out of the darkness of the depression?
Really it all comes down to belief and matter of opinion.
Faith is very important yes, wont go into it here, however stating the ultimate nature of the validity of any religion's veracity, therefore any
divine truth of this universe is based on a human's perspective and opinion is very
In my case, I am on the fence,
Quite the opposite actually from what you have described in your writings on your belief structures, ideas and faith in this regard. You seem to have
a very strong belief structure in place. Just as strong as many "Fundementalist" believer's infact.
and plan to remain till I am buried underneath it.
Then what happens?
Also are you Psychic to?
You may become a man of great faith and belief in your lifetime yet, and if you know this is impossible then you must be a prophet which seems to go
against the grain of your analysis.
If so is psychic phenomina then just part of the system that makes said dirt this body will be buried under?
My last sentence above many may see if they look closely the real 60 million Dollar question lol.
EDit to add there are many roads to rome as they say, and the road you take is based on preference, depending on your transport and time spent just
quickly just getting there or taking in the sights on the way. Each road even with detours, if followed closely, and no wrong turns are made, or
bandits on the way allowed to enter lead to the same destination though.
Many on those roads claim to have a Map and to have been to Rome but really are just con men though. Especially the ones charging for the maps, or
saying only they have such a map...
Personally Buddhism as it helps in the NOW as well as the after life, and as the Buddha said
Do not take what I say as true because I say it, (do not have blind faith), but take my words and test them yourself (try it out) as you would test
Gold before buying buying it
Never not found a nugget within it yet
[edit on 26-4-2009 by MischeviousElf]