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Originally posted by OptimusSubprime
where do you find hope?
What gives you strength in the face of adversity?
Do you ever feel alone and empty inside without a belief in a higher power?
Originally posted by middleclasssoldier
reply to post by OptimusSubprime
Well i agree with you on most of your points. But lately I have been really looking into the ancient astronaut theory as opposed to religion. To me that makes the most sense. I grew up in a christian home and went to church and i dont feel any less or full of faith now then i did back then. I suppose i just try to live my life in an honest way and try to do the right thing and that gets me by. Hope that answers your question.edit on 18-4-2011 by middleclasssoldier because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Exhibeo
I simply view the idea of celestial divinity to be toxic; one too easily corrupted. Deists do things in the name of their respective god(s) but it is still their hands that influence the deed. I derive hope from myself and good people that I know. To suggest that god(s) have a monopoly on altruistic tendencies is to denounce all good deeds done (or those yet to be done) by people of a non-theistic inclination.
I sincerely tried to reply to your post with as little volatility as I could muster, and I appreciate level-headed theistic threads like this one.
If we did a good act merely from love of God and a belief that it is pleasing to Him, whence arises the morality of the Atheist? ...Their virtue, then, must have had some other foundation than the love of God.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Law, June 13, 1814
My intent with this post is not to challenge your belief as an atheist, we can have that debate at another time and in another thread. I welcome it. I respect your belief, and would never try to cram mine down your throat, and I expect the same courtesy.