reply to post by GreenEyedVixen
I realise there are similar threads to this subject, but they are rather old and I'd like to see what the current ATS members beliefs are as
we are indeed in the year 2012, which so many have different views on.
Hi, Vixen, welcome to ATS. You say in your intro that you've been lurking for years....have you not visited this forum before?
The short answer to your question is that I have a philosophy, but no "religion". I was brought up a good Protestant girl in the Episcopal church,
rejected it, struck out on my own to learn other faiths and religions, and have an individual way of thinking about things now. It's a mixture of
lots of different things taken from many, many, ancient ideas and styles of thought. Basically, I believe in the things Christ originally taught in
terms of humility, kindness, generosity, avoiding pride, harming none, rejecting the quest for wealth, and not following priests and such. He was not
the first to teach it, but he certainly did
teach it, just as others from ancient times all over the world have taught.
I find the best and most basic (and universal ethical code) to be sufficient. It is stated succinctly in The Golden Rule:
Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
I believe we are all part of the One Divine, and all connected, and will all one day graduate (through a succession of reincarnations here or on other
worlds) to being ready to rejoin the Divine in eternal bliss. Until we are ready spiritually, we keep coming back for lessons. Our soul has a goal and
a course of study determined between incarnations with help from ethereal guides. It takes many lifetimes to achieve that enlightenment and
purification and perfection of the soul, but eventually every soul gets there. It's a personal journey. Call it the "Holy Spirit" if you like; be
we all have the Divine residing within us. The goal is to live in accordance with it.
That said, I suggest if you get responses from people who you'd like to learn more about, you read their posts (pull down the menu under "member"
at the bottom of the member's avatar for the options to view their threads or posts. There are quite a few "regulars" on this forum, and you have
the chance to "get to know what they believe" by looking at their threads and posts.
There are plenty of threads that are not "old" at all.
For more on my current thoughts/philosophy, see this thread: Understanding Gnosticism; or, a
quest for accurate knowledge
It's been my experience here that if I want to find out a person's general beliefs and character, looking at their post history is the best way to
do that. Then you can choose to interact with them or decide not to attend to their contributions.