posted on Oct, 8 2012 @ 10:58 PM
It's getting late but felt an urge to reply.
I'm a new member, been "lurking" for multiple years but hope to maybe contribute to some conversations I've seen like this. Not gonna ask people
not to flame me because I know how it goes.
I was raised Roman Catholic. Did the whole altar boy thing. But when it came for me to be confirmed I couldn't latch myself to the ideas presented
in said religion. So I sought out to create my own. I'm not an Atheist. I believe in a god.
I believe holy texts hold some meaning, but are not literal.
I believe that we were somehow created in God's image. We are all creators. Even when we sleep we are wandering in worlds of our own creation. So
before I lose my train of thought let me get to the point.
I believe that everyone has some concept of the afterlife or the lack thereof. I think if you believe in heaven or hell you will find such when you
move on. It is all down to individual experience. But once you do, whatever the consequence is when you move on that is what you will find because
you have spent a lifetime creating that idea. If you are unhappy with your life when you move on maybe it won't be so fluffy clouds and sunshine,
I can't assume the OP sees things like me but I think of god as the creative energy that holds everything together. Perhaps not a single omnipotent
consciousness but rather an ever present energy holding it all together. I see life as an opportunity, the time we are given is all we have. Sure,
reincarnation is up for debate but our given time is the key. Life is not pointless, we effect others around us, we create children and raise them,
we leave our mark.
But when our time is up. it's ashes to ashes. I think maybe it could be nothingness on the other side, or rebirth, or reincarnation... That's the
beauty of creating your own beliefs is that you don't need to conform to what others tell you to. But bottom line is, even if it was nothingness on
the other side, our energy will rejoin with the universe - as if it were apart in the first place. So really, there will always be something even
after our lives have transpired.
Anyhow, as I said, this is my first real post. I look forward to discussing topics with the community and thanks for having me.