atheist : why bother to answer religious topics

Malaysia
August 10, 2009 10:37am CST
they dont believe in god but they are active in religion topics ... it is a suprise to me , why atheist like to discuss on god and religion more than the believers ?? everytime you discuss on religious topic be is Christianity, Islam, Hinduism .. they are there to comment their "negative points" well i dont care but just curious .. why are you there at all ..this is a sincere question not a war against atheist cheers
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@ulalume (714)
• United States
10 Aug 09
1. Just because we are atheists does not mean we like to be uninformed. Religious discussion appeals to me because it is a learning experience. So many religious people are, inadvertently, misinformed about "counter-culture" beliefs/philosophies/"religions" (such as atheism, Satanism, Wicca, etc.). I personally just don't like being a fool and irrationally believing in something without discussing it. I, unlike so many religious people, am willing to admit that I MAY be wrong. 2. I do not only discuss the negative aspects of religion, however I do bring them up because they are so frequently avoided by believers. The age of childhood where I could believe some thing I was told is now past. I look in a book like the Bible and see a God and his sadistic ways. If people desire to believe in it, fine by me. However, no one should be claiming he is a loving God; if he at any point has condoned violence, suffering, rape, and child abuse. If you want verses, I'll give you verses. Or, follow my other discussions/comments on this site. 3. I personally am not content like so many "believers" tend to become. Take a Christian for example. If they give their life to Jesus, a majority of the battle is behind them; at least as far as the Bible says. It is not a difficult life when you live in the awareness that you will have "no more suffering." 4. As an atheist, I would like to know if any thing happens to me when I die. Religious people avoid religious conversation frequently because they already assume they KNOW what is going to happen. I would like to think that I go straight to the grave, yet it is my nature to want to live forever. Studying theology and philosophy gives insight into different world views and perspectives. 5. Many atheists, like myself, were raised around religious families and friends. Those of us who "move on" from those beliefs, inadvertently like to re-examine them from a different perspective. Those would be my major reasons.
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
10 Aug 09
Cheers!!
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• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
hi ulalume .. some people express their love for "jesus" and "god" as they might have experienced some sort of sign from him .. well it is them .. do not insult them in discussions they start .. you can share your opinion on it .. as you said "If people desire to believe in it, fine by me" I am not saying it is you .. just a general view, as you could hurt their believe .. when the right time comes they will turn to you and atheists and move on believing in something even god gives people the psycological support that is needed in overcoming difficult moments in their life thank you
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@ulalume (714)
• United States
11 Aug 09
I've never insulted any one. It is you who assume I do, and inadvertently that is insulting (as if I am one to truly feel offended, though). That is one primary reason why I LEFT Christianity and continue to pursue and study different philosophical avenues. Yes, many people claim to have had an experience with God and what not; but that doesn't prove any thing to any one (but, perhaps, themselves). What is to logically say that was God over a person's mind wandering in the night? Who is to say it is the god of the Bible and not the god of the Koran? Was it the pagan gods of the sun speaking? Those are simple questions that I can never receive a proper response about. If a person takes offense, they are just stupid. I am not out to offend, just to question. If a person is beyond questioning, then they are beyond being sensible in any way and even speaking to a person outside of their cult-mindset. Atheist's tend to keep a relatively open mind when thinking and discussing topics as controversial as religion. Religion interacts with us all on a day to day basis. I have friends and family from both the religious spectrum and non-religious. If I have been offensive, I would have you show me what I have said that is offensive. Almost anything I say I could easily back up and show you.
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
10 Aug 09
I am not a religious person, I am however a spiritual person. I respond in religious topics for many reasons. 1. I have an opinion. 2. I am interested in the discussion. 3. My opinion may differ from the author of the discussion. 4. When I make a negative point, it is not to fault someone. It may be to point out my opinion regarding the discussion, or something said in the discussion. Many times I read rather than respond. I have this inherent need for information and the opinion of others. That is actually why I am here in mylot, it always has been. I am not here for the money or friends or selling anything. I just like to learn from others and share my humble opinion. I disagree with all religion but I also know that for many it is something they need to follow. Brightest blessings, Mari
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
10 Aug 09
Cheers!!
• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
Hi maria ... i liked what you said ... "When I make a negative point, it is not to fault someone" - when you share your opinion without imposing remarks like "Who is God?" "There is no God?" "Which God" ... and relating it to your "spiritual" teachings is healthy and non offensive cheers
@shibham (17022)
• India
11 Aug 09
hi sanjana. i don't to break our friendship through this type of topics. but i have to say something. so don't mind. i have already said and participated in a discussion from u where i said that i am an atheist. yes, i am here being an atheist bcoz i want to reform or refine others who are too much blind for religion means orthodox. we have power to enter in any discussion of mylot. so i am. don't take it otherway.
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• Malaysia
12 Aug 09
hi friend we are to discuss on topics ... you are always welcome to give your comments based on your knowledge but you do not have to criticize the religion or believe and it goes vice versa too .. I believe atheist ... as you and others have hightlighted .. have your own "way of life" and it is either spiritual or otherwise .. but it has a clean image of being "good for humankind" Just share your opinion ... "reforming" in the way of criticizing is not so "matured" Note : I am not saying it is you here .. by you i am reffering to "arthiest" as a movement cheers
@shibham (17022)
• India
13 Aug 09
Hi sanjana, my net provider system is too slow to work so sometimes I appear lately to discussions. Perhaps u have understood. Anyway, u have raised a point on reforming. Yes it is very essential indeed. Do u know that in india more than 1 lakh animals are sacrificed for the name of god. If we all are so called god’s children then I hate that god who seeks his children’s blood. Mainly KAALI, CHANDI,DURGA and those shakti related goddesses. If sacrificial is essential according to religious beliefs then we have to change it . we must have to reform them who are orthodoxly obeying these nonsense beliefs and practices. We need to reform, not the matter of criticize. Please define the word “ criticize” as u have mentioned.
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
hi . .. this is where we are to use our consciousness in deciding what is good and what is not ... me and husband are Hindus but we do not practice so many of those things that our parents, grandparents practiced as it is not acceptable to our "brains" - by the way .. we all are given "brains" to think otherwise our brain power will be similar to "animals" Do not comment or critize on the practices which may not be of acceptance to us but 'yes' to them .. this people get offended because their practice is being damaged Your example of sacrifice : may offend some people whereby it can be categorised as criticise dear ... They may have seen their "light" from the prayers they perform to goddes Shakti - that is their way of life ... We need to stop somewhere when commenting so that it does not hurt the other cheers
• United States
11 Aug 09
This may lead to a lot of disaggreement but I suspect that atheists question religion and God so often and so vehemothly is because they are searching for something beyond themselves to answer the questions that they can't answer within themselves.
@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
11 Aug 09
Don't we all do that? I mean even as a believer or a non believer, we all have that searching for something beyond ourselves. We are all looking for answers. No one can come with evidence and say this is it. Though I think when the Catholic Church finally reveals those book rolls they are keeping from us, we will have a lot of answers. By the way, Welcome to mylot!
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
hi all .. yes it is very tru .. there are alots of orignial documents which are kept a secret in all religion ... i have read claims that those secrets should not be revealed .. it should be as we are evolving and we have to know more and want proof of everything happening around us cheers
• United States
13 Aug 09
But of course, the conspiracies..the secret secret things that no one knows of, tho everyone is aware of..written by who?! Extraterrestrials no doubt..who came to us in their alien go-mobiles and brought man from the trees, thus giving him life beyond the animals and control of the earth.. Are you sure it was not bigfoot in league with the leprechauns awaiting nessie to rise up from her loch, put her mark in the muddy bank thus bringing forth the new era? Sarcastic? Yes, but let us be honest here! Your argument is that you have seen and read things of questionable authorship, containing materials pertaining to unproven/unprovable 'truths' but which you nonetheless choose to believe in. This you use as proof positive that the bible is simply a book of questionable authorship, containing materials pertaining to unproven/unprovable 'truths' and that it and theology should therefore be disregarded as pure fantasy. For some reason I'm not swayed by your argument. It is now your turn to prove your belief in a manner that satisfies my skepticism. ENJOY!
@mama_bear (1124)
• Canada
10 Aug 09
i personally like it when people like atheists and non believers answer my religious posts because i like to have all perspectives and it is great when they a represented. why do you ask, well that is because i am always playing devil's advocate, i will answer a discussion that talks about something that i either do or do not believe in just to challenge other people and to get them thinking. it is always nice to see if those out there do have the courage of their convictions and it is always gratifying to see the lemmings crumble and fall.
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• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
hi mama_bear i too welcome artheists in my discussion as sometimes it feels good to have healthy discussion.. i am only offended when i see some people, expressing their love for god due to some experience in their life and ..... one or two artheists try to "dampen the spirits" by posting unhealthy comments cheers
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@mama_bear (1124)
• Canada
12 Aug 09
well in any given situation it is unfair and just plain mean for someone to dampen someone's spirits and to kill their joy, regardless of whether their joy is brought on by their god or some other force. yeah in that regard it sucks when someone joins your discussion just so they can be like that. those are the ones that i do so love to put in their place. fear not when i come onto your discussion even if i do not agree with you i will not be mean
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
• United States
11 Aug 09
Hello Sanjana! We all have one God. We give religion names. Example: Christian, Catholic..etc..I've been a baptised Christian all my life. To answer your question. I guess everybody has to give their own opinion on whatever the topic might be. If you see a topic on Atheism, would you dare to respond? or do you shy away? I think the same way us Christians want to show others how good our God is the same way the non-believer wants to get people on their side. This is just my opinion and nothing more. PS: Can we all just get along? :) Peace and Love to ALL! God is good all the time and all the time God is good! :) Take care my friend and happy mylotting! :)
• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
hi survey we are supposed to get along .. give our opinion and not critize .. critize actually makes enemies and not love cheers
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• United States
11 Aug 09
Hello Sanjana! I totally agree with you, but we can't change people. Only God can. And we sure can't make everybody happy, not even God can. You know what I mean. I guess we just have to let it go. Don't get upset, it will not change anything. Sometimes we just have to ignore people. :( Take care my friend and happy mylotting. :) Olivia ~
@nzalheart (2352)
• India
11 Aug 09
Hello sanjana!!! The atheist itself has been some sort of religion. The religion that stands without the belief in the existence of the supreme power god, and only on the basis of reality we can see in the world. Most atheist are the ones who is tired of listening to the superstitions for which no proof is there and are yet assumed to be the truth and bind people to believe on it. The discussion of religion is concerned with spirituality and the atheist are also deeply concerned with the spirituality. More the discussions, more the provoking thoughts and the intelligence to be developed. That's why the atheists are there to discuss on religion and which is mostly related to spirituality concern.... Happy mylotting...
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• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
hi nzal ... yes i believe Artheist is a Religion ... it does not have "GOD" in it while all the other religion has "GOD" as the main reference .. Artheist ... can share their "spirituality thoughts" without insulting any GOD as it may deeply affect the discussion and bring a "unhealthy" environment There are a few "artheist" where they leave a trademark in any religious discussion ... they are so sleek and intelectual .. i will smile to myself when i see their names ... you can guess who ??
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@nzalheart (2352)
• India
11 Aug 09
So, who are in your list???
• United States
12 Aug 09
because they have an opinion and they are just as free to express their opinion as anyone else is! just because I dont believe in God doesnt mean that i dont have an opinion about religion I respect all religions (or lack there of) and try to discuss religions in a NON judgemental way however not everyone is able to make their point in a non insulting way and that is when tempers flare
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• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
hi wonttakelong .. is it not better if we can teach instead of being critic or others we give our comment and give our opinion and stay clear of giving "hurtful" remarks cheers
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
11 Aug 09
Hi sanjana, I have already declared myself as an atheist. I am atheist for I do not believe in visiting the 'God's place which is a fallacy. I do not carry on the religious rites and do not follow the religious function. But I believe that there is a supreme power and not like your Gods and deities some where in the universe and that might not have the tag of God. And that is the reason I participate sometime in this discussion.
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• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
hi kraj ... you claim atheist but also say you believe in "supreme power" , i assumed atheist does not believe in god or "supreme power" (as you call it) at all ... i am confused now ...
@jshekhar (1563)
• India
11 Aug 09
Religion is something that everyone has a view on.. be it in favour or against. Most of the people here are for making money and they want to extract as many responses form members as they can. Hence, they feel starting off such sensitive topics is the way to go.I do answer to a few of those but don't start anything related to that on my own.
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@andy77e (5165)
• United States
12 Aug 09
It does not make sense on basic level does it. They don't believe in (g)od at all, yet they are constantly active in religious discussions. I have an odd theory behind it myself. Here goes: The Bible says in Romans 1:19 and 20, that everyone has an inherent understanding that there is a god. Even William J. Murray, son of founder of the national atheist movements Madalyn Murray O’Hair, said that growing up in an atheist home, he was constantly taught to fight the belief in a god. Why would he have to be taught to fight a belief system, unless he was born with it? So my view is this. The reason Atheists debate and argue over religion and god, is because they are having an internally struggling against beliefs that are built into them. They do so, to feel better about the conscious choice to disbelieve what inside they know must be true.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 09
Well, people can believe there is a GOD yet not believe it is right for PEOPLE to judge, separate, hate, harm, or otherwise mislead or frighten other people into thinking there is only one way to believe. I do believe there is a GOD but I do not believe that organized religion is the way to go, nor inherently right in itself. Look at the wars, hate, judgement, and despicable things that people do to each other for religious reasons. Sickening, the lot of it. Using religion to justify anything that harms another person physically, mentally, emotionally, or to attempt to control someone's behavior or attitude using religion is the lowest form of slavery I have ever heard of.
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
13 Aug 09
What do you mean by separate? We all make choices to separate from those we find unappealing, and there is nothing wrong with that. Say you find out someone was cheating on his wife. Would you not separate from him? Or if someone was a thief and routinely stealing. Wouldn't you separate from him? Similarly, there is nothing wrong with people separating based on moral beliefs. As for as "misinforming" people, that is a matter of perspective. To the Jews, the Christians are misinforming people. To the Catholics, the Buddhist are misinforming people. So since everyone can state their own beliefs openly, and have everyone believe that everyone else is "misinforming"... the question then becomes... do people have the right to teach their views to others? I say they do.
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
Hi Andy .. people have right to teach their views to others but not to criticise others to teach ... eg if you are a christian .. do teach on Bible, Jesus and Mother Mary to us but do not criticise "what we already have" Hi Mommy Boo - i like your statement, i too believe in GOD but not the organized religion, as the word "Religion" has caused more pain than anything else
@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
11 Aug 09
I am living with an Atheist. In January it will be 3 years. He sometimes talks about religion with me. We see things different but respect and listen to one another. He actually acts like a Christian more than me. In our doing and living, you would think I was the Atheist and he was the Christian. He try s to help everyone, even if it cost him difficulties. He is there to help. Always sees good in everybody. Is very easy in forgiving others. I have learned a lot from him. As for why Atheist are here in mylot? Maybe they are like my BF. Honest in opinion, loving and just wanting to communicate. Nothing wrong with that. We can learn from each other. Is not that what religion is suppose to be: "Loving one an other?" Maybe we should take away the words, religion and God. Replace that with Love. Love is what it is all about.
• United States
11 Aug 09
During my 'lost soul' years (early 70's) there was a lady in our hangout group who claimed agnosticism. She was also a vegetarian (her respect for life).and this lady had a much deeper sense of social responsibility than most religions then and since.. I believe that God leaves his calling card in everyone in various ways and that we can be taught thru the 'non-believers' who follow the rules better than the 'believers' who talk it but don't follow it.
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@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
11 Aug 09
Absolutely, I do agree with you. Though there was a time, I would not have understood it.
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
hi margajoe i like your husband ... we remove the word "religion" and replace "supreme power" for GOD then in years to come ... there will be new arguments or war for whos "supreme power" is more super cheers
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• India
11 Aug 09
Oh but I always thought atheism was a part of religion…I mean just as you cannot appreciate light without darkness, similarly atheism and theism go hand in hand. One just believes and the other does not believe…but religion as a topic is common to both of them.
• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
hi sudip it should be a common "play ground" and not common "war zone"
@shibham (17022)
• India
11 Aug 09
yes sudipta, u have raised a very good point. atheist and theist are both connected with religion but atheist are not to god as theist.some thinkers mix up religion with god. but it should not be like. sanjana, i love my religion. although i am an atheist, it doesn't mean that i dislike my religion or hate. but i never follow those religious beliefs and practices connected with god. GOD AND RELIGION ARE TOTALY DIFFERANT. DON'T MIX UP IT. lol
• Malaysia
12 Aug 09
hi shibab .. that is my point exactly ... GOD and RELIGION are 2 different things ... people are fighting all over the world in the name of GOD using RELIGION as the weapon ...
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
14 Aug 09
Hi Sanajana, In the Bible when the Satan and his followers were ousted of heaven they turned arch enemy of God and would look for any excuse to belittle God and his creation and in such act Satan beguiled Eve and both Eve and Adam had to say adieu to heaven. In the similar manner atheists ( that I am too one ) ever try to see the nerve of the theist and with the slightest of chance would like to insert their views that God and his existence is a fallacy whereas atheist themselves, unknowingly though are religious too. For sure I do not believe that God is there in the Church and temple but I believe that some power must be there for energy can neither be created nor destroyed. And other social creeds and norm are there to discuss more on it.
• United States
14 Aug 09
I was reading your responce and your explanation of power and energy cought my attantion. i was looking into power and energy for a few month now, and indeed there is that power and energy, but the source of it is humans, animals, plants and everything else that is found it this world. This energy was first descovered in 1930s and since then many scientists worked with it, including einstein and tesla. this same energy was used for centuries by healers to heal many diseases. some call it chi, some orgone, there are many names for it, but the idea is the same. what this energy is, is vibrations. everything in this world has vibration, even thoughts. these virbation can effect everyting around them in positive or negative way. these vibrations have been used in many developments, such as weather control and even weapons. it is a very powerful tool, but unfortunatley not many know how to use it. i have been experimenting with different ways of making vibrations that would have positive effects and so far had good results, i was able to clear polution out of a lake near my house and was able to regulate my sleep (had insomnia and nightmares before). plus there is also power of oyr own mind, our mind can make things happen, if someone is sick and trully belives he will get better, he will, because mind has a power to do it. mind showed to even be able to change outcome of life, if someone wants to make tons of money and trully belives it will work, sooner or later it will work. this also relates to vibrations though because thoughts vibrate and influence things around us.
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
17 Aug 09
Hi there, I am inspired by your vibrating words. An accolade for such nice explanation.
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• United States
20 Aug 09
Now, i understand your previous posts. You are an atheist, and trying to push your beliefs on other people. If you were a true atheist, then you would know that God is very real. That His power is real. You were indeed searching, just as i thought that you were. Sorry, to inform you, your ring leader, knows the Holy Word of God, better than you give him credit for.
@mrakobesie (1246)
• United States
12 Aug 09
I often find really interesting discusions in religion section, good healthy arguments about evolution for example. Plus i'm an atheist in terms of not beliving in god, but i do belive in soul and the soul is a very strong tool that we people don't know how to use. soul is the one that can do miracles. I also studied many religeons and i find them very interesting and i find they all can teach us something. I prefer reading some of the oldest scripts, they actualy bring much more light to who the god or gods really are.
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
hi mrakobesie do you mean sprititual ??
• United States
13 Aug 09
well, atheist is someone who lacks the belive in god, actually some of the people who are theists are really atheists becasue many theists are questioning gods existance and are not really sure, they leave a possibility that there might not be god. by this definition i fall under the category of hard core atheists because i am sure that there is no god. belive in soul doesn't change that definition unfortunatley. but yes, spiritual is another way of saying it, though it's not the exact definition ether, you can be a spiritual theist after all... and you can not belive in soul but belive in god and you are spiritual anyway... i guess there is really no name for my specific case lol.
• United States
20 Aug 09
Why, would you need to find, "good and healthy" arguments in religion? Is it to prove a point or something, to yourself? Or, to someone else? If you are an atheist, then you are already lost, but please, try not to take others with you. Some people actually do want and need the truth, and not the type that you are trying to display to them.
@Frederick42 (2019)
• Canada
13 Aug 09
I have got a similar question to ask . Why do many believers tend to convince the non-believer that God exists? When an atheist opens a discussion that there is no God, why do the believers respond saying that there is a God? For your question : Most atheists deny God as portrayed by religion and not deny the true God.
• Malaysia
14 Aug 09
Hi Frederick .. very tru .. indeed, why do people want to convince the other of what they want them to believe instead of leaving them be who they are .. i do not want to name any religion, but some does practice preching and converting people into believing the religion, which is why people still practice that they beleive they can outnumber the others if they manage to convince the atheist to believe in their god for me ... i will only try to explain to them that there is GOD but religion has "misinteprated" the messages into matters which are only advantageous for them cheers
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
12 Aug 09
I don't agree with commenting in a rude or impolite way, but I see no reason why an atheist should not read and comment on a discussion in religious topics. Just because a person is an atheist it doesn't mean that they can't be curious and want to know more about every single religion out there. I am certainly one of those people. I grew up roman catholic, but decided it really wasn't for me,there were many things I disagreed with. That doesn't make me unfit to read and give my opinion in any religious discussion. I can safely say that presently I am more informed about most religions than some of the people that follow them. That is because I am curious and wanted to find a religion that I could maybe follow. so I read, and studied, and got information about each religion. I am still an atheist, and still looking and learning. Why am I there at all? Because I am either looking to learn something new or I would like to leave my opinion on the subject. Although I have, on occasion, found some comments that were in the most part impolite, I also found out that a lot of people posting in religious topics are sometimes a bit less flexible towards others comments when they contradict their thoughts/ideas and often take things in a very different perspsective than the one offered by the person commenting.And that's when people start taking parts, which I am sure was not the idea from the beginning
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
hi arkaf ... "people posting in religious topics are sometimes a bit less flexible towards others comments" - this is true ... and this is what makes "war of religion" People seem to think their religion is the best among others, even at times the artheist feel they are better and at the end each start defending until they start "critizing" the other religion ... forgeting that ... they are talking about one god only who created one universe and one world for all of us to stay cheers
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
13 Aug 09
Yes, that is certainly what starts the problems. And what an issue to have a tug of war! It should be a peaceful discussion at the least, wouldn't it?
@liquorice (3901)
10 Aug 09
Atheists have beliefs and views just like anybody else, and just because a person doesn't believe in any god, it doesn't mean that they're not interested in the subject of religion. I'm not a believer in the conventional sense of the word, but different religions interest me a lot, and I love to hear and read about different points of view and learn about people who are different to myself. The world would be a boring place if we were all the same, and also if we only talked to or discussed with people who had exactly the same views as ourselves. And in the same way that the people of one religion here might berate somebody of another religion for being "wrong", atheists have just as much right to put in their views on the subject. Interesting question! Happy mylotting!
• Malaysia
11 Aug 09
ho liqorice .. i guess my next discussion will be on - do not critize another religion but comment with your own ... we should not say another religion as wrong ... but can proof with our religion or belief to stress our point Once i did attack on religion topics .. now i shall refrain myself cheers
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
13 Aug 09
IN the truest sense of the word...we are all religious. We just don't share the same faith/beliefs. Perhaps deep down that is the reason atheists (who don't like to insult others) come to religious discussions.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
12 Aug 09
Well, I am not atheist, I am agnostic, and that pretty much means I believe in the existence of a higher power (ie God) but I have nothing to do with organized religion. Spirituality is the existence of things greater than us, and I do believe in that (we didn't create ourselves, this planet, or the universe, did we?) yet I do not believe in the rules and worshipping of any deity as MAN has tried to outline and enforce in various religions. When people such as me respond to discussions about religion, we do so in order to question the blind faith that people seem to have in following these. I have found one of two things in common - either people were born in/grew up in that religion so they are potentially brainwashed and know NOTHING else, or they believe it out of fear because somebody scared them. Once in awhile, there is a person who actually researched and found something that suits them, and they don't necessarily adhere to nor believe EVERYTHING about it, but they take the best and leave the rest and it enriches their lives. I think THAT is great, that's what it's meant to be and do. I just don't agree with the folks that are like 'God blah blah blah, judge this and that, do this not that, if you don't believe as I do you're a sinner blah blah'. That truly does more harm than good and it turns EVERYBODY off to religion in the first place. It only takes a couple of crazies to ruin something good. There is nothing negative about having an open mind and realizing there is more out there than JUST your own belief. Also, a belief is a belief. That does not make it RIGHT, that does not make it WRONG. That doesn't make it THE TRUTH, nor does that make it A LIE. A belief simply is, just like an opinion. Everybody has one. I am just tired of all these people storming in here and acting as if they are THE TRUTH on a matter when we all know they aren't. Religious people like to do that so probably all of us who don't subscribe to that want to weigh in our side just so people are not scared into believing the person is being truthful lol.
• Malaysia
13 Aug 09
hi mommy we must be "open minded" and use our "consciousness" in deciding what is right and what is wrong .. If someone said .. kill baby for success in life .. Use our brains to decide if killing baby is a sin or not ... rather than following blindly God is tru ... Religion is a practice to remember God ...
@Tantrums (949)
• Philippines
1 Oct 09
I never really decided. I just sort of realized when I was a teenager that the beliefs that seem so normal and natural to many peope just weren't a part of me. There are so many religions and belief systems out there and I think they all get things a little bit right and a whole lot wrong. I don't think science can explain everything, though, at least not in a way most people would ever understand. At the highest (or most basic) levels there are things happening that the human mind may never grasp. I believe there are some forces at work in the world, but I don't think those forces are conscious, or either good or bad, or worthy of worship. It just is what it is. Just my thoughts...I'm open to friendly discussions.