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Do you consider yourself a religious person?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 24, 2008

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“No. I don’t go to church. I never really have been religious. I believe in God and was raised Catholic, but it’s just never been a part of my day-to-day life.”

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“Yes. I would say more spiritual though, and I say that because I have an intimate relationship with God.”

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“Yes. I go to church and pray every day.”

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“No, not at all. I’m an atheist.”

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manus_flexibilis 5 years, 9 months ago

The serpent made her eat the apple, counter-claim "Was up in the hills in Washinton state saying to the Mexican dude 'Ola, can you pass me down one of those red delicious apples',enjoyed nature as it was intended".

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

My cat is religious. He firmly believes in Ceiling Cat, however he continues to explore the beliefs of other cats.http://icanhascheezburger.wordpress.com/files/2008/06/funny-pictures-cat-ponders-buddhas-teachings.jpg

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1029 5 years, 9 months ago

I pray to Jesus to protect me from high taxes, big government, and reality's liberal bias. Jesus usually responds by telling me that only the 2nd amendment can protect me from such evil.

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

Eternal 'life' or eternal 'existence'?

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notnowdear 5 years, 9 months ago

People have eternal life, even if they don't believe in Jesus. Jeez!Energy never dies.

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Lisia 5 years, 9 months ago

Sure, I'm religious. Especially when it comes to the Grand and Mighty Chocolate Ritual.All Hail Discordia!

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denak 5 years, 9 months ago

Yes, I consider myself a religious person although, as some have said, the term "religious" is a term so open to interpretation that it is almost meaningless because it means so many different things to so many different thing.I don't think it is possible for most "religious" people to explain their belief system in a ljw post anyway. Most people, I would hope, have many different ... and deep..reasons for believing what they believe.As for those who try to act superior because they label themselves "atheiest" and "rational" I think they are fooling themselves if they belive that they can explain everything rationally. I tend to look for a scientific reason for things but I am not so foolish as to believe that there isn't something out there that is greater than myself or that there are not miraculous things in the world and that sometimes things happen that are too much of a coincidence to just be chalked up to being a coincidence. I think for most people religion is a way to answer the questions they have as a result of introspection. Dena

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Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

notnowdear..."it pisses me off when Religious churches come to my door""IF any church comes to my door"Dang, I would be upset too if an entire church come to my door, but I don't think they building would fit on my porch. Maybe you have a bigger front yard.

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notnowdear 5 years, 9 months ago

GODS it pisses me off when Religious churches come to my door. They are most assuredly trespassing and that is against their religion. Yet they do it.From this moment forward: IF any church comes to my door, peddling their god-awful god, I am calling the police. This is public notification that they are not allowed to come to my door, come on my property in the name of some strange and hateful creator god."Christ told us, thru The Word", that we are to go forth and spread the word."Me: "Well, Jesus told me personally, for he is indeed walking this earth NOW, that you are not to come on my property and push some mutated and false religion based on him."Silence.

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ksdivakat 5 years, 9 months ago

And thats all your opinion, just as my points of view are my opinions, and Im entitled to mine just as you are to yours, but why is it that any thread that even remotely mentions religion, christianity, that you are so quick to jump on people, disrespect them, call them names, and userp your opinion above all else?? Again, it was a simple question, "Do you consider yourself a religious person" its really a yes or no answer and we have answered that many times, let this dog lie......

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ksdivakat 5 years, 9 months ago

Who are you trying to convince AA??

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 9 months ago

Being a good person is the reward in itself! Desiring more than being a good person is the first fallacy of religion....

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ksdivakat 5 years, 9 months ago

AA....I thought we had worked out an understanding on an earlier thread???!!!!Now if you chose to believe that the grave is the end for you, then by all means, let it be the end, but do not come on here and put down or disrespect those of us who chose to believe that there is something beyond the grave. Its not up for debate, I dont want to convince you and you will not convince me, its not a debate, the question is "are you a religious person?" Obviously your answer is no.....ok, so be it, but stop stomping and disrespecting people who are or who believe, your point is moot and falls on deaf ears.I stand by what I say, if I die and find out there is nothing else out there, then what of my life have i lost?? Trying to live as a good person, although I fall short, but I try to be a good, honest, dependable person, one who loves people for WHO thay are and not what they are, so big deal, if its all a farse then so be it, Ive still lived a good and decent life.....

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autie 5 years, 9 months ago

"Have a little faith, baby", Oddball. (Kelly's Heroes circa 1974) Where does faith fall in the comparison of spirtual vs. religious? Can one have faith being spirtual or must it be religous? Any clarification?

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

"not a nihilist, I am an atheist, please try to understand the difference"You speak of the actions of a lifetime. I'm speaking of whether those actions really matter or not. Apples and oranges, I suppose - you're certainly welcome to hold your beliefs however your wish, as far as I'm concerned.Although, that doesn't really seem to explain your need to waste time castigating and belittling people of faith - that would seem to suggest that " wasting your time on earth isn't bad:" ;)

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coolmom 5 years, 9 months ago

lol auntie i think i was there as well.

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 9 months ago

"By your philosophy, there is no real meaning to life, only self-delusion" - 75x55Incorrect 75, there is plenty of meaning in life, love, happiness, knowledge, truth...these are just some of the possibilities. But knowingly lying to yourself and worrying about what my happen after death is worthless. Basing your actions on the rantings of near-cavemen, (Egyptians and Greeks were far more evolved than Jerusalem around say year 0), is not noble, but akin to slamming your head into a wall until you see stars! Aren't the stars pretty? No 75, I am not a nihilist, I am an atheist, please try to understand the difference...

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notnowdear 5 years, 9 months ago

There is a huge difference between being "religious" and being "spiritual".Many religious people have not experienced one iota of being spiritual.Many spiritual people have not conformed to any religion.I would far prefer to be "spiritual" than "religious".And I reject the control of the masses via religion.

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

Then, aa, what is the alternative that you are so busily hurrying to achieve? If the ultimate end of human activity is the grave and nothingness, and all is eventually doomed to destruction in dying stars - what is the need to hurry? By your philosophy, there is no real meaning to life, only self-delusion. And if religion is only self-delusion (as you seem to suggest), then there is no inherent value or benefit of one position over the other - both are ultimately meaningless. I do not wonder at your rather abrasive invective against those who do hold faith beliefs - yours is a harsh philosophy to hold onto, I'm sure.

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 9 months ago

"ksdivakat", spare us "pascals wager", as it assumes wasting your time on earth isn't bad...Yes, praying, giving money to a church, and believing flawed literature is a waste of time...there's not enough time for this sh#t...

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mom_of_three 5 years, 9 months ago

Too many bad and hypocritical experiences as a child as made me avoid all organized religion. I didn't and can't understand how churches will say "we are right, follow us, go to heaven", and all be different. Since some have different beliefs, someone has to be wrong. So how do do you know what you are doing is right?So I try to live a good life, enjoy the world around me, and be a good example to my kids.

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staff04 5 years, 9 months ago

"Religion is the opiate of the masses"No it isn't--opium is.

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staff04 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm not religious, but my underwear are holy...does that count?

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autie 5 years, 9 months ago

Religion? Hmm?? I thought I was in hell one time. Turns out we were just in Texas.

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SloMo 5 years, 9 months ago

The question could be rephrased "Do you believe in magic?" Angels, miracles, saints, an unseen being who listens, and responds to, your prayers, an unseen being who punishes whole countries for their wicked ways, or rewards martyrs in heaven. Immaculate conception, virgin birth, resurrection. Magic, magic, magic. Sorry, I don't believe in magic. I tried, and I can't. And as for ksdivakat's argument, supposing that there is an omniscient god, he'll be neither fooled nor impressed by my pretending to believe anything I really don't, so I'm sunk anyway!

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ksdivakat 5 years, 9 months ago

I choose to believe that it is real, and if I die, and find out that it wasnt real what have I lost? But If I chose to not believe, and die and find out it was real, then Ive lost my soul................

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BigPrune 5 years, 9 months ago

Here is something I came across. Fascinating. The skeptic sites are not convincing either. Most look as good as new, others, not so good, but one thing, most of these people died hundreds of years ago.http://www.catholicapologetics.info/library/gallery/incorrupt.htm#SilvanSaint Silvan, Died around 350, yes around 350 ADImelda Lambertini, Died 1333Vincent De Paul, Died 1660Bernadette Soubirous, Died 1879

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 9 months ago

http://www2.ljworld.com/site/rules/" (Not)....to promote other web sites, without our express written approval, or where expressly permitted".

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 9 months ago

As far as I am concerned, were there to be churches, there would be the churches of Brother Coyote and Brother Wolf.Neither will lie and both are pure.For many years, I thought that I kept Wolves; I was wrong.I was merely a caretaker; feeding, training and becoming a part of The Pack.Humans could learn much from Wolves.There is a purity beyond conception.Wolves merely ARE.People are all sorts of funny things.

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clyde_never_barks 5 years, 9 months ago

Permission to join craigers, blue and anxious? I'll be in the craigers camp along with sue, etal, but wouldn't want to miss a gathering like this.

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Jason Bowers-Chaika 5 years, 9 months ago

Yes! I am religious and I pray to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Frequently, I pray for protection from the followers of Jesus who have the arrogance to think that they know the only and "true" meaning of scripture. I pray that these misled "Christians" will consider that more shall be reveled. I pray that those that use scripture to justify their own prejudice against their neighbor will remember that our charge is to "Love our Neighbor as Ourselves".What the Bible Says and Doesn't Say About Homosexualityhttp://www.pflagsanjose.org/advocacy/whatthebiblesays.pdfwww.KansasEqualityCoalition.org

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iMaMoM 5 years, 9 months ago

Religious? No....Spiritual? Yes!I was raised around organized religion in a old school Baptist environment that told me I was going to burn in a hell of fiery brimstone, with gnashing of teeth for eternity if I: danced, smoke, drank alcohol, divorced, had sex with anyone without being married to them, wore pants to church, didn't attend church regularly, be baptised, give a weekly tithe to the church...on and on....Now I just have my own spiritual beliefs, live an honest life, treat people the way I would want to be treated....if there is a 'heaven' and I don't make it there, at least I will have lived my life as an honorable person!

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George_Braziller 5 years, 9 months ago

Beg to differ. If you are agnostic you acknowledge that there is no way of knowing for any of us if there is or is not anything after you die. Atheists say there is nothing -- period. Guess you should tell that to the two entities who periodically visit my house. ________anxiousatheist (Anonymous) says: Atheism is the only responsible option for a thinking man. If a premise can't be proven, why make decisions based on it?

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coolmom 5 years, 9 months ago

i believe people treat each other better if they believe in something. the basic do unto others thing seems to mean nothing to so many in this day and age. look how suprised we are when people stop to help, isnt it unfortunate that life has become so alarmingly scary sometimes? on a lighter note i pray to someone when i but a lottery ticket a couple times a year and i certainly take the lords name in vain when i hammer my finger or stub my toe. i try to be a good person and a kind neighbor and yet still protect me and mine....thats my religion.

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

The real ? is - would buddha care?

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EXks 5 years, 9 months ago

Have you accepted Buddha as your personal savior?? You can, ask me how!

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cds 5 years, 9 months ago

1029 (Anonymous) says: Absolutely! Being Christian is the thing to do if you are a true American! Everybody else seems to be doing it, so I blindly follow along without ever questioning exactly what it is that I am believing in.____Moooooo!_ontheotherhand (Anonymous) says: I gave up christianity to become a better person.___Halaluya brother!! Wait, I like being a bigot and a hate filled person who commits sins then repents every Sunday so I can still get into heaven.

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max1 5 years, 9 months ago

June 18, 2008http://www.opednews.com/articles/NY-Congressman-Mulls-Hagee-by-Gustav-Wynn-080618-110.htmlAs this year's CUFI conference approaches, everyone should be sure to watch "Rapture Ready", Max Blumenthal's "unauthorized" video journal of last year's event for Reverend John Hagee's Christians United For Israel (CUFI). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjMRgT5o-IgThis year's conference is scheduled to take place July 22. [Joseph Lieberman will be a speaker again this year]What you'll see in the 2007 video is a celebration of Armageddon theorists dancing in the aisles and praying for the end of the world, including elected members of the US Congress and Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman who equates Rev. Hagee with Moses, claiming the CUFI following is "even greater then the multitude that Moses led from Egypt to the Promised Land". Pastor John Hagee: Jesus not Messiahhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4560ww1D-8

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max1 5 years, 9 months ago

"I do believe that God sent His Son Jesus to die for all of our sins." -pomegranatehttp://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/jun..."Obama fails Christianity test" -Cal Thomas"There's the belief, certainly in some quarters, that if people haven't embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior, they're going to hell." -Barack Obama"Obama's own words show that he does not believe in the tenets of the Christian faith." -Godothttp://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/jun/16/amusing_claim/?opinion"Why is it that anti-God liberals are so indignant when someone points out that Obama is not a Christian? . . . It is a central tenet of Christianity that Jesus Christ is the only mediatior between God and man." -dlkrmJune 24, 2008http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/24/us/24religion.html?em&ex=1214452800&en=c75daf04e6c177a6&ei=5087%0AAlthough a majority of Americans say religion is very important to them, nearly three-quarters of them say they believe that many faiths besides their own can lead to salvation . [uh, oh, they're going to hell] . . "It's not that Americans don't believe in anything," said Michael Lindsay, assistant director of the Center on Race, Religion and Urban Life at Rice University. "It's that we believe in everything. We aren't religious purists or dogmatists.

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 9 months ago

"Unitarianism is the thinking man's religion not atheism." - invictusUm, atheism isn't a religion.

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invictus 5 years, 9 months ago

I feel like Brian in Monty python's Life of Brian, Brian: you have to decide for yourselfsCroud in Unison: yes, we have to decide for ourselvesBrian: you are all indiviualsCroud in Unison: yes, we are all induviduals

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invictus 5 years, 9 months ago

exactly, read and decide for yourself, but rationaly no one can know what happens after we die,

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

So, the thinking man can pick and choose what he wishes from historical positions. [cannot resist] How con-veeenient. [lol]

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invictus 5 years, 9 months ago

I thinking man can pick and choose what makes sense "do unto others as you would done unto you" .... and leave the absurd or incrypted behind. Besides Jesus didn't write the bible, a lot of mysticism was probably added so the pegans could relate, and the c hurch had a monoply on salvation. Jesus didn't often discuss the afterlife and salvation, he was teacher, teaching principles on how best to live and treat each other even athiests could learn from this, he doesn't have to be a "god" but he did exist historically.

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

So, invictus, what does a thinking man do with a moral teacher who says things like: 'No one comes to the Father except by me', and 'The meek shall inherit the earth', and 'I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you'?

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dminear60 5 years, 9 months ago

No. I tend to agree with Nietzsche when it comes to religion.

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invictus 5 years, 9 months ago

Can a "thinking man" still read the bible as guidance, can he still repect Jesus as a moral teacher, wihtout taking leaps of faith, I think so. Unitarianism is the thinking man's religion not atheism.

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George_Braziller 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm agnostic but I have my own sense of spirituality that isn't based on the idea of any "recognized" religion. I was raised Methodist and even as a child of five I was wondering --- Huh? This doesn't make any sense.

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ontheotherhand 5 years, 9 months ago

I gave up christianity to become a better person.

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Ceallach 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm with craigers and sue, and hopefully blue :)Some wild reading today, entertaining and informative. Like many other posters, in the past I have been disappointed by church bodies and church leaders. I now try to keep my focus, not on other people, but on the 5 Solas. Helps me to remember who I am, how I want to be and where my hope lies. What others choose to do is their business.

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manus_flexibilis 5 years, 9 months ago

Yay! True Americans......Am I considered false if my DNA wasn't transported on a boat or flown in on a plane, if you know what I mean?

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Confrontation 5 years, 9 months ago

Many people are "religious" simply because they cannot fathom the idea of not existing at some point. They also don't like the idea of not having their deceased family members or friends waiting for them in the "afterlife". Also, what would people say to others at a funeral? Instead of , "It was his time to go home to God," would everyone have to say, "It was just his time...to get embalmed, have makeup caked on his face, be put on display, get closed in a coffin, stored 6-feet under and eaten by bugs, and to be remembered by a piece of stone that will one day completely dissolve and no one will know that John Doe ever existed." Not quite as "uplifting" and fairty-tale-like as the fluffier options.

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acg 5 years, 9 months ago

manus_flexibilis, I love the Church of Lazlo! I got married at Buzz Beach ball 2006 in Slim Fast's tent. Afentra and Lazlo were both there and they provided us with a booze luge, a photographer, a cake (that melted in the sun) and a wedding party made up of the punk band Kill Hannah. It was so much fun. It's awesome to be able to say that there were 10,000 people at your wedding and your wedding entertaiment was Soul Asylum, Yellowcard and 311. :)

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

Indeed, AA. Indeed.jayhawkerincali - sounds like you met a millstone candidate.

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rumor_man 5 years, 9 months ago

I read the comments on here religiously. Does that count?

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craigers 5 years, 9 months ago

Blue, that sounds like a plan!

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manus_flexibilis 5 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely! Being Christian is the thing to do if you are a true American! Everybody else seems to be doing it, so I blindly follow along without ever questioning exactly what it is that I am believing in.__Bunch of bandwagon junkies....The only time I am religious is when I listen to the church of lazlo. Is slim fast the alter boy? Is Effentra the Tammy Faye of the congregation?

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jayhawkerincali 5 years, 9 months ago

Well said acg. I gave up in the 7th grade, when we had a Q&A with the priest at our church (I'm a product of Catholic school), and after may questions regarding the contradictions and confusion in the Bible, he informed us more or less that the Bible was a giant load of crap, and was basically fictional fairy tales, just like the ones we heard before bed as children growing up. And from that day forward, I decided I was my own best bet.

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 9 months ago

"Normative Christian belief is that no one is capable of believing." - 75x55Then how can there be "normative christian belief"?

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bobberboy 5 years, 9 months ago

Yes I do. I don't go to church though. In this fast paced two job household society - whos got the time ? You know, work all week, have a day off, clean up the house wash the clothes and get ready for Monday.

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acg 5 years, 9 months ago

If by religious, you mean practicing an organized religion, no, not in this lifetime. As for my personal beliefs in God, I don't know. I've always been open minded to the idea but I don't or can't have blind faith like many I know. I don't go to church because a: I feel that most churches are corrupt in some fashion and b: I think that it would be hypocritical of a person who doesn't thoroughly believe with that blind faith to go to a house of worship every week and pretend, like many others I know. If there is a God, I think he is bothered by all of this turmoil that's caused in his name and I also think hypocrisy would piss him off. I think, or hope, that if there is a God, he's nowhere near as strict as the religious make him out to be. I think if you were to live your life and be as good a person as you could be, and if you held more love in your heart than hatred, he'd let you in.

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

"anxiousatheist -The reason I choose not to believe is because there is no reason to believe:Not believing isn't an action, believing is:"Of course, this is interesting in the light that normative Christian belief is that no one is capable of believing. And begs the question, is 'denial' an action?

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starbucks 5 years, 9 months ago

Why does the weather page say light rain and lightning?It has been bone dry since about 7am!

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Kookamooka 5 years, 9 months ago

Religion is a mighty expensive proposition. Spirituality is free. Tithe 10% of your income to dogma or spend it on the charity of your choice.

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GSWtotheheart 5 years, 9 months ago

I worship the porcelain god too...just don't like the hypocrites in organized religion. Not everyone is a hypocrite, but if you practice greed, avarice, etc all week, then sitting in church for an hour on Sunday is not really going to do you any good. Most of my religious experiences are related to drunken debauchery. Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

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1029 5 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely! Being Christian is the thing to do if you are a true American! Everybody else seems to be doing it, so I blindly follow along without ever questioning exactly what it is that I am believing in.

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Haiku_Cuckoo 5 years, 9 months ago

Wow. Reading some of these comments makes me realize that the bumper sticker is right. Kansas really is as bigoted as you think.

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jayhawkerincali 5 years, 9 months ago

anxiousatheist-You're very right in the fact that there is no reason. I've long said that really, who cares when you're dead? I don't believe I'll see soem pretty white light and take this elevator of crystal up to the pearly gates or anything. I'm going to end up underground in a wooden box, and eventually my body will rot. End of story. So, I agree with you in that sense. And I am not trying to knock the idea of atheism, to each their own, I just find it interesting to see other people's point of views on that sort of thing.

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 9 months ago

The burden of proof is on the believers, not us who refuse to believe in bedtime stories...

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yourworstnightmare 5 years, 9 months ago

The tired argument that atheists take a leap of faith by not believing in god is ridiculous. If objective, quantifiable evidence of a god's existence were at hand and atheists still refused to believe, then that would be a leap of faith. There is no such evidence, so there is no reason to compel an evidence-based thinker to believe in a god.It is a question of reality versus fantasy. There is just as much reason to believe in Zeus or Odin or Shiva or any other fantasy character than there is for the xtian god.

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blue73harley 5 years, 9 months ago

Craigers and Anxiousathiest are at opposite ends of this issue but I think I would enjoy sharing an adult beverage either one of them. Maybe being an agnostic does have its advantages.

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 9 months ago

The reason I choose not to believe is because there is no reason to believe...Not believing isn't an action, believing is...

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Azure_Attitude 5 years, 9 months ago

Yo, JhawkinCali!! Isis, Isis, Ra Ra Ra!!!!Though they may call me a heathen and damn me to Hell (and what do they ever know, really . . . .) I'm very religious. God is dead.. . . . . NietzscheNietzsche's dead.. . . . . God

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jayhawkerincali 5 years, 9 months ago

"Atheism is the only responsible option for a thinking man. If a premise can't be proven, why make decisions based on it?"Are you not making a decision to choose not to believe in something that very well could be there? (Sorry, right after I rip someone's English on another thread, I bust out a double negative. Too early to try to figure out the proper English I'm looking for, so I'll just call myself out)

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

I myself am a deity.If only I had $500 for everytime I've heard,Oh God Oh God O God Multi, O God Multi Oh God Multi.(Somebody was going to say it.)(I'm goin' to burn, I know)

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 9 months ago

Atheism is the only responsible option for a thinking man. If a premise can't be proven, why make decisions based on it? If I told you that unicorns surfed the outer rings of saturn, but only on the side facing away from earth, would you consider this information for making day-to-day decisions? If the concept of "god" has been around for millennium, yet there is no actual evidence in all that time, why would I use that information in my day to day life? Believers shun reality, agnostics are scared of reality, atheists accept reality...

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Kevin Sontag 5 years, 9 months ago

The late, great George Carlin:When it comes to bulls---, big-time, major league bulls---, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bulls--- story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'till the end of time! But He loves you! He loves you! He loves you, and He needs money!!! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bulls--- story. Holy S---! read the rest: http://tinyurl.com/7n83k

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bondmen 5 years, 9 months ago

Religion is the opiate of the masses, Marx said. Jesus Christ offers a personal relationship and eternal life to all who believe in Him.

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jayhawkerincali 5 years, 9 months ago

The only thing I can count on is myself and that sun coming up in the morning and keeping me alive. So thank you sun, for you are my god, because without you, I would be dead. Organized religion is a load and is completely ruining this country, as well as a greater part of the world. Believe what you believe, but do it on your own terms. And silly Dillon, one day he will grow up and realize that claiming atheism is just as insane as the extremist religious fools who are convinced that the Bible was completely cover to cover real fact. Fact is, none of us can say one way or the other, so if you're going to throw a non-religious card, at least go for agnostic. Just my thoughts on the matter.

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craigers 5 years, 9 months ago

Not religious, but have a relationship with Christ and talk with Him daily!

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jrlii 5 years, 9 months ago

I consider myself a quite religious person, 'though I have long since given up on organized religion.At some point in the life of an organization, ANY organization the emphasis shifts from it's official subject to self-preservation and aggrandizement.

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JJE007 5 years, 9 months ago

I am not religious but I am as "good" as 97.2% of the religious people I've met. I will also guarantdamntee each and every one of you that if I knew I could "save" you all by dying a horrible death, I would do so. No problem. Piece of cake. Think nothing of it. My pleasure. No tips necessary. No prayer necessary. No worship necessary. Just be as good as I am or I'll smite you without you feeling any pain or having any knowledge of the smiting. It will be as if you never existed, you piece of carp!~) No problem. Piece of cake. Think nothing of it. My pleasure...Oh and if, after dying for your sins, I was taken up to heaven and glorified and given a seat at the right hand of God, I'd feel a little guilty about the whole deal...creepy, actually. Peace...Love...and So(u)l!

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Haiku_for_You 5 years, 9 months ago

The only true god: Flying Spaghetti Monster. Go on, prove me wrong!

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Clint Gentry 5 years, 9 months ago

By the way, Bob Dylan was religious himself when he wrote that song, so much for meaningful references....

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Marion Lynn 5 years, 9 months ago

invictus (Anonymous) says: "You're gonna have searve somebobdy it may be the devil or it may be the lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody." - Bob Dylonyou cannot opt out of religion, and serve neither, you are either serving good or evil with your acitons."Marion writes:There is not the slightest shred of evidence that "good" and "evil" exist as forces in the universe.The terms are only constructs by which we define events; the reality is that events merely "are" and will continue to occur, regardless of how we view them.

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jonas 5 years, 9 months ago

I think I covered this pretty adequately over the weekend.

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i_tching 5 years, 9 months ago

There's an invisible monkey in your closet. Every time you try to catch him, he moves just out of your reach.This has driven you insane.

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walkdog262 5 years, 9 months ago

I often pray to the porcelain god.

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invictus 5 years, 9 months ago

"You're gonna have searve somebobdy it may be the devil or it may be the lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody." - Bob Dylonyou cannot opt out of religion, and serve neither, you are either serving good or evil with your acitons

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canyon_wren 5 years, 9 months ago

To me, the term "religious" describes a person who gives the appearance of believing something, but who may well only have a superficial "marketable" faith. While I don't consider myself a "religious" person, I AM a person with a deep faith. Also, while I know that believers are supposed to gather together, I know, personally, that many people who go to church regularly fall in the category I described and many people of strong faith don't always attend any church. I have attended churches of several different denominations and think that they are a good social gathering place for like-minded people. I attend regularly now, as well, but, although our pastor has unbelievably wonderful sermons, modern-day church services don't leave me with a feeling of having truly worshiped. Most of my spiritual "growth" comes from prayer and reading the writings of some of our great believers of the past.

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pomegranate 5 years, 9 months ago

Yes, I am religious. I love God. I love Jesus Christ. I do believe that God sent His Son Jesus to die for all of our sins.I am definitely not perfect. Not even close. I do try to live my life as closely to the 10 commandments and the Bible as I can, but I am a sinner and by the Grace of God I will have eternal life in Heaven.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 9 months ago

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EasyTiger 5 years, 9 months ago

If 12 years of Catholic school isn't enough to destroy one's faith, I don't know what is. Nothing but hypocrisy, lies, and bullsh*t.

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tonythetiger 5 years, 9 months ago

People worship me wherever they go. They give testimony to what I am. I have followers and they make offerings of old food wrappers to pay homage to me. They are grrrrrreat.I even had a minister at a Baptist Church throw powdered donuts at me as I drove off to my job.As far as religious goes I started a book about religion as I graduated high school and Salman Rushdie beat me to the publisher. He had it out by October 1988.,, I remember so well.

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

"Religious"A truly meaningless label - read below for more examples...

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blue73harley 5 years, 9 months ago

Nope.I am willing to accept that there may be a God but...I dunno.As for organized religion...not for me. Nothing but bad experiences. And televangelists are the lowest form of scum.

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