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Old 02-03-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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I am an atheist, but I understand how an intelligent person could look at this beautiful world around us and believe that a divine force has created it.

Once you believe in a divine force, or a god, why do you feel restrained to accept an existing religion?

Couldn't you just form your own theology? You may choose to believe in a single god or multiple gods like the Hundus. You could believe your god wants you to behave in a certain manner, or you could believe that your god created you as you are and doesn't care what you do.

It seems that developing your own theology would be a rewarding and enjoyable life-long journey, and much more interesting than just memorizing large parts of a bible or a Quran.

Have any of you developed your own religion?
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Katonah, NY
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Well, I call myself a Heatherist (my name is Heather) but I'm not sure I've developed my own religion. I just see the world in my own special way and I don't try to fit my ideas into something that they don't fit. However, I think my beliefs are too vague and broad to actually qualify as a religion.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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Well, I call myself a Heatherist (my name is Heather) but I'm not sure I've developed my own religion. I just see the world in my own special way and I don't try to fit my ideas into something that they don't fit. However, I think my beliefs are too vague and broad to actually qualify as a religion.
Dewdrop, a lot of us have a view of the world that we cannot exactly put into words.

I think if you have formed a belief system that satisfies you and helps you deal with this crazy and beautiful world, then it qualifies as a religion. Good for you!
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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I decry religion.

I have a faith and belief that I share.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:25 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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I call myself a follower of the philosophy of Jesus because I don't believe that Jesus is a god (read: more than human).
I'm not sure it is a religion, but I'm certain that it is a philosophy.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Katonah, NY
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Dewdrop, a lot of us have a view of the world that we cannot exactly put into words.

I think if you have formed a belief system that satisfies you and helps you deal with this crazy and beautiful world, then it qualifies as a religion. Good for you!
Thanks! Yup - it works for me!
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Katonah, NY
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I decry religion.

I have a faith and belief that I share.
Oh - but you haven't heard about my religion yet. Do you have a few hours? I'd love to tell you all about it! Hahahahaha!
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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I trust it's not the religion of the absolutely interpretable broken hearted. The fourth person; is he or isn't He decided at being a politician?
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:41 PM
 
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I was very much involved in my church until I was in my 30's, whereupon I realized it was an abusive institution that was more concerned about control than it was about spirituality. I've since encountered people from many religious backgrounds and have developed a personal theology that works for me. I have nothing against organized religion, I just got tired of the politics and pettiness of some of the people and clergy involved and decided to leave the church. I think I live an ethical life and I don't need an institution/tribe to draw chauvinistic religious boundaries for me.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:46 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I am an atheist, but I understand how an intelligent person could look at this beautiful world around us and believe that a divine force has created it.

Once you believe in a divine force, or a god, why do you feel restrained to accept an existing religion?

Couldn't you just form your own theology? You may choose to believe in a single god or multiple gods like the Hundus. You could believe your god wants you to behave in a certain manner, or you could believe that your god created you as you are and doesn't care what you do.

It seems that developing your own theology would be a rewarding and enjoyable life-long journey, and much more interesting than just memorizing large parts of a bible or a Quran.

Have any of you developed your own religion?
Well, I consider myself a godless heathen, however, I do have beliefs - or I should say I *did* have beliefs. Often I would say I was a Hinduhddist since reincarnation was high on the list.

However, since the recent passing of my mother, my former-held beliefs have been somewhat shattered. I asked her to give me a sign, and now, two weeks later (to the day), no sign has yet manifested. I know that if she could, she would give me a sign and so the absence of such a confirmation has greatly put my beliefs in serious doubt in my mind.

Perhaps it was just wishful thinking. It just seems so odd that nature would take the time and make the effort to create and grow us only to have us die away into total and permanent oblivion.

And still I wait, hopeful that something will come through and prove to me that there is more than this mortal coil.

20yrsinBranson
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