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Old 08-12-2019, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Mt. Lebanon
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Does your sense of mortality push you to be more religious? Do you believe more now that you are older?

I can honestly say I have stayed the same my entire life.
Actually way less because of the GOP and their duplicitous ways.
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:47 PM
 
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I grew up in a very religious family, but as early as I can remember I was not a believer, and I'm still not a believer. I'm not Atheist, that requires a belief that there is no god, I'm not religious, that requires a belief that there is a god. I see no concrete evidence either way. I'm solidly agnostic.
That is literally not true.

An atheist lacks belief in a god or gods.
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:50 PM
 
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Actually way less because of the GOP and their duplicitous ways.
The association between the Republican party and strong evangelistic Christians always seems to be a poor match. Instead I would expect the more right wing conservatives to be for individual freedoms not religious conformity.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:32 PM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I think I am more spiritual but less religious.
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:21 PM
 
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I think I am more spiritual but less religious.
I am not sure what that means, but if you can contact spirits perhaps you can help. I have a dead relative who should be able to help me retrieve something that was lost.
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:34 PM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I am not sure what that means, but if you can contact spirits perhaps you can help. I have a dead relative who should be able to help me retrieve something that was lost.

Spiritual. Not Spiritualist.



If you want a medium, call the Lily Dale Assembly in upstate NY. They talk to those who have passed on there. https://lilydaleassembly.org/
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:51 PM
 
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Spiritual. Not Spiritualist.
So you sing gospel music?
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:57 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I've never been religious, and the more I learn about the nature of the universe, the less I am inclined to believe in mythical concepts such as gods, devils, angels, heaven and hell. But I do think it is astounding that life on earth even exists considering the long odds our planet had to overcome to evolve from a spinning molton rock into what it has become. As far as we know, there's nothing else like us in the universe. So I can understand why people believe that there must have been a creator.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:22 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I've never been religious, and the more I learn about the nature of the universe, the less I am inclined to believe in mythical concepts such as gods, devils, angels, heaven and hell. But I do think it is astounding that life on earth even exists considering the long odds our planet had to overcome to evolve from a spinning molton rock into what it has become. As far as we know, there's nothing else like us in the universe. So I can understand why people believe that there must have been a creator.
There are definitely mysteries to ponder about that, about our purpose and about suffering, injustice & death. But when I was involved with religious communities they weren't too open to pondering or questioning mysteries, in the end they insisted on adherence to their explanation & beliefs only. Doubt was explicitly the enemy.

That's when I began to appreciate that for me "religious faith" was more about being a part of a tribe that became the main part of one's identity rather than a true consideration of life's mysteries. If that works for them I really can't fault them, but I'm unable to just get in line.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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Less.
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