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Jun 9, 2014 12:39 PM

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I don't remember much of my religious days. I remember being ostracized by my peers for even questioning some of the less palatable moments in the Bible. See, I went to a christian school so there were many unneeded social obligations I never felt like fulfilling. Going to youth groups is an example of said social obligations. I also remember in the student handbook there were many things I could get expelled for and one of those was "admitting to watching of pornography" among other strange things.

For a construct that is supposed to make somebody feel like they belong they sure went out of their way to make a few students entirely alone. In the end I am not a fan of religion anymore based strictly upon my least favorite people I have come across marketed themselves a good Christians.




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I don't remember much of my religious days. I remember being ostracized by my peers for even questioning some of the less palatable moments in the Bible. See, I went to a christian school so there were many unneeded social obligations I never felt like fulfilling. Going to youth groups is an example of said social obligations. I also remember in the student handbook there were many things I could get expelled for and one of those was "admitting to watching of pornography" among other strange things.

For a construct that is supposed to make somebody feel like they belong they sure went out of their way to make a few students entirely alone. In the end I am not a fan of religion anymore based strictly upon my least favorite people I have come across marketed themselves a good Christians.


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Jun 9, 2014 12:59 PM

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Actually, it feels pretty good when you're following a religion (or, at least, some parts of it) which most people on the Earth have never heard about.
 
Jun 9, 2014 1:02 PM

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Actually, it feels pretty good when you're following a religion (or, at least, some parts of it) which most people on the Earth have never heard about.

You're a religious hipster.
That's the worst kind of hipster.
 
Jun 9, 2014 1:07 PM

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You're a religious hipster.
Yup, that describes me accurately.
 
Jun 9, 2014 1:38 PM
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There's definitely some kind of relief in religion, it can sometimes be bittersweet and tough, but if your life is normal and peaceful being religious makes you maintain a good nice life, as indeed, "Ignorance is a bliss". Believing that there's a power that protects you and answer your request for nothing in return is pretty comfortable. However, when things start burning down and you see the murders, rape, crimes, suffering and all that kind of bullshit with your eyes or on TV, you wonder where that mighty powerful omnipotent God went, and it's even worse when those crimes are commited in the name of religion. If that God really loved his people, wouldn't he help them instead of leaving them suffer for centuries and then ask them to follow his orders like some kind of a douchebag dictator?

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and being religious probably feels the same as being atheist
Both act as douchebags and believe they're right, so yeah, same thing in that matter.
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Jun 9, 2014 2:07 PM

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Ignorance is bliss
 
Jun 9, 2014 2:17 PM
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MrHawkeye said:
Basically in this thread we have learned two things ''Ignorance is bliss'' and if you are religious, stay that way

When i was religious, i really had no worries, life was good, now reality feels much harsher...


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Jun 9, 2014 2:26 PM

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When I was religious I was constantly worrying about shit. I'm much happier as a non-believer. I would say it made me a better person too.
A lot of people seem to have the opposite experience. Interesting.
 
Jun 9, 2014 2:41 PM

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It's Hell. Get it hehe.
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Jun 9, 2014 2:55 PM

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That's a lot of assumptions right there. Like korvo said that has nothing to do with athiesm.
What can an atheist do to enjoy himself that a theist can't, other than what I mentioned above?


You're not saying that all atheists are just a bunch of drug addicts, are you?
And that religion is the ultimate way to happiness right?
 
Jun 9, 2014 3:42 PM

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It sounds nice, to strongly believe in something

Maybe religious people feel more motivated about life

I've never been religious, my mom tried to make me Christian, but I was never able to believe it
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Sclequer said:
What can an atheist do to enjoy himself that a theist can't, other than what I mentioned above?


You're not saying that all atheists are just a bunch of drug addicts, are you?
And that religion is the ultimate way to happiness right?
Where did I say that?

As always you guys love to distort what I say
 
Jun 9, 2014 3:59 PM

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Feels dumb.
 
Jun 9, 2014 9:17 PM

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Being religious, as in following the mainstream religions of today, is like playing life on easy mode. Truthfully, I envy them.

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You feel less curious, the world has much less answers and more importantly, your deep thoughts in the shower is much quicker.



 
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It is great. It gives a really unique view of our world and our place in it. I go to most of the events (just had a baptism service on Sunday), and those could be interesting. It depends on your church make up really, because I've been to many boring churches with majority of the folks being old people.

It would be so much simpler to take the view of an atheist, but it is clear to me that the world is much more complicated than that to be satisfied with that simple life. I'd say I envy it, but I find more joy in the life I already live.

Edit: And it can be downright hilarious sometimes. I kinda feel sorry for those who are on the far end of things though, with the view that all pleasure is evil and you'd go to hell for cracking a smile. How could one live like that?
As an ex-Christian/apostate I'd have to agree with you and say yeah, the life of a practical atheist is really easy. It's also empty as hell. All that's left when you take God out of your worldview is hedonism and materialism, and since I'm not much for either of those... I don't really know what to do with myself these days. It gets pretty dark sometimes.

I know that I'm blaming God for a lot of things that ultimately are humanity's fault, but I just have so much baggage that I can't seem to put behind me. I do sometimes wish I could go back and avoid some of the things that brought me to this place, but what's done is done.
 
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It is great. It gives a really unique view of our world and our place in it. I go to most of the events (just had a baptism service on Sunday), and those could be interesting. It depends on your church make up really, because I've been to many boring churches with majority of the folks being old people.

It would be so much simpler to take the view of an atheist, but it is clear to me that the world is much more complicated than that to be satisfied with that simple life. I'd say I envy it, but I find more joy in the life I already live.

Edit: And it can be downright hilarious sometimes. I kinda feel sorry for those who are on the far end of things though, with the view that all pleasure is evil and you'd go to hell for cracking a smile. How could one live like that?
As an ex-Christian/apostate I'd have to agree with you and say yeah, the life of a practical atheist is really easy. It's also empty as hell. All that's left when you take God out of your worldview is hedonism and materialism, and since I'm not much for either of those... I don't really know what to do with myself these days. It gets pretty dark sometimes.

I know that I'm blaming God for a lot of things that ultimately are humanity's fault, but I just have so much baggage that I can't seem to put behind me. I do sometimes wish I could go back and avoid some of the things that brought me to this place, but what's done is done.


That's life. Each person has their own path to walk. I made that statement because I have encountered a lot of people from both sides (atheist to christian and reverse), and the first group tends to fancy themselves as happier. The other group tends to fancy themselves as smarter. Agnostics are just there.
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Jun 10, 2014 8:36 PM

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I find it very uplifting. I believe in God, but I'm not too certain about my place in organized religion. There's a nice feeling I feel when I pray and thank God for my blessings.
Of course with all the good, there comes the bad. Most religions preach love and other important values. But most people seem to focus on the contradictions to these morals. People are always telling me how religion(usually Christianity & Catholicism) is horrible and they want to eradicate it from everyday life. Sure, religion should not be used as an excuse or in a court of law; but they can't even handle harmless tradition. I realize all atheists aren't like this, but this is a generalization from what I've seen.
Sometimes, I waver. For a second I think: "Why am I doing this? Is all this effort even worth it?" but then I think, anything is possible. I tell myself to just have faith, and see(or not) the outcome after my life ends.
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When I was religious as a child, I was very confused on the whole enterprise. I didn't understand the absurdities in the stories and I blamed myself for my naivety. I trusted adults and figures of authority in religion to have a better understanding of the world than I did, but it turned out it was a faulty premise. As a religious person I felt confused and inferior in that I couldn't grasp anything coherent out of it. Coming out of religion I felt betrayed and angry on the brain-washing that was taking place. It was almost as worse as my second grade teacher telling me you can't subtract a bigger number from a smaller number.
 
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I'm not religious, I went to the church about a year and a half, but I wasn't really into it. I don't even believe in a god-

So I want to ask y'all my niggas on MAL.

How does it feel to be religious?

Depends on how religious and who you ask. I'm not super religious but I am pretty religious in some areas. I feel very restricted by religion and it doesn't make me feel too much better about the afterlife. It makes me feel obligated to do things I don't really feel like or want to do. It puts me under stress and makes me constantly fight back and forth in my own mind, as I'm constantly thinking bad thoughts about God and I'm constantly apologizing and correcting myself. Its stressful for me.

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Is it funny?

Not in the slightest.

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Do you participate in ceremonies, chants,baptisms and the likes?

Whenever I go to church. Which, as far as the physical building is concerned, is very rare as my family doesn't believe in organized religion.
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Is your religion interesting?

Certainly. Christianity has a lot of interesting history to it.

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Do you believe in a God but aren't religious?

I'm not sure. As I've said, I'm very stressed by religion as I constantly think about it in some way. I'm also uneasy about playing certain games or watching certain anime because of it. Like I debated with myself a good while before finally playing Persona 3. And now I'm debating with myself about SMT Nocturne and Devil Survivor. I pray everyday before meals and car rides. At the same time, I don't really go to church (the building) or make religion a very big part of my life. I spend my days watching anime and playing games. I haven't really read much of The Bible.

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How is it that possible?

One could believe in God but not make religion a big part of their lives. They could just believe in God and that be it.
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Jun 11, 2014 12:35 AM

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As someone that was once religious (now an Atheist), I can say that being an Atheist is definitely better. When I was religious, I refused to accept anything that didn't correspond with my religious beliefs (though I always hated going to church). Well, I decided to watch some religious people and nonreligious people (such as Richard Dawkins) debate each other one day (had nothing else better to do), and that was the beginning of the questioning of my religious beliefs, which led to me becoming an Atheist. I was liberated. Now, I have the ability to analyze information instead of blindly accepting it like I used to.
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It's tiring. I'm glad I stopped believing, my life has been better since then.
 
Jun 11, 2014 3:14 AM
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I only consider myself religious because it's part of my heritage and culture. There is no solid evidence that god exists, or that he doesn't. That whole "The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence" argument is pretty sound. Agnosticism ftw.

I don't whip out my bible and shove it down peoples' throats though. I just try to be a good person. I don't even study the bible that much.
 
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When I was little I used to be. To be honest, I was feeling like I was spied all the time, I thought that god could always hear what I was thinking or doing. I thought that if I did or thought something bad I would be punished. On the other hand, I thought that if I asked god something he would fulfil my wish.

When I grew older though I started asking myself things, and I concluded that god is something that people create in order to have mental strength and support.
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http://creation.com/atheism-a-religion Atheism can be defined as a religion. (only read the first page forum post, so sorry if i am repeating stuff)
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Being religious was the best thing that ever happened to me.
This, preach it sista.

I have been a Roman Catholic all my life and it's been the best experience in my life. I have had my moments where i doubted my religion at times but I have kept a strong faith in God through everything that's happen to me. I still thank him for the good shiz that's happen to me in my life. I wouldn't call me those religious people who pray 5 times a day or Tell everyone that their religion is wrong and believe in ours.
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How does it feel to be religious?
I'm generally a pessimistic person and I easily get caught up in trivial feelings of negativity, so being religious helps me appreciate life and makes me feel thankful. It helps me find peace and comfort when I need it.
My religious beliefs also partly fuel my curiosity and interest in understanding the universe and myself, or at least attempting to, as connecting to God through texts alone is pretty difficult for me.

On the downside, I've always struggled with the prospect of eternal life in the hereafter. It just sounds kinda terrifying, though it's not as big of an issue now as it used to be in the past.

Is it funny?
Well, being religious itself isn't funny, but some religious people can be pretty damn funny. I've read some hilarious fatwas about all kinds of things, from chewing gum to Mars (planet) being illicit and such.

Do you participate in ceremonies, chants,baptisms and the likes?
I'm somewhat of a practicing Muslim, so I do observe some rites. I don't pray regularly, but I fast the month of Ramadan and enjoy it. I used to spend the night of the 27th of Ramadan in the mosque every year, but I've become too lazy for that. It was awesome though, so I might try it this year.

I also attend family gatherings on religious holidays. While I still enjoy it, this was more fun when I was a kid because everyone would give me money lol.

Besides male circumcision, weddings and funerals, we pretty much have no ceremonies. Funerals aside, I generally avoid the others as they're more social gatherings full of gossips and scandalmongers than anything else.

Is your religion interesting?
I don't necessarily identify with mainstream Islamic ideologies, but I find it interesting how they organize every single facet of life and how there's an inifinite number of excruciatingly detailed views on almost every topic. It's pretty amazing. Another aspect that I find interesting is the history of Islamic philosophy and scientific thought.

Do you believe in a God but aren't religious?
How is it that possible?

It's not my case, but that seems quite possible to me. Your own reflections, experience in life, background, etc. could lead you to believe in the existence of a higher being without necessarily being inclined to adhere to any set of established religious beliefs.
 
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How does it feel to be religious?
I do not consider myself religious. I consider myself a slowly learning spiritual who is a bit lazy at it. Religiousness feels different person to person but Im sure people get some enjoyment out of it while others have to live in fear from it. I have not much gain at the moment aside from fascination and occasional peace of mind I get when I can calm myself.

Is it funny?
Not quite in a hysterical laughter way but sure.

Do you participate in ceremonies, chants,baptisms and the likes?
I have have half assed participated in Samhain once before which basically just involved me drinking and leaving out some booze for spirits. I was asked to do other neopagan rituals with a friend before but they always forgot. I meditate sometimes also with mudras. I also attempted to learn how to do tuvan throat singing which I do when bored.

Is your religion interesting?
Interesting for some but confuses most I like to read about most religions.

Do you believe in a God but aren't religious?
I am more agnostic but sure. Not a god like in the Abrahamic religions. Something that is not easily defined and put into words. Something I am not even sure qualifies to be called a god or not.

How is it that possible?
A religion is a set of specific beliefs and rituals or rules with a certain amount of followers. A single belief such as a god is not required to be bound by religion. I see no need for tradition nor full need for conceptual rejection. Things are more interesting this way.
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http://creation.com/atheism-a-religion Atheism can be defined as a religion. (only read the first page forum post, so sorry if i am repeating stuff)

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How does it feel to be religious? - I'm not religious or anything like that, but I was raised a full-fledged Roman Catholic.

Is it funny? - Not sure on what you meant by this.

Do you participate in ceremonies, chants,baptisms and the likes? - My parents always ask me to join them.

Is your religion interesting? - Not really, when I was in HS, there's a subject for it and it was my lowest out of all my subjects.

Do you believe in a God but aren't religious? - I guess I'm more of an agnostic theist right now.

How is it that possible? - Idk.
 
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USED to be. I think I mentioned on a separate thread that I question things far too often to believe in faith alone.
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It makes me feel obligated to do things I don't really feel like or want to do.


Imagine how easy the atheists must have it. You can do what you feel and frame your mindset to be accepting of that.
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Comforting. Even more so because I don't give a fuck about my religious obligations.
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I'm more spiritual than religious. I feel the universe is just too big for us.
 
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Feels good man
 
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It's great for me. I'm constantly happy, and I feel like I don't have anything to worry about. I'm able to find joy in the little things because of it. It's reassuring knowing that all things work together for my good.
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When I used to be religious, it was awesome. You could pray whenever you felt in danger or in trouble and instantly feel better. And KNOWING (not thinking, but 100% believing) that you were going to Heaven when you died was incredibly reassuring.
Lol, pretty much this.

When I was religious, I would be so nervous when I got close to a girl, and even much more if she didn't wear hijab. I went to an Islamic elementary school and semi-Islamic middle school where I was taught about restrictions between men and women, so I put a distance from girls. Now I am still a single because I don't know how to deal with girls.
 
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All of my friends are religious, and all of them have different views. It all depends how you interpret these beliefs, some are casual about it and some feel strongly about it. I would think it would be just another commitment in your daily routine and would feel pretty normal.
 
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