Let me start off by saying, I am not religious. I am not here to change your beliefs, but I just may very well do that. Many of you know, that I reject all Abrahamic religions and thought systems (Christianity, Islam, Judaism), as well as Hinduism, and other book and faith based spiritualities.
Many people ask me why this is... What made me "fall from grace"; The very books used as proof did. I'm not here to start a debate about why "X group is stupid" I don't intend for that, but; give me a moment here.
This is a fantastic basis for my beliefs, that since we cannot directly talk to god, and he does not directly reveal himself to everyone, as the bible, koran, and the like say that these revelations cannot possibly be true. I choose to find my path to our/my greater being by direct observation, and not being told what he is. He does not want worship, he allowed us to evolve a sense of reason and right/wrong without him.Originally Posted by Deism.com
We should use that... Not books, not churches, not fables, and not prayer.
Morality by Reasoning, not a book:
"If it hurts someone, it's wrong, if it doesn't hurt or it is beneficial it's good. "
This supports, the closest spirituality to my belief system, Wicca.
I believe that all things are connected, and that the natural laws of nature; meaning that physics, time, and evolution bind us. That what you do has a consequence both in this life and the hereafter. The Wiccan law of "Threefold Return."
I celebrate the passing of seasons, and welcome the change they bring. (Yule especially... aka "Christmas" ... >>) Wicca also supports my transhumanisim with regard to the inter-connectivity, and relativity of everything.
Originally Posted by Thoughtware.tv
I think that in this point in time of human evolution we can move past religion. We all have the ability to reason, God/Father/Allah/Yaweh/Jehova/Abraham/ or what ever you choose to call him allowed this ability to flourish in this universe. As such, it should be used.
Faith in religion is a poison; that fact is infallible for one very reason:
One one cites faith as a reason a person is good, it suggests that that person would be a bad person otherwise and requires a "Daddy" to tell them what to do. To have this, the person has not grown, and would otherwise do bad things. I have heard many people proclaim that if it were not for the hereafter and eternal judgment, they would do evil. However, these people have the ability to reason, and the ability to feel. To hurt someone else is to go against reason, humanism, and our progress of evolution.
The only thing keeping them from doing bad things is punishment.
Not just because they don't want to hurt someone, or because it's unfair.. Because they are scared of being punished.
This is fear, this is coercion and how Christianity especially recruits new members if the 'love of god' fails.
I have met fantastic Christians, I am in love with one. Even they, when I raise this point that they do not need a book, or faith in something like Yahweh, to bee good people and that they should be strong and stand on their own, I get the hell card.
Which brings me to my next and final point: I live without fear, completely.
Not of man, not of hell, and not of god. Our "creator" need not be feared, just as a work of art not need fear the artist. If you are a good person, and do good for your people, and the world there is no reason for negative judgment to come about you. Just as you need not fear the consequences of your reactions in the flesh. Good begets Good, they teach you that in Nursery School. You don't need a holy book tot ell you that, especially one that can be as corrupt as they writers choose to be.
You have reason, you know what good and bad is. You develop this sense through not god, but observance, learning and education.
I know of people who claim god delivered them from bad situations, or helped them heal. Which... I hate this... They are so undignified to themselves that they have to turn to a "big brother", which feels good... It's nice to be coddled, but it is also weak. It us undignified to claim that you didn't get yourself out of dodge on your own.
Ultimately, it is still your choice...
"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion."
-- Steven Weinberg
That my children, is all.