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I would like to talk about materialism which is the whole notion held by many scientists. It is the whole idea that the brain produces consciousness and that once that dies out, you forever remain dead. There is no God and no afterlife. They say that one can have much meaning in their lives with no need for a belief in a god and an afterlife.
I don't see it that way at all. When I look at my mother or any other innocent person whom I admire and love, I see a person. I see a soul that...
The 4 dominant religions can be divided into two - on one side stand King/Master religions - God is seen more as a Master - get down on your knees and swear loyalty(belief in today's religions) and hope for a reward. Actions don't matter, only belief matters and you better believe in the "right" God. One can serve only one master, hence the One God - but be clear that they are talking about One NAME for God, not the One God who created us all
The ideas are very simple, quite primitive in...
Beliefs and creeds are a significant part of many world religions. Some groups engage in attempts to convince various sides that they have the right beliefs, while others do not. Regardless, the act of preaching or proselytizing is predicated on the notion that we can, on some level, choose what to believe. However, to what extent is this a choice? Here's a perspective for consideration (edit for clarification - these are NOT my words, they are quoted from the *source* linked to beneath...
(Shia Muslims and Baha'is only)
This is my summary regarding Recorded Shia Traditions about Qaim, in Bihar-alanwar, and other major Shia Books, versus what I have seen from mainstream Shia Clergy opinions on the subject of Qaim.
1. There are Recorded Traditions that describes when Imam Qaim rises, He says "God made Me a Messenger". There are many Shia Traditions that the Qaim comes with a new Book, new command, new Law and new covenant whereas, the mainstream Shia Clergy, rejects all...
I wanted to ask people what are the "turn-offs" when you are discussing your religion or beliefs with someone. i.e. What are the things that make you think it is not worth discussing it with this person?
Alot of discussions centre of criticising religion and I'm wondering what is the "right" way to go about it. By the "right" way I mean that people are able to talk to each other without it ending either in a brawl or with one side simply refusing to participate. Very often, people attack...
How would you recognise an Atman? How would you know it was an Atman?
Is God in a far-away place with his back turned to pain and suffering? All those who dream of going to heaven after death - a place of no more pain or suffering - let us realize that pain and suffering WILL end - for YOU! That last word is important - it doesn't mean that the pain and suffering that stalks this planet of ours has gone away, it is just that you chose not to be a part of it anymore
If you are a volunteer at a dog shelter - well, now that you are gone, does that mean dogs and...
New guy here! I'm pretty much going to just jump into it
I have been on several different online forums throughout the last 6 or 7 years - at first mainly religious boards (I'm Asatru), but lately I have been hanging at atheistic and secular forums.
The main reason for this shift is an attempt to find my footing in relation to the criticism of religion that is prevalent in, but not exclusive to, western societies.
What I'm mainly thinking of when I'm talking about...
As you see it, what are top three or four primary reasons someone would reject your religion?
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