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Belief of not - Is one better that the other?

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by sandandfoam, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. sandandfoam

    sandandfoam Well-Known Member

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    For the sake of argument please pretend that we can choose what we believe.
    By what criteria would you decide which is the better choice - to believe in God, or to not believe?
     
  2. Storm

    Storm ThrUU the Looking Glass

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    Neither - it's what you do with it.
     
  3. sandandfoam

    sandandfoam Well-Known Member

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    How do you mean?
     
  4. Storm

    Storm ThrUU the Looking Glass

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    I mean that neither belief or disbelief is inherently superior, what matters is how you treat other people.
     
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  5. sandandfoam

    sandandfoam Well-Known Member

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    LOL
    That didn't last long - I agree.
    I was hoping for an argument but you've smoked me out :D
     
  6. BucephalusBB

    BucephalusBB ABACABB

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    I am more curious what you are going to do with the result of this topic.
    And the better choice for who? The believer? The worldpopulation? Happiness?
     
  7. sandandfoam

    sandandfoam Well-Known Member

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    For you
     
  8. BucephalusBB

    BucephalusBB ABACABB

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    That one is easy!!
    I do not know! I have never been as theist as I am atheist now. I cannot compare, I can only guess wich wouldn't be fair as I am kinda biased by now ..
     
  9. Peace

    Peace Quran & Sunnah

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    Since we have the freedom of choice I believe that we do choose what to believe.

    Both heart and mind.
     
  10. Falvlun

    Falvlun Earthbending Lemur Staff Member Premium Member

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    Whichever makes you feel healthier, happier, more content.
     
  11. BucephalusBB

    BucephalusBB ABACABB

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    But.. As people like me do not believe in free will and thus choice, he made it a given to avoid debate :cool:
     
  12. BucephalusBB

    BucephalusBB ABACABB

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    Ooe, btw, my criteria would be spare time.. Well, it would be at least one of them..
     
  13. Storm

    Storm ThrUU the Looking Glass

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    What's ooe?
     
  14. BucephalusBB

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    It's me yelling Oe! But english people do not pronounce the Oe, so I make something different every time as I do not really know how you people spell it..

    It sounds like the o in "do" without the d. :shrug:
    But the o alone would make you pronounce it wrong..
     
  15. Caladan

    Caladan Agnostic Pantheist Staff Member Premium Member

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    For the sake of argument? ;) are you saying there is no choice factor in beliefs?

    one of my main personal criteria is looking at myself and a situation objectively, a god in the frame is just one voice too many between me.. and myself ;)
     
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  16. sandandfoam

    sandandfoam Well-Known Member

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    I'm acknowledging that many hold that view and that many do not and (hopefully) skirting around it. :)
    Like BB said

    Thanks.
     
  17. Caladan

    Caladan Agnostic Pantheist Staff Member Premium Member

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    Alrighty


    Hehe you gotta throw me a couple o fish more than that!
    How would you describe your spiritual voice when you are in a variety of situations?
    I rather have my reality decaf, but what about you?
     
  18. sandandfoam

    sandandfoam Well-Known Member

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    :)
    Actually I don't believe we have any choice but I didn't want to derail my own thread lol :D



    If we could choose I think utility might be a better measure than objectivity

    I would say it's impossible to ignore

    Well I think we all create our own reality and I like mine warm with a bit of spice :). Imagination is a great thing. I experience more reality through poetry than mathematics.
     
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  19. Caladan

    Caladan Agnostic Pantheist Staff Member Premium Member

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    I guess we'll leave it at that for now then ;)


    thats cool, I relate in a way, I've been drawn to the subjects of humanities more often, but arent there occasions in which reality begins where our sense of romanticism ends?
     
  20. sandandfoam

    sandandfoam Well-Known Member

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    I read this earlier today about Olie Linsdell who survived a 150+mph crash during the IoM TT
    Olie Linsdell thanks fans for support - The official Isle of Man TT 2009 website
    It's like what you're talking about but the other way around. Where reality ends and romanticism begins :D
    Sponsored by God - I love it.
     
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