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26-10-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Thumbs Up Religion: An act, not a lifestyle.
In my eyes, some god exists. The theories of him/her that are told, some seem fictional to me. Christians will say things like:
-"God has a plan for your life, that he finds best for you."
If that was the case, then why would so many people end up with these fucked up lives? When I've asked Christians this, in the past, they almost always respond, "That was just God's plan". My response to that then is, if he is here to help us through whatever may happen to us, why does he put those things in our paths in the first place? Cancer. Why would he give people such a life-threathening disease, in the first place & if he gave it to us, why not give us a cure too? In my opinion, I think that sometimes, he just wants to see us suffer, until we can bare it no longer. Suicide. The things that lead up to that, he put there. I guess what I am trying to say is; Why would "God" put things in our life that don't have to be there?
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With all of that said, I do believe in a god but not in "God". If there is only one "God" then where did other religions get their godly figures from? Some idiot didn't just think "Oh hey. I'm going to make up a god today, for random assholes to worship." TALK ABOUT A DOUCHEBAG. There is some kind of god out there, male or female. But I think that a lot of people, have the concept of religion wrong. Religion is something that people opinionate. Not something that everyone has to live their live on. It's stupid.
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26-10-2011, 12:21 PM
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I think that for some people religion is a lifestyle. Some religious communities only socialise within themselves. People in these communities all send their children to the same faith schools, marry into their community, socialise with other members of their community and have no real contact with anyone else. For these people religion is a lifestyle as their life would be turned upside down if they opted out. A good example is a London based Jewish community that featured in a Richard Dawkins programme. The rabbi he spoke to was born and raised in London yet spoke with a heavy German accent, such was his seclusion from the outside world.

Quote:Some idiot didn't just think "Oh hey. I'm going to make up a god today, for random assholes to worship." TALK ABOUT A DOUCHEBAG.

I think someone did do exactly that. And I wouldn't just called them a douchebag, I would also call them a fucking genius! Organised religion is the perfect social control for those at the top of the hierarchy. They just tell the masses;

Ruler - There's this all-powerful being called God. He knows everything and can control what happens in our lives. He also can control what happens in death. In death he either sends you to a paradise called heaven or a torture chamber called hell. Now God thinks I should rule over all of you, infact he put me in charge in the first place. He says you all have to accept me as ruler and obey my every command without question.

Masses - Can we see this God person? We'd all love to meet him.

Ruler - No. No-one can meet God til they die. You can never see him and he will communicate through me. It's his little test for you, he won't appear to you or give you any evidence of his existence and those who still believe will be rewarded. Those who don't however, they face terrible punishment. Now, go and work to exhaustion while I slob about and fritter away all the money you earn.

Masses - We'd better do as the ruler says. We don't want to anger this God person.

Perfect social control.

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Ferdinand: We don't really say 'theist' in Alabama. Here, you're either a Christian, or you're from Afghanistan and we fucking hate you.
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Ferdinand: Everyone from British is so, like, fucking retarded.
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26-10-2011, 12:26 PM
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Of course for most people religion is an act. Why would they vaccinate their children if whether the child got polio or not was simply the will of god, and part of god's plan? Why take your child to the hospital when he's hurt if whether he lives or dies is solely in the hands of god? Why look for a job if whether you get a job or not is part of god's grand plan? After all, if god does want you to have a job, the job will miraculously land on your lap anyway, right? An omnipotent god wouldn't put his perfectly wise plan in the hands of something as trivial as Recruiting departments!

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26-10-2011, 12:32 PM
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I think it can be a lifestyle but only to a few people, as I have already said (such as very secluded societies). I agree with you that for most people it's an act though.

PS. sy2502 is it really necessary for to still have that sig? You speak better English than me and I've lived here all my life Smile!

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26-10-2011, 12:36 PM
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(26-10-2011 12:32 PM)Hughsie Wrote:  I think it can be a lifestyle but only to a few people, as I have already said (such as very secluded societies). I agree with you that for most people it's an act though.

PS. sy2502 is it really necessary for to still have that sig? You speak better English than me and I've lived here all my life Smile!

Yes, yes it is very necessary!!! Big Grin
Because I still feel a lot of people seem to misunderstand my posts A LOT for some reason. Sad

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26-10-2011, 12:40 PM
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(26-10-2011 12:36 PM)sy2502 Wrote:  Yes, yes it is very necessary!!! Big Grin
Because I still feel a lot of people seem to misunderstand my posts A LOT for some reason. Sad

If that's the case, I'd say it's more their fault than yours. Obviously I don't know about your spoken English, but in writing you come off as completely native. I wish I had the command of any my other languages that you have of English! What's your secret, by the way? Smile

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26-10-2011, 02:00 PM
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(26-10-2011 12:40 PM)cufflink Wrote:  
(26-10-2011 12:36 PM)sy2502 Wrote:  Yes, yes it is very necessary!!! Big Grin
Because I still feel a lot of people seem to misunderstand my posts A LOT for some reason. Sad

If that's the case, I'd say it's more their fault than yours. Obviously I don't know about your spoken English, but in writing you come off as completely native. I wish I had the command of any my other languages that you have of English! What's your secret, by the way? Smile

Well, you are very kind and I thank you! I guess my secret is to be married to someone for whom English is first language, and having lived in an English speaking country for 15 years. Basically, full immersion! Smile

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26-10-2011, 07:00 PM
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It depends on the religion for most part Islam is a lifestyle probably.
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27-10-2011, 09:35 AM
 
RE: Religion: An act, not a lifestyle.
(26-10-2011 12:21 PM)Hughsie Wrote:  Masses - Can we see this God person? We'd all love to meet him.
Ruler - No. No-one can meet God til they die.

Honestly, I say if they want to meet this "God" so badly, commit suicide & see if he gives a fuck then. ^-^
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