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I Am Not Religious

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    Religion Is Dangerous Business..

    I used to be one of those people who believer in living and letting others live (I won't impose my beliefs on you and I expect you not to impose your beliefs on me) where religion is concerned. Unfortunately, we live in a world where religion influences so many of the laws...
    vivaciousvivi vivaciousvivi 36-40, F 7 Responses May 9, 2011

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    Do We Have The Right To Try And Comprehend What Our 'Creator' Would Want From Us?

    I'm talking about religion. To think we, as merely human beings, could unearth what an all-powerful creator would want from us baffles me. Do we have the right to even try and comprehend what our creator would want from us? Would it not be disrespectful to even consider ourselves...
    abigailemz abigailemz 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 19, 2013

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    Oh, The Trials And Tribulations.

    I haven't been "religious" in any sense of the word for a very long time now. In fact, even when I considered myself a "Christian", I had too many unanswered questions. **** that straight-up contradicted itself in the Bible! I avoid discussing that kinda **** with my family...
    CaptainHowdy21 CaptainHowdy21 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 21, 2013

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    My beliefs have changed a lot over the years,

    it seems I've never been sure about anything. You know what they say though, anythings possible! Anyhow, this will be the very first Easter that i have not spent at a church. I was baptized as catholic, but my opinions have changed as I have gained insight about the world...
    sunstillshines sunstillshines 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    Not Religious, Perhaps Spiritual

    I just feel that thiestic belief systems aren't useful. To me they're just attempts to reconcile reality with existential questions by subscribing to some absurd punishment-and-reward system no different than an autocracy. I don't believe it's our prerogative as living things to...
    needlessthings needlessthings 31-35, M 2 Responses Feb 11, 2012

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    I Am Not A Follower

    I am more realistic and i am not willing to go and believe blindly just because someone said ancient texts are from some higher being. Please don't preach to me that will only earn you a place on my block list.
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 16, 2013

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    Can't Help It

    I was brought up without the benefit of religion (raised in Communist China for 8 years).  The closest thing to religion were exposures to stories of deities, spirits, monsters and ghosts from books such as Journey to the West or Liaozhai Zhiyi.  After moving to the U.S...
    froglet froglet 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 15, 2009

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    Tautology

    As idealisms, religions are very lame, they solve no real philosophical issues, they only shift problems. They explain problems with one original occurrence of evil. Evil exists because evil exists. As a science, religions are useless. In the religion I was raised in , a man...
    EarthlingWise EarthlingWise 41-45 5 Responses Feb 5, 2011

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    I myself am not religious

    but I've always respected others that are, but there are several things i don't understand. Things that I've never attempted to ask out load because of the fact that religion is such a sensitive topic. Why do I see Jehovah witnesses swearing? Why do i see war between people who...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 16

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    I live as deep in the Bible Belt

    as one can get, but as the black sheep in my family, religion just irritates me so much because it has made so many people so ignorant to actual proven facts and science. After a stint with atheism, Wicca, paganism, and Buddhism last year, I am still clinging to calling myself a...
    cmitchellichs cmitchellichs 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 27

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    Best Enemies

     I'm half amused half disheartened to read about this never-ending warfare between believers and atheists. Not that I refuse to take sides.  I've seen the way men have been using the GOD word to impose their wills on others, women, slaves and servants, people that had to be...
    EarthlingWise EarthlingWise 41-45 2 Responses Jun 21, 2009

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    Thinking Of Starting My Own Religion

    This could really go somewhere. I used to find my way through The Good Book pretty handily, I'm sure I can figure it out again. Find a couple of "thou shalt nots" to focus on, scare the he££ out of people with, and receive their eternal (and financial) gratitude for pointing...
    CrowdOfOne CrowdOfOne 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 21, 2013

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    Le Tartuffe

    "They [men like Tartuffe] cloak their spite in fair religion's name, Their private spleen and malice being made To seem a high and virtuous crusade, Until, to mankind's reverent applause, They crucify their foe in Heaven's cause." (1.5.11)
    EarthlingWise EarthlingWise 41-45 1 Response Aug 20, 2012

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    Ahem

    So, I wanted to explain something here. People like me criticizing religious concepts and organizations are not doing it because they're nasty and they like to attack good faithful people. They're doing it because they come from a religious culture, with religious references...
    EarthlingWise EarthlingWise 41-45 27 Responses Jun 26, 2011

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    You Called Me An Atheist??

     hello there, true life worshippers, I just wanted to put something straight: so often atheism is confused with raw individualism, atheists are despised as amoral beings that only care about  their lives. That is wrong. Obviously there's no patent to be an atheist...
    EarthlingWise EarthlingWise 41-45 25 Responses Oct 30, 2009

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    But Am Not Opposed to Others Who Are.

    I don't believe in one mighty being. I don't believe in Creationism. I don't believe in Adam and Eve. I don't believe our lives are already written out for us. I don't believe in reincarnation. I don't believe in heaven and hell. I believe in Evolution. I believe in choices. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 20, 2008

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    The Paradox.

    I have a complicated relationship with religion. That's not to say I have no religion everyone does... The difference is that some religions are much more mature than others. For instance one of the newer religion's being humanism... It claims to be a better religion... more...
    TheDaken TheDaken 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 31, 2013

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    My Choice

    I live in India. In India there's a lot importance given to religion. I have seen many things like executing animals under name of religion to please God, giving milk to snakes and forcing them to drink it even when they don't drink it. I have also seen the racism that is carried...
    AJT5142 AJT5142 16-17, M 2 Responses May 5, 2013

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    The Happy Learner

    The Holy Spirit needs a happy learner, in whom His mission can be happily accomplished. You who are steadfastly devoted to misery must first recognize that you are miserable and not happy. The Holy Spirit cannot teach without this contrast, for you believe that misery is...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M Aug 11, 2013

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    Spirituality

    Spiritual usually has something to do with the immaterial.I personally think that you can have a spiritual connection with nature and experiencing it's beauty. People get so caught up in their busy lives in their dirty desensitizing cities. I truly feel at peace just sitting at...
    chips24 chips24 18-21, M 9 Responses Jan 9, 2012

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    George Carlin &Amp; Bill Hicks

    All of you should look up for George Carlin & Bill Hicks stand ups about religion. Their stand ups makes absolute sense and theist wouldn't have a chance with these guys. i freakin love these guys. unfortunately non of them are alive. RIP sensible comedy
    Lesaneparishcrooks Lesaneparishcrooks 31-35, M Mar 5, 2013

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    Godless. I am a godless being; always have been.

    Its not so much of a belief or even disbelief... its more a way of seeing the world. A way of percieving reality.It can not be blamed on my parents. My father was an athiest up and until the age of forty; after which he found Christ. I always saw my father as a wise and...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    I have no time or anything religious the whole

    concept of throwing away your free will and freedom to think and act for yourself to blindly follow and obey a set of laws that were created not by any deity or omnipresent being but by a person or group of people is completely beyond me.
    Waywardsilence Waywardsilence 41-45, M Apr 6

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    Why is it that the Christian explanation to

    everything that disclaims the bible is "that's what the devil wants you to believe"? -_- maybe the devil wants you to believe that that's what he wants us to believe. Thank God I'm Atheist!
    Mrs1105 Mrs1105 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 12

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    Religion? Just So "wtf" For Me.

    Nope, never been religious a single day of my eighteen years, nine months and 23 days in the world. It just never made sense to me. I've grown up seeing Hinduism all around me. And yeah, the philosophy sort of makes sense. I even agree with some part of it. But when people start...
    FourierTransform FourierTransform 18-21, M 15 Responses Dec 25, 2010

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    Neither Was Thomas Jefferson

    "Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve...
    VakreLivet VakreLivet 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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    I may not be religious

    but I'm not the kind of guy to hate on someone because of their religion. Unless they shove it in my ******* face or hate on me because of my sexuality
    gaybritboy gaybritboy 13-15, M 1 Response Feb 28

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    And Not By Choice

    I fully understand the appeal of religion. For many, it explains how we got here and what we're supposed to do here, as well as provides a sort of protection. The idea of some all powerful being looking out for you sounds very comforting. I wish I was religious; I think I'd be...
    emilytx92 emilytx92 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 28, 2013

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    Francisco De Goya

    Through his etchings, the Spanish artist  (30 March 1746 – 16 April 1828) bore witness to the Inquisition's atrocities. He was tried and forced to wear the brown habit as a sign of heresy. He finally went into exile in France to escape death.  Until 1870 the Catholic...
    EarthlingWise EarthlingWise 41-45 9 Responses Jul 1, 2011

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    Hm.

    Honestly, I do believe there's a higher power. At least something that watches over us besides ourselves and loved ones. Jesus Christ or not, I think there's something. I myself am not religious, although I am raised in a religious household.
    JustCammy JustCammy 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2013

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    Religion Is A Wonderful Demonstration Of Man's Creativity

    I allow for the possibility that I am wrong, but I no longer believe in the god of any of the theistic religions. I spent some 35 years as a "born again" Christian, but I never curbed my reasoning. The first to go was doctrine. When I learned of the 2 creation stories in Genesis...
    narrator narrator 51-55, M 7 Responses Jan 2, 2012

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    Religion causes people to become a bunch of

    brainwashed faggots. Truth.
    Milkyywayy Milkyywayy 13-15, M 3 Responses Mar 13

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    I went to a catholic school

    and had to suffer through all the church bullshit, I don't judge others for their religion or beliefs so why can't religious people stop shoving their beliefs down other peoples throats. I live by simple life rules. Be nice to others, treat them how you would want to be treated...
    freochick freochick 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 10

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    Let's Go With No Offense

    My family and my few and only friends are religious. I used to be as well, but nipped that in the bud after realizing the truth of the matter. I'm considered crazy by them, and some of them seem to think I'm demonic or something. I figure there's too much history there to simply...
    Sinaname Sinaname 26-30 2 Responses Jul 26, 2012

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    Marinated In Love. (If You Could Hear Angels Talk This Is What They'd Say)

    So many of your prayers and concerns are about filling some perceived lack or gap, healing something you think is broken, fixing some illusionary "problem", but all these are just symptoms of the one and only problem which is you have forgotten how much We love you. This is more...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M Aug 14, 2013

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    I Was Raised Catholic.

    I went to a catholic school through middle school. I started to question once they started telling the boys thinking about sex was a sin. It made me feel bad and I didn't understand I couldn't help it. After I left the school I did some research and decide I was done. I am anti...
    jaredtucker jaredtucker 18-21, M Sep 29, 2013

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    I Hate Living In The Bible Belt

    I am so sick of these bible happy people around here. Everything revolves around religion and hate. They hate gay people, they hate middle easterners, they hate this, they hate that. Makes me sick to think that these people think they are doing others good. They trick these poor...
    misanthropyrules misanthropyrules 36-40, M 6 Responses Oct 21, 2011

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    So my step moms side of the family is super

    religious and I honestly don't care what your beliefs are as long as you don't shove it down my throat. But every time I'm there they like to ask "well if god didn't do, what did", it really ****** me off. Just please leave me be
    yturgi yturgi 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Religion No Thanks !

    for me religion is manipulation,far from god and is unconditional love,but I respect ,the choices of people,when I had a religion, I was without hop in a very dark place without an possible way out ,til I start search!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 25, 2011

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    I Don't Want To Be

    I grew up going to church.it was ok. At one point I stopped, my mom was fine with it. At one time I had thought I would get baptised. I got angry with god,i stopped praying. I went to live with my dad and my uncle and his family. My uncle is very religous. I went to church but...
    Hannarose Hannarose 22-25, F Sep 17, 2013

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    Not Really Anyway!

    I am not religious but I consider myself spiritual. You don't need a church or a specific group or anything like that. I was brought up as an athiest, which I love my parents for, because I got to figure it out for myself, without being forced to believe in something.
    PurpleUmbrella PurpleUmbrella 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 22, 2007

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    Hocus Pocus, The (un)holy Trinity And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon

    I am a Libertarian.Do, eat, ****, drink, and believe whatever you want.That being said........ The Prophet is about to open one helluva can of worms.Unless you are your own God, unless you are your own Satan, unless your worship is based solely on the pursuit of YOUR satisfaction...
    H3LLl3OUND H3LLl3OUND 36-40, M 3 Responses Jan 16, 2012

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    I Don'T Understand

    My boyfriend is in this religion close to Christianity , and he isn't much of a religious person just like me. But the problem is his auntie is, so she is always on his case about going to church. Of course that's fine but not when you're so strict telling my boyfriend that he's...
    laaanie laaanie 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 22, 2013

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    I Am Not Religious But I Will Fake It Until I Am Secure In Finances

    I mean let's take a good look on how this society id run in America. 1. If you are not a Christian or Jew in a higher quality position such as CEO or CCO at a Job you are in trouble! (You are not getting that job unless you created that job) So therefore I have to lie and fake...
    Freeindividual Freeindividual 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 3, 2013

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    Religions all come with a set of rules

    and beliefs. If any of the rules don't make sense to me, count me out. Similarly, they all require a leap of faith, a belief in the unprovable rooted in some form of folklore. I'll pass on those also. Some religions are glorified personality cults. Those aren't for me. I don...
    RandomUniverse RandomUniverse 61-65, M 5 Responses Mar 9

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    I was raised without religion

    and I think that is why I find it so fascinating. I really enjoy learning about all different types of religions. My favorite would have to be Haitian Vodou. I've witnessed many forms of worship or church services from Catholic to pagan. So far the most disturbing service was...
    FaeFamous FaeFamous 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 9

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    I'm Not Religious Because...

    Quite frankly there are too many rules to follow and I don't need yet another reason to feel guilty. Granted there are those who need guidance, but I feel there are others who need to trust themselves more. For me, following a religion would be too restrictive for my outlook on...
    applesncinnamon applesncinnamon 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 8, 2010

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    Not That I Have Anything Against It

    I was born a Jew and will always be one even though I don't go to Synogogue or practise my religion. In fact I've been to Church more often but still I don't consider myself religious. I don't believe a person needs to be if they don't want to be or don't feel that way in order...
    Vanbelieves Vanbelieves 46-50, M Jan 26, 2012

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    WELCOME

     Happy travels, and I´ll catch you all later at the barbecue.  Bye  :-)
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 7 Responses Nov 10, 2012

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    It's Not For Me

    I don't mind if other people are religious... as long as they don't try to convert me or push their beliefs on others. I'm a live and let live kind of guy, and don't think you need religion to be a good person.
    superkev superkev 31-35, M 3 Responses Oct 11, 2006

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    I am not religious but I am a spiritual being with soul.
    AngeGardien AngeGardien 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 10, 2013

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    I believe in God in my own way,

    without the need to follow any religions. I admire Pope Francis a big deal, though. I was an atheist for a couple years when I was younger, but in the end I found my way back.
    Gorstone36 Gorstone36 18-21, M Jan 25

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    Related Experiences

    Considering the whole fundamentalist system is completely rigged to begin with. In their whole belief system, most of humanity goes to hell, and a small number goes to heaven...
    ratburn ratburn 18-21 1 Response Apr 1

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    The Story About Hummingbird Feet, or The Great Unknown Unknown I guess I'm spiritual. As a child, I rejected organized religion as nonsense. That hasn't changed. I thought we...
    RandomUniverse RandomUniverse 61-65, M 5 Responses Apr 3

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    After my boyfriend told me that religion was a placebo effect I just stopped being a Wiccan. I never really believed in any of the Wiccan stuff anyway. So now I'm just not...
    gaiamoon82 gaiamoon82 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I don't reject the possibility that God exists. But I do, however, reject the "rules" of religion. God is about faith, hope, love, and peace. Religion is not. People have...
    IcyDragon IcyDragon 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 27

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