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I Believe In God But Not Religion

This is a group for healthy debate, ex<x>pression & openmindedness on the topic of a power greater than us, & the belief w/o the practice of religion 411 People

    Anybody Ready For A Cosmic Religion

    Albert Einstein said that he believed something smarter than all of us created everything. But he found it hard to believe in a personal God who answers prayers, rewards good, and punishes evil. He believed that because of the scientific laws of nature it was impossible to...
    tmajor tmajor 41-45, M 2 Responses May 1, 2010

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    I had this dream where I'm in an unfamiliar

    classroom with old classmates. I'm sitting when of them approaches me and asks me to hand out tests to the other students. I take the tests from her and stand up, but when I do I realize I'm not wearing clothes, just an orange panty with a bath towel wrapped around me. I'm...
    Shagesa Shagesa 18-21, F Feb 20, 2014

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    I may have stopped going to church,

    but I will always believe. I stopped going because all it seemed to do was teach how to judge others; I'm not worthy of that, and never will be. All I see when I look at others is people. I like that about myself.
    ZenGrrrlLioNESS ZenGrrrlLioNESS 46-50, F 3 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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    God And Not Religion

    I believe that this world would be better if people would look inside ALL the religions of the world and see that at the base of them all is LOVE. How many wars, how much blood shed, how much self hatred is spawned in the name of religion. There is a basic moral code that...
    k2k85 k2k85 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 31, 2013

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    **quarter Truths***

    On Religion … Exceptionally successful religions are those that require the least exception from their followers for them to feel exceptional. It takes no talent to don phylacteries. Rejecting dogma takes some effort, but wholeheartedly embracing it ... now that takes...
    Contrarthodox Contrarthodox 26-30, F Nov 19, 2009

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    So Much Influence, Test Your Own Faith

    ./..... Lately I have met and become involved with at 4 or 5 people that are attempting to "invite" me to church... a coworker - christian - i think baptist my new boyfriends family - catholic a new acquiantence from my NA meeting - baptist... or born again...
    Contrarthodox Contrarthodox 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 30, 2010

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    A God is like a flowing river

    and religion is a dam in it, blocking and controlling our perception of a God.
    QueenOfBrokenDreams QueenOfBrokenDreams 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 4, 2015

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    Religion is man's attempt to scientifically

    systemize faith. Even Jesus' plan is falling apart. If faith is reconcilable with science, it hasn't been accomplished yet. If creating a religion, stick around to maintain it at least. If a fallible human is going to try, they might as well wait until atheism 'wins' and then...
    DarkChristian DarkChristian 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 13, 2014

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    Staying Sharp...

    well, I'm a strong believer in being able to discuss the 'religion' topic without judgement or close-mindedness.... However, it seems that I keep coming across people who consider themselves "open minded" when you also believe what they believe. LOL I'm not big on...
    Contrarthodox Contrarthodox 26-30, F 4 Responses May 23, 2009

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    If God is benevolent,

    then why does he allow evil to exist? Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is God able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is God both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is God neither able nor willing...
    massica massica 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 5, 2015

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    This will probably end up upsetting & offend

    some one. To those people, I would like to say: TO FREAKING BAD!!! This experience is My own person belief. You don't like it, I don't know what to tell You. Maybe stop reading. There is bound to be someone out there, who's experience You will like. This is not one of them...
    Ronin1369 Ronin1369 36-40, M 1 Response Jul 19, 2014

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    There Is Something Out There

    Great site. I grew up catholic, but it didn't stick. I always wanted to believe in god, heaven... an afterlife. Like everyone here. An afterlife? Eternity? According to my concept of eternity, that sounds terrifying! Right now I love yoga, so does that mean I get to do yoga...
    almoe almoe 31-35 1 Response May 8, 2012

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    I am caught in the middle of trying to live a

    Christ centered life and wanting to live a 20 year old tertiary life....It's really hard! Everyone in my youth seems to have their life together.
    Galahad0828 Galahad0828 18-21, M Jan 8

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    This is a topic I feel I need to clarify.

    At least, for my own satisfaction. I recently had an experience which profoundly affected my faith, but it did nothing to change my opinion of organized religion. I do not understand how those who claim to live their faith be the most vocal hypocrites. I like to tell them, "I...
    Solitaireman Solitaireman 56-60, M Sep 9, 2015

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    hating god lately asking

    why life is such a ***** everythings about money why create a world like this it all makes no sense
    waldorf186 waldorf186 51-55, M 1 Response May 28, 2015

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    My Belief

    I have so many beliefs of God it's rediculous, they all apply. God is time, we are Gods, God doesn't care, God doesn't have the time, so on and so forth. My biggest belief of mine is that we are Gods. One argument that God doens't exist is that if he did he would stop world...
    sheepey sheepey 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 11, 2011

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    God N the Human Experience....

    I still find it hard to talk to certain people in the "real world" about these things, it's always two sides to everything, right>? Some1 told me that I musta had a bad experience at church n that's why I don't believe in going or in the institution, I replied...
    Contrarthodox Contrarthodox 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 6, 2009

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    It's true I do. I'd say I'm

    rather agnostic. There are so many religions and all people do is say that theirs is real and others are not. But some do pick and choose traits and characteristics of different belief systems and kudos to them. I think there is god or no I know there is God. But all the Allah...
    CRizma7 CRizma7 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 17, 2014

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    God is every where people

    so talk to him!!!
    Skoph Skoph 31-35, F Apr 28, 2015

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    How To Get In Heaven?

    1. God Loves You! The Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God loves you more than you can ever imagine. 2. The Bad News All of us have done...
    euena143444 euena143444 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 13, 2015

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    Historical Origins Of Religion & God

    I've recently been doing some reading & watching documentaries about religious beliefs, mythology, folklore...basically the beliefs we've had about higher power, heaven, hell, Gods, angels...over centuries. This information just enlightened me more about where our beliefs today...
    Contrarthodox Contrarthodox 26-30, F 1 Response May 18, 2012

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    Religion: a Perversion of Spirituality

    I pretty much grew up in a Baptist church environment. If you're familiar with that, you know the tenants which they expect you to accept. I even got a BA degree from Howard Payne University with a major in the Bible and a minor in English. Part of that education is involved a...
    arthurme arthurme 66-70, M 2 Responses May 24, 2013

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    I believe in God have been saved

    since I was much younger (i.e. I believe that Jesus is the divine son of God who died and rose again for our sins). I cherish my relationship with God and consider it very important. Anyway my husband and I moved to a new city a couple years ago and I have become good friends...
    Basilandthyme Basilandthyme 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 7, 2015

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    This is addressed to my fellow believed in

    Christ. Anyone else is still welcome to read. James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Guys, believing in Yahweh is both a religion AND a...
    theguywiththeredhair theguywiththeredhair 18-21, M Dec 17, 2015

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    Columbine Tragedy and God

    Okay, so I was having a conversation with someone about religion and they put this out there: (mind you I believe but they are an atheist)... Since it's been 10 yrs since Colombine, why would "a God" have allowed that to happen? Now as open minded as I am, I had no...
    Contrarthodox Contrarthodox 26-30, F 13 Responses Apr 21, 2009

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    I'm Done With Religion.

    My entire life, I've had an inexplicable belief in God. For as long as I could remember, before my parents even spoke one word of religion to me. My whole childhood, however, was spent inside the confines of a conservative Christian church that promoted sexism, prejudice, and...
    tigerlily1921 tigerlily1921 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 27, 2011

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    Questions.....

    Why does it seem like I have to label myself "christian, catholic, pagan" blah, blah,  blah..... I'm not judging anyone's religious beliefs, I'm just sayin, is there such a thing as not having to go into  a building and take someone's interpretation of a book...
    Contrarthodox Contrarthodox 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 19, 2009

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    I believe in God but not religion just to many

    church's run by man made rules. I not prayed for years or read the bible but I do truly believe. I think it's important to do something more about my belief in God.
    Leylandlad Leylandlad 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 27, 2015

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    Never Needed Organized Religion

    I was brought up in a household that was ostensibly Protestant but church had a very small part. As a child my parents sent me and my sister but never went themselves... And I liked singing, I liked being in the choir, but not much else about it. The sermons lays seemed...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 8, 2012

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    Definitively

    Yep!! Since an early age, my parents tried making me be a catholic but I did not work for me. Despite having other views as a family, they still consider themselves Catholic. I, on the other hand could never again call myself Catholic or Christian or any other title. I am just me...
    aquaxx aquaxx 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 2, 2011

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    I saw an experience section

    that said "I believe in God!" I wanted to click "me too..." but saw people raving on about specific biblical names and references limited to only those labeled under specific religions or "spiritualities." So I took it unto my own hands to express my own version. I believe in...
    Pathfinders Pathfinders 26-30 1 Response Jun 12, 2014

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    Here is where I have a problem with religion.

    They have a tendency to preach one doctrine yet their members practice another. From the pulpit, we are told God loves everyone and wants everyone to live according to their conscience. Outside the congregation, these same people openly discriminate and degrade those who are...
    Solitaireman Solitaireman 56-60, M 1 Response Oct 18, 2015

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    God Is Enough

    I dont think its about what we can get from God. Like we have a wish list or some bucket list and abracadabra - poof!!! God grants all our hearts desires. YES - He is faithful but not to fulfil ALL our every desire. I don't think God has any expectations of us to be rich...
    auntimama auntimama 46-50 2 Responses Oct 24, 2012

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    PART 2 - Church Membership? “Church membership,” or “placing your membership in a local congregation,” is a great fraud that has been cast upon God’s people by so...
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    "The goal of my spiritual life is such close identification with Jesus Christ that I will always hear God and know that God always hears me. What hinders me from hearing is my...
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    Authorship of The Bible The Bible is unique inasmuch as it maintains consistency, harmony, and continuity from cover to cover. It has one message from Genesis to Revelation...
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    Myths and Mistranslations #6: God is in control When we hear the phrase God is in control it is normally something we say when things happen that we are unsure about and we do not...
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    Teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the archaic doctrine of a personal god , give up the source of fear which has placed vast power in the hands of the clergy and...
    grandaddypurple grandaddypurple 51-55, M 2 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    I believe God but in my own way, not the religious one. When i was a kid, i told that when we prayed hard enough to God, He would answer our concern and made our life be better...
    sunflaw sunflaw 22-25, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I need advice or maybe just thoughts on this. Im deeply religious and I believe in the Christian God. I see him everywhere and in everything. But I identify as a Pantheist and a...
    coerietheraven coerietheraven 22-25, M 8 Responses 1 day ago

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    Only the individual that seeks to explore all avenues will read and look further into the subject matter and in so doing be in a position to make informed decisions. The Deity...
    churinga churinga 70+, M 1 day ago

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    i believe it but it is not happening being married to a dragon lay
    capivated88desires capivated88desires 51-55, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    If you would have been born 6000 years ago in Babylon, you would have worship Marduk; if you would have been born 5000 years ago in India, you would have worshiped Krishna; if you...
    GatoNegro2 GatoNegro2 46-50, M 9 Responses