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Something Is Missing In My Life But...

Something is missing in my life but… What evidence are religions really based on? I would like to believe in something, but on what basis am I to choose? Since none of the competing religions can provide evidence that convinces me of their veracity, my conclusion is that religions are all equal, likely made up by “leaders” who wanted to control the masses. Still, that doesn’t mean there is not a higher power, energy or system. I sometimes sense something else, something just out of reach. It leaves me feeling a bit unconnected. Faith gives people a connection to something greater. Whether or not it’s true, it’s a feeling I wish I could have.
stingrey stingrey 41-45, M 19 Responses Feb 19, 2008

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You choose on the basis of truth :)

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If their is a God benevolent or malevolent you would have to still come to terms with your own existence by definition or your existence " The description of your nature". How others have been told to treat you through religion as a Deist, Catholic, Hindu, ect. has no barring on the existence of a creator. To say their is no creator would be foolish and to argue that a creator is omnipresent and only represents one religion would also be foolish. By our own definition and how we perceive and conduct our own lives is how we find ourselves conflicted because we are all not the same and we all have our own idea of what's right and wrong. It is how you treat others, how others have treat, and you have reacted to these events that defines you and what has made you who you are.

I believe that you are very spiritual and it is this that has you questioning your path to enlightenment as you define yourself. This is a very good trait because you neither give in to oppressors or oppress other by your own beliefs. We are all energy and by our own existence we find the existence of everything outside our reach if we so desire it whether it can be proven or not. Universes filled with life that cannot be seen, but we know they are their as intellectuals and intelligent beings to think otherwise would be primal with the information we have obtained through out time.

So, find your beliefs within yourself and the star, it is where you are and where you came from and nothing will ever be able to deny it.

Erase popular beliefs and all religious comprehension for it is only us who can bring our newly arrived guests misfortune.

JC Lewis

Religion is based on absolutely nothing. Its purely stories, fables and superstitions, there is nothing derived from natural laws or occurances which can be supported. It's purely the attempt by us humans to find meaning in life, answer the questions of why we are here and what happens when we die. That's it.

I have been a Christian for a long time, but recently I have started to have my doubts. I have started to really think and look at things that I have believed for a long time and started to see something wrong with it that I hadn't seen in the past. For instance, when I really looked at the scriptures I had learned and actually thought about it, the "loving God" I had always believed in began to look more like a cruel abusive parent.



So I am beginning to doubt that if there is a god, that he is the God from the Bible. If the God from the Bible exists, then he might as well send me to Hell, because I see no reason to follow him anymore.

Religions were designed to give you a tool to find God, one religion may not appeal whereas another might do you greater good. Finding God is easy, He is Within you already. You just need all the tools to sharpen the natural senses to awaken the spirit...I have had close encounters with God. He is real.

He is all love, and I am never alone.

I found myself slightly lonely -that I wanted to share some ideas with other humans To be part of a group of like minded people. so I started attending a UNITY church.



The people there are very open-minded. They teach that we are all ONE and you can believe in god or NOT. I would suggest you go to a Unity church about 3 times and talk with people after the service. I know that I now LOVE to go and I am accepted by everyone there . It's fun to be around a group of people who have different ideas and won't judge you. My life seems a little fuller now with these new people in it :)

God is the Best of all Creators :)

I've always been afraid to call myself an agnostic. I feel like we all want to know what is true, and when it comes to the huge void looming over our head in response to the existence of our universe, it's pretty difficult to know this stuff for sure.



We observe things in relation to other things, and as a sort of logical axiom, we have decided that nothing exists in isolation. We can only ever know so much about the universe around us, but any remaining gaps are assumed still whole by virtue of this logic.



Spirituality fills in the blank above us ... it's the answer to the question "well if we exist ... then what?"



Because of the logic I apply to the rest of the world, I deeply and seemingly intrinsically want to just fill the void with the belief in God - that there is something there. But maybe God is synonymous with the unknown... Do we get satisfaction in replacing one word with the other? Maybe. The word God seems so much safer ... so much more inviting. To venture into the unknown is frightening.



At the same time that I wish to fill the void with this feeling, I need reason and rationalization behind any belief that I have. My simple-minded logic can't possibly be applied confidently to the entire cosmos as a whole.



And so I am stuck as well. Stuck between the world of believers who wholeheartedly accept the presence of God in the void, and the rationalists always battling to find more information, but being seemingly lost in the tangibility of our own world, never willing to accept the unknown as an answer ... and maybe just avoiding the question as much as any of us.

Evidence... Science and Common Sense. This is what i'd base religions proof of its Truth.



How will we ever know if we dont Read, Learn and Study?



I would recommend everyone to look into all the Major Religions and Study it well. Open Minded (the way forward), Critical but also Positive :D



Peace & Love

I think we can take lessons from each religion because somethings they tell you really do make sense. If you don't believe in God there is nothing wrong with you. Just believe in being a better person overall. I know it sounds lame and corny, but I think most people would agree that its better than nothing.

I highly reccommend you look up Jiddu Krishnamurti on Youtube. He was originally a Hindu, brought up to be a Messiah, but gave it all up and told people to not follow him because he didn't want to be a leader.

After his 'awakening' he no longer associated himself with any religion. I really respect his views and his directness.



I don't follow him like someone would follow a religion. I just enjoy what he says and if it feels true to me, I'll test it. If it works, I'll use it in my life.



I was brought up as a Buddhist. Buddhism is essentially an Agnostic Philosophy. So many people make the mistake and think Buddha was a God. He certainly was not! He was just an ordinary man who had some great understanding about life.



Eastern Philosophy (like Buddhism, Zen, and Taoism) have some wonderfully refreshing agnostic perspectives.



And one thing I LOVE about them is that they never tell you to believe anything they say. They ask you to do your own research and never to believe anything without testing it first.



Whether God exists or not isn't important. It's how you live your life every moment.



I love the golden rule "Do unto others as you would have them do to you". I think if we just lived by this one rule, life would be so much simpler.



I hope you find contentment and inner peace.

Nicely stated :-)

Same..

To me, it actually makes more sense, and is easier, to believe in God than not to. Have you ever read St Thomas Aquinas' arguments for the existence of God? I also think that anyone who says that religions are all basically the same has not made a thorough and comprehensive study. Start, I suggest, with Christianity and the four Gospels. The evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ would convince a jury in a modern court of law. Then look at the claims of Christ. No other religious leader has ever claimed divinity.

It's curious you should make these claims about Christianity. I studied evidence in law school, and one of the main reasons I stopped believing in the miraculous claims of Christianity (and rejected those of Judaism and Islam as well) is that I realized there simply was no evidence that would be accepted in a court of law--it is all hearsay. There are no first-hand accounts from Jesus or any of his disciples. Upstanding Bible scholars will admit that no one knows who wrote the Gospels. The authors never refer to themselves in the stories (e.g., "Jesus, Simon Peter, and I, Mark..."). Also, since the Gospels were written so long after Jesus' death and the average life-span was only about 30 years at the time, it's highly unlikely they were written by anyone who knew him personally). You should also read about Apollonius of Tyana, someone whose story is virtually identical to that of Jesus. Then consider Paul. He claims to have heard the voice of Christ. People who make claims like this today are considered to be mentally ill or, at best, to be seeking to start a new religion. A claim of a personal experience like this would never hold up in court as there would be no way to test its veracity. By the way, if you're going to accept the miraculous claims of Christianity, you should also accept those of all other supernatural religions because they all offer the same level of evidence: none.

As for all religions being the same, mainstream Buddhism (for one) is different in that, while it does not expressly reject the notion of gods, it does not focus on supernatural beliefs but rather on living a noble, compassionate life. Sure, there's a general belief in reincarnation, but who says you have to accept everything you're offered? I say choose what you like and don't worry about the rest.

I like your take on personal experiences zeb, I used to be agnostic, but after some drug taking found myself having some very spiritual experiences. People around me dismissed them as drug induced psychosis, but for me on the inside, I had to stay strong as I felt the intelligence that guides and interconnects all life powerfully and beautifully.



I think being agnostic is a wise choice for most people, seeing as science is very young and certainly not able to disprove god in anyway, but also that god doesn't speak to everyone, and naturally one asks, why not?



I am starting a group that favours evolution and god together at the moment, just writing up my story now...

enough with the parties. its not about parties. for as long as humans have been smart enough, they have come up belief systems about the afterlife, or lack of one. they are all based on faith, thats believing without proof. anybody who says they believe what they believe because they have proof, is a liar. if there is proof, than its not a religious faith. and a persons proof is usually in the form of some personal experience anyway, which is not proof, but a personal experience. u dont need some religion to give u a connection to something greater, but having those personal experiences can. most ppl have to cling to a religion for those, but a person who is more intelligent, observant and open minded, can go on their own journey.

but what if there is an after party and what if there is a heaven or a hell, than what you do during the party now affects what the after party you get invited to later. If someone goes to a party and decides to get drunk and live to the fulliest because they don't believe there will be an afterparty and now that there is an afterparty they want to go reality is no one would want to invite him to the after party because he's so drunk, but if someone goes to a party believing that there is an after party he/she is not going to get drunk so that they could be invited to the after party and live to the fulliest there. "two parties are better than one".

"Whether or not it's true, it's a feeling I wish I could have."



I think a lot of people believe because they want to believe that there is an afterlife, that there is more to life than we find between birth and death. I don't think that there is an afterlife, that is, no heaven, no hell. But life is still wonderful as long as you don't spend gobs of time on what may or may not exist afterwards. I say enjoy the party that you are certain is occurring, the here and now, rather than wondering if you will be invited to the afterparty party that may not happen. I say spend your time making life on Earth as heavenly as possible.

I understand where you're coming from. I've never felt any sort of faith or "spiritual enlightenment", and I was baptised catholic and went to many different kinds of christian churches all my life. Something is just not sparking with man-made religions. Also, on the more optimistic side of things, religion all have similiar elements, and I think they were made by people who just want questions answered and too feel less alone in the world. People took those ideas and used them in the opposite way they should be used for.



I long for that kind of feeling as well, and I just try to tell myself in the end I'll find out what's what. Good luck. =)

Thank you for your comment jdkitten. I hope I did not seem disrespectful to anyones faith because I truly do respect any set of beliefs a person can draw strength from.