Wondering...

Since joining EP I find myself drawn to many different groups but I seem to come back to the Agnostic/Athiest/Not Religious groups most often. I don't have a problem making decisions but I am wondering if I am an agnostic.

I know that I'm not a firm Athiest because it just doesn't ring true to me. I love, LOVE the discussion groups but I just feel that there are things in the universe I that I don't know that I don't know and I want to stay open to possibilities. I am analytical and logical in many aspects of my life but I am fascinated by things hat haven't yet been explained and I want my mind wide open to the possibility of a force greater that me. How fascinating science and philospohy are!

I am very decidedly Not Christian. raised Catholic, questioned early and thoroughly the validity of the Bible as fact. It's not fact. It's a group of stories and lessons gathered and molded by men who created something to consolidate power. Having said that I will say that I do beleive that a man named Jesus very likely existed and that he may very well have been inspired by the teaching and philosophy of his times as well as a deep internal "spiritual" calling to bring the idea of Love and Peace to his fellow man. I don't know that God didn't exist for him.

I do beleive that there are many paths to God for those that beleive and that for many God does not exist. I dont have an issue with cognative dissidence beacuse I am not trying to prove that there is a God while at the same time trying to prove that there is Not a God. Right now, right here I don't need proof, I know that i would question any "proof" one way or the other..that's what makes being human so interesting.

I saw a quote yesterday that said Agnostics need to **** or get of the pot. That seemed a little harsh. Isn't being Agnostic just another choice, another way of being? A world view that encompasses many different viewpoints when it comes to religion/spirituality/humanism. Not sure of the most appropriate term. There is so much diversity of though between all people no matter how they identify with respect to faith, etc. that it seems limiting to the human spirit to demean one another for that same diversity.

I posted to this group because I wanted compassionate intelligent feedback. My thoughts on the bible are not meant to incite visiting Christians, I am not trying to diminish the importance of its value in your life, in the lives of many others, or in your faith. I have read the bible and I have done my due diligence. I feel differently about it as the literal word of God than you. Please respect my path as I respect yours.

Thank you all, I look forward to your comments and thinking about what you share. Do I sound like an Agnostic? I am what I am and I'm comfortable with my path but am always looking to question myself to keep me moving forward.
PeaceJourney PeaceJourney
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4 Responses May 9, 2012

I myself am a follower of Christ but not a Christian? I joined this group because I like the agnostics think. For so long I've felt out of place because I don't agree with my fellow Christians but 40 has been beautiful that way because I no longer care. I don't need them to follow my Jesus! As for the bible it's very important to me but again not like a Christian? I follow Revelations faithly the rest is in the hands of God if he needs me there he will put me their usually through life path numbers...most recently Job 5:12? <br />
Stay the way you are as I believe it's the open mind of the agnostic that will pull us all together as one people. Awesome story Thanx for sharing.

Thank you for reading and leaving such a lovely comment. It sounds like you have found peace in your journey!

My life is full of chaos but I have peace within my spirit which is all thats left after the coat of life is gone.

Read Silvia Brown's books, I was raised differently, but Iam a Agnostic and everything makes since now.The Blessed Mother has been with me and the father and son and holy spirit. Bless you.

Thank you ;-) ~ Peace

I think you sound like an Agnostic; sounds very similar to what I believe/don't believe anymore. You said<br />
"I saw a quote yesterday that said Agnostics need to **** or get of the pot. That seemed a little harsh."<br />
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I AGREE. I saw a comment like this and replied that it is NOT that I "can't make up my mind". I fully believe that I am NO LONGER a christian but I do not KNOW and do not believe that anyone (imho) CAN know IF there is ONLY ONE God; that is usually the question anyways. It really bothers some that Agnostics will even state that they do not know if there are MANY Gods...then we are labeled pagan or some other belief system that they do not understand. THANKS for writing this story; it resonates with me too...you are NOT alone.

Thank you so much for commenting, I'm with you on everything you said ;-)

@Fight

Are you familiar with contemporary cosmological discoveries which make the existence of an eternal Creator absolutely necessary?

You are right inasmuch as no one can prove the non-existence of a god. I think there is an innate desire with all of us to have this ultimate question answered. Unfortunately, up to this point, there has been no good verifiable answers to be found. I think if there was a god that intervened in the affairs of human kind, it would have made itself known without question. The fact that there are so many different religions gives credence to the likelyhood that what we think we know at this time is a human construct. <br />
Any honest Athiest will not only claim the non-existence of a god, yet will admit that it is a non-provable. It is said that the are seven levels of belief from Hard Theism to Hard Atheism. If Hard Atheism is level seven, I consider myself 6.9. Only because I cannot say with any surity that a god does not exist. But ba<x>sed on what I see in the world around me and what I have learned about human existence, I am most confident that no god has made itself knowable yet. There are several arguments that dispute and refute the common idea of a christian god (as well as others). Ultimately, since no one can prove a negative, it is to the Theist to show any proofs; and those proofs must pass critical analysis.

Thank you, I will look into the Seven Levels, have not heard that term before and am interested where they might lead. I read your story that outlined your path, very interesting. Especially the part about having family who feels differently. My husband doesn't even think of questions about God/religion so that's not an issue that I have and I am glad for that. Downside is that he's not going to push me to grow in this area. He listens though which is a good compromise in marriage!

Science can most certainly prove a negative and it has. Aristotelean physics, Alchemy, Neptunism, the geocentric universe, spontaneous generation, Lamarckism, emication, the existence of the planet Vulcan, Lysenkoism, trepanation, Miasma theory of disease, telegony, the expanding earth, the existence of Phlogiston, martian canals, Luminiferous Aether, the Steady State Theory, Cold Fusion, Hollow Earth Theory and Phrenology, to only mention a few, have all been proven false. Given these facts, why can't science prove that the existence of God is false or impossible? :)