Not believing in God is like not shaving.

'Oh you're growing a beard' people say.

'No, I'm just not shaving.'

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Freedom for me, and frustration that others don't get "IT"

Belle, a roller coaster period is a good time to be keeping notes for a memoir.

The religious beliefs I knew (Catholicism's) were so cruel that I felt no discomfort or confusion.

I felt a bit comforted that all of the world's major religions had a version of xianity's Golden Rule.

And I felt free.

Not believing in God? Feels the same as not believing in Zeus, Thor, Quetzlcoatl, Amaterasu, and Anasasi.

I think including Santa Claus might additionally cover a whole bunch of our contemporaries.

Do you believe in Zeus? No? - Exactly like that.

To me, not believing in god is freedom. It's freedom from religious persecution, freedom from worrying about what is or is not a sin. But most of all, its freedom to explore, ask questions, and to seek answers to those questions without the confusion that fogs the religious brain. I know now that there is no such thing as this supreme being that created the world in '6 days plus 1 of rest' which never made sense to me to begin with. I now have the freedom to be a rational intelligent individual rather than just being 'one of the flock'

How can you ever know if God exists? You are so filled with fear and ambition, so easily distracted, so easily manipulated, so easily controlled, so easily dominated by the opinions or the determinations of others, man.

RE: "You are so filled with fear and ambition, so easily distracted, so easily manipulated, so easily controlled, so easily dominated by the opinions or the determinations of others" - it sounds like you're describing the Bible --

so filled with fear and ambition, so easily distracted, so easily manipulated, so easily controlled, so easily dominated by the opinions or the determinations of others

No better summary of religious people has ever been devised by man. Congratulations on describing yourself with pinpoint accuracy.

How do you know I belieive in God?

You know, to require, either through inducement or threat, for people to adhere to a certain system of belief does not represent the essence and purpose of religion. Yet that is what is so manifest in the world today. Religion has become another form of government—a form of government that seeks power and domination, a form of government that seeks to overcome its competing rivals, the competing agendas of other religions and faiths. And so there is a contest and a kind of war exerted between the most radical elements of these systems of belief. But this is not what religion really is.

You are so filled with fear and ambition, so easily distracted, so easily manipulated, so easily controlled, so easily dominated by the opinions or the determinations of others, man.

Fortunately, age and experience are opportunities to learn to overcome those pressures.

** Narnia fails

"If a lion could speak, we couldn't understand him" -- Wittgenstein.
Philosophical Investigations. section 190e.

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