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In a recent conversation with my sister, the topic was religion. She's more or less orthodox jewish, I'm agnostic. So, as we were talking about god and our view on religion, I tried to explain what I thought about it:

So I tried to 'package' it as a gospel:

"My God(s) trusts me. They know who I am, so they give me the freedom to do what I want. More importantly, to think what I want and talk about it (if I want to). To make my own choices as a human and of course my own mistakes. They never question or condemn me, because they know why. I don't have to follow any rituals, priests or books. Even questioning their existence is applauded and search for evidence highly welcomed. But don't think they are easy, just because they never answer. No, they've installed some devices like culture, conscience and education to give me some feedback on what I'm doing. And it seems to work (more or less).

My God(s) are curious. About me, other lines of thought, cultures and believes. They like a fierce but civilized debate, not so much to win but to learn, to appreciate a different view. But they abhor the killing in their name(s), the zealots, discrimination and ruthless fanaticism. Never, ever, have they asked me to look down on others, different believes, lifestyles or preferences. Tolerance, they think, is a virtue and curiosity a gift (from them).

My God(s) are in my mind, not in my soul. I don't know who they are or wether I'll ever meet them. Neither have I seen signs, heard words or felt the need to let them control my life. Never did I have a real conversation with one of them about my problems or those of the world. But they are there. They just don't feel the need to talk or impose rules, because they know what I'll see, think and do.

So, fortunately, they are very kind to me."

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    a gilas girl, atana

    'We're all flying backwards into the Future'

    by Upie on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 11:35:55 AM PST

  •  Added commas to your tags. (1+ / 0-)
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    Upie

    You sound like some flavor of deist, perhaps.



    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:43:09 PM PST

    •  Thanx for the comma's (0+ / 0-)

      and my excuse for a late response. No, I'm not a deist in the sense that there is something. I'm more like an agnost who doesn't know, so why bother behaving as if there's one. Even if there's one (or mayby six), it would be all-knowing so it would know me and needs no rituals to see my soul.

      'We're all flying backwards into the Future'

      by Upie on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 09:43:35 AM PST

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  •  All my strongest religious experiences (1+ / 0-)
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    come from nature as revealed by science. To me it is nature itself that is numinous, not some putative Abrahamic "creator" of nature.

    How nature, or the visible universe, came to be is a scientific question, but at this point we don't know whether the universe is a one-off, or was "born" from another universe and is one of many, many universes, or is produced by collisions of higher-dimension stuff ("branes"), or...

    How life came to be is an equally interesting question, and though it is widely thought that Earth's life originated entirely on Earth, it is worth checking around the neighborhood (e.g. Mars) and looking at planets around other stars for chemical signs of life; maybe life is not rare in the universe... or maybe it is. Either way, it doesn't seem to have anything to do with Abrahamic conceptions of deity.

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