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    If you were driven mad with insurmountable grief you might actually start believing in something that made the burden feel lighter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    If you were driven mad with insurmountable grief you might actually start believing in something that made the burden feel lighter
    Or, you might not. I feel like my Valley of the Shadow of Death street cred is substantial.

    I never felt any craving for any "Christian" mythological sky father, least of all the bizarre one the Catholic church peddles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    If you were driven mad with insurmountable grief you might actually start believing in something that made the burden feel lighter
    Or floating around in a lake on LSD for two hours after your boat sunk because your boyfriend couldn't drive right. You might start praying that someone picks you up.

    Not that that's ever happened to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Same is true of Santa Claus and the Tooth-fairy....about which there is the same lack of evidence of existence.
    But strangely, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus will be around long after were dead and gone. And they don't even exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    As to the promise of heaven for obeying the tenets of a religion, I have always wondered how the decision making process for who qualifies and who doesn't would be tricky for any deity. Same with hell as punishment. And then there's the loophole of last minute redemption, even for the most evil. Doesn't seem fair.

    Reincarnation makes more sense to me if you believe in the idea of people having souls that can enter and leave the body.
    One of the most interesting things about religion, judgement and the afterlife is interpretation and the various ways one thing can be interpreted.

    I read a bunch of testimonials from people who claim to have died and come back to life. One thing that stuck out was how different the interpretations were from people who claimed to have experienced the afterlife to people who had not. And they were consistent.

    For instance; judgement. The way we interpret judgement is a God gives us some sort of passing grade. But time after time these near-death testimonials would state that you are not judged by God, you judge yourself in the presence of God.

    Which changes things significantly. One seems like self reflection upon yourself after you're already with God. The other seems like something man can use to tame man (God will judge you - which is similar to karma).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    Or floating around in a lake on LSD for two hours after your boat sunk because your boyfriend couldn't drive right. You might start praying that someone picks you up.

    Not that that's ever happened to me.
    That sounds like fun actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    I saw this headline:

    Chaffetz: Florida school shooting survivors 'need a belief in God and Jesus Christ'


    If you don't believe God exists, how can you just decide to believe he does?

    Or is it a "fake it till you make it" thing?
    How can you just believe He doesn't exist if He does?

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