Originally Posted by supergus
My reply to a post in Skullcrusher's creepy movie thread got me thinking about a new thread. I get the feeling most of us here are either religious or spiritual. I personally believe there is a God. But that also makes me believe in the afterlife too. How do you folks feel about this topic: spirituality, afterlife, supernatural, etc.?
1. We are not alone
. Life exists throughout the Universe. To claim that the Earth is the only
place where life exists would be to claim to know the will of God.
2. I don't believe in a "Supreme Being"
. The Bible claims that we were created in his image would thus imply that ALL life must look like us. I'm not that egotistical. I think life will assume whatever form is necessary to evolve on the billions of worlds where life is capable of existing
3. If there is a God, why hasn't S/He simply come out and announced His/Her presence?
Why all the vague
"signs" and "miracles"? Why send your "son" down to do the dirty work?
4. Also, if
there is a God, he did a pretty poor job of making us. We're far too fragile
, and prone to too many illnesses and diseases
. Why did this God create "illness" or "disease" in the first place? Why create emotions like hate, jealousy, envy, greed, avarice, sloth, etc? Why not make life a nice, safe, enjoyable adventure for a couple of decades (or centuries), in which you spend your time reading, writing, painting, sculpting, drawing, learning other languages, etc. All those so-called "intellectual" pursuits, without the fear of sickness, starvation, harm from others, harm from Nature, etc.
5. I don't believe in Heaven or Hell
. The thought that what we do during our FINITE
lifetime would have an impact on some INFINITE
afterlife just doesn't make sense to me; the math is all wrong
. For example,
lim (t -> infinity) [Your lifetime]/t = 0In other words, as time increases, what you did during your life has less and less meaning.
I think the concepts of Heaven and Hell were created solely
as a fear tactic to cause people to conform to certain societal norms; step outside those norms, and you will spend ETERNITY IN A FIERY PIT OF DESPAIR!!!!
Or, on the other hand, you can do the right thing and have 72 virgins waiting for you in Paradise
, as soon as you blow up a dozen or so infidels, along with yourself.
6. It deeply
offends my sense of fairness to believe the we have just ONE
shot at life. There are some very good people who die early or from horrible illnesses
, while some very bad people live the "good life" for decades
I'm more a believer of parallel universes, and thus in one
Universe I'm living the good life of a multimillionaire brain surgeon
, while in another Universe I'm doing life in prison for genocide
possibilities in between).
7. Barring the "Many Worlds" scenario
, then I believe in a more karmic existence
, in which we live over and over, with specific lessons that must be learned during each lifetime in order to progress to a higher form of existence
. Think of it in terms of "school"; LOTS of grade levels that you must successfully master before you graduate, and then you move into "the real world
", with its entirely new set of rules and lesson
s. Does it ever really end?
8. I don't believe in ghosts or the supernatural, or people like John Edward who claims to speak with the dead.
I need more
than anecdotal evidence
, and Edward is nothing but a huckster doing cold reads. Really, if there is an afterlife, why are you hanging around
? Doesn't God have some plan for you besides you running around an old building, making chairs move and light turn on and off?
How's that? How many of you did I truly
offend? Not that any of it matters; we'll find out the TRUTH
soon enough, when our time comes, no matter what we might happen to believe. And no, I'm not
worried about not having accepted Christ as my Savior - the majority of the world hasn't either, and they ALL can't be wrong, can they?
[If you said "yes" to that last bit, isn't that
a little presumptuous and egotistical of you, that YOU
got "it" right
, while the Muslims, Buddhists, Taoists, Sun Worshipers, Animists, etc., got "it" wrong