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My theory on why people start stupid religious forums...

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    L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago

    This is going to make me unpopular - but who cares?

    Ok, as many of you would have noticed there are many stupid forum posts out there to do with Religion.

    I put it down to two things:

    1) Believers - either to show of the fact that they believe or to try and convert people. It isn't going to work - give up. It is very hard to convert people with arguments about God, easy to justify your own belief, but hard to make people go "Oh yeah, this forum makes sense, suddenly now I believe."

    2) Non-believers - there is a theory that people need adversity to survive; with that in mine, my theory is that people like to cause arguments. It is human nature to want to debate and argue things but there is no honour in starting an argument for arguments sake.

    3) THE HUB - I reckon what people think is that if they post argumenst which are deliberately bigoted towards one side then their hub views would go up.

    How many times do people feel the need to justify what they believe on this site? How many forums have we seen saying "Do you believe in God?" followed by "Do you really believe in God?"

    I'm half expecting the next one to say "Are you quite positive you believe in God?"

    "Religion vs Science - who's right?"
    "What's right - creationism or evolution?"

    You can reword the question as many times as you want, it's still the same freaking question and the same people will answer the same thing.

    Geez,

    Get over youselves, please.

    Freedom of speech is all well and good but so many good, and interesting hubbers have been pushed away because of these forums. FieryCJ and Blondepoet are but two.

    1. RKHenry profile image79
      RKHenryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Where did blondpoet go?

    2. TheGlassSpider profile image82
      TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That's right, freedom of speech means anyone can make any forum they want and go into any forum they want, as many times as they want. You don't have to join them. People will argue their favorite questions until they're well and truly done with it (or forever, which ever comes first). If people have left the Hub because of other people's discussions, that sounds like a personal problem to me.

      Blondepoet was here last night.

      Get over *yourself.*

      1. RKHenry profile image79
        RKHenryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah, I was about to say.......  I asked Blondepoet to marry me once.  She never said no.

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          L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I do miss her - she's only ever one once in a blue moon. I asked her on facebook why and she never replied.

          I hope she is ok.

          1. RKHenry profile image79
            RKHenryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            She was on last night.  She's good.

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            Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            She is...she was actually on here last night smile

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              L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              So I have been informed.
              I missed her.
              Damn it.

              1. RKHenry profile image79
                RKHenryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                You know- I can hear what you are saying.  I'm sick of the same ole same ole all the time.  But still, HubPages needs these forums and people like chatting in them.  There is no shortage of people willing to participate.  I think maybe you need a vacation like I did.

    3. Mitch Rapp profile image60
      Mitch Rappposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Is there a rule that if you are on Hubpages you must frequent religious forums? You don't have to read those posts, you dont have to read any post, its that simple.

      1. RKHenry profile image79
        RKHenryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        That's what we all pretty much said.

        1. Mitch Rapp profile image60
          Mitch Rappposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          That's a good thing then, but I wasn't going to read every response to see how it went.

    4. Cagsil profile image61
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The problem is ignorance, which stems from a lack of knowledge and understanding of life. I'll leave it there. smile

      1. RKHenry profile image79
        RKHenryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Cagsil, have you tried the new threaded look here on the forums?  It allows you to reply to big threads like this, without having to quote the sucker all over again.

        1. Cagsil profile image61
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Well, I am not in the habit of NOT reading the OP and then making a comment, without knowing exactly was going on.

          But, thank you for the advice. smile And, besides, if I quote the OP piece, for which, is the person I am talking to in the forum, then I am really not obligated to respond to anyone else, unless I want to, like the person I was talking to.

          If someone else jumps into my conversation with another person, just because they feel the need to impose their belief on me, then I'm only going to get angry, because of their lack of knowledge and understanding of life, which lead them to try to impose their belief system on my life. Again, thank you for your input. smile

    5. Don W profile image83
      Don Wposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      There is another reason. Mental masterbation. The fun of getting down and dirty with some metaphysics. A heated epistemological to and fro. A cheeky look at Descartes meditations. A tete-a-tete with Kant's critique of pure reason. I'm guilty of a bit of that myself. oo er missus!

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        lol lol lol

      2. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You're very easy to turn on !

        1. Don W profile image83
          Don Wposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Indeed. Cogito ergo sum does it for me. Im good with Latin terms wink

          1. Mark Knowles profile image61
            Mark Knowlesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Cogito ergo ennui about does it for me.

            Seriously......

            1. earnestshub profile image88
              earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I agree with that! smile I certainly feel outrage at some of it! smile

          2. tantrum profile image61
            tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            didn't know latin was  used as a means to  sexual arousal lol

            1. Don W profile image83
              Don Wposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Purely cerebral interest only lol

              1. tantrum profile image61
                tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                The brain is the prime sexual organ.
                if not virtual sex wouldn't exist. Nor masturbating with latin.

                lol

    6. twuxedo profile image60
      twuxedoposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Mate they start em for a squabble. B ut if you really want to have a squabble, just be like me. Put down an ugly chick, you wouldn't believe the reaction. Specially from the ladies.

      1. Marliza Gunter profile image81
        Marliza Gunterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        hmmm...ja...or ignore the sexy guy and pickup his best friend who is not the spotlight favorite...yip...just boils them blood...

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      cosetteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      yeah, gosh knows they are the only two interesting hubbers around here roll

      if you don't like it, why read it? are your sensibilities really so tender that they get vigorously assaulted when you have to (heaven forfend) scroll through a bunch of religious topics?

      oh boy...

  2. Arthur Fontes profile image89
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    People may be questioning their own beliefs and trying to see if they hold up through intelligent debate.

    They might go through many emotions contemplating the beliefs they have held all of their lives.  This might be expressed in their responses.

    Religion and politics are hot topics anywhere you discuss it.

    The discussion is needed as communication between individuals is what will help educate many who have not had the opportunity of an educational system in their lives.

    They do seem to be the most popular threads.

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      L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      My dear sir,

      I see no issue with debate as it is via adversity that a man truly finds himself. However, my problem is with the repetition and tenacity of the people who respond. Althought it could easily be argued that these are positive assets towards the forum in question - my argument is simply that some of them are damn stupid and resort to nothing more than mere name calling or, even worse, a forum with the exact same question, just worded slightly differently. It really is not needed.

      1. Arthur Fontes profile image89
        Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Participation is not required.
        I really do not participate in religious belief discussions.  I do like to discuss evolution and politics.  I try to treat everyone with as much respect as they have earned.  I mean no offense to anything I post.  Those that do I cannot speak for.

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          L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I do not participate. They just irritate me. It's annoying when you look down the forums and think:
          "Don't want to take part in that, don't want to take part in that, don't want to take part in that, oh, one on cats, might take part in that....oh no, it's turned religious so don't want to take part in that."
          I have absolutely no issue with politics. I have no issue with religion. I have an issue with people posting thousands of posts/forums saying the same thing. It really takes the interesting out of the forums.

    2. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Arthur, if only that were true!  Most of the religious posters don't seem to be willing to engage in intelligent debate.  They just want to post a statement and have everyone agree with them.  If someone tries to debate logically, they just say "I believe because the Bible says so".  And I'm sad to see that far too many of the atheists don't even try to engage seriously any more, they just sling abuse.

      1. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Because it's impossible to debate with them. They shove all that sinner, lost soul thing down our throats all the time.
        So at last I have to laugh.

        1. Marisa Wright profile image92
          Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I agree there are people you just can't debate with - but if you can't say anything civil, why not just ignore them and let the thread die?

          1. tantrum profile image61
            tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            .

            Because I'm a joker
            Everybody knows that.

        2. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I feel the same. tantrum along with many others have provided good solid nonpartisan evidence subject to scientific methods of examination for months previously. Not one reply that was related to the subject resulted from this. Impeccable sources, masses of emperical evidence, peer reviewed, backed by the reality that theory must slot in to all related theory to be considered, etc etc.
          What a waste of time! Indoctrination is totally blinding to the extremist religionists on here. I should know better than to try and reach out with reality, I was one of them for a few years. smile

          1. Arthur Fontes profile image89
            Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            If someone is doubting their own beliefs it would only seem logical to accuse others of sinners as not to face the same reality within themselves for their doubt of belief.

            It is also logical that they would be wanting to lash out and the pc right in front of them is the easiest way.

            1. earnestshub profile image88
              earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              The last place most people want to go is to the source of their thinking, and religion helps to keep people away from self examination with the "devil in the corner" thinking. smile

              1. Arthur Fontes profile image89
                Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                If they are in religious forums to try and convert people I can understand.

                If they are trying to prove to themselves that what they have been taught is in fact true.  It could be devastating to them to have their doubts somehow encouraged.

                I can understand how someone in that situation would not be willing to accept what they knew deep in their subconscious to be true to be flawed.

                Arguing to support their beliefs would be like a form of denial directed towards others.  It is themselves they are really arguing with.

                1. Marliza Gunter profile image81
                  Marliza Gunterposted 7 years ago in reply to this
                  1. Marliza Gunter profile image81
                    Marliza Gunterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    hehe...yip...like the day when young satan had to rally up his brothers to stand by him when he caught himself a temper tantrum...oh...and did he not need the support of his brothers to go against his Father...so he might not be all alone in this big ole world...and to support his childish faith that he could actually defeat his Father in a mano-o-mano combat and proclaim victory...wishing himself the new instant homemade god...

      2. h.a.borcich profile image60
        h.a.borcichposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        There are some of us who are sure of their personal beliefs be it in Allah, God  or the spaghetti guy. I don't need to prove anything, nor am I interested in arguing about it on a forum. I do not go to threads of a different belief so I can post insults. There is a total lack of respect or an inability to leave alone what does not interest some.  Just my thoughts, Holly smile

        1. Marisa Wright profile image92
          Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          But if you're so sure of your beliefs you don't need to debate it, what are you doing on a religious forum anyway?  What is there to discuss?

          1. h.a.borcich profile image60
            h.a.borcichposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            I come to the forums to interact with others and learn. How else can I learn about people? I ask questions respectfully, and I learn a lot of how other people handle life. And I read many more threads than I post in. A few I contribute to, again I feel I am respectful about it.
            Can't people contribute to a thread without having to convert someone or be buried in insults? Holly

  3. kirstenblog profile image79
    kirstenblogposted 7 years ago

    My theory, boredom.

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    I am with you there, Luke...too many religion forums. Where are the fun forums where people chat and have fun not argue and try to get everyone else banned. roll oh well to each their own.
    and yes I too have noticed more hubbers have gone. i personally left too but I came back because ppl actually missed me..

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      L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I think that was during my *banned* phase.
      Although I was banned for different reasons - not due to forums but due to age.
      I left over Christmas and only came back yesterday in order to avoid the 'Religious Rush'.
      I sympathise entirely.

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        Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yea I banned myself over Christmas too..a lot of other stuff was happening...be glad you weren't here

  5. RKHenry profile image79
    RKHenryposted 7 years ago

    I missed you.

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      Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      you did? but we hardly ever chatted RK

      1. RKHenry profile image79
        RKHenryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Um. I know. 

        Never mind.  I failed at being witty.

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          Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          lol it's all good RK we chated once in a while I think with IE

  6. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    what would you like on your toast?

  7. Randy Godwin profile image92
    Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago

    I do sympathize to a certain point, but who would be the arbiter of what should be allowed as a topic?  I just read or comment on those I am interested in.  I avoid the drama threads such as "please help poor me" topics and some I just have no interest in at all.  Do you think you are qualified to decide for everyone?

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      L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You have a point. I am not one to say what should and should not be allowed. However, I did not say it wasn't allowed. I said it was annoying as heck.

      Anyway, I'm off now. Bye all. Thank you for some interesting debate.

      1. RKHenry profile image79
        RKHenryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Have a good one.

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      Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      you mean you wouldn't even come help me Randy? *sniff sniff* lol just kidding

      1. Randy Godwin profile image92
        Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Well, I would find it hard to believe you'd have to post here for help because you probably have lots of people who care for you close by.  Cause you seem so nice!

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          Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          aaaaaa Randy that was a sweet thing to say and yes I do have some friends, not really close but a phone call would be fine. But I have asked for help on here smile writing wise big_smile

          1. Randy Godwin profile image92
            Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Writing advice is one thing, sympathy or attention getting is something else.

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              Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              that is true...i did put up a panic one when my MIL was coming lol oh I thought I couldn't breath!

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    See ya Luke...time for me to go to I need to run over to Michael's and get more wreaths for one of my 2010 hobbies smile ttyl Luke and RK

    1. RKHenry profile image79
      RKHenryposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Be safe.

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    The Paulposted 7 years ago

    Personally, I like to test the consistency of my personal philosophies and ideas about the universe against other minds... though it's gotten to the point where that'd be easier if believers would raise the level of their game a bit.

    But I think a more interesting question is why do people who claim to think religious debate is stupid go well out of their way to wade into a religious debate and complain about all the religious debate going on around them.

  10. Shadesbreath profile image89
    Shadesbreathposted 7 years ago

    People stop frequenting the forums because those debates do become tired, as they have been around for thousands of years, there will never be an answer one way or the other most likely.

    People show up at hubpages, find some fun in engaging in the debate for a while, then realize the futility, realize no one is listening to them anyway unless they keep their posts to under 30 words, and they move on.  It's been happening for the whole time I've been here, and, frankly, I've seen it happen on other forum communities for a couple of decades.  You get waves of little sub-cliques who rise, rally around each other, and then fade out, making room for the next etc.

    It's just how it works.

  11. kess profile image60
    kessposted 7 years ago

    There are stupid people and thus many stupid post.

    There are good questions and I try to answer them truthfully.

    Thus I learn from truth within even if on one else does.

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    to argue.

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    zampanoposted 7 years ago

    What about a thread about why people open threads about theories about stupid religious forums ?

    1. DogSiDaed profile image60
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Tempting tongue

  14. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    Most Active in this Forum
    tantrum
    earnestshub
    (Q)


    I enjoy religion forums !!

    lol
    lol
    lol

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    He is too young to have a theory. wink

  16. Mighty Mom profile image90
    Mighty Momposted 7 years ago

    LOL Zampano. That's f-ing brilliant!

    My theory is that there are two kinds of people: Direct and Indirect.

    Directs see things in black and white. They spend their lives (and hours on the Forums) trying to convince other Directs that Black is White or White is Black, depending on their persuasion (in this case, Believers vs. Non-Believers).

    Indirects, on the other hand, are essentially Observers and Chroniclers. They see infinite shades of Gray. They are fascinated with personality typing and with why other people do the things they do. So in this scenario, the Indirect will start a thread about WHY other people start threads on a topic just to see how other people respond.

    But you gotta watch out for those Indirects, as they are clever and cunning and will ultimately get you muddled into a cranial knot big_smile. MM

  17. Marliza Gunter profile image81
    Marliza Gunterposted 7 years ago

    My theory on why people start stupid religious forums...hehe...luckily its a theory and not a fact...i've been upstairs...yap...and its great there...has been downstairs...and..yip..its hell ova there...seen the Big Boss...oh yeh!!..He's really the Almighty One...not cause He says so..cause He CAN...

    1. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Where the Hell have you been ? yikes

      roll

  18. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    That's why I don't fight seriously any more. I´ve decided that's healthier to laugh
    lol

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      .. and loving it! Sorry. Maxwell Smart got hardwired early in my life! lol

      1. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        lol

        1. agvulpes profile image88
          agvulpesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          ohhh, missed by 'that much' cool

  19. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    I agree.

  20. shazwellyn profile image83
    shazwellynposted 7 years ago

    attention seeking behaviour!

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    some, not all. you can usually spot the attention wh0re$...

  22. thisisoli profile image56
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    Most of the contentious threads I have seen come about because a religious person says something, a none religious person says something logical, the religious person becomes upset by the logical response, and then all out comment war breaks out.

    I tend not to visit the religious forums anymore, most of the threads are not pleasant, are not structured, and are just arguments which end nowhere.

    Personally I do not believe in any God, I think anyone who believes in any deity has a severe mental problem, and it worries me that so many people around the globe can suffer from such a large scale mass delusion.

    However, I also see no point in posting antagonising threads on the subject. In the same way you would not argue with a homeless person saying he smells of roses, I would not tell a Religious person their imaginary figure does not exist.

    1. agvulpes profile image88
      agvulpesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      LOL  I believe that is what you just did?

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Just so! smile

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    cosetteposted 7 years ago

    i usually don't focus on the poster. i focus on Bible content.

  24. thisisoli profile image56
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    How so?

    I said that I tend not to visit religious forums, not that I do not visit them.  The post also had a pertinent point, so  am not entirely sure where you are coming from.

    I actually came here after having a gander at Cosette's profile tongue

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Well, in the thread above you did say religionists have mental problems, not that I disagree with that, then you say you would not come out and tell them, which you have just done. smile You also sound like you're critical of those who do have a go at them openly as if we are wasting our time but you are not. Probably just the way you worded it. smile Cosette is a gem! smile

  25. khmohsin profile image61
    khmohsinposted 7 years ago

    I have not seen arguable debate yet on Hubpages or anywhere, people are too violent in their expression of view either it be religious people or atheists.
    I think it useless religious discussions should be removed, they are of no benefit or usefulness.

 
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