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The Subject of Religion and Non- Religion

Updated on April 29, 2020
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The Approach

This is an odd subject for me to speak on. I have personally spent a great deal of my life in search of a spiritual path and even spiritual clarity that can help to define my life more. Atheism or agnosticism could not define my world.

There was a very good reason why too. The concept of atheism and even agnosticism is fairly terrifying. The absence of a higher power or state or even the questioning of that power's existence has a limit, personally. That limit is accepting religion, atheism or agnosticism, as the only way to exist without considering other possibilities.

It is easy to be agnostic and atheistic. Well, not easy. Life is hard. The idea that a higher power does not help influence and define the world around us, as a possibility, is very one-sided. In the same way, some people believe the world around us is in God's or another spiritual being's hands, religious belief can be one-sided. In that sense these two opposing ideas are similar.


Consider This:

1) Do you have a specific belief or non-belief? Name one thing that makes it concrete for you?

2) If you have a non-belief, agnostic, or atheist, what do you think makes it a positive state of mind for someone who is wealthy, someone who is middle class, and someone who is poor.

Comment below if possible:

Two Sides

In any case, if one side is wrong, one might jump from their base of support and find a new life or fall for picking wrong. One has to be right and someone has to be wrong, correct?

I had a great friend once who talked to me about Islam. It was great because he wrote for me, through his speech, glimpses of the ideas and concepts he followed. He told me how at times I, being Catholic, followed practices that are confusing and possibly even disturbing for him.

He was funny in his portrayals but he has his right to make sense of what he sees, reads, or even hears about other religious or spiritual paths.

Now, to bring this back around to atheism or agnosticism, the choice to follow a certain path is fine. The concept of that path is always something to be up for debate.


Conclusion

Today's debate about religion, spirituality, and non-religion, can really come down to the concept of what you can prove. If that is the sense, atheism and agnosticism have won that debate hands down. Islam even won.

In those spiritual and religious paths, that have research and backing, a true physical form of a being, God or state of being, is up for questioning.

So Agnosticism and Atheism are the way? In my opinion, that is just too cynical. I like to try and look at all things in this way. It has to do with a whole focus. What happened five years ago, ten years ago, and up until today?

Life has moments you own. This life has moments that need explaining. In 2020, a virus has a message spiritually. There is a science to define it, but the progress, expansion, and world stoppage highlights issue(s) in spirituality, in my opinion.

We have to be on this planet together. In respect for everyone's beliefs, we can find a path to enlightenment. We control ourselves and what we pass to everyone around us. Inside of that, we can remain open to those things we do not understand.

Thank goodness that is done. I hope you comment below. Talk to you later.


Speak On It

I find the subject of religion and spiritual belief versus non-belief to be an interesting subject. This page is absent from scriptures or textual facts. It only highlights and gets to the heart of people with non-belief or those who question their beliefs.

Agnosticism and atheism are at the forefront. People without beliefs, mostly, but anyone can comment below.





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    • W1totalk profile imageAUTHOR

      W1totalk 

      7 years ago

      Thank you I will check it out.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      I don't usually get into religion here. Once in a while I may share something in a comment, but I generally leave it alone. Everyone can believe what they want to believe and it's OK with me so long as I get to do that too.

      My hub, "Is Science Capable of Proving God Exists or Does Not Exist? -- Did you know? There Is No Such Thing As Gravity" probably explains as much as anything my attitude about God. I don't think God and religion necessarily go together. I know people put them together, but that doesn't mean they belong that way. I have written comments relating to this subject on various hubs of my own and of others, but if you want to know what I think, the above article probably gets as close as anything.

    • W1totalk profile imageAUTHOR

      W1totalk 

      7 years ago

      The problem I had and where this started was with the concept of following faithfully religion in light of rogue Islamist, Israelis and priests. Even in Catholicism there were these turns to society to improve the church's view to the community. The same goes with those of are non religious.

      My hope is that there is a light plateau everyone can see. This is where it all goes. It's a peace meal. You sit down and you realize in the end we will all know the real deal but right now keep it all light and enjoy our diversity.

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      Christopher Peruzzi 

      7 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      I believe that the search for enlightenment starts with questioning.

      Agnostics always get a bad rapp from both sides. The zealots want them to commit and the atheists tell them that they don't have the balls to make a true statement of belief or non-belief. The real answer we all have is "I don't know".

      All logical argument made against religious scripture is that if you read any of it as prose, it falls apart. There are too many things in all of the big three religious faiths (originating from Israel) that make no sense when read literally. The true way to read any of the scriptures is not as prose but as poetry. They are beautiful, as a piece of art is beautiful - but not proof of divine existence.

      I believe that we have a lot to learn from mythology. Most of the works of Joseph Campbell go into the power of myths and what ancient races were trying to communicate about unknowable truths and how myths are explained. I recommend his reading, if you haven't read them already.

      Organized religion preaches that before you know the Lord you must come to him like a child - basically you need to divorce yourself from knowledge and experience and act on pure faith. That doesn't work for most people because we go through our entire lives valuing the knowledge and experience we need for the real world - hearing that we have to sacrifice that and become morons to experience the divine seems impractical and more evidence is thrown our way to say that these people can't be trusted to begin with.

      So, we start at the beginning - with a question.

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