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Why I am not religious

Updated on September 20, 2012

Before I begin, I will start by saying I have absolutely nothing against religious people. I am respectful of people of all faiths and beliefs if they are sincere and/or well thought-out. I think our differences are what make us beautiful.

However, I am not a religious person, and for those who are interested enough to start reading this hub, I will explain why.

I have many friends who are religious, and I have even gone to their churches or other places of worship upon their requests. I have read parts of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Koran, and with believers who could explain the texts to me. I have even taken courses and workshops in world faiths and religions.

I guess you could say I was raised Christian; my mother is certainly a believer of God, and though she doesn't go to church weekly or anything, I go with her on holidays like Easter and Christmas and she shares her beliefs with me. I know her faith has helped her through the death of her mother, and I respect that. I know belief in God has helped many people through hard times, and I think it's wonderful.

Perhaps it's because I've had no reason to believe in God. I have yet felt no need for guidance or assistance in my life other than from mundane sources.

Maybe it hasn't been explained to me well enough. I certainly haven't experienced anything to show me a presence of a god or other deity. I'm not well traveled, and I feel like I'm only familiar with a few of the world's many faiths.

Strange as it sounds, I've always sort of wanted to be religious. I think it's beautiful to put faith in something that's not necessarily tangible.

However, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get myself to really believe. I started with Christianity but I didn't find truth in everything the Bible said. I have always been a lover of science and biology and found I couldn't believe in both. I spoke at length with the faithful in efforts to be converted, but something within me couldn't allow me to give myself up to religion.

Maybe I love my independence too much. I certainly don't agree with all the parts of certain religions, and I don't think I can believe in something I don't like the sound or the impression of.

Today I'm perfectly content with my life and my relationships with people whether they are religious or not. I no longer necessarily seek to be embraced by a fatih or to believe, though I still love to learn about them and how they affect the world's people.


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      thirdmillenium 4 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

      Please read "Why I am not a Christian" by Bertrand Russel, a great eye opener but written in vain

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Lizzy, I'm glad you feel relieved. Who knows - things may change over the years, but for now I think it's good that you have accepted yourself as you are :)

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      Lizzy 5 years ago

      I've recently accepted myself as not religious and I don't know what to think of it. I'm kind of upset because I feel like I'm letting my mom down. She tried so hard to raise me as a Christian, but I never agreed with it. I'm upset because I am afraid that when I die there won't be anything else, but I can't believe in something that I can't find truth in. Where I'm upset, I'm relieved too -- I feel like a weight has been lifted, like I don't have to act anymore.. but I'm still acting. I haven't told anyone yet.

      Glad I came across your hub. Made me feel better about my confusion.

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for your comments and for sharing your views and concerns. I appreciate that you have read my words and I hope that others read yours as well.

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      Trishatdawn 5 years ago

      True religion is to feed the orphans and widows...In that case call me far as faith, it's completely a different thing... Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

      By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

      I love science too and there has been nothing to disprove that God isn't real. Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you...It's a matter of asking, seeking, and knocking...You hold the key to your heart, it's up to you, to open the door and let God in...concerning the soul, our flesh says no, our spirit says yes...there is a tug of war waging for your soul...the question is, do you want to go to heaven or a firey hell...There's only one way to heaven and that's through Jesus Christ...Romans 10:9-13 “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”...............We all have a choice to go to heaven our doesn't make one religious, just saved from hell.

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      Aaron Rushing 5 years ago from USA- Florida

      Glasvisage I appreciate your honesty and your gentleness.

      I was glad to hear you say you would like to have a religion to call your own. Being open to God is a Good thing.

      The Bible has a verse that I would like to share with you. It is one of my favorites and it does not need anyone to interpret:

      Proverbs 2:1-5

      My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.

      In Christ


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      Tanya Michelle 6 years ago from Texas

      Are there any parts specifically that stick out to you that are hard to believe or just the entire book in general? And I guess my biggest question would be what do you make of the historical documentation of the Bible, not using the Bible as the reference point, but other documents that were written by people from the same era as certain books of the Bible. There is extensive amounts of information that does validate the Bible (some even written by aethiest) which is not to say that there is infact an afterlife, heaven, hell, or God, but that the events in the Bible did occur.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you Tanya. For me, parts of the Bible didn't make sense or seemed like they were written with a goal in mind that I didn't believe in. I think that the Bible is great because it encourages people to be good, but it seems like more of a story to me than actual events.

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      Tanya Michelle 6 years ago from Texas

      I am a Christian, but I am not here to push my religion in your face...I'm just curious what were the things in the Bible that you had a hard time believing?

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      ashcan 6 years ago

      I was baptized and schooled as a Catholic, and even taught catechism at one time. Now in my final lap on this earth, it all does not seem right. I believe in a god, but not the one the Catholics believe in. To believe that you are made in the image of god is, I believe the height of egoism, and to believe that you have the one true way of worshiping god must surely be the height of folly. From the Crusades to Afghanistan, man has committed untold atrocities in the name of god. It would be a very sad god who would come back and ask the little humans on this planets to stop all this carnage in his name.

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      Jonathan 6 years ago

      If there is a god, which one? Muslim, christian or the others or are there many gods.

      I wnet to sunday school but decided to opt out when I heard the bit about the monty, the camel and the eye of a needle.

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for your comment!

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      Alex 7 years ago

      I guess what I'm trying to say here is that everything we believe in and even have "faith" in is from experience. As A Christian who has a love and passion for epistemology, philosophy, and the non-religious literature of this world, it's been a battle to keep my relationship with Jesus Christ and God stable. Many times I've cursed my church and walked out of church, swearing at these so called "Christians". But in the end I realize that God only loves you. That's all he wants. It even says in 2 Timothy 11-13 "If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself." The crux of the matter is, is that this "God" has an identity that so many people are searching for. So many times have I called and not been answered, so many times was I disappointed and lost in the scriptures. But so many times has He forgiven me, loved me, and been there, even when I didn't have faith in myself. The things you guys are talking about really remind me of myself and I respect all of you for sharing, and yeah who wants to hear another pastor with a PHD convert people right? The truth is we, as humans, only listen to only, what we want to hear (and I'm 17, not a pastor with a PHD). But I really love and respect all of you guys for everything you've shared and said! Thanks for posting this HUB!

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      Alex 7 years ago

      It's too easy, with the benefit of modernity, hindsight, and all that, to regard science as the most fearless, objective, apolitical, democratic, and open-minded of human endeavors - the seeker of truth. Never mind anything by divine right.

      Throughout the 16th century, as it gradually dawned on everybody that Columbus hadn't, after all, hit some island off Japan or India (where he was headed at the time) but that he had in fact come across an entirely new continent, everything epistemological hit the fan. For a comfortable 2,000 years, life, the universe, and everything had been what Aristotle said it would be. So what was America doing there?

      Things got rapidly worse in the first decades of the 17th century, as people like Galileo started seeing other centers of attraction, such as Jupiter circled by its moons. To compound the felony, sailors started coming back across the Atlantic to Europe with hundreds of new American animal and plant species that were not described in Aristotle's list.

      In the desperate search for some way to bail out the sinking ship or shut the stable door, a couple of quick thinkers came up with some solutions. One was a French engineer named Rene Descartes who suggested that the only way to find truth was to go on doubting until you stripped away all dubious elements so as to arrive at a point where what remained was so self-evident that it was beyond doubt. That would be truth.

      The other guy, an English legal eagle by the name of Francis Bacon, opted for correlation and analysis as a means of certainty. Amass enough evidence and you were halfway there. His admirers then came up with a Royal Society for doing this stuff, with correspondents all over the place sending in cards and letters filled with their observations. The Royal Society motto, "Take Nobody's Word for It," generated a procedure for making sure other people were seeing what you were seeing, known as "witnessing." If enough people agreed they were all witnessing the same thing, then it was a "matter of fact."

      In the late 19th century, at the University of Nancy, France, the recent discovery of X-rays convinced people that other rays should be there too. Sure enough, once some guy demonstrated N rays (named after the town), they became a hot ticket to a Ph.D. And, no doubt, somebody got a degree, in N-ray studies. Then one day some American, who hadn't heard about these rays, said the truth was he couldn't see them. Sure enough, when everybody looked closer, nor could they. Collapse of theory.

      This kind of collapse riddles the history of the so-called truth finding sciences. Here's a list of the greatest hits of scientific theory collapse. For centuries it was known that disease came from miasma, a foul air emanating from marshes and putrescent materials and such creepy stuff. Until 1884, when Louis Pasteur discovered germs. For centuries electricity was a fluid, until 1820. It was a well-known fact rotten apples spontaneously generated little worms and grubs found inside them ,until 1767. The atom was indivisible,until 1877.Light was particles until 1801, when it became waves; until 1905, when it became particles again; until 1924, when it became both. And my all time favorite, the one that really makes my point: Space and time were absolutes until 1886, when Ersnt Mach introduced the insidious concept of relativity and set the stage for Einstein.

      In the end, the can of worms Columbus opened with his trip to India is this: There is no truth to find. Truth is what you want it to be. (James Burke, Forbes ASAP, October 2, 2000).

      - Neither science nor I can prove that God exists. You cannot prove He does not exist. Neither of us can prove He does or does not exist because we do not see Him. In order to prove that, you or I would need to know every part of the universe and everything about the universe because God could be anywhere. We would also have to know everything about the other dimensions of time and existence. In short, we would need to be god to know everything and be everywhere at the same time because God might move. Then we would be god if we could know everything and be everywhere at the same time. Science is inadequate for the task.

      Our experience is not a measure of truth. Atheism says there is no god. Did science prove that? If so, what is the name of the test for determining that god does not exist? Our experience does not prove or disprove god. I have heard men and women claim their god has done something wonderful for them in their life. People are always using experience as proof that god is real or their religion is correct. How do they know? How can they be sure it was their god and not mine? My God may have lovingly done them a favor! How do we determine truth? I started my quest for truth by determining which sacred book could be validated as truth. The Christian Bible passed the test of fulfilled prophecy. Its has hundreds of prophecies - they came true! This is the test of truth no other sacred book can match. When it speaks, it speaks truth! It states that God is Jesus Christ.

      Conclusion: Science is not fool proof! It is constantly changing as one theory after another is being revised and updated because we do not really know - we are learning. Evolution is no exception. Science is only as good as the human mind and that is faulty, biased and guilty of serious errors. May I suggest truth can be found in a supernatural book - a sacred book - the Bible. It has been proven to be accurate when it speaks to history and prophecy. It predicted Jesus' birth and death, including the week in which He would die. It predicted His return to life, and historical records witness to the life, death and miracles of Jesus. Jesus is God! God only asks us to believe in Jesus!

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      Shirley Aguas 7 years ago from Philippines

      I am not religious either. I was religious though. But that was before. My search lead me to skepticism. I admire your candidness and honesty about your views. And thanks for sharing your views and thoughts.

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      yus 7 years ago

      Hi, I am a british born muslim, aswell as my mother though not my father, who is currently studying criminology at uni. The thing with me is I do believe in the religion of Islam, although do not always practice and follow the rules. I feel this society I have grew up in has a lot for me to be proved, and believe I am falling in to a lifestyle of sin and wrong doing due to having a more westernised lifestyle (although I do not blame the western culture, but myself for this). Anyway enough about me.

      A lot is not known about the religion to non-muslims and also other muslims. The religion I follow is quite parallel to christianity, although with a few critical differences. If you would like to see a very informative debate on why muslims do not believe in all aspects of the bible then follow the link below of a video I had found on youtube. The debate is continued through several video links and you may follow them by scrolling down through the suggestion section. I hope the debate is very useful to you and hope to hear some feedback on what you thought and how you feel about Islam.

      Dr Zakir Naik personally to me I believe is one of the most contemporary, eye opening and influential person to help people see the truth about Islam. Please see other videos of him and tell me what you think about the religion of Islam. Thank you for this blog and hope you find the asnwer you're looking for.

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      gobangla 7 years ago

      I'm an atheist but I really struggled with my nonbelief for a decade. I really wanted to be religious and hold onto my former beliefs but I couldn't. I really thought religion was something I really needed. I am very comfortable with my nonbelief now and don't have any need for religion anymore. But I do understand that feeling of being pulled in two opposite directions.

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      ezzeline 7 years ago

      your thoughfulness has no bounds.

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      Aya, thank you - You are a great model of this for me!

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Glassvisage, I enjoyed reading this. You express yourself very well, and I think some readers will find in this hub a model of how to respectfully voice their feelings without hurting believers.

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks to both of you for your comments! I agree that I don't think there needs to necessarily be a name for the way you think or the things you do, but I'm not against people making that choice.

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      Tom 7 years ago

      This is an excellent article, it really got me thinking.

      I suppose I'm agnostic - I know kind religious people and horrible religious people, kind atheists and horrible atheists.

      I know religious people who are perfectly good people, but won't love non-religious people simply because of this subtle difference.

      It sounds corny, but I think what really matters is that we make the most of life and judge other people on how they act and not what faith they follow. We need to unite and love each other regardless of our differences, and just accept that different people have different sets of ideologys.

      I'm open-minded to something that would truly make me believe in God in one way or another, but I'm happy whether that happens or not.



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      Muhammad 7 years ago

      Hello Respectable,

      This is a very nice article.

      I'm a Muslim, and I believe in God, but that doesn't mean I have a problem with you, you are a good person who has an idea to share. This is not wrong at all.

      I think it's not about to be "religious", it's about to know yourself and to try to find the true way, I don't know what way will you find, your own way or a religion ( as you understand it or as the others understand ) or a mixed thing or a thing I don't know about, but I think that that way maybe will make you comfortable. It's about true and false, and how do we determine it.

      thank you,

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you somuch for your words. I appreciate that you have stopped by with an open mind.

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      debbiesdailyviews 7 years ago

      I'm not of any persuasion, but thank god for you hahaha

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Hub, and intend to hop back and read more.

      I loved your oppinion, and views, and you have a lovely way of writing.

      You may be interested in a future view I am on the cusp of writing, although I am breaking them in gently.

      We have different ways of getting to our points of view.

      Your's was exceptional. :]

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      Z.L., thank you for your comments! It is very true - stories of near-death experiences are so interesting! There is even a television show about them. I forgot what it's called, but I was watching it and thought of the same things you discussed.

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      Z. L. 7 years ago

      One more thing... if you get the chance, read some articles or books about near-death experiences. Really fascinating. Some people see religious icons, some do not. Seems like what you see really has to do with your points of reference... if you think in religious terms, you might see Peter at the gate, where if you don't, you might focus on something else that has meaning to you. It's like similar experiences playing out from different perspectives... fascinating!

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      Z. L. 7 years ago

      I was sick when I was young and thought a lot about life, religion, etc. I came to the conclusion that I'm just not a religious person. My idea of what 'religion' really should be, is getting out there and helping your fellow man... So instead of going to church every sunday and listening to a priest drone on about who knows what, why not go volunteer? What does more good in the world?

      Personally, I don't need a system of rules and regulations to know how to be a good person. That comes from within. For me, getting to nature, helping other people, finding peace within, acting in a way I'm proud of... this is what I strive for. This is what makes me feel like I am advancing in this life. I experience amazing, synchronistic moments. I do not need to file these into someone else's framework. They are what reminds me that we are more than just this body, and there is more than just this lifetime.

      I have beliefs. They just don't involve a patriarchal creator that judges us when we die. I think we choose our lives, we live them forgetting that we chose them, and when we die, decide at that point what's next. Whether we want to live another life (reincarnation) or move on to something else. I don't know why I believe these things. It's a strong intuition, it comes from reading about other's experiences, etc.

      My problem with religion is that it is so restrictive. It wants everybody to see things through the same lens. I don't value that. There's a level of conformity that I just can't get behind.

      Then, of course, so much of what is called 'religion' today is hucksterism and intolerance hiding behind a bible. Any organization that treats women different than men, or someone who is gay different than someone that is straight, is just not something I would ever even consider. I'll also say this: the most intolerant people I've ever met in my life, were the ones who considered themselves the most religious.. coincidence? Maybe, but still interesting.

      I'm not afraid of what's beyond, so I think that's why I don't feel the need for religion as fervently as others. I just want to be a good person, look for the mystery in life, and enjoy it.

      Good luck to you.


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      hawkdad73 7 years ago from Riverside, Iowa

      Makes sense. Do you see a need for religion? I know that you said you respect people and their faith, but do you see more good or bad from people affected by religion?

      I am beginning a series of hubs on the subject on my exploration into religion.

      Good hub.

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      leverart, thank you so much for your comments. I feel I still have a lot to figure out, but like you, I feel content in that even though I don't necessarily follow faith-based beliefs, I still abide by values that allow me to feel good about the life I lead.

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      leverart 7 years ago

      The way you described wanting to believe is the way i have allways felt. In the end i am allways a little to much of a free thinker.

      Its to bad there is so much emphasis on the path we take when we choose to believe what we believe.For a while i was confused wether or not i was agnostic, athiest, buddist or spiritual. In the end i have found that i am a naturalist.

      It is allways when someone steps away from a situation and looks back on it with fresh eyes and no personal investment that true insights occur. If we were all standing on the moon looking back at earth would we see christians, muslims, jews,ect.... Nope. We would see a planet inhabited by humans.

      Wehter or not we are alone in this universe we aree all flying through space on a rock around a thermonuclear explosion, we all inhabit this amazing place called earth, we are all humans and thoughout history there is only one thing that has kept us from seeing that.....Religion.

      i live by many rules. But one rule in general. No THIEVERY.i think that at the root of rel. text out there that is the message.....Peace!

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      I had not considered the comparison to Einstein, but it makes sense. Your comment is very nice to read. Thank you for stopping by :)

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      soumyasrajan 7 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! glassvisage

      Nice article. I saw it only now. There is no reason why one has to be religious. Some how in West because majority of people follow religions which originated in Middle east (Christian, Muslims etc.), which insist on some sort of belief system and some regulations like going to church or donating to a Church, people start feeling a need to explain their conduct if they are not doing that.

      In countries like India (I think also China or Japan) it is perfectly normal to have an attitude like yours. No explanation will be really expected. In fact Hinduism for example is more or less "just what you do is your religion."

      But on opposite side (it could be also considered the same side), your article also reminds me of Einstein. Some where he described that in his childhood his family was not religious but over all spiritual. Practically no body went to Synagogue accept one of his uncles. Once Einstein asked his uncle "Do you believe in god, religion etc.?" "Not really" his uncle replied. "Then why do you go to Synagogue?" His uncle replied "well! one never knows".

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for commenting, both of you! It never hurts to keep an open mind, I think :)

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      VeggieJenn 8 years ago

      I think it speaks volumes about your wisdom that you are open to believing, even if you do not yet. Sometimes people who are not believers are so militant and close minded, it can be hurtful to those of us who are religious. Thanks for keeping your point of view kind.

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      De Greek 8 years ago from UK

      Another interesting piece form an obviously very intelligent person... :-) Always enjoy reading your stuff..

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Jenny, props to you too. Best of luck to you in being happy and content throughout life. Thank you!

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      Jenny 8 years ago

      Hey there , i would like to appreciate ur guts telling your view on God without offending anyone. I would like to tell u im a christian by birth and i walked close with God till my collage but later i focused a lot on relationships than God and @ the end of the day i used to be happy but i lacked that contentment and peace in life.

      Today im so lost that i dont hear the holy spirit talking to me when i do a mistake. I think we should recognize the need for God in our life. God bless.

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for sharing, richa sharma... It IS confusing, especially when you were raised a certain way and grow up in your own!

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      richa sharma 8 years ago

      i am so glad i finally found someone who feels the way i do.. but you know what its kinda scary. because religion is something that i have been forced to believe and taught since i was a child by my parents and family and SCHOOL but now as i experience stuff in my daily life i have always and always felt that whatever i do or whatever consequences i face for anything its IS ME who is wholly and solely responsible. i dont know who to ask for strength and patience cause i know its no one but me who has to work towards achieving the same. however i still do feel that if something terribly goes wrong in my life is it because i didn't pray? then again who do i pray to? everyone says GOD is ONE - still different religion and the different powers in different gods makes me wonder!Honestly i am confused...

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you, John, for your fair and wise post!

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you, James!

      Said - Very interesting perspective :)

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      Said 8 years ago

      Imagine a man, that has bought a lottery ticket. The ticket gives the chance to win an enormous amount of money, but with an incredibly small probability. That does not discourage him — he certainly knows the fact, but still is trying to keep it off his conscious. Such an attitude gives him the conviction he is going to gain a lot of money soon, and therefore he begins to change the way he lives his life (talking to friends about the money, convincing them to take part in the lottery, feeling sure about the future). The man feels better inside and seems probably to be living a happier and composed life. You might say: that man has a faith! But isn’t he a loony? Any man valuing a logic and reason as a base of life and decisions taking, would not exchange the hard truth about reality for the comfortable vision of warm and calm life, while the price of such exchange is to forget about the facts and fall into delusional believes


      I view people who believe in god without any proof, which is everybody who believes in god, are like children who want to hold onto their belief in Santa Claus.

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      James A Watkins 9 years ago from Chicago

      Happy Mother's Day to you!

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      James, thank you for your wise words and points. I appreciate your comment... I suppose it's true that only certain theories conflict in science and faith, but they can also go hand in hand as well. Happy Mother's Day!

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      James A Watkins 9 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed reading your words here.  I do believe in God for too many reasons to mention in a comment box but mainly I do not see any way this Earth and Human Beings got here without a Creator.  And assuming a Creator I naturally wanted to learn as much as I could about Him.  Believing in Him means He is worthy of our belief. 

      There is no conflict between Faith and Science.  Christians invented the Scientific Method.  God reveals His awesome creativity through our discovery of its majesty.  There is a conflict between Faith and some Scientists and between Faith and Scientism. 

      I am a follower of Jesus because His Words convince me that He had supernatural insight and His story itself is supernatural in myriad ways.  For example, that we have even heard of him.  How many other people's names do you know from 2000 years ago who were not Emperors, generals, writers, or one of the other ways people get to be famous.  His story is absolutely unique.  Why is it 2009 on our calendar right now? 


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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      ask4jm, I enjoyed reading your words. For some reason, I think humanity fulfills the things you described in my life. However, I will always keep myself open for 5 or 10 years or more to truth and meaning. :)

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      ask4jm 9 years ago

      By praying to god its my heart that gets purified. By loving to god its my heart that learns to love and not that stone. Sometimes I have to believe that life continues after the death of the mortal frame. For otherwise rules that some good man practice become meaningless. It not just enough to be good. Goodness is not the goal. Its just a tool. Goal is something else. Keep asking to the self and it should answer. But not necessarily in 5 or 10 yrs but u do get it. And when you get it things become clear.

      Anyway why don't u proudly say Humanity is your religion and I saw from your words that u are.

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Exactly, Tayler! I would find myself praying for things I wanted or hoped for, but as I grew older, I realized I wasn't sure who I was praying or why! It was a very strange and upsetting feeling.

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      Tater2tot 9 years ago from ~~~

      I love this hub because it means so much to me. I am just like you. I want to have religion in my life but something holds me back.

      My Mom is also Christian but she doesn't go to church at all. Not even on Easter or Christmas. If I had to choose a religion I would be Christian. My Dad doesn't believe in God at all because he thinks it is such a far fetched idea.

      I also sometimes go to church with my friends and I always have so much fun! I would say I do believe in God but I don't believe in God. I like praying and asking for good things to come to someone but that person isn't necessarily God. It could be anybody.

      So great hub. It is a huge controversial topic.


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      secondsamuel 9 years ago from Seneca SC

      Jesus Christ did not like religion or people who pretented to be religious. About 1/2 of the 23rd chapter of Mathew is Jesus scolding the Pharisees and scribes, with all their rules and regulations. He dispised all the rituals that these heathens performed and because of that they crucified Him. The beauty of it all is that this was prophesied way back in the book of Isaiah. Please forgive me, but I get excited when I write about Jesus. He's my hero. After all it's because He gave His life that I now have eternal life. I could go on and on but I don't want to smother you with my joy, but I will pray that someday you will find the "Joy of the Lord" ............secondsamuel

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      TIAnderson 9 years ago

      ...And when I saw I had a comment, I thought it was an angry response to what I had written! After reading your hub, I feel a little bit better. I really, really am not trying to offend anyone, but I do try to explain things away with humor a lot of the time, and in my own experiences I've seen a lot of people who hide behind religion or even cause more problems than they solve with religion. I agree with you 100%, and I know what it's like to sort of want to be religious.

      Independence is awesome, too, though!

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you, Rob! I never considered religion in the way you do, but it makes sense. I'm glad my hub was a pleasure to read :)

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      Rob Jundt 9 years ago from Midwest USA

      I really appreciate your candor and personal expression with this hub. Your honesty is very apparent and wise. I was adrift in a sea of not necessarily unbelief, but rather unaffected belief. Being raised Catholic, with all the tradition and history, I equated all religion on a similar scale for a long period of time. It wasn't until I experienced certain life events (well into my 30s) that I began to alter my views of faith and religion. One such realization I arrived at was that faith really has nothing to do with religion in a strict sense. Religion can be an adherence to just about any set of rules and guidelines. Contrarian faith has no rules other than believing and putting trust in the unseen. For a lot of people, this is a very difficult concept to grasp onto. It was for me. From a personal perspective, my coming to faith was simply a matter of waiting; waiting for times and circumstances I obviously had no control over. I encourage you to keep your heart open and willing for the right time. I'm sincerely happy you have found joy right where you're at. This is place many would love to be. Blessings to you! I enjoyed reading your hub. It struck a chord with me.


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