Okay.. as an agnostic, I have the opportunity to chose any religion should I arrive to believe in God.. but, how to chose? If really, I don't know if maybe there are God's of the sea and the air and the sun, or maybe there is just one God. Everyone seems to think they are right. Hindus think they're right, Christians believe they are, Muslims believe they are etc etc. Everyone genuinely believes, with their heart, that they are following the right religion and that they are making God(s) happy.. but I would never know which to choose.
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Nicely said, Sid. Moving beyond "believe in" is a beautiful thing. Leaving behind "importance" is too.
I've read most of the Qu'ran, and you will not find a single verse in there about anything that guarantees your salvation. Allah is an impersonal god.
This isn't like shopping for food, it's more of a life-altering choice that you make.
Yes, I am aware of that. I have Muslim friends and they tell me they can never be sure they will go to heaven but they do they right thing and just hope.
Christian beliefs actually vary from universal salvation to many are saved and only the obviously sinful or not, to few are saved, and we know who, to few are saved and we don't know who. Islam is no more confusing and no less personal than Xtianity.
Is fear of hell the right reason to believe in something?
If you believe in God, because you're afraid of being punished, you are believing for the wrong reasons. I love God of my own free will, and it is only through loving God first and foremost, that we understand the total depravity of self.
It seems like you are aware that there is a God but your just looking for supportive concepts. Any way I think you would benefit from keeping a journal of your ideas as a checklist. It is possible to believe what you want without a community.
Mikio, are you talking about ego? Ego makes "relative truth" subjective. Absolute truth sets you free. Gautama Siddhartha knew this. So did Yehoshua of Nazareth.
What you describe sounds like delusion or "personal reality."
Truth is beyond these things. Truth has no space, time, energy or mass. Truth is source and unending abundance. Truth is love that is spotless and untainted by its earthly counterpart.
Isn't that what religion or faith is..... A personal reality? It's a deeply personal thing and very individual to each person. I don't really know how that's "delusional" at all.