I'm writing an essay, and I figure that a forum is a good way to work out some of my ideas. Hence:
I would like all of you to describe
your religion, and why you have chosen that particular faith.
The only rules are:
1) Do not bash, lest ye be bashed. Commenting is allowed, but only if you have given your own, independent input.
2) Do not use predefined religions like Christianity and whatnot.
3) Don't be boring about it.
---Saying "I don't believe there is a god." is just too boring. Say why you don't believe there is a god. Why is your religion any better than anyone else's, or is it?
I'll go first:
I believe that only when we ourselves are dead, and perhaps not even then, will we know anything regarding the afterlife, as we cannot rely on stories and words that, in all other contexts, would be labeled fairly tales, as proof of what happens next.
Additionally, we cannot rule out these stories just because they seem silly. Perhaps that is the point, or maybe we just have this false idea of what is logical. I believe that when dealing with religion, anything is a possibility.
That said, I do not truly have a religion, so much, as a philosophy ... if that makes any sense at all. I believe that as long as I use common sense and hold on to some fundamental morals, I will be just as well off as the next guy, or at very least, happy.
To me, this is a much more logical, and much less hypocritical, way of dealing with religion. Religion is not something that should be handled using static and definite ideas. Furthermore, it is not something that can simply be proven or disproven. It cannot be disproven, simply because it is a topic that literally extends beyond the universe we know, and thus, can remain unaffected by anything we know or experience. It definitely cannot be proven, because to *truly* prove something, you must also prove the proof, and then prove the proof's proof, and so on, thus resulting in an endless number of proofs, and an unreachable goal. You get the idea, and now, you get to post.
Generally, this idea is classified as Agnosticism.