Ernest Hemingway once said, "All thinking men are atheists." But was it true? If we think about this statement, does that automatically make us atheists? What if we practice a religion, but don't believe in it? What if we believe but don't practice? What if we do neither, and instead pray to the God of Netflix? Why do some people practice religion while others don't? Why do some people have Netflix and Hulu, while others are still reading books? If there's one thing atheists and believers have in common, it's that they both take to the internet to discuss their thoughts.
I am a Christian because I believe that if there was a way to get to God, he'd have to show himself to us, and save us himself. And I believe he did just that through Jesus. Once you meet the most awesome person ever, you just can't help but want to be with him forever.
Cybele does have a point. When you find that special someone, you got to lock it down, make sure no one else gets a piece of that. Luckily, when it comes to the Alpha Omega and the lamb he bore, there's so much to go around.
Well, there's lots of reasons I follow the religion I do... but I suppose it all comes back to the fact that UU makes sense to me in a way that other religions didn't. That's not to say that I don't see sense and truth in other religions, but not as completely as I do in UU.
Unitarian Universalists are distinct, and have distinguished themselves from traditional Christianity in that they reject doctrinaire approaches to scripture, credos, etc., and instead draw from a grab bag of religious teachings from around the world.
Jland13 on mtgsalvation.orgrecently become even more religious. S/he prays until falling asleep at night, throughout the day, before and during meals; reads scripture every morning, and tithes. Why the tithe? S/he says it's because they're "testing God." The more jland13 gives to the church, the more in his debt God is, and He better return the favor.
Talore is a Druid. A practicing Druid. She practices mostly in solitude, not really interacting with other Druids. That's why she wishes she lived in England, where Druidism is a bit more...popular. She practices her religion by taking walks outside to connect with nature, and, when she's feeling uncertain about her current situation, break out the old Tarot deck and start throwing those cards. She does all this as an alternative to the often cold and unemotional rigor of scientific inquiry.
Māsoūd Jān is a Muslim. He grew up religious, though not in strict observance, became an atheist, then an agnostic, and then went full circle to again become a practicing Muslim. He believes in Allah and the prophets, and observes the religious dietary laws, calls to prayer prescriptions, etc. Why? He wrote that,
...believing is a part of me, and that it doesn’t matter if Islam was true or not; I was happy when I was a Muslim, and happy was the way I wanted to die.
I first became aware of my religion after a good sized dose of mescaline from a san pedro cactus. I got the same vision from some amanita muscaria mushrooms and 5-meo-AMT. I also got a similar vision from a high dose of DXM. It might seem crazy, but I follow my gut, and my gut says that I should follow my drug-induced visions.
Shamans and priests of religions passed would use substances as part of their ceremonies, granting them clairvoyant, almost Delphic qualities. So what if you're not a shaman or high priest — practice makes perfect.
Believer Craig Luekens makes a really good point about belief. Religious texts, most notably Christianity, is the Golden Rule, which exhorts to love thy neighbor as thyself. Well, too often atheists berate, humiliate, and otherwise abominate their believing friends. What's up with that? The same is surely true in reverse, but at least believers are bound to the practice by their religion.
David Smalley runs a radio program, among others, called Dogma Debate. On it, he debates dogmas, including religious ones. One of the reasons he lists for his own atheism is the prophet business in the bible. He maintains that if there was a God who could talk to people, He'd do so all the time, not just willy-nilly. Good point. But, David, did you ever think that maybe God likes certain people more than others? Like a parent who likes one child more all five others?
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has never been one to mince words when execrating religion and its practitioners. He's staunchly anti-God, and uses his scientific prestige to preach his atheism. If there is a hell, this guy's getting the master suite. Dawkins cites the preponderance of evidence for evolution problematizing religious thought. Humans were evolved from monkeys; we weren't spawned from a deity's thought, nor sprung from the rib of a sleeping man.
A user on Debate.org claimed agnosticism, meaning they neither believed in nor didn't believe in God: they're not sure. However, they definitely err on the side of not believing, as they don't practice any religion proper. They're holding out for some clear, irrefutable, explicit proof that God is the head honcho before wasting precious praying hours on Him.