So originally I really did not want to express my thoughts here on the subject, but I keep coming back feeling like I should.
My first draft came off a bit hostile (or at least it could easily be interpreted as such thanks to just being text) so I did not post it.
I feel like life can have meaning, but it’s up for every person to decide what it is. I do not think that one is just handed to us by a supernatural all powerful being that seems to refuse to interact with us in a clearly detectable manner.
Back when I was little I believed, because my parents believed and I was thought to do so without question.
When I was a kid I thought that adults were flawless beings that knew everything and had their life together. Then my parents divorced, a lot of other sad stuff happened and some people that I knew died.
Back then I thought that prayer was a meditative state that allowed you to contact God and receive answers directly, but nothing came.
Back then I thought the evidence for God was an indestructible Holy Book that was sent down from the heavens one day that contained rules on how God wanted people to live. But then I found out that it’s just a series of really old stories that people could interpret a 100 different ways…
Back then I saw heaven as this great place to go to after I died so long as I was a good person. Then I heard the many interpretations and different versions and requirements for heavens and hell’s people had made and I wasn’t sure which was the right one anymore.
So in the end I decided to stand out of the circle and assume none of them were true until proven and so far I haven’t found solid proof for any of them outside of anecdotes, which is fine for the people who had those experiences, but not for me.
Back when I was I kid I thought that magic was real, thanks to stories of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and such, then I found out those were just works of fiction…
So it’s fine if you believe @M00 , the only problem I have with religion is trying to dictate how people should live by influencing the various governing bodies around the world using religion without really demonstrating the validity of their claims.
Outside of that I’m with with it.