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I think religion is for those people who do not have a big enough sense of their own "self" to work things out for themselves.
I question believers of all faiths & a common theme is apparent - most seem to be looking for spiritual guidance or someone to help with telling them what to do or how to behave.
Personally I have never felt this need - even in times of crisis ( I have been through divorce & death of a loved one etc) I seem to be able to work things out for myself. I have certainly never felt the need to ask/blame god (of any description) for an answer to why things happen
Does this make me an atheist or just plain lucky?

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youre wrong and when born again ppl get new understanding....for guidance and salvation....does death sound fun to you? repentance is needed....luck wont save us

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You do not need religion.
I choose to be religious.
Your life, your choice. Choose wisely.

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I feel... that yes you may have been through all these things but you have not been through death yet. That is why religion is important to me.. I want to know how to live in a way that after life I will be happy.

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i think it makes you a typical person.... with a big sense of himself.
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We don't need a religion but we can read all scripture to get a good way to reach the God.

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Because there's too many boneheads in the world.

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Religion means "retie." I've read a description of Buddhist meditation that seems to be talking about dealing with fragmentation of the mind and worldview and finding oneness in yourself. Otherwise, religion can put a bind on people's tongues, or release it (Mark 7:35). Food and clothes can be used as a binding force (Isaiah 3:7). Religion can bind up the broken-hearted.
Cults, on the other hand, appeal to greed. They promise friends, wealth, careers, access to "secret information", moral guidance in terms of ideals such as confidentiality and how to treat your marriage mate. Those things are supposed to be practised in the sight of God with reverence. Paid work can be like this - you need to give over information about yourself and then you are promised "interesting times." I don't believe it. I'd rather put effort into myself as a spiritual entity. That is the basis of the slave relationship with Jesus, rather than slaving for men.

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Religion is an abdication of personal responsibility. God told me to blow myself up in a crowded market, whilst shouting God is Great. God told me to give you this daily christian reading booklet so that your soul can be saved. God gave me cancer. Religion sits well with the Nanny State that we are currently enduring in the UK. We need to come of age and take back our world from the fanatics and fundamentalists. The bully boys who know what is best. I believe in the God who created this world and us. Time to let Her get a word in before it's too late.

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I think I know who I am without Christ and I know who I am with Christ and I like me much better being with HIM. So you are telling me that you are your own God and you are all sufficient? You have control over your life and never needed someone higher than you? Let me just make a prediction that if you had been one of those people in the tower on 911 you would have hoped for a power higher than yourself. I guess you just haven't suffered enough to know how small and helpless you are....

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Friend,
I can follow your logic to a certain point.
However, for one thing, there's the certainty of death. We know that we will all one day die. What then? If we have no faith beyond this life, then we ought to "eat, sleep and have fun, for tomorrow we die." It seems extreme, but why treat people nicely if there's no God? It would be easier to steal, kill, and cheat your way to the top.
And, related to that, there's the fact that we can't take anything out of this life. We may make billions of dollars. We may raise wonderful families. We may own homes, cars, books, games, and food. But when we die, what happens? We lose it all. It was all, in a sense, for nothing.
I trust in God because, for one thing, I can't deal with death. When it comes, it will certainly take me. I trust God to deal with it, because I believe that Jesus Christ has conquered death. God can handle death. I can't.
I have nothing to fear of death; in fact, when it comes, I will be on to better things. It's not because I'm a good person, because I'm not. I merely accept God's gift of grace, the opportunity for me to be saved.
Now all I have to do is tell others how they can be saved...
So, confess the Lord Jesus Christ with your mouth; believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved.
There's more to this... the Bible calls it grace. I don't want to get off-topic, but if you're interested, you can email me.
And another thing, I think you are being sincere with this question. Please don't let people get you down on this forum who may think otherwise.
There's a ton of helpful material at http://www.christian-thinktank.com
May God bless you.

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You don't need religion. You need Jesus !

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You are both. I'm a fellow atheist, and it's not a dirty word. Religion can be a good thing for some people, make them less scared of death for example, but unfortunately many religious people use their religion to put and down others and start wars. I don't need religion to tell me how to live a good life, as a person with feelings and a brain that can think about the consequences of my actions, I can work that out for myself. I think the world would be much more peaceful without religion.
Check out The God Delusion by Richard Hawkings if you haven't already

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we do not need religion its a con to control people and take there money of them it is a lie the is no fairy tale god

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Jesus Christ founded a religion and a Church. Why should I go against his instructions? Jesus commanded this Church to "preach the gospel to all nations and baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." How can we fulfil that mission unless we are organised as a religion?
We need both religion and spirituality in our journey to the kingdom of God. Imagine the cross of Jesus. Spirituality is the vertical beam that reaches out to God in prayer and worship. Religion is the cross beam, your love for neighbour which is an expression of your spirituality. It is also your belief system, which you share with your brothers and sisters as you walk towards the Kingdom of God.
Peace and every blessing!

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