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What is an atheist and what do you believe? I mean, I really dont get it, I do not believe in dogma or literal interpretations of religion, but that does not mean I reject spiritual and transcendent realities. I think the the rise in atheism is just a reaction from the years of control and oppression by organized religion. I am not going to put all my faith in science, I can see that to leading to somewhat the same situation created by the church. Like, If someone were to say something outside the realm of science, then they would be labeled as crazy. I often tell atheists of the beauty and wonder that I experienced during my spiritual awakening, and they always come back with the cold reply of its just a chemical reaction in the brain. Where do they come up with that, I do agree that there was a chemical reaction in the brain, but that was the direct result from my shift in consciousness. What has science proved that rejects spiritualty?
I still cannot grasp……since god is an open term. I see god in a pantheistic view, where god and nature or the same. God is just the energy or under pinnings to existence. Like the universe was created when the godhead was existing in a self fulfilled wholeness, a pure radiant bliss of light, creation occurs when the godhead breaks down into the manifested world. First by the expansion of light, then light condensed down and become matter, which formed planets and stars, which later led to life. All in universe is one, it all evovled form the same point at the big bang. Nothing ever dies, it only changes. Your view of yourself as an ego in a bag of bones is an illusion in itself. You are not seperate from everything else, you are inner connected

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I agree with your assumption that the increase in atheism is almost like a liberating step for those who have been repressed by the suffocating hands of organized religion. I also think that many atheists find it hard to grasp the concept of a higher power above everything they shallowly occupy themselves with. It’s much easier to just say it’s non existent than to discover true transcendental enlightenment by ways of their own finding. Others just fear judgement. In the end, there isnt a 100% full proof garuntee that what one believes is the truest of the true. I’m more… Read more »

Benji
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Benji

Lack of belief in supernatural beings.

Lambert Lincoln
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Lambert Lincoln

Study the Bible with utmost concentration. Study the principles of science. Can you explain everything that’s been written in the Bible with proof/integrity? Of course not (Infact its well known that we cannot find a sense/meaning/reasoning for everything that there in The Bible, we were told to follow it and we are doing it without second thought. Dare them, go ahead and reason something you find to be contradictory in Bible, then you are Atheist/Crazy-minded and Outkast). But reason/question something in Science, you get clarity of mind, your knowledge/intelligence will increase and you are praised for having a deep understanding… Read more »

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You sounded like a deist to me. You believe in god and in spirituals but dont like the ideal of religions. Its just like people who see ghosts. We atheist dont see it because we think it doesnt exist. But spiritual people would say that the reason we dont see ghosts is because of our denies so ghosts cant reach us. No one knows the real answer would be but we just have different point of views than them or you. I would have to say that go with whatever that make you feel comfortable. I see nothing wrong with… Read more »

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Herodotus

My nonbelief is not a matter of rejection of anything. It is merely my rational mind asking a simple question, “What should I believe?”. The answer seems clear enough. I should believe that which can be rationally supported. I should not be unreasonable. That makes sense, doesn’t it? The world is filled with mystery. we will never fully escape, nor should we want to, a mind set influenced by the subjective. Nor should we, however, see the subjective as the greatest source of understanding. Where reason can provide the answer, we are obliged to look. Science is only reason applied… Read more »

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Personally, I can’t explain “spiritual awakenings” or any feelings of jubilance or whatever, that perfectly credible people have claimed to experience. Maybe it is a chemical imbalance. Maybe it’s some sort of self-hypnosis. There are so many things it could be – including God, if you want to be really open-minded about the whole thing. Then again, there are lots of people, even credible people, who have claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Did that happen? Was it a chemical imbalance? I really don’t know. What I do know is that, given the same information as those that follow… Read more »

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I believe in a lot of things. Like personal liberty, tempered with personal responsibility. I believe in the rule of law. I believe in the Constitution (all of it, not just the convenient parts). I believe mankind is too smart to blow itself up over conflicting fairy tales. I just have no supernatural beliefs. There are no gods. I also don’t believe in devils, demons, ghosts, goblins, witches, spirits, the New York Yankees or the Easter Bunny. Science may not have all the answers, but at least it ADMITS it doesn’t have all the answers, and goes looking for them.… Read more »

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*Glug, glug, glug* Thanks for the drink!

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CC

An atheist is one who has no beliefs in any god/s. It’s very simple. It is not a belief, or even a set of beliefs. It is one singular disbelief (in god/s). An atheist does not need to reject spiritual and transcendent anythings. All an atheist needs to do to be an atheist is one single thing…..not have any beliefs in god/s. An atheist does not need to understand or accept science…..all an atheist needs to do to be an atheist is one thing….not have any beliefs in gods. Chemical reactions in the brain are responsible for many emotions and… Read more »

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I believe in many things that I can’t prove, god (s) isn’t one of them. I don’t put my faith in science, but science has a great track record of being right or self-correcting, so I listen with an open mind to what they have to say.

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Jake Q

Atheism, as an explicit position, either affirms the nonexistence of gods[1] or rejects theism.[2] When defined more broadly, atheism is the absence of belief in deities,[3] alternatively called nontheism.[4] Although atheism is often equated with irreligion, some religious philosophies, such as Jainism, secular theology and some varieties of Buddhism such as Theravada do not include belief in a personal god as a tenet of the religion. Many self-described atheists are skeptical of all supernatural beings and cite a lack of empirical evidence for the existence of deities. Others argue for atheism on philosophical, social or historical grounds. Although many self-described… Read more »

Wifey
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Wifey

I am so glad that you expressed this idea. I completely agree with you. Thanks. Your feedback has been awesome in the past, too.

Will W
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Will W

there is no deities or any of the mythical stuff that’s impossible
Buddhists are pretty much spiritual atheists

Walter
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Walter

See your problem is that you think too small. You say that scientifically explaining a “spiritual awakening” is cold. You don’t see the beauty.

The scientific explanation for the quirky bits about our universe and our existence in it are so much more interesting, beautiful, and amazing than anything some human can make up (gods).

Xavier
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Xavier

You are Agnostic.

gelfling
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gelfling

Atheists don’t believe in the existence of any of thousands of gods. We have lots of beliefs about other things, just as Christians have lots of beliefs about other things, but share a belief in Jesus. We simply believe in ONE LESS god than Christians do. It’s really not a big deal.

Atheists are some of the most spiritual people on the planet. Gods are not required for that.

EVERYONE is born an atheist – it’s a default position. Babies don’t worship anything but the Almighty Nipple, until a religion is forced upon them.

Jill
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Jill

The only constant among atheists is their lack of belief in a god.

No, I’m not atheist because of oppression and control by religion. I’m atheist because I studied the bible.

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Lilyâ„¢: Pro-Love

Atheist = no belief in gods.

That’s it. There are spiritual atheists. For example, most Buddhists.

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Prø∂uçe® Jeff 4 Presi∂enâ€

most of us aren’t opposed to some idea of a God or a realm of things unknown. personally, i just detest the structure of organized religion and the fear based marketing to peddle salvation.

furthermore, the Bible seems full of lies and inconsistencies and is mistranslated every day. it seems completely worthless to me.

i’m all for spiritualization and self actualization. i’m all for the hopeful searching for ultimate answers. i’m just disgusted when people reach a dogmatic dead end and cease all speculation.

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Super Nintendo Chalmers

Atheists don’t believe in any deities. Science has no quarrel with religion, in that it does not attempt to either prove, nor disprove the existence of god. That question is in an entirely different realm.

Indirectly, through geological, archaeological, and biological evidence, science has disproved many of the stories from the Bible and the Koran, such as the story of creation and Noah’s ark. However, it was never the goal of scientists to gather such data with the explicit purpose of dispelling these tales.