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NiteStryker

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#111 10 years ago

Maybe the Mormans ARE right....




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#112 10 years ago

Pascals wager is flawed, in the sense that it doesn't take into account a god who, being all powerful, would be able to tell if you're believing because you really do, or because of the benefit.




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#113 10 years ago

I wouldnt be suprised if most people who believe in religion do so out of fear.




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#114 10 years ago
NiteStryker;5034591I wouldnt be suprised if most people who believe in religion do so out of fear.

Do you mean afraid of what God might do if they don't believe? If so, there is a flaw there, you'd already have to believe in God to be afraid of him. There are a variety of reasons people believe in religion, but fear of God can't really be one of them. Fear of what mortals would do to you is a whole different question.

My guess is the majority of people are religious because that's just the way things are for them. They were born in a religious community, grew up in it, and have never known anything but religiosity. It's another aspect of their culture and it is very hard for most people to discard their culture.




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#115 10 years ago

I think the other thing that helps with religion's appeal is that anyone, with a bit of practice and devotion, be versed in the holy text as much as their respective clerics.

However, I do not want to go into the specifics of religion and get in a fight between these two groups. I however think it's possible to be religious and not be in the same group as these fundamentalist types.




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#116 10 years ago
Commissar MercZ;5034686I however think it's possible to be religious and not be in the same group as these fundamentalist types.

Agreed.


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#117 10 years ago

Afterburner;5034625Do you mean afraid of what God might do if they don't believe? If so, there is a flaw there, you'd already have to believe in God to be afraid of him. [/QUOTE] Well can you believe in a hell but not believe in a god?

I think people would rather play it safe and believe in some kind of religion than the possibility of going to a hell for eternity.

[QUOTE=Afterburner;5034625] My guess is the majority of people are religious because that's just the way things are for them. They were born in a religious community, grew up in it, and have never known anything but religiosity.

Thats how my situation was but by 15 I was like "no". Not like church every sunday pray before all meals reliigous, but the observe the holidays mom is catholic type deal.