Good morning all, I've decided I'm going to go out and start a new religion. Now, before you just assume this is some snap decision, realize that I have been thinking about this for a couple of years now, and have put a lot of time and effort into formulating my theology. For now, I will give you only the basics. If you want to know more, don't be afraid to ask me. Also, if anyone has a good name for my new religion (I had been previously calling it Amen or Amenism), please feel free to tell me what you think it should be. And if you want to convert to my religion or feel that your personal theology fits that of my religion, you can go ahead and convert. There is a single indivisible God that has power over all things he/she has created. He/she is a personal God. He/she created the universe and desires for all sentient creatures to love him/her as he/she loves them. Humans are basically good, having been created by God. There is no such thing as evil, for God did not create evil. Nor does Satan exist. Nor does Hell exist. God wishes for all people to follow his/her will. Thus it is most important to love God and to do good deeds. Doing bad deeds does not condemn one to Hell (which doesn't exist), no matter how bad the deeds. There are two conceivable states after you die: either everyone receives eternal death or everyone receives eternal life. No one knows which fate humans are destined for, but it is never determined by the goodness of one's deeds. Some of you might be wondering why I refer to God as he/she, him/her, etc. I did this because the use of "he" and "him" is indicative of the legacy of the male-dominated society of past centuries, and not on the actual gender of God. It is possible that God has no gender at all. But it is more likely that God is female than male because the female gender is generally associated more closely with the act of giving life (which is what God did).
I would die without GF
29th November 2003
It should be most interesting to observe where you and others take this. :lookaround:
I created the religion with the explicit intention of its not being used to incite fear into the masses. In fact, it is impossible to use fear to gain converts to this new religion. Either Eternal Death is the universal fate of all, or Eternal Life is the universal fate of all. It is impossible, for instance, to have Person A receive Eternal Death while having Person B receive Eternal Life. Any attempt to say something along the lines of "convert to our religion or you will die eternally," in order to scare people into converting, would fail because if Person A dies eternally then all must die eternally. It is thus completely up to one's belief in whether there's an Afterlife. One could of course criticize this theology and claim that there is no incentive to love or believe in God...that anyone who does horrendous deeds will go completely unpunished. But I contend that people should not love or believe in God out of fear of punishment! This theology is designed to liberate people of the burden of fearing the worst.
This should make Μαjïç MúšhrøøM and I happy.
I don't really know if it's good to say "brothers, you can do what you want, God won't care, he loves you even if you commit terrible crimes". I see your point why you included this, but you should be aware what kind of followers you will attract to your religion like this. Sooner or later the followers of your religion who understood you the right way will be scared away by the more violent elements and your religion turns into an anarchic cult :)
see your point why you included this, but you should be aware what kind of followers you will attract to your religion like this. Hopefully, I will attract many atheists, agnostics, and other people that would otherwise not have believed in a Supreme Being because of the negative connotations of religion. Sooner or later the followers of your religion who understood you the right way will be scared away by the more violent elements and your religion turns into an anarchic cult :) Do the followers of Christianity all get scared away because of, for example, the Crusades? Do the followers of Islam all get scared away because of, for example, 9/11? Any devout follower is likely to stay devout unless some force from outside the system changes his mind.
LOL Cat, your just mental! :lol:
It's 5:33 AM and boy am I tired! Somebody sing me a lullaby, quick! Haha.
Cr@zyhorseLOL Cat, your just mental! :lol:
17th June 2002
Hopefully, I will attract many atheists, agnostics, and other people that would otherwise not have believed in a Supreme Being because of the negative connotations of religion.
Atheists typically don't believe in a supreme being because they don't believein a supreme being, it has little to do with the negative connotations of religion.
to #6 and #7, no he's not. Mental is another thing, but starting a religion is a real challenge! So good luck, Cataphract! Hope your new religion will flourish!