If something is true and I don't believe it, does it make it untrue?
I was already dead before I become a MIT CS grad and I couldn't remember when was the last time I felt purely joyous and relieved. My "blessed" intelligence led to broken relationships and irrecoverable moments in life though I thought I was more spiritual and nicer than others. At MIT, I further dehumanize and bury myself in the lab, hoping to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit myself (opposite to Luke 9:25).
Jesus, it is you who predestined my life path in this way to know you, who brought the church and my leader to rescue me from such a numb and restless life, who died on that tree for my sin so that I can live and have eternal life. Thanks to MIT ABSK Bible Study which made me see my sinful nature so that I could be born again.
Jesus, I love you and I'm yours forever.
Sometimes people ask me how I make time for spirituality - I tell them I just think of it as a UROP with God. :)
A wise man once told me that having an idea is better than having a belief. People hang on to their beliefs so strongly that they argue, fight, and even kill for them. I just have a pretty good idea about God and his influence. That idea is very strong, but not immutable. It is independent of any other beliefs, free from religion, and friendly enough to have a cup of coffee with an atheist. That makes me very happy.
I find my connection to the eternal and spiritual through the wonders of nature. I consider the national parks my church and it pisses me off that the religious right who is so concerned with the protection of their particular form of Christianity want to close my place of worship
For me the only acceptable form of spirituality is appreciating the beauty and complexity of the universe through the eyes of a scientist.
I want a Jon Stewart for religion. I’m tired of angry atheists and religious zealots telling me what to believe. Why isn’t there a “Rally for Religious Sanity?” Why do people have to be so uptight?
I was raised nominally Catholic, while my parents were very devout. I used to go to church with apathy. But through math, I realized how the beauty of science is something only a supernatural being like God could create. That's why I don't believe it when people claim that science and religion don't mix. I guess finding God is a eureka moment as well.
I have great respect for people who were able to think and decide their level of spirituality (or lack thereof) by themselves because these people don't just jump on a bandwagon or follow others blindly. I have no respect though for so-called "independent thinkers" who think that intellectual freedom gives them the license to mock the religious as "intellectually chained". Secularism is not, and has never been equivalent to anti-religion-ism, and should not be used as an excuse to attack all or one particular religion. Just as not all atheists are sexually promiscuous, not everyone who has a religion can't think for themselves.
I stopped believing in Jesus a few years after I realized Santa wasn't real. Learning that magic didn't exist planted the first seed of doubt in my mind about god - and I'm thankful for that. I won't teach my kids to believe in Santa because I want them to grow up to be rational and happy without god, as I am now.
We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
My thoughts on spirituality and religious people are summed up in this Sam Harris quote. Water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. What if someone says, "Well, that's not how I choose to think about water."? All we can do is appeal to scientific values. And if he doesn't share those values, the conversation is over. If someone doesn't value evidence, what evidence are you going ot provide to prove that they should vale ut? If someone doesn't value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?
...every time I watched the movie 'Prayers For Bobby'. Every. Single. Time.
My parents respect me as a whole individual even when I was a kid and told me that they don’t want to impose any religion on me. They told me that, if I want, I should choose based on my decision. Please respect my choice. I don’t need to be saved or educated. It is your illusion.
I left the door open and my roommates cat got out. I feel SOOO AWEFUL!! I thought about praying to God but decided not to because I don't believe God cares anything about it. IF I prayed and the cat DID come back I know I would just convince myself it was a COINCIDENCE. I'm "suposed" to be a "Christian."
I have had an extremely blessed life. Looking at others and the troubles in their lives I sometimes worry that eventually God is going to cause something extremely bad to happen to 'even things out.'
I hate telling people I'm Christian sometimes because I feel like they would judge me and think I think I'm better than them. I wish people would realize I'm a person too, who struggles with life just like everyone else. The fact that I decide to follow God doesn't change any of that.
If i was to mention some of the experiences I've had in God the atheists would say I have mental problems, or they would diagnose the issue scientifically. It's happened before. But i understand since i used to be atheist myself. Now I have no doubt whatsoever about God and the supernatural, not after seeing demons, casting them out, seeing visions of the future, hearing about how my friends were delivered by God from drug addictions and pornography. Im not lying; God is as real as the rising of the sun.
I think that like all good parents, God sometimes lies to his kids when he knows it will be good for them.