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    Learning more about Christianity and hoping organized religions die soon.

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  1. I haven't seen the video posted by OP, but I am drawn to write here anyways. I will try to be concise but I may go all over the place! I don't consider myself a believer or a non-believer; in fact this business of belief or non-belief is inconsequential to me. In other words I am at a stage now where I don't think the way I think or live my life is fashioned by belief or lack thereof. If I was to ask myself this question a few months ago I might have had a different answer - I might have called myself agnostic ie. I don't know if God exists or doesn't exist. But I did something in
  2. I think it makes perfect sense. They clearly care for their students. They do not want students to miss out on education for lack of teachers once in heaven.
  3. 'I found out that I wasn't. I was reclaiming my humanity. With the help of Antlerman in the spirituality forum, I sorted through these fears and came out the other side with a healthy spirituality that involves meditation. I learned that religion doesn't own the very real spiritual feelings humans have, which are just as natural as any other emotion. I learned to separate religion from spirituality, and that has made all the difference. I'm past railing at Christianity now, and have found my way forward. I hope that my story helps others, especially lurkers, who think there is something wrong
  4. I am glad the societies are advancing beyond stage blue of the spiral (reference: Spiral Dynamics). Organized religion, although, is gaining ground in the third world countries. I have read about missionaries coming in to Europe/US from the third world countries now But my theory is that this won't last long. The third world countries have always looked up to Europe/US and once they realize that religion is dying/died in the first world, it won't be too long before they come to a realization that organized religion is what keeps people's progress stunted. Question
  5. I am curious...what made you go for the Aya trip? Moreso as a practicing christian (I get that you were a practicing christian when you went for the trip). I don't think it would be easy for a practicing christian to go in for something as radical (and heretic).as an Aya trip.
  6. That is awesome, Phoenix! I will be going for a similar trip soon. Pretty nervous about it all! But I think it will be alright! I will post my comment if I come back sane and alive
  7. I too cannot respond to any posts that are already in that section!
  8. I am interested in hearing about your ayahuasca journey.
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisa_Gotami
  10. Indians or no Indians...I don't think these religions subscribe to the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumb https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasudhaiva_Kutumbakam
  11. I understand that the basic message portrayed by this picture is that you get to meet your loved ones and family in heaven. But isn't this akin to playing the emotion-card that if you follow the religion you will get to meet your family and loved ones again in after-life? It has nothing do with 'god'. It is basically hitting at the spot that will hurt the most. Isn't this akin to holding supreme your 'material' connections in this life?
  12. Good question by OP. Moving out of organized religion, in my opinion, is a sign of evolution. I would like to attribute this claim to Spiral Dynamics. If you are not aware of it, please study Spiral Dynamics. It is not only applicable in the context of religion, but also in other aspects of life - both personal and social. In particular, study the Blue Spiral, then Orange, then Green and then Yellow. And you might find out how relatable all these are to the question posed.
  13. In heaven they maintain the 'blacks with blacks', 'whites with whites'....
  14. Found a small video on Truth and Belief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwUd9gHusc0 What do you all think of it?
  15. Hello Disillusioned, Thanks for engaging me. Let me try to elaborate and answer your questions. I gave it some thought and that is why I came up with the sequence that I mentioned in my previous answer. Maybe we are talking about 'knowledge' in different contexts. When I started thinking about the question, I kind of agreed about the sequence: Belief --> Knowledge --> Truth. The problem with this approach was that it implies one forms a Belief first, then works towards gaining Knowledge on it, and then attaining the Truth about it. In a way, tha
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