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Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« on: 26/08/2005 15:26:54 »
I find this question more appropriate for the people of this forum who dont believe in God, but,
Whether you believe in "The Man" or not, do you think there is such a place as Heaven and Hell?
Take into Consideration the facts of certain individuals who have comitted Mass Crimes over the past centuries and Milleniums.[}:)][}:)][}:)]

So, to clarify my question,
Do You Believe in Heaven and Hell?

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #1 on: 26/08/2005 15:35:27 »
No....I don't see the point in believing in an illogical irrational supernatural afterlife...and that's what I have to say about that.

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #2 on: 26/08/2005 16:10:26 »
No, actually I don´t

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #3 on: 26/08/2005 16:16:06 »
Do any of you believe i souls?

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #4 on: 26/08/2005 16:39:42 »
no

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #5 on: 26/08/2005 18:17:16 »
So what do you think happens to evil people after thier death who have comitted Mass crimes, like Hitler.......or Bush?

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #6 on: 26/08/2005 18:49:37 »
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Originally posted by Razor

So what do you think happens to evil people after thier death who have comitted Mass crimes, like Hitler.......or Bush?

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They just stay dead...like the rest of us !

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #7 on: 26/08/2005 22:11:53 »
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So what do you think happens to evil people after thier death who have comitted Mass crimes, like Hitler.......or Bush?


They become food for worms. Nature doesn´t discriminate between dead organisms. Their compounds will be degraded and used as material for other lifeforms.

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #8 on: 26/08/2005 22:18:07 »
Um, if you don't believe in a god, then there's no reaason at all to think the universe has any interest in people or whether they get what they deserve.
Dead people are just meat... if you leave meat about then nature has a habit of reconverting it back into proteins/nitrates/CO2. Same for Joe Stalin as for my grandparents.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 28/08/2005 17:03:37 »
I am an atheist. Most people wrongly believe that an atheist is someone who does not believe in god and who has no faith.

This isn't true. My faith is in science. I believe in what I can see, hear, feel and touch.

I was told Santa, Tooth fairy and easter bunny were real but are they?

Can you prove that god exists? No but I can show u evidence that he doesn't exist. Look at all the pain and misery and suffering. Religious people always have an answer to defend god but its always a pathetic excuse for an answer.

If something good happens it's god's will if something bad happens he moves in mysterious ways.

There are hundreds of religions and all are different. Sp who is correct? Who has the correct god? My friend is Muslim and he was telling me about the Koran and to be honest a lot of it makes sense. I was angry at muslims after the bombings but my friend showed me the truth and now my temporary prejudice has been removed.

But to be honest I cannot believe that a god would allow people to suffer as they do. I do not believe that a god would allow "acts of god" to destroy and maim so many people.

The church of england was created by henry the 8th so how can this be a real religion? How can god love us all if he kills and causes suffering?

I grew up in care without family and without parents, did god do that? What did he do about it?

Why did my father (a police officer) die so young when murderers and rapists (who were allegedly created by god) are allowed to live.

Why does cancer exist? God created it after all. Don't give me that crap about him giving us the ability to find a cure because he just shouldnt have created it in the first place.

So no I dont believe in God, God and religion is a crock of ****e and every single war that has ever been fought is over religion

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #10 on: 30/08/2005 05:02:00 »
I detect a certain tendency for Razor to stir the pot with quick and dirty questions. Comparing Hitler and Bush does show an anti-intellectual tendency.

Religion's contribution to mankind has often been as a tool to grab power and has little to do with the concept of a supreme being. The reason religion still has a place in our scientific world is that it helps people understand their lives, and the hardships they encounter.

Mana for the masses? For the most part maybe. But every once in a while you meet someone who is at peace with the universe and his fellow man. I have known several such men, and they all know God. And none of them have a tv or radio show. They live quiet lives, but through their understanding and compassion, they help others. One was a volenteer grief counciler at the Oklahoma bombing.

You want to believe in science, in atoms you cannot see, in magnetic forces, and strong forces, and weak forces, in gravity. My eyes still can't see much of those forces, only their effects. But my wife is sitting a few feet from me writing letters to family and friends. I can't touch her love, but I believe in it. And that belief changes the way I live my life. I think it is time to give her a hug.

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #11 on: 30/08/2005 17:22:00 »
A scientist may believe that the scientific method is the best way of understanding the world, but that is pretty much where the belief stops. After that everything is hypothesies with varying amounts of evidence behind them.

There is a big diffence is thinking that the available evidence supports the hypothesis that there are things we call elections/magnetism/love and believing without evidence in a supernatural being...

I could see how religion can make lives easier, happier, more fullfilled and make society work better, however this is enirely independent of whether it is talking rubbish or not...
 

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #12 on: 31/08/2005 02:01:21 »
We may not be able to see scientific phenomenon directly but we can see the effects of it. We can see indisputable evidence of it. We see gravity every day. What would your explanation be? God holds it together? We can see gravity working but not gravity itself. We can observe the effects of gravity.

Science provides many answers and in my opinion has all of the answers but we just haven't found them all yet and it takes time.

Religion is the same as witchcraft. Believed in by uneducated people who do not posess the ability to find the true answer. Do you believe in magic and witches? If I floated up in the air you would suspect a trick not that I was using the power of god to do it. You would call me crazy if I tried to claim I was lifted into the air by God.

It is impossible to prove a negative so I cannot prove to you that God doesn't exist but I can give you pages of evidence to support my argument. My strongest argument is that you cannot prove the existence of God. I can prove the existence of gravity and magnetism.

Nobody can address half of my arguments and religious types go off on one and start calling me closed minded and throw me out of their places of worship (places of worship are against god's will if you believe the bible!)

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #13 on: 31/08/2005 03:42:33 »
Kevin,

I know you have seen some hard things in your life. To me a mirical is when someone who is bitter, learns to find long lasting joy, and turns his life around.

We all seek for self fulfillment. Humanism is too much about the ME. Belief in a being wiser than us leads to humility, and awe. Some come to this though mathamatics, some come to it though just looking at the cosmos. The universe is huge, amazing, scary in its power, and very beautiful. Don't get lost in the details and miss the beauty.

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #14 on: 01/09/2005 11:08:22 »
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know you have seen some hard things in your life. To me a mirical is when someone who is bitter, learns to find long lasting joy, and turns his life around.

This may be the case but it has very little to do with supernatural personages with long beards...

Belief in certain species of religion can have some positive aspects for those who believe it, and for society, in the same way that father christmas makes kids happy and possibly better behaved. However this doesn't really relate to whether there is any evidence for it...

If there is no evidence all you are left with is belief, and belief without evidence is a very dangerous thing - the germans believed they were the master race, the crusaders believed they could get to heaven by killing muslims, Al Quaeda believes killing christians gets them to heaven...
 

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #15 on: 05/09/2005 22:48:29 »
You can't proove that God exists, thats why you have faith. if you believe that is.

I'd like to think there was a hell, so those who murder others and commit suicide in order to get through those pearly gates will be denied entry and sent downstairs instead. I'd like to man those gates and see the look on their faces when told the bad news.

religion is supposed to be about tolerance. can't see much of that going on in many of the so-called religions of this world.

Muslims and Christians worship the same god. Jesus appears in the Koran. from what I can make out the only real differences are the way the stories are interpreted, and the fact that Christians worship Jesus as well as God, while Muslims only worship God alone. why the hell are they killing christians????? The UK census 2001 shows that most white british put their religion as christian, even though church attendance is low a lot of people still hold those values, even if they don't talk about them much.

As for souls, I do think that some people are born young and others are born old, there's a case for recycling of souls here. Is it Hindu's who believe in a certain number of reincarnations before you get to go to heaven? It is a mystery what the soul, and conciousness, is. I'm not convinced that the souls go anywhere in particular though. guess we'll all find out one day.
 

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #16 on: 06/09/2005 08:39:47 »
No we won’t since we will be DEAD! I'm looking forward to it, no more anything. And my useless carcass might go into making pretty flowers or something!

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #17 on: 06/09/2005 08:56:41 »
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If something good happens it's god's will if something bad happens he moves in mysterious ways.


At first when the world was created no bad things did happen. We had free will but Adam and Eve sinned because they had free will. That set the world on a downward spiral.

Maybe God made the disaster happen recently because of the fact that New Orleans was an incredibaly sinful place. It was.

Maybe it was a natural disaster and if we all prayed that it wouldn't happen then maybe it wouldnt. I suppose we couldn't do that though because we wouldnt know it was coming.

Bad things happen, not because God makes them happen but because we allow them to happen. It is our fault and we can stop them.

Sometimes he might make "bad" things happen for a reason.

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Why does cancer exist? God created it after all. Don't give me that crap about him giving us the ability to find a cure because he just shouldnt have created it in the first place.


Like I said before. There was a time when everything was perfect. There was no sickness or anything. Then we sinned. Sickness and pain came into the eqasion. It is our fault that there is cancer. Not God. If you pray for those who have cancer they can be healed.

The wife of the pastor of our church had severe breast cancer. She had lots of Kemo therapy etc. It wasnt going. Doctors said that they could not get rid of the cancer just try and surpress it. The whole church got together and prayed for her. Then a couple of days later she went back and the cancer had totally gone. She was fine!

You may say that why did God let her get cancer. I don't know why. Maybe because the church was drifting apart (which it was) and because of that incident everyone got closer and Cindy (pastor's wife) really started to value her life more.

Things happen for reasons. God does not make bad things happen. The devil does. He may let a bad thing happen for a good reason.

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #18 on: 06/09/2005 17:45:36 »
Thats pretty good about the pastors wife - hope she stays all clear.

The mind is pretty powerful when it comes to healing, those that really believe they will get better often do, maybe the knowledge that people are praying for them, and the belief that there is a god that can answer these prayers, is enough for the subconcious to make the body overcome the disease. or maybe god does exist and he's just answering the prayers.
 

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #19 on: 06/09/2005 18:07:23 »
Well Razor, self sufficent phylosophies tend to be logical within their own structures. This includes mature religions.

Christianity teaches that there is a benefit to faith, and that, in my words, God will never provide a baseball bat that we can hit others over the head with and say "see, now you have to believe". So in order to promote faith, there will be no proof in this life.

Yea, I know, rotten deal, ducking out of scientific proof. But religion still remains a very personal thing. The founder of Christianity left three clues on how to decide if his teachings were for you: "By their fruits you shall know them" That rules out a lot of stuff that goes on in the name of religion, but in the same way, doesn't rule out a tree that has a few bad apples, but produces good people as a whole.
The second pariphased is "try it, you will like it". For that you have to have a religious culture that promotes a different life style that is personally more rewarding than the popular culture. And the third one is personal revelation with the aside of not casting your precious experiences before the unbelieving. So I don't talk much about that.

Perhaps you haven't heard these things in exactly this terminology before, but I think it is a good modern rendition, and poses problems for those of faith as well.

My faith encourages me to understand the universe, but at the same time suggests being sceptic when we get too proud of our knowledge. We often draw the wrong conclusion from facts in scientific circles, it can happen in religious circles as well. The old testiment suggests in english that God created heaven and earth. The old hebrew can be interperated that the Senior God (Elihom means God of Gods or supreme God in ancient hebrew) organized the skys and the planet. It is all in the way you interperate it.

Is there a race of beings in the universe older and wiser than us? Probabily would be the scientific answer. Have they communicated with the earth? That is a much harder question. Did they give us a gift of their wisdom? Is prayer part of that gift? Hard to say. Try to remain openminded, there is still so much we don't understand.



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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #20 on: 06/09/2005 22:56:03 »
the whole thing is open to interpretation. the bible (or the koran) wasn't written by God - its the work of men. I personally wouldn't follow something to the letter that was passed down verbally from generation to generation before it was written down at all, and then possibly in uncertain times where heresy was punishable by death (they may have written what was acceptable for the time, and not what was actually true) and then before it has been tranlated several times into languages that often don't have directly translatable words! its like getting charlie and the chocolate factory out of war and peace! (perhaps an exaggeration, but I hope you get the gist).i think religion has to be entirely personal because of this. if people who share an interpretation want to come together and be religious as a group, then great, but thats as far as organised religion should go in my opinion.
 

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« Reply #21 on: 23/09/2005 05:13:11 »
NLJB, the third button in on your posts is an edit button. I keep MS Word up, paste my post into word and get most of my typos corrected. I agree that most religious people have a belief, but that is a sad thing to say.

Faith is a more difficult thing to achieve. You have faith in much of your science. You risk your life when you get into an airplane that it will actually fly. Those without understanding don't know that the risks are low. Those with beliefs in airplanes can change their minds in a hurry if someone suggests that the Aluminum wings flex as much as 20 feet on a commercial airliner and might fall off. But those who know aerodynamics, know what aerospace aluminum is capable of, climb right on board with out a worry. They have faith in their beliefs.

In another sense, if you were offered a seat on the space shuttle, you might take it, not that you believed that it is safe (it isn't), but that the reward of being one of the very few to be in space was worth the risk.

There are some with a faith in a way of life (religion or philosophy) that are willing to risk the dangers for the reward. They see confirmation in their way of life though their life experiences: good and bad. They find happiness in their way of looking at the world. These are not people who have a belief system that they can change tomorrow, but people who are committed and live their lives accordingly.

I am not saying that such faith is good or bad. Many have misplaced their trust. But that applies to science as well as religion. But you do find good people who have found happiness and know they are living life to the fullest weather they are working in a soup kitchen or rescuing people, or counseling the broken hearted. As a scientist, you at times need to run on pure logic, but don't loose sight of your humanity, and the people you love and who love you. And that is really what religion is about. It doesn't say much about science, but it does say a lot about loving your mom.


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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #22 on: 24/09/2005 19:06:44 »
Oh thank you!

I must say part of your responce I do agree with and other parts I don't, first of all  I think I wasn't clear through my hot headness so I will restate:
Religion is a belif, most people were brought up beliving something, which (I agree) connects them to their community and friends, a lot of people who are religious (in my experience) don't try to find any truth behind belif (why would they, they don't need to prove it they belive it already). Personally I think that religion doesn't explain anything in the world acurately enough, it doesn't have a precise system, like science. They just "KNOW" it, but the truth is they don't. Religion just doesn't make sense to me, the more and more I analyze it, the less I belive in it, I think that in some ways religious faith is in some cases the easy way out (not taking a risk) because you just belive what priests or the bible (or torah etc.) tell you, some don't but their thought religious and all thought in general is based on these direct and indirect sources, science is a lot differnt for obvious reasons, It is more daring because you have hunches not nessicarily belifs, nothing in science is final, it never is decided, religion is not nessicarily decided but it is pretty much a world prepared for you (you see things in a differnt perspective than someone who makes observations rather than inferences based on teachings).

I could go on for a long time but I think I should stop- Peace

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Re: Do you believe in heaven and hell?
« Reply #23 on: 14/10/2005 00:36:45 »
Wow after reading this it makes me feel really depresed.  Are u all a bunch of Athiests?  Well i believe about 70% to 30% that there is.

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« Reply #24 on: 14/10/2005 02:07:00 »
Neil i dont want to get to personal but do you tell your kids there is no God (your opinion).
 

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