Do you believe in God?

posted 9 months ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you believe in God?
    Yes : (87 votes)
    37 %
    No : (104 votes)
    44 %
    I have my doubts and lean towards "Yes" : (19 votes)
    8 %
    I have my doubts and lean towards "No" : (27 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 31
    579 posts
    Busy bee

    Not at all, neither does SO or anyone in our families.

    Post # 32
    4663 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I’m a Christian. My husband is an Atheist.

    Post # 33
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

    Nope, husband and I are both 100% atheistic, and always have been.

    Post # 34
    1330 posts
    Bumble bee

    elderbee :  I disagree, there is no faith or belief system with atheism, there is a lack of. If there is no evidence that something exists there doesn’t need to be any faith that it doesn’t exist. It’s a rejection of the assertion that there is a god, not a belief system or faith that there isn’t. 

    To calm atheism a belief or faith is like calling not collecting stamps a hobby.

    Post # 35
    1191 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

    Absolutely not. Atheist through and through 

    Post # 36
    310 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Nope, not even in a spiritual sense. I don’t think I ever had an epiphany, I was raised pretty secular (although I was sent to a catholic school) and I just never remember believing in any of it. Then when I was about 18 I started reading a lot and now I have very little respect for religious institutions, the way that many countries from around the world still have outdated laws that are to the detriment of many human rights, the mainstream religions and a lot of what they preach and teach – though I respect people who are affiliated with those religions and do think most people choose the good over the bad from those teachings. 

    My husband was raised very catholic but stopped believing when he was old enough to read about it all. Now he’s somewhere between atheist and agnostic but with residue catholic guilt. I respect his journey a lot as he read the Bible and even the Quran recently with a lot of thoughtfulness which only added more confirmation about not believing to him. He has a more spiritual side than me though. We are expecting our first kid and intend to raise it as an atheist. I do want them to be aware and know about the different religions and that people believe in different things (and I really don’t want to alienate our parents and their beliefs) but we will do our best to raise them with a strong sense of critical thinking. 

    Post # 37
    3086 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2006

    Yep, husband and I are both Christians and raising our daughter the same. 

    Post # 38
    4035 posts
    Honey bee

    I don’t believe in God and I’m deeply skeptical about organized religion in general. Frankly I think there’s nothing that religion can’t make even worse.

    Post # 39
    716 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m an atheist and so is my husband. We’re scientists by training. I don’t believe in crystal healing, or any of that superstitious or new agey nonsense. But, I become spiritual when I stare up at the stars, or the mountains, or the ocean. I’m human, I guess we are just wired that way. 🙂

    I feel humbled by everything science doesn’t fully know or understand yet. Why does matter dominate our universe? What is dark energy, that makes our universe keep expanding? Why are the physical constants exactly what they are? Our universe has enough wonder and mystery without ever having to resort to belief in a supernatural being. 

    ariesscientist :  Yeah, exactly! 

    Post # 40
    118 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2020 - Breckenridge, CO

    I believe in our creator/higher power/God but I absolutely do not follow any organized religion. I believe it is our purpose on Earth to be the best version of ourselves that we can be and to take care of other living beings and our planet. I definitely believe more in the energy of the universe and the power of positivity. 

    I think all religions have the same core values but they get really twisted and messed up by people. I do not believe there is some man in heaven judging all of us. I don’t buy into any fear based religions. 

    I do believe in prayer if nothing else than to let go of your burdens. I don’t think we’re all sinners and are going to hell. I like to think God is nothing but love. 

    I didn’t realize I was such a hippy until now. Ha! 😉 

    Post # 41
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

    Yep. Both me and Hubby do. We’ll raise our future children with religion as well. 

    Post # 42
    830 posts
    Busy bee

    I have been an atheist since I was a child. My husband considers himself agnostic. 

    Post # 43
    10664 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    Such a fascinating, even fun topic.

    My most recent research pursuit has been looking at adults currently struggling with PTSD resulting from childhood abuse by parents and/or clergy. That abuse was justified or rationalized by religious dogma. It is a serious problem with devastating consequences. Who do children trust more than their mommies, daddies, and clergy members?

    This is separate from the horrific wide spread abuse of young young boys by Catholic priests. This cuts across many belief systems. 

    This is an area begging for more research.

    As for me, I have never been a fan of organized religion.  Surprisingly, I don’t really thrive on being told what to do. And it’s boring for me. I do love learning the history of religions, though.

    I have, however, always been very interested in many aspects of spirituality. At the moment, I am studying metaphysics.

    For many years, I have said that if I absolutely had to choose some kind of religion, it would most likely be Buddhism. That was before I understood how many sects there are, though. That will require more study. 

    Post # 44
    2811 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think there’s likely something greater than us that we can never understand, but I definitely do not believe in any one organized religion based on a white man in the sky. And I don’t think it ‘cares’ about humans specifically more than anything else. I think if anything it would be an energy, force, or structure of logic/organization that we just can’t fully comprehend with our tiny human brains. 

    I look at it kind of like we’re the ants and whatever ‘it’ might be as humans. Ants are kind of aware that there’s some rumbling chaos going on outside of their ant’s nest, but there’s no way that they could understand all the inner workings of our society even if something tried to explain it in the way that ants communicate. There wouldn’t be the language for it, let alone the conceptual comprehension. 

    They’re just like, “Oh no! A natural disaster, our whole society has been destroyed!” but they don’t know a bunch of humans wiped it out so that they could build a library there. 

    (I said that I don’t believe in god though in the poll. I don’t see it as agnostic because I don’t see it as religion, i just don’t think that it’s possible for us to understand the universe fully.)

    Post # 45
    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I grew up Christian and still am.

    Hubby grew up animist and became Christian as a teen. 

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