I'm christian orthodox(greek) but I'm a very open minded person.
I believe that a creator of all things exists and that he's the one to set in motion the whole universe/matter and there is something afterlife,maybe not necessarily heaven/hell-wannabe scenario but there is something.
But what was the reason of creating something?What is the meaning of life?Why do we exist,why does the universe/matter exists?What is the point of everything?
We will probably never know,at least in this life and what you should do(at least is what I do) is neither deny nor blindly accept anything/everything like a sheep as many do.You should do your own research,read/hear what other people say,atheists and theists alike,come to your own conclusions and believe what your heart tells you.Do the right things(define right things?well you be the judge of it) in life,be good to others and wise with your decisions and listen to what your consiousness/sub-consiousness tells you(if you are going to do something,you will know if its good or bad etc...).
Blah,blah,blah this is really a very open and huge topic,so let me stop here.
haven`t been on these forums for ages, but i cant leave a discussion like this without leaving an opinion.
i am 100% atheist-naturalist. meaning i think the whole idea of god(s) is ridiculous,
and about soul/free will, thats not true. your brain is physical, if you take drugs or damage your brain, you will think differently. if you die you will stop thinking, thats it. and it can be scientifically proven. (messure brain activity before and after death f.ex)
if you have different opinions i am glad to hear it, but please be logical =
dont use words such as god or soul without explaining what it means. is god and heaven in another dimension? do you get a free clone there when you die? and at what part in your life are you cloned from?
I'm religious, but I certainly agree with your view of the soul.
If the soul can see, how come people with glaucoma lose their sight? In fact, suppose you're God for a moment: Why go to all the bother of creating something as complex as the retina if a person's soul is already able to see.
I was reading a book the other day which was trying to explain how cells are made up of tiny molecular 'machines' which do different functions. One of them, in the retina, changes its molecular structure when hit by a photon. The result? It now reacts to other chemicals in an entirely different way. Then, once that reaction has been registered, another reaction takes place which undoes the effect of the first reaction, returning everything to normal.
So yeah, that clinches the soul thing for me. No one would go to that much trouble to build a working biological camera if the 'soul' already had one built in.
The really odd thing is that the Bible actually agrees, LOL! Talking about death, it says:
"His spirit (literally 'breath') goes out, he goes back to his ground. In that day, his thoughts do perish"
Hmm, yes. So they got the idea of an immortal soul from where exactly?
That's supposed to be a photo of the virgin Mary. Apparently, this apparition appeared on-and-off for a period of about 2 years floating above a church in Zeitoun, Cairo. It's well documented, just Wiki it.
Odd thing about that pic is that Mary has a halo (pagan). What's more, Mary worship is in direct conflict with a lot of stuff in the Bible.
So if it is Mary, she can't read.
Interestingly, for those who are kinda religious and wonder about miracles and stuff, have a look at Exodus 7:8-12, and then 2 Corinthians 11:14,15.
Nowhere does the Bible say that God is the only one who can perform miracles. If a miracle happens, and it's wearing a pagan halo, over a church that has idols in it, then there are only two possibilities:
Either someone has a really cool projector, or the church has a demon problem.
its a intriguing story Johnny, shame it have not hapend since HD television.
i dont understand why life is supposed to be more meaningfull if a religion is right? you rather wanna be some brick in a surrealistic game than a real human being?