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I don't know what i believe (in a religious sense). Some things seem to make so much sense with god, but others not at all. What can i do to find the right direction?

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Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

Spend a few years building up a knowledge database. Read about the major religions -- and any minor religions that appeal -- and about science and philosophy. Read the mystics and the poets, too.

One day you'll realise that somewhere along the line you've answered your own question. But it ain't quick, and it ain't easy.

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Francois masse
Francois masse commented
It's a long ride indeed! I've been studying the history of abrahamic religions for some time. Most people recommend reading the religious books but DD is point on when he says you have to BUILD a knowledge database. Cross reference and focus on facts rather than simply accept as a truth all that is written...
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
Cheers, Francois. :)
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
@Didge Doo

Curiosity question: You recently referred to CS Lewis as a zealot.

What word would you use to describe John McCann's answer and comments to Sophil Cabrera below?
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Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

I imagine you are speaking of Christianity. I would recommend studying the Bible, specifically a study Bible as it offers more context. I use a Scoffield study Bible which offers alot of side content to help understand many of the passages. Good luck!

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John McCann answered

Stop going in the wrong direction. Religion is definitely the wrong direction to go in. Nothing makes sense with gods. Much makes sense with critical thinking.

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John McCann
John McCann commented
@ Sophia Cabrera

Stop following and start thinking for yourself. You don't want to end up like the other commenter on here!

Being deluded by man made mythology is being lost. Living in the real world and dealing with that reality is finding yourself.
Sophia Tortilla
Sophia Tortilla commented
But how do i know for certain that religions aren't true?
John McCann
John McCann commented
We can know nothing for certain, but that does not mean that religion being true is a 50/50 possibility.

There is no evidence anytime anywhere for any of the "magic" claims of religion. This means that we can assign a probability to the claims of religion and that probability is vanishingly small. ( a stat term meaning almost impossible ) Any ethical/moral precepts of religion can be found in many other secular tomes that predate the religion that stole them.

This is the real world and we have real world problems and that means we do not need to waste time on religion, which makes more problems than it solves.
Four Palmz Profile
Four Palmz answered

Do research.  Look into different religions.  I'm a Christian.  It's not for everyone.  I question my religion.  The answers I find strengthen my belief.

Tom  Jackson Profile
Tom Jackson answered

Well religion is a lot about God.  So if you want to start with the concept of God, think of God if He exist as being at least as good as the best person you know.

(The other option is to flip a coin:  There is a God / There is no God---not a very good way to choose a direction.)

Then read. I personally find Mere Christianity by CS Lewis to be a good one.

And for the Bible, here's some good advice on how to begin.

http://www.wikihow.com/Read-the-Bible

For future reference about atheists and atheism:

Wikipedia says:

Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is the absence of belief that any deities exist.

https://atheists.org/activism/resources/what-is-atheism  says:

Atheism is usually defined incorrectly as a belief system. Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods.

The only common thread that ties all atheists together is a lack of belief in gods and supernatural beings.


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Pepper pot answered

I don't know what to think about it all myself so your not alone :)

Most religions come from mystery cults and initiation. The Bible has more than one meaning hence Moses was able to understand it in more than a literal sense, this is a process of initiation, words and stories with more than one meaning were often used by adepts in magic, ie magi/wisemen/ astronomers/alchemists etc.  The Latin vulgate was given to the Vulgar people ie the commoners, they were never meant to understand the mysteries, what it did do was train people to become civilised (domesticated) or at least make them loyal to a common cause, but never gave them any insight into the secrets passed down throughout history.

The hebrew alphabet is made of letters that also have pictures and individual meaning, they are also numbered.  Hence symbols, parabels and numbers are very important in the mystery cults.

The zodiac was also important and so were the stars, moon, other planets, seasons and cycles of the sun.

As tent dwellers Cain grew nuts and seed, Abel looked after livestock.

Cain built the first city, tubal cain brought metalwork, Jubal brought music just as Pan brought the panpipes,  and Jabal traded livestock and cultural advance, they had a sister Naamah. Interestingly in Sumerian text Enki brought "Mes to civilisation.

See because we use to be nomads who lived off the land "tentdwellers" Something happened that brought about "civilisation" we started to settle and build majestic constructions (the Ziggaret). We started to domesticate animals and grasses. We made mirrors out of volcanic rock and started wearing make-up.We built Tels (temples with banks) to worship gods. 

See this doesn't make any sense to me because as nomads life was easier, you lived freely off the land. As soon as you start to grow food in one place, you are vulnerable to take over, a siege. If you look at the world today no one owns any land except the Rich royalty. We pay taxes to live on our own planet. We have more health related problems because our food is processed and we live in close proximity to eachother. We work most of our lives retire at 65 by which age most of us are riddled with arthritis and too old to enjoy our hard labour. We live in a debt and discharge system enslaved to debt. All the time fed distractions from TV and virtual reality to distract us from our own. We call this freedom. Freedom is when we lived off the land because it was our birthright. Now we are full of violence, hostility and greed "It's mine."

So something did happen.

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