Started by LazyLotusEater, August 07, 2014, 03:31:38 AM
Quote from: LazyLotusEater on August 08, 2014, 02:23:48 AMSorry about that, to further elaborate I will tell you about myself so you guys can further understand. I think I have been questioning my own faith for the past month now. This may be a little long.
Quote from: SGOS on August 08, 2014, 05:49:27 AMI questioned my faith for years and years, so I don't think it's "a little long." I never felt like there was a rush. I just kept the door to religion open. If it had been a forced decision to either believe or not believe, I think I would have said I didn't believe, but that's not how belief worked for me. Then one day after many years, it dawned on me that I didn't believe, probably never really did after I was 5 years old. I never suffered from depression or anxiety because of my long search. I did feel pressured. I was just waiting for something to happen, but nothing did.
Quote from: LazyLotusEater on August 08, 2014, 06:06:19 AMSorry , the way I typed could have been misinterpreted, I meant my story was sort of long. Anyway, I appreciate you sharing that anyway because I think it's interesting . I myself was always pressured to go to church and read the bible etc., my friend for example was pressuring me to come get "saved" and was telling me that I'll never know my last breath.
Quote from: LazyLotusEater on August 08, 2014, 05:30:00 AMYes, her argument was that she was allowed to hate and judge people because God does too. I tried to paraphrase as much as I could but, at the time I said I believe that God loves everyone and she said I was wrong because God hated Esau. Then she says that it's okay to judge as long as you didn't commit that sin yourself.
Quote from: LazyLotusEater on August 08, 2014, 02:23:48 AMAnyway, I feel like I have been going through depression. I had been reading parts the bible more and comparing it to other stories written before it and the similarities. I've been reading scientific and historical findings and comparing them. At 20 years old I am seeking what the truth is and what makes more sense. I hope it all made sense to everyone lol.
Quote from: Hijiri Byakuren on August 08, 2014, 11:35:53 AMI've always found this attitude interesting, particularly from followers of a scripture containing the line, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."You might like Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion." I've read it myself, although I was a bit bored by it because I'm not really the target audience, but I think it might be up your alley. It does a good job of compiling all the relevant arguments in one place, and then addressing them from the perspective of an evolutionary biologist. I can also highly recommend all of Dawkins' "pure science" works.The late Christopher Hitchens is good if you're just looking for the arguments against the Bible or the existence of God. Even if you're not convinced, it would still be good for you to know what the objections are. Here's a little sample of what you'd be getting from him:[spoiler]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWJdbhSMUoc[/spoiler]Thanks, I appreciate it!Of course there's Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye (the Science Guy), and tons of other folks who are worth listening to on subjects where science intersects religious doctrine.And finally, over the course of a year I've been compiling a "Videos Theists should Watch" playlist. Not all of these videos directly address religion, but I think make good food for thought when it comes to equipping oneself to critically analyze religious thought. There are currently 23 videos of varying length, including the Hitchens video I linked above:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFOpXFlYHQTlXlfVHTCbuxGBXVZbafkZ4