Well on to the topic. In my search for opinions and debate - this including speaking with good friends - I find that a common theme is "I am not religious, but I believe in God, or I believe there is indeed a higher being." While I am not opposed to the idea that there is a possibility that a God could exist, I doubt that there is because there is absolutely no reason to believe that a 'God' is somewhere lurking in the 5Th dimension in my humble opinion. I also recently heard an argument that Atheist incorrectly attribute the characteristics of God to Yahweh, Allah, etc... to find flaws in human constructs in 'God' as a means to argue to point out the absurdity in religion, spiritualism, or the effects of these beliefs on the world. They say that 'God' cannot be defined or compared to humans, or human ideas.
So my thing is, if you are spiritual and believe in 'God', simply believe that there is some higher power but reject religion, or omit large chunks from this religious text or that one to believe a few texts that sound right to you - where in the universe do you get your concept of what 'God' is? Like when has 'God' ever revealed itself or what it is. So how then can one believe in 'God' without religion. There is no historical record or phenomenon where 'God' has been expressed in verifiable ways that we can comprehend what a higher power or 'God' is. Is it not then the case 'God' in itself is a man made concept. Even without the use of religion or a sacred text, it is only a idea that was created by man. I don't understand the logic. I just find this so frustrating because I can have a great conversation with people about why religion is harmful, dumb, contradictory and the 3rd, but when it comes to having a belief in a god, and feeling like some spiritual being is out there and possibly even guiding or waiting for you in the afterlife, then all bets are off. Why can people see through religion, but then fail to understand that also as religion is man made, so is the concept of 'God' altogether.
I can totally be missing something here. But I am very open to discussion and your thoughts on this.
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I think this is spot-on, Epiphany84.
There is so much social pressure to be a "person of faith," because that's what makes you a good, upstanding person in many people's eyes. They are brought up thinking that is the case. Then, when they grow up and find that their actual religion they were raised with doesn't hold up to the most basic logical inquiry, they have to twist it into something that they can claim is outside the realm of logic.
But you have hit upon the point exactly -- what does it mean to say that you believe in something that "cannot be defined"? If you literally can't say anything whatsoever about the deity you profess belief in, what does it mean to say you believe it exists? What exists? What does its existence require from us during our lives? We can't possibly know anything about it, or be able to react to it in any way. It's a totally meaningless statement.
You're not alone in your frustration.