Why religions?

So... I've been thinking. So many people follow the major religions and those feed likely false promises, like salvation, eternal life, liberation, etc. without any proof of those even existing. The supposed holy books may have been written by unhinged/drunk/stoned/drugged dudes many hundreds of years ago. Often enough, religions bamboozle people out of their money. I get it many people have the need to believe, but other than having a place of worship, what is the point of religious affiliation?

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  1. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Baby boy's first wonderings about the world's social structures.

  2. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    excites me

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      it's a point of contention

      also magic + angels

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://shithole.neocities.org/waypage2
        heres my comparisons of some mythologies and religions.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          *manually entering the url*

          i follow signs (cryptography) i'm also into maps and flags

          nsdp - #4 ball (four horsemen)
          france - boaz~jachin also auriga on vega
          ccp - auriga + it's four horses
          southern cross - immediately above

          i like romania it's like france but gypsies, also armenia

          union jack is a c.o.e chi-rho (the catholic Px)
          south africa is the splint (dNa) (which is why it isn't a commonwealth country)

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            ussr is the worst

            it's auriga on vega as well as crossbones
            *crack*

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          majestic

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          You're saying nothing new, and you're saying nothing true.

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            um i was comparing some mythologies i never see compared if u read thru to the end. egypt to india and sumerian. but you didnt. because you are nothing

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            My importance is not judged by man, but by God.

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            okididlydoki then

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          Where is the story about Hemalekha from? And is there a book I can read for this stuff about comparing religions and how they came about? This is pretty interesting.

  3. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    if you're a christian you get presents on christmas
    if you're a israelite you get presents on hanukkah
    that's about it

  4. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Other than Judaism and Islam, and some minor new age religions, the faiths of the world have immense power. There is a heaven and a hell. There is a god. He is unseen, unknown, unknowable, hidden and auspicious, full of majesty and glory. If you aren't religious, be spiritual. If you aren't spiritual, be philosophical. But if you aren't even philosophical, then you're a lost soul.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Sufism and Kabbalah have immense power, why would you consider them inferior?

  5. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    No they don't. It's just what is considered socially acceptable and a defense from other cultures. "I'd better be X than Y because my parents and my friends also do it" type of thing.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      I've seen that enough indeed, even done that myself in the past, but then the realization came that there's no substance in this, just form. Ergo, no point.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        That's because you didn't understand it. You were doing it because you thought you had to. That's not what it's about, and that's not how God wants you to feel about it.

  6. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    You ask these questions because you've yet to see beyond the viel. If you could see, you'd know God is real and so is Christ.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      Pics or it didn't happen.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Even if I could take pictures of Spiritual realities, I wouldn't.

  7. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    I can open a book on advanced mathematics, read it and not understand it. I can then claim that because it doesn't make sense to me, that it isn't real, and doesn't add up. Would I be smart or foolish to think this way?

  8. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    NDEs are actually solid proof of life after death, because anyone can have them if they come close to and survive death. And they are so extremely real to those who have them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U00ibBGZp7o

    As this NDEr described their NDE:

    >"Now, what heaven looks like? 'OMG' doesn't even describe how beautiful this place is. Heaven is, there are no words. I mean, I could sit here and just not say anything and just cry, and that would be what heaven looks like. There are mountains of beauty, there are things in this realm, you can't even describe how beautiful this place is. There are colors you can't even imagine, there are sounds you can't even create. There are beauties upon this world that you think are beautiful here. Amplify it over there times a billion. There are, it's incredibly beautiful, there's no words to describe how beautiful this place is, it's incredibly gorgeous."

    And importantly, even dogmatic skeptics have this reaction, because the NDE convinces everyone:
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mysteries-consciousness/202204/does-afterlife-obviously-exist

    So anyone would be convinced if they had an NDE, we already know this, no one's skepticism is unique.

    >muh brain chemistry

    Neuroscientists are convinced by NDEs too. What do skeptics think they understand that neuroscientists do not?

    >muh DMT causes it

    Scientifically refuted already, and NDErs who have done DMT too say that the DMT experience, while alien and really cool and fun, was still underwhelming to the point of being a joke when compared to the NDE.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      NDEs show nothing of what death, or the after life is actually like.

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      why is so much evil allowed? I just read a comment on that video of a hospice nurse saying people are guided by family and loved ones but why is no one stopping my abusive parent from ruining my life? I lost a lot of my faith.

      • 8 months ago
        Anonymous

        Redirect your thinking. What makes a good story? Even the most basic fuwafuwa children's stories released in the most sensitive countries require drama. There has to be a low point for there to be a high point in a story. A story where everyone's okay and nothing bad happens is truly terrible in every single way, it's arguably worse than torture.
        But imagine you're here to collect stories. You are no more your body than you are the grass or the sky. You're here playing a role, a role in which you have partial control over one character, and everyone else playing a role has the similar control over their characters. Why not full control? Because organic interactions do not come from pure control over writing. Have you ever read a failed screenwriter's screen play? They all have the same issue, no collaboration, full control from one source with no outside influence.
        So you influence your brain, your brain influences you, between the two entities you create the ultimate action you take next in the story.
        Why go on this tirade about story writing? Because quite simply you're here for experiences. For what purpose? That's quite literally not for us to know while still here. Maybe it's a punishment for us, 'hey you did a bad thing, see why it's bad from the victim's perspective.' Maybe it's just for pure entertainment -- I'll be the first to admit a badass flawless protagonist in movies is the quickest way for me to turn off said movie, the protagonist must truly suffer at some point or what's the point?
        Maybe it's some even higher purpose, so we may set our own stages some day a'la Mormon beliefs, or so we may feel completed as a soul.
        But there simply isn't a creator God that's going to interfere, unless maybe, perhaps, it makes a better story for whatever purpose you're here for. A playwright does not stop a play in motion if an actor flubs their line, for another actor may improvise and maybe even improve the scene.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks for your response. I understand your point about what makes a story interesting. I just feel like it's hopeless because I've been in this situation for so long. My life feels like a punishment, I'm significantly dull most of the time with the exception of some happy moments every few days and then really severe traumatic experiences occasionally. I just want things to get better soon. I wish I knew why this is all happening. I hate how unfair life is. I stopped believing in God in the form of a personal deity because the deity I prayed to since I was a child didn't make this situation stop (yet, at least).

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            [...]
            When I say my life feels like a punishment, it's because of the situation I'm in, not because of my feelings.

            Your story is not yet over, and not all stories are happy ones. Some stories are just a look at tragedy. A child born in war-torn country that gets killed a 12 after being raped by an invading force is a story. A terribly sad tragedy.
            However there's as much as lesson and experience in that story as there is in an impoverished orphan growing up and creating a world-renowned charity that improved living conditions for millions. Both are great stories for different reasons. It's not fair to the actor that has to live either experience for those stories to be told; neither good things or bad things are 'fair,' because this isn't a world where fair or just exists -- because if we always knew the bad guys got punished, then there's no real drama happening there's no tension.
            Hopefully your story has a great twist, and I do mean that. But realize this is all temporary, all the good you may live, all the evil you may suffer. It will pass, your time on stage will come to a close, and as you take off your costume and fade from the watchful eyes of the audience you will at least get to breathe again.

          • 8 months ago
            Anonymous

            Thank you anon.

        • 8 months ago
          Anonymous

          Thanks for your response. I understand your point about what makes a story interesting. I just feel like it's hopeless because I've been in this situation for so long. My life feels like a punishment, I'm significantly dull most of the time with the exception of some happy moments every few days and then really severe traumatic experiences occasionally. I just want things to get better soon. I wish I knew why this is all happening. I hate how unfair life is. I stopped believing in God in the form of a personal deity because the deity I prayed to since I was a child didn't make this situation stop (yet, at least).

          When I say my life feels like a punishment, it's because of the situation I'm in, not because of my feelings.

  9. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    because no one wants to be in nature, alone and deeply contemplate in the silence of their own mind. Religions give people something to scratch the itch without ever having to dive deep within one’s own mind. Everyone is so addicted to the internet, their cellphones, fast sources of dopamine and constant stimulation that they are incapable of finding out what they truly believe in their own self. Give the average person a 200 page book and it won’t be finished in a week, it might take multiple months.

  10. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    A sense of community, both current and historical
    A set of dogmas and credos share with your correligionaires, which also informs how you and your people live to have a fulfilling and pious path
    A framework through which you can reach enlightenment, including a mythology and symbolism which make you closer to the Divine Source
    There's many reasons for religion to exist other than the material place of worship.

  11. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    >false promises, like
    >salvation
    Depends on the definition. Salvation from life on this earth is possible.
    >eternal life
    Existence beyond death is possible.
    >liberation
    Also depends on the definition, but liberation from suffering is possible.
    >The supposed holy books may have been written by unhinged/drunk/stoned/drugged dudes
    Can be. They're not true often, and written by humans, but can be inspired by spiritual guides (angels).
    >I get it many people have the need to believe
    It's more than that. People have a natural sense for the spiritual world, even if they don't know it.
    >but other than having a place of worship, what is the point of religious affiliation?
    In the best case it can help to get in contact with the eternal light, and then get liberated from the cycle of life and death.
    t. "angel Anon"

    • 8 months ago
      Anonymous

      I believe beyond doubt that angels or divine beings are real and involved in my life. But why aren't they stopping a horrible situation that has been going on in my life for almost a year? I don't want the situation to continue anymore. I lost track of how many times I seriously considered killing myself.

  12. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    Mythology unifies people and was the best way to preserve information in ancient times. The curse of Adam & Eve is the curse of civilized hominids.

  13. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    People are afraid to die so they believe in religion even though it's obviously moronic

  14. 8 months ago
    Anonymous

    usually family, but some people just need that illusion of structure/order.
    most major religions do preserve valuable wisdom which can lead to higher spiritual awareness and overall fulfilling lives, and you don’t have to be in one of those religions to be indoctrinated into a cult or manipulated by an oligarchy.
    All in all I don’t think they’re a bad thing. There are plenty of institutions that are far more dangerous than churches and mosques.

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