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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Question for those with no religion...?

Do you feel lost not knowing what to believe? Have you been raised/tried out other religions but still have not found the one in which you belong?

Update:

Just as a precaution, I am not trying to say those who choose no religion as a belief are wrong, should feel lost or unhappy. This question is only meant to gain knowledge from those who do not know where they fit in yet.

Update 2:

For those who seem not to read...This is not a question to those who have found their spot in believing that there is nothing more than what we see! Again, this is for people who are searching for a religion becuase they want one...thus the reason is should be placed in the religion section...

Update 3:

IF YOU ARE AN ANTHEIST-great, you found where you fit in. This is a question for those who are searching! Do you even some of you even read the whole question before going off on a tangent?

Update 4:

to Uriah Darns: thank you for the answer!

Update 5:

to GCB-TO- that was the most helpful answer thus far! It really makes sense.

Update 6:

AGAIN-and seriously, ONE MORE TIME! If you do not believe in god, then YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM/RELIGION! For the last time-AWESOME! Guess what? I do not believe in a god either! I just wanted to know how other's felt trying to find that religion, as I have in the past. If you want a god, awesome, if not, more power to ya! If you want to argue, then leave.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Belief in religion isn't much different than belief in science or belief that your viewpoint is based on hard evidence, if you put all of this into perspective.

    It is such a huge, and hugely complex, universe that what we know about it is maybe 0.000001% (or less) of what is really going on. So to say that you have the answer either based on religious belief or based on scientific knowledge is approximately equally valid, equally invalid, or equally irrelevent.

    All you can really do is understand that you really don't have all of the answer and try to carry on making your infinitesimal part of the universe a tiny bit better than when you came into it. And you don't have to be religious to do that.

  • 1 decade ago

    I felt more lost when I belonged to the religion I was raised in. When I let it go, and began exploring other spiritual traditions, I was able to start looking more objectively at how religious belief really can bring some people comfort ... but I also learned that it wasn't for me.

    I'd love to know what's "out there" -- whether there really is some being or force or intelligence that gave rise to the universe. Whether we get one chance at life, or whether we come back till we get it right. But unlike the true believers who claim to have all the answers, I'm not going to pretend to know. And that's fine.

    If I had to pick a tradition to follow, it would probably be Buddhism (Theravada or Zen), or Taoism. Deism makes a lot of interesting points, too, but it goes too far for me in presupposing a supernatural being. I'll remain happily agnostic and let others fight it out over who's right, wrong, saved, and judged.

  • 1 decade ago

    I felt lost while I was IN religion, actually. I tried to fit in with the Christians, but I could help but think, 'this is silly...' (no offense). People kept claiming they found Virgin Mary on their toast and people were bucking on the floor as an 'exorcism' was being performed, and you had people who would whole-heartedly believe in all of this. Then, people always claim that you can feel the lord in your heart, etc., etc., but I never did. So, I'm now an atheist. I feel more at home now than I ever did before. I occasionally stray off to study religions I find more interesting, but I never actually join any of those religions.

  • 1 decade ago

    Not at all, it just takes a little more work because you need to go back and re-examine your life in a new context (that is where the lost feeling comes from, you just altered your definition of what is truth). When I finally realized there wasn't a god I just had to look at all my life experiences in a context I hadn't considered before.

    It is well worth it though because (as has been stated above) you are unencumbered by outdated dogma and you are free to discover what is and isn't acceptable (good) for yourself. With that freedom comes personal responsibility and that can be scary but it also brings TRUE self-respect.

    You get to decide who you are, without someone else telling you who you should be. You can't get any more freedom than that. You just have to take responsibility for who you choose to be.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't feel lost at all. I know exactally what I beleive.

    I was raised in a Catholic home, I tried that path for a while and I wasn't happy. I didn't feel that I had the freedom to truly express and be myself. I am still a spiritual person and believe that everything happens for a reason. I just happen to know that there are many more ways to enlightenment then simply through the Christian god. I have freed myself of all religion and I can breath, It was a very liberating move for me.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It seems you would be the one who feels lost. Here are some of the things the bible says - and these are things I have found in Genesis alone - I have some from almost every book, let me know if you want to see the rest of them.

    God says that if Adam eats from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, then the day that he does so, he will die. But later Adam eats the forbidden fruit (3:6) and yet lives for another 930 years (5:5). 2:17

    As a punishment for killing Abel, God says Cain will be "a fugitive and a vagabond." Yet in just a few verses (4:16-17) Cain will settle down, marry, have a son, and build a city. This is not the activity one would expect from a fugitive and a vagabond. 4:12

    God promises Abram and his descendants all of the land of Canaan. But both history and the bible (Acts 7:5 and Heb.11:13) show that God's promise to Abram was not fulfilled. 13:15, 15:18, 17:8, 28:13-14

    How long was the Egyptian captivity? This verse says 400 years, but Ex.12:40 and Gal.3:17 say 430 years. 15:13

    "In the fourth generation they [Abraham's descendants] shall come hither again." But, if we count Abraham, then their return occurred after seven generations: Abraham, Isaac (Gen.21:1-3), Jacob (Gen.25:19-26), Levi (Gen.35:22-23), Kohath (Ex.6:16), Amramn (Ex.6:18), and Moses (Ex.6:20). 15:16

    God promises Abram's descendants the land of Canaan from the Nile to the Euphrates. But according to Acts 7:5 and Heb.11:13 God's promise to Abram was not fulfilled. 15:18

    God promises to make Isaac's descendents as numerous as "the stars of heaven", which, of course, never happened. The Jews have always been, and will always be, a small minority. 26:4

    God renames Jacob twice (32:28, 35:10 ). God says that Jacob will henceforth be called Israel, but the Bible continues to call him Jacob anyway (47:28-29). And even God himself calls him Jacob in 46:2. 32:28, 35:10

    God calls Jacob Jacob, though he said in Gen.32:28 and 35:10 that he would no longer be called Jacob but Israel. 46:2

    God promises to bring Jacob safely back from Egypt, but Jacob dies in Egypt (Gen.47:28-29) 46:3

    The tribe of Judah will reign "until Shiloh," but Israel's first king (Saul) was from the tribe of Benjamin (Acts 13:21), and most of the time after this prophecy there was no king at all. 49:10

    "He washed his garments in wine ... His eyes shall be red with wine."

    Did Judah really wash his clothes in wine? Were his eyes bloodshot from drinking too much? Or is this a prophecy of Jesus? (I didn't know Jesus had a drinking problem.) 49:11-12

    Contrary to the prophecy in 48:21, Joseph died in Egypt, not Israel. Gen.50:24

  • 1 decade ago

    Okay I'll take this one seriously.

    Yes, absolute. I feel lost and confused because I have no idea what is going to happen when i die. It's pretty scary being a Atheist, everyone is afraid of the unknown. But that doesn't make me want to buy into something just to make me feel better. It's more like I can't believe in something because I see right through the BS. Sometimes I wish I didn't and I could live in happy la la land until I die- but that just isn't in me.

  • YY4Me
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    You seem to assume some things. One of them being that those who believe there are no gods feel that something's missing in their lives. We don't.

    I have no idea what you mean by "Do you fell lost not knowing what to believe?" I'm not "lost," and I know very well what I believe. I reached the conclusion that gods were created by men, and I'm quite comfortable with that.

    I did search, and all mythologies were equally silly, so it's not that I "still have not found the one in which" I "belong."

    Anyone can answer questions here, and your question is "...for those with no religion," which includes people who are very happy having no superstitious beliefs.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no, i don't feel lost.

    I did look into what I call 'small b buddhism' but even that seemed to not really work for me.

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    I can read very well, thank you. You posed this question to those with 'no religion'. That includes atheists. If you didn't want atheists to answer you should have specified. Or you could have ignored the unwanted answers rather than start insulting people.

    Excuse me for trying to provide you with the courtesy of an answer.

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    You know what, **** the violation notice. You are a moron.

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    You are the one who started arguing. And I don't care if you believe in God or not, you are still a moron.

  • 1 decade ago

    Not having religion is not the same as not knowing what to believe. And not everyone belongs in a religion. I've never been attracted to an organized religion, and the question I always asked is why do I need someone to tell me how to relate to God?

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