Jump to content




Welcome to Unexplained Mysteries! Please sign in or create an account to start posting and to access a host of extra features.


- - - - -

The 4 horseman :Atheist Agenda


  • Please log in to reply
305 replies to this topic

#301    Sherapy

Sherapy

    Sheri loves Sean loves Sheri...

  • Member
  • 21,714 posts
  • Joined:14 Jun 2005
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:At the Beach-- San Pedro, California

  • The giving of love is an education in itself.
    ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:45 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 10 August 2013 - 04:33 PM, said:

I think genuinely mature people give up on religion except maybe its aesthetic and cultural and ethical aspects.  Even for them, though, if the indoctrination has been sufficient (many parents today don't indoctrinate their children and therefore spare them all  this) the guilt and fear is considerable, and often ends in hatred of the old religion.  Read the posts of those who express hate of religion and you find that they come from such families.

Less mature people, quite simply, either find another religion to meet this emotional need or more likely return to the original, among feelings of peace and joy.  Listen to a testimonial session at some fundamentalist church some day and you will  hear this sort of story over and over.  They mistake the instinct to stick with childhood indoctrination for the Holy Spirit.

I'm just describing as factually as I can what happens; where the good or bad of it all exists is beyond me.

I veer with you here (respectfully) I have seen people who were struggling with the challenges of life and religion added  a reason and a way to to become the type of person they were seeking to become. My ex husband is the poster child for such a conversion. I think he is a much better person because of his religious path,  but again it is how he applies it. I do not disagree that  things can go terribly wrong in religion too though.

I would even agree that one that comes from a fundie environment could have a lot of anger and hate religion,  I was one of those and through years and hard work/practice I have come to a place of tolerance. Would I say I was less mature, no I would say I demonstrated an incredible maturity to allow myself the process of healing and honoring where I was at( I had a longer way to go as I had  to learn the actual nature of tolerance, as it was not modeled.)  I'm still dealing with parents that are hard core fundies and for me it has become a grand opportunity to cultivate understanding and tolerance in all circumstances. We can only be where we are and work from there.




#302    Frank Merton

Frank Merton

    Blue fish

  • Member
  • 12,586 posts
  • Joined:22 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • I dunno --

Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:51 PM

You are good at cherry picking;  I take the fact that you  picked up  that overstatement of mine as a good sign of considerable immaturity.


#303    Frank Merton

Frank Merton

    Blue fish

  • Member
  • 12,586 posts
  • Joined:22 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • I dunno --

Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:53 PM

Maturity comes with age and experience; if should be differentiated from wisdom and from intelligence, although they aren't completely non-interdependent.


#304    Frank Merton

Frank Merton

    Blue fish

  • Member
  • 12,586 posts
  • Joined:22 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • I dunno --

Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:56 PM

The thing about religion is that it is "belief," not just "opinion."  That is why it causes the troubles it does and why when we can accept our views as opinions rather than beliefs the same teaching can be helpful rather than harmful.


#305    Condescending

Condescending

    Paranormal Investigator

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 757 posts
  • Joined:16 Feb 2007
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Denmark

  • Patience is the companion of wisdom

Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:00 AM

View PostIrrelevant, on 12 June 2013 - 03:01 PM, said:

This is what the New Atheist Agenda thought to, (its at the end of the second video) that they had the Brains to defeat the Faiths..

They made the mistake of trying to reason people out of a position they weren't reasoned into in the first place.

< My Garden >


#306    Frank Merton

Frank Merton

    Blue fish

  • Member
  • 12,586 posts
  • Joined:22 Jan 2013
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • I dunno --

Posted 16 August 2013 - 01:00 AM

View PostCondescending, on 16 August 2013 - 12:00 AM, said:

They made the mistake of trying to reason people out of a position they weren't reasoned into in the first place.
I take it what you mean is that religions maintain themselves with indoctrination and use of emotional manipulation rather than with reason.  If that is what you mean I agree.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users