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Author Topic: Why should I believe in gods/goddesses?  (Read 2905 times)

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Re: Why should I believe in gods/goddesses?
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2014, 08:55:25 pm »
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Re: Why should I believe in gods/goddesses?
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2014, 09:05:27 pm »
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When it comes to spiritual experience it tends to be entirely personal. I've had encounters with a ghost that happened in a public place and I was the only one who saw him, spoke to him, heard him. I did not even know he wasn't a living person until I saw him bounce from one location to another. But I wont tell anyone to believe in ghosts, all I can say is if you have an experience that disrupts reality it will change your views on said reality.

 
Totally didn't believe in ghosts or spirits until freshman year of college when I had the scariest supernatural experience of my life. Still can't tell you what exactly happened or what I saw. And looking back on it I have plenty of explanations that call into doubt my perceptions. But for awhile at least my entire worldview was shaken with something that felt realer than any evidence could be.
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Re: Why should I believe in gods/goddesses?
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2014, 09:34:02 pm »
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Just like there is no evidence of the Christian god, why should I worship the gods and goddesses of a particular pagan path if there is no evidence to support their existence?


If there was objective, verifiable evidence of their existence, they wouldn't be gods. Instead, science would come up with some snazzy name for these extradimensional energy beings. (How about "EEBs"?)
 
What I'm saying is that, IMHO, the mystery and uncertainty from the point of view of humanity--the mental construct or leap of faith we are called upon to make--is an integral part of godhood. If you're not so inclined, then no, there's no reason to believe in god(s).
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Re: Why should I believe in gods/goddesses?
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2014, 10:11:05 pm »
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Re: Why should I believe in gods/goddesses?
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2014, 10:15:50 pm »
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Just like there is no evidence of the Christian god, why should I worship the gods and goddesses of a particular pagan path if there is no evidence to support their existence?

 
Like everyone else said, only worship if you want to.  Serving Deity or following any religion is a personal choice and not one to be made lightly. So, if you wish to put in the effort, try following a particular path that speaks to you or has results that satisfy your need for evidence.  And keep in mind that most religion and spirituality relies on faith.  You can't always prove your feelings or experiences.  It's just up to you if the evidence you find (or don't find) is sufficient for your needs.  

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Re: Why should I believe in gods/goddesses?
« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2014, 10:26:18 pm »
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Totally didn't believe in ghosts or spirits until freshman year of college when I had the scariest supernatural experience of my life. Still can't tell you what exactly happened or what I saw. And looking back on it I have plenty of explanations that call into doubt my perceptions. But for awhile at least my entire worldview was shaken with something that felt realer than any evidence could be.

 
I did believe in ghosts before that encounter, but until then I had one on one encounters when no one else was around. The encounter I was referring happened when I was waiting tables in a crowded restaurant on St. Patrick's Day night. A large party came in and one of their number was no longer living. I kept trying to take his order and everyone was wondering who I was talking too. I only realized the man was a ghost when I asked him to please stop shouting. That was when he did the disappearing/reappearing thing before my eyes. I had also done some automatic writing on my notebook instead of taking orders from the tables.

He looked as real as any person, only brighter like he carried his own light. He wasn't scary at all.

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