Belief In God

Someone asked me recently what prompted me to write my book, To Believe Or Not To Beleieve: The Social & Neurological Consequeces of Belief Systems. I actually started thinking about it 3 years ago when I noticed something in myself. I have been taking a hard look at some of my beliefs that I have had for all my life and set out to basically dissmantle them one by one with the use of logic, experience, and meditation. By doing so I observed a noticible difference in comprehension and especially in the area of problem solving. The areas that were most noticible were in the area where I have once had a belief that limited my understanding.

There are many examples but the one that has meant the most to my personal spirtitual developement was my belief in a personal God. By simply doing my homework over the years I had successfully released myself from my early indoctrination into religion. It's not that I no longer believe there is a God, to beleive there is no God would still be a belief. It's just that I no longer believe there is a God that can be identified and defined that is listening to my every word when I go into that meditative place. I realised that it was my idea and belief in a God that actually got in my way of experiencing something that we would do better calling a "being" of consciousness.

 


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If they can make you believe in absurdities they can make you commit atrocities.
Voltaire

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We turn toward the truth under the same heliotropic laws as a flower turns towards the sun, and for the same reason…connection with the source of energy. Rahasya Poe

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Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. Clarence Darrow (1857 - 1938)

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Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea. Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)

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“Religion is a defense against religious experience, concepts and doctrines keep a person from having a transcendent experience.” Joseph Campbell

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A question that we often ask ourselves is, “How is it that man can cause so much suffering to another and at the same time, turn around and give his life to save someone else that he doesn’t even know?” Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650)

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“The virgin birth is symbolic of the birth of spiritual man out of the animal man through the compassion of the heart.” Joseph Campbell

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One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea. Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)

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“Religion is a defense against religious experience, concepts and doctrines keep a person from having a transcendent experience.” Joseph Campbell

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With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.George Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 - 1799)

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Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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If this is your estimate of your relation to nature and you have an advanced technology, your likelihood of survival will be that of a snowball in hell. You will die either of the toxic by-products of your own hate, or, simply, of over-population and overgrazing. Gregory Bateson-Futurist and Naturalist

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“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men” Plato

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With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. Steven Weinberg (1933 - )

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“We are developing so quickly on this planet that we are not developing new myths. The future myth will be the planet itself.” Joseph Campbell

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Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction. Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition. Alexander Hodge

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The moment you accept your religion as the only way, it becomes an ideology and is a closed door. Eckhart Tolle

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Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. Gore Vidal (1925 - )

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With our participation what was once the evolution of consciousness has become conscious evolution. Rahasya

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The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841 - 1935)

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Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish. Quintilian, De Institutione Oratoria

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All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. Ashley Montague

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I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room. Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

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