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What do you get out of spirituality?

Discussion in 'Christianity and World Religion' started by MehGuy, Aug 29, 2017.

  1. cloudyday2

    cloudyday2 Generic Theist Supporter

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    I suppose I'm hoping to find some purpose in life.

    So far I would agree with @Steve Petersen that religion/spirituality hasn't delivered a damn thing for me. (It has delivered many negative things though.) But I'm hopeful that I might find something that helps, because I have nearly freed myself from my childhood indoctrination in Christianity. Christianity has been of no use to me spiritually, but the residual belief and fears have prevented me from freely exploring other paths.

    (Of course I know that Christianity is useful for many people. In fact, some people convert from atheism to Christianity as thinking adults and so forth.)
     
  2. dlamberth

    dlamberth Senior Contributor Supporter

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    As soon as the mind figures out that there will be doctrine, and as soon as there is a doctrine there may be other doctrines and all of these belong to the mind-world. They are not activities of the soul itself.
     
  3. dlamberth

    dlamberth Senior Contributor Supporter

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    I felt the same at one time. It's when I discovered the wisdom traditions with in the various spiritual traditions that things finally began to jell for me.
     
  4. sunshineforJesus

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    I enjoy growing in the Lord
     
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  5. Phil 1:21

    Phil 1:21 Well-Known Member

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    What do I get out of it? I get to be mocked by unbelievers. I get to be ostracized by progressive culture. I get demonized by people who think killing unborn babies is acceptable. I get to be called a homophobe for supporting the Biblical definition of marriage. I get to be ridiculed for worshiping a “Jewish zombie.” I get be called a closet homosexual for refusing to hang out in strip clubs or watch pornography. I get to be called a snob for not getting drunk or doing drugs. I get to be lumped in with the KKK and neo Nazis by people who say they are Christians too. I get to watch as our elected leaders pass laws restricting the public practice of my faith while they legitimize the very behavior that is destroying our nation.

    And I also get to spend eternity in the very presence of God when He calls me home. For that I am ever thankful.
     
  6. TheOldWays

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    That's what happens when you tangle with pendulums or egregors as they get power by playing their adherents off adherents of other egregors and pendulums. Lessen importance and tune out the noise and things will be a lot better. :)
     
  7. cloudyday2

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    Assume for a moment that the atheists are correct. What does your spirituality give you? You get the psychological comfort of a false hope in a happy afterlife. That comfort is worth something, but what else do you get if atheism is true? There should be more I think.
     
  8. Phil 1:21

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    Honestly, that would be like asking me to assume that I'm a cocker spaniel riding a magic unicorn through a land ruled by purple manatees and that dead parrot from Monty Python. I don't have a vivid enough imagination to pretend that atheists are correct.
     
  9. cloudyday2

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    John Lennon Lyrics - Imagine
     
  10. awitch

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    Let's frame it in a way that you can work with.

    Imagine you're the one who is deceived by Satan, and it's really the liberal/progressive Christians who hold "The Truth".
     
  11. Phil 1:21

    Phil 1:21 Well-Known Member

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    Now where did I leave my LSD? :help:<--He needs somebody. Not just anybody. He needs someone.
     
  12. MehGuy

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    Not sure if I want this thread to be another "atheist vs theist" battleground.. lol.
     
  13. TheOldWays

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    It's the nature of these forums...well most forums. You will notice threads that are about something non-combative will die quickly. The most popular threads are always ones with lots of arguing and debate.
     
  14. juvenissun

    juvenissun ... and God saw that it was good.

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    For me, reasoning and logic are the biggest thing.
     
  15. Jane_the_Bane

    Jane_the_Bane Gaia's godchild

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    I don't really conceptualize spirituality in terms of "getting something out of it", like consumerist entertainment.
    Self-knowledge and insight might count as a sort of reward, I suppose.
     
  16. dlamberth

    dlamberth Senior Contributor Supporter

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    And Wisdom.
     
  17. Lukaris

    Lukaris Orthodox Christian Supporter

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  18. dlamberth

    dlamberth Senior Contributor Supporter

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    The way I understand it, reasoning and logic are things of religion but not so much of spirituality.
     
  19. TheOldWays

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    I can think of no better reward then knowledge of oneself. Then the sky is the limit.
     
  20. dlamberth

    dlamberth Senior Contributor Supporter

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    Knowledge of ones Self...that's like opening a can of worms. Once opened who knows where that can lead. Which can be a scary thought to the ego, who wants to be in control.
     
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