Originally Posted by Miranda_
I'm an atheist, with LaVeyan Satanist leanings. I don't believe in God, or Satan, or Heaven or Hell. I believe that when we die, we rot in the ground and feed the worms, so you have to make the best of life.
Also, if early death and illness is caused by sin, how do you explain the long lives of people such as Klaus Barbie? Committed many atrocities, and only died at the age of 77 of leukemia. Or conversely, the short life of Grace Darling. A Victorian heroine, who bravely, along with her father, participated in a maritime rescue. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 27.
That to me is a short sighted way of looking at things, as is saying that if you break the rules of a book written thousands of years ago, and probably only meant as a metaphor, you go to Hell.
So many wars have been fought, and crimes committed, in the name of God; the hypocrisy of some so called Christians is unbelievable.
For the record, my mother is Christian and I have Christian friends. I was raised a Christian; however, I was allowed by my mother to make up my own mind and believe what I liked. She did not try and force me to go to church when I didn't believe, or castigate me for nonbelief.
I totally agree with Miranda here. I as well do not believe in heaven,hell,satan, or god and that we all just die. Luckily we dont necessarily have to rot in the ground if we wish to be cremated instead.
But about the cult thing. Heres a table to differentiate between the two as they are quite similar. I had a write a paper on the differences a while back so I still have some of my information.
Rocketship_ just out of curiosity, how is science anything like religion? Just kind of confused by your statement there.Have you ever heard of creation vs. Evolution? creation being religious views how we came to be and evolution being sciences how we came to be. They are two different looks at the same thing that always contradict one another.