I have a dream, of a thread where people can enunciate their beliefs about life and religion, without the possibility of degeneration into pointless back-and-forth arguing. Well maybe not a dream, but it seems like it might be a good idea And maybe not, but worth a shot perhaps.
Such arguing accomplishes little in the end, and usually isn’t much fun either.
A compendium of beliefs could be an interesting thing to read though, if enough people contribute. And so anyone is invited to share their own beliefs here. However, this is a place where criticism of others’ beliefs–valid or otherwise–is not welcome.
I know that sounds constraining, and normally I would say good-faith criticism of a point of view, religious or otherwise, should certainly not be discouraged. However when it comes to this topic, on this forum, it often seems to be more of a detriment than a benefit. It’s impossible to pick out the pearls of wisdom from the muck on a lot of threads.
The way to criticize someone’s beliefs in this thread is to respond with your own beliefs. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Your beliefs can contradict or mesh with other beliefs, fair is fair, but direct responses to others’ beliefs belong somewhere else. This is a big website, and there is plenty of room for the back-and-forth in other threads. Having a thread without it could just be a good thing.
Mod note: I’m signalling my intention right at the beginning of this thread that I will just summarily dump any trashy posts, so keep it respectful and all will be well. Tally-ho!
So here’s a belief of mine:
If we insist a creator God made everything, we are left with the question of where the creator God came from. Who created God? There’s no good way I have ever heard to answer that question. I think we have to recognize that we really know nothing about why we’re here or where the universe came from. That could change someday as mankind’s knowledge expands, but not likely in the near future in my opinion. I acknowledge my ignorance when it comes to this question, and am just happy to be here.