In a religious sense I don't believe in god. If I have to pick my personal faith or any definition of religion I'd probably say I'm agnostic.
I believe we are all made of star dust, so in a way I don't believe in divine intervention.
However I believe in basics of Christianity or religion in general. And that is be as good as you can be. Have morals and ethics.
What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others. So if that is some inner god, I believe in it.
To me, God = Reason.
A kind of modern pick n mix approach, hey.
Believing in the basics of 'Christianity or religion in general' is such a sweeping and simultaneously amorphous credo that it would allow you to kill apostates, allow and disallow contraception and accept grotesque and humiliating caste system-and that's just for starters.
It's idolatry to define god in your own terms, hardly something that religious types approve of.
don't know If I understood the essence of your reply, but I kinda don't care what those religious type approve or not. I don't need anyone to tell me what to believe or not. Especially religion.
God is just a term, and it can be defined in many ways. Orthodox Christianity focus more on the morals and down to earth questions, unlike some christian fundamentalists, so there's at least something I can understand in religion, which often do more damage than good.
well i was using your 'However I believe in basics of Christianity or religion in general' as my starting point-if you genuinely did believe the basics of religion in general, you'd have to believe a lot of contradictory stuff. Seems to me your point was vacillating between some kind of new age, none specific acceptance of aspects of religion, with a kind of contemporary 'i don't need anyone to tell me what to think' approach-pick'n'mix.
i don't think God is ever 'defined' as such, at least in most religions- certainly the Abrahamic ones. they tend towards seeing god as ineffable-as i've said, to attempt to define god is idolatrous-it makes a human image of the divine.
As I've already said, orthodox Christianity doesn't necessarily always name god as something divine. They focus more on spirituality of the individuals. Preaching something good, telling us to be as better person as we can be.
Also there are many religious people here who don't contradict themselves exactly for the reasons I've stated. They don't even deny scientists, nor the Big Bang theory.
I can understand those people, because they show at least some sense of reality and reason, which is kinda totally opposite of what fundamentalist believe.
I have yet to find any intelligent conversation with fundamentalist, because as soon as they say things like they don't believe dinosaurs ever existed, I lose them.
I hate religion in general, but as everything in life, you can always find something good about it, because after all it thought me some of the most important things in life. That is to have, unconditional love towards your family and closest friends.
Anything evolving divine intervention by any religion, that's where I lose interest.
That's where I believe we need to turn towards scientists.