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Are you afraid? - May 24th 2015, 06:47 AM

Are you afraid of god?
   
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Re: Are you afraid? - May 24th 2015, 11:01 AM

I don't know if there is a god, but if there is, I'm not afraid of him. Why should I be? Could you maybe be more specific? ^^


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Re: Are you afraid? - May 24th 2015, 11:27 AM

Well, it was actually the idea that I should fear God that made me skeptical of the Catholic Church and eventually drove me away from Christianity altogether, and I'm presuming we're talking about the Christian God here. I've a personal anecdote to go with this. I live in an urban working class area in Ireland and, even though I don't practice Catholicism, one simply can't escape religiosity here. Streets, housing estates and places are named after saints, most schools are Catholic schools, etc, and the Catholic Church in Ireland has a reputation for scaring people into following Church teachings to the letter.

I remember the few times I attended mass growing up - my family are non-practicing but vaguely believing Catholics - and hearing the priest going on about how God hates this and that and how we should fear God and live our lives in the image of Christ or else God will burn us for eternity, and thinking to myself, "wait a minute, they're just trying to control people by frightening them". That's when I started distancing myself from religion. The Church has lived off fear for years, especially in places like where I live, scaring people into subscribing to their sociopolitical agenda. Meanwhile people within the Church were doing terrible things, abusing children and imprisoning unmarried mothers, but nobody even cared to question them for years. You see, that's why I was so happy Ireland passed the marriage equality referendum yesterday; not just because it's great for us queer people, but because it represents Irish people starting to question Church teachings.

So, now that I'm an atheist, I'm obviously not afraid of God. This whole idea that we should be afraid of God often drives people away from religion. But, hey, the Christian God as portrayed in the Bible is a misogynistic, power-hungry, cold-blooded murderer, so I guess you can see why people should fear him.
   
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Re: Are you afraid? - May 24th 2015, 07:47 PM

No. You shouldn't be afraid of God. God is a God of mercy not one who strikes fear into our hearts. Jesus was tourtured and died for us completely out of love.That shows just how much he loves us!^^

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Re: Are you afraid? - May 24th 2015, 09:19 PM

I don't belong to a religion, but I do believe in God. I'm not afraid of Him, but I can see how in some religions God is something to fear.


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Re: Are you afraid? - May 25th 2015, 02:17 PM

I used to be very afraid. I don't know, I guess as I moved away from religion I stopped being afraid. Though I do get anxiety that he is trying to punish me sometimes. It is weird because I stopped believing in god but I still have left over fear.well I'm agnostic anyway.
   
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Re: Are you afraid? - May 26th 2015, 02:06 AM

I'm afraid of the consequences of there being a god. I wouldn't say I'm particularly afraid of god. I'm more afraid of fundamentalist religious fanatics. However, if there is a god, I do fear his psyche, mentality, wrath, whatever. Who's to say god will be just or merciful or loving? It also depends if this god is all powerful. I guess what I'm getting at is WHICH god are you asking about?
   
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Re: Are you afraid? - May 27th 2015, 04:21 PM

I'm not afraid of God. We have all sinned. To be honest I don't believe in higher powers or anything.


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Re: Are you afraid? - May 27th 2015, 10:03 PM

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Re: Are you afraid? - May 30th 2015, 10:48 PM

No, I am not afraid of God. I admit that there was a time that I used to be afraid of God but I have come to the realization that I have nothing to fear. I do sometimes wonder what the consequences will be for some of my actions but I am doing my best to live a good life and I think that is all God wants. I don't particularly follow any one religion but I do believe in God. However, this fact might mean that some of my beliefs are different than other religions.


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Re: Are you afraid? - June 2nd 2015, 05:35 AM

Yes!!!! But I love God...
   
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