What else do you think being Buddhist entails?
It also makes my life a little easier. Few people i meet understand why a white male doesn't drink, and everyone thinks they will be the one to drag me off the wagon. Failure is met by questioning why. Not enjoying it is apparently not an acceptable answer so i say i'm Buddhist, and apparently that explains it to their satisfaction.
But we need a thread on the definition of religion and what constitutes a religious person to explore further.
It's the treatment of religion as one homogeneous entity that i'm arguing against. I fully acknowledge the ugly aspects of various religions. It's just some people do not acknowledge any positive aspects. I would say that such a treatment is actually exacerbating the polarisation you lament, not improving it. It's just an 'us vs them' mentality because, well, you know, religious people are so stoopid and atheists are just intellectually better.
As a religious person who does not believe in god or an afterlife, what are you looking for.? Psychic abilities what?
Buddhism believes in an afterlife in the form of reincarnation until enlightenment. What is enlightenment for you?
You appear lost in the wilderness, and looking for a direction or meaning to life.
Direction is achieved by interest, opportunity, and motivation. You have an interest in Buddhism, how did you get interested in that?
Religious or Atheist, makes no difference to a persons intelligence, what makes you think that. Genetics, upbringing, social environment, and opportunity are major factors in people being allowed to advance amongst many others. Many religious people are atheists it seems.
I suspect0 Religious people take the line of least resistance and can be herded like sheep, whilst atheists are generally not easily led, and are anarchistic in there views, wolves in sheeps clothing ..
As for a meaning to life or some hierarchy in the animal kingdom, why does anyone need one. We were born we will die, just like everything else on the planet. In the middle you have a life to live, why not get on with it. As you indicated earlier what we do in life ripples through into the future. Mindfulness of your actions, and how you behave towards others, is normal human behaviour, religion is not required for this.
As for an afterlife, given a few millennia all your molecules will be recycled reborn ie they will re-enter the food chain, and work their way back through..
The thread was about when would belief in god become obsolete, Rather than highlighting all religion, should we narrow down to religious groups who believe in a god, or narrow it down even further to what definition of a god should become obsolete.
There are numerous options to choose from.
God as a person, Jesus, accepted by some Christian groups. rejected by Islam.
God of the old testament, comes down in flying saucer.
God in everything, or God Particle
Hinduism take your pick
Who is the wanker that keeps marking me down -1 .
I will please who ever it is and stop posting.
Edited by Handy andy, 20 June 2017 - 10:28 AM.