Yes I really believe in religion.
No I conform belief in religion for socioeconomic advantages
Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger. ― Ron Paul
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. Thomas Jefferson
I hear ya.
I personally have found it's simply easier to conform and reap the societal benefits of being a Christian even though I'm extremely secular.
I can definitely tell that I advance more in my career, get higher socioeconomic status women and just in general get treated better when I wear a cross or advocate my Christianity subtly so on a social level. I do it strictly for the benefits of which there are many, that said, I could never believe in religion on a logical level ever.
What he's also really asking in a way is: Do you conform to the religion you were raised with because of the value of conforming?
Any group gives you certain opportunities, and also takes some away (if you conform to it to such an extent that going outside of it is a non-option).
I believe in religion. It does exist. I just don't believe in God.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
It would be damned nice if people could simply accept the religions and levels of acceptance of other people in or not in a specific religion and leave them alone.
I would add that professing a religion so that one might attract and bang other people of said religion is practicing a perversion not a religion.
Last edited by Risky Thicket; 12-01-14 at 04:56 PM.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
I'm an atheist, but at work and to my wife's family, I'm a Christian that doesn't attend church of any kind. They all buy it because I know far more about the Bible than they do.
At my previous job I was very good friends with my boss. He was my in-laws neighbor. We had a few nights where we hung out at his house and he had too much to drink and was talking about how great Lebanon was (He's a good ole southern boy but his wife is lebanese) because over there they bring the fags and the atheists in to the woods and you never hear from them again, and that's an easy way to deal with them. So needless to say, from there on out I've gone through great lengths to make sure that I'd never be out of a job simply because someone knew I was atheist. As of right now, a handful of close friends and my wife knows that I'm atheist and it's no big deal. But letting any co-workers now would be career suicide from where I'm sitting.
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882