- September 4, 2006 at 12:43 am #1378
” title=”Sad” /> Do you believe in God?
The short answer is no. The long answer is – if he comes out of hiding we will believe in him. As long as he remains the invisible guy in the sky – he doesn’t meet the objective reality test. The longer answer can be found on our Does God Exist page.
An important point is that the term “God” doesn’t refer to a single entity. There are thousands of gods out there and every individual has their own personal conception of God based on their own imagination. So even if the Church of Reality were to decided to accept a deity we would have to identify which one is real out of millions of choices. So we are going to have to wait till a deity steps forward and identifies itself.
Aren’t you afraid you are going to burn in Hell forever if you are wrong?
Nope – not at all. But I would be more afraid if I were a Theist. After all – what if you picked the wrong religion? Maybe the Muslims are right. Maybe the Mormons are right? What if it’s the Jehovah’s Witnesses? We believe in what’s real. Burning in Hell forever over a mistaken opinion clearly isn’t. Aren’t you afraid of wasting your life believing in fiction if you are wrong? What would scare me more is that if this is our entire existence, maybe 75 years and then we are gone, I wouldn’t want to waste it all worshiping a fictional deity.
Do you believe in an after life?
Officially – the Church of Reality does not believe in an after life or pre life. If it is ever proven that there is one – we will believe in it. However – part of who we are survives in the Tree of Knowledge which represents the some total of all human understanding. You might be remembered positively for something you accomplished or contributed – or negatively for something terrible you did – or – you might not be remembered at all. You might end up being forgotten. After the last person who knew you personally has died – will anyone remember you? Have you accomplished anything or contributed anything worth remembering?
For example – Albert Einstein is still with us because he contributed Relativity to the Tree. The “guy who invented the wheel” is still with us. The only afterlife that we know for sure is if we are remembered or if we accomplish something that becomes part of the Tree of Knowledge. In the Church of Reality – if you want an afterlife – you have to earn it.
What about punishment?
If you turn your back on reality – you will be punished! Seriously though – people who take reality into consideration in their daily lives tend to make better decisions giving them access to opportunities and avoiding the pitfalls of those who turn their back on the real world. Reality can make your life better.
Do you worship anything or anyone?
Not really. However – there are some things we hold as sacred and holy. We consider the Tree of Knowledge to be something that is holy to us. When we use the terms sacred and holy – it’s because it is part of our lives and our commitment to the truth. We also consider Mother Earth to be sacred because this is where we evolved and we are dependent on it for our survival.
But – we don’t worship anything – pray to anyone – or fear the wrath of deities striking us down for failing to worship them.September 4, 2006 at 1:05 am #6870
Where is this from?September 4, 2006 at 1:11 am #6872
He copied and pasted it from http://www.churchofreality.org/wisdom/faq/
” title=”Neutral” />September 4, 2006 at 1:57 am #6874
Bernadine,I’m sorry I shld has posted the source,how do u find these links so fast?September 4, 2006 at 5:02 pm #6886
lol, no problem. I’ve forgetten as well to cite my source a couple of times, but I later went back and cited it. As far as finding these links so fast, google works great. ” title=”Smile” /> By the way, I finally found a picture of Saint Bernardine of Siena that fits. There’s really not much to choose from on the internet. Thanks for requesting the larger kb Victor and thanks for making it happen Jon. I appreciate it.September 11, 2006 at 12:15 am #6955
” title=”Smile” /> How about a pic of you?September 11, 2006 at 8:40 pm #6958
My most recent pic.
[img:3nomqe68]http://www.primates.com/chimps/chimp.jpg[/img:3nomqe68]September 11, 2006 at 8:50 pm #6959
” title=”Very Happy” /> You are SO cute,if you can make it smaller insert on your profileSeptember 13, 2006 at 2:07 am #6967
I’ll post a pic of myself as soon as I can find one. ” title=”Smile” />September 13, 2006 at 2:09 am #6968
[color=darkred:1uppj7s6]By the way Weather, what was your occupation before you retired? Let me guess, a meteorologist? :” title=”Question” /> [/color:1uppj7s6]September 13, 2006 at 10:50 am #6970
I worked for 36 years as a natural gas dispatcher at Northern States Power Co(now Xcel Energy).I became intrested in weather at age 12,never became a meteorologist cause I was never sharp in higher math and physics.September 17, 2006 at 12:00 am #7003
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