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Does God exist?

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This is perhaps the most existential question of all time. In yesterday's post about Christmas, one of my readers commented that my audience is filled with nonbelievers. What does that say about me, or the content of my blog? I'm not sure. :) So, it's time to take a poll. Do you believe in God or some other deity? What is the foundation for your belief or disbelief? Maybe some of you are undecided? I know many Russians don't like to talk about personal details, but it's interesting to know more about the strangers around the globe who read me. Please answer to help me understand more about the demographics of my audience. If you want to know my views on this topic, simply click on the "religion" tag in my blog to see relevant stories, and my opinion will be easy to decipher. Thanks and a pleasant weekend to all!

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don_oles
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC)
I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

Do I exist? Do I believe in I?
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:32 pm (UTC)
So what is your answer? :)
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sergechel
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
Usually i'm asking back this questions - Which one of hundreds of gods?
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
Good point, so I changed the question to say "or some other deity." :)
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real_marsel
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
I believe in You. :-)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:32 pm (UTC)
Ha, thanks! But I don't want to be worshiped or idolized by anyone. :)) I'm too flawed for this. There is a great lyric from the singer Alanis Morissette:

I don't want to be your idol
See this pedestal is high and I'm afraid of heights



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perycalypsis
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:34 pm (UTC)
The Church of the Latter-Day Dude, Dudeism
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:36 pm (UTC)
lol! And do these people come to your door with Bibles, as they do in the U.S.? They are usually young men, dressed in suits trying to convert unbelievers from the doorstep of their home.
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e_g_o_r_i_u_s
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
God (or some other deity) exists for the people who believe in it. Very simple. If I don't believe in God it doesn't matter that believers are wrong: they just live in another reality.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 12:55 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Very well said, I agree! Btw hello. :) Nice to see you here again.
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theodorexxx
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:02 pm (UTC)
+1 for God exists
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:03 pm (UTC)
I did not envision you to be a believer. Your attitude is sometimes too pessimistic. Usually believers are more optimistic in nature. :)
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moskitow
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
I had two concerned women at my door the other day(after the attacks in France) asking me if I'm afraid for my life because of Muslims...... I was like:"What?" I lived most of my life in a muslim republic and thank God I was an atheist as was the majority of the population in the ex Soviet Union. One less reason to kill each other.....
It was a very happy childhood since nobody ever taught me the bs about creating the world in 7 days! And all that nonsense(especially the Old Testimony!). The best part is that my parents didn't scare me with hell and all that deep frying experiences and I turned out to be okay. The ideas of Humanism and living in a society works just fine :)
Although I remember one teachers assistant in my daycare was threatening us with "babayka"(some Bashkir folk person like a leprechaun) and I was very scared of the dark and since the light switches in Russia were very high on the wall my parents had to leave the light in the bathroom always "on" for me.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:14 pm (UTC)
Omg, I wish those women would come and knock on my door! I would have so much fun with their stupidity and bigotry. :) I went to a religious school my entire life, and we were also tortured with thoughts and threats of burning in hell, but somehow it didn't scare me. I guess because my parents weren't really religious, and they didn't reinforce this hysteria at home.
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vitsky
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)
My answer is: yes, it exists in my soul.
But the next question will be: does soul exist? Or human being is just "a piece of meat"?
I think, these two questions (about God and soul) are closely connected to one another.
If I admit (feel, percieve) the existence of some un-material or subtle-material thihgs, then the idea of God will logically follow.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:00 pm (UTC)
I think a human is definitely much more than a "piece of meat"! :) And I definitely believe in the concept of a living soul, or spirit that exists long after we leave the Earth.
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e_d_w
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:21 pm (UTC)
I think that God has no faith in us.
He doesn't know about us.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
If God did not create us, where did we come from? :)
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elinelisky
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:27 pm (UTC)
I believe in God, Power of Сreation Universum, I believe in a strength of mind. I don't belong to any religion.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
Okay, thank you for the answer! Strength of mind - it is very important!
yarowind
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:36 pm (UTC)
I think you know my answer:)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, Vlad! I know the answer. :) I saw your post yesterday with the food from the feast. :)
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andrey_kaminsky
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:15 pm (UTC)
Вот она, сила господня:)
40 days of fasting, prayer and penance. If you'll be diligent, Jesus will return the possibility of using the "Insert Poll" button to you.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Вот она, сила господня:)
I would never survive a fast for 40 days! I guess this is further proof that I'm a sinner! :) I'll never forget that babushka in the village who told me she prays for several hours each day. I wonder what she is asking God?
anna_sollanna
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC)
I do believe that there is a kind of Providence or God (or maybe even many gods), and also I believe in reincarnation. Why - because in a such complex system as our universe definitely must be some kind of admins ;) And reincarnation is the only way to achieve the universal harmony ;)
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of reincarnation. It is truly fascinating! But who determines how we are reincarnated, and in what form? :) I don't even know what form I would wish to take in another life.
selfmade
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:27 pm (UTC)
Atheist.

Foundation? No need to believe. Russel's teapot.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
"Russell's teapot"...never heard of this analogy, but I just googled it. :) So, thanks for teaching me something new today!
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kichiro_sora
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
I don't believe in UFOs, Santa, elves, hobbits, tetans, gods, supernatural powers, black cats or any other crap that can't be seen or scientifically/logically explained. Don't see any reason to separate any one of these. It really cracks me up when Christians making fun of Tom Cruise with his bunch of crap, but then they find perfectly reasonable the other bunch of crap, including president, with control of nuclear arsenal, admitting they believe in old white guy in the sky (any other color won't do). Scary.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 8th, 2016 03:14 pm (UTC)
I have a similar mentality. I always try to find a solid scientific or logical explanation for everything, but sometimes they simply do not exist. This is most true with love and romantic feelings! :) Often there is no logic or justification for these feelings, and they simply exist when they are sometimes detrimental to our well being and overall emotional health and human growth. Trust me, I know. I've dated a lot of assholes. :)
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