The Golden Rule: Where does Morality come from?

•May 17, 2007 • 4 Comments

a year ago i got into sunstone. i learned that the blacks being denied the priesthood was based on racist ideals. i realized i had given hundreds of hours to studying this other side of mormonism and thought i should give some time to god in prayer to see if he had anything to say about my belief structure that wasslowly changing. i wanted to give him a chance to respond to the new information i had been learning and accepting as true.

god, what do you think about all of this? to me it makes since but just say the magic words and i’ll do my best to throw out everything i’ve recently learned and go back to blind faith if needs be.

as i was losing my faith in mormonism, i was growing a newfound love and respect for people of all races, sexual preferences, belief-systems, etc. i started to not see gays as sinners and bad people. i stopped seeing blacks (even if just sub-consciously) as less-valiant fence-sitters in the pre-existence. i wasn’t seeing non-lds folk as “lost”, anymore. so i prayed to know if this was “okay in god’s eyes”. yeah, it sounds weird that i had to pray about something like that but those ideas conflicted with what i had learned in church and in my own private study of the doctrine. Continue reading ‘The Golden Rule: Where does Morality come from?’

Someone Jacked My Thoughts

•April 27, 2007 • 2 Comments

…actually, someone more coherently organized the thoughts, feelings and conclusions I’ve had myself lately, in a more understandable dialogue. Check out his well-worded post here.

Kullervo said:

As I’ve said before, I do not deny the existence of God, but there are some things that I do deny. Many of them actually assume that God exists, so what I mean then is that “if there is a God, I deny that he is like x.”

Agreed. He continues:

I deny the existence of hell. That an even marginally good god would damn people to eternal punishment and torture for finite sins committed in virtual ignorance is absolutely preposterous. That some people do believe this makes my mind boggle.

I deny the infallibility of the Bible (or any other religious text), of human religious leaders, of religions, and of philosophies. The claim of infallibility is unbelievably arrogant, and reality usually shows the truth. Continue reading ‘Someone Jacked My Thoughts’

To Embrace Atheism or Not?

•April 17, 2007 • 4 Comments

I think there are so many positive things that come from accepting atheism or agnosticism. Intellectual honesty is a huge one. Finally you can simply say, “I don’t know, and you don’t know either”. And that’s honesty.

Although I find myself still talking to god and doubting if I’m an atheist just like angrymormonliberal said here. I’ve had a lot of little nice spiritual experiences that could pretty easily be explained by science but one spiritual experience was very profound for me. It was too big for me to ever dismiss just like that. It may keep me in agnosticism indefinitely but I keep thinking to myself, what about 99.9999% of the people in this world that didn’t have that strong experience like I did. How are they supposed to believe? And I don’t want to have special rights over my brothers and sisters in this world. I don’t believe god would work that way.

Another great thing about embracing doubt and uncertainty is the relief from Cognitive Dissonance that anyone religious must go through on a day-to-day basis. Leaving organized religion and embracing science gives you a great feeling of relief and elation. I can’t tell you how wonderful (for me) it is to be able to learn about human evolution and simply accept it wholly and also to be able to accept what that means to me in the big picture. I don’t have to be anti-science anymore, I don’t have to accept the evil selfish homophobic killer of a god of the bible. Continue reading ‘To Embrace Atheism or Not?’

The Funniest Story I’ve Ever Heard (that happened Inside the Temple)

•April 16, 2007 • 6 Comments

I’m so happy that my mom felt comfortable enough to still share this funny story with me even though she knows I don’t believe in the church anymore.  You’d think she’d want to tell me something spiritual that happened with her while in the sacred temple instead of something completely the opposite,  but she surprised me today.  This is what happened in the temple with my mom this week: Continue reading ‘The Funniest Story I’ve Ever Heard (that happened Inside the Temple)’

Getting to know me (Part One)

•April 15, 2007 • Leave a Comment

I think I’ll start off my blog with a few posts about who I am and possibly some of my journey away from religion and towards skepticism, science, rationalism and realism.

First off, this questionaire should be a easy way to kick me into gear and start a new writing habit that I would like to undertake.

Borrowed from Every Wrong Move (who apparently borrowed from Cool-Jen): Continue reading ‘Getting to know me (Part One)’

Wazgood? my journeys through the DAMU as Anubys

•April 12, 2007 • 2 Comments

[5/02/07- updated with my story near the end] This is a picture of Anubis. He was the ancient Egyptian God of the Dead. He was also the coolest character from the movie Stargate. I’ve always thought he was the coolest, most mysterious character I’d seen ever since watching that movie.

Recently, in the last 150 years or so, he has also found his way as a character from the Pearl of Great Price (although someone drew in a different head on him for this particular picture): Continue reading ‘Wazgood? my journeys through the DAMU as Anubys’