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Thread #29796   Message #1948993
Posted By: Bill D
26-Jan-07 - 03:22 PM
Thread Name: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
Subject: RE: What does the word 'God' mean to you?,II
Let me clarify something..I am aware that I cannot experience what you do...nor do I have the incentive to that you mentioned in an earlier post. In fact, I have a brother who had some of the issues you referred to...he drank, tried drugs and had MUCH trouble sorting out his personal life. He felt he NEEDED something outside himself to help him cope and to validate his very existence. A number of years ago, he also chose a religious path, and whatever the 'truth' of it, it DID provide him a focus for his attempt to improve his life.

For this reason, I cannot argue a lot with those who have found personal benefits from the security and community of religious belief...I wish they had found other ways, but it is what it is.
My only concern is keeping the logic in front of everyone that says "there ARE other ways" and resisting the often immense pressure to allow religious principles to determine the very fabric of society, much as happens in places like Iraq, Iran...etc.

For those who HAVE chosen religion as their personal path, I can only with them the best and the assurance that even as I question the basis, I still will defend the RIGHT to worship as they please...privately.