God, Gods, Religion, and other such things...
In response to a few comments expressing a desire for a thread on religion, I am starting one
I want this to be a symposium style discussion so I am going to preface this by saying that if you are not interested in having a civil, open-minded discussion about the nature of the divine, the systems of religion, or any such related issue, please don't post. I know that people take their religious beliefs very seriously and I respect that, I also respect that as beings of free will and complex thought and emotion, we have to capacity to discuss, analyze, and debate such topics as the nature of the universe, God(s) and the like without compromising those beliefs. This is not a place to make fun of ANY religion be it Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Wicca, other pagan traditions, Buddhism, Satanism, or any other belief system or lack of belief. This is not a place to try and convert people to your religion. This is a place for us all to explore our beliefs and the beliefs of others and hopefully learn something in the process. I would hope that this all goes without saying, but I know this is a delicate topic, so I want to make that clear from the get-go. In short: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all
That said, I pose my first question:
Do you believe in a God/Gods/Higher Power/etc? If so, why? If not, why not?