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Encouraging Free-Thinking by XDiaLinnX Encouraging Free-Thinking by XDiaLinnX
If you honestly want to understand more about ideologies, or have lingering doubts about certain ideas, it's ok! Extremely religious/secular societies often try to convince us to agree with everything that they have to say, whether we like it or not, and we ourselves are often guilty of such an act when it comes to a certain viewpoint that we are passionate about. What we often forget, in the midst of "being right", is the empowering sense of self-discovery and the joy of learning. 
Being able to learn and think critically and constructively is important in everyone's spiritual growth. A lot of the young today are not encouraged to think for themselves, but to parrot what has been repeated to them. This takes away the individual's drive to use a higher level of logic when it comes to answering life's most difficult questions, because they are so used to being told the answers! Really puts a damper on your sense of self, doesn't it?

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Amanda4778 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 15, 2018  Hobbyist
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” 
-Einstein
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luckxzzee Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I honestly really tried to believe in a god but look at me now I am a agonstic
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redplanes Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017
I tried being Christian, but Paganism calls me.
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AngellStarCake Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
I was raised to be a christian, but ever since I was young I've been asking myself why/how things happened in the bible and I asked for so much proof that hasn't been given to me; all they did was tell me "because it did" or "because God said so". Christianity soon became dull and too unrealistic to me, but I couldn't really say that "God" wasn't just real. I soon found out I was agnostic and 'till this day my mom still tries to convert me back in some way, though it looks like she doesn't care. My little sis, tho, is the worst. I once joked that God was a Mary Sue (my biggest mistake, honestly. God is a GARY STU, not a Mary Sue XD) and she began bitching about it and saying that I was disrespecting her beliefs. I was like "wtf". Also, I once read too much creepypasta and had nightmares (it was worth it!). The next day my mom came screaming to me and saying "see?! God exists!!" and I was like "IT WAS A FREAKING NIGHTMARE IT'S NOT LIKE GOD ENTERED MY MIND TO PUNISH ME FOR MY GODDAMN SINS OR SOMETHING!" but she kept on ranting that 'if bad exists then good exists too' or some shit. I had to put up with it and even gave logical explanation to why nightmares happen, but noooooooo my nightmares happened due to GOD because LOGIC, amirite?

Sometimes I ask myself if I was born in the right family or something :v
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SusuSketches Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
oh I know how you feel, I was told the same but after I tried being christian I could not get warm with it
I want to find my own story - do whatever you love and live :)
Don´t let yourself down because others tell you something different - it´s also true for them - and what you think is true - is true for you
everyone has their opinions, and when you realize that everybody has no plan for life you´ll get calm and start to seek your own way
noone can tell you what your way is
wish you a nice day!
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AngellStarCake Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017
It's been a year XD my parents don't even bother me anymore and I went from agnostic to atheist, but that still doesn't stop me from having lots of christian friends and going to church with them
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SusuSketches Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice that´s good to hear
good friends can be found everywhere
nevermind what people believe, important is how they act :)

I also like churches, the atmosphere is awesome in my home church 
also the dome in the city I´m living now is just stunning
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AngellStarCake Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017
I've stopped going to church for a while because school and all, but I plan on going back when I have the time; the bible is very entertaining (despite all of the controversies I find). I had some good friends on a local church that I haven't seen in a while (we had some reunions and all) but all of that singing drives me nuts (and the standing up, and then the sitting down, and rinse and repeat for two hours).
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SusuSketches Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
There is no time unless you take it :) 
wish you all the best 
You should not do the standing sitting if you don´t want to, just sit somewhere a bit hidden, maybe that works^^
I have seen some people doing the same in ours, noone blames them
also don´t liked the rituals xD we had to kneel and rise more than once that´s a bit much
for 2h (I was an altar girl for about one year as a kid ) they wanted me to sing louder but I just did not xD 
aye I also want to visit church soon, also to take some pictures (I hope I´m allowed to xD)
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AngellStarCake Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
Thanks, you too :)
Sometimes I wonder if that's a game or something :v
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SusuSketches Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha would be a very strange game xD
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BadassBlaziken Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
I agree
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wwwarea Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Want to here a sad f***ing story?
I question current beliefs about reality, show evidence that maybe matter doesn't exist, evidence for the Law of Attraction, etc. and wanted to express that maybe my soul and spirit isn't human and believe that the spiritual world can be anything,
I was attacked, and abused, and the monsters attacked me by trying to mock me for it as if I was "delusional", etc. for something that nobody knows and having faith for, by adding that to a cyberbullying article about me.

Now I believe that this world is only an illusion even more.

Though on my side, I question other things, and I question idiots who think there is a "legit" spirituality, etc.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
Indeed. It's the signature of growth. :)
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BlazingSun01 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been questioning if I should be considered Buddhist. My parents insist I am, but I don't know anything about Buddhism. I only know what reincarantion is and that Buddha is a monk(?)
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PoisonShallEvanesce Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps this can give you a better insight. Asking questions has a tendency to create more, and there is always someone willing to answer.  
www.aboutbuddhism.org
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Imonewiththepokemons Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Believe me I grew up in a Christian family but I still have thoughts
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ModisonProductions Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Not to my parents.
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SugarBubbles2000 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah.. I haven't really questioned much about my Islamic beliefs until this past year or so.. The religious school I attended since I was very young basically just threw it in our faces with no real explanation and said: Believe in this. Believe in that. Don't do this. You must do that. And i didn't really question it that much. It was kind of a just "Ok I must do this and don't do that. That's fine" and left it like that.
But my opinions about specific beliefs we are taught to believe have changed. For example homosexuality, music, movies, praying, etc. And i guess it was my oldest sister OmgItsTania that I have to thank, really. She's not as religious as I am, but from time to time, we have deep chats about religion and stuff and she actually tells me her reasons why she doesn't really see anything in specific beliefs and has waken me up slightly to free opinion and stuff.
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OmgItsTania Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
I've only just seen this... aww. :') We can have another chat about religion some time soon :P

As the OP has said, "Being able to learn and think critically and constructively is important in everyone's spiritual growth" :)
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SugarBubbles2000 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah that'd be awesome even though we'll end up disagreeing on each other because of my unopened mind and your free mind XD
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0rang3App3aL Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Real faith does not come from mindlessly believing what you are taught, but by thinking about it and finding your own reasons to believe it.
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Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Because, when you question, you can then RESEARCH. And then you can learn MORE about what you believe.
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SusuSketches Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true :D
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Passin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Very true
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KuchikiYorume Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for this, I was brought up to hate myself for liking other women and for liking sex, so my self esteem has been permanently damaged. And I was so scared to turn away from the religion that made me feel like a worthless pile of trash because I was afraid that I would be punished.
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leppaberrie Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Good stamp
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mrm64 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YUP! That's me in a nutshell! It's great, though, to study and research my beliefs to make them even more believable to me, so that I may share it with others. :)
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KatanaLovingGerman Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I've been questioning my Baptist beliefs for a while.
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KetchAKan Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually it's one way to expand your knowledge on something, even IF you believe/disbelieve it. You can question some things without disbelieving them; despite popular misconception it does NOT necessarily mean you disagree or suddenly "disbelieve"! It just means you want to know how and why, and are not settling with the old cliche "just because I said so."
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Nestharon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014   Writer
The problem is that mostly everyone "knows" that Spirituality and Religion are the same, I strongly advice to do some research before stating such things. Also, on the other hand, it is not a problem to question what you believe, the problem starts when you question it, you realize that it is not ok and you still follow and believe it, just because "parents" and "friends" will disrespect you or leave you. I know this because I have someone who is living in this should I say delusion and/or deception.
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UsurperBobO Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I agree. Some religions even suggest that one should  think and ponder.
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Diem-Robo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Writer
Which ones don't?
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UsurperBobO Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Not sure. I do know that religion like Islam strongly encourages to think and not just blindly accept.
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Diem-Robo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Writer
Indeed Islam is very strict. Haven't studied Islam, though, so I can't be sure.
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