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So I took an online test (test not mine) so as to help me concretize the belief system that I hold. I'd rather not check the results, but analyze my answers instead.
Are you in awe of the beauty and power of nature?
-Yes, but those feelings aren’t that significant to me
Come to think of it, sometimes I do admire the beauty of a cloud, but then I don't thank a 'Creator' for its essence.
When you look at the Milky Way or at Hubble photographs what do you feel?
-I get on with my life on earth and am indifferent to the Universe
I think the answer to this should be, "I always feel insignificant compared to the Universe. What a tiny speck I am! What a universe we have! Ooh, look--a God!" However, I don't think I'm naturally one of those people. Again, I marvel at creation at times and then the only kind of insignificance I feel is the cynical kind.
How many gods do you believe in?
I'll probably say that I believe in one 'God', one supreme Being that created the Universe
Which of these best describes your view about afterlife?
None of us has been to hell or heaven and back. Those who believe otherwise have a lot of faith, then.
What is your attitude to Pagan gods, spirits and magick?
-Pagan Gods, spirits and magick are of no use to me and I don’t believe in them.
Look, I respect the people who do. I really do. In fact, I believe in multiculturalism. But I just don't. If there's something otherworldly about something, I believe one has a right to question the validity of otherworldly truth.
What is your attitude to Nature and the environment?
-Nature and the environment are important for human survival, but I don't have any special feelings towards them.
More particularly, nature and the environment are tangible, inexorable, and finite. As to how I should "feel" about them, do refer to questions one and two.
What is your view on how God and the Universe are connected?
God may be a space being, floating around the Universe; but for me, one could never really know. Did he create that particular Universe? Was he already part of that universe? And why should I continue to be gender-sensitive when considering this god? (What I'm pointing out is that can this god be a woman?)
What's the connection between the human mind or spirit, and the brain?
-I don't think we can really know.
For clarity, see next question.
Is the basic stuff of the universe physical, spiritual or both?
-Reality is made of matter. Period.
I don't think belief in a god is a choice at all, I would rather think of it as an experience. And like all experiences, the spiritual experience can end or, like others, it can just continue.