No longer an Unthoughtful Afterworldsman

“Damien, why is atheism a life freeing revelation as you state?” – Questioner   My responce, “no more sin, and a new connectedness to this world and all people as I was no longer an unthoughtful afterworldsman. Science is the thing people do when they require evidence. Whereas faith is the thing people do when they do not require evidence. To me religions are conspiracy theories of reality, that we once were not sure about but now know are just...

FAITH is a mind splinted by reality confusion

FAITH is a mind splinted by reality confusion   Why was faith so alluring from the start instead of just accepting the world as it is only natural?   The understanding comes by seeing how primitive humankind were motivated by fear and misunderstanding which provides the impetus making them feel they just “had to believe” in some higher entity or beneficial type rituals to controlled things in their world and the unseen spirit universe they thought was all around them.   Extreme Religious Faith & Induced/Shared Delusional...

No Jainism is not Atheistic

Why do people say Jainism is atheistic when there are many deities some of the prominent ones are: “CHAKRESHWARE DEVI, AMBIKA DEVI, PADMAVATI DEVI, SARASWATI DEVI, LAKSHMI DEVI, MANIBHADRA DEV, GHANTAKARNA VEER, NAKODA BHAIRAVA, and BHOMIYAJI.” Ref Jainism sounds polytheistic to me....

If Buddhism is just a philosophy, why does it have a punishing Hell?

If Buddhism is just a philosophy, why does it have a punishing Hell?   According to the scriptures of Buddhism everyone who falls into hell is tortured with all of the punishments: some of the tortures are skipped; in some cases the hell-being’s kamma is exhausted before the full round of tortures is completed, so that he dies and is reborn elsewhere; and not everyone goes for repeated rounds. Also, we should note that punishment in hell is not for an eternity. As the discourse implies, when the hell-being’s bad kamma is exhausted, he dies and is reborn elsewhere, in accordance with his remaining kamma.   Here is a part of the, “Devaduta Sutta: The Deva Messengers.”   Translated from the Pali, (The earliest written scriptures of Buddhism are collected in the Tripitaka, also called the Pali Canon).   That evil kamma was done by you yourself, and you yourself will experience its result.’ “Then the hell-wardens torture [the evil-doer] with what’s called a five-fold imprisonment. They drive a red-hot iron stake through one hand, they drive a red-hot iron stake through the other hand, they drive a red-hot iron stake through one foot, they drive a red-hot iron stake through the other foot, they drive a red-hot iron stake through the middle of his chest. There he feels painful, racking, piercing feelings, yet he does not die as long as his evil kamma is not exhausted.   “Then the hell-wardens lay him down and slice him with axes. Then they hold him feet up & head down and slice him with adzes. Then they harness him to a...