Christian God Poll
(Top Posts - Distance From Belief
in christianity - 030508)

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Don't be shy, y'all, wade on in
to the poll, give it your best shot.
Here, I'll go first:

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__ 1. I believe that the Christian God exists.
         a) Yes, b) No, c) Maybe, d) I want to believe,
         for social/cultural reasons as well as for rea-
         sons having to do with family influences, -but-
         I struggle with a lot of what's presented as
         'Truth' by Christian religious proponents

b

__ 2. I doubt or disbelieve that the Christian God
         exists.
         a) Yes, b) Not now c) Sometimes, d) Never

a

__ 3. I believe that by believing in the Christian
         God in the 'right' way, you get to live for-
         ever in an immortal paradise.
         a) Yes, b) No, c) Sometimes, d) I wish
         it was so, e) I prefer to accept that natural-
         ism has no 'belief' parameters required for
         immortal bliss, and instead, your immortal
         fate while most likely to be simply a short-
         term deal in a one-time manner, a continuance
         within the constraints of the natural may be
         a possibility, although it's likely to be as
         riddled with downsides as was this one
         and only certain opportunity to experience
         it

e

__ 4. I believe that by falling short of believing
         in the Christian God in the 'right' way, you
         simply cease to exist -or- you suffer immortal
         punishment -or- you get reawakened, judged,
         and cast into a lake of fire for an agonizing
         immortal death.
         a) Yes, b) No, c) Sometimes, d) I prefer to
         leave such matters up to others, as I find
         the claims regarding the fate of non-Christians
         to be counter to what one would expect of a
         loving and caring God

b, though reference e above for an
alternate possibility regarding what
may be one's destiny apart from this
one and only certain chance at it

__ 5. I believe that the Christian God has revealed
         himself to all intelligent beings in the universe,
         and has sent his son to die for their sins in every
         instance.
         a) Yes, b) No, as I have no belief that any intelli-
         gent beings comparable to humans exist on any
         planet other than earth, c) It's possible, d) I don't
         believe there are any intelligent beings comparable
         to humans anywhere other than on earth, and in any
         case, the Christian God, in his matchless wisdom,
         would provide a means of salvation unique to the
         particular intelligent beings existing apart from
         earth, what those means would be impossible for
         humans to speculate on

Actually, I'd choose none of those, as it's
very difficult to know how an evolutionary
path on another life-bearing planet would
play out. However, seeing how it played
out on ours, with evolved apes imagining
all sorts of super-beings -and- supernatural
beings and existences being at play, it's not
unlikely that an evolved being on another
planet would have similar imaginary being
concoctions reflecting the unique nature of
their evolution.

One suspects that their imaginary beings
would merely be reflections of themselves,
as ours are, though it's certainly possible
that logic and reason and need for evidencial
certainly, along with an alternate evolutionary
path, would preclude a particular intelligent
species apart from ours from imagining that
a supernatural being or beings or places that
are merely reflections of themselves exist.

__ 6. I believe that prior to Jesus, the Christian God had
         a way for humans to get eternal salvation, that way
         being to conform to the laws iterated in the Old
         Testament.
         a) Yes, b) No, c) Sometimes, d) I don't really care
         about such matters, as all I'm interested in is the
         way to get eternal salvation now

b, as I don't believe that any Gods exist as
anything other than imaginary beings reflecting
human fears, desires, manipulation and control
proclivities, and idealized fantasies.

__ 7. Neanderthals, I believe the Christian God provided
         them with a way to get eternal salvation.
         a) Yes, b) No, c) Maybe, d) I don't really care
         about such matters, as all I'm interested in is the
         way to get eternal salvation now

b, as I don't believe that any Gods exist as
anything other than imaginary beings reflecting
human fears, desires, manipulation and control
proclivities, and idealized fantasies.

__ 8. Muslims, the Christian God will treat them the same
         way as he will treat *all* non-Christians.
         a) Yes, b) No, c) Maybe, d) I don't really care
         about such matters, as all I'm interested in is the
         Christian way to get eternal salvation.

b, as I don't believe that any Gods exist as
anything other than imaginary beings reflecting
human fears, desires, manipulation and control
proclivities, and idealized fantasies.

__ 9. Hindus, the Christian God will treat them the same
         way as he will treat *all* non-Christians.
         a) Yes, b) No, c) Maybe, d) I don't really care
         about such matters, as all I'm interested in is the
         Christian way to get eternal salvation.

b, as I don't believe that any Gods exist as
anything other than imaginary beings reflecting
human fears, desires, manipulation and control
proclivities, and idealized fantasies.

__ 10. Buddhists, the Christian God will treat them the same
           way as he will treat *all* non-Christians.
           a) Yes, b) No, c) Maybe, d) I don't really care
           about such matters, as all I'm interested in is the
           Christian way to get eternal salvation.

b, as I don't believe that any Gods exist as
anything other than imaginary beings reflecting
human fears, desires, manipulation and control
proclivities, and idealized fantasies.

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