Stef (firecat) wrote,

Beliefs questionnaire

More interesting than usual questionnaire via [personal profile] nancylebov. It's called a "religion quiz" but a lot of it doesn't have to do with religion, in my opinion.

I have multiple answers to some of the questions.

1) Do you believe in God?
(a) No.
(b) I believe in a universal consciousness. But I don't call it God or think of it as God. I don't believe that it created the universe. I do believe that it had something to do with the existence of sentient beings in the universe.
(c) I don't really "believe in" (b) the same way I believe that if I let go of the object in my hand it will fall to the floor. It's more that I sometimes find it comforting to think about it or to act as if I believe in it. I guess I believe in it the same way I believe in a story that I read or a movie that I saw that meant a lot to me and helped form my way of dealing with life.

2) Define God.
(a) I'm defining the God I don't believe in: A single conscious omniscient omnipotent entity with thought, emotion, and morality that's similar to human thought/emotion/morality, who cares a great deal about humanity.
(b) That which we encounter in the moments when we understand that something exists other than ourselves.

3) What religion were you raised with?
Presbyterian Christian

4) Do you practice that religion?
No, it never took.

4a)Any subsequent religions?
(a) Humanism
(b) Wiccan-ish paganism
(c) Shamanism (note, I don't think of this as a religion exactly. It's more of a set of practices that can be used in a religious or spiritual context. But it was important to my spirituality for a long time)
(d) Atheistic Theravada Buddhism

5) Your most spiritual moment?
Floating in the ocean; sitting near a stream in the woods; looking at the stars; looking at birds get the picture.

6) The last time you were in a house of worship...
In November I went to a sitting at my sangha, which I don't think of as a house of worship exactly. Also I dropped off a ballot in a church.

7) Death is...
(a) When whatever processes that give rise to consciousness and self-directed activity in a biological organism permanently stop working in that organism.
(b) I don't believe in a soul that survives past the death of the body.
(c) The part of me that I described in (1c) believes that death is a journey.

8) How do you picture the end of the world?
(stealing [personal profile] nancylebov's answer) The earth will eventually be engulfed by the sun unless people move it to a more distant orbit.

The universe may eventually run down, but who knows? Physicists used to believe they weren't so far from a Grand Universal Theory, but physics and cosmology keep getting weirder.

9) God has spoken to you...
(a) No.
(b) I've felt like I was in conversation with various beings that I call goddesses. See (1c) for what I believe about this.

10) If so, what did God tell you?
Almost all of those conversations have had the gist of "It's going to be all right."

11) Do you feel that most wars started because of religious conflict?
Most wars are really about economic and political power, but religion is often used to get people to support the war.

12) Does life exist on other planets?
I think it's very likely.

13) Have they made contact with us?
I doubt it.

14) Do you believe that we are descendants of Adam and Eve.

15) Do you believe in evolution?
Yes. And I think that anyone who doesn't believe in evolution should not be given second- or later-generation antibiotics.

16) Do you believe in astrology?
(a) No.
(b) I used to. I spent a lot of time working with astrology. As a result I remember the sun sign of most of the people I know well and sometimes think of them in terms of their likeness to the supposed traits of that sun sign.
(c) As a Scorpio, I'm boycotting astrology until Pluto is declared a planet again.

17) Do you read your horoscope?

18) If yes, why?
They're boring.

19) Have you ever been in psychotherapy?

20) If yes, why?
The first time, because I was depressed. The second time, because I needed to break up with a boyfriend and couldn't figure out how. I went on to explore other issues after I broke up with the boyfriend. The third and fourth time, because my primary relationship was damaged and we had made a promise to each other to try to fix it if it got that way.

21) Do you believe in reincarnation?
(a) The universe has conservation of matter and energy. ("We are all star-stuff.")
(b) A being's personality does not go into another body after the being dies.

22) If reincarnation exists, what would you like to come back as?
An at-will hermaphroditic amphibious winged werecat with a prehensile tail and four opposable thumbs.

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