First and foremost, yes, this is a religious belief discussion thread. If you are going to be rude, condescending, intolerant, or start flame wars against others and their beliefs, leave this thread now. I am starting this thread because I do not know exactly what belief my beliefs would fall under and I would like general input from the community. I am not starting this thread with the intent to challenge anyone else's beliefs - as you'll see later in my post, I do not personally believe in any major religion, however I do not reject the possibility of any of them nor their faith and followings. If you can't stay respectful, I'll be reporting your post, because there's no reason not to be. Simple as that. That said, I've held my own set of beliefs for a while. I was raised Catholic, but I never really followed it. Religion was never a big thing through my household, and though I did go to CCD (Catholic religious teaching program), it just never sat with me. I've been wondering what my beliefs would actually be classified as, and never thought until now to ask you guys. -I believe in the concept of "god". I do not, however, believe that any individual "God" exists as many religions describe one as existing. I simply believe as "god" as some sort of a higher power - Mother nature, luck, alignment of the planets, the weather, anything. I do not believe in any such religions (as mentioned in a Wikipedia article on Deism, any religion that claims to have the word of god in a written book, specifically), however I do not reject the possibility that any one may in fact be right. -Pertaining to that, I don't think that humans are supposed to be able to comprehend "god", just the concept of it. Think about it (from my perspective) - if there was an "ultimate creator", harnessing power stronger than any physics and science of this current date are able to even fathom, would that "god" be anything a mere mortal could really understand? -That said, despite me mentioning the possibility of an "ultimate creator", I believe in the big bang theory. Again, that's not to say that I completely reject the possibility of some higher power creating everything from nothing, because I don't know with absolute certainty that that didn't happen. I do not personally believe it did, however. -I do think that an afterlife exists, of a similar concept to "Heaven", though without the existence of "Hell". When anyone dies, good deeds or bad deeds accomplished in life disregarded, they all go to the same place. (Just like in life though, if you're an ass, expect to not have many friends lol). Nothing special beyond that. -Fairly liberal on many hot topics - abortion (pro-choice); gay marriage (pro-gay rights); drugs (if it isn't harming anyone else, though personally I do not/don't intend to use). My big thing is just trying to be understanding and accepting of what others believe. As long as you don't shove it in my face or start getting up and crazy about it, I'd be more than willing to have a talk about it. I like knowing what other people think about stuff, it's neat. So I looked up Deism on Wikipedia and it actually does sound along the lines of what I believe, but I don't think it really is. It's almost like a cross between agnosticism/deism, I feel like. What do you guys think? (I'm hoping that this discussion stays relaxed enough that the mods don't have to intervene. Please, people, just don't ruin it. Let's show the moderating staff that we actually can have a nice discussion once in a blue moon about something many people hold very controversial. I mean no disrespect or intolerance to anyone with the post I have just written, and if you feel I have, I am very sorry, and if you want to say something about it, take it up with me in a PM, not in open discussion. Thank you.) Mods: I'm hoping you see this thread fit to keep open until shit goes downhill. Edit - also, one thing to hopefully consider if you think anything I said was offensive in some way, shape, or form - Aside from earnest curiosity and liking to know what other people think in life, realize this - if I can't understand/comprehend the concept of a "god" that I believe in, there shouldn't be a reason why I could understand or comprehend the concept of the "God" you believe in. THAT is a big reason as to why I don't reject the possibility of any religions.