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Living in rural SC, it's hard to be out as non-Christian. I chose FreeThinker as my screenname before I saw the site definition of freethinker. I think I'm probably closer to spiritual. I think there are things that happen that I can't explain but I don't believe any one religion/God has all the answers.

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It’s very hard here in SC. When the first question most folks ask when they meet you is what church do you go to. My usual reply is I go to work so you guys can eat and have a beer after service and of course a sweet southern smile to go with it. (My part time gig is bartending) I am always baffled by how most of the people that want to give you a hard time can be so hypocritical around here. The weather is nice and it is beautiful here and businesses are finally open on Sunday so that’s a plus. Just be you!

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Please show me even ONE β€œanswer” β€œreligion/god” has provided for real things we don’t understand...

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You can change your name if you want to. Welcome to the group!

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I don't think that one can be "spiritual" and Agnostic. Just my opinion.

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And what the hell does SPIRITUAL mean??!

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I understand your feelings, although I am living in New England, where it is much easier than in the South or Midwest. Yet there are still times when devout Christians try to save me, and ask if I've made Jesus my own personal savior, etc, etc... When they say God Bless You, I just tell them thank you and leave it at that.

When I read the definitions when signing up, I didn't really think any of them fit, and that maybe a couple partially fit. I have my own beliefs, closer to Carl Sagan's. I think that we're all made of "star stuff", as he used to say. I don't know if there's a "God", but I'm pretty sure that if there is, God is nothing like us and is not an all-powerful human-looking being. Probably just more of the star-stuff... but maybe a little more interesting. All I know is, I'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, I just want to have fun and be a good person.

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I felt uncomfortable in rural Virginia, but then I went down to rural SC and saw what it’s like down there. I can see why you’re worried.

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I came out as a nonbeliever in a medium-large city in SC and it didn't go well. Ha.

Happy researching, and welcome to the community. smile001.gif

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Well try to remember spiritualism is still trying to explain something you don’t understand. Religion makes money filling in the holes of understanding and so much so that all through history it has denied facts. I have a friend who is β€œspiritual” she has seen ghosts. I do not believe ghosts, but I believe she thinks she saw something that she doesn’t understand and she called it a ghost. As humans we try to find meaning because we preprogrammed to find patterns. It’s a trait left over from when we were not at the top of the food chain.

Depending on your definition of SPIRITUAL. I was taught a very practical definition of spirit as the conscious and subconscious MIND, when I looked πŸ‘€ into Eastern theology.

Western civilization is still strapped with concepts of β€œspiritual” and other supernatural β€œbeings”, angels, demons, gods and the like.

These are actually childish superstitious concepts, while western civilization folx think they are so advanced and superior!

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Hi free smile001.gif

Have you sought out natural explanations for the things that have left you puzzled? Or do you just assume there’s a spiritual explanation?

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I’m very curious as to what you mean when you describe yourself as spiritual.

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