I have had this discussion in the past with my religious family and friends when they ask me if I believe in God. I always tell them I do not believe in a religious God, but I do believe in the high probability that higher beings exist. Now let me explain by higher beings I mean living beings or forces who exist in the universe who have capabilities and knowledge that our primitive human minds cannot even begin to comprehend. These higher beings can be considered aliens, or life forms that exist in or out of our dimension who may or may not have any influence over Earth and our human lives. The reality is we just do not know yet, and it is very primitive and wrong to say only one God exists and he wants us all to follow a religion, but it is also primitive and wrong to say there are no higher beings at all. If there are higher beings there must certainly be more than one, the universe is too large, and has been around too long to deny the existence of other advanced life forms. These higher beings most likely do not even know our world exists, as I am sure they do not listen to our prayers. When you think about it this way of thinking has much more potential, and has a lot more to offer than any religion does. Instead of the existence of one God that religion offers, it is actually much more probable that an infinite number of higher beings exist with capabilities much greater than any religious God has. This is what it truly means to be an atheist/agnostic, to take the universe in for what it really is, and it is really beautiful and awe inspiring to be able to see the bigger picture.
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