1. True to an extent. I was a believer in Siddharta Gautama, until I started to question the atheistic beliefs of Buddhism and then it was not enough, there a huge void.<quoted text>
1. What does "into" Buddhism mean? You'll forgive me, but I find Western concepts of Buddhism to be a bit silly compared to what I witness here in Japan. I have two Buddhist monk friends - close friends - who each have their own temple.
It kind of suggests to me that you were raised in a Christian culture and thought Buddhism was really cool before finally settling on Christianity.
2. By encultured, I mean "brain development happened in culture X." Most of the atheists here are encultured to Christian culture. How they understand the world is deeply influenced by Christianity and the history of the West's engagement with Christianity. For example, almost all the atheists here see sexuality as homo/hetero, with a slight nod to bi. The ways of interacting between the genders, thinking about sex, having Christian themes prevalent in your media, etc - atheists who grew up in Christian culture understand all the imagery, themes and tacitly produce many of the mores and values.
Japanese atheists are very different than Western ones. The concept of sin is non-existent here. Things that you take for granted as normal, like something as simple as your swear words "God damnit" to common sense is done very differently. Buddhists don't debate, for example - but debate is central to Christianity.
3. The reason I don't subjectively experience your deity is b/c your deity isn't objectively real. It's the same reason you don't subjectively experience Thor.
Sure, Thor was real to the Norse and they subjectively experienced him - but they're all gone now and no one cares. Poor Thor. Just like them, you subjectively experience y that doesn't make your deity "the one, true god" that you "know" it to be, based on your misunderstandings about experience and evidence.
4. I have no doubt that the spiritual experiences of any belief system are profound. They're evolved to be, so that you can have special, non-mundane SHARED experiences with non-kin and thereby create strong social bonds.
Well done! Your adaptations work :)
2. Thanks for sharing what atheists and freethinkers think about sex and what japanese think about sin. <shrugs> But it still no have anything to do with you point that just because a person is encultered or raised in a in a culture they have to stay with they culture they whole life. Christinity is a Religion, a Western Religion. Hinduism is from the East, Islam Africa and the middle East.
But many from those cultures are Jesus followers. There are many Christians that are not Jesus followers. But they are many Hindus that are not Christians, but do follow Jesus. So your original point is off.
3. Agree the The Spirit of YHWH referenced by Jesus Christ is not objective. If it was objective, faith not necessary. And YHWH states Faith must be the prime ingredient in following Jesus. It does not need to be objective, all is needed is for the Jesus follower to subjectively experience YHWH Spirit. The Jesus follower should be primarily concerned with saving themselves, the Jesus follower cannot save anyone, nor was the Jesus follower instructed by Jesus to save anyone. That job belongs to YHWH God. And that fine you no think Jesus Christ is the only way to YHWH God. As I say that not up to the Jesus follower to make you believe, that not our business.
4. I no know if the experience of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ has [evolved]. Actually the early church in Acts as read in the bible reveals they had a more substantive and more powerful experience with the Holy Spirit. I no think spiritual experience [evolved]. That like saying YHWH has evolved. And YHWH no change. People might think the bible outdated, but YHWH word still mean what it say. So I no agree with you [evolve] statement about all spiritual experiences.