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How did you come to hold your religious belief?
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28 / M / Boston, Ma
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Posted 11/20/09
@DomFortress: I find contradictions in allmost everything in religion, but I was trying to avoid being so blunt. I question faith all the time, but I would rather debate in a place where it is appropriate and not on a thread for sharing a story. If you would care to start a debate I would be glad to participate, but we will both maintain our beliefs at the end of it, and as a result nothing would change. If you start a thread send me a message.
Posted 11/20/09

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@DomFortress: I find contradictions in allmost everything in religion, but I was trying to avoid being so blunt. I question faith all the time, but I would rather debate in a place where it is appropriate and not on a thread for sharing a story. If you would care to start a debate I would be glad to participate, but we will both maintain our beliefs at the end of it, and as a result nothing would change. If you start a thread send me a message.

That's not gonna happen when I don't find you to be challenging my faith: individualism.
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19 / F / England - しかし、私は日...
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Posted 11/21/09
I am Pagan.
I chose my path four years ago now.
I chose this because a found Christianity was missing something, and searched around for a few years, studied and then obviously chose it.
I personally prefer this lifestyle to a Christian one because it's more nature based, free and well just generally my style
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Posted 11/21/09

keitiichan wrote:

I am Pagan.
I chose my path four years ago now.
I chose this because a found Christianity was missing something, and searched around for a few years, studied and then obviously chose it.
I personally prefer this lifestyle to a Christian one because it's more nature based, free and well just generally my style


If you don't mind, can you tell me how exactly Pagan's believer do in daily life? Do you give your gods some like ritual offerings like in chinese tradition?
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Posted 11/21/09

Ryutai-Desk wrote:


keitiichan wrote:

I am Pagan.
I chose my path four years ago now.
I chose this because a found Christianity was missing something, and searched around for a few years, studied and then obviously chose it.
I personally prefer this lifestyle to a Christian one because it's more nature based, free and well just generally my style


If you don't mind, can you tell me how exactly Pagan's believer do in daily life? Do you give your gods some like ritual offerings like in chinese tradition?


'The one Pagan friend I had had a animal spirit guide, no animal sacrifices. (they believe in living with nature, not shunning it.)'

But then there 1,000,000's of Pagan religions so who knows what one he/she is from.

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Posted 11/22/09

Darkphoenix3450 wrote:


Ryutai-Desk wrote:


keitiichan wrote:

I am Pagan.
I chose my path four years ago now.
I chose this because a found Christianity was missing something, and searched around for a few years, studied and then obviously chose it.
I personally prefer this lifestyle to a Christian one because it's more nature based, free and well just generally my style


If you don't mind, can you tell me how exactly Pagan's believer do in daily life? Do you give your gods some like ritual offerings like in chinese tradition?


'The one Pagan friend I had had a animal spirit guide, no animal sacrifices. (they believe in living with nature, not shunning it.)'

But then there 1,000,000's of Pagan religions so who knows what one he/she is from.



My beliefs are very similar to your friend, I basically shouldn't harm anything or one and respect nature. My daily life is virtually the same, I do do offerings but not strictly everyday - only due to a hectic lifestyle though!
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Posted 1/10/10
atheist.
my father was raised catholic, mainly because you get to go to better schools if you were catholic, but is pretty much an atheist now (as far as i know, since he doesn't believe in god, religion etc)
since he was raised this way he decided he wouldn't force any religion on his kids and that i should find whatever i believe in

my mom believed in christianity or catholic (i can't remember) when she was in her 20s, and about the time i was born she become less devoted to her religion,
when i was about 10, she started learning buddhist philosophies and teachings and decided to not commit to any religion and just learn from all religions and their philosophies etc. (my mother loves studing to insane levels and has 2 doctorates so yea, she's crazy)

i didn't even think about anything religious, since i never went to church and stuff until i was about 11 i think...
when my mother decided to pull me into a church during x'mas (eve?) at around 2am (because her friends were there)
and i fell asleep straight away and stayed asleep for the next 2 hours of boring chinese christmas singing
i don't know x'mas songs, and i completely HATE x'mas songs, i don't even like x'mas, and i CAN'T read chinese lyrics, or any chinese.
so i hated it.
that's when i decided, i'm never going to church again since the only and 1st time i went to church, i slept right through it.
also, i love science and logic, i think i can use it to explain anything...i can relate anything to science, so that might also be another reason i kinda reject religion.
though i am a strong believer of self sufficiency... and religion seems to kinda go against that too.
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Posted 1/21/10
I was raised to be Christian - Catholic, specifically. My mom and her side of the family are all quite Catholic, and it is for that reason that I've never told them that I am no longer Catholic. My dad's side of the family is officially Catholic, but they are far from involved in their religion - if they attend mass, it is only on Christmas and Easter.

I have never attended a public school. I am currently in my 14th year of Catholic education. In that time, I've always had at least 100 minutes of religion classes a week (not CCD, but actual classes with grades), plus years of obligatory once-a-week mass attendance, occasionally twice a week for important religious holidays. As a result, I know more about Catholicism, its history, its official beliefs, and the bible than any believing and/or practicing Christian I know. I made up my mind long ago that my leaving the Catholic church would not be for lack of information. I am now an agnostic theist, and have been for two years.

While I do have certain irresolvable disagreements with the Catholic church, I still appreciate certain morals on which they base their religion. I believe that every life philosophy and/or religion has something to offer, and one must always strive to be open-minded.
Posted 1/22/10
I was raised Catholic but I am pretty much an Agnostic now. While I came to deny the beliefs of just about every existing religion and deemed them just man-made creations of control, I still won't rule out the possibility of some higher power that perhaps has not revealed itself yet. I will never really know for sure. Until then I claim no knowledge of the sort. I just say "I don't know" and call it a day.


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Posted 1/24/10
I'm a Muslim since day one in my life. Every time I grow up older and older I hold up more with my religion, every day I learn how Islam is right religion, for sure I believe in God "ALLAH", he is the creator, and he created us, sent a lot of messengers to lead us to the right bath, Being under his care is a very nice feeling, you feel safe, and you wait for the paradise. PPL who don't know about Islam might have a wrong idea because of the Media! but if the learn a little more about it, they will convert in Islam and will believe in God.

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http://english.islamway.com/
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Posted 1/27/10
Well i actually start to pay antention to the pastor and i read parts of the bible and said this shit is wack. Fuck this crap so yeah......i couldnt belive in something that sounded like a child like fantasy. (agnoistic alll the way) I had doubt at 5 i began to question my faith. At the time i was to young to know it had a name so i kept to myself till i got older and wiser. No i guess i hold some atheist views as well its complecated.
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Posted 1/30/10
I'm Buddhist. I don't believe in anything.
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To start with i'll just state that i am agnostic leaning towards atheist. I pretty much grew up in a non religious background. neither side of my family comes from religious backgrounds dating back several generations. ive been brought up to believe in what makes sense to me. my parents allowed me to visit a church when i asked to (around 14). i went once and it scared me somewhat. ive explored several religions and spiritual beliefs since then. so far none have stuck, although i've found them all interesting. I just cant bring myself to believe something so obviously illogical. Also i cant bring myself to follow something that not only supports but also encourages absolute belief without evidence. moreover i believe that it discourages individual thought and reason.

anyway i wont ramble. feel free to ask me anything or what ever.

i leave you with this

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Posted 2/1/10 , edited 2/1/10
My parents are christian-like they don't agree with everything that comes from christianity or others views of christianity, but we've always kindaa been christian based.

Anyway probably when i was was in mayB 6 grade i started really questioning whether god was real. At that time I thought I was an atheist, but now i believe there is something that kinda guides everything you could call a higher power but without all the attachments that come with the word god. What exactly that is i will never know maybe just the idea of life itself. If u think about it many religions have one god why can't that be the same god?
Also sometime arround that time I lost my faith in the Bible I thought it was so contradicting and had been translated to many times to really actually consider. Sure parts of it may be true but to actually lay it down for law is questionable.

I also found that I believe some of the ideas of Buddhism such as to acheive happiness you must seperate yourself from want and the idea of yin and yang. I think balance and understanding are 2 of the key things needed in life.

As for evolution/earth creation/whatever i wasn't there so i can't make an assumption. Also the afterlife/heaven/hell thing i haven't been there so i don't know. I think what is important is your life now and what you do with it.

So overall im not sure what my religion is classified as.
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dorpeda wrote:

My parents are christian-like they don't agree with everything that comes from christianity or others views of christianity, but we've always kindaa been christian based.

Anyway probably when i was was in mayB 6 grade i started really questioning whether god was real. At that time I thought I was an atheist, but now i believe there is something that kinda guides everything you could call a higher power but without all the attachments that come with the word god. What exactly that is i will never know maybe just the idea of life itself. If u think about it many religions have one god why can't that be the same god?
Also sometime arround that time I lost my faith in the Bible I thought it was so contradicting and had been translated to many times to really actually consider. Sure parts of it may be true but to actually lay it down for law is questionable.

I also found that I believe some of the ideas of Buddhism such as to acheive happiness you must seperate yourself from want and the idea of yin and yang. I think balance and understanding are 2 of the key things needed in life.

As for evolution/earth creation/whatever i wasn't there so i can't make an assumption. Also the afterlife/heaven/hell thing i haven't been there so i don't know. I think what is important is your life now and what you do with it.

So overall im not sure what my religion is classified as.


let me think.. YOU believe there is a God but he has nothing to do with religion. We live are life he does not demand nothing from us or care. If this is your Ideals your a deist. many of are four fathers in America happen to be Deist, and agnostics. At that there no real leaders in are past till much later than happen to be christian or any other organized religion.
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