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Post Reply are you religious? if so, why?
Posted 8/22/12

Jinkst wrote:

^ No, you may think so but its telling people to stop being doushebags about knocking down religion or whatever people believe in-general.

Who cares about what you believe in we spend way to much trying to find contradictions with people and never things that we as a people share in common. If you take the time and read the Quran or Hindu scripture or the bible and buddism text its some beautiful thing to read. Cause after all all they share the same belief in love, the faith in man-kind, and day to day self improvement, and tolerance.

And science and the sake of curiosity we traveled west, we flew and touched the heavens, we sat foot on the smiley man in the night sky, and the thoughts for the future is limitless and so exciting. Both will co-exist and both will always have its place in the world, cause we hand by hand learned so much from each other. Cause both has the same universal theme..


nah, it's a hipster movement.
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Posted 8/24/12 , edited 8/24/12

Jinkst wrote:
If you take the time and read the Quran or Hindu scripture or the bible and buddism text its some beautiful thing to read. Cause after all all they share the same belief in love, the faith in man-kind, and day to day self improvement, and tolerance.


That statement makes me question the veracity of your claim to having actually read them. While although most religions teach essentially the same things, they do not teach them all equally well. While claiming that no man should murder another, these books then go on to explain in their own psychotic ways, that all non-believers are non-people, who not only don't count as people, but must be killed wherever they are found.

It's not the extreme end of religion that leads to conflict, it's the clear instructions in their books which explicitly condone and encourage violence and murder of "the outsider." Moderate religious people are simply choosing to ignore what they have been commanded to do. That does not however change what's written and the same old texts continue to act as engines for intolerance.

The day they all remove those horrible, evil, murderous lines from their texts. The day they all declare those lines to be heretical and blasphemous. The day they all realize that those commandments to kill are in direct contradiction to peace, beauty and tolerance --- is the day good honest people will stop condemning religion.
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Posted 8/26/12 , edited 8/26/12
Im catholic. Simply because I was born and raised catholic, always attended catholic schools , and had catholic friends. Had I been raised under different circumstances im sure things would be different.
Posted 8/31/12
I'm a Christian and I don't really like the word religious. I call it having a relationship with the Lord. I'm this way because I came to point of realizing just how wretched I was, and how it was that the Lord saved me. I owe the Lord my life and He deserves my all. Throughout my walk with Him he has never led me astray and He even kept me when I was of the world. I hope I can spread the same love and joy I have for God to those around me.
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Posted 8/31/12
Anyone can believe whatever they want, I only mind if they push it on me. I believe in the here and now and what's in front of me. I believe in my friends and family, my art, my pain in my arms after I climb and the feelings I get when I read or listen to music. There is no doubt in those things, nothing left to faith or hope. That's what supports me, but to each their own.

I do, however, have gripes with organized religion. To just believe in something that inspires you and make you happy, no matter what it is, is something everyone should do.
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Posted 8/31/12
I am not religious. I don't like religions with the concepts of hell because they use scare tactics to get people to conform with their way of thinking, lets just say I prefer that people be nice for the sake of being nice rather than for the sake of being scared of divine punishment. It makes me laugh when other religions diss religions like scientology saying things like " haha they believe some alien over-lord created life on earth, how ridiculous" I think to myself how is that any different than thinking some omnipotent man/god created us. I also think if there were a correct religion every human would know and it would have existed as long as man has not just for the last few hundreds or thousands of years. having said that it doesn't bother me if people believe and if they find happiness from it I'm happy for them.
Posted 8/31/12
No.
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Posted 9/2/12
I follow the ways of the jedi but i still cant use the force.
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Posted 9/2/12
no because I can take care of my own business.
Posted 9/2/12
No.
I just like my own thoughts.
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Posted 9/2/12
I still haven't ever seen any sort of proof that there might be a god. All I ever get is "You can't prove me wrong". At least there is scientific evidence to support atheistic theories. Religious people seem to be taught to NOT look for proof lol. How backward is that?
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Posted 9/2/12 , edited 9/2/12
People are religious for a few reasons.

Primarily, those who fear an endless abyss in death.
Secondly, those who have experienced something where belief in a higher power got them through it, such as soldiers, and hospital patients.
Thirdly, those who wish to sit upon a high horse morally, lording it over everyone as though it was something that demanded respect.

Religion has its value only in restraining the public, if everyone knew there were no consequences in death for any of lifes actions, then the world would be in utter anarchy.

A note to those who are religious: judge not lest ye be judged.

If you say we are going to hell for not believing, where do you think the judger goes? Its on par with playing god, a mortal sin.
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Posted 9/2/12
hahah that's a great question. i also have a hard time believing god exists but there is no proof he does and there is no proof he doesnt. i envy those who have faith because i just cant comprehend it. they are so sure of something simply because a book mentions it. i respect all the different religions but i have a hard time accepting god exists, but i'm also not completely sure he doesn't lol.

A bit contradictory but basically my policy is that i'm very opened minded. i just don't have enough information to come to a conclusion, so i cant pick either side. i just try to live my life to the fullest and be the best person i can be, and hopefully the rest just takes care of itself. i try not to let the things i cant change bother me, and i understand how important religion is to others so i never mock them or look down on them, and i don't bother arguing either. i mean, they could be right, i don't have enough information to deny their beliefs.

that said, i do believe to some extent religion hinders growth, as a lot of religious (mostly Muslim people i know -> family and relatives) don't like asking questions and don't like answering them. Growth can only happen when we ask questions but they simply blindly follow what they believe. I dunno. Could be good, could be bad. The movie Religoulous featuring Bill Maher was very insightful and i would reccomend it to both religious and nonreligious people to watch, though it is biased in the sense bill is trying to make religion seem silly, but he does it in a very thought provoking manner.
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Posted 9/2/12
Not religious. However I understand it's importance to people. Also, it is beneficial to everyone because of government. If a "right" is man made, it can be changed. However, if it's an "inalienable right from god", then it cannot be changed. This is usually a good thing, because most religions teach humans to be good to one another.
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I was born and raised into a Mormon family. I never questioned my religion. Always believed it was correct. One thing about the LDS church, they very very strongly encourage people to find out for themselves. We are commonly told 'you can believe what I say but you have to find out for yourself'. This is drilled into the heads of children in the LDS church, that it's ok to trust your parents and teachers are telling you the truth but unless you find out for yourself what's true you can't really progress.

When I was a teenager something changed. I began to doubt what my parents and teachers were telling me. They were right. Because I hadn't found out for myself I didn't know. I prayed about it a lot, I read scriptures a lot to know whether what I'd been taugth was real. The ansers didn't just fly at me. It took effort.

I remember one day walking, contemplating about the truth of the matter. I'd been reading scriptures and praying for many days when suddenly a feeling came over me that is difficult to describe. The best way I can describe it is I felt as if I were filled with light. As if my whole body, my whole being, my very soul was made of light.

I doubted no longer. I doubted no longer.

I went on an LDS mission. Two years, 70 hours working each week and the rest of your time filled with study and prayer. 2 years of this without pay. In fact my parents had to pay for me to go. 2 years of my life from 19 to 21 teaching people about what I knew was right. It's an overwhelming experience people. It's unreal.

It's said that nobody can leave the Missionary Training Center doubting the truthfulness of the LDS church and with some exceptions (those who are unprepared) they're absolutely correct. It is a place so FILLED with the spirit of God it's as if the air itself is full.

From then on, on my mission I witnessed miracles. REAL MIRACLES. Indescribable things happened on my mission. Amazing things happened. Things you can't believe, if I weren't there I wouldn't have believed them. You people think miracles don't exist? I'm sorry to report, they do. No proof of God in the world? You're looking in the wrong places.

God is real. Miracles are real. I would have to stand out in the full light of the sun and scream at the top of my lungs that it's night out to deny what I know. It's impossible.
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