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Post Reply are you religious? if so, why?
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warpdrive wrote:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
In theory, you could justify an immoral act. If all it takes is to accept the same magnitude of immorality back, one could commit an immoral act and justify it base on the golden rule. However, no immorality is justifiable.

It doesn't say
"Do unto others as has been done unto you."
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There is no such thing as good and evil. All our notions of good and evil are just opinions. One person's evil can be considered good or neutral. Anything can be justified as long as you want it to be.

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If religious tolerance was possible, there wouldn't be hate. But hate comes as naturally as breathing it seems. It's a rash that never goes away.
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God is our Creator, and deserves our utmost respect. That is why we go to Church every Sunday or even more. We do it out of respect, but also out of love. Is it really so hard to give one hour of our time a week to the God Who loves us so? Jesus died for us, one hour given seems like something small in comparison to what He gave.
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The biggest problem with "immorality" is that you cannot concretely define what is morally acceptable and unacceptable. With so many different people, faiths, and situations in this world, sticking a "one size fits all" definition on morals is unfair and arrogant. Rather, all sides of a situation should be considered with as logical a mind as possible - the only way to argue intelligently is to see as many sides of an issue as you can.

When it comes to religion, I see its purpose: Humanity is too weak on its own, and needs a crutch of sorts, a guiding light, so to speak, to help govern actions. Religious myths are basically allegories - stories and parables that are meant to teach lessons by personifying the characters and situations with common human dilemmas. The Bible, and other religious myths, are not meant to be taken so literally, with the exception of certain sensible rules (e.x., The Ten Commandments, etc.).

Basically what I'm saying is, to take something out of the Bible and make it absolute, something to adhere to without question, well, most of the human race would be dead (e.x., Leviticus 18:22 - "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."; Exodus 35:2 - "For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death."; etc...). It's just silly and people should see it as such already... I'm all for religious freedom, but please don't force your religious ideals down my throat!
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I don't think of myself as religious, but I guess other might think so. I do believe in God. I attend church. I live my life by a doctrine. So in that regard I'm religious. But I'm not someone that goes around with a monkey on my shoulder. I'm respectful of others beliefs or lack off.
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I believe in God. I'd say I have semi-Jewish beliefs and semi-Christian beliefs. Anyway, if a Christian can believe that the thief on the cross next to Jesus really had a good afterlife, then I guess that's what I have coming. I believe almost literally nothing from Christian teachings except for the part about Jesus. (That's the part with the red letters, for those who have color-coded Bibles.)

Needless to say I don't go to church because I'd damn near start a war.
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I am a Roman Catholic today because of my parents, and I am thankful to God for this.

If one was to really study the history of the Bible, Church history, as well as read what the pagans (like Pliny the Younger - a contemporary of the Apostles) and prominent Jewish writers (like Jewish historian Flavius Josephus - born in 37 AD and was a contemporary of the Apostles), it's almost impossible to deny the existence of Jesus Christ. It's important to read all different types of sources, since many are biased and try to force a person into believing one thing over another.

There have also been many unexplainable miracles which point towards there being a loving God. Here is the most famous one called the Miracle of the Sun: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_Sun - This was one event that literally tens of thousands had witnessed, even secular newspapers reported as to seeing a miracle and that God was real. There's even an awesome movie about this that came out recently called the The 13th Day.

There have been so many great Saints in the 2000 year history of the Catholic Church like St. Francis of Assisi, St. Patrick, St. Anthony of Padua just to name a few that even non-Christians would probably be a little familiar with. These great Saints lived heroic lives and performed miracles on par with the Apostles, as St. Francis raised people from the dead and even bore the Stigmata. There are even contemporary Saints that have bore the Stigmata like St. Pio of Pietrelcina who died recently in 1968 and performed so many healing miracles that it's not even funny. One can easily research this.

There is actually a priest from the diocese of Croatia who is well known in the world for receiving the stigmata, which he bears as a cross on his forehead, as well as markings on his wrists, feet, and side. Here is but one site that contains info on him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zlatko_Sudac

I myself do not need any more signs, miracles or whatever to be convinced that Jesus was truly born into this world to suffer and to die for us, and to give us a second chance at eternal happiness with Him.
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I don't like the term religious. Any one can say they are. I am a Christian and I am because I belive that Jesus died on the cross for me and was raised three days later. I know I am a sinner and that I need forgiveness. I don't understand how anyone can look around see the stars and trees and the sky and all of nature and think that there is no God. If thats what you belive have you ever asked yourself, "What if I'm wrong?" I mean if I am nothing will happen to me but think about it if you are wrong....
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I have never believed and I don't think there is a god-- I am an agnostic atheist.


I do really hope there is one though... just not a Christian god. Ugh.
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I love God and the people except evil.
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Not religious at all.
I like to believe that the choices i make and the choices i've made are mine and mine alone.
Posted 11/8/12
Im religiou...i think mostly because im raised to believe it and i guess its a way to feel like theres something past this life. Even though im religious though i dont hate on atheists or think theyll go to hell. Its not like they are killing anyone or anythig and it kinda makes some sense on why sometimes they decide to not be religious.
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Treeblossom wrote:

God is our Creator, and deserves our utmost respect. That is why we go to Church every Sunday or even more. We do it out of respect, but also out of love. Is it really so hard to give one hour of our time a week to the God Who loves us so? Jesus died for us, one hour given seems like something small in comparison to what He gave.


nicely said

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Yes I am,,, because I love God!
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