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Connotation is exactly right. "Faith" or "relationship with god" has a much better connotation than "religious" which is why religious people will mostly classify themselves as not religious, but faithful. My question to you, do you consider yourself religious, faithful, or both?


I have done so in my very first message in this thread, via the dictionary definition no less.


Ok I went back and looked up your post and I was right. It's just so funny that so many religious people are programmed to describe themselves as "faithful" or "relationship with god" when they mean the exact same thing.
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You claimed to have "faithful devotion" which kind of proved my point. It's just so funny that so many religious people are programmed to describe themselves as "faithful" or "relationship with god" when they are the exact same thing. If you are not an a


I think the system cut your reply short.
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Ok I went back and looked up your post and I was right. It's just so funny that so many religious people are programmed to describe themselves as "faithful" or "relationship with god" when they mean the exact same thing.


That's an odd objection. How else do you describe trust?
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i can't say i am but i can't say i'm not

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If you don't like going to church or don't believe in religious thing...well you need to grow up a litle more!!!! let me ask u this,do YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?? do me a favor go read the bible then we talk.
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I'm a christian.
I'm currently being raised in a christian home.
It's the only way of life that I've really ever known, and I enjoy it and I really believe it.....
Sometimes, things just feel right
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I'm religious because I choose to be.
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Posted 7/20/13

nanikore2 wrote:



Ok I went back and looked up your post and I was right. It's just so funny that so many religious people are programmed to describe themselves as "faithful" or "relationship with god" when they mean the exact same thing.


That's an odd objection. How else do you describe trust?


Are you just not understanding the standard English definitions of the words "religion" and "faith?" Dictionary.com or the merriam-webster site are good places to check out.
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I was when I was little when I also believed in fairy tales, but as I got older I became agnostic, I just don't know if omnipotent beings exist, but maybe they will. Look, the way I look into religious things is that I'll believe in them when they're proven to me. There may still be things I don't know about in the universe. It's fine either way if anyone believes in fairy tales, omnipotent/divine beings or not. If I had to chose reincarnation or heaven, it'd be reincarnation. As long as I don't start all over as a human or become this selfish, self-absorbed animal that I probably am again. Or better yet, just die after enjoying the best life that I can. I could become a buddhist someday or get as many buddhist philosophies as I can.
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@shadorai

If you don't like going to church or don't believe in religious thing...well you need to grow up a litle more!!!! let me ask u this,do YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?? do me a favor go read the bible then we talk.


Having people read the bible is the best way to promote atheism. 90% of christians have not read the bible and are therefore unaware of this book's violent, hateful, immoral, genocidal nature. I encourage every christian to read the bible in its entirety and understand what they are actually promoting.
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Soulreaper84 wrote:

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If you don't like going to church or don't believe in religious thing...well you need to grow up a litle more!!!! let me ask u this,do YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?? do me a favor go read the bible then we talk.


Having people read the bible is the best way to promote atheism. 90% of christians have not read the bible and are therefore unaware of this book's violent, hateful, immoral, genocidal nature. I encourage every christian to read the bible in its entirety and understand what they are actually promoting.


To describe The Bible in such negative terms is unfair. Certainly, there are verses that advocate violence, intolerance, etc. There are also verses that are eloquent proclamations of love, peace, and acceptance. What this means is that Christians have a wide arc of choice in how they want to interpret The Bible. Perhaps it's contraction, or perhaps there's a deeper order that simply isn't evident at first glance. In any case, your view is overly simplistic.
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I'm a Chistian. And no, I'm not religious just because I want to tell people to go to hell. I'm religious because I believe in my God and I believe that he created everyone with a free will. I don't judge. You want to be an atheist? M'kay. You want to be gay? I'm good with that. You want to rip off your clothes and go walking in the streets because you chose to be a nudist? I'll try not to look. But honestly, I don't care. All I want is to believe that when I die, I'll still be able to be really happy with my whole family. Sure, the thought of it being eternal kind of scares me. But I'm human. And humans are naturally afraid of the unknown.

To be honest, atheists just get me annoyed with how they say that THEY'RE always right, without even thinking or considering what the other party has to say. Some atheists that I've met, have been very rude to me, just because I choose to believe in my creator. And they don't even bash on other religions. It's always, ALWAYS, Christianity that they hate so much. And they're always trying to push their almighty "science" on me and other people. Why? Why can't people just accept what other people believe in and just leave it at that?

I've prayed to God all my life, and he's always answered my prayers. He works in mysterious ways. I feel that sometimes, I can feel the Holy Spirit, and sometimes, I cry when I hear about what Jesus did for me. Yeah. That's right. I CRY. That's how powerful it is. It just really gets to me. And yes, at one point in my life, I've actually questioned the existence of my God, which I regret extremely. I'm only human. And when an atheist starts talking about how I'm believing in some "imaginary sky wizard" it really pisses me off. They have NO right to question my beliefs. I won't question them, and they shouldn't question me.

So, yes, I believe in God, with all my heart and soul. And, though, I make mistakes, and sometimes swear when I get frustrated, or watch *cough* yaoi *cough*, I will still try to be the best person I can be. Because, like I said, I'm only human.

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SoundAndFury wrote:

To describe The Bible in such negative terms is unfair. Certainly, there are verses that advocate violence, intolerance, etc. There are also verses that are eloquent proclamations of love, peace, and acceptance. What this means is that Christians have a wide arc of choice in how they want to interpret The Bible. Perhaps it's contraction, or perhaps there's a deeper order that simply isn't evident at first glance. In any case, your view is overly simplistic.


Why should any book or person advocate violence and intolerance in the first place? Does it not bother you that 2.18 billion people in the world base their moral center on a book that teaches such behavior? In any case, your view is overly naive.
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I'm a Chistian. And no, I'm not religious just because I want to tell people to go to hell. I'm religious because I believe in my God and I believe that he created everyone with a free will. I don't judge. You want to be an atheist? M'kay. You want to be gay? I'm good with that. You want to rip off your clothes and go walking in the streets because you chose to be a nudist? I'll try not to look. But honestly, I don't care. All I want is to believe that when I die, I'll still be able to be really happy with my whole family. Sure, the thought of it being eternal kind of scares me. But I'm human. And humans are naturally afraid of the unknown.


I'm guessing you haven't read the bible in its entirety and are therefore ignorant of the disturbing nature of what it teaches. But the reason you listed for your religion is a very common one. People are afraid of death- they want to believe that when they die, they don't actually die but get to live forever with their god and their family. It's a much better thought than reality. Every atheist, muslim, person in the world would rather live in a world where you never die and get to spend eternity with your loved ones rather than just cease to exist. Unfortunately, what we want is not always reality. Some people just have to capacity to deal with the harsh reality. It makes me cherish my family, friends that much more knowing that we only live our lives once, and we should make the most of it and not do anything we regret.


WaterElixer wrote:

To be honest, atheists just get me annoyed with how they say that THEY'RE always right, without even thinking or considering what the other party has to say. Some atheists that I've met, have been very rude to me, just because I choose to believe in my creator. And they don't even bash on other religions. It's always, ALWAYS, Christianity that they hate so much. And they're always trying to push their almighty "science" on me and other people. Why? Why can't people just accept what other people believe in and just leave it at that?


I have no problems with christians who realize that 1) bible is not history and 2) bible has some good teaching and some very flawed teaching. These christians are able to take the good, ignore the bad parts, and generally be good human beings. The problem is with the nutjobs who insist bible is the literal word of god and that everything and anything written in it is above questioning.


WaterElixer wrote:

I've prayed to God all my life, and he's always answered my prayers. He works in mysterious ways. I feel that sometimes, I can feel the Holy Spirit, and sometimes, I cry when I hear about what Jesus did for me. Yeah. That's right. I CRY. That's how powerful it is. It just really gets to me. And yes, at one point in my life, I've actually questioned the existence of my God, which I regret extremely. I'm only human. And when an atheist starts talking about how I'm believing in some "imaginary sky wizard" it really pisses me off. They have NO right to question my beliefs. I won't question them, and they shouldn't question me.

So, yes, I believe in God, with all my heart and soul. And, though, I make mistakes, and sometimes swear when I get frustrated, or watch *cough* yaoi *cough*, I will still try to be the best person I can be. Because, like I said, I'm only human.


People have every right to question the validity of a belief. It is always healthy to have the ability to question and think for yourself. Why would anyone want to follow anything blindly without question?
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Agreed!! Well Said this makes me happy someone believing in God
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