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Different Faiths and beliefs around the world
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Don't really have a religion. Im more of a spiritual person with a lot influences from different beliefs. No faith is the divine truth in my opinion. I would say Im more towards African beliefs. U know like God is the creator who has both man and female aspects, the cosmos and nature are the ultimate force, there being more than 1 realm and all coexist with each other, and everything has a energy, a spirit, or soul whatever u want to believe.
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I'm a Christian trying to follow the way of Christ & not do what's wrong...i'm planning soon to get baptized ^-^
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bluxberry wrote:

I couldn't find a similar topic but I might have missed something so please lock if this is a duplicate or inappropriate.
This thread is to discuss and share knowledge on other faiths around the world that may not be very well known and also you can share your own personal faiths, philosophies and beliefs. Please respect other people's beliefs.

Some beliefs:

Atheism The ideas and views of people who don't believe in God.
Baha'i One of the youngest of the world's major religions.
Buddhism A way of living based on the teachings of Siddartha Gautama.
Candomblé A religion based on African beliefs, originating in Brazil.
Christianity The world's biggest faith, based on the teaching of Jesus Christ.
Hinduism A group of faiths rooted in the religious ideas of India.
Islam Revealed in its final form by the Prophet Muhammad.
Jainism An ancient philosophy and ethical teaching that originated in India.
Jehovah's Witnesses A Christian-based evangelistic religious movement.
Judaism Based around the Jewish people's covenant relationship with God.
Mormon The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Paganism Contemporary religions usually based on reverence for nature.
Rastafari A young religion founded in Jamaica in the 1930s.
Santeria Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion originating in Cuba.
Shinto Japanese folk tradition and ritual with no founder or single sacred scripture.
Sikhism The religion founded by Guru Nanak in India in the 15th Century CE.
Taoism An ancient tradition of philosophy and belief rooted in Chinese worldview.
Unitarianism An open-minded and individualistic approach to religion.
Zoroastrianism One of the oldest monotheistic faiths, founded by the prophet Zoroaster.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/

More Beliefs
Confucianism:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucius


Just been looking for better forms that might show some light on the topics that are being discussed now, Thank you for the break down of information.
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Posted 9/15/10

Omok wrote:

=) actually, Christianity is completely against homosexuality. It was one of the few sins that was listed somewhere something like "men should never lie with another men" ._. or something along the lines of that.

and that was pretty straight forward that it is unacceptable for Christians to allow and/or practice homosexuality; and it was one of the sins.


I find this ironic coming from a Canadian. You ARE aware that the largest non-catholic christian church in Canada. The United Church of Canada has been ordaining openly gay ministers since the late eighties?


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langkeekong wrote:

There are 2 kinds of Christianity, Protestant and Christianity based on Paganism like Roman Catholic.. i think.


Wait Whut?


No .. no... you need to study up 57 (or more) flavours of Christianity.

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Well, I knew that. thankyouverymuch.

but there's a billion branches of Christianity out there; even though it's not that great to generalize everything; but pick up the bible and read it;

it'd say, you're not suppose to lie with the people of the same gender.

as for the united church; because that agreement of allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the church and allow homosexual ministers and pastors and crap like that --- it caused a split within their church.

homosexuality is suppose to be a sin. I view it as a fact. (though I am atheistic. It's just one of those 'factual knowledge')

but depends on ones (or like the case of the united church; a group) interpretation, it may differ.

but lets just conclude with a lot of the laws in the bible are stupid anyways.
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Omok wrote:

Well, I knew that. thankyouverymuch.

but there's a billion branches of Christianity out there; even though it's not that great to generalize everything; but pick up the bible and read it;

it'd say, you're not suppose to lie with the people of the same gender.

as for the united church; because that agreement of allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the church and allow homosexual ministers and pastors and crap like that --- it caused a split within their church.

homosexuality is suppose to be a sin. I view it as a fact. (though I am atheistic. It's just one of those 'factual knowledge')

but depends on ones (or like the case of the united church; a group) interpretation, it may differ.

but lets just conclude with a lot of the laws in the bible are stupid anyways.


I'm not enough of a biblical scholar to refute your assertion that the bible is clear on this. I AM pretty sure that it's not one of the ten commandments. and I'm reasonably confident that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed not for sodomy. but for the presence of Sodomy-unto-death rape gangs and other rampant corruptions.

split or not, Improverished by reparations regarding residential schools or not, I checked up on them recently (one likes to visit old homes from time to time) and according to Wikipedia they remain the Largest non-catholic christian sect in Canada. They are still a force in politics weather it was anti-nuclear weapon activism during the cold war, or pro gay marriage recently.

They reflect the values of a significant proportion of Canadians. That's why I found your post Ironic.

but we can definitely agree that.. there's a lot of things in the bible that would be difficult to apply literally in today's world.


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http://www.seafox.com/homo.html

<-- some source that the bible is against homosexuality.

it doesn't have to be listed in the ten commandments to be a sin...O_o;

i will admit; the words that i said; on "Feb 9th 2008" a year and a half ago...

would not be the same words that I would say TODAY. Clearly; i've grown as a person. (but that's something you wouldn't know XD)

As for the bible; and Christianity; (or just religions in general); -- to simply put it; I don't like them. Take Christianity for example;

One little book -- the bible. (composed of like what? 20 different books/letters?)

512515465434351687 different interpretations. all of them claim that they're right. Others are wrong.

don't you see a problem with that? (now now; the theistic people don't start telling me the other branches are started by Satan to corrupt the minds of sons and daughters of god.<-- yes; god is god. not "G"od.)

As for the values of the united church of Canada; reflecting the views of a significant proportion of Canadians; - True.

But they don't reflect the values of all; most; or even half. (Catholic = Most dominating religion in Canada. - they're against.)

Canadians; as i'm sure you know; live scattered across the country; mostly along that little line with the U.S. The views differ drastically as you move up or across the country.

GTA: Liberal.
Alberta: more conservative. etc etc.

My point: They reflect the views of a significant number of Canadians in terms of NUMBER of Canadians; not Areas.

(but most gays live in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver... so..meh.....long as toronto allows gay marriage; i'm happy enough.)
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Posted 9/17/10

Omok wrote:

http://www.seafox.com/homo.html

<-- some source that the bible is against homosexuality.

it doesn't have to be listed in the ten commandments to be a sin...O_o;

i will admit; the words that i said; on "Feb 9th 2008" a year and a half ago...

would not be the same words that I would say TODAY. Clearly; i've grown as a person. (but that's something you wouldn't know XD)

As for the bible; and Christianity; (or just religions in general); -- to simply put it; I don't like them. Take Christianity for example;

One little book -- the bible. (composed of like what? 20 different books/letters?)

512515465434351687 different interpretations. all of them claim that they're right. Others are wrong.


My point: They reflect the views of a significant number of Canadians in terms of NUMBER of Canadians; not Areas.

(but most gays live in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver... so..meh.....long as toronto allows gay marriage; i'm happy enough.)


ouch! not sure what I did to deserve the little dig about growth.

And you're absolutely right. I'll add in that the bible is a readers digest version made out of many more books than actually made the cut. And which ones were accepted and which ones were Apocrypha was decided by a council of humans composed of powerful men within the church (any church, each sect of Christianity closed it's canon on different dates after different men made slightly different decisions)

So I agree with you. I just don't see how it's impossible for a Canadian to believe that another Canadian considers themself both LGBT and Christian. Weather another Canadian agrees with that construct is another matter.

Big cities have more of everything. In reach. There's more miniature war Gamers playing obscure historic specific battle games Here, than there were EVER Warhammer 40k players (the McDonalds of minis gaming) in my old hometown.

And Yeah if you LGBT. There's all kinds of stuff suited to your needs and friendly to your choices for about 3-5 blocks in every direction from church and wellesly. They're pretty nice over in Kensington Market too,... and that's the other side of Yonge.
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