Organized Religion versus Personal Beliefs
Poll - Are you part of an organized religion
Are you part of an organized religion? (this includes a small organization like a coven)See results without voting
This was originally in response to another hub. I decided it is a good topic so I am keeping this post in tact as I responded on the other hub.
The quoted response follows;
All religion offers answers to important spiritual questions. They offer some way to define that which we cannot explain. Along that vein, they offer a view of what happens after death.
If you mean an organized group practicing a religion; That tends to mean that one person, or group of people tells the rest what a "scripture" means and expect the remaining people in the group to follow along and usually pay a tithe. While the demands of "following the flock" differ, the basis is the same. Follow what we tell you to do because we say it is right. Now, they say that there is room to interperate but most of the time interperatation that does not dirrectly follow the views of the rest of the congregation (rather, the heads of the congregation) is "frowned upon" or considered falacy. This then means the "offending party" is "taught what is right" depending on religion this may mean that the person is told to repent, it may mean they are chastized, whatever the "lesson" it usually comes with great feelings of guilt. This causes the person questioning their views to want to just "follow the flock."
If you are talking merely a religious belief structure; This basically means what they have in common is as stated previously about answering questions. Plus it usually means exploring what best fits your personal views and practicing accordingly.
Personal experience and opinion prefers the latter. "
All of this having been stated, I'd like to see responses. Any opinions are welcome. Please remember to be respectful. This is a touchy subject and we don't want to be deleted.
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