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Christianity VS. Other Religions Can You Take The Challenge????

  1. AEvans profile image69
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    I have been popping in and out of the Christian forums and I have decided we need to discuss other topics or religions. Why does it always have to be about Christianity? Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but it is enough. What about Wiccan? Does anyone know anything about that religion? Satanism? Should that not be discussed? Voodoism? Buddhism? I understand many get a kick out of fighting over Christianity, but why should so many of us have to defend what we believe and what many mock, when there are many other religions to choose from? Is it because nobody has any insight about these other religions? I know there are a handful that are intelligent and can take this challenge, I will not name them, but admire them and respect them as theyprovide great insight. If anyone is brave enough to take this challenge on so be it, without discussing Christianity, can it be done? I hope we shall see!

    1. SiddSingh profile image62
      SiddSinghposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      There you are! This is the reason why only Christianity seems to be discussed.big_smile: Just Kidding!!

      1. AEvans profile image69
        AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        What are you trying to say...smile

        1. countrywomen profile image60
          countrywomenposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          I think what he was trying to say and it could be a typo since you said "I have been popping in and out of the Christian  forums..."(obviously that's what you will find unless you meant to say Religion instead of Christian) wink

          Btw Paraglider started a wonderful thread a while ago about understanding positive aspects of all religions here is that thread: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/12180

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      TheSandmanposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      hello, I know a little

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        TheSandmanposted 8 years ago in reply to this
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          TheSandmanposted 8 years ago in reply to this
      2. johnb0127 profile image77
        johnb0127posted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Go ahead

    3. mohitmisra profile image59
      mohitmisraposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Buddhism comes from Buddha born to the king of the Shakya tribe.A famous sage announced that Siddharta Gautama(Buddha ) would become a either a great king or great holy man according to his birth marks.
      He left his kingdom at an early age of 29 in order to find out the meaning of life.
      He studied and practiced under various masters different yogas like hatha yoga, yet did not find enlightenment. He understood that there is no need to make the body unnecessarily week by eating very little.
      This is when he decided to follow the middle path .He sat under a Pipal tree in Bodh Gaya India and vowed that he would not arise until he gained enlightenment which he did attain.
      He then spent the rest of his life spreading the god knowledge he had gained.
      He taught "that suffering is an inherent part of existence; that the origin of suffering is ignorance and the main symptoms of that ignorance are attachment and craving; that attachment and craving can be ceased"

      Now he is expected to return ,like all religions expect their prophet to return so do the Buddhist.The Dalai Lama is supposedly gaurding the universe and waiting for him to take over ,his name will be Maetriya and he will be the laughing Buddha who comes and restores this planet. smile

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Another fairy story. More proof that mankind has not grown to get past deifying entities that do not exist.The human condition has not changed at all. Not in thousands of years of social structure. We still hate and kill in the name of a god.

      2. mohamedhmm profile image60
        mohamedhmmposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Buddhists not really from God like Christianity or Islam, it's a way of life for a good man; and instead they learn from him and just follow him, people after him worshiped him as God; but, they did same the Christians did with the lord Jesus and equal him to God...
        and that's the reason God sent the last message after all of these to Guide us to his way..
        Also;  not all religion expect their prophet to return; because Muslims believe that lord Jesus will come back and he will break the cross and clear the confusion of Christianity and he will lead Muslims nation and have his kingdom in this land as leader and prophet from God....
        So, Muslims nor waiting for their prophet Muhammad  but the prophet Jesus...

  2. johnb0127 profile image77
    johnb0127posted 8 years ago

    Well your right.  Christianity isn't a relgion, its a relationship!  You know that right?  You are a Christian?

  3. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image72
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 8 years ago

    Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world. Lord Mahavira, the 24th Teerthankara (prophet?) liberated 600 years before Christ.

    Ahimsa (Non-violence), Aparigraha (Non-possession) and Anekanta (looking matters from different angles) are main doctrines.

    The main sub-divisions are Shwetambara and Digambara.

    Mainstream Jains live in India and they are spread all over the world.

    Jains are vegetarians.

    There are hundreds thousands of beautiful Jain temples in India and overseas. many of them are best examples of art and architecture.

    Thanks,
    Jyoti Kothari

    1. johnb0127 profile image77
      johnb0127posted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hmmm interesting

      1. AEvans profile image69
        AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Jyoti, Please explain more.....smile

        1. AEvans profile image69
          AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          I see this topic is a complicated one!!!!big_smile

        2. mohitmisra profile image59
          mohitmisraposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          The Jains have santhara ,
          Quitting life consciously to merge with the param atma.

          Santhara-A tradition where a treminally ill  person or an old person who believes he has done what he came here for voluntarily fast unto death believing they will merge with the param atma or Holy Spirit or God.

      2. Jewels profile image82
        Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        From Wikipedia: Jainism (pronounced /ˈdʒaɪnɪzəm/) is one of the oldest religions that originated in India. Jains believe that every soul is divine and has the potential to achieve God-consciousness. Any soul which has conquered its own inner enemies and achieved the state of supreme being is called jina (Conqueror or Victor). Jainism is the path to achieve this state. Jainism is often referred to as Jain Dharma (जैन धर्म) or Shraman Dharma or the religion of Nirgantha or religion of "Vratyas" by ancient texts.

        Jainism was revived by a lineage of 24 enlightened ascetics called tirthankaras[1] culminating with Parsva (9th century BCE) and Mahavira (6th century BCE).[2][3][4][5][6] In the modern world, it is a small but influential religious minority with as many as 10 million followers in India,[7] and successful growing immigrant communities in North America, Western Europe, the Far East, Australia and elsewhere.[8]

        Jains have sustained the ancient Shraman (श्रमण) or ascetic religion and have significantly influenced other religious, ethical, political and economic spheres in India.

        Jains have an ancient tradition of scholarship and have the highest degree of literacy in India.[9] Jain libraries are India's oldest.[10]
        ainism differs from other religions in its concept of God. Jainism regards every living soul as potentially divine. When the soul sheds its karmic bonds completely, it attains God-consciousness. It prescribes a path of non-violence to progress the soul to this ultimate goal.

        A Jain is a follower of Jinas ("conquerors").[11][12] Jinas are spiritually advanced human beings who rediscover the dharma, become fully liberated and teach the spiritual path to benefit all living beings. Practicing Jains follow the teachings of 24 special jinas who are known as Tirthankaras "('ford-makers", or "those who have discovered and shown the way to salvation"). Tradition states that the 24th, and most recent, Tirthankar is Shri Mahavir, lived from 599 to 527 BCE. The 23rd Tirthankar, Shri Parsva, lived from 872 to 772 BC.[13][14]

        Jainism encourages spiritual development through reliance on and cultivation of one's own personal wisdom and self-control (व्रत, vrata).[15] The goal of Jainism is to realize the soul's true nature. "Samyak darshan gyan charitrani moksha margah", meaning "true/right perception, knowledge and conduct" ( known as the triple gems of Jainism) provides the path for attaining liberation (moksha) from samsara (the universal cycle of birth and death). Moksha is attained by liberation from all karma. Those who have attained moksha are called siddha (liberated souls), and those who are attached to the world through their karma are called samsarin (mundane souls). Every soul has to follow the path, as described by the Jinas (and revived by Tirthankaras), to attain the ultimate liberation.

  4. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 8 years ago

    "What about Wiccan?"
    And whatnot. They don't stick 'round long.

    1. AEvans profile image69
      AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Oh Knoly.....lololololol big_smile

  5. AEvans profile image69
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    Very, Very Complicated!!! I knew it would hard...big_smile

  6. AEvans profile image69
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    Very, Very Complicated!!! I knew it would hard...big_smile

    1. Cris A profile image62
      Cris Aposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      i'm not here to comment, promise! just wanted to say hi to AE cool

  7. imadork profile image79
    imadorkposted 8 years ago

    I practice Jediism.

    1. Jewels profile image82
      Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Are you Mr Vadar?

    2. goldentoad profile image60
      goldentoadposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      one day you will be full jedi knight like me

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        jjrubioposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Right now that sounds good to me....

        1. goldentoad profile image60
          goldentoadposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          the force is with you JJ

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            jjrubioposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            smile

      2. imadork profile image79
        imadorkposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        My midi-chlorians surpass your meager levels by far.

    3. AEvans profile image69
      AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      imadork, can you explain it more ? It sounds interesting.smile

      1. imadork profile image79
        imadorkposted 8 years ago in reply to this
        1. Jewels profile image82
          Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          I could easily align with this religion.

          1. johnb0127 profile image77
            johnb0127posted 8 years ago in reply to this

            Is that a real religion?!

            1. Jewels profile image82
              Jewelsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              Yes, it's quite awakening by the look of it.

    4. Eaglekiwi profile image74
      Eaglekiwiposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      My the force is strong in that boy!

      1. earnestshub profile image88
        earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        and pictorial proof!

        1. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image72
          JYOTI KOTHARIposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          What do you mean by pictorial proof?
          Thanks,
          Jyoti Kothari

  8. AEvans profile image69
    AEvansposted 8 years ago

    Yes, Here I am and how exciting other religions are popping up in other ways, what a refreshing discussion...All of my buddies are stopping by!!!!big_smile

  9. Eng.M profile image75
    Eng.Mposted 8 years ago

    hi guys

    Islam is so simple ?

    just worship your creator


    now, I was thinking
    does every one who practice some religion think that his/her religion is the only truth
    or do many think that many religions are right as they teach peace , love and justice ?

    best regards

  10. accofranco profile image77
    accofrancoposted 8 years ago

    mmmm....people in my community practice ritual and idol worshipping using it to do marvelous evil and good things,give spiritual shield from bullet,bombs,bruises,stabs,fire etc.They also tell futures,revive the deads,kill people,make people to have success and prosperity etc.AE y do u need these ideas,are u on a research or writing a thesis?Best of luck!

  11. Lady Guinevere profile image61
    Lady Guinevereposted 8 years ago

    I am just stopping by to see all the wonderful other beliefs and belif structures as I would love to learn about them.  I won't post my comments as I think it will bring some negative vibes here from others who....well...ReligiousTolerance.org is an excellent site to get information about any other religion or belief structure from.  Yhere is another one ReligiousFacts.com, I think that is the extention.

    1. AEvans profile image69
      AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you so much for the informative information and Jyoti and Jewel were speaking of an interesting religion that I found to be quite fascinating. I enjoy learning about other religions. It is a breath of fresh air when we have a better understanding of the others. smile

  12. accofranco profile image77
    accofrancoposted 8 years ago

    For instance,if i want all of u to be viewing my hubs and be clicking on the ads,i will just visit any of the chief priest or "Dibia" of those shrines in my community,and he wil ask me to print a pages of all my hubs and all the hubbers,so he wil now carry out a midnight sacrifice to lower your spirits to obey commands,but in the long run they will request me to offer a sacrifice (usually a beloved family member or loved one,who will be killed) to appease the gods that grant my request.I shouldn't be talking about this as a pure christian.

  13. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image72
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 8 years ago

    Hi AEvans,
    Yopu have started an interesting topic and I contributed to same describing Jainism.
    Lot of material is added from wikipedia.

    I would like to add some more:

    1.There are two categories of worshippers, Shravaka (Layman) and Shramana (Assetic).
    Religious community is called Sangha (group) that consists of
    1. Sadhu (Monks) 2. Sadhvi (Nuns) 3. Shravaka (Layman) 4. Shravika (Lay-women)

    View this blog:
    http://paryushan-tokyo.blogspot.com/

    View some Jain temples and worshipping method (Puja) in these videos:

    1. Temple art of India Part 1 (Pungalia Temple Anniversary Feb 06 2009)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qemc8FFjJgI

    2. Temple art of India Part 2 (Jawaharnagar Jain temple 1)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6wLe7lBRGw

    3. Temple art of India Part 3 (Jawaharnagar Jain temple 2)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56BPFvMxzl8

    4. Temple art of India Part 4 (Jawaharnagar Jain temple 3)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urHLVMzNeJg

    5. Katla Mandir : Temple art of India
       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3azP_u6yqQ

    I hope you will find these useful and interesting.

    Thanks,

    Jyoti Kothari

    1. AEvans profile image69
      AEvansposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I know I certainly will as I have will enjoyed gaining knowledge on different types of religions and it is amazing how many branches there are. It isn't just about Christianity, Muslim, etc. we need to expand our minds are there many other interesting topics to discuss. I will watch these and follow up.
      Thanks...smile

  14. RKHenry profile image79
    RKHenryposted 8 years ago

    John, I'm with you. Never heard of it. And, someone once posed the question, "Why Hubpages?" 

    You never know what's coming next.

    1. johnb0127 profile image77
      johnb0127posted 8 years ago in reply to this

      LOL thanks for taking my side!  I think thats actually a first? smile  What do you mean "Why Hubpages?"  For what?

      1. RKHenry profile image79
        RKHenryposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Nothing. I just recently answered a question on why someone should pick hubpages.  No big deal.

        1. johnb0127 profile image77
          johnb0127posted 8 years ago in reply to this

          ....O ok

          1. RKHenry profile image79
            RKHenryposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            Sorry folks for sidestepping for a minute.

            John, I've been really enjoying your hubs about the weather.  Are you looking to be a storm chaser yourself?

            1. johnb0127 profile image77
              johnb0127posted 8 years ago in reply to this

              Ha!  Thanks so much RK!  Nah, I just am really into weather.  I love every bit of it.  I wanted more hubs and I didn't know if weather hubs would get a lot of traffic, but it aint bad.  Thanks for reading them!

              1. RKHenry profile image79
                RKHenryposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                Indeed, a good idea.

  15. johnb0127 profile image77
    johnb0127posted 8 years ago

    Well, im headed to bed folks, catch up with your replys tomorrow (RK) night yall!

    --John

    1. RKHenry profile image79
      RKHenryposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Chow.

  16. Team Wiseman profile image87
    Team Wisemanposted 8 years ago

    This is a great subject! Team Wiseman

  17. mohamedhmm profile image60
    mohamedhmmposted 8 years ago

    the lord Jesus is a great teacher like the lord moses, and the lord Muhammad; all of them came from God to learn us the way of life.
    may be talking about the lord- lord doesn't mean God it's English word equal the the word master or  MR. for respect-  Jesus is special issue because many christian believe in him same as God-the father- ; But Muslims who have the last message from God  after 600 years from Jesus in their holy book state that the lord Jesus is just a man, and his life and death just test from God; and that's the reason Muslims believe in Jesus as prophet  same like the prophet of Islam-Muhammad- and others prophets all same in respect as all of then were great teachers from God for us; but who will follow them?
    And also any Muslim believe in all books that came from God; bible, Torah, and Quran; so, really Muslims present God messages, Muslims present the pure Christianity of christian, pure Jews believe in God, which are included inside Islam message clear and strong and that's the power of Islam which it's same message all times from God to us; but who really follow God message?

  18. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image72
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 8 years ago

    About Santhara in Jainism:

    The word santhara means "the bed". Every assetic and layman who believe in Jainism suppose to follow some rules before going to the bed (santhara).

    However, it is more popular when it is taken for life time. Process of Santhara is followed to detach oneself from all earthly desires and food is only one of the main criterion.

    I agree with Mohit Mishra's post with this little addition.

    Thanks,
    Jyoti Kothari

    1. mohitmisra profile image59
      mohitmisraposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for adding Mr.Khotari.

  19. mohamedhmm profile image60
    mohamedhmmposted 8 years ago

    Buddhists not really from God like Christianity or Islam, it's a way of life for a good man; and instead they learn from him and just follow him, people after him worshiped him as God; but, they did same the Christians did with the lord Jesus and equal him to God...
    and that's the reason God sent the last message after all of these to Guide us to his way..
    Also;  not all religion expect their prophet to return; because Muslims believe that lord Jesus will come back and he will break the cross and clear the confusion of Christianity and he will lead Muslims nation and have his kingdom in this land as leader and prophet from God....
    So, Muslims not waiting for their prophet Muhammad  but the prophet Jesus...

    1. earnestshub profile image88
      earnestshubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      The prophet jesus went the same way as the other profits. He is dead, deceased, he has shuffled off this mortal coil, he is no more, he is no longer marketing. He has carcked it already!

      1. mohitmisra profile image59
        mohitmisraposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        His teachings and words are timeless. smile

        1. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Ah you have me there! Yes he really left a mark on history and had a lot of good things to say, which led me to begin a study of the bible (English Latin Greek) about thirty nine years ago.

          1. mohitmisra profile image59
            mohitmisraposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            smile

      2. mohamedhmm profile image60
        mohamedhmmposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        you wish; they are alive in our heart, history, and God.
        At all God will send Jesus; and he will come at the right time; and God knew when he should be here.
        and you are dead by your dead ideas; so, you and who like you or who follow  you; all dead.
        we are in mission in this life; and it's our test to pass to another life forever; every sinner will pay for his sin and every disbeliever and gays going to hell; so, be happy, you will be with your friends....

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          You really are a nasty little person. Awesome - we hardly ever get any of your particular flavor here. I met lots of Muslims in London during Ramadan because the prostitutes and whiskey still keep flowing.

          Well.... Muslims with money anyway.

          I do have a question though -

          Are the christians going to be in hell too? Because I don't want to spend eternity with them. sad

          1. Curious Traveller profile image84
            Curious Travellerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            I have read little of this debate as I know I would become too heated - but please, above all else, tell me where you get this nonsensical and preposterous notion that there is a letter "e" appears somewhere in the word whisky!!! There never has been a letter "e" in the word "whisky," and never will be!

            1. Eng.M profile image75
              Eng.Mposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              may be Mark is under the effect of Whiskhy

              it is Friday

              good weekend to you Mark

              1. Eng.M profile image75
                Eng.Mposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                I know it's written both ways Mark
                just teasing you here

                so, how is your spagetti monster doing with you these days?

            2. Mark Knowles profile image61
              Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              This is a far more important point - although the spellchecker at hubpages insists there is an "e". wink

              1. Jellyrug profile image60
                Jellyrugposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                About religion... The world is certainly a better place due to religion, but even today many wars are wagered due to different religions. Seems as if a little war has started here too, so I shall remain quiet.

                Now about whiskey....

                Scottish (with disgust), Canadians and Japanese spell it "Whisky" while Irish and American spelling is "Whiskey".

                With that little technical detail out of the way, I prefer Scotch myself and pray in many religions that those who drink don't drive.

        2. earnestshub profile image88
          earnestshubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Right, so anyone who does not believe in your god goes to hell. I can only say that you are as psychotic as your god is.

          1. mohitmisra profile image59
            mohitmisraposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            mohamedhmm there are many rude jerks on this planet, I understand you. smile

            1. earnestshub profile image88
              earnestshubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              If you call everyone who disagrees with you a jerk, it won't be long before you have a world full of them. Your pet entity is a psychopath!

              1. mohitmisra profile image59
                mohitmisraposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                Grow up.

                1. earnestshub profile image88
                  earnestshubposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                  I have already grown up enough to discard your useless war mongering religion.

                  1. mohitmisra profile image59
                    mohitmisraposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                    So why come here and be abusive and war like.?

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          Hell N0posted 8 years ago in reply to this

          It's people like you (well, mostly blind Christians, but you as a hell believing Moslem can be included in that list) that inspire me to write hubs.  For instance, read my latest hub entitled Escape From Hellcatraz.  I think it was you who inspired one part of it.

  20. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image72
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 8 years ago

    Is not this irrelevant in this thread? Whisky or whiskey has nothing to do in this religion thread.
    Thanks,
    Jyoti Kothari

  21. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image72
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 8 years ago

    Dear,
    Fighting in the name is not good at all. However abusing any one's belief or attacking their belief is not also good.
    The planet can be more pleasant if we can tolerate each other's view.
    I may or may not agree with you but I can be your friend any way.
    Thanks,
    Jyoti Kothari

    1. Make  Money profile image74
      Make Moneyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I couldn't agree more Jyoti.  Thank you.

      1. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image72
        JYOTI KOTHARIposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        It is always your choice to be agreed or not!!
        Are you not agree of tolerating each others view? are you not agree that fighting in the name of God id not good?
        You can have any view but still I can consider you as friend.
        Thanks,
        Jyoti Kothari

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    earrythmposted 8 years ago

    Christianity says "juda" is the son of god....then according to this religion "who is god"....world worships the son of god as god or is there somebody which bible says as god?

    1. Make  Money profile image74
      Make Moneyposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I believe this thread is suppose to be about all religions except Christianity for a change earrythm.  This other thread may be able to help with your question, http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/14729

  23. Mrvoodoo profile image60
    Mrvoodooposted 8 years ago

    I see this has gone the way of every other Religious thread I've ever come across.  So much for peace, love, understanding, forgiveness, etc.

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    \Brenda Scullyposted 8 years ago

    most wars in history have been fought in the name of religion, and we can begin to  see why on here.....

  25. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    I am a NA but grew up in a non-NA home. One with religion, one without and my other family, NA. I was taught respect and tolerance for other beliefs and follow only what I think is right within my own heart. I have taught my own children the same advice. Follow what's right for your own heart and support those that are good for all Man, Women and Child. hmm

 
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