I know with Christianity there are many denominations (i.e. episcopalian, a.m.e., baptist, church of God, etc., etc.) But please don't limit this to Christianity - this is just a search for knowledge about religion and faith in general.
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thanks Theophanes - hmmm pantheism - i think i've heard of it- will have to research more. Thanks for stopping by and keep hubbing!
Beautiful, Sid. Division and separateness is a function of ego, the source of all evil.
Great response lonestar77. I agree with what you said. I think it is important to study other religions and denominations in order to have a conversation on a deeper level. As they say 'knowledge is power.' Thanks for stopping by and keep hubbing!
Thank you TNT Husky. I can say one of my favorite college courses was the Philosophy of Religion where we learned about different religions and faiths based on the ideas and theories of many philosophers. It was very interesting. Keep hubbing!
Thanks for stopping by d.william - why do you say Christianity is an illusion? Just curious. And what made you choose Gnosticism, if it was a choice?
Gnosis:belief in spirituality as part of man's makeup-not associated with any specific religion. illusions R false"truths" designed 2 deceive 4 the wrong purpose. religions R based on fairytale stories,mysticism+superstition. God is not a religion
Gnosticism is a big category with a lot of diversity. What strain of it appeals to you? Just curious.
RM: certainly no organized versions, simply as stated above. We don't need a middleman 2 commune with our spirits, or pave a way 2 any heaven. Good is in our nature by choice.As bad is rejected by that same choice. Love always trumps hate
William - I find the inner journey aspects of the Gnostic writings appealing. That is liberating crack in the hard crust of traditional Christianity. But it calls for sustained personal effort to realize the fruits of this path -centering prayer.
RM: sustained personal effort? not so much. i have been practicing for over 50 years & it is never an effort. Inner peace & love R easy 2 maintain. All inspiration comes from the universe not other humans laden with frailties & hidden age
I am not sure I follow getitrite - how does your race affect your decision to follow or not follow a religion??
I am a black atheist. Most black people are extremely religious. Of course that had no bearing on my decision to become an atheist or not, but it's when I assert my beliefs that the community levels all kinds of accusations & threats against
Oh I see - well how do you assert your beliefs? I'm always curious -other than this type of forum- how religion -non religion, etc come up in conversations?
In the bible belt, I could rarely have a conversation with a black person where God wasn't thrown in. Anyone who is slightly observant can see this. It became so annoying that I started asserting my oppositions.
Thanks for playing Mick S - keep hubbing!
Thank you duffsmom. So he is not an employee of the church, but he is getting paid correct? Is he held to a higher standard than every other member of the church?
Yes, he is paid. He is expected to be there for his members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. My husband was a Lutheran pastor before his retirement and I can honestly say sometimes 24/7 isn't enough for some people. Higher standards, yes absolutely.
Even the name "Christians" was a name given by other people, and not by God. During Jesus' lifetime, and in the period of Acts, Jesus and his followers called themselves "Jews."
I see 2 Timothy differently -I think as a whole we have-gotten away from teaching about God and His word-2Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
@SidKemp The name Christian was and is taken from Christ as those that followed Him and live by God's teachings through His spirit to our spirits.
Eternal Life and to be spiritually born again is a gift to those that do so.