Does your religion or lack of religion define you?

Jump to Last Post 1-14 of 14 discussions (17 posts)
  1. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 10 years ago

    Does your religion or lack of religion define you?

  2. Darrell Roberts profile image73
    Darrell Robertsposted 10 years ago

    Religion does not define a person. The person themselves define who they are by thoughts, words, actions. People say so many things, but in the end what they do is the most important thing to consider. 
    There are so many facets to a person, religion is just a part. Many people have religion, ok, they also have obligations to the society at large, friends, family etc.  They may have other practices such as writing poetry, running, body building, martial arts, painting, gardening etc.  All that a person does is what makes them who they are in this world.

    Best wishes.

  3. SkySlave profile image75
    SkySlaveposted 10 years ago

    I believe that your religion, or lack their of, should not define you but sadly i think it often does. I believe some people define themselves with their religion or beliefs like people often do with their jobs as well. Religion is something that can guide you in your life, its not your life itself.

  4. whonunuwho profile image56
    whonunuwhoposted 10 years ago

    We are defined by our characters. of which, religious beliefs are a part.

  5. dlegendre profile image61
    dlegendreposted 10 years ago

    My spirituality defines me.  It is who I am.  It is the light of my Soul. and that is what I am, a Soul, the body is temporary, the Soul remains forever.

  6. profile image0
    David Ramsesposted 10 years ago

    Religion literally means "habit". By that definition even people without religion have religion. Religion cannot be properly defined as "belief in God" because there are some "religions" that do not; like atheism, for example. But, yes, our habits do define us. Our habitual actions, thoughts, feelings, and words define us.

    1. Cristale profile image85
      Cristaleposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree and respect other's preferred religion choice. That is some thing that is none of my business because it's a personal relationship between "God" and that person. Some things are meant to be kept private.

  7. calynbana profile image80
    calynbanaposted 10 years ago

    Well as a Christian I am constantly working to be Christ like. I turn to Christ to know how to be loving, in the most important sense of the word. Christ defines who I am, my desire to be like Him defines my words and actions, my desire to be with Him defines my course in life, my human sinfulness and my own uniqueness contributes to what and who I am. My religion does not define me, Christ helps me discover my identity, and I want Him to define me in whole. But truthfully as a human I can never fully overcome sin, that is until death. So until then, I must be defined as  a Human, seeking to be Christian.

  8. SidKemp profile image80
    SidKempposted 10 years ago

    I would suggest that, rather than define ourselves, we work with religion and non-religion to perpetually ask who we are and what it means to be a person, living the question rather than the answer. Zen Buddhism and Advaitist Hindu meditations do this. And there is a Jewish version, where it is suggested that we write a 2 notes to ourselves and put them in different pockets: "I am nothing but dust and ashes"; and "For me alone the world was made." Scientifically, we can continue to wonder and explore the experience and understanding of being human, also.

  9. hi friend profile image59
    hi friendposted 10 years ago

    I think that religion is a best way of refine a person and holding social ethics.

    1. dlegendre profile image61
      dlegendreposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      To most of the commenters:  I am writing of spirituality and not that concrete categorie called religion.    How many religious priests have molested boys?  Their religion certainely did not define who they really were!

    2. hi friend profile image59
      hi friendposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      It must not be a fault of religion.But it is the fault on the side of its followers.

  10. jadesmg profile image85
    jadesmgposted 10 years ago

    I really hope not. I think it can define you a little, but only in so much as your general society defines and shapes you. You are still a destinct individual from these influences.

  11. Dantex460 profile image61
    Dantex460posted 10 years ago

    Everything we do defines us, if it didn't we would have no choice in what we do.

  12. umeraziz profile image34
    umerazizposted 10 years ago

    religion is a framework of spending life.. in my opinion religion defines what we are and what we do..

    there are many other factors and religion is one which is most influential..

  13. anivardiashvili profile image61
    anivardiashviliposted 10 years ago

    I think that religion is a best way of refine a person and holding social ethics.

  14. tom hellert profile image60
    tom hellertposted 10 years ago

    No 1 thing defines me or anyone else...I am 100 things at least my religeon is three things ethnicity 4 things, my sex is one- preference is one although I do like various parts of women-have my favorites but-that does not define me - So No 1 thing defines me....


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)