Why not start a new religion?
You take all the good teachings of Jesus, Buddah etc, condense them, and make them moral/social requirements for day to day life. You take all the gods of all religions and fuse them into one entity, its name would literally be Super God. People are not required, but rather encouraged to believe in Super God. Reward for belief would be eternal bliss in paradise. "Punishment" for non belief would be to be reincarnated and continue life on earth until belief in Super God is acheived.
Thats pretty much the bare basics. And no, this is only being half serious about things. Thoughts?
I don't know if this will surprise you or not, but that's already happening. There are people in many different religions who are starting to believe that all religions are all just different ways to the same god, so they incorporate bits and pieces they like from each one. As far as I know, no one has given this new religion a name. Usually, those people will claim they're still a Christian, Jew, or whatever and some will even claim they're the only ones practicing that religion the way everyone else should be. All I can say to the idea is "No thanks". I'm a Bible believing Christian and will be until the day I die.
Strangely enough, what you are saying is true. It's like smoking, eventually, everyone quits!
All religions are trying to do the same thing; explain how the world works, and how to live the best life here. As long as they don't go off track and become dictatorial cults, there's no problem.
If there's one thing this planet does not need, it's yet another religion!
If i had to pick one to follow, Super God sounds like a pretty chill guy. A lot less bias and hate.
Religions are like a$$holes - everyone has one!
And what is yours, Austinstar? Aren't you atheist? LOL
Actually, there are over 9000 religions on Earth. Probably most claim to be Absolute Truth, but none can answer all questions. Choose whichever suits you best; if that's none, so be it.
Say Yes - My religion is food. Love the stuff!
EXACTLY! THANK YOU!
Why bother having an "organized religion" at all?
Everyone can have their own (personal relationship) with God, Universal Mind, or Divinity without congregating. Maybe every family household would be the "church" for those who live there.
Who would pay the 'organizers'? You can't seriously be suggesting that parents understand how to raise their own little parishioners? That parents be responsible enough not to lie to their children about misunderstood things?
Austinstar, Maybe I'm giving parents too much credit! LOL! I've never been a fan of "organized religion".
You have taken the words out of my mouth. Why have an organized religion at all in this postmodern society People are owners of their spirituality. Religion and/or spirituality should be between them & God or their own source of Higher Being.
Taking something from several religions and combining them is an interesting concept, but not new. Religions evolve, sometimes along with cultures and sometimes because of one man's selfish motives. People come up with different takes on them all as seen in the sects of specific religions.
The problem is that they don't grasp the problem with "religion" per se, which is too often a thief. If a person wants truth, they first need to set religion aside and consider what God has revealed to us in His Word about Jesus the Christ.
Agreeing with Him, entering a bond with Him according to His Word, and gaining abundant life now and in eternity is not about a religion. It is about a relationship:
See John 10:10 @
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?s … rsion=NASB
Listen to Marquis Laughlin @
Read The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges @
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5771 … earing_God
A good definition of "unique" is "singularly like no other" and that is why the word is often used to describe God. The same is true about how He made a way for us to be received by Him. It is like no other relationship. Prayerfully reading the book of Mark has been a tremendous help to many people:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?s … ersion=KJV
Oh Link! You remind me of L. Ron Hubbard, who fabricated Scientology. Taking all the good teachings of each religion and combining them into one also reminds me of the New World Order and one world religion that the AntiChrist will try to make. So silly!
I am sorry you couldnt actually say anything about the post, rather than compare it to the Anti Christ.
L Ron Hubbard wrote many successful books and convinced his followers to believe in strange things. Just like the writers of the bible!
You know how you get worked up when we take issue with Christianity and how we don't believe it, and u feel persecuted? Why do you do it to other religions if you don't like it done to u. It may b false 2 u, but so is Christianity to some.
I don't know what you are talking about. Link is an atheist, for all intensive purposes. I'm not criticizing another religion, unless you want to count Scientology as one.
Many people do count Scientology as one - so, yes, you are criticising another religion. You don't like it when yours is criticised, why do it to another? I'm neither religion - I'm just pointing out the hypocrisy.
Baha'ism has done this. Check out this article:
Those who would create a new religion as a mishmash of other wisdoms would like botch it, because they had not achieve spiritual enlightenment.
The only true religion is Love! And I'm not talking about physical love of these mortal forms. I'm talking about putting the desires of others ahead of your own. I'm talking about being willing to sacrifice your own life for your fellows. I'm talking about wishing that others receive everything they desire, even if it is to slap your face, enslave you or end your life.
This love is the foundation of true forgiveness and the meaning behind turning the other cheek.
I agree with everything you said, except the part about allowing people to abuse you. Back in WWII, Winston Churchill said all that was necessary for evil to prosper is for the good to do nothing.
Interesting idea Link, to collapse 270 distinct religions into a mishmash and fused them into a new religion. Oh, you didn't suggest a name for your new religion. And where would you put the difference in culture, tradition and human experiences which bend toward creating distinct religions, rather than a fusion of religions? For a while I thought you were serious, until I read your last sentence and found relief, if not for anything, at least for the assurance that you are still with us.
OMG not another one. There are approximately 4,200 religions out there as we speak.
And a good chunk of them assert that theirs is the correct one, none of which ever seem to bring solid evidence to the table to prove that.
Seems to be more like a game of who has the better god most of the time.
LOL! And the problem with a new, all-inclusive religion would be that someone would decide they don't like something about it and branch off into yet another new, all-inclusive religion.
Nothing wrong with that, provided it keeps to the same guidelines in voiding eternal punishment for something as silly as non belief as well as the good teachings of all religions.
Kind of the whole point of this post
I'm with you Shelia, "No thanks". I'm a Bible believing Christian and will be until the day I die." We already have "Super God" and he is "I AM!" John 10:10 says, "..He that entereth not by the door (The Scriptures or the Word of God) into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." So the "new religion" is already doomed before it's started!
Mmm, so by that logic Christianity was doomed before it started, since there were plenty of other religions that came before it.
Only if you don't believe!
So you really have to think the Rabbit was in the Hat all the time Link.
Put away that logical mind and just Believe! Thinking will get you no where!
I have one thing to say to you Link. Look up the word "narcissist."
Pot calling the kettle black and all.
So rather than keep to your word that you wont interact with me, you break it to call me a narccisist. Indirectly of course.
How very christian of you. Thanks for the comment JT.
How do you know what "christian" is? So how are they supposed to act? You people think we are to be sounding boards for everything foolish and egotistical you have to say. Everything you say is condescending and rude. You worship yourself!Narcissist!
Is that based off your own biased viewpoint, or is it based off of personal info about me? I would have to go with the former, since i dont recall ever saying i worship myself.
Nice of you to assume and generalize things though.
JTh42, do you get accolades from your congregation every time you stand up for your religion? Are they all so gullible?
I believe that religion you speak of is called humanism and is the most commonly followed religion in America, though most of its followers don't realize they practice it. It denies the fact that Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. It says there's no true God and people can worship whoever and whatever they want. Its what happens when man exalts himself above God and determines to reject the fact that he was created in the image of God and instead wants to create a God in his own image. It says you can practice any religion you want so long as you don't live out real Christianity.
All people worship someone or something, be it buhdah, money, allah, virgin Mary
First, look up the def. of "worship". Not all people practice this. 2nd, No one knows what "REAL" Christianity is. They may think they know, but they do not. Too many disagreements amongst Christians for it to be "REAL".
No, Lybrah, I do not know what real Christianity is and neither do you. This is evident because Christianity contains hundreds of different sects all claiming that they are the REAL Christianity. No one can even figure it out.
Reading comprehension does wonders on the internet, Lybrah.
Austinstar, when I say worship, I mean whatever you give affection and allegiance to.
I have been saved by Jesus Christ. I'm being renewed in Him each day. Real Christianity is from Christ, and the life I live is in His power, not my own.
Go to the top of the class for indoctrination, Fit2day.
You say, " It denies the fact that Jesus was 100% man and 100% God." So, Jesus/God is 200% Strange then. The N.T. repeatedly says that Jesus is the "Son of Man". Not a God, not the "son of God", He was just a rabbi if he was real at all.
Austin.... and again you are misinterpreting the Bible. I suggest you study "ALL" the Bible before making such ludicrous statements.
Son of man = son of God. Same thing. Jesus was BOTH God and man.
johnnycomelately, what's your goal here,
Austinstar, Jesus is and always was God, He came to earth as a man, leaving His throne to die for sinners like you and me. Is your goal to insult Christianity or are you seeking truth?
Fit2Day, indoctrination is your problem when it stops you thinking beyond your repetative unintelligent dogma.
johnnycomelately, I have found out there is a God, it's not me, I'm not here to tell anyone about my credentials or to prove how intelligent I am. You want to call me unintelligent, fine, but I have Christ, why would I search for a lie?
I'm all for it as long as that "new religion" revolves around beer. Also, cheerleaders.
Or flying spaghetti monsters! LOL. Yep, you can have any religion you want in the USA.
The problem with such things as this are, inevitably, the human component. Throughout all of history, in every culture throughout the world, religious development - or for want of a better term, the evolution of belief - have followed a similar pattern: animatism to animism, to the deification of astronomical bodies, then polytheism to monotheism and endless grey areas in between.
What inevitably always happened then was that one particularly ambitious person became a priest, shaman or whatever title you like, realised the authority and privilege their position would bring - as well as the control they had over the local populace, and all too often became drunk with power.
The next stage then in almost every case is disagreement, conflict of thought, the splitting into rival, antagonistic factions ... and then comes war, bloodshed and all manner of related shenanigans. To quote Lord Acton; "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
Perhaps what is needed is to distinguish between whether you have a religion - or you simply have a belief system. As others have stated on here, there have been many past and recent movements that have attempted to combine aspects of different faiths (known as syncretism), and many who reject all ritual and formalised group worship altogether.
The argument for collective worship and authoritarian, hierarchical structures are the sense of community, and the guidance & support they offer ..... The argument for the opposite as that, in this supposedly enlightened age, humanity should have developed beyond the need for such things. Thus, it is entirely down to personal opinion, and perhaps the individuals requirements depending on their level of intellectual development.
As for myself, I would lean towards the latter of the two scenarios. I'll sum up and finish with one of my favourite quotes from Thomas Paine: "My own mind is my own church." In short, you can believe what you believe in, practise your beliefs in private in your own way (which one section of the bible even has Jesus endorsing), pray in your own words, or whatever else without the need to belong to an official religion - if you feel you have the confidence and strength of mind to do do.
Link, well done for thinking beyond the square.... I see one problem: if a person's religion of choice is punishment itself.
Some might get a kick out of masochistic/sadistic fun in the Afterlife!
I invented new religion "religion of happiness." In the Republic of Belarus my religion is prohibited. What about America? The monks and nuns live in different monasteries - they must serve God. Paradise where there is no devil. If monks and nuns live in one place it will be the Earthly Paradise! But monks and nuns are not allowed to have own property. No one will be happy without money. But they know the secret knowledge, they can talk to God. In any war, wins the one who knows more. If you are familiar with all the cosmic laws you will win any enemy!!! To be the most powerful and richest man in the world will you give the monks and nuns $ 1000 or not?
Stas, since you taught yourself English you have done quite well. I encourage you to keep learning. There are self-teach course via the Internet.
LAST CHANCE to send in a dollar! Remember the prisoner who became a millionaire through this scam? At least he didn't warp people's minds through establishing a cult! LOL!
I'm not talking about the cult. I'm talking about harmony. We are imperfect. Only God is perfect. This means only the perfect organization can make us happy!
Especially for Alan. I do not want to know English perfectly because I am not a US citizen
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