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For me personally, religion really has no importance in my life. I was once part the Christian religion, but have since moved beyond it to greater realities. I suppose for the vast majority of religious people it provides a sense of security, purpose, and peace regarding their post-death fate. These benefits can be enjoyed regardless of whether the teachings of the religion are actually true.
Some argue that religion plays a role in maintaining a stable society. This view has it's good points, but is not without problems.
Excellent answer and very respectful way you put it. As for a stable society, I personally don't think there will be one even if all members society are very religious
Sayyes,never close down your opportunity
to be close to the highest personage of the universe,it would be better to seek him on your own not through inperfect humans who can lead you wrong.But you can connect to him if you properly desire from heart
Personally, it's everything. The single most important thing in my life. It influences my whole paradigm on how I view the world and my relationships and priorities. It's fundamental.
Can you be a little more specific? How does religion help you get through your day? your job? your activities? shopping? cleaning house?
Not in 250 characters. But yes, like how being in love changes how the world looks to a person. Knowing I am loved by God changes my day to day life. Interacting with him and learning more about him, gives me perspective on everything. Even shopping.
Ok, just give one example of how "god shows his love for you". This is a serious question, but please don't say "god gave you life". That is a meaningless answer to us agnostics.
Ultimately through the Bible and the story of how he is trying to restore humanity to Eden -a place of pleasure and relationship.
More individually, through provision and answered prayer.God is not just a concept I think is true, but a person I love
So what is holding god back from snapping his fingers and making earth into eden again? I mean this god didn't have to screw things up in the first place? Did he? He either isn't perfect, or he doesn't exist. Which is it?
Good question. That's a complex theological question which 250 characters can't cut. But if you're really interested, you should research into it, theologians and bible scholars have grappled with it and there are some good, thorough explanations.
Lots of people the world over go through their days and even their entire lives without "religion". So, it can be done.
A better question might be, how does religion make your life better? What are the benefits of being religious?
Are you required to "pray" instead of actually doing something? Does Jesus by your groceries or cook for you? Does he change the diapers? Does "god" help you win the lottery?
Seriously, who needs religion? The poor? the destitute? the sick? the dying? and how exactly would it help them get better?
Everyone needs to grow up and learn to take care of ourselves and our planet and quit relying on an invisible deity to "save" you..
Sayyes , they doubt it, they just do not believe it because they do not have one. Never seen one, and maybe not the channels to have one as you.
So there are people that have the pure truth
as gold, and just because many are fooled on fools gold,
Well to answer this question would simply be based on a great example , like how do you value the people you love that is very close to you ? Do you value their love for you
Because it all started from one spot and spreaded.
The Almighty Heavenly Father who created man and woman. and after his work gave a life force to his creation, the way a person would by putting batteries in a Robot.
We are living off his source of power.
Many people would rather believe different
That is a choice as well, but soon the truth will be open to the world.
Religion has taken this simple fact and distorted the very truth., but basically there is always a hidden agenda behind it up until the end arrives.
Religion is used by satan to lead as many wrong down the road to no return.
But it is only the truth that will save lives, and only those that take the time to read and accept their own errors will find the truth
In turn they will meet the true God.
And if this is a skeme to get me off HP
By saying I am harassing anyone, then in all fairness I will let HP be the judge of that.
Just because you do not like somebody does not mean it is right to lie or create a situation to your favor. The truth
To me religion has no importance to my life. What is important to me is having a personal relationship with God and Jesus.
Why do people try to make a distinction here? Christianity is by definition a religion. Accept it.
Well I think the problem is the name religion has taken on many meanings and not in a positive way.I believe in the Father and his son Jesus,the word christian means to be a follower of Jesus,and being a follower of Jesus means to love who he loves.
KissandTales, I respectfully ask you not to comment on anything I post please. You have no concept of reason, and I don't wish to interact with you. Ok?
I do not know you and never have personally commented to you, are you coping Austin, because that is the same words she used.
My comment was allowed by the one who posted the question I have a freedom of speech as you and others. I keep speaking.
This is a new account. I have encountered you before under my old account. Nevertheless, your inability to reason makes discourse impossible. I ask you not to comment on any of my comments any more.
I still do not know who you are , rather you have a New account or not, how am I suppose to remember who you are I can not I will not do anything toward you because I do not know you.
HP can look it up under your old account
and advise me. ok.
I don't need organized religion or to go to a church in order to have a relationship. I don't need a middle man to confess my sins. I don't need to follow certain rituals in order to be a Christian
These people that you say that you don't need are he same people who indoctrinated you to believe in God and Jesus. So, logically, you don't need Jesus either. Why would I run away from home...just to camp in my parents back yard?
Maybe you're right, maybe I'm right. Maybe we're both right. We will see in the end, won't we? I actually was not indoctrinated. I became a Christians when I was 20 by reading the Bible. Did not get anything out of the other books
This is a complexed question. The importance of religion in my life is significant. Although to me it is much more than attending church. It is about receiving Him in the Eucharist or getting Him in me to transform me. I believe I can become Christ-like through receiving Him and practicing His ways as much as possible. It does indeed become an easier practice by receiving Him. It is simply everything to me. Everything I do or think stems from being Christ-like.
Just a few weeks ago I brought Holy Communion to Florida Hospital for some patients. Last week I was on a ride along with our local police in a lower socio-economic drug infested area. I was standing road-side with a couple of constables. Coincidentally a lady in a beat-up mini-van drove by, stopped, turned "white as a ghost" and said Oh my God! You are John, you gave me Communion last week at Florida Hospital. I shouted back, yes! Get out of here, turn around this is a dead end! She did a 3 point turn and left the area rather quickly. Now she could have returned later; however, there is no doubt at that point in time and space, something significantly good happened.
There is a quote from a former Oxford Bishop, Church of England, I forget his name, yet I recall the quote; "when I pray coincidences happen, when I don't pray coincidences seem to stop." Thus one may conclude that I may perhaps be selfish, that is, in that my reason for embracing Him is to make my life here significantly easier because the result of all these "coincidences" is indeed facilitating my life and that by gaining God through the Eucharist I am becoming more Christ-like, discerning and thus carrying out His will. What other purpose could my existence possibly have?
In my life, nothing. It has no importance. Religion is something people created to provide direction because they didn't think people were capable of forming solid rational decisions on their own. For many religion provides comfort. It's actually always done the opposite for me. It makes me uncomfortable. It feels delusional for me. Just not my "cup of tea".
I believe people could all give up religion 100% and still be amazing people.
Religion is a code of ethics and a way of life. It is also a form of ancient science, seeking to explain the unexplainable. Various countries and cultures throughout the world have come up with a variety of theories, but they all have the same goal; figuring out how the world works, and how to live the best life while we're here. Sure, it is easy to exploit people by turning a religion into mind controlling cult; the best way to deal with this is to learn about other religions, respect them all, and realize no one can have all the answers or declare itself to be Absolute Truth.
I agree a lot with you here Sayyes, but as example say you purchased a solid gold bar.you know what you have is real , you know what it took to own it and what you paid to aquire it.
Now you tell some one I have a real gold bar. They question it
K&T - pure gold can be proven. On the other hand, no religion can answer ALL questions, so none have Absolute Truth.
Sayyes, you believe and say as your own experience , I have never been in an cult, but can I say you have not based on my experience , No.You speak for yourself and can say that you are not convinced of the absolute truth. Others can say different.
K&T - speaking from personal experience is all ANYONE can do. No one can live the life of another - though we can make am effort to understand.
You are correct Sayyes and that is why you can not say absolute truth does not exist,
You can seek it if you feel you never had it.
But it can be found.
I think that depends on your depth of belief and dedication to your religion. Many people who follow their religion of choice enjoy many benefits including a sense of being with people of similar values etc. There have been studies that have shown people who follow a religion are above average healthy emotionally. I know there are people who do terrible things in the name of their religion. There are also people who do many good things for other people in the name of their religion.
Good religion does the work of a social constitution. It maintain the moral justice. But we should remember that no dogmatism is allowed in the name of religion. Man has created religion, religion has not created human being.
A guide. A philosophy.
Many find comfort in the thought of a great being keeping an eye on things. I must admit, I do envy them.
Religion is a Plague across the world that needs to be put to an end, Its been brainwashing people for hundreds of years and millions of people have been killed unnecessarily because of it. Think of how evolved civilisation would be by now if it wasn't for religion, we may have the cure to cancer and be travelling to other galaxies...
I agree that Religion has become fruit that has turned rotten, but does that mean that every tree that bears fruit will produce rotten fruit, so get rid of all the trees bearing fruit would be unreasonable,
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