I'm in the position of choosing not to follow a religion.
Why do you follow your choice of religion?
Do you consider you have a choice in your religion? Ans would you ever consider or have you considered switching faith?
We choose our religion for a lot of reasons. Because it has a sort of psychic and psychological resonance. Because the images, memories, and feelings it evokes are moving and powerful for us. Many us of choose a religion, not for its theology, but for the community and fellowship it brings, for its continuity and history, for its social policies, for its organizational structure, or something else.
For myself, I left my religion of origin (Judaism) for a lot of reasons. Fundamentally, because I did not feel divinity there, but also because of the sexism inherent in it. At the same time, I was drawn to my current religion (Wicca) because I just knew. I believed in the Earth Mother and in many of the theological principles of Wicca before I knew there was such a thing as Wicca; it was a calling.
In terms of belief, I chose my religion (I converted to Reform Judaism a couple of years ago) because it felt right. I enjoy being part of a people who share my values, and because I feel spiritually and intellectually fulfilled being part of that community. I never felt that in the religion I was brought up in (Roman Catholicism) or when I didn't consider myself religious at all (most of my adulthood before conversion).
The choice I feel I have over my religion is implied by my conversion to it, but also because it explicitly allows plenty of choice in it.
The problem with that is as soon as you make the decision, another position and another religion reveal themselves.
Then, you have to choose not to follow those religions, too.
Where does it all end?
Everyone has a choice. I have chosen to be without a religion for the whole of my life.
I did not have to face the decision of leaving one religion to be part of another.
However, all religions are an interesting study for the non-religious.
I was raised a Roman Catholic. We were dragged to church every Sunday and even attended Catholic school for 8 years.However, as I became an adult, I realized the hypocricsies of the church. I now consider myself a non-practicing believer, a spiritualist with a foundation in biblical teachings.
I consider myself Christian because I respect Jesus as a great teacher, but I'm also agnostic because, although I am open to the possibility that a god or gods exist, I have yet to see a single piece of convincing evidence for it.
Faith is the natural part of human existence. Even our modern economy works on faith. As we are not produced by gods, but are just a product of evolution, our faith is not selective. We simply believe from our experiences and from the authority of others!
My mother was the daughter of a Southern Baptist minister, while my father studied Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, New Age, Scientology and a number of others, as well as Christianity.
Every heavily institutionalized religion I've encountered seemed largely devoid of spiritual inspiration. There was a lot of belief and ritual, but almost no "faith" in the sense of the state of mind of Peter when he walked on water.
I left the Southern Baptist realm effectively before I was a teenager. I went to church to keep the peace, but even at age 13, I was asking my preacher's wife, grandmother about reincarnation, to her dismay.
My beliefs have been affected by exposure, learning and empirical experience.
I have studied with Tibetan Buddhist monks in Los Angeles. I have been a divinity student in Scientology. I have studied Taoism, Judaism and the Kabbalah. And now, I'm comfortable in my own denomination of Christianity -- a denomination of one (there are no other members).
I respect all great religious teachers, because they were participating in the greatest quest of all humanity -- re-awakening the immortal spirit.
"Faith" is not "belief," but superior to it. With "faith" you can walk on water; with "belief" you can be proven wrong.
We all have a choice, whether or not we care to admit it.
And many who follow a religion, are not really following it. They merely follow their (or someone else's) interpretation of that religion. Humility is the key that allows learning the secrets. Arrogance that one "knows it all" already only blinds one to what is available.
What makes you believe in your particular faith?
I am a peaceful Muslim; I believe in it as it is a very natural faith or religion.
I don't find anything wrong in it; so I don't change it. It is truthful that is why I believe in it; if the truth is somewhere else and I am convinced of it, I must change it.
1.Why do people believe in this alledged jesus person?
2.What is a "spiritualist?"
3.How can one have a belief in this jesus person and be an agnostic?
4.What would be a "piece of convincing evidence" that there is this "god thing?"
5.How does: "...our modern economy works on faith."
6.What is considered to be a factual basis for "spiritual inspiration?"
7.How can a beleif in a fairytale god thing be empirically experienced?
8.How can "faith" be used to "walk on water?"
9.Are fundamental believers in this "god thing," arrogant in their obvious bigoty?
Oh I have so many more, but these will do as starters.
It fits me as an individual best. Love, compassion, joy, prayer...
I don't see any wrong with my faith; if I see any wrong in it and I am convinced of it, I should change it.
My faith is peaceful and does not harm anybody.
My religion teaches me to respect and love everybody and to hate nobody. It is the evil which is to be hated not the human being.
There is no compulsion to believe in my religion;one has to be fully convinced oneself to believe in it; one could leave if one is not satisfied; it is a bond between the Creator God and one who believes in it.
People born in Afghanistan are usually muslim of one type or another, same with Iraq.
People born in America are usually christian of one type or another, and both are certain they have chosen the only true religion.
What is logically missing here?
The common element is God or a belief in a Creator. That is what they feel so right about. And even though they are different religions because they were developed in different parts of the world there is so much commonality between them.
Really? The Muslims are adamant that your religion is false and Paul twisted Jesus' words. They believe you will burn in hell for all eternity. The Protestants think the Catholics will burn, the Catholics think everyone else will burn. There have been wars fought over whether Jesus is the son of god of god himself. This does not sound like a lot of commonality.
Gosh you religious people are poorly informed. Do you read anything at all ever?
If you look for things in common I'm sure you'll find them too. You seem to know so much about all these religions I'm sure it'll be easy for you.
"Creator" is the primary characteristic of deity in some, but not all, religions. Many religions don't see "Creator" as of real importance. It's kind of like, the universe was created a long time ago, what have you done for me lately? (With more reverence, of course.)
From some people you might remember:
4th US President/Father of the Constitution
"Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise."
"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."
US Founding Father/Statesman/Scientist
"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
3rd US President/principal author of the Declaration of Independence
"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies."
"The Christian God can be easily pictured as virtually the same as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, evil and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed, beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of the people who say they serve him. The are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites."
"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity."
Found at: http://www.truth-saves.com/
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