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What is everyone's religion???

Post by Kali » Sun Aug 13, 2006 7:43 pm

I am asking this because i myself am a Wiccen andi know this is not a very well known religion. My patron goddess is Kali as you can see from my name and icon ^_^

So what is eveyrone elses religion??? Are u very religious or do you only practice on holidays?? Do u feel people misunderstand your religion?? Talk about all this here.

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Post by Tiff » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:25 pm

I don't really have a set religion, I don't think. I'm still trying to figure myself out. I'm a Christian in the sense that I do believe in god and Jesus, etc. But I do not attend church, and never really have (save for a few times I attended with a friend or two). I didn't grow up with parents who raised us with one religion or another. They raised us with Christian values, and Mom read from the children's bible to us as really young kids.

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Post by Neon Heart » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:38 pm

I don't have a religion. But that doesn't stop me from believing in God. I haven't been baptised into any religions, but I'm probably a Christian. I don't mind other people's beliefs, but I just get really uncomfortable when it seems like other people go on and on about their religion (like the pastors you typically see on TV every Sunday morning). Like when I went to the Christian school, Bible class made me very uncomfortable... I was pretty much the only kid in the class (and probably in the school) who had never read the Bible before. ^^;; I don't know, that's probably really stupid of me to say, but I've never been brought up with strong religious beliefs. So maybe that's just what it is.

I just mostly feel like, as long as I believe in God, and acknowledge him as our Holy Father, then that's really all I need, because I know God will still love me if I know he's there, and acknowledge he's there.
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Post by Panda » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:40 pm

Same.

I was raised Catholic but after my dad passed away i stopped attending church (at first because I was just sad and then I kinda realized i don't know what I truly believe yet). I firmly believe in God and Jesus but I am by no means a devout church-goer or preacher at all.

I don't go to church now because I don't like feeling pressured to have an exact opinion on something (abortion, homosexuality, etc.)

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Post by AnimeGuru0 » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:43 pm

Mormon aka LDS aka Latter-day Saint

Taking a hiatus tho at the moment, I need a break from them due to several reasons, but i still consider myself mormon.

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Post by Kali » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:52 pm

AnimeGuru0 i am very interested to hear more of your religion!! ^^ i have always heard weird things about the Mormons and it is interesting to meet someone of that faith who can clear things up. what exactly is Mormonism and why is it different from christianity?? My older brother seems to think t just means you have lots of wives and cant drink coffee but for example why is it called "Mormon"??? It would be nice if you could let us know ^^

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Post by Sailorasteroid » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:58 pm

I am an agnostic and an atheist. It's a bit more complex than just the labels, so I'll explain my philosophy on the subject:

A god is described as an omnipotent being. That means it can do anything based on pure will. Now, that raises some logical inferences. It means that the god can create contradictions--could make 2=1; make a rock so big that he couldn't lift it, and then lift it anyway; make time flow backwards or anything else. It also follows that if an omnipotent being had any desires, it could fulfill them without any medium. There is no reason to create anything, not even other consciousnesses, since the god could get whatever it wanted from them simply by willing it.

Now, I'll allow that there could still be such a being, but only if all the laws of logic are wrong. But in that case, we can't say what the nature of such a being would be. We can't say that it would send us to a heaven for helping our fellow people or send us to a hell for murdering. For all we know, it could be the other way around. For that matter, it might be that all the blond people are going to heaven and the dark-hairs to hell.

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Post by the*blue*girl » Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:40 pm

i suppose im catholic. that is, i've been baptized and am dragged to church about once a month. i belive in god and stuff, but i don't like being told what to belive by bibles and priests and people. i'd rather figure out what i belive for myself. most of my friends are atheists, with a few jews and one friend who's a die-hard christian. i love her and stuff, but she can get obnoxious about how wonderful god is and how much she hates mormens (we got into a huge fight over that) so it really annoys me how some people shove their religions down people's throats.

so kali, you're wiccan? i've read about that religion, and it sounds pretty cool. maybe i'll convert some day. who knows. im pretty iffy about my religion, i guess.

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Post by Rin » Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:53 pm

I'm Roman Catholic and I seem to be in the minority of those who go to church every sunday. And no I'm not forced, I go on my own free will. It gets me out of bed Sunday mornings or else I would sleep till like four in the afternoon. Well, I guess there are sometimes I miss due to laziness or hangovers, but not frequently.
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Post by kingofgames » Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:59 pm

I;m a Southern Christian Baptist. I dont go to church every Sunday, but I express my faith in prayers.
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Post by AnimeGuru0 » Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:08 pm

Kali wrote:AnimeGuru0 i am very interested to hear more of your religion!! ^^ i have always heard weird things about the Mormons and it is interesting to meet someone of that faith who can clear things up. what exactly is Mormonism and why is it different from christianity?? My older brother seems to think t just means you have lots of wives and cant drink coffee but for example why is it called "Mormon"??? It would be nice if you could let us know ^^
Mormons are Christians. They're just another sect like presbyterians, catholics, pentecostals, baptists, etc. They're a little different than most other sects though.

Mormons are actually members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. "Mormon" is just a nickname because they believe in a book called "The Book of Mormon" in addition to the bible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_ ... day_Saints

That's a good and fair source to answer your questions.

PS - Mormons aren't polygamists.

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Post by Sylphiel » Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:23 pm

I was baptized and confirmed Catholic. However, I've always felt inside myself to be an Agnostic, and that is how I label myself. I tend towards believing in some kind of a higher power, but not necessarily the Christian God.

But I've always been unsure, hence the Agnosticism. And I've always found it very hard to have faith of any kind. I do pray sometimes, but its usually just a general "to whoever is listening, if anyone even IS" kind of thing.

So, I don't really have a religion. I do go to church with my family occassionally though.

I also don't believe in heaven and hell, because I feel they are too strictly defined and it could never be that simple.
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Post by Cardcaptor Takato » Sun Aug 13, 2006 10:53 pm

My parents raised me as a member of the Church Of Christ (the non-denomational one; no relation to the Latter-Day Saints) and I was baptized, but now I'm not really sure what I believe anymore. Part of me still believes in the possibility of the existence of a god but the other part of me finds it hard to accept any of the current religions of the world. I just think if such an all-powerful God was really desperate for us to follow his word, he would leave his message in a way that's less easier to tamper with than oh say, a centuries year old book. And I just get kind of sick of all these different religions going around trying to convince you why their opinions are right and why yours isn't yet none of them have really proven the existence of God yet. But while I don't believe it's possible yet to prove God's existence, I also believe it's impossible to prove that he doesn't exist.

I guess I'm leaning more towards being agnostic but I'm still unsure of a lot of things. I know for certain that I don't believe in the religion my parents raised me in anymore, but I still go to church with them just to keep them happy until whenever I can move out (however far away that may be). My parents are the overly-zealot religious fanatics who would flip out if I even suggested I wanted to stop going to church and I don't want to have to deal with all the people from their congregration bugging me to come back all the time. There's just too many things about them that I disagree with, like their policies on homosexuality, the death pentalty, and some of their other beliefs that seem contradictory to me, so once I'm able to live on my own, I definetly won't be going back to that religion anymore, that much I do know.
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Post by Rivalee » Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:10 pm

I'm born christian and confirmed, but I don't really believe in the bible or God. Instead, I believe in Gaia (the earth), the spirits of nature and supernatural stuff. I don't know if this is considered as a religion, but I always reply like this when people I chat with ask me (they sometimes think I'm a muslim because I'm still a virgin). Some of them thinks my belief is weird, while others finds it interesting.
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Post by Hobbes » Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:04 am

I'm a Southern Christian Baptist. However, I don't really enjoy going to chruch and I'm kind of going through some major thought changes at the moment. Here, people tend ot look down on you if you aren't all holy and I can't stand it. Living in the Belt Buckle of the Bible Belt can do that to you, I guess.
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Post by Kali » Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:32 am

the*blue*girl wrote:so kali, you're wiccan? i've read about that religion, and it sounds pretty cool. maybe i'll convert some day. who knows. im pretty iffy about my religion, i guess.
Yup ^^ i grew up in a family where my mom was Hindu and my dad is Christian so I was alwyas told to choose my own path in religion and find my own faith. my religion is Wicca because i like its philosophies and magick works for me, but i worship with Hindu gods and to some extents i believe that all gods are aspects of the same divine nature which is also in all of us.

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Post by Musashi » Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:34 am

I'm a Muslim. ^^ Believe in Allah/God, his Prophets (including Jesus), his holy books, angels, and all.
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Post by Kazuki » Mon Aug 14, 2006 5:11 am

I'm an atheist, never really did believe in anything ^^;

Who knows, I could have a religion later on in life, but for now, I'm atheist xD
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Post by Starscream » Mon Aug 14, 2006 6:06 am

It hasn't been said yet, but with such a controversial topic, I feel that this should be made clear:

Do not, under ANY circumstances, insult anyone's choice of beliefs/lack thereof. This is possibly one of the most explosive topics to deal with not only here, but in the real world as well, and I know there are those out there that will feel the need to ridicule. If I get the sense that that's going to happen here, the topic will be locked, no questions asked.

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Post by Sailormars Obsessed fan » Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:32 am

Im a combination of foundationist and monist.

I think God is too big to be explaned fully by humans and that all Gods from all different faiths are the same "entity" and that there are just different ways to seek him/her.

Personally the version of God I chose to follow is the cat goddess Bastet

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