Religion: Do you have one?

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    Mar 12, 2011 6:44 AM GMT
    i was raised catholic and went to a strict private catholic school, which made me resent religion. in college, around the same time i totally accepted myself being gay. i officially announced to my family that i am a person with out religion(atheist?) but with the all the recent calamities, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, birds and fish randomly dying. i am starting to rethink my non-believing lifestyle. i would love to hear what you guys think and if you believe in..heaven & hell, God, Buddha, 7000 virgins, etc.
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    Mar 12, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
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  • mizu5

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    Mar 12, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    most probably something resembling shinto lol.
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    Mar 12, 2011 7:06 AM GMT
    No, I'm one of those copout spiritualists.
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    Mar 12, 2011 9:37 AM GMT
    i'm a robotologist
  • BCSwimmer

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    Mar 12, 2011 10:20 AM GMT
    Volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes have occured sporadiclly throughout history. There is no huge increase in the occurence of any of those. What has changed is the reporting of it and in particular news programs trying to create sensationalism; often tying things to the notion that the world will end in 2012 (and that's another thing that's been going on throughout history - people claiming the world will soon end. See here: http://www.religioustolerance.org/end_wrl2.htm Note how many of the predictors change the date when their first prophesized date passes without incident).

    Check out these pages about:

    Historic Earthquakes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_earthquakes

    Historic Tsunamis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_tsunamis

    Historic Major Volcanic Eruptions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timetable_of_major_worldwide_volcanic_eruptions

    As for the dead birds just google it and you'll find there are rational explanations for such things. One interesting story distributed by Reuters refers to how these things are viewed in different countries around the world:
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    "In the United States the reaction is 'oh no, Doomsday is coming'. In Sweden, they say 'let's call the veterinary authorities',"


    Don't believe the hype, it is just news makers trying to drum up interest.

    PS I renounced the Catholic Church when I was 9 so no I don't have a religion.
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    Mar 12, 2011 10:24 AM GMT
    I'm a Muslim.
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    Mar 12, 2011 11:07 AM GMT
    gotfish said... but with the all the recent calamities, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, birds and fish randomly dying. i am starting to rethink my non-believing lifestyle.
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    Study geology for a while and you'll return to your non-believing lifestyle. All that stuff is normal.
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    Mar 12, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    I don't believe in religion, but I'm somewhat spiritual
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    Mar 12, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    gotfish saidi officially announced to my family that i am a person with out religion(atheist?) but with the all the recent calamities, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, birds and fish randomly dying. i am starting to rethink my non-believing lifestyle.


    It moves some of us in the other direction.

  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Mar 12, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    I am not religious but that doesn't mean I deny there is definitely a higher power responsible for my own existence. I do believe that there are countless spiritual dimensions beyond of what my human experience have lived and known; that said every world religion is merely a tiny, but very important expression of those spiritual dimensions that connects us with the higher power! and to make it more clear I am not into any religious, spiritual, or cult group! personally the closest thing to a group I can identify with are with Native American Spirituality.


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  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 12, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
    I'm a christian and an episcopalian. I belong to an episcopal church here in Wichita, KS.

    I was raised in the Episcopal church, but I don't belong to the same one that I was born into...the one I attend is a little closer to my home, is mostly professional people and very open minded. Nothing like taking your partner to church and introducing him freely as your partner. That's the way it should be.
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    Mar 12, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    gotfish said... but with the all the recent calamities, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, birds and fish randomly dying. i am starting to rethink my non-believing lifestyle.
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    Study geology for a while and you'll return to your non-believing lifestyle. All that stuff is normal.


    It is indeed. Add global warming to the list. icon_lol.gif

    However, I am a Christian. I do not belong to any denomination, was raised Pentecostal and later Baptist. Today I identify most with the United Methodists. Alas, their churches are far and in between in Germany, especially ones that are accepting.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    Frisbeetarian....my religion keeps going up on the roof and I can't get it down.......................Keithicon_wink.gif
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    I thought I posted this somewhere but, maybe I did not...

    Religion is FAITH... Spirituality is FATE!!!!! This IS FOREVER!!!!!
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    gotfish saidi was raised catholic and went to a strict private catholic school, which made me resent religion. in college, around the same time i totally accepted myself being gay. i officially announced to my family that i am a person with out religion(atheist?) but with the all the recent calamities, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, tsunamis, birds and fish randomly dying. i am starting to rethink my non-believing lifestyle. i would love to hear what you guys think and if you believe in..heaven & hell, God, Buddha, 7000 virgins, etc.


    Christian - non denominational
    Believe in heaven
    Don't believe in the hell potrayed by many evangelical Christians
    Believe in Christ being the only way.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
    Yeah I'm a Lutheran. I don't go to church as often as I probably should but go once or twice a month with my parents.
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  • a303guy

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    Mar 12, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    You are your own higher power. If you dont beleive in yourself, you will spend your life chasing down some religion in the hopes that it can make you feel better, and take the work out of figuring out what to do with your own life. At the end of the day, religion is bullshit, and exists only because so few people truly believe themselves to determine their successes and futures.

    Sorry if this comes across as bitter, but i'm utterly fed up with religion. Its all made up by people, for the purposes of controlling people.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    I was baptized in the catholic church, raised by "vanilla" catholics. I don't follow any form of organized religion though. But I do identify with things in Buddhist philosophy (which is not a religion anyway.)

    Nowadays I waver between calling myself an agnostic and an atheist.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    Football. In Texas, football is a religion. I watch it religiously.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    highcaliber saidI was baptized in the catholic church, raised by "vanilla" catholics. I don't follow any form of organized religion though. But I do identify with things in Buddhist philosophy (which is not a religion anyway.)

    Nowadays I waver between calling myself an agnostic and an atheist.


    I'm not trying to degrade Buddhism but, Jesus was a philosopher too... It's a shame sometimes that people don't read him that way.
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    Mar 12, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    I'm catholic.

    - I do believe in Heaven and Hell. Here's my understanding of Hell:

    "To experience the pain and emptiness of hell, we do not have to call up images of flames and devils with pitchforks. We have only to imagine a life that is cut off from all goodness. Instead of true friendship, only relationships of fear and mistrust. Instead of true love, only selfishness and self-centeredness. Instead of true joy, only the twisted pleasure of cruelty. Instead of true communication and sharing, only isolation. Instead of hope, only a cynical despair. Instead of of trust and honesty, lies and deception. This sort of existence, most truly and without exaggeration, would be Hell.." _ Martin C. Albl's "Reason, Faith, and Tradition"

    - I absolutely do not believe in loving a person of the same sex is a sin. Something has to be missing.
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    Mar 12, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
    I believe religion is one of the biggest source of evil...
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