Spirituality?

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    Oct 15, 2007 5:10 PM GMT
    just curiosity really no debate just want to know what other peoples religious prefrances are.

    I'm Pagan with Buddhist Tendencies
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    Oct 15, 2007 7:06 PM GMT
    http://wakingdown.org/
  • BlackJock79

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    Oct 15, 2007 7:11 PM GMT
    I'm a Christian. I was raised Baptist but I don't really think I have a denomination anymore... I just love Jesus! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 15, 2007 7:50 PM GMT
    My soul is dead
    It no longer exists
    Count it among the inanimate

    I have no more soul
    Than a lump of coal
    Or a rock as big as a comet

    That's why I insist
    We all learn to exist
    And get along on this planet

    So I try to treat
    Everyone that I meet
    As if they were me, gosh darnit


    [can you tell I am in depression again...out spills the poetry ... icon_lol.gif ... Makes me think of that episode of Scrubs when the lady was admitted and heard everybody as singing to her. ]

  • Salubrious

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    Oct 15, 2007 7:50 PM GMT
    Sorta Jewish.
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    Oct 16, 2007 1:23 AM GMT
    I'm so awkward when it comes down to religion. It sounds so cheesy and dumb because its becomming the zeitgeist of the times especially among alternative lifestyles, but I'm not religious. I'd like to think that I am spiritual, but sometimes I don't even know if I'm that.

    I've often felt that religion was an excuse to do good things, or to strive towards good things and me, well I do good things for myself. Call it arrogant, but I've never felt like I needed to look to some long lasting tradition, or the words of someone else to know that murder is wrong and that you should treat people with love and care.

    I believe that a god does exist and actually that it speaks to me often. Many people laugh at this, but I say wasn't every religion started in the same way? From someone who believed that they had a specific relationship with god, or their gods?

    I believe that we are what we are despite how we pray to it, or what we call it. Yeah I say it because I don't think it has a penis. But who knows? I could be wrong.

    Some of my not religious but spiritual beliefs, hell doesn't exist. Plants have souls too. Arrogance stifles and many many more.
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    Oct 16, 2007 1:30 AM GMT
    I was raised Roman Catholic and Episcopalian.

    I still consider myself a liberal Episcopalian, but my church is making that more difficult recently.

    I seem to have a lot of Deist tendencies.

    I think that we can learn something of value from most major faiths.

    R
  • MarkX

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    Oct 16, 2007 4:59 AM GMT
    I'm in agreement with ITJock in that there are fundemental truths to many major religions, and many minor ones too, I'd guess.

    "Considering the marvelous complexity of our universe, its clockwork perfection, its balances of this against that -- matter, energy, gravitation, time, dimension, I believe that ... what we are goes beyond Euclidean or other "practical" measuring systems, and that our existence is part of a reality beyond what we understand now as reality."

    When I was a child in Lutheran school (yes, they have those), I asked a teacher to explain the seeming One-God/Holy-Trinity disparity. Her reply was that there are some things we just can't understand and must accept on faith. I thought that a cop-out answer at the time. If you can't concieve it, how can you justify accepting it?

    But I've had some time to reflect. I've truly come to believe that no organized religion, major or minor, has hit on The One Truth. It's too complex, or perhaps too evasively simple, and we're not evolved enough to grasp it. So the people who are truly at one with God or Nature or The Universe are those whose understanding is at its most basic, its most simplistic. Harmony. Love. Balance. Understanding.

    So I'm an agnostic, which is literally transalted as: I dont know.
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    Oct 16, 2007 8:33 AM GMT
    I was raised as Southern Missionary Baptist (dad was a preacher), but I don't follow that any more.

    After many years of searching, questioning, researching and learning about many other faiths... and even trying a few out for a time like Wicca, Bhuddism, etc... I found myself going back to my ancestral roots. I now walk the path of the Native American shaman (or as some call it, medicine man), and for me, its what makes sense and what feels right.

    I've always believed that religion and spirituality is a very individual/personal thing. I still like learning about other's beliefs though, because I do see a lot of similarities in almost all paths... just different names, explanations... and in some cases... rules.
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    Oct 16, 2007 8:56 AM GMT
    I believe in reason, logic, and evidence. There is no evidence of God and religion is not reasonable or logical, therefore I am an atheist.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 16, 2007 10:52 AM GMT
    Raised as a roman catholic who quickly became aware thata organized religion is run by a corrupt immoral group of usually men who care very little about the welfare of anyone nonetheless anyone they actually minister to
    .... kinda like Walmart with better windows
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    Oct 16, 2007 12:07 PM GMT
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    The only true church, of course.
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    Oct 16, 2007 12:16 PM GMT
    Spirituality makes me hungry.

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  • OptimusMatt

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    Oct 16, 2007 12:23 PM GMT
    for babies?
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    Oct 16, 2007 1:17 PM GMT
    gregstevenstx: I officially have a crush on you now for posting that icon_wink.gif

    I'm an athiest, but I believe in the idea of karma - if you do good things, and are a good person, the good will be returned to you.

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    Oct 16, 2007 1:45 PM GMT
    Definitely believe in God, but I'm not really a part of an organized religion. The book "Conversations With God" actually helped me a lot to find a concept that worked for me. http://www.amazon.com/Conversations-God-Uncommon-Dialogue-Book/dp/0399142789
  • DiverScience

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    Oct 16, 2007 1:54 PM GMT
    A long, complicated, and likely controversial story, that.

    For now the label ecclectic semi-theist will do.
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    Oct 16, 2007 1:59 PM GMT
    I was raised Catholic, but now i study Kabbalah and Judaism.

    There are a few touches of other religions that i picked up along my journey as well that influence my life.
  • Alan95823

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    Oct 16, 2007 2:17 PM GMT
    I've been practicing Wicca for 24 years, teaching it for 16.
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    Oct 16, 2007 2:47 PM GMT
    I'm agnostic, I was raised methodist.
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    Oct 16, 2007 2:54 PM GMT
    I was forced to be a catholic...
    It stinks...
    I believe that relegions are men made,
    and God above DID NOT have anything to do with them.
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    Oct 16, 2007 3:23 PM GMT
    Buddist.
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    Oct 16, 2007 3:29 PM GMT
    Pagan with Buddhist tendencies?

    That has made my day.

    Secular humanist. In practice an atheist, in theory agnostic.

    Oh, how I feel like ranting... must... hold... back...

    For anyone into the evolutionary basis of religion, I recommend Breaking the Spell, by the prominent philosopher of the mind and cognitive scientist, Santa Claus himself - Daniel Dennett.
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    Oct 16, 2007 3:31 PM GMT
    The Three Wisemen

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    Oct 16, 2007 3:57 PM GMT
    I was raised a Christian by fairly liberal parents. They never really pushed me toward anything religiously but I grew up in the Bible Belt and went through the whole "born again" thing at 16.

    By my 30s I had really rethought it all. Now I am spiritual and believe in God, but like MarkX, I believe that we couldn't possibly wrap our minds around who He is with all the religious texts and religions combined. I don't ascribe to Christianity or any particular faith anymore. I just believe in God and that's pretty much all.