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What is your religion?
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What is your religion?
Deros Wrote:While this may seem a little straightforward, I would like to simply ask what your religion is, what its core beliefs are, and why or whether you hold those beliefs.

I am a pantheistic realist. Which means, by the wording alone, that I believe everything (Pan means all) that is part of someone's reality. I take my own opinions, though, as to the potency of various deities, though. I hold these beliefs simply because I'm a weird pacifist.

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Kayako Wrote:I follow my own path, which is at it's base primordially Christian, with many different things sort of tacked on here and there. I prefer to call myself a "spiritualist", since though I could technically be called just a Christian, I don't follow alot of the fundamental teachings and there's probably no church in existence that would take me knowing the full extent of what I believe.
2008-01-10 15:48
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Re: What is your religion?
Divinitywolf Wrote:I have a very open mind. I believe that most things are possible and that any religion maybe true, even that of the flying spagetti monster (its a real religion!) <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

However i would class myself as a buddhist/spiritualist/wiccan.

However i also have an attractive to the greek gods. I've always loved them from a very small age but i've no idea why.

I believe in buddhists view of slef improvement and i think the human race would be better off if they believed it too but seem bent on their own destruction. Anyway the buddhists simple way of life is appealing and meditation is always worthwhile.

Spiritualist because i believe in a lot of spiritual things such as the soul.

I believe the reincarnation part of hinduism as i'm sure most of you do, being otherkin and all.

I am also wiccan as i like the wiccan practices and beliefs and i practice and believe some of them myself such as astral projection and some "spells" as most call them. Although i don't think many of them work, its still fun participating. I love just admiring nature for what it is instead of devoting myself to a god that may or may not exist. The Pagan style of appreciating nature appeals to me.

I don't think devoting my whole life to something that may not exist to be very worthwhile but i do believe something out there created us and when i'm feeling down it helps to pray to God, to really feel like he's there with me cheers me up and helps rid me of loneliness.

Well that sums up my beliefs. Thanks for your time if you've read this far XD.

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2008-01-10 17:50
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Re: What is your religion?
I consider myself Christian. I was baptised at six months old; and we attended church until I was about four (we stopped going because of family issues).

Although I'm not a churchgoer now (and I'm not overly religious now), I believe that you don't need to go to church if you want to worship God. My belief is you can pray anywhere you like, and you can be a good Christian regardless of whether you go to church or not. ^^

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2008-01-10 17:58
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I recently got reminded of the other religion I belong to: gluttonism. I actually wrote a set of commandments for it once upon a time. Number six was: "Don't eat the yellow snow". Basically, it pertains to anything involving eating (within fiscal, moral, and common-sense reasoning).

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2008-01-10 18:17
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Re: What is your religion?
chaitea Wrote:I was raised Roman Catholic and thanks to my rebellious years during high school i denounced that path and preceded to recite various forms of blasymy.

Since then I've simmered down, learned to appreciate the good intentions behind that religion (, not focus as much on the negatives) and have calmly decided that it is simply not for me.

Now I'm in a similar boat to DevilDraco in that i have a belief system. It is flexible and more compatible with me spiritually.

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2008-01-10 21:31
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Re: What is your religion?
I don't claim any religion... I just don't like the idea of 'religion'. At all. So I dance around the subject and say different things every time I'm asked Wink My beliefs are a mish-mash of neopagan and Buddhist ideas, with monotheistic leaning taken from my knowledge of... well, knowing what I know.

I'm currently studying Correllian Nativist Wicca, if that means anything to anyone.

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Re: What is your religion?
My prior post (on the old forum) in this thread was rather unintentionally vague, then just last night, Vant and I were reading and sharing links and we suddenly realized that our spiritual beliefs do have a name.

Deism.

Which is, in a nutshell, the belief that there very much so is a God, and that God's "Bible" is the world around us, His Creation. That's the way through which God communicates with us and lets us know that He exists. God created the Laws of Nature and therefore scientific principles are God's Creations as well. A lot of Deist sites have the slogan "Belief in God + God Given Reason = Deism"

I have a great deal of respect for other religious belief systems and I think there's a lot of beauty and truth present on all paths.

Personally, I choose Deism because I could never reconcile what I intuitively felt about God's nature and Being with what I read in sacred texts, and Deism allows me that flexibility.

While it may seem odd for me to have some of the beliefs that I do when you consider Deism's heavy emphasis on Reason, Reason differs from logic in that it's defined as a combination of logic and intuition. When it comes to matters of my Kinship, I rely on my intuition. In other ares of my life, I rely on logic, and in still others, on both.

And, as always, I am perfectly comfortable with the idea that my Kinship may be a delusion. I can't prove anything, but I choose to continue to believe because it benefits and enhances my life while not hurting anyone. And now, with Vantalus remembering many of the things I do in detail (and vice versa), it seems that there's a touch more logic in believing than not.

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2008-01-10 22:20
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Re: What is your religion?
I'm not religious, I just believe in myself. My kin-ness is actually grounded in a slight Judeo-Christian sense, but it's my own twisted version of it. For instance, I have a huge dislike and rather cynical view of God in general, though I do believe that He takes a fond liking to humans. All I know is I'd never wanna go back there. I'm demonkin after all, and Heaven just isn't my kinda place.

Though I don't believe in the whole eternal punishment in the fires of Hell thing. In my opinion, Lucifer was a nice guy who, like me, just had a different outlook on things.

In short, I believe God exists, but I don't believe in God. You know, in the sort of way that I know America has a president, but I don't believe in our president.
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