Since: Mar 09

West Palm Beach, FL

#81072 Feb 24, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
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In western society, especially in America, you are exposed to it. It's not only that, but what you aren't exposed to.
You may have made this choice when you were older, but did you consider following one of the many other religions of the world? Did you even take the time to learn of them, before going with the one you chose? You probably didn't because of cultural norms.
I find it fascinating that people are just so random in their choices of religion, especially given the amount of time, effort, and $$ they spend on them. Not to mention their belief in this notion of salvation in the afterlife.
Given what is at stake according to their beliefs, you would think folks would want to invest more effort in getting it right, exploring options, instead if being like, "Ahhh, I'm just gonna follow this one religion just cause most people in my part of the world do and I think this one is right ... even though I know almost absolutely nothing about the other religions of the world I'm choosing not to follow and couldn't possibly have an informed opinion about the matter for this reason."
I wouldn't call that critical thinking ... I dunno what it is. It's more akin to being a fan of your local professional sports team just because you live close to them. That may be okay for a leisure activity such as watching sports, but for a major aspect of someone's life and afterlife (according to religious folk's beliefs) it seems completely illogical to me.
I'm not going to argue or get defensive, I was just commenting on how it was for me. "Exposed" is a vague word... to use your sports analogy, many people have seen a baseball game but one doesn't understand the details or the point of the game until someone explains to them what's going on. FWIW, I had taken a world religions class in school prior to this.

Since: Aug 08

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#81073 Feb 24, 2013
Toj wrote:
<quoted text>Personally, choices such as religion is about whatever the person wants to make it about. It's a personal choice and whether they choose to dive into research about it, what they get out of it, etc. is their perogative and I wouldn't question it. I don't think I have a right to question them.
I never said it wasn't their prerogative. In fact I think I said folks are free to do what they wish. However folks are free to judge you. Freedom isn't a one way street.

Given the importance of religion in society, the amount of resources it consumes in our society, the horrible harms and divisiveness it generates in society, the fact that it historically has been imposed on folks, its natural that folks would analyze it more closely than say what your favorite color is.

That the thought process isn't favorable doesn't change any if this. Folks are free to ignore what is pointed out to them in this regard, but its a bit much to say folks can't state their opinion on the matter.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#81074 Feb 24, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
<quoted text>He had some pretty bad experiences with hypocritical Sunday school teachers and parents why discouraged questions but said that you go to church and follow doctrine "just because", so I don't blame him for his negative reactions to organized religion. He also waited until I was old enough to question authority before he started saying that and I found out that he never said those things to my brothers (who by the way have no desire to belong to an organized religion now, despite also being products of the same catholic high school).
It sounds like he was a thinker and they couldn't answer his questions so they just resorted to "just because." That and just have faith doesn't work for a lot of folks.

“bELieve”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#81075 Feb 24, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
<quoted text>It sounds like he was a thinker and they couldn't answer his questions so they just resorted to "just because." That and just have faith doesn't work for a lot of folks.
Yup! My teachers encouraged us to ask questions (well, most of them). Yes, faith is still very important, but is not supposed to be used interchangeably for ignorance.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#81076 Feb 25, 2013

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#81077 Feb 25, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
I just think it would be strange taking someone else's kid to church without asking or knowing ahead of time if they attend or if theit parents are ok with it.
I don't see anything strange about it at all. When I had sleepovers on a Saturday night, they would come to church with us on Sunday morning. No one thought anything of it. Figured they're at our house, so will follow our routine.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#81078 Feb 25, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
I would not approve of her indoctrinating (brain wash) our children
If you think believers are brainwashed and unable to think for themselves and instead blindly follow what they've been exposed to, that doesn't reflect very well on you.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#81079 Feb 25, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
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I don't see anything strange about it at all. When I had sleepovers on a Saturday night, they would come to church with us on Sunday morning. No one thought anything of it. Figured they're at our house, so will follow our routine.
was it known that you were of the same faith? did you perhaps attend catholic school in which it could be safely assumed? it does not seem odd in that setting. but it would be strange to think nothing of taking a jewish kid to sunday mass or bringing a catholic kid to synagogue

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#81080 Feb 25, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
If you think believers are brainwashed and unable to think for themselves and instead blindly follow what they've been exposed to, that doesn't reflect very well on you.
unless believers have donw some research on other religions, there is an element of truth to what he's saying. and i apply it to myself as well.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#81081 Feb 25, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't see anything strange about it at all. When I had sleepovers on a Saturday night, they would come to church with us on Sunday morning. No one thought anything of it. Figured they're at our house, so will follow our routine.
put this another way. would it have seemed normal to you if you slept over at your friend abduul's house and they took you to worship at their mosque on Sunday morning?

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

United States

#81082 Feb 25, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>put this another way. would it have seemed normal to you if you slept over at your friend abduul's house and they took you to worship at their mosque on Sunday morning?
Not at all. I had friends who were Catholic and went to their church often.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#81083 Feb 25, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Not at all. I had friends who were Catholic and went to their church often.
COmpletely different. YOu were takign friends to a christian service. Catholics are Christian.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

United States

#81084 Feb 25, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
<quoted text>
COmpletely different. YOu were takign friends to a christian service. Catholics are Christian.
I see no difference whatsoever. Be it a mosque, synagogue, Budda temple, whatever.

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#81085 Feb 25, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>put this another way. would it have seemed normal to you if you slept over at your friend abduul's house and they took you to worship at their mosque on Sunday morning?
Just because it's Monday...

The "holy" day in a mosque (masjid) is Friday. j/s

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#81086 Feb 25, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text> abduul's
Also because it's Monday, and because I don't get to show this knowlegde off too often....

"Abdul" is not a full name. There is always an add on ("Abdulnaim" Abdulwahed" "Abdulhak" etc.) "Abdul" means "Servant or slave of" and the second part is one of the "99 names of god."

“FD&S is no way to be.”

Since: Feb 13

Cedar Grove, TN

#81087 Feb 25, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
If you think believers are brainwashed and unable to think for themselves and instead blindly follow what they've been exposed to, that doesn't reflect very well on you.
So sayeth the king of independent thinking....

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#81088 Feb 25, 2013
Why are these mutually exclusive?
Done right, you get both.
Sublime1 wrote:
<quoted text>

Should religion be about making yourself feel good or about salvation? If it's about making yourself feel good, then it's not really any different than any of the myriad of substances or activities that can do the same.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#81089 Feb 25, 2013
Why?
Why cant I tell an atheist that they cant NOT believe until they have studied all religions and then reject them all. How many atheists even know what a church or religion is all about? They only see the surface. Of course I am talking about the atheists who were never members of a church, not the ones who left theirs.

And why must a person research different religions? If you experience one, and it "Feels" right then why bother? Why should picking a religion be equated with buying a car?
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>unless believers have donw some research on other religions, there is an element of truth to what he's saying. and i apply it to myself as well.

“FD&S is no way to be.”

Since: Feb 13

Cedar Grove, TN

#81090 Feb 25, 2013
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Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#81091 Feb 25, 2013
RACE wrote:
Why are these mutually exclusive?
Done right, you get both.
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How can it possibly be done right, when most folks basically pick the religion of their parents had or the one that is predominant in America, without giving much thought to learning about other religions?

Do you all really think you would be Christians if you were born in India or the Middle East? I bet out of all the folks who identify as being Christian on here, we'd be lucky if one of you were Christian if you were born in India or the Middle East, and even then it would likely be attributable to the fact that your parents were minority Christians.

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