How much do you know about religions?

Jun 16, 2007 Full story: El Paso Times 81

“With such a fast-paced society and more things to do, < the communication is not there”

Ask people what religion they follow, and many will openly profess their faiths. via El Paso Times

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Annazayla

Northbrook, IL

#1 Jun 22, 2007
I know that there are many false religions (the Bible states this as fact) that people are currently practicing. There are even some sectors of "Christianity" that are based on false religion. I believe the Holy Bible to be true - mostly all other religious books are based on the principles of the Bible. I believe there is one almighty power (God), I believe there is a devil (Satan), I believe that Jesus Christ is the messiah, I beleive we are living in the last and evil days, I believe that humanity is in the mist (unkown to them) of a spiritual warfare with Satan and his angels. I believe in an enternal Heaven, and in an enternal Hell. The Bible has stood the test of times, and has been proven over and over again to be true.

ray

Since: Jun 07

Stanley, ND

#2 Jun 22, 2007
I always go by the old saying that religion will take more people to hell than anything else. I believe totally in what the Bible says, I do not believe in a church doctrine.

Since: Feb 07

U.S.A.

#3 Jun 25, 2007
If Jesus returned today, I think He'd be very disappointed in what's been taught in the church.

...and to Ray from Mcgregor, ND - adorable pooch ya got there!

“PURE, UNADULTERATED AWESOME”

Since: Dec 06

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Jun 25, 2007
I believe that all religion is at best myth and conjecture and at worst tyranny in disguise.

There can be no proving any single religion either "true" or "false."

There is no tangible and verifiable evidence exists that there is any "god" or "devil" or "jesus."

Anything that is said about "god" or religion is nothing but the opinions of people and will remain such until any "god" (if one actually exists) decides to actually do something tangible that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that it exists and gives humans a simple and direct explanation of why it should be worshiped and what sort of worship it expects.

Until then, there is no evidence that "god" is anything but imaginary.
Simon

Neepawa, Canada

#5 Jun 25, 2007
FH Chandler wrote:
I believe that all religion is at best myth and conjecture and at worst tyranny in disguise.
There can be no proving any single religion either "true" or "false."
There is no tangible and verifiable evidence exists that there is any "god" or "devil" or "jesus."
Anything that is said about "god" or religion is nothing but the opinions of people and will remain such until any "god" (if one actually exists) decides to actually do something tangible that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that it exists and gives humans a simple and direct explanation of why it should be worshiped and what sort of worship it expects.
Until then, there is no evidence that "god" is anything but imaginary.
There is a huge difference between Religion and Faith. Religion is a set of rules or regulations a person must follow when they attend a church.(Anglican, Catholic, Jehovas Witnesses, Mormonism, Judism, etc.) Faith is a believe in Jesus Christ. It is a personal relationship and commitment to only the Lord himself.
jimi

San Antonio, TX

#6 Jun 25, 2007
i believe for every drop of rain that falls, someone gets wet.

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Since: Dec 06

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Jun 26, 2007
Simon: There is a huge difference between Religion and Faith. Religion is a set of rules or regulations a person must follow when they attend a church.(Anglican, Catholic, Jehovas Witnesses, Mormonism, Judism, etc.) Faith is a believe in Jesus Christ. It is a personal relationship and commitment to only the Lord himself.

Reply: It sounds to me like you believe that your "faith" is more legitimate than someone else's "religion."

"Faith" in a myth is equally invalid whether that "faith" is in being part of an organized branch of Xtianity or just some person reading a bible now and then.

Your "faith," whether you want to believe it or not, was crafted by some "religion." You didn't simply pick up a bible one day and decide to have "faith" in the creatures that it speaks of. Your "faith" is the sum and total of all the thinking and opinions of men that you have assimilated throughout your life.

Were you to read your bible without any of the preconceived notions, opinions and dogmas of men and 2000 years of prior Xtian thinking you would very likely find yourself either an agnostic or a complete atheist.
Simon

Canada

#8 Jun 26, 2007
FH Chandler wrote:
Simon: There is a huge difference between Religion and Faith. Religion is a set of rules or regulations a person must follow when they attend a church.(Anglican, Catholic, Jehovas Witnesses, Mormonism, Judism, etc.) Faith is a believe in Jesus Christ. It is a personal relationship and commitment to only the Lord himself.
Reply: It sounds to me like you believe that your "faith" is more legitimate than someone else's "religion."
"Faith" in a myth is equally invalid whether that "faith" is in being part of an organized branch of Xtianity or just some person reading a bible now and then.
Your "faith," whether you want to believe it or not, was crafted by some "religion." You didn't simply pick up a bible one day and decide to have "faith" in the creatures that it speaks of. Your "faith" is the sum and total of all the thinking and opinions of men that you have assimilated throughout your life.
Were you to read your bible without any of the preconceived notions, opinions and dogmas of men and 2000 years of prior Xtian thinking you would very likely find yourself either an agnostic or a complete atheist.
My husband has been a born again Christian for 38 years. he became a Christian when he was nine years old. He was then baptized after his conversion. He spoke to me of Jesus Christ when I was 40 Years old. At that time, I gave my life over to Jesus and asked him to take up residency in my heart and life. I have been a Christian for over 5 years. I did not attend a church of any kind, but after I accepted Jesus Christ, and repented of my sins, I started going to a Bible based Church. It is of no religion. Anyone can go there.

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#9 Jun 26, 2007
I have only the expectations I was born with, another's kindness.
As for my knowledge of other religions and faiths,I try to learn as much as I can.

“I don't know”

Since: Dec 06

Zagreb,Croatia

#10 Jun 28, 2007
Simon wrote:
<quoted text>My husband has been a born again Christian for 38 years. he became a Christian when he was nine years old. He was then baptized after his conversion. He spoke to me of Jesus Christ when I was 40 Years old. At that time, I gave my life over to Jesus and asked him to take up residency in my heart and life. I have been a Christian for over 5 years. I did not attend a church of any kind, but after I accepted Jesus Christ, and repented of my sins, I started going to a Bible based Church. It is of no religion. Anyone can go there.
Every denomination out there IS a religion. There is no such thing as a non-denominational or bible based churches, aren't Jws bible based too?
Simon

Neepawa, Canada

#11 Jun 28, 2007
-brian- wrote:
<quoted text>
Every denomination out there IS a religion. There is no such thing as a non-denominational or bible based churches, aren't Jws bible based too?
There certainly is Bible based churches that preach and teach only the scriptures in the Bible. It is non-denominational.

“PURE, UNADULTERATED AWESOME”

Since: Dec 06

Pittsburgh, PA

#12 Jun 28, 2007
Brian: Every denomination out there IS a religion. There is no such thing as a non-denominational or bible based churches, aren't Jws bible based too?

Reply: When I speak of "non denominational" christians I'm referring to the christian who claims to be "just" christian, not JW, not catholic, not protestant, etc; someone who believes in christian ideas but who is not a part of any certain church. Simon has it pretty much right in his reply.

The only thing is that even though one claims not to be a part of a religion or denomination, their thinking process was sculpted by some religion or denomination whether they want to believe that or not.

“PURE, UNADULTERATED AWESOME”

Since: Dec 06

Pittsburgh, PA

#13 Jun 28, 2007
Simon: There certainly is Bible based churches that preach and teach only the scriptures in the Bible. It is non-denominational.

Reply: Even the so called "non denominational" churches are presenting as truth the opinions of men crafted by other denominations. To "teach only the scriptures in the bible" is completely unrealistic given that each and every christian and "christian" religion has its own ideas about what the scriptures actually mean. Those teachings are based on something in addition to the scriptures themselves.

“I don't know”

Since: Dec 06

Zagreb,Croatia

#14 Jun 28, 2007
FH Chandler wrote:
Reply: When I speak of "non denominational" christians I'm referring to the christian who claims to be "just" christian, not JW, not catholic, not protestant, etc; someone who believes in christian ideas but who is not a part of any certain church. Simon has it pretty much right in his reply.
The only thing is that even though one claims not to be a part of a religion or denomination, their thinking process was sculpted by some religion or denomination whether they want to believe that or not.
I was talking about churches or people called non denominational, who claim that they are bible based and not a denomination but only "Christian". But their beliefs are
1. Bible - word of God
2. God - Trinity
3. Heaven, Hell
4. Salvation - Jesus alone, faith alone, grace alone
5. Two sacraments - Baptism, Lords supper
6. Holidays - Christmas and Easter
So this makes them protestant in their beliefs.
Example
http://www.ceanatl.org/whatwebelieve.html
Rob

Olympia, WA

#15 Jun 28, 2007
FH Chandler wrote...Your "faith," whether you want to believe it or not, was crafted by some "religion." You didn't simply pick up a bible one day and decide to have "faith" in the creatures that it speaks of. Your "faith" is the sum and total of all the thinking and opinions of men that you have assimilated throughout your life.

Were you to read your bible without any of the preconceived notions, opinions and dogmas of men and 2000 years of prior Xtian thinking you would very likely find yourself either an agnostic or a complete atheist.

Just because you do not know God doesn't mean he doesn't know about you.You assume to know everything, even about things you know nothing about.You chess style "logic" is decieving your own self into thinking you are a winner, but you are just cheating your own silly self.The fact is,God cannot teach anything to arrogant fools.This is why you do not have the slightest idea about him.You have neither intelligence nor humility.You will know before too long though.He lives forever, unlike sick pathetic men, who will die in their sins.Have fun.

“Love thy neighbour”

Since: Jun 07

Gauteng Province

#16 Jun 28, 2007
Rob wrote:
FH Chandler wrote...Your "faith," whether you want to believe it or not, was crafted by some "religion." You didn't simply pick up a bible one day and decide to have "faith" in the creatures that it speaks of. Your "faith" is the sum and total of all the thinking and opinions of men that you have assimilated throughout your life.
Were you to read your bible without any of the preconceived notions, opinions and dogmas of men and 2000 years of prior Xtian thinking you would very likely find yourself either an agnostic or a complete atheist.
Just because you do not know God doesn't mean he doesn't know about you.You assume to know everything, even about things you know nothing about.You chess style "logic" is decieving your own self into thinking you are a winner, but you are just cheating your own silly self.The fact is,God cannot teach anything to arrogant fools.This is why you do not have the slightest idea about him.You have neither intelligence nor humility.You will know before too long though.He lives forever, unlike sick pathetic men, who will die in their sins.Have fun.
Yeah, you may be right , but if you start looking at all the so-called evidence for evolution without being taught the preconceived ideas of "natural selection", which strictly speaking still need to be proved. The circular argument concerning homology. The acceptance that the simplest form of life started spontanuously, IOW inorganic matter turned into organic matter. The worldview that information is created whilst the matter of fact is information can not be created it exist, it is only presented to us in different formats. Information can also be scrambled or lost but surely not created it is there... It is time mankind is humble and acknowledge the truth...
lomo

El Paso, TX

#17 Jun 28, 2007
Growing up as a Southern Baptist, I was fully aware of some of the people who were such hypocrites and all I can say "heretics." The "flock members" and I am referring to males in that church were seen coming out of adult clubs, liquor stores, etc. Although they had their faith I do not believe they were as religious as they claimed to be.

Religion is not a true definition of Christianity, which was declared the official religion during Contantine I's reign. Before that, they were Pagans.

There are so many religions - Baptist, Catholic, Janeism, Adolphoism, Animism, Lutheran, Judiasm, Hinduism - which at first was Atheist based, and other religions.

Faith is different. Faith is what you believe in. It can also be called being spiritual or a free thinker. Free thinkers (which I am one) do not agree with one certain organized religion, but a conglomerate of all religions where one religion is not above another.

Religions of all will have their own little crazies, radicals, etc. Religion is an ideology as well.
jace

Bethesda, MD

#18 Jun 28, 2007
The view of some is the following:

"Religion is what the common people see as true, the wise people see as false, and the rulers see as useful."
-Roman philosopher Seneca-

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Since: Dec 06

Pittsburgh, PA

#20 Jun 28, 2007
Jace: "Religion is what the common people see as true, the wise people see as false, and the rulers see as useful."

Reply: Too true.

Since: May 07

Loma Linda, CA

#21 Jun 28, 2007
jace wrote:
The view of some is the following:
"Religion is what the common people see as true, the wise people see as false, and the rulers see as useful."
-Roman philosopher Seneca-
Nonsense (1 Corinthians 1)

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