One Base Religion

United States
June 19, 2007 2:34pm CST
I have been researching religion. I find that many religions are similar in the lessons that there holy books portray. As I looked further into history to find some begining, I was more surprized to find that years before Christianity swept the nation, There was true freedom of religion. Diferent cultures had their own gods, and Godesses. That also impressed me, in early religion, such as Egyption, Paganism, and Wicca Godessess and woman were idolized.We were respected and honored. I find it hard to believe that Christianity is the right religion when it fails to answer so many of my questions, and disrespect other cultures and their religions. Does anyone else feel strongly about this subject? If so let me and the world know your opinion.
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@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
20 Jun 07
I don't think you can say that 'Christianity', as a religion, disrespects other cultures and their religions any more than you could say that 'Islam' or 'Judism' disrespects other cultures and their religions. Certain people and leaders, calling themselves Christians or Muslims or whatever, have led wars and pograms and all types of aggression. Sometimes they try to use their religion as a basis for their actions. But nowhere in the Bible, ever, did Jesus Christ advocate killing anyone - EVER!
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• United States
20 Jun 07
I'm sorry if I affende you I did not say that Jesus killed anyone. Nor did Jesus write the Bible. So If the subject was Jesus alone, I would have to say if he exsisted he was most likely a really good guy, but there have been hundreds of thousands of people across the world persecuted for not believing in him, but following other beliefs. Also why every time I say Christianity does everyone jump straight to Jeses Christ? As far as I was taught Jesus would not have been here if it weren't for the roots of the religion. Jesus had a mother, and many people before him. Christianity claims to know the beginning of all things. The seven Day theory is way off from Jesus being crusified. I was simply stating that The Christian wave moved in ans took control, not everyone was willing to change their beliefs. Yet for many years there was no other religions spoken of. Christianity took over state and schools. If you lived you were forced to do so by Christian standards.
@DJ9020 (1596)
• United States
20 Jun 07
I wasn't offended, I was just trying to explain. And I think you're confused about a couple of thing that confuse many people. There are two parts to the Bible, the Old Testament and the New Testament. The OT is the 6 days of creation, the laws, etc. Jesus is in the NT. Christianity starts with Jesus' teaching, which are based on Jewish religion. But He goes beyond Jewish law. And in the NT teaching of Jesus, he very clearly states to turn the other cheek, love your enemies, etc. No, Jesus did not write the Bible, but the writings about Jesus do not ever condone killing - EVER - so I stand by what I said. More evil has been done in the name of one religion or another than any other cause. But ultimately, the people involved have to be responsible for thier actions to God, who will call them into account.
@missak (3311)
• Spain
19 Jun 07
I think you shouldn't say "christianity" but maybe "catholicism". Christianity involves many religions which beliefs are centered in Christ, and many of them have pagan influences (like Arrianism) or respect and acceptances of teachings from other religions (like Gnosticism). Also, you can find christianism sychretized with politheistic religions such as Yoruba, what is called Santeria. So actually I think catholicism is a political group rather than a religion, and the original christian idea was more tolerant and open to philosophies (so it also could answer more questions, which are sometimes banned by the Catholic Church). I would add that the last pope, John Paul II, worked hard for religion approaching and tolerance, but you can't actually do much when you encounter such a strong hierarchy with power and money interests...
@missak (3311)
• Spain
19 Jun 07
By the way, I have a lot of discussions on a lot of religions (I try to follow all religions). Maybe you like to join them, I would be very pleased.
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• United States
20 Jun 07
I have not yet resaerched many of the smaller branches off religions, yet, but appriciate your information. I believe it is easier to understand and possibly accept other theories, when it is explained. As for your other discussions, I won't gaurantee that I have much useful input on many other religions, but would love to learn. Thanks
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
20 Jun 07
Well, feel free to ask or answer anything you like, and include your opinions, I love the debats. I have a few discussions explaining Gnosticism. On Arrianism I don't know much, just that is Visigoths' version before the entered the Catholic church, and it had a lot of pagan ideas and rituals.
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@FSCAries (881)
• United States
19 Jun 07
I think that most religions carry the same basic ideals, they have just been adapted to fit the group that follows it. I also think religion has been utilized as a tool for social control. I am a Utilitarian with a Christian core of beliefs, but I do not necessarily believe in a lot of what the bible says in certain areas, seeing as how it has been translated so many times.
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• United States
20 Jun 07
Also The fact that No one can prove who wrote the bible, or what the exact date was! I think it may be a real miracle story, but not nessecarily the begining or the only holy power. Thank you for your opinion.
@Galena (9123)
20 Jun 07
Wicca is not an early religion. it only really came about round about the 1940s, and to wider public attention in 1951 following the repeal of the Witchcraft act. in pre-Christian religions, although women were sometimes perceieved as equal but different, there is no evidence of these matriarchal utopias that some claim were the norm before Christianity.
• United States
20 Jun 07
Your right the term wicca is not old, but the religious beliefs behind it are. You are referring more to neopaganism. When pagan religions began to rise again in actually the 1920's with Margaret Murray. Who wrote a book, explaining that this secret religion had survived. Travelling cross land and seas from Europe and England. Most common belief is that Pagan religions were also a translation of yet another. Ancient Egypt holds much secracy and mystery, Yet there are heiroglyphics that resite the foundation for All spiritual/Natural/magical religions . In This natural worship of Egypt, Mother Isis was known as the Queen, mother, sister, lover, giver of land and water. The woman was the Godess of egypt, she bear her magic for the world. She swears to always listen and bestow hermagic into any who believe. Hence spells! There is not a date along with these writings, but they are known to date into B.C. times. I'd say that is pretty early.
@Galena (9123)
20 Jun 07
Murray is considered to be highly innacurate by historians. there is no evidence of a continuation in secret
• United States
22 Jun 07
Maybe there is no evidance, because it was secret. I think some of the comparisons between newer based and pre-historic egyption religion, is way to close to say there is no connection.