May 12, 2009 11:09pm CST
I've studied many different religions in the past few years, many that wouldn't make sense to me even if I tried hard enough to believe, and I honestly don't know what decision I could possibly come to about having one to believe in faithfully. Do you think that there should be a certain religion to stick to, one that you devote yourself to completely, or should you be able to make your own decisions based on the beliefs of several different religions, then mold them into something you can deal with?
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13 May 09
I know a wise man who lives by the code, 'Know thyself' Granted, he's usually applying the principle when deciding what golf club to use, but I think it could work for you. Maybe the reason you've not found the right religion is because religion isn't for you? Rather than looking outside for guidance, look inside. Know thyself.
13 May 09
Hi Syndarin, Continue with your studies and think yourself. Have you learned about Islam? Learn from the Islamic sources, and read the Holy Book of God - The Quran - from cover to cover. I'm here to clear any doubt of you. You may think yourself about Quran, and Islam. Pray to One God to show you the right path and guidance. You will end up in success.
15 May 09
You need to find the right path in this life or else you'd be left just wishing for eternity that you had found that path. It's my duty to tell you that path but it's only up to you to accept it: If it was written in a book of 1400 years ago that the universe was created by a big bang and that it is expanding and that before it was all joined as one ! then what would you say ? This is exactly what scientists have discovered in the past 40-50 years using modern technology and they call it the 'Big Bang' theory. Even in the 1940 s not many scientists believed this theory including Albert Einstein ! So how does a book tell this 1400 yrs back with such accuracy ? Only because that book is the Holy Quran which is a word of God, who knows all and created everything. At least by so many evidences like these the Quran deserves respect to be read once with an open mind and heart.
14 May 09
I do not really believe that there is one right or one perfect religion. I do not even believe that if you have this certain kind of religion you will be saved. I hate being in regular mass nor attending one. I am Catholic yes that is what I write in application forms and the rest of all the papers that I have encountered in my entire life asking for my religion. But then I do not do the common and usual things that a Catholic does. For me my belief that there is a God will remain. I do not need to pretend that I do and listen to sermon in the church every Sunday. I am just at home and I talk to Him from the heart. I do not pray when I am not in the mood to do so. I do not force myself. I just whisper a prayer when I feel it is sincere. I believe what I want to believe. I do not worship images but I just respect them when I see one. I believe that God knows what is the best for us and he is not requiring us to pray regularly or pray everyday. I do not even know the common Catholic prayers because I just want a prayer that is like talking to someone you do not see but believe to exist in everything you see.
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13 May 09
I think it's wonderful that you have taken so much time to explore religion. It's important to understand what religion is. Religion is mankinds attempt to understand the divine. It isn't about self. It isn't about creating a personal system of beliefs that you are comfortable with. God doesn't change to accomodate each persons likes and dislikes. Finding the right religion might mean you find out there are things that you belive in that are not right, and things that you might have to give up, sacrifice. That is how one pursues truth.
13 May 09
I admire you for the interest that you show. The things you have learned will of course help you in your life because you are open about many facts that we have in the world. Maybe you should examine slowly the religions which struck you the most and you may even speak to someone professional in order to get some help and have certain topics clear in your mind. Its good to appreciate all types of religion. Maybe we should follow the one in which we belief the most but its always good to inform ourselves about what others think. A religion may represent a country and its nation so its indeed worth getting to know and learn certain things because like this you can even understand the way of living of other people. But if you need an answer for your self maybe as I told you, you should ask someone for help, someone professional in order to explain clearly and help you understand better what you feel.
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13 May 09
I think the latter, but less passively-I think that one should formulate their own opinion, maybe taking certain religious beliefs into account but ultimately embracing their own personally developed notions of spirituality. I've been studying religions for years, but I've also had some beliefs in which I feel very strongly, and no religion perfectly match my own beliefs and philosophies. The closest to them are maybe Jainism or Buddhism, but certainly neither are anything like an exact fit. I could adopt one as 'my religion' but I don't think I'd ever completely accept absolutely every detail. In some cases I feel some uncertainty on an issue, like what happens after we die. My pet theory is not reincarnation, but I don't feel especially strongly about my idea. I am not sure if I could just blindly accept that people are reincarnated just because I agree with them on numerous other issues, even if I don't know myself. I've always had trouble, though, experiencing faith without some scientific evidence. I think I am a skeptic by nature, which doesn't make me very suited to religion. However, I think few people agree with what their religion tells them absolutely one hundred percent. Maybe they believe it's what they are supposed to believe, but they may not be satisfied with every little detail. The idea of stoning adulterers and homosexuals after all is too extreme for most modern people.
13 May 09
You are like a man that has fallen over a cliff and hangs on by his finger tips! He cries out, "Is anyone there?" a voice replies, "Let go and fall into the arms of your ever loving God." The man thinks for a while then calls out, "Is anyone else there?" The problem, as I see it, for you is that until you let go and fall, until you take that leap of faith you will never know buy once you do you will see things that you did not before. all the best urban