What is the religion that you follow?

United States
April 25, 2010 7:36pm CST
Why do you follow this religion? Were you raised to believe this? I was raised a Christian even though both of my parents are ethnically and culturally Jewish. This is considered a messianic Jew! I like this unique name. Anyways I was raised a jewish-christian so to speak in the way that my parents are both ethically and culturally jewish but I am religiously a christian. I believe in everything the bible says and am not just a believe because I was raised in a christian house hold.
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• Philippines
26 Apr 10
I was a catholic. Now after an invitation from my friend I began to attend to a christian church. Now I am a Christian. There are similarities between the two. But Christians focus more on personal relationship with God and not on traditions.
• United States
26 Apr 10
That is great that you have experience both Catholicism as well as Christianity. They do have many similarities. The main differences are that the catholic bible has 12 books in it that Christian bible doesn't. Also praying to Saints and Mary with the rosary. I respect all peoples religious beliefs, but still know in my heart what I believe. That's what is important. Glad you have found comfort in the Christian church. :)
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
Well, Catholics are Christians just as Anglicans, Lutherans, and Baptists are. Catholicism is a Christian denomination. Catholics, like me, believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord, so we are considered Christians. It's just that this particular religion performs rituals, but in the end, we are still Christians.
• United States
26 Apr 10
Yup you are correct, I know about catholic beliefs. I have many catholic friends, but yes in the end a lot of Catholic;s are Christian's. Just depends on the person.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
That's great Jewishgurl. I am raised a Catholic, as here in the Philippines, majority of the people are Catholics. Although I don't really practice all of those rituals. I just believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible.
@mjcookie (2274)
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
Also, I attend the church regularly. I know many people mock my religion because of the rituals and the priests. I still am Catholic but I believe that only a personal relationship with Jesus is the most important.
• United States
26 Apr 10
That's the most important thing, your relationship with God. :) Thats awesome!
@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
26 Apr 10
HI Anna, Its great getting to know you my dear friend. I am christian by love for God ever since I was 17. Oh I think that was a very long time ago LOL. Well I was raised as a Catholic. The Catholic believer made sure through my childhood and soon after my 16th birthday, that I should understand why I should not follow their doctrines and not care for preachers. I don't particularly care for churches as I feel that to honor God, there is no need for some ornate place with such man made symbols. God's house is our earth we walk on after all God is all mighty and everywhere. I feel one must honor God through our actions and every where at all we do.
• United States
26 Apr 10
In the bible God does emphasize that fact that the "body" of the church is really just the community and people there. God wants others to worship with one another and grow in his strength and love together. This is what I believe at least. I completely respect your opinion though. I am very picky about churches, so I can understand how you feel.
• United States
26 Apr 10
Oh I am with you on that thought as it is derived from stated divinity. Thank you for reassuring my understanding in reflection to my choices. Maybe that is actually why it feels so comfortable to me to appreciate our planet as a sanctuary of worship, all creatures included for there can't be a surpassing master peace ever created. I feel so at peace and so close to God, for instance at the top of a mountain, near by a body of water where I feel inclined to pray and give thanks. Just earlier today two beautiful birds stopped by my window and just stayed on the ledge keeping me company and singing their cute tones, would not spook away even though I was taken by their grace and when I said "Thank you for loving me", the sung again and left. What do you make of that? Isn't that beautiful? :) Made my day.
@Rollo1 (16653)
• Boston, Massachusetts
26 Apr 10
I suppose I am a Messianic Gentile. That is, I believe that to understand what Jesus was teaching, one must understand the background and the audience he spoke to. There is nothing that happens in the New Testament that was not prophesied in the Old Testament. When we are advised in the New Testament to study the scriptures, we must remember that the only scripture at that time was Torah, the Old Testament. The feasts, the prophets, there is so much we must understand to truly see the revelations Jesus brought. A better understanding of the Old Testament can only enhance our understanding of the New Testament. Often I feel that Christians are hampered by their perspective on scripture, they misinterpret by not understanding the foundation of Christianity, which is Judaism. You are lucky to have such a unique and valuable asset as your Jewish heritage.
• United States
26 Apr 10
That's awesome Rollo. :) Yes the foundation of Christianity is in fact Judaism. I am glad you realize that, since as you said many fail to realize that. I feel blessed to be the unique person I am. :) I do love my heritage.
@sergeo6 (100)
• Canada
26 Apr 10
My mom and dad both are catholic. We havn't been to into church or anything. I guess I have my own bliefs,they are " religion is man made" We all came from the same place and were all going to the same place!
• United States
26 Apr 10
Well I respect that. Its good to at least believe in something, ya know. Whenever people tell me they don't believe in anything that sort of depresses me. What is life without something or someone to believe in?
• India
26 Apr 10
Both my mom and dad follow HINDU religion . So obviously I am also a Hindu . Basically i am proud to be a Hindu . My religion Hindu has a great history . I think this was the first ever religion created . There are about 1 Lakh Hindu gods .We worship our gods in a place called temple where the idols of our gods are kept . There are many casts in Hindu which worries me the most. How ever I am a Brahman which is considered as the most superior cast . It will be nice and interesting if u all search about Hindu mythology. Have a nice day !
• United States
26 Apr 10
Thats very cool. I am always interested in learning about different religions. I know very little about Hindu. I did study it a bit in my world history before the 1500s class. It is very interesting. :) I plan on taking a world religions class sometime soon.
@Ravenladyj (22940)
• United States
27 Apr 10
I dont "follow" anything and I'm not religious BUT my personal spiritual path is a blend of aspects from various religions and ways...I am Pagan/Buddhist and blend parts of Native American Spirituality and Vodou in....Was I raised on this path? No not at all..Religion wasnt a part of our household when i was a kid HOWEVER I was Christian regardless from childhood through to my early teen yrs...My parents had no problem with it, it just wasnt something they were interested in..
@ada8may21 (2419)
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
The religion that I followed and believe in is the Catholic, both my parents are catholic and I was raised in that religion. Its not only that for my personal view I believe God just like the Catholic do, I praised him just like the Catholic do.
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
Well im a christian catholic both my mom and my dad raise in that religion. well for me it concers about supernatural, sacred, and devine.
@OYGAK2005 (371)
• Saudi Arabia
26 Apr 10
totally wrong ways! and poor people....not long later we will know about all the truth... and keep moving your ways !!!....
@Jotomy (6303)
• India
26 Apr 10
Hi there, i am faith believer not religious believer. Because i have friends of different - different religion. So i used to hear all their religious words. I found all the religions are alike only the names are different. All the books teaches us peace, to be good, not to do any sin, should have forgiveness, respect elders faith on god etc., All the religion objective is - be good, do good.
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
I am a Baptist by religion or denomination but wherever I go If I can't find a baptist church, I look for another denomination as long as it is preaching the word of God and the name of the Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It means reading the bible and the sermon is based on the bible. I follow that religion because I believe in the solid practice of Chritianity and as long as you know it is not a cult.
• India
26 Apr 10
I am a Hindu..But I respect all religion in the world.. I also like Buddhist religion...All religion have the same goal to live peacefully
@Steinway (312)
• United States
26 Apr 10
I was raised a christian. I basically went to churches like Baptist and Church of Christ denominations when I was growing up. Now, for the most part, I'm still a christian I just go to a different denomination of a church, but still within the same umbrella, and it is a Nazarene church. And I really don't see much different in that denomination than perhaps a Baptist church.
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
I folloe the teachings that we have in our religion because it didnt come from the religion itself but it came from God. What we are taught in our religion are revelations from a living prophet which means that what we learn from our leaders are from God. I know that the things that I learn in our religion are true and I am grateful to know them cause I know it will help me a lot for my eternal progression.
@Galena (9123)
26 Apr 10
I am Pagan. I was raised in a loose sort of Pagan framework by a Pantheist mum, and during my life I have explored my spirituality further and it's developed to what it is now
@junmae (1592)
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
I grew up in a catholic religion. Catholics are dominant here in our country and there are lots of catholic church, there are so many devotees going to church every Wednesday and Sunday. My religion is not strict compare to other religions because in going to church there are no required dress codes and there is no penalty if you failed to go to church. Also, there are no exemptions in foods and jewelry. That's why they always makes some issue from my religion.
@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
26 Apr 10
I would say I am an Eclectic Pagan, although I was raised in a Christian environment. I raise my children with the understanding that there are many religions and beliefs and I try to teach them what I can about not just my beliefs - but the beliefs of others as well so that they may find the right path for their own lives. Thanks for the discussion!