Why belong to a particular religion, can you not love God on your own?.

@VKXY62 (1606)
Australia
November 19, 2006 7:22pm CST
Why do people have to subscribe to a particular religion and then be part of its idiosyncrasies? What's wrong with acknowledging God and liking everyone who is decent towards you?
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@pratu0708 (126)
• India
20 Nov 06
I absolutely agree. religion is what has the made the world such a hateful place in so many parts but God has never asked man to follow a religion. in fact throughtout Bible i do not know if you have had the chance to read one Jesus spoke against religion and always did against what was religious for them, like talking to GEntiles, eating with sinners, eating on the Sabbath, throwing everybody out from the temple and many more. Religion is wrong. Christianity is not a religion. it is a decision to follow Christ and his values. Not to form a sect, come up with rules, and make it a religion that is wrong
@owlwings (37875)
• Cambridge, England
20 Nov 06
I think I see your point. Unfortunately, Christianity as it is promulgated by many Christians and seen by others IS a religion with rules, dogma, traditions of worship and behaviour - many of them relics of the strict system of rules concocted by the Jewish religion. Religions are necessary, I think, to guide people who do not yet know God personally into ways where they are more likely to find Him. But they also have a social and political purpose which is, in fact, one of their earliest and primary functions. In most early religions, it is the duty of priests to act as intermediaries between God (or the gods) and the ordinary man. The whole point of Jesus' message, especially to non-Jews, is that every man has a direct relationship with God, who he should think of as Parent. Jesus described himself at times as the 'door' or the 'way in'. Well, once one has entered through a door, it has no longer any significance (unless one chooses to leave). Jesus as a man, however, remains a worthy and respected brother.
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@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
21 Nov 06
Again I take my hat off to you, you are an excellent orator.
@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
21 Nov 06
Yes, I remember reading that about Jesus chucking a raz a few times. Well, I think what he didn't want to happen, has. Many times over.
• United States
20 Nov 06
There is one true God, and that is the God mentioned in the Holy Bible; the God of Israel. With that said, I know that the only "religion" that will do anyone any good is Christianity. To go to Heaven, a person must realize that the only way to get there is through a relationship with Jesus. That is why I put "religion" in quotes; it is not really a religion, but a relationship that God wants to have with everyone. As Christians, we are to love everyone, just as Jesus did.
@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
21 Nov 06
Very well stated Sir.
• United States
20 Nov 06
personally i dont think nothing is wrong with this ideal..you got to come to God with for your own salvation..and nobody can put that in your heart but you..nobody can make you believe something you dont want to believe in..as long as your heart loves God and you believe and worship in your own ways..i think thats all that matters..for Love is his greatest commandment it said
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@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
21 Nov 06
Thanks mate, I agree with what you said.
@owlwings (37875)
• Cambridge, England
20 Nov 06
I feel the same. I think there's nothing wrong with it. I know there is only one God, anyway, just many different views of Him from different religions. As long as people are looking in the right direction and not at a reflection, they are on the right track and it doesn't matter what religion they subscribe to - or not.
@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
20 Nov 06
Hello my friend, that is very Humpty Dumpty-ish. Great pic. Thanks.
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• United States
27 Nov 06
I agree, we all have our own personal God that society shares the same name for. Our relationship with our God is personal, not as a group. If it were with a group, then why does each of us live and die individually rather than as a whole congregation at one time. We should all love each other as members of this planet...period!
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@Poison_Girl (4164)
• United States
27 Nov 06
I agree with you. It's totally possible to be a good and moral person without religion. Why do we separate ourselves just because of our beliefs?
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• United States
27 Nov 06
I guess people want to be exclusive members of a group that knows or understands more than any other and will therefore be favored and ultimatley rewarded by its god. It feels good to think you're 'right', especially when being right offers priveleges that are inaccessible to the other poor fools who haven't found or chosen the one, singular correct path.
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• United States
21 Nov 06
i believe there is much more to religion then just god. and i happen to be a very open minded person who respects everyone and there religious beliefs. i dont have to belong to any religion...i wasnt actually for many years. but its a choice ive made and im stickin too it! ;-P
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@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
21 Nov 06
i kinda agree with you. i hate when people think that defining themselves as part of a certain religion and attending church and doing this and that makes them a better person than everyone else. i call myself a christian when asked, but honestly i kinda believe in a bit of all religions and i despise bits and parts of different religions. i try to lead a relatively good life, and i believe in God, so that should be enough. i dont need for someone else to tell me how or what to believe or when to pray or what to do to make myself a better person.
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21 Nov 06
These are my thoughts exactly. I guess some people like having something to read and follow.
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