Should religion be about living or dying?

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
September 6, 2011 12:23pm CST
Should religion be about how we live our lives today or should it be about preparing for life after death? For some people it appears to be all focused on life after death, about getting to heaven where all will be perfect. In my opinion it should be about how we live today. None of us can say with certainty that they know what follows the death of the body. Sure, we all have our opinions but that's all it really is our opinion. Many have been brainwashed since birth in one way or another and because of that often say that they are certain of something, but that can never be the case. Wouldn't it be best to live this life as a big family, as brothers and sisters who want only what's best for each other? I think the world would be a much better place and doesn't it make sense that that's our reason for being here?
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@1hopefulman (25927)
• Canada
7 Sep 11
1 Timothy 4:8 Today's New International Version (TNIV) 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. True religion is about love, brotherhood and even loving our enemies. We do not view anyone as an enemy. They might view us in a bad way but we don't feel the same. When we find the religion that gives us the best in life now than we know that the future is also certain. God is not only about the future but He is also about the present. Happiness now and happiness later! Blessings now and blessings later!
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
8 Sep 11
Hi 1hopefulman, Thank you for commenting and I agree with you that true religion is about love and brotherhood. It is also about compassion and caring. While I know this to be true for some Christians, it certainly isn't for many others. I've witnessed the hatred that some Christians have for those who think differently from themselves, and believe me there is no love there. Christ taught "love your enemies" but I see very little of it, except perhaps among some traditional churches who realize that the Bible was never meant to be taken literally. I would encourage all Christians to read the Bible, especially the gospels. Blessings.
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@1hopefulman (25927)
• Canada
8 Sep 11
Yes, not all practice what they preach. However, it should not discourage us from doing our best to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ. Your encouragement is wise! Take care!
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
8 Sep 11
Religion has to be about both living and dying. They are 2 parts of the experince of life. I agree living is all we have now but we need to remember we won't always have this life and we need to make the best of it.
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@salonga (27998)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
Oh dear this is a very good discussion! Should religion be about living or dying? I should say both. But I must be very specific why I said so. In my personal opinion and belief, no religion would be right unless it is Christ-centered and Bible-based. Why? This is because religion should be about living and dying. Jesus is our Savior, Lord and God so if religion will not center on learning about Him then how could the people belief His deity, how could the people learn about His Lordship and most of how could the people know the right way to salvation of their soul? So to me religion should first and foremost be about Jesus and How He gave His life to save mankind, how to live not just temporarily but eternally through Jesus Christ. True religion should teach about the truth. The truth that Jesus is the ONLY way the truth and the life and that no one will be able to go to heaven unless He has Jesus. Religion should teach about the fact that dying is inevitable and that this life we have today is but temporal. Religion should teach that we all would die at an appointed time and because of this we should never live as if this world is our permanent home. Religion should also focus on teaching the people on how to live in this world in preparation toward eternal life and how to believe in Jesus to gain this eternal life should be the main course.
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@salonga (27998)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
Jesus  - The center of true faith
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16. These should be the central theme of every religion otherwise that religion is in vain. Stay away from religion that does not teachthe truth because if it does not, then it is pushing people to hell.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
8 Sep 11
Hi salonga, Thank you for sharing your opinion here. I have read the Bible many times and am convinced that if we live this life right, showing love and compassion as Christ himself did, we don't have to worry about the next. You may be very sincere in your belief but I've found the same to be true among many of other faiths as well. Blessings.
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@rose1717 (190)
• United States
7 Sep 11
I believe that religion is about both. I think it is mostly about the hear and now. I thing that doing what is right and helping others right now is what makes the world a better place. It is what happens now that matters in religion. I have a family member who will disagree with me about how I believe. She says that it doesn't matter what we do here on Earth because all we have to do is believe in God and ask for forgiveness and all will be forgiven. I do not compleatly believe that. I believe that we need to help others when we can, do the right thing, and be nice to our fellow man. I think that good deeds make you feel better and helps others so much, that they have to matter. They build character also. This family member I was talking about does help people but picks others over other family members that need help, and is also mean to people, talks behind their backs and can be down right nastly. According to her, it doesn't matter if she does this. It should matter because it hurts others and that just isn't right. So to answer your question, I believe that religion is about our time here on Earth, about doing the right thing and helping others to make their lives better, and in the end knowing that we made a difference on Earth.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
7 Sep 11
Hi rose, Thank you for sharing this and you are right and the other family member is wrong. We can only live in the present and make sure you live the best and happiest life you know how, the future will take care of itself. Blessings.
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@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
7 Sep 11
It should definitely be about the life you're living now. That's what's religion is for, for you to a life as best as possible while being a good willed person. Life here in a way is shaping your after life anyway. Present life is a representation of the afterlife, if you've been a good person, you'll be rewarded. =) You'll always live a happy life.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
7 Sep 11
Hi Triple0, Thank you for sharing those thoughts. Blessings.
@pogi253 (1587)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
Religion is a divine thing over which we can reach to our Almighty. In the term of religion, currently people create a separation among each other and they sense that the very religion they trail is prodigious and they only impart them the right things and tell them to track the right path. It’s really both very appalling and devastating mater that we the cultured people of the humanity create these divisions.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
7 Sep 11
Hi pogi, Thank you for sharing those thoughts. Blessings.
@imkong (30)
• India
7 Sep 11
I fully support you in this reasoning. Heaven is when we live each day with a clear conscious and unselfishly contribute to our society and community, and having respect for all living things great and small.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
7 Sep 11
Hi imkong, Thank you for commenting and we agree. Blessings.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
7 Sep 11
I can see that previous respondents have already stated out my points, I just wish to add that everything you do or not do results to something at one point of time, probably here or maybe the afterlife. So the question becomes, would you rather go there unprepared? Now I know for a fact, that most religions, if not all, only tells people to live life with love and respect with one another and with God. I don't see anything wrong there. If any religion claims otherwise, then that is the problem.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
7 Sep 11
Hi choybel, Thank you for responding and I agree that there are religions that tell us to live one day at a time and that it's all about how we treat our fellow human beings. Others however seem to believe that it's all about getting to heaven. Blessings.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
6 Sep 11
To me it's something that should be lived everyday of your life...an extention of the love we have recieved from God....it gives us strength..courage...hope...and love. And we should give the same everyday to whomever we meet.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
7 Sep 11
Hi jillhill, Thank you for responding and we agree. Blessings.
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
10 Sep 11
I think it should be about truth. Truth involves both life and after life. After all, if we don't have a clear understand of what happens after this life, how do you know what is best in life? For example... if you believe that the only way to have a good after-life is by killing people in this life... suddenly caring about this life doesn't mean much. You'll end up a mass murderer. A big family is a nice thought, but if you haven't noticed, there are some horribly dysfunctional families out there. To some, fighting and disrespecting is how family is. We have to have a moral authority in our lives to determine how best to live. But what authority should we have? I suggest your view on the after-life determine your moral authority, and thus determines how you live.
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@andy77e (5165)
• United States
12 Sep 11
Truth is what is true. Jesus did teach on how to live... but for what purpose? Repeatedly Jesus said you should live thus, for the purpose of your life after this. "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." -Jesus Matthew 10:28
• India
2 Jun 12
It should be loving nad living, but people are dying.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
3 Jun 12
Hi Bhurishrava, Thank you for your response. Blessings/
• Mexico
12 Sep 11
Hi Pose: I totally agree with you. In fact, some people forget that they don't have all the answers. That would be impossible. For me religion should teach us how to live better because it's here, on earth living where we are working to go to heaven. It's in our action that we show our moral and ethical values. ALVARO
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
3 Jun 12
Hi starsailover, Just came upon your response now and as usual we agree. Thank you for coming here and sharing your thoughts.
• Canada
11 Sep 11
I think religion should be about the life we live now, and not so much about the life we'll live after. I feel that religion is too focused on the reward, and not focused enough on being a good person "just because." Would people still be just as good, if they didn't have their heavenly rewards?
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