What is your Religion?

Thailand
February 2, 2007 11:27pm CST
No, sorry, those is not one of those one word answer questions like 'Do you like dog', it need a little thought. Is your religion the one your parents raised you with or is it something you arrived at after study and deliberation? Is it something you are passionately committed to of is it just a small part of the whole that is you? Do you believe that everyone should believe as you or are all beliefs equally right? Is your Temple, Wat, Church, Mosque or house of worship a closed community or does it reach out to help those in need? Is your God an all forgiving God or dose he condemn all those who do not follow his path to Hell? What is your Religion?
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15 responses
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
3 Feb 07
I am Pagan. More specifically, I follow Celtic deities and traditions (most often associated with Britian, Ireland, etc, though the Celts came from elsewhere before that). My religion is a combination of things I was taught as a child and things I learned on my own later. Different members of my family followed different religions, so I learned a lot about more than one religion. The one that I still follow is the one that first felt right to me, and the one that was followed by the person who was kindest to me as a child (my great-grandmother). I don't believe everyone needs to believe as I do. My religion is a very personal one, involving a personal relationship with my gods. I see them almost as family more than as "Supreme Beings". Therefore, other people belonging to other religions is no problem for me. I have no problem with the idea that gods other than my own exist, or that other people worship them. I do not believe my gods condemn those who do not follow them. The pagan community tends to be a little unorganized. Pagans might be solitary, or belong to covens, or have informal groups that worship together on holidays or in times of need. Personally I have been part of a few different groups, but at the moment I am not active in one. I do go to a Unitarian Universalist fellowship (which respects and teaches about all religions) with my husband who is Christian. I love to learn about other people's religions. I am passionately committed. My gods are a large part of my life. Not a day passes when I do not do something spiritual, even if it is a small thing like meditation or taking a ritual bath. My major deity I have followed since I was 4 years old, when I first dreamed of her. I refer to her as Mother, and it appropriately fits the relationship between us.
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• Thailand
4 Feb 07
Wow, great response. It deserves a better response than I have time to give at the moment. I have some students coming over for a tutoring session this morning but I will get back to this later in the day when I have time to give it the thought it deserves.
• United States
5 Feb 07
Beautiful post. That is much the way I feel about my religion, although I haven't found exactly where I fit yet. Can I friend you? I'm new to mylot, but I'd like to talk with you sometime.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
5 Feb 07
Hi LadyMagpie. I sent you a friend request.
@merkava (1225)
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
I'm a Roman Catholic.
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• Thailand
3 Feb 07
Well we are gaining on it, we are now up to four words but still not really addressing the question.
• India
4 Feb 07
i am an indian and humanity is my religion.
• United States
5 Feb 07
I arrived at my religion through a lot of study and thought, and I still haven't finished. To me, religion is not just God and morals, it's about how I live my life and what my own philosophy is. For example, I'm a philosophy major at school, but to me, it isn't philosophy, it's part of my religion. This is why I have a lot of trouble talking about politics, the line between religious and political is really blurry for me. I believe that everyone has their own path. Each person is unique, therefore their spiritual needs are also unique. The only type of religion I really frown upon is when people try and force their beliefs on others. I think that's truly wrong (but hey, that's my belief).
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
5 Feb 07
I liked your post. It sounds like you are a very thoughtful person. I agree that each person has their own unique spiritual needs, and therefore is on their own path. That's why I never feel the need to tell others they should have my religious beliefs.
@shawn2008 (296)
• United States
4 Feb 07
i used to follow the religion of christianity which is my parents religion, but it never really felt right. so about 2 years ago i stoped believing and this feels totally right to me. i am not religious what so ever and very comfortable with it.
• Thailand
6 Feb 07
If it feels right to you than it is right. Religion is a creation of the mind and we can only be comfortable with what we feel is right.
@Bangalorean (1282)
• India
3 Feb 07
Humanity is my Religion
• Thailand
3 Feb 07
Good, but you did not answer the questions.
• India
5 Feb 07
good keep it up.
@langhua (501)
• China
4 Feb 07
i don't have any religion,when i meet anything ,i would like to make idea myself.
• India
5 Feb 07
ur 100% correct i like ur opinion
• India
4 Feb 07
my parents have grown up me without any religious belief. I love mankind very much.
• Thailand
6 Feb 07
I have a very deep respect for your parents. They must have done a good job of raising you for you to have grown up with a love of mankind. It does not require a formal religion to lead a moral and loving life.
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
ok! im not a roman catholic.. my relegion is assembly of god... i was a roman catholic before but my parents was drunk almost every night thats why i was so disapoint with them.. but when my parents was converted into an AG.. that was the time that they change.. but speaking of saved.. for me it is not the relegion who saves you.. its your faith and relationship with him.. who saves a human being.. hope you get it... GOD BLESS US ALL!! *_*
• Thailand
5 Feb 07
I think, in the end we must all save ourselves.
@ravibabli (1558)
• India
3 Feb 07
Lord Jesus - ..
I am Christian
• Thailand
3 Feb 07
Well, I guess three words are better than one but they do not really answer the question.
• India
10 Feb 07
im hindu
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
10 Feb 07
First off I'd like to say great dicussion. I've replied to "what's your religoin" type discussions before but yours seems a little more in-depth than the other ones. What's my religion? Well..I'm pagan. For one thing my parents were a bit unorthdadox..and for another they were christian, so obviously I wasn't raised pagan. It's something I discovered when I started questioning what the right religion for me when I was thirteen. I decided that I'd study it for awhile and that I'd decide that I'd choose something after a year or so . . by time I turned fourteen I'd decided that Paganism was the only religion that actually made sense to me. I'm passionately committed to it, but it IS a part of who I am. I believe all religions have a peace of the truth, or a different version of it..since they all seem similiar to eachother in different ways. ESPECIALLY paganism and christianity. My sacred place of worship is anywhere..everywhere. It's not excluded to certain people..anyone can watch or enter it -- if they at least ask first, it's not polite to sneak up on me lol. Being solitary it's not usually a public place that I celebrate the sabbats..usually out here in the rural countryside..if I were ever to join in on a public ritual I'm sure they'd help anyone in need if they were so able. My Goddess loves everyone..and there's no forgiving to be done, it's optional. Since my beliefs state if you hurt someone else you hurt yourself..whatever you do has repercussions and that anything bad you do..well that you'll learn from it. So there's not really any forgiving going on. There's also no condeming..since we're all equal in the Goddess' eyes..as long as you do the best you can, and try to be the best you can be..there's no reason why you won't get to walk with the Goddess in the afterlife. Also as for where hell's concerned I always thought if it did exist at all it'd be like some backpocket of the universe where people sleep eternally dreaming of their idea of what hell would be like.
@vkbllm (474)
• India
5 Feb 07
Hi Chiang Well first of all I'm an Indian! Secondly my religonmis Humanity. And last, but not least My religon is Hinduism. But...as you know India is a secular country, we DO NOT display/ask our religion in public, because religon is very pernoal matter of us and we do not interfere in each others religion easily! Regarding your question...Well yes it is the religion my parents brought me up and I respect and believe my religon utterly!
• United States
4 Feb 07
I a former atheist am today a christian minister !at the age of 19 I married an american southern baptist !when i came to America his mother and her friends used to make me so mad they would have prayer for me on the front porch of the house .i was so mad i decided I would study their faith and prove it wrong insted it convinced me i should convert not to the baptist denomination but definatly to christianity .i know know my God is such a loving and forgiving God he even forgives me!he does not condem he point the way to heaven it is our choice whether we follow that path or declin it so in effect our rewards or punnishments are our own doing by the choice we make he send no one to hell they send themselves!
@misskatonic (3727)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Technically speaking, I'm Christian Scientist. My mother is as well, and my father is a C&E Catholic while my sister's pagan. I wasn't really brought up any specific religion, my folks let me choose whatever spiritual path I wanted to follow. I looked for a good long time, tried out a few, and finally just sort of mashed together my own beliefs under a rather broad Christian umbrella. The thing I like best about Christian Science is that there is no prejudice and no looking down on people. We accept everyone. And we don't believe in pushing our views on others. I believe in a forgiving God who really doesn't interfere much in humanity. I believe I don't need any church or something to worship. I believe my views are no more or less valid than anyone else's and that I have no right to question or belittle anyone else's religious beliefs.
• United States
3 Feb 07
A loaded question for sure. First of all, the path I've chosen teaches me that God dosn't condemn any of us, we condemn each other and ourselves. God dosn't send us to hell, we send ourselves to hell by our own actions and desires. We just never want to take responsibility for our own actions. I don't believe everyone should believe as I do. I do believe I'm involved with something that I know would help all people become happier, in as much as people understanding more about who they are, why they are here, and who or what God is..real spiritual knowledge that is so lacking in this world, that would fill the void in our hearts. However, all of us are on our own journeys, and sooner or later, we come to the point where we will be ready for these truths, which lie deep within our hearts. All beliefs contain truth, some more, some less. It all depends on how much we really want to know. There is a religion for everyone, a religion to cater to our desires. Anyway, I was raised a Catholic, and I broke away in my late teens, and went on a serious spiritual quest, and I will never give that up.