Is it possible / ethical to practice two or more religions at the same time?

@Bizziebod (3526)
April 23, 2007 3:43am CST
Can you possibly practice two or more religions at the same time? Can you take the bits you want to practice from each religion and make them your own? Is it ethical or is it just a cop out because you don't want to commit yourself to one religion just in case it's the 'wrong' one? I'd like to know your thoughts
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
23 Apr 07
i have often wondered about this myself.I was raised in one religion and i believe that religion or faith with all my heart...However the religion that I was brought up in has changed the rules quite a bit,and i do not understand that.I did not always think that all the rules was necessary but because i belonged to that faith I always obeyed their guide lines,because i felt that if i did not that i would be sinning.Now it seems the very same type of church is cjanging the rules some,they seem to be lowering their standards as far as dress codes and and now i am confused about it all.The things we were once taught not to do,is alright to do now.This just does not seem right to me for some reason.If it was wrong then it should be wrong now.Now I am not saying that it was wrong then but why did they teach us it was wrong and now all of a sudden its ok..????I don't want to go to another type church because they still have the same type doctrine that i believe in and if i change then the doctrine is different,thats thats the part i believe in..so I just feel left out because i do not understand it all...I don't feel that you can be in two different religions,I think you should be in one religion,or another.I feel if you go to a certain place of worship you should abide by the standards of the church..How can you do both? anyway i have been totally cobfused by it all...
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Sorry about the mistakes , I do speak english ,however i made so many type'0 that you would think i did not know what im saying..Lol
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@Bizziebod (3526)
24 Apr 07
Don't worry about the spelling mistakes, we get your message. Perhaps your church is trying to attract new members and perhaps relaxing their dress codes or strict rules it's hoping more people will come into their church? I guess I understand your anxiety though as the goal posts keep moving. As regards to practicing both religions I guess it is all down to background and how open minded you are and of course how you was brought up. Thanks for your response!
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
23 Apr 07
It depends on the person and their reasons. Personally usually..I view them as more open minded than other folks..and I like people who can think outside the box. Especially to that extent. But sometimes, admittedly it is a cop out. A way of not deciding something -- and its not always about religion either. It just means they're afraid of something..and we all do things when we're scared. Like with alot of things..I decide what I think case-per-case.
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
23 Apr 07
"Like with alot of things..I decide what I think case-per-case" I agree with that....I know that I personally am not afraid of anything when it comes to well anything really LOL (in this case religion)..BUT I do know ppl like that, who've adopted various paths to claim as their own when in reality they arent true to ANY of them so it is a total copout...did that make any sense? LOL
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@Bizziebod (3526)
24 Apr 07
It's a good way to look at this case-per-case Paranoiax Thanks for your response! Yes your comment did make sense Ravenlady. Thank you for your answer!
• Switzerland
23 Apr 07
for me it is clear. i use some differend things from differend religions for my own happieness and i learnd some kind of things for my life from different religions. i would not say that i have a religion, because for me are some true things in many religions. i belive not in a special religion, i would say i have something like my "own" religion. for me is the ethic important, how we life, how we see things or how we are, etc. i belive....but not in the religion we knows. mabe there is an religion for the way i belive, but i don't know one. i learned some kind of things for my life of the wiccan or nature religion....but i'm not realy a wicca, but i have to say that i learned much about the life thx of the wicca religion. i learned some things from the buddah religion, christian etc...., but for me are this religions not this what i belive. hmmm is hard to describe in english lol, but i tried my very best. i just want to be a good person and i will respekt every human or animal who lifes on this earth and i appriciate that i can life and that i have a healthy son and things like this. and this is something that every religion will practice i think. i have to learn so much things for life, but i "learned it by doing". this must sounds weird because, yea i pray for things too. not to the christian god or to buddah or someone...i don't know to whom i pray...but i pray and i'm very thankfull for everything i have. oh my goodness it sounds realy weird, i see hehe. so have a nice day bizzie =)
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@Bizziebod (3526)
23 Apr 07
No it doesn't sound weird really I think if you have good ethics then it really doesn't matter what snippets of religion you 'borrow' as long as your a good person then all is fine.. You have a good day too!
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• Switzerland
24 Apr 07
thx a lot =)
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@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
24 Apr 07
It all depends, really. First of all Zen is a combination of Buddhism and Taoism. Buddha refused to discuss matters of pre-life, afterlife or God, so if one went with strict Buddhist doctrine then one could practice just about any other religion at the same time. Confucianism, considered a religion, is more of an ethical base that could also be combined with any other religion. Christianity and Islam both come from Judaism--and Muhammed recognized Christ as a prophet, so by theory (although practice would certainly have killed or bashed by one or both sides)one could be a Christian-philosophy-practicing Muslim. There are many Jews who call themselves Messianic Jews, who retain their Jewish heritage while believing in Christ. On a last note, and I know this will be an unpopular note, but here goes anyway, all religions, organized religions that is, were created by human beings, whom are imperfect, and then they were all altered by other human beings, sometimes accidentally, but sometimes for political gain. Organized Christianity as we know it was created for political gain by the sun-worshipping Constantine. Buddha said "do not worship idols"--and who hasn't seen the fat-bellied Buddha idols? And seeing how all people are in one way or a thousand hypocrites and most claim some religious ideology but fail to practice it, why not add another religion or twelve... Almost all say "do not kill" "show mercy and forgiveness" and "practice self-restraint" but we can see how well humanity does at living up to them guidelines...
@Bizziebod (3526)
26 Apr 07
Gosh thank you for your well thought out and knowledgeable response, very enlightening and brought up some facts that made me rethink.
24 Apr 07
I guess it is quite possible to take elements from other beliefs and religions and combine them to suit your own personal beliefs and feelings. I have often felt that it isn't so much the religion you practice but what is in your heart that counts.
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@Bizziebod (3526)
24 Apr 07
Absolutely, I will agree on that. Thanks for your input!
23 Apr 07
I dunno. I think if you have one religion it kinda means your not open to another, unless you change. All things are possible though, I don't actually believe in a god. So none really suite me. ~Joey
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@Bizziebod (3526)
24 Apr 07
It's all down the the individual isn't it? If you feel comfortable in what you believe or don't believe and you are causing no harm, then why not. Thanks Joey!
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
23 Apr 07
No I do not think that anyone can practise two or more religions fully at all. But yes you could take two religions and make them your own, I believe that it could be ethical and not just a cop out at all, as long as you are following in the way that God intended for you then it would be alright.
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@Bizziebod (3526)
24 Apr 07
Thank you for your response Kathy.
• India
23 Apr 07
I always saw myself as a person who was more spiritual than religious, so it never mattered to me if I combined the rites of two different or several different religions at the same time. In fact, I do it all the time. I even celebrate festivals of different religions, although I do it with friends. I try to learn more and more from my friends from other religions and swap notes and try to practice whatever nice custom is there in each religion. I believe that it is not only a nice practice, but also provides one with a great deal of peace and tranquility.
@Bizziebod (3526)
24 Apr 07
It's a nice to celebrate other festivals, I guess in a way we all do at some point. It definately broadens ones horizons by learning other religions and cultures. Thanks for responding!
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I think its definately possible and my personal path is a blend of more than one 'religion'/spiritual path...I honestly think too that it SHOULD be that way really..I find that ppl who follow ONE set religion usually end up having conflict within themselves first and foremost but also are far less accepting, understanding and pretty much have conflict with others because they live in such a rigid way ya know..... The way I see it is this, all religions basically have the same core purpose = being kindhearted and loving to the world around us (from other ppl/all living things etc to the planet we live on and so on), inner acceptance and peace and a good life (not in a material sense though) so to think that one CAN'T mix and blend various paths in order to achieve that just doesnt make any sense to me...
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@Bizziebod (3526)
24 Apr 07
I'm sure people do have conflicts with themselves over various issues when they are following one true religion, I guess it is how you are brought up too as to how you perceive your religion. Thanks for your input
@freak369 (5120)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Wow. Great question. I think it's possible to take bits from different religions but when you break most religions down, they say the same stuff. Treat others as you want to be treated, don't do stuff to hurt other peoples feelings, live a good life and stay grounded. Sure, those are very basic rules but it's generally a nice way to live life. I don't know about being strict with a relgion is you are going to slice it and dice it up; usually if someone is a strict Catholic they won't even think about looking into what others beleive in. I'm using 'Catholic' as an example so don't jump all over me about that lol.
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@Bizziebod (3526)
24 Apr 07
It's ok I'm not going to jump lol, Thanks for your response!
@yanjiaren (9050)
23 Apr 07
I am terrible lol, I am a mish mash of every thing but I believe in One God and all of His good bits that He gave to every one else lol. I am a bit of a rebel and very naughty and try to negotiate and Haggle with Him as He has a kinda sense of humour, a very wiierd one. I believe in a loving and forgiving God. I have to and I love every thing good. I hope that I can give good things to the world and I don't want to go downstairs lest I get heat rash..
@Bizziebod (3526)
23 Apr 07
Nah you're not terrible your just honest and a decent person, Have a good day!
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@opinione (749)
• Italy
24 Apr 07
At an Anthropological level you can frequent people of different religions, you can practice a synchretistic religion joining elements of different ones, but your religion , and your way of being religious will be ONE: your own!
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@Bizziebod (3526)
26 Apr 07
Absolutely gonna agree with you on that! Thanks for responding!
• United States
24 Apr 07
I am pretty comfortable with most of what my particular religion/denomination does. I am pretty much in line with their social statements and the practices are what I grew up with so I am comfortable with them as well. The church we go to now is a bit more progressive than others I've been to, incorporation different music in the service than just what's in the hymnal. I like that a lot. I don't feel it's a "cop out". I try to expore what other religions have to offer and weigh in. After all, back when Jesus came to Earth, there were no telephones or Internet to get the message out. To me, it's quite reasonable that God spoke to other people who were not in the Middle East and what came from that is some of what we see today. I think people can learn a lot from each other if they stop worrying about convincing everyone that their religion is "right". Many of our Christmas traditions are actually from other religions, it's just that we've co-opted them for so long we've forgotten that fact.
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@Bizziebod (3526)
26 Apr 07
yes you're right and I do think we should stop trying to convince each other that 'their' religion is right too! Thanks for your response!