Religion - Apparently I'm going to hell.

@pubski (41)
October 14, 2007 5:02am CST
I've never really liked religion. I guess it stems from having to sit around in Church on those horrible wooden seats when I was young, or having to sing hymns and such in school. I don't really understand why you have to do all these silly rituals to be classed as a good christian/jew/muslim/sikh/whatever. Isn't it just enough to believe in your God and be a good person?I mean, I don't believe in God, but I'm a good person. I go to work, I study hard, I help old ladies cross the street - I mean, jee, I even work as a volunteer at a hospital for crying out loud. But just because I don't believe in God, does this mean I'm going to go to hell? (in the eyes of religion) Probably. Anyway, back to the point. If there is a religious person, who believes in God, but doesn't go to church, or pray 18 times a day, or go around knocking on peoples doors asking them "Excuse me, have you ever wondererd why there is injustice in the world?" (you know who you are...) - if the religious guy doesn't do all this crap, does that mean he's going to hell? (even if he believes in god?) In my opinion, it should just be a case of believing in your god, having faith, and being good person. You shouldn't have to do all that boring crap like sit in church and sing boring songs or pray all the time, or wear silly clothes, or not eat during the day. Ah, what do I care - I'm going to hell anyway.:'(*sad panda*
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• Malaysia
14 Oct 07
I understand what are you trying to say and what you really means. Because I have the same idea as you are. I think it is enough to be a good person and helps peoples. Whatever peoples says, I don't care as long as I know I don't hurt anyone. If you believe hell exist, then the God exist.
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@pubski (41)
14 Oct 07
Yeh, that's right. It SHOULD be enough just to be a good person and help people, but for some reason alot of people think that you can only be a good person if you are religious... :(
• Malaysia
14 Oct 07
I personally do not agree with that. To be a good person, you're not required to be so religious. I have found many guys and girls out there who is religious, but outside of the church, they're very wild. They take part almost every activities in the church but what I can see is that, they used those activities to find love or fun. The guys having fun with the girls and vice versa. They're not taking it seriously. That is not giving respect to the church. Such kind of person, are they a good person?
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@AndreaM76 (1164)
• United States
15 Oct 07
These are the kind of people who are just doing it for show not being true to God. if you are true to God then you should be "spiritual" NOT "Religous!
@AndreaM76 (1164)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Well, you need a hug for being a exceptional human being. No one here has a right to judge who is doing what right or wrong. As a Christian, God instructs us of our sins. Judging others lifestyle is not what Jesus said to do but to introduce him to nonbelievers. What I mean is, tell them Jesus came to die for all our sins noone born is without sin but him. we just have to know he is the Lord, Confess of the sins we have sinned and ask him to come into our hearts to make things right. Many people get turned away from a truely wonderful God by misrepresentation by those who claim to be a Christian. Our works and sins have nothing to do with going to Heaven,beliving and confessing Jesus is truely real and beliving his sacrifice is what gets us there. I've been attending a church that is exactly oppsite of what you described for this reason. It's not at all about how we worship, where we sit,what good we do or what songs we sing. God didn't make all those rules humans did. If you ever have anymore questions please send me a message I'll be happy to discuss further. God Bless you.
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• United States
15 Oct 07
I think this is very true. Not sure what kind of church you go to and not knocking or saying a certain kind of religion is wrong, but the way I percieve my faith is my personal relationship with god and beliefs. There are some religions like the catholic that I don't agree with at all. I was raised with many catholic family members not my parents but others like my grandparents and so on and I always questioned it but now that I am older I have found my own way of christianity and I am very glad that I did.
@AndreaM76 (1164)
• United States
16 Oct 07
well, lets just say. The beliefs I have come from God 100% and not man. It's a challenging process to find a church on your own you must have God have a hand in it and guide you to the one that fits your spiritfilled needs. I have found one that is nondenomination and non-judegemental. They profess the Church is a hospital for sinners not a social club.
• United States
14 Oct 07
Those who "condemn" you before you have even reached "judgment day" (as they put it) are pathetic examples of the religion they "claim" to follow. The difference between being religious and being spiritual, in my opinion, is that being religious requires a person to deny self, intelligence, and common sense, to cast aside truth & fact - replace it with someone else's fantasy without question, and to seek "rewards". To be spiritual is to seek wisdom, personal growth, to reach higher levels of understanding, admire and study how all things are forever intertwined and then to live in harmony unselfishly among all things. If you are comfortable in your own spirituality, it should not matter how you are measured by those who choose to remain blinded by their "faith". Smiles, DL
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• United States
15 Oct 07
I am not a Christian, but perhaps can shed some light. I cannot quote the precise scripture, but Jesus told the people that to pray and to profess to believe in God would not get one to Heaven. That one who does the will of God will go, that those who believe in the everlasting life promise will go. He made it clear that the way a person lives will be the determining factor, not attending church. In fact he discouraged church going in favor of worshipping 'in thy own closet'. I hope that some of those more versed in biblical text than I will respond. I personally will not go to Heaven as I will be going to the Summerlands, and we have no Hell, so that is not a concern. I truly believe that those who believe in Jehovah and try to live according to the New Commandments will find themselves in Heaven. I speak of the New Commandments given by Jesus the Christ. He said, "I give you new commandments, that you love the Father above all else and love one another as you do yourselves". These are the things that will win the keys of Heaven for those who folllow Jehovah.
• United States
15 Oct 07
Hi Catkisses, No disrespect here, but why all the Jehovah witness' coming around to my door all the time? Thats kind of stepping outside "thy own closet". Were you not talking about Jehovah? A supervisor at a job I used to be at was Jehovah Witness, and when he was not working or attending chruch he was going door to door to witness. Also when he was supposed to be working at his desk he was on the phone whispering to his wife or reading his Bible from an open drawer so HIS boss wouldnt see him and close it quickly to act as if he was doing what they were paying him to do. I just dont understand why anyone who practices religion turns out to be a hypocrite. Im not saying you are, by no means, I was just going by what you said here, and the experiences I have had with religion and going to Church. Many dont practice what they preach. No wonder so many people, including me, are confused. Bay xx
@jesus777 (664)
• Bermuda
16 Oct 07
HELLO PUBSKI LET ME HELP YOU OUT I AM A CHRISTIAN BUT I AM NOT INTO RELIGION I AM IN RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE JESUS SAYS I AM THE WAY THE TURH AND LIFE NO MAN COME TO THE FARTHER BUT BY ME SO YOU CANT GET TO GOD UNLESS YOU GO THROUGH JESUS AND JESUS ALSO SAYS THAT BEING A GOOD PERSON DOES NOT COUNT BECAUSE OUR RIGHTEOUNESS IS LIKE FILTHY RAGS TO GOD YOU MUST REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM WHAT YOUR DOING AND BE BORN AGAIN IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ON THIS YOU CAN EMAIL AND I WILL BE GLAD TO SHARE MORE WITH YOU AT warriorforchrist@hotmail.com
@pubski (41)
16 Oct 07
But I don't want to be religious or follow God or anything, I'm happy just being kind to people and such...
@sam4san (61)
• India
15 Oct 07
Me too:) Lets shake fundamentals. First I believe GOD,Religion and Prayers are a brainchild of our ancestors to keep the human race from going crazy and out of bounds. Imagine if there would have been no fear of god and hell, how people would have behaved now ? even after having religion and god people end up doing all sorts of sins. Whats the use if you pray all day long for god and go kill someone in night. better than him would be me,even if I don go for prayers or believe in god, at least I would think thrice before doing anything which might have the probability of hurting someone. There is no hell or heaven my friend, Its all on earth, help the needy and be good to everyone, You will see heaven is just where you are, and start hating someone and make the half of the world your enemy and you see blazing hell around you. Let our life be of 1 min or 100 yrs lets live it in a beautiful manner, rather than doing good things because we want to go to heaven, lets do good things because its good to do :)
• United States
16 Oct 07
Kudos for your post! I especially enjoyed the last few sentences. Smiles, DL
• Australia
15 Oct 07
I completely agree with your ideas. It is not about following everyone else - it is about how you live your life and what you do with it (or it should be). I also am not a follower of any organised religion, and do not believe in it. However, I believe I am a good person, and do what I can for others. However, people who follow organised religion (cult anyone?) believe that because I do not go to church, or profess my love to God, that when I die, it is Hell that awaits me. Yet some of these people commit attrocious crimes, but because they 'repent' they can still go to Heaven. Do Heaven and Hell even exist? I don't know. But I do know that I'd rather live in Hell than reside in Heaven with all these hypocrites.
• United States
16 Oct 07
Lol, yep, if some of those I have met who are so sure they wiill go there really do, it might not be such a wonderfuul place after all. As to the cult reference, Chritianity was indeed considered a cullt for many years and under Roman law during the attempted squashing of the faith was punishable as such, deemed cult worship. I am often glad that Heaven is not my desired destination. I much prefer to go to the Summerlands.
• India
15 Oct 07
See,you are taking God as a person whom people worship or say prayers or sit in church.You know God is not a human being.It is a kind of power that constitutes truth,honesty,helping others and all such good tasks.If you believe you are a good person,it means you already believe in God.Thats y you are doing good things in your life.We go to temple or church just for the peace of our heart,so that we are not deviated towards wrong tasks.If you dont like going to temples or church,dont go.It will never mean that you are going to hell.Just be a good person,never do wrong. But always remember one thing that is power of truth and goodbeing.if you are in confusion sometime or have done some wrong mistakenly,then concentrate on this power,this will surely help you.try it.Do everything by heart,then you are going towards heaven,not towards hell...
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I am a very spiritual person and I have not set foot in a church in years! I was raised catholic and was forced to spend every sunday in church as well as an evening a week in catechism and also summer school. Church and religion are all man-made. They are not God.