How do u explain your commitment to your religion?

Pakistan
December 12, 2007 2:05am CST
Every body has his/her own commitment to religion,the thing that i want to know his how far is this commitment?Science and technology have developed much and our beleif is now shared in different ratios ,but is there a God you still worship or a person you really admire,are you willing to do anything for your God even if its sacrifising your identity and pleasures. Ill be honest i have not reached this spiritual freedom,i want to ask any of you who so far have reached this point that how they reached this freedom from worldly desires was it the consent of science or the commitment to God?
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@TravisE (445)
• United States
12 Dec 07
I believe the defining characteristic of being human, the thing which makes humans unique, is the ever present drive to find out what we really are. The great ones of all religions have said that what we really are is God. Therefore finding ourselves is finding God. The method for that, which I follow, is the practice of self-inquiry as revealed by the insight of Ramana Maharshi. But, there are a great many paths to the same goal, which is why there are so many religions in the world. Each one, at its core, reveals the same truth. The problems of the world are created by thinking we are something other than what we are, and the cure is the truth of what we are. Find the truth, and be free of the false belief.
• Pakistan
13 Dec 07
You mean that you are a non-beleiver?
@TravisE (445)
• United States
13 Dec 07
I am afraid I do not understand your question. From my post I plainly espoused my beliefs. Are you asking am I a believer in a specific thing? Please elucidate.
• United States
14 Dec 07
Shameere, you're aware that you don't have to believe a specific thing to be spiritual, right?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
12 Dec 07
To answer "How do you explain your commitment to your religion?"... I would typically say that I view my Gods much as I view close friends or family, with that level of love and devotion. I would sacrifice my life for them, but also I sacrifice for them in everyday life, making decisions based on what my Gods want for me or expect of any follower (acting with honor, basically). As for the question of achieving freedom from worldly desires... I'm not sure how that could be done through science since science seems to constantly give us more things to want. However, I also don't think people who put science and technology high in priority in their lives typically want freedom from worldly desires... instead they want better lives for themselves and their loved ones through science. I haven't achieved freedom from worldly desires, but I do put the spiritual side of my life before the physical side. Moreover, my Gods have never exactly said that they wish for me freedom from worldly desires. Nor have they asked that I sacrifice my identity and pleasures, but rather have given me strength to forge an identity for myself, and helped me to pursue the pleasures that aren't unhealthy for me at least. So I'm not sure all religions have the same goal.
• Pakistan
12 Dec 07
All religions must have the same goal ,religions do not teach selfishness or greed instead they teach to move on a spiritual path sacrifising yourself for others that helps to relaxation and spiritual freedom.If the love with material posessions and worldy desires are over comed than we can truly succeed in any par ofour life.Even if its sience or anything
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
12 Dec 07
I don't think anyone has the right to tell me what my religion's goal is except my Gods. I am in this world to learn... and if I weren't supposed to learn lessons related to my physical body or this physical world around me, they wouldn't exist. I am a Celtic Reconstructionist, and we believe in a balance between spiritual and physical, not choosing one over the other. I replied to your post because the initial question "How do you explain your commitment to your religion?" interested me. I was actually disappointed to find that the rest of the post was about something else. It seems like you have two separate topics here... how you explain your commitment to your religion, and the goal of religion.
• Pakistan
13 Dec 07
Sorry man i did'nt want to offend anyone.
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@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
12 Dec 07
Um...my religion doesn't require me to do anything but keep an open mind. I've learned that the material is where I am right now, but that it's not all there is. Doesn't mean I have to hate it. I can enjoy it. I can be happy and do things I love. PLUS, my faith allows me to keep my identity and be strange and unique without guilt. Plus, it also allows me to attempt to believe that science can back things up, and that it can too be mystical in its own way. The world often explains itself in paradoxes so... I would die for my religious freedom, it's true. I would endure torture for it. This is how I am committed to it. But it does not require me to do anything.
• Pakistan
12 Dec 07
what kind of faith is this ,such freedom, i must say im impressed?or is it secularism in your religion the part of fiath you obey?
• United States
13 Dec 07
I have no sect. I'm pagan. We're the loose, non-dogma, eclectic group as a whole. There are certain branches of paganism which are more common than others, but they're not sects. No branch of paganism requires its practitioner to give up any sort of freedom. It's a kind of faith which allows everyone, if not encourages people to be individuals. I was impressed too, when I stumbled onto the definitions in the library heh, needless to say as I'm pagan now lol.
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• United States
13 Dec 07
Not all religions are the same, dearie. There's a common thread throughout all, but paganism is but one religion amongst the vast many. Some are like christianity or islam, but then there's taoism, buddhism, ancester worship..anything you coudl imagine really, and even more one wouldn't have dreamed of.
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@Harley009 (1420)
• India
12 Dec 07
I grown up in a Muslim family, all people around my home were practicing many things in the name of our religion and consider it as main thing in religion, I practiced those things too but without full mind. Later I tried to understand more about Islam and studied Quran, and I tried to keep away from the things with no proof. I tried to understand about other religions based on our religion and based on their followers a bit as I can from the followers, books, cassettes and CDs. It is very sad that many Muslims even don't know what is written in Quran, I wish if they understand them clearly. By the grace of God I believe I found my true way I'm satisfied with my religion, but still I didn't close my eyes, I try to goto more truth as I find it. I'm trying my best to keep my prayers and other teachings of it. Recently I purchased a DVD presented by 'History Channel' "Inside Islam" It's a summarized and nice presentation of Islam. If possible get it and watch, The cost in Oman was RO 6.5 = 16.835 US$ Have a nice day!
• Pakistan
12 Dec 07
I am also a muslim,i beleive in practicing the same way b y discovering te Holy Quran but i have a psychological problem that i can not devote to Quran or seek nowledge from it by particular subjects.
@Harley009 (1420)
• India
13 Dec 07
No problem, then you can understand some other reliable sources, but you should read full Quran with it's interpretation and event based on it, it's not just like reading some other book, A different feeling. Have a nice day!
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
12 Dec 07
I think the only ppl I'd be willing to "do (ALMOST) anything for" is my kids...On a religious or in my case a spiritual level though, that sort of mindset isnt required or needed..Like para mentioned, the only thing required on my path is an open mind....I personally would never want to be a part of any relgion or spiritual path that demanded things like sacrificing myself, my being, my heart and soul etc..
• Pakistan
12 Dec 07
Exactly,the religion islam doesnot teach you two only sacrifice your material posessions for God but for other people ,it suggests that only true happiness ca be acheived in sacrificing for others ,sacrificing for God is not really mentioned but human-made.
12 Dec 07
I am hindu in our religion we are having so many gods statue.but my mother you pray god you will get every thing.that time i thing i got every thing why mother told but now i thing believes &religion all giving a honest life .spirtual is for secured life .