Point to ponder....

United States
October 2, 2008 12:37am CST
I was talking religion with a friend of mine the other day and she said i need to find one that fitted me. While thinking that over this question came to me... Should we change who we are to fit our religion, or change our religion to fit who we are. Also this one was brought up again.. Do we really choose our religion, or does our religion choose us? That last question comes after reading a book(surprise surprise Pheonixstar1982 read a book), in which the goddess in the book choose if she wanted you to worship her or not. It was her choice not yours. Could you imagine worshiping someone who did not want you to and found you unworthy?? What are your thoughts on these two questions.
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@paid2write (5202)
2 Oct 08
Recently I took an online quiz about religious and spiritual beliefs. If you don't know what faith you are, you answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and it tells you what religion, if any, matches your beliefs. My top results were Unitarian Universalism, Neo-Pagan, Liberal Quaker, New Age, Buddhism, Secular Humanism, Taoism and Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants! http://www.beliefnet.com/story/76/story_7665_1.html
2 Oct 08
Hey Loud, you got nearly the same results that I had. Either we both think alike, or else the system is geared towards those religions! I still have no idea about Unitarian Universalism. I keep meaning to look it up.
• United States
3 Oct 08
Thanks so much for that link. Here are my results and i like the fact that it gives percentages... 1. Neo-Pagan (100%) 2. Unitarian Universalism (97%) 3. New Age (90%) 4. New Thought (80%) 5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (79%) 6. Liberal Quakers (78%) 7. Mahayana Buddhism (73%) 8. Scientology (71%) 9. Reform Judaism (71%) 10. Secular Humanism (67%) Ironically i have been called a Neo-pagan before. I am also looking up what some of them mean, I have heard of most of them, but do not know much about them.
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@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
3 Oct 08
Very interesting quiz. And for me, quite accurate. Pagan, all the way. I really don't think people should or can change their personalities to suit a specific religion. I think trying to force this can cause alot of people to abandon that faith.
• United States
4 Oct 08
If you want to be a part of an established religion, you'll have to change to fit that religion. If you want the religion to fit you, you'll have to start your own.
• United States
4 Oct 08
But is it right to change who we are to fit our religion??
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• United States
7 Oct 08
I think most religions expect anyone who calls themselves by that religion's name to follow its teachings. Which means if you didn't already behave as they do, you would be expected to change your behavior or quit calling yourself by that name. For example, a person who calls himself a Christian should be behaving as Jesus taught.
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Is it necessary that we must have a religion? Can we not worship God without religion? I noticed there are several religions existing all over the world and all are claiming that they are the right one who can give salvation to its members. Personally, I don't believe in any religion. I believed only in God. Religion is a mere creation of man which carries its material objectives in the name of God. I also noticed that, many religious members are poor but their religious leaders are wealthy. Are religious members not chosen by God? or Is it only the religious leaders which God heard and made them wealthy?
• United States
3 Oct 08
Very good point. I often wonder if it is necessary to have religion. I know what i believe in, but do not follow any religion.
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@valmiki9 (1171)
• India
3 Oct 08
motor bike - choose any coloured bike yet your skill in riding counts more than the bike
so also is the person trying to choose a good religion
Faith and religion are two different things.One who sincerely believes in an omnipotent,omniscient and omnipresent god is a faithfulperson Religion is like a road that leads to god. Road leads to detination but road itself cannot become destination. So every religion boasts that it is the shortest route to god.You can choose any but the truth is as long as you do not have faith all roads are endless.
• United States
3 Oct 08
My question would be what exactly is faith?? Ask anyone and they will give you a different answer. This i do know..there are certain things i believe in absolutely.
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
2 Oct 08
Should we change who we are to fit our religion, or change our religion to fit who we are. I don't think anyone should EVER EVER EVER NEVER EVER change who they are to suit a religion...In fact i think thats the most FOOLISH thing one could do...Why? Becuase it only denies them themselves, their true core being and thats a huge mistake IMO Do we really choose our religion, or does our religion choose us? If I had to pick one of those I'd say....well I dont know what I'd say really since IMO its neither LOL...Our true path is with us and in our souls right from the moment we take our first breath ya know...Its not about choosing or being chosen...its already there...whether or not we are smart enough to figure it out and go with our gut so to speak is another story.
• United States
3 Oct 08
Okay my brain took a temporary leave of absence and i have can not think of what IMO is.
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@justinus (1110)
• Karawaci, Indonesia
3 Oct 08
In my country religion is similar to social organization, so we are dealing with peoples actually:work together, helping, etc. our transendence will only in our personal life, I think we will fit to any religion, personally but in comprehensive learning.
3 Oct 08
we must choose our own path and follow what our heart and head also told
@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Well you see we've already been chosen by God (the One and only, the Alpha and the Omega). That's why there is a Baptism - it's a response to his invitation to join his Family as his Sons and Daughters. Now the idea of the book doesn't sound so original, doesn't it? A lot of these books are just twisting what the Bible has been laying open for all to grab and see and understand for themselves ;)
@soooobored (1187)
• United States
2 Oct 08
Blagh, I just wrote a really long and in-depth response, but my computer froze! So I will do less, but try to hit the same point. When I first moved away from home (leaving all friends and family behind) I became really envious of the sense of community everyone around me seemed to have. I contemplated church-going, but it had been so long since I had gone I was afraid that I would offend regulars by messing up on the particulars (I was raised Catholic, very big on ritual and tradition). I never really considered going to another church. If you are spiritually open to ideas, I would say it might be a good thing. If church going was recommended because you are feeling lonely or lost, then yes, I agree with the idea! And if you can find a religion compatible with your core beliefs, and you are ok with not buying into dogma, then it might just be a really positive experience for you. As for your other question, does religion find you, I do believe in fate. But I'm not sure that I would attribute religious findings to fate, its not a big deal to everyone. Either way, good luck!
• United States
2 Oct 08
agh well i barely got it out in your blog so im not gonna answer again ha! lol