If you were to start your own religion

United States
January 5, 2007 5:25pm CST
how would you design it? What would you do and what would you not do? Would you be ethical or not ethical? What would your reasons for starting a religion be? Spiritual inspiration, to help you overcome some psychological issue, to give you a network of people with like minds, or to make money and sell a product. What would the structure of your religion be like?
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@kiwimac (324)
• New Zealand
9 Jan 07
My religion would be human and ecology centred, there would be room for divergent views of theology but a central facet of the faith would be that God created humans in order to enter into relationship with them. All humans would be considered God's special, much loved creation as would the natural world and all that is in it. The scriptures would be as simple and unambiguous as possible. I would write them in poetical form or make them like a song. Fortunately I don't have to do all the hard work, there is such a religion & it is called Zoroastrianism.
• United States
9 Jan 07
Interesting, I have not explored Zoroastrianism. It sounds like an interesting religion. How would you improve or change it?
@kulanuwun (1405)
• Indonesia
9 Jan 07
Nope, I will not create my own religion, cause I know theres just one God that is Jesus Christ
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• United States
9 Jan 07
I didn't ask if you would start one or not. If you can't read the darn question don't reply to it. That said: If God came to you and told you to create a new form of Christianity, you still wouldn't do it? Further, you don't wish something would be different about your current religion? Even something simple like the way the preacher does his sermons? Something about the way people are taught about the Bible that could be improved and there by bring people closer to Jesus? That would be a good thing would it not? The many denominations of Christianity are all new religions and many are based on improving some aspect of the old Christian faith. I see nothing wrong with this as there are many different kinds of people with many different needs.
• United States
8 Jan 07
I would worship the guinea pig. We need another religion because none of the others make sense. Afterall, Jesus could have been a homosexual. He was 33 and unmarried and was around with 12 men. Was Jesus a virgin?
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• United States
9 Jan 07
There is actually a popular myth about Jesus having been married and even having had kids. There are various versions but it says he was married to Mary Magdalien and that his kids lived on to have kids of their own. LOL the guinea pig! Note to everyone does your religion have to worship anyone? If so can we not simply worship ourselves and our fellow humans?
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
8 Jan 07
I have no interest in starting a religion. I see each religion as a mode of contact with God where some of the adherents are seeking to become closer to God in the way of that religion. Of course most people are born in to societies where a particular religion is practiced and this is the religion they end up following. If I was to start one off I would make it an article of faith that no person, animal or living being is to be harmed unless it is necessary. So eating meat would not be an every day part of life (sorry to the steak lovers :) Of course, if there is no other food this is an entirely different matter. Respect for all creatures would be central. So no littering, lying or cheating! Everyone would have a duty to spend a few hours each week devoting time to pursuit of their talents. Women would have the choice and men would also have the choice to stay at home with their children. Everyone would work but (somehow) it would be organised that we would only have to work 3 days per week unless of course some wanted to work more. Money would be partly replaced by bartering. And I could go on... Has anyone heard of a religion like this?
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• United States
9 Jan 07
Very Noble religion! I have not heard of one like this, but studying religion is hobby for me so I'm going do a search. Working only 3 days a week is an interesting idea. How com only 3 days, not 4 or 2? Is it the symbolism of the number 3 or something to do with psychologies Transition theory (that is it has to do with getting enough rest, being able to handle change etc)? I like your bartering idea. I have an idea for a religion where our culture would have money, bartering, and a knowledge currency. Knowledge currency would be the exchange of valuable data for other thing including the essentials of life. You could go to a supermarket and if you can supply the cashier with information that store can benefit from then you can use that to pay for a certain amount of food. You and the cashier would have to negotiate to determine the value of that knowledge, and just like they would check the validity of a credit card you would not be able to leave the store with all of your food until the store does something to test the efficacy of your knowledge. You would be given something right away for just trying to exchange your knowledge; this could be some of the food you wish to purchase, a coupon, cash, or almost anything. The store would also sign a document stating that they will not use your idea without giving your a significant trade. And, the whole negotiation process would be recorded, each person would get a copy of the recording, and the idea itself would get stored in a data base were after a certain number of years the idea would become public and anyone can benefit from it etc. the person who it could have originally been traded with. This persons name goes into a file and if he ever uses the idea for business purposes he can be fined. Of course ideas can be traded for ideas and also people can choose mutually to disregard these protocols at their own risk.
7 Jan 07
If I started a religion it would be one that would be open to all. The only rule would be worship no one but your fellow human being, and the commandments would be love, peace and happiness.
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• United States
9 Jan 07
Interesting! I get the love and peace thing, but are you sure you want one person to worship other people? I mean to worship other people wouldn't you be placing yourself lower than them? Or would this worship be equal on all fields i.e. I worship you, and you worship me because we are both equally sovereign beings? Then of course would it still be worship by common definition? Very thought provoking reply thank you!
@ssh123 (31096)
• India
6 Jan 07
There is no hypothetical analysis regarding religion. I am following one religion and I just follow it because it suits me. I do not want to add any confusion by creating another religion.
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• United States
7 Jan 07
This discussion is not about adding confusion or not. It is about the hypothetical of "if" you were to create one. You may not "want" to do it, you perhaps never would create one, but that was not the question! The question was "if" you were going to do so, what would you do? In your case perhaps you would only create one "if" God came to you and told you to. Well, I addressed that aspect of the question when I asked it. An appropriate answer in your case would be that you would if God instructed you to, Or would you still refuse to create one even if God told you to do so? What if God told you that you must create a new religion but you have free rein to create it the way you think is best (and if you are wrong God will tell you but you must make the initiative)? Then how would you construct it? I also disagree with you that there is no hypothetical analysis regarding religion. Religion in and of itself fits into four categorize, philosophical, hypothetical, theoretical, and practical. And, those categorize have several active, passive, and neutral subcategorize. At least that is my opinion. A passive practical religion would be something like modern Christianity, were there is evidence that ancient Christians practiced meditation and many other esoteric and occult practices, but now all they do is "passively" go to church on Sundays, perform various rituals for which they do not understand the more subtle meanings, and pray in an almost habitual fashion. There are many hypothetical and theoretical assessments of religion. Your wish that there were not does not change reality. Further, if you don't want to engage in this particular discussion for some reason my suggestion is to simply NOT engage in this particular discussion. There are many places on the net were you can go to not engage in religion debate, so please don't come to this spot were a religious debate is beginning just to say you don't want to talk about it. There is much value and clarity that can come from this discussion/debate. Confusion will come as well but clarity can not come if confusion does not come into the equation. It is only through resolving confusion that we have clarity, other wise we believe we know something when in fact we do not, and then we fated to eventually be confused. So instead of running from confusion perhaps some people may benefit from facing it head on and resolving it.