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post #91 of 114
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Originally Posted by Cocoa Cream View Post
That sounds like a choice to me, even if made over a long period of time through many experiences. To use a poor analogy, I have "rejected" being a coffee-drinker in that I have tried it many times throughout my life, tried different flavors and different styles, but it just wasn't for me. I could keep trying it, and maybe I'd eventually develop a taste for the stuff, but I "choose" not to. Like I said, it's a poor analogy, but maybe it helps get the idea across.
Ok how do i say it in a way that i'm trying to mean. I didn't choose to not believe. I spent alot of time 'searching' and found nothing. And frankly i'm not one of those people who cling onto the hope that there is something more and am not willing to spend the next 50 years still looking, when i can be happy with what i feel in the now. Does that make sense? So i didn't just one day go 'hey, i choose to not believe', it was something that happened. And while i can understand why alot of people say believing in god/jesus makes their lives better and such, my life is quite good without

Just as i don't choose to be straight, i don't choose to be left handed and i don't choose to be tall instead of short, it just is. Does that make more sense?

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Originally Posted by yourbriness763 View Post
what is "pagan" I looked it up on wikipedia but I'm not really understanding...
The general definition is that anything before christianity was formed, was a pagan religion. And still is now. Anything that is not judaism, christianity or muslim is considered pagan. But the umbrella that it forms covers ALOT of beliefs. It's just a general term. As pagan is to wiccan/buddhist/shaman, christian is to catholic/anglican/presbyterian.

Does that make sense?

The branches that come off make for a much longer explanation, but that's the simpler way to describe it
post #92 of 114
thanks for both answers on what is a pagan or paganism, I understand now! I've heard it mentioned before but I didn't know what it was...
post #93 of 114
I'm a Unitarian Universalist at heart. I believe some form of god. I believe all religions are equally valid and equally absurd. I have no patience for people who think they have all the answers. Whatever gets you through the day is great as long as you don't show it down my throat. Alas, there is no UU or even UCC church in my town.

I attend the Episcopal (Anglican) church in my town. One of my friends is the choir master and asked me to join. I find I like the people and the church. I have sentimental ties to the Anglican church as I joined the choir at the village church during my semester in England (Harlaxtan in case there are any alums out there.)

Angie
post #94 of 114
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
i'll still be your friend, of course - hoping that the way in which i live my life will be a testament to the One who leads me.
Beautiful sentiment and beautifully phrased, Laureen. I'm not sure of the exact wording or who said it, but I have read, "Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." and I also heard a pastor say in a sermon, "You may be the only Bible someone reads."
post #95 of 114
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Originally Posted by Creativgirl View Post
For anyone not familiar with the 12 Steps, the phrase "God as we understood Him" appears twice, and "a power greater than ourselves" also appears. This leaves much room for individual interpretation. Also, I heard a speaker at a meeting say that the wording is "as we understood Him" because 1) no one can understand God/Higher Power/Creator completely and 2) our understanding of God/Higher Power/Creator is constantly growing (or should be).

I'm reminded of "Dogma" (awesome movie, BTW, but *not* for the easily offended)

Rufus (Chris Rock): So, do you believe?
Bethany (Linda Fiorentino): No, but I have a good idea.

Serendipity (Salma Hayek): It doesn't matter what you have faith in, just that you have faith.
I LOVE that movie... and yes, if one is easily offended, by swearing or 'blasphemous' humor... don't watch it. It's the same two that did Clerks, etc... so there's a LOT of language... but so stinking funny it hurts. That quote is excellent from it as well...

Amanda
post #96 of 114
I just wanted to add that along with what appears to be several others, I also enjoy the movie Dogma! Despite vulgar language (which doesn't bother me at all ) there is a pretty cool message in the film, I think! Plus it is pretty funny.
post #97 of 114
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Originally Posted by zorana_dragonky View Post
I just wanted to add that along with what appears to be several others, I also enjoy the movie Dogma! Despite vulgar language (which doesn't bother me at all ) there is a pretty cool message in the film, I think! Plus it is pretty funny.

I just love it when the chick asks what the meaning of life is, and god touches her nose with a 'meep'
post #98 of 114
Hum.... Seems pretty accurate ... Grandma was Russian Eastern orthodox and Mom was raised it and I too was taught it by Grandma ... But Grandma s teaching of me was mostly #1 ( big shocker ).... another in the top 5 I am studying now and Mom did on and off over the yrs ...
1. \tOrthodox Judaism (100%)
2. \tIslam (96%)
3. \tJehovah's Witness (85%)
4. \tOrthodox Quaker (75%)
5. \tBaha'i Faith (74%)
6. \tChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (73%)
7. \tJainism (73%)
8. \tSeventh Day Adventist (71%)
9. \tEastern Orthodox (70%)
10. \tRoman Catholic (70%)
11. \tMainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (69%)
12. \tSikhism (69%)
13. \tReform Judaism (64%)
14. \tHinduism (60%)
15. \tLiberal Quakers (47%)
16. \tMahayana Buddhism (46%)
17. \tMainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (38%)
18. \tTheravada Buddhism (37%)
19. \tUnitarian Universalism (33%)
20. \tNeo-Pagan (31%)
21. \tNew Age (22%)
22. \tNontheist (20%)
23. \tScientology (16%)
24. \tChristian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (14%)
25. \tSecular Humanism (14%)
26. \tTaoism (13%)
27. \tNew Thought (12%)
post #99 of 114
I'm consider myself Pagan/Wiccan/Pantheistic. I left Christianity as a teenager and haven't looked back.

I think the test is pretty accurate as far as it goes. It was interesting to take and see the results.

1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. New Age (86%)
3. Mahayana Buddhism (82%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (76%)
5. Unitarian Universalism (73%)
6. Jainism (70%)
7. Liberal Quakers (66%)
8. Hinduism (65%)
9. Taoism (62%)
10. Sikhism (58%)
11. New Thought (55%)
12. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (54%)
13. Scientology (51%)
14. Reform Judaism (51%)
15. Orthodox Quaker (47%)
16. Secular Humanism (44%)
17. Baha'i Faith (38%)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (35%)
19. Orthodox Judaism (26%)
20. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (23%)
21. Seventh Day Adventist (21%)
22. Nontheist (21%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (19%)
24. Roman Catholic (19%)
25. Islam (17%)
26. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (17%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (7%)
post #100 of 114
Rob and I are both atheists.

Church was never big in my family, we never went. And through the years I made my own decision on what path I was going to follow.
post #101 of 114
Here are my results - pretty interesting, since I was somewhat raised Catholic - I guess I didn't take the lessons to heart

1. \tUnitarian Universalism (100%)
2. \tLiberal Quakers (95%)
3. \tNeo-Pagan (87%)
4. \tReform Judaism (86%)
5. \tNew Age (84%)
6. \tMainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (84%)
7. \tSecular Humanism (83%)
8. \tMahayana Buddhism (75%)
9. \tTheravada Buddhism (73%)
10. \tBaha'i Faith (63%)
11. \tTaoism (63%)
12. \tSikhism (61%)
13. \tNew Thought (57%)
14. \tJainism (56%)
15. \tScientology (55%)
16. \tOrthodox Judaism (52%)
17. \tNontheist (51%)
18. \tOrthodox Quaker (49%)
19. \tIslam (46%)
20. \tChristian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (42%)
21. \tChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (42%)
22. \tHinduism (34%)
23. \tJehovah's Witness (30%)
24. \tMainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (25%)
25. \tSeventh Day Adventist (21%)
26. \tEastern Orthodox (19%)
27. \tRoman Catholic (19%)
post #102 of 114
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Originally Posted by Cocoa Cream View Post

I will say that I am a Christian, but more specifically, I believe that Jesus is God's Son, fully human, while fully divine. I believe that Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin, that He lived and perfect life without sin, and was crucified on a cross. He died and was buried, and three days later He rose again. He is alive today, seated with God the Father in heaven. I believe that humans are sinful by nature and, therefore, cannot have a relationship with God or enter heaven except through belief in Jesus Christ and trusting Him with control of your life. I have a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior, learning to know Him more through prayer, reading Scripture, fellowship with other believers, and worship through song and service.

I respect that others have a right to choose to believe or not to believe, since God created humanity with a free will to obey Him or not. But it saddens me to know that so many people choose to reject Jesus and are lost but don't even know it. I am not usually openly evangelistic, but I hope that the way I live my daily life and the things I say point people to God. If you have any questions about what I believe, feel free to PM me.
100% Practicing Roman Catholic. I couldn't not believe considering how much I was Devinely helped through my life.
post #103 of 114
I believe in God, and in Jesus - but I also believe that we are re-incarnated to keep learning and improving ourselves to become better human beings.

What does that make me?
post #104 of 114
I once heard this said: "I'm a recovering Catholic" & I think that fits for me. I'm in a strange place right now where I consider myself to be Christian, but do not believe in all that is preached in Christian churches. People are always supprised when I identify as Christian, I'm not sure exactly why. Maybe it is because I'm accepting of every one, and don't believe in the way to God being the same for everyone. It's strange and a bit confusing, so I identify with the person that said they are hacking their way through the wilderness.
post #105 of 114
Interesting.

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Secular Humanism (99%)
3. Liberal Quakers (96%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (83%)
5. Neo-Pagan (83%)
6. New Age (77%)
7. Theravada Buddhism (72%)
8. Mahayana Buddhism (71%)
9. Taoism (65%)
10. Nontheist (62%)
11. Baha'i Faith (61%)
12. Orthodox Quaker (61%)
13. Reform Judaism (61%)
14. Sikhism (52%)
15. Jainism (48%)
16. New Thought (45%)
17. Scientology (45%)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (39%)
19. Hinduism (36%)
20. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (33%)
21. Orthodox Judaism (32%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (29%)
23. Islam (29%)
24. Seventh Day Adventist (27%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (23%)
26. Roman Catholic (23%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (18%)
post #106 of 114
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Originally Posted by Sparkie View Post
I believe in God, and in Jesus - but I also believe that we are re-incarnated to keep learning and improving ourselves to become better human beings.

What does that make me?
Take the quiz and find out!

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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
post #107 of 114
I'm a reform Jew! I believe in God, but not as a greying old dude sitting on a throne but rather a non-corporeal higher power. I take the Torah as a guidebook while understanding it was written in totally, totally different times. I see Jewish traditions as more cultural than religious, and I think they're awesome for tying me to my Jewish roots but that ultimately God isn't going to come after me for a slice of bacon. My dad was raised Christian and became an atheist so I've always enjoyed the consumer aspects of Christmas and Easter, minus all of the Jesus bits.
post #108 of 114
This is what I got from the test:
1. \tUnitarian Universalism (100%)
2. \tSecular Humanism (93%)
3. \tLiberal Quakers (88%)
4. \tTheravada Buddhism (80%)
5. \tNeo-Pagan (78%)
6. \tMainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (76%)
7. \tMahayana Buddhism (73%)
8. \tNew Age (73%)
9. \tTaoism (71%)
10. \tNontheist (63%)
11. \tScientology (59%)
12. \tNew Thought (56%)
13. \tChristian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (52%)
14. \tReform Judaism (52%)
15. \tJainism (48%)
16. \tOrthodox Quaker (46%)
17. \tHinduism (43%)
18. \tSikhism (43%)
19. \tBaha'i Faith (41%)
20. \tIslam (22%)
21. \tMainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (22%)
22. \tOrthodox Judaism (22%)
23. \tChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (21%)
24. \tSeventh Day Adventist (19%)
25. \tEastern Orthodox (14%)
26. \tRoman Catholic (14%)
27. \tJehovah's Witness (10%)
post #109 of 114
here's a wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitarian_Universalism
Quote:
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) believe in complete but responsible freedom of speech, thought, belief, faith, and disposition. They believe that each person is free to search for his or her own personal truth on issues, such as the existence, nature, and meaning of life, deities, creation, and afterlife. UUs can come from any heritage, have any sexual orientation or gender identity, and hold beliefs from a variety of cultures or religions.
Concepts about deity are diverse among UUs. Some believe that there is no god (atheism); others believe in many gods (polytheism). Some believe that God is a metaphor for a transcendent reality. Some believe in a female god (goddess), a passive god (Deism), a Christian god, or a god manifested in nature or the universe (pantheism), as revealed by science. Many UUs reject the idea of deities and instead speak of the "spirit of life" that binds all life on earth. Unitarian Universalists support each person's search for truth and meaning in concepts of spirituality.
post #110 of 114
Interesting...I wonder if that religion was not created just to find a place for all those atheists. I think an atheist can easily be placed into this Unitarian Universalist religion.
post #111 of 114
Atheist and Buddhist here. I do not believe in a god but I do feel that there is something spiritual about our world. Buddhism 'lets' me believe both of those things.
post #112 of 114
I consider myself Christian even though I do not attend church at present. I was raised Penticostal and DH was raised Catholic.

Here are my quiz results

1. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)
2. Orthodox Quaker (91%)
3. Eastern Orthodox (82%)
4. Roman Catholic (82%)
5. Seventh Day Adventist (72%)
6. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (69%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (64%)
8. Islam (61%)
9. Orthodox Judaism (61%)
10. Jehovah's Witness (55%)
11. Hinduism (50%)
12. Baha'i Faith (45%)
13. Liberal Quakers (42%)
14. Sikhism (42%)
15. Mahayana Buddhism (38%)
16. Unitarian Universalism (37%)
17. Theravada Buddhism (37%)
18. Jainism (36%)
19. Reform Judaism (36%)
20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (33%)
21. Scientology (31%)
22. New Thought (28%)
23. Neo-Pagan (27%)
24. New Age (24%)
25. Nontheist (23%)
26. Secular Humanism (21%)
27. Taoism (19%)
post #113 of 114
Interesting quiz. I think it's pretty accurate, at least with the top couple choices. I consider myself spiritual but not at all religious.

1. New Age (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (97%)
3. Neo-Pagan (97%)
4. Liberal Quakers (90%)
5. Mahayana Buddhism (85%)
6. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (79%)
7. Theravada Buddhism (78%)
8. New Thought (71%)
9. Sikhism (70%)
10. Secular Humanism (70%)
11. Reform Judaism (69%)
12. Scientology (68%)
13. Taoism (64%)
14. Jainism (61%)
15. Orthodox Quaker (60%)
16. Baha'i Faith (57%)
17. Hinduism (57%)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (53%)
19. Orthodox Judaism (39%)
20. Nontheist (37%)
21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (28%)
22. Islam (28%)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (26%)
24. Seventh Day Adventist (25%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (17%)
26. Roman Catholic (17%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (15%)
post #114 of 114
Interesting...

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Theravada Buddhism (94%)
3. Neo-Pagan (86%)
4. Mahayana Buddhism (84%)
5. Liberal Quakers (81%)
6. Secular Humanism (79%)
7. New Age (78%)
8. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (70%)
9. Taoism (67%)
10. Nontheist (65%)
11. Reform Judaism (57%)
12. Jainism (47%)
13. Orthodox Quaker (47%)
14. New Thought (46%)
15. Sikhism (43%)
16. Scientology (42%)
17. Baha'i Faith (41%)
18. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (34%)
19. Hinduism (33%)
20. Orthodox Judaism (29%)
21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (28%)
22. Seventh Day Adventist (21%)
23. Islam (19%)
24. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (16%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (8%)
26. Roman Catholic (8%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (3%)

My grandma would take me to a Protestant church when I was young. My parents didn't go to church until I was a bad teenager and they thought going to church would help so we went to a Lutheran church but that didn't last long. Now that my parents are retired and have the time they go to a Methodist church. I do not go to any kind of church anymore and don't feel the need to or want to.

I have issues with organized religion and the bible, mostly because of the corruption of humanity and/or that religion came only from humans/men mostly. I have been interested in Buddhism (which is more of a way of life than a religion, even though it's always catagorized with the other religions).
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