post #31 of 72
7/7/05 at 9:07am
Originally Posted by katspixiedust
I was baptised Catholic, then my parents switched and we started to go to a Presbyterian church, and now I'm not associated with any particular denomination. I appreciate the teachings of each religion and find quite a few interesting to learn about. Buddhism especially. Native American spirituality is also something close to my heart since I have quite a bit of Cherokee in me and my grandfather knew so much about it. I'm under the belief that "church" is what and where you make it, and am ok not really belonging anywhere. I've got my spirituality and that's good enough for me.
Originally Posted by RoseHawke
Now I call myself a Pagan, at least to the point of observing the Solstice and apologizing to any Oak trees I might have to cut down!
Originally Posted by ugaimes
I like what you said Katherine. "I've got my spirituality and that's good enough for me."
I was raised in the United Methodist Church, so that is the religion I most closely associate myself with (though I've given thought to maybe attending our local Unity Church).
However, to me, religion is THE most personal thing. I've become so jaded by organized religions and people politicizing from the pulipts....it's my personal relationship with God and not anyone else that guides my life!
Originally Posted by rosiemac
Thats what i thought?, but a friend told me anything different from protestant or catholic was classed as C of E?.
Originally Posted by tigerfanfrv
actually the classifications go Roman Catholic (like me) Orthodox (russian or greek and maybe others) and Protestant (which is everything else) (and my spelling is off)
the russian and greek orthodox chruches broke away from the Roman Catholic church relitivly early in the church's existance for reasons i am not very clear on, and the protestants broke away created everthing else when luther nailed his little note to teh chruch door a couple hundred years ago and king henry wanted a new wife.
if my history is correct.
Originally Posted by Joe1959
Iâ€™m a Muslim. I got to know Islam when I was working in Saudi Arabia 16 years ago.
The holy Quran teaches belief in God and all of his many prophets â€“ peace be upon them all (Jews and Christians are referred to as â€œthe people of the bookâ€). Jesus â€“ peace be upon him - was one of the prophets.
Mohammad â€“ peace be upon him - was the last of the prophets. Quote: â€œWith this I have perfected your religion.â€
Muslims are told that whenever there is an agreement with people of a different religion this agreement must honored under all circumstances.
Fight is only called for when Muslims are attacked â€“ then Muslims are called upon to defend themselves and to struggle for Islam and for themselves.
Muslims are strictly forbidden to initiate a war.
It is a heinous sin to attack and to harm â€œnon-combatantsâ€ and especially to attack and to harm other Muslims.
Those â€œIslamicâ€ terrorists are not Muslims at all as they are blatantly violating the most basis teachings of our religion, they are defiling and insulting Islam. They are just using Islam as a pretext for their wordly ambitions. They do not represent Islam as they are insulting Islam!
Nobody would see those bomb-throwers in Northern Ireland as representatives of the Christian religion either.
According to the holy Quran a womanâ€™s possessions remain hers when she marries.
In Germany a husband could dispose of his wifeâ€™s possessions until sometimes during the 50â€™s meaning if she had (for example) a hotel her husband was able to sell it without her being able to interfere. Islam was far more progressive than the legal customs in many other cultures.
Islam calls upon all Muslims to struggle for education and knowledge. Around a thousand years ago the orient was leading in science and medicine.
Muslims are called upon to be charitable and to provide for others in need. This includes kindness towards all others including animals.
In his sayings Prophet Muhammad â€“ peace be upon him - emphasized the need for kindness and he also emphasized that this includes the kindness to animals.
It is also know that he was a great cat lover.
C U later