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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    If I had to align myself to a religion simply as a guide to "becoming a better person", it would be safe for me to say that I am a Taoist. Out of all religions I've studied both voluntarily and involuntarily, the story of Siddhartha Gautama (or the Buddha) and how he founded The Eightfold Path is pretty significant to me. I won't post any links simply for the fact that I am fully against advertising religion even subtly, but if you'd like to know, Google it and see what you find.

    I will summarize it, though: The Eightfold Path is a collection of personal rules implemented to empower the person to find "personal balance" and make him or her a better individual. This sense of balance is where I almost always find myself, whether it be finding a balanced decision among a problem or even finding physical balance through a healthy diet or exercise regimen. If the phrase "Everything is good in moderation" is a decent guideline for anyone, this is a benchmark in The Eightfold Path.

    I won't go into much more depth, but again, if my life depended on choosing a "religion" (I use the term very loosely here), I would follow Taoism.
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    there are a few good religions around such as Buddhism, and believing in a god is fine, it's entirely possible, believing in the christian god or islamic etc etc (Yahweh) is simply crazy to me, I won't bash christians etc, but to me personally I think it's crazy.
    And the Church is a joke, save those starving children!
    While we sit here in our gold plated chairs.

    Homosexuality is a sin! Paedophilia is fine.

    When someone brings up pastafarianism they laugh and mock that religion, can I just say, you believe in a god who literally looks down at bacteria and judges them, then sets them on fire for eternity for it.
    That Spagettie monster at least has a leg to stand on in the fact... pasta is proven to be real where as the bible is a fictional book which is no different than the fable of peter pan.

    Which reminds me.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neX68...A1eSgX9KfLAjPw
    Chang Wufei: I do not intend to fight. Now hurry up and retreat

    Duo Maxwell: The god of death shall rise again but for now. I need some sleep...

    Gildarts: Fear is not evilů It tells you what your weakness is. And once you know your weakness, you can become stronger

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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    religion why do we have it?
    "The mighty oak tree was once a tiny nut that stood its ground" -

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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    While I believe in the "Christian God", I think churches especially the modern ones are definitely not as good of examples as they should be for the most part. I've seen plenty of church scandals and have only come across a few apparently legit ones where they actually wanted to help people as I saw the events they did in person and in some cases, involved myself in them. Others, like you said preach but don't follow which discredits the religion.

    I also know of plenty of active church goers that are full of BS and blatantly do bad things which even my atheist friends would frown upon despite them not believing. So unfortunately all these things have made religion look hypocritical. However, at the end of the day, I'm confident in my beliefs and at the same time, try to respect that of others and as long as others are of good character, I believe they're at least heading towards the right direction.

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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    WiseNinja, good point. your comments remind me of the Book of Mormon and the events that follow.
    "The mighty oak tree was once a tiny nut that stood its ground" -

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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    Quote Originally Posted by WiseNinja
    While I believe in the "Christian God", I think churches especially the modern ones are definitely not as good of examples as they should be for the most part. I've seen plenty of church scandals and have only come across a few apparently legit ones where they actually wanted to help people as I saw the events they did in person and in some cases, involved myself in them. Others, like you said preach but don't follow which discredits the religion.

    I also know of plenty of active church goers that are full of BS and blatantly do bad things which even my atheist friends would frown upon despite them not believing. So unfortunately all these things have made religion look hypocritical. However, at the end of the day, I'm confident in my beliefs and at the same time, try to respect that of others and as long as others are of good character, I believe they're at least heading towards the right direction.
    Indeed. I don't want to participate in a "religion" that blatantly bashes other religions for being different and not believing in the same "god" as the other. Then again, almost ALL religions do this; they teach its followers to be (more or less) just and moral when it comes to being kind to one another, but if you notice, most religions almost NEVER talk about accepting people who believe in other religions. It's kind of defeating the purpose. Maybe I'm better off not denying in the possibility of a higher power, yet following my own moral compass.
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    I'll take this another step what about "religion" bashing certain organizations, Freemasons and Order of the Eastern Star for example. I'll admit that I have family and friends that are part of both of these groups. The Catholic Church states that any Catholic member of these groups will either quit them or be excommunicated from the church. This mostly because the church labeled Masonary as a secret organization that they can't control. The real issue is that the Masons' rules stipulate that you have to believe in a supreme being (sorry no atheist). Most religions don't won't you to believe multiple methods of salvation just theirs. And please do not go all Alex Jones on me about the Freemasons.
    We are all insane, we just act normal for the sake of others.

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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    I am totally agreed with Darkbetter and Mantis religion is made just for money. I also don't believe in any religion because my religion is one and only Human Being. A great poet of Hindi SAINT KABEER wrote about religion why we need to go any temple,church and masjid for prayer if God or Lord is leave in your heart.But in India people fight with each other because of there religion and Indian Leader are used this sensetive topic for making a votes in their politics career I hope you all have heared about BABARI MASJID AND RAM MANDIR at Ayodhya city.So at the end I want say to people please don't fight because of your different religion be a human and helped to each other because this is your original religion

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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    You know, a good majority of my being wants to say that religion and the values represented within are most of the leading causes of prejudice and intolerance in this world.

    I think most of me is right.
    A boy has the right to dream. There are endless possibilities stretched out before him. What awaits him down the path he will then have to choose; the boy doesn't always know. At some point the boy then becomes an adult, and learns what he was able to become. Joy and sadness will forever accompany this. He is confronted with a choice; when this happens, does he bid his past farewell in his heart? Once a boy becomes an adult, he can no longer go back to being a boy; the boy is now a man. Only one thing can be said: "A boy has the right to dream.". For those endless possibilities are stretched out before him.

    We must remember...all men were once boys.

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    RE: What are your perspectives regarding religions and traditions !

    I dislike Scientology. It's a failed sci-fi novel! And the business things just to get money so people go higher in the ranks. *headbutts wall*

    They don't believe in psychiatric help. One guy, who needed the help didn't get it and stabbed his mother around 77 times!
    They can get away with murder. A woman was locked in a hotel room for a refresher course after having a car accident that made her mentally unstable for 17 days with no food or water. They went 20+ miles just for a scientologist doctor when there were plenty of other hospitals within that mileage.
    This is the only religion I will not have my children involved with. EVER.

    http://youtu.be/wVPwTOOCm8k

    Also, I apologise if scientologists ask for this post to get taken off, Mantis.
    I can drink water like it's tea.

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