Just wondering, what is everyone's religion? Religious beliefs?
I'm a Christian from the Church of Christ, a nondenominational church.
I'm interested to hears yours.
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Sorry, that should be "eating" in the disclaimer.
atheist:) i don't tell people though, i just say i've never been to church….but 100% atheist
I'm a theistic satanist. :)
30Bananas A Day :D
I am a Christian... In the sense that I believe in following the teachings of Jesus. I do not claim a denomination, but I want to love people the way Christ did.
I am Christian but I don't go to church just because I believe in God, not that all church obligation. I love God with all my heart on my own, I don't need a priest to tell him that.
I have no religion expect for love, wholeness and oneness with everything.
Yet I have all religions for the whole does not exist without the parts.
Now, now, no need to insult Shakespeare! OK, I'll admit that both texts are pretty bloody but at least Shakespeare is well written!!!
I personally believe in All and None.
I personally love and disregard all religions in equal measure. I think all religions and spiritual traditions are interesting, and I enjoy reading about them all, without exception, but I don't believe in any of them literally. I personally believe that all religions and all religious scriptures are best interpreted as teaching metaphors which contain different layers of meaning and truth. I believe that whilst in many ways they are timeless, they were, as teaching metaphors used because they were culturally relevant at that point in history.
For me, I see it in the same way that as a child, I enjoyed snow white and the seven dwarves; I didn't think the characters were real. However that doesn't negate the potential teaching value within the story. It just means I have to see it in perspective for what it has to offer.
Teaching metaphors are probably as old as communication itself. There isn't a recorded group of human civilisations known that did not make use of metaphor and story telling to illustrate important cultural ideas and lessons.Indeed, we see many of the stories taught in current religions, found in much older religions and civilsations, dating back to shamanic cultures.
I personally feel that believing in the literal interpretation of spiritual scriptures is the equivalent to believing that the characters in a modern soap opera are real, or that storylines in episodes are factual records of history. For me, it is just a matter of confusing meaning and metaphor with reality. Stories are supposed to be entertaining, with characters we can identify with different aspects of ourselves, so we can bypass our left-brain and learn something of value.
Although many people believe that religions are evil, I do not subscribe to this notion. I believe that religions are left-brain created attempts to teach systems for restore balance between the hemispheres to maintain cultural and societal functioning and to restore internal harmony. I believe that we once would have had a more balanced communication between our left and right hemispheres which would have created a different way of perceiving and experiencing reality. I believe that this is what many people experience as the connection to nature/God. I believe we are more left-brain dominant now, and that it is the pollution of our left-brain dominant approach to promoting and perceiving religious teachings which has created many of the harmful cultural and intra-psychic effects that many people associate with religion.
That having been said, I like to keep an open mind, and support others' rights to believe in whatever they want to believe in, whether it is one they have considered extensively through questioning and comparing with other's ideas, or whether it is one they have just continued to believe having been taught it since childhood.
However I would encourage people to focus on the aspects of their beliefs in particular that promote non-judgemental, compassionate, accepting and peaceful behaviours.
I cannot agree with you more, Adam!