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View Poll Results: What religion do you identify with, if any?
Christianity 127 43.49%
Judiasm 16 5.48%
Islam 6 2.05%
Hinduism 2 0.68%
Buddhism 9 3.08%
Agnostic / Atheist 92 31.51%
Undecided 13 4.45%
Other 27 9.25%
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01-24-2012, 09:10 PM   #31
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I'm a Roman Catholic and have been my whole life. My parents were not very religious - they rarely went to church, but me and my sisters went regularly. And it continues (at least in my case - I am the regular one ha, ha)
02-06-2012, 03:59 PM   #32
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02-06-2012, 10:01 PM   #33
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I am a Christian. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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02-11-2012, 01:39 AM   #34
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long time atheist. I was always kept from christian education in school by my parents and I'm glad I was. Just reading what some full on christians say is mind boggling. I'm not a judgemental person, I let people believe what they want to believe as long as they leave me alone about it.
02-11-2012, 02:06 AM   #35
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The Idea of religion is fantastic. It gives many people hope, and something to believe in when they have nothing else.

The problem with religion, is that we as people are fallible; and often pervert religion, and religious ideals to manipulate others to do our bidding.
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I was raised Catholic but I'm Atheist just like my father.
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I was raised catholic, but started going to church when I began dating my boyfriend and I loved the messages. They taught me alot I didn't know. So i'm now a christian.
03-28-2012, 12:55 PM   #38
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03-28-2012, 03:24 PM   #39
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I am part of the Christian faith and nothing will change that, but the Crohn's thing has been a struggle between me and God for many years. We still battle it out sometimes.. but I'm learning a lot and finding my peace.
Has anyone seen Forest Gump? The scene on the shrimp boat in the huge storm where Lieutenant Dan is in the crow's nest and Forest says "I believe Lieutenant Dan made his peace with God that day" That will be me one day.
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03-28-2012, 05:45 PM   #41
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I am a Christian. And this is going to be kinda long.

I started out attending Catholic church with my parents. Later we moved to the country and started attending a Methodist church. I then started attending another small Christian church as a teen.

I was unhappy and started looking for other relgious answers. Bhuddism, transcendental meditation, science, humanisim, atheism, etc. They all sounded kind of reasonable to me at one point or another. I also experimented with drugs as a way of expanding my mind, since it seemed like a good way to get closer to God, or whatever was out there controlling the universe.

During one of these wonderful drug experiments I almost died. Quite exciting at the time. They had to get 4 men to hold me down while they pumped my stomach. I guess I wasn't real cooperative.

During another one I was with a Christian friend at my girlfriends house. He was high and so was I. for some reason he started telling me about Christ and salvation. I wasn't interested and didn't want to hear it. Actually I couldn't face him as it felt like a huge invisible hand had grabbed me and turned me away whenever I tried to look at him. The force physically turned my body to the left, (counterclockwise) when I tried to look at him, Carl was his name. It was very powerful.

Anyway he kept going telling me about God and Jesus Christ and salvation through the blood of Jesus, the Son of God. Sounded like a bunch of stuff I didn't want to hear to me. But at some point it all changed, and I suddenly felt different. I believed, and was grateful to God for the chance to be saved by his mercy. And the invisible force that was holding me let go and I could turn to face my friend.

That day I was saved and began a long road to change. I didn't become perfect or something and am still not, or even close. But God worked on me and got me away from drugs and other things. Not that I wanted to change, but it was needed. I was headed down a bad path.

Now, don't get me wrong. I am not a holy roller type and don't try to convert every person I run into. I don't even go to church very often. God doesn't live just in churches, he is everywhere that believers are. And he can be with you no matter where you are now or how you are feeling. People are small and have limits but God has none.

Regarding suffering in this world, I think this passage from Corintians is interesting. Paul the apostle is talking about his suffering and asking for relief.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...12&version=NIV
2 Corinthians 12

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Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

End quote

I look at life as a school, and we are here to learn how to be better people. Not supermen or women, but better spiritually and morally. And we all have a way to go on that front. But God is willing to meet us and drag us into the light if we are willing to ask for help. Or sometimes even if we don't ask.

I think this verse illustrates God's love for people and desire for us to be saved very well.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...11&version=KJV
Ezekiel 33:11

King James Version (KJV)

1 1 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

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I think the following verses are some of the most beautiful promises ever made to man. In fact the whole of Roman's 8 is an amazing series of inspiring promises. I encourage you to read it.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...+8&version=KJV

Romans 8

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38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


End quote


http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...+3&version=KJV

Revelation 3

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19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.


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Well, if you are still with me, I hope you will consider these verses, and read them for yourself. It doesn't matter where you are right now in your religious beliefs. God is willing to help you find his mercy and love. Give him a chance, and give yourself a chance.

I pray for all of you, may he keep you and bring you to his love and mercy and his great salvation.

In Jesus name, amen.
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03-29-2012, 01:41 PM   #42
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I am christian. I am not a huge church goer, I do not believe that God intended people to gather at at church to pay the church and to praise him. I believe that you can go in your closet or wherever you want and pray and talk to God, he is always with us and around us. God knows what is in our hearts and souls.

Now my dad believes more scientifically. He believes there is a God, but in a different way. He thinks God is the universe and that every living thing is a part of God.
03-29-2012, 02:07 PM   #43
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I am, what? I don't believe in organized religion, though I do believe in God. I practice Buddism to a large extent, not as a religion but as a practical way of living my life in a manner which suits my soul. I consider myself spiritual, I try to live my life in a way which causes no physical or emotional harm to other living creatures. I try to just be the best person I can be.
03-29-2012, 02:49 PM   #44
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SuzInVa, that is a beautiful, simple philosophy "I try to just be the best person I can be" I wish we were all like that (myself included). I miss too many opportunities.
03-29-2012, 02:51 PM   #45
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SuzInVa, that is a beautiful, simple philosophy "I try to just be the best person I can be" I wish we were all like that (myself included). I miss too many opportunities.
As do I lol I think try is the operative word, I fail miserably quite a bit. But, I try to learn from my failures and do better in the future. And I do try to take responsibility and fix my mistakes as much as is possible. I just never try to take the beauty in life for granted.
03-30-2012, 12:46 AM   #46
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I loved your response Suz....,
I was christened a presibeterian. (Christian)
Didn't give much thought to wether there's a God, until I was about 7, and I felt he helped me. So then I believed there's a God, and he sees our heart and soul. But with a communist father in Europe, I wasn't taught anything about God.
First time I tried reading the bible was about 7years ago, when my bub was 1ish, with some Jehovahs witnesses. Didnt study with them long, but over the years, I'd read the bible now and then. Through getting ill with crohns, the bible would always be with me in hospital, and I'd read it for hours some days. I researched a little on the archeology of the Bible, and the original religion, Judaism.
I go to a Jehovas witness friend to study the bible, but im not sure wether to call my self religious.
One of you wrote, you believe that there's a God, and his everywhere not in churches. Iv always felt that too. And one of you said no religion, but faith that there must be a God. Me too. I respect everyone has different ideas and traditions when it comes to the bible, and I think my only problem with so many religions, is they say other religions are bad. I believe in God, but can't hate someone if they don't. I don't agree with catholic ideals, and idol worship, like bowing down to a picture of mary or whoever like their supposed to be able to hear us, but I don't say to others that they shouldn't be catholic. Who am I to argue others values,traditions, or beliefs.
I think that like Jews say, love your fellow, and try and be a good person to everyone you know, resonates with me. I want to treat everyone with respect, though I do tend to let those closest know my opinion.
Suz....you said it beautifully, if just try to be the best we can to each other, and except each other, then I don't see why it matters if you call God Allah, or Jehovah, some Jesus, some Buddah, blah blah. I think their must be a God but I'm still reading the bible trying to gain a better understanding of it.
Who am I to say which religion is right, all I know is being honest, considerate, to those around you, makes sence.
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03-30-2012, 01:05 AM   #47
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See that's what I think too, I'm a Christian but I wouldn't say I'm 'Religious' I say for me it's a faith. I go to church (haven't for months though) but not because I think I will go to hell if I don't. I go because it helps.

It's really nice to hear what you all believe, because it's not something people feel they can talk about often without massive debate.. and that frustrates me. Also I never want people to think I'm 'Bible bashing' so I'm always very careful what I say. It's really nice to say what you think without being judged and knowing it's just a conversation
03-30-2012, 01:37 AM   #48
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I was raised Greek Orthodox like 99% of the Greek population.

I am an activist atheist, member of the Greek Atheist community.

I think that I never believed in god, even when I had religion shoved into my throat in public Greek schools.

Crohns was the reason I finally cut all bonds with orthodox church. When I was dxed I was brought back twice on the operating table and spend three days in a coma. When I was in a coma the world did not exist. My problems, my parents, my children I had NO feelings. I dont think therefore I am not. When I woke up I understood that this is death, loosing your brain means loosing you. I also found out that I can handle this. Going to another life and still worrying about my credit card? No way!!!!!
03-30-2012, 06:59 AM   #49
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I loved your response Suz....,
I was christened a presibeterian. (Christian)
Didn't give much thought to wether there's a God, until I was about 7, and I felt he helped me. So then I believed there's a God, and he sees our heart and soul. But with a communist father in Europe, I wasn't taught anything about God.
First time I tried reading the bible was about 7years ago, when my bub was 1ish, with some Jehovahs witnesses. Didnt study with them long, but over the years, I'd read the bible now and then. Through getting ill with crohns, the bible would always be with me in hospital, and I'd read it for hours some days. I researched a little on the archeology of the Bible, and the original religion, Judaism.
I go to a Jehovas witness friend to study the bible, but im not sure wether to call my self religious.
One of you wrote, you believe that there's a God, and his everywhere not in churches. Iv always felt that too. And one of you said no religion, but faith that there must be a God. Me too. I respect everyone has different ideas and traditions when it comes to the bible, and I think my only problem with so many religions, is they say other religions are bad. I believe in God, but can't hate someone if they don't. I don't agree with catholic ideals, and idol worship, like bowing down to a picture of mary or whoever like their supposed to be able to hear us, but I don't say to others that they shouldn't be catholic. Who am I to argue others values,traditions, or beliefs.
I think that like Jews say, love your fellow, and try and be a good person to everyone you know, resonates with me. I want to treat everyone with respect, though I do tend to let those closest know my opinion.
Suz....you said it beautifully, if just try to be the best we can to each other, and except each other, then I don't see why it matters if you call God Allah, or Jehovah, some Jesus, some Buddah, blah blah. I think their must be a God but I'm still reading the bible trying to gain a better understanding of it.
Who am I to say which religion is right, all I know is being honest, considerate, to those around you, makes sence.
I was raised catholic but dropped that fairly young. For most of my adult life, I have studied other religions. When you drop the "religious" aspect and focus on the teachings, on their own, and the philosophies and history behind the religions, you start to realize that most religions are far more alike than they are different. And, like you, I don't think it really matters what religion or faith (or none at all) you choose to practice. My thought is that God, if there is a God, has far bigger things to worry about. Organized religion is a man-made creation and it does far more to cause division in this world, when we should all be focused more on finding our sameness, IMHO. If we can remove the separateness, I think the world would be a much saner place.
03-30-2012, 08:08 AM   #50
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I was raised catholic but dropped that fairly young. For most of my adult life, I have studied other religions. When you drop the "religious" aspect and focus on the teachings, on their own, and the philosophies and history behind the religions, you start to realize that most religions are far more alike than they are different. And, like you, I don't think it really matters what religion or faith (or none at all) you choose to practice. My thought is that God, if there is a God, has far bigger things to worry about. Organized religion is a man-made creation and it does far more to cause division in this world, when we should all be focused more on finding our sameness, IMHO. If we can remove the separateness, I think the world would be a much saner place.
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John 3:16 kind of sums it up for me: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." I believe that we live in a fallen world, where no one is good. Just witness what we all see on the news every night. The Bible confirms that all of us have fallen short of the glory of God (thanks to Adam and Eve) and must be judged accordingly. Why do we have to be judged? It's because God is perfect and just,.. free from Sin that's why. We on the other hand have sinned (not just once but repeatedly), and are blemished, unacceptable to God and deserve our judgement of death. The penalty is to be separated from God through all eternity. This is something you don't even want to try and comprehend. But God loved us enough to give us a way out...his only Son (who is also perfect) to pay our Sin Debt off completely, by coming to Earth as God but living as a common man who is ultimately mocked, beaten and experiences a cruel and tortorous death on the cross in our place. So, now...if we acknowledge Jesus as our only Lord and Savior, and try and follow the 10 commandments as best we can, and love others, we become Jesus in God's eyes and can spend eternity in Heaven with him. Our Sins are washed away, gone forever. No other world faith offers this kind of Love and sacrifice for us, but requires works on our part to earn something that in all reality is not attainable. I believe Christ and the Cross to be the whole message of Easter, and why I chose Christianity.
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I am a hindu. but I belive in every religion...and I can connect with any religion. In my home everyone prays to Hindu gods as well as god's from other religion..with pictures of Hindu god, Jesus, Buddha and even sikh prophet Guru nanak. and I think its the belief in God that matter..not the form of it.
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I voted for "undecided" because I have multiple personality disorder and some of my alters have different religions. One is christian, one is atheist, one is New Age and the rest have no religious identity.
05-11-2012, 03:18 PM   #55
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i didnt believe in God until last year when i nearly died in hospital, i felt so scared and alone i said a prayer and felt comfort so i kept doing it, gave me the strength to get through.

I do not have a religion though, i think a belief in God is enough to give us what we need and im happy with that x
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I do not have a religion though, i think a belief in God is enough to give us what we need and im happy with that x
Thats perfectly said. God is one...its just that different religions know him by different forms..so the belief is what matters.Good luck.
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I strongly believe in god and the words of Christ as Ive seen their power first hand many times, but my relationship with god is a personal one. I do not go to church as it has always felt.. wrong to me, but i may have just been going to the wrong ones. I love to discuss religion as well, I find it fascinating.
I will say I find about 80% of my fellow Christians annoying. Some are just so Judgmental, as if they are god themselves. Some of the spite and hate I hear come from their mouth is rather shocking and seems the opposite of what Christ ever stood for.
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We all fall short of the glory of God, each and every one of us. So no one can boast. Christ made this clear, there is no room for the self-righteous in his kingdom. Yet there is nothing wrong with speaking out against that which is clearly wrong, behavior that clearly defies the Ten Commandments Problem is, there's a bit in all of us, that wants to defy the scriptures and be our own God. By nature, we don't want to be told what to do. Am I wrong?
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