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my take on religion

okay, this result surprised me:

You scored as Buddhism. Your beliefs most closely resemble those of Buddhism. Do more research on Buddhism and possibly consider becoming Buddhist, if you are not already.




















Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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for those that have ever wondered regarding my take on religion (i love discussions of this sort of stuff with people at times), i have a whole-hearted belief that there is a God. I can feel Him/Her/It all around me, especially when i'm outside, especially when i'm surrounded by nature, mostly trees, grass, water, wind. when it comes to organized relgion, i've always had some sort of a problem with it for various reasons i won't bore you with, except to say mainly that i don't think that anyone can tell you WHAT to believe, you just ... do. i've tried being whole-heartedly Christian many many times, have tried many different churches. i guess for the most part, i may be going to the wrong ones, because either they bored me to DEATH, or i would sit for hours listening to how i was going to hell unless i gave up everything in my life. i.e. homosexuality is wrong and evil. drinking is evil.

mayhaps i've just been exposed for the most part to the wrong religions or the wrong churches. i believe in God, i really do. i've made it through so many difficult times in my life to NOT believe. i'm just not certain what form that God takes. i don't believe that religion should be judgemental, i don't believe that there is any one chosen race or class or sex of people to ascend to glory after death. i don't feel that it should be a punishment, that it should be an understanding.

crap. and there was yet another point i was going to make here, but i can't for the life of me remember what it was...

the lights are on, but no one's home
you'll stand there in the dark
until you see.....


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Mar. 9th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
Hmm. The first two times I tried to comment on this post, I got the following error:

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Infinite loop in style or layer
Database busy

I love anything that involves an infinite loop. Anyway, I was just going to say that I thought it was nifty that your post came right after mine that was very similar on a lot of the religious aspects. I look for little pieces of synchronicity wherever I can find them. :)
Apr. 25th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
synchronicity is fantastic.

such a nifty word in itself. say it with me: syynk-ro-nissss-iiiih-teee.

Apr. 25th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, this was a really delayed comment :D
Feb. 11th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
all part of the joy of being on my friends list ;) if i don't respond immediately...
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Apr. 25th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
That's because you kiss boys.

I think if I had told it I kissed boys, too, it would have listed me as one.

Mar. 9th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
*smiles largly* I would very much like to be bored with details please! I agree with you my family would probably hurt me if they knew this but I no longer agree with organized religion either, I am tired of the corruption and dictation of man getting between my spiritial awareness. I believe that they [religions] all get away from where they should be and ignore one of the biggest sentiments that were left for us. That is compassion, we can not judge, so what xyz is a sinner I am just the same, no matter what listen to where I go on what days I have sined and i will do it again, I am a siner born and raised. That fact should not drive a wedge but yet we should accept eacher and try to understand our differences. I believe that only through compasion and love for our fellow man can we truely understand our greater purpose, I don't care how many times I get punched in the face, kicked in the shins, have my spirit seemingly crushed, I will not fill it with the bitterness I have experienced and I will let my light shine for what its worth.

wow, look at all those words and look at the time *sneaks out* :)
Apr. 25th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
VERY eloquently put, Stu, very much about what I personally believe in as well. See the other responses in the post now (and forthcoming, i still have a few left to respond to!)

I guess that's one of the biggest problems I've had with Organized Religion, it almost always ends up being judgemental, when it's SO not our job to do the judging, it's moreso our job to understand our fellow man/woman/child/alien/pitchfork.
Apr. 25th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
Yes! Then you have tose that seem to "speak for God" and put words into God's mouth... bad!

I'm gonna book mark this and check in tomorrow
Jan. 26th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Re: :)
absolutely. that's one of the reasons why i loved the movie Dogma so durned much, although it was a satire, really. as they said in the movie "do you believe?" "no, but i have an idea."
Mar. 9th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
If you feel content with not being a part of organized religion, then you certainly shouldn't try to find one that fits you (or vice-versa). I think you hit the nail on the head for yourself when you said, "...i don't think that anyone can tell you WHAT to believe, you just ... do."
In other words, don't let society make you think it's wrong to not adhere to their cult-ish standards. There is no obligation to anything unless you let there be.
Nonetheless, I stand about where you stand on this issue.
Apr. 25th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
As a coworker and I discuss with each other, it's basically a view that a 'true' church is a meeting of minds to discuss beliefs and/or celebrate in them. Therefore, say you and I go to coffee and start to talk about God and creatures and surroundings and beliefs and heaven and hell and such things, that I would consider that as a church.

As you said, I feel content to NOT be part of organized religion. Most places I've been to either have such a blind faith in the scripture that you basically spend the entire time hearing repeatedly about how you're going to hell, or is almost TOO overjoyed, to where I don't feel exactly comfortable, either.

I guess I also have a problem with going somewhere and listening to someone's views on God and religion for however long, and it being an entirely one-sided conversation. I respect others beliefs and will listen to them, but because of my beliefs, I generally get excited about hearing things and want to retort.
Mar. 15th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC)
I dislike organized religion -- where the religion is creating lives organized by ridiculous rules. But I have never given up on church, mostly because I found such an incredibly awesome one. At my church, differences are not only tolerated but celebrated; we have about 40-50% white and the rest all different races, some people dress up and others wear sweats and curlers, and nobody looks at you weird either way. I'll admit I have had older people assume I'm an unsaved visitor if I show up in very punky/sexy clothes, but they didn't treat me oddly, per say, they just assumed I wasn't a member.
Anyway. I suppose the question is, why should a Christian bother going to church when your focus is a relationship with God and not formulas and rules? My answer is, to: 1) worship God, 2) fellowship with real Christians and feel supported, and 3) make a difference. I believe my church is making a positive difference in our own community and through missions. I personally have changed vastly in my feelings/thoughts on race, and become far less subconsciously prejudiced, all through connections made by my church. And even if we weren't making changes in the community, I'd say that a change in my own heart is a very good benefit of going to/being connected in church.
True multicultural churches like mine are rare because they require a lot of effort and sacrifice. But I think you can learn a lot also by going to a church where you are a racial minority.
Apr. 25th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC)
I do believe in going to church and trying different churches out to see which one fits you. I think it's a wonderful way to talk to other people and to learn different perspectives, as well as to learn about God and expand your feelings for him.

I have a coworker, Geno, whom I talk to about God and religion about once a week. He has a lot of the same views as I do about such things, just slightly different, which helps us to learn from each other. I LOVE talking to him about such things, because he's one of the closest around me RL that has sort of the same views and more or less knows where I'm coming from. We joke during our talks about how it's our 'church' because of us coming together to learn and discuss God.

I guess due to past situations with physical churches vs. the mental churches, that it's caused me to be extremely stand-offish about going to places like that. I know that not all are the same, and there may be one out there that is for me.

In the meantime, I'll hold my beliefs close to my heart and discuss them at every opportunity with others.

When we finally get to meet up, I'll share some of my horror stories with you :)
Apr. 26th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
OR, or, you could email me. ;-)
Oct. 15th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
hee hee, maybe i shall do that, when i'm in the mood to gush about religion and other such things! :)
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