Religion - Religious Beliefs
is a cultural system
of behaviors and practices,
world views, sacred texts, holy places,
that relates humanity to what an
has called "an order of
existence", a belief in a divine power or a God.
List of Religions and Spiritual Traditions
Religious Diversity and the Differences among Religions
is a specific type of identity
formation. Particularly, it is the sense of group membership to a religion
and the importance of this group
as it pertains to one's
Types of Beliefs
What is a Belief
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conceived of as the
and principal object of faith. The concept of God as
described by most theologians includes the attributes of
, and as having an eternal and necessary existence.
Many theologians also describe God as being
), and all loving
is a female deity in polytheistic religions.
is the Arabic word referring to God in Abrahamic religions.
one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the supreme god within
Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary
is a major Hindu deity worshiped in a variety of different perspectives.
a natural or supernatural being considered divine or
short form of Jehovah or Yahweh, the proper name of God in the Hebrew
is a deity or god responsible for the creation of the Earth, world,
(cosmos or universe). In monotheism, the single God is often also the
is the quality of having unlimited power.
appellation for a person or deity who has authority, control, or power
over others acting like a master, a chief, or a ruler.
was a Jewish preacher and religious leader who has
become the central figure of Christianity. Christians believe him to be
the Son of God and the awaited Messiah (Christ, the Anointed One)
prophesied in the Old Testament.
is the central figure of Islam and widely regarded as its founder by
non-Muslims. He is known as the "Holy Prophet" to Muslims, almost all of
whom consider him to be the last prophet sent by God to mankind to restore
Islam, believed by Muslims to be the unaltered original monotheistic faith
of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. Muhammad united Arabia
into a single Muslim polity and ensured that his teachings, practices, and
the Quran, formed the basis of Islamic religious belief.
is the religious
law governing the members of the Islamic faith.
is defined as being incapable to be explained by science or the laws of
nature, characteristic or relating to ghosts, gods or other supernatural
beings or to appear beyond nature.
is a common religious, cosmological, or transcendent place where beings
such as gods, Angels
saints, or venerated ancestors are said to originate, be enthroned, or to
live. According to the beliefs of some religions, heavenly beings can
descend to earth or incarnate, and earthly beings can ascend to Heaven in
the afterlife, or in exceptional cases enter Heaven alive.
is an aspect of divine presence, specifically an unknown and mysterious
ability of God, angels, or human beings to express themselves
communicatively through spiritual means, rather than through physical
can refer to a minor deity, a mortal who is the
offspring of a god and a human being, or a figure who has attained divine
status after death.
Manifestation of God
are a series of personages who reflect
the attributes of the divine into the human world for the progress and
advancement of human morals and civilization.
is an individual who has claimed to have been contacted by the
supernatural or the divine, and to speak for them, serving as an
intermediary with humanity, delivering this newfound knowledge from the
supernatural entity to other people.
was a fabulously wealthy and wise king of Israel and a son of David, the
previous king of Israel.
are some of the main and important formal leaders within certain
is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or
with any number of other monks.
is a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from worldly
pleasures, often for the purpose of pursuing spiritual goals. Ascetics may
withdraw from the world for their practices or continue to be part of
their society, but typically adopt a frugal lifestyle, characterised by
the renunciation of material possessions and physical pleasures, and time
spent fasting while concentrating on the practice of religion or
reflection upon spiritual matters.
is official authorization for religious bound by perpetual vows to live
for a limited time outside their religious institute, usually with a view
to discerning whether to depart definitively.
refers to a religious process of re-formation which "aims to recover the
original shape of man," oriented at "the image of God" as exemplified by
the founders and sacred texts of the religions of the world.
religious work of art.
is giving other people the same freedom and
that you have to
believe in something that they hold close to their heart. It's up to us to
understand why people believe differently, it is not for us to judge, it's
to understand, which is the same as learning, and we should
never stop learning
human brain has enormous capacity for knowledge and information, we should
use this potential to our advantage instead of using it to our
Freedom of Religion
or freedom of belief is a principle that supports the
individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or
belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. It also includes
the freedom to change one's religion or belief.
is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity of religious belief
systems co-existing in society.
Major Religious Groups
is seen as the sealing of the covenant created
in Holy Baptism. In some denominations, Confirmation also bestows full
membership in a local congregation upon the recipient.
the Islamic faith is a legal opinion or learned
that the Sheikhul
Islam, a qualified jurist or mufti, can give on issues pertaining to the
thing about religion is that religion was aware of many human behavioral
problems for over a 1,000 years. The sad part is that religion did not
improve education, or learn and update the religious knowledge that they were
teaching. Thus human life has suffered, but we could have suffered a lot
more without religion. Luckily now we are beginning to
understand our responsibility to education, and that we must improve and
update our knowledge, if not, we will continue to suffer from our own
ignorance, as we can clearly see today when look at all the problems that
we face. We need to stop
transferring our problems
and start taking
for our lives,
and the lives of others.
Seven Deadly Sins
(a false pride is a foolishly and irrationally
of one's personal value, status or accomplishments.)
(an unhealthy and illogical longing for wealth,
status, or power. To possess more than one needs)
(when a person is illogically
of someone else's
achievements or possessions, and either desires it or wishes that the
other lacked it)4:
involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived
provocation, hurt or threat)5:
(an emotion or feeling of intense craving, appetite, or desire
without real need. Addiction
(over-indulgence and over-consumption of food,
drink, or wealth items to the point of extravagance or waste)
(is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite
having the ability to act or exert oneself, lazy,
is the activity of reviewing
one's actions and feeling contrition or
. It generally
involves a commitment to personal change and the resolve to live a more
and humane life.
is the act of refraining from sins that are known
to cause more harm then good. It is stopping oneself from doing
The Buddha discovered that the
direct causes of suffering are desire or craving, and ignorance
is the truth of the cause of suffering, which is the Second Noble Truth.
Seven Social Sins:
Politics without principles, wealth
without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without
character, commerce without morality, science without humanity,
and worship without sacrifice.Human Rights
Sensory desire (kāmacchanda): the
particular type of wanting that seeks for happiness through the five
senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and physical feeling.
(vyāpāda; also spelled byāpāda): all kinds of thought related to wanting
to reject, feelings of hostility, resentment, hatred and bitterness.
Sloth-torpor (thīna-middha): heaviness of body and dullness of mind which
drag one down into disabling inertia and thick depression.
Restlessness-worry (uddhacca-kukkucca): the inability to calm the mind.
Doubt (vicikicchā): lack of conviction or trust.
refers to the five aggregates concept that asserts
five elements constitute and completely explain a living being’s mental
and physical existence.
Cardinal Virtues 1:
Prudence (φρόνησις, phronēsis;
Latin: prudentia): also described as wisdom, the ability to judge between
actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time.
(δικαιοσύνη, dikaiosynē; Latin: iustitia): also considered as fairness,
the most extensive and most important virtue; the Greek word also having
the meaning righteousness.3:
Temperance (σωφροσύνη, sōphrosynē; Latin:
temperantia): also known as restraint, the practice of self-control,
abstention, discretion, and moderation tempering the appetition;
especially sexually, hence the meaning chastity.
Courage (ἀνδρεία, andreia; Latin: fortitudo): also termed fortitude, forbearance, strength,
endurance, and the ability to confront fear, uncertainty, and
or maybe just "5 Good Ideas
to Live by
", this way they could display these 5 good ideas in more
places without infringing on other peoples beliefs. 1:
. (without justification
excuse, which should be
. (take more then you need, or take
something that does not belong to you, or waste things, or obtain money or
under false pretenses)3:
Do Not Commit
(have sex with someone
else's wife, husband or friend without permission or need)
. (Wish for, long for, or crave
for something, especially the
of another person.
) Not to
(but this does not mean to ignore people who hoard, or
who unfairly and illogically have more then others)
About the other 6 Commandments?
the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of
the house of bondage. (let us give credit to people first and the reasons
why they are credited, this way people understand their potential and
their responsibility to life, after that if you would like to give credit
to other possible factors of success, then so be it)
Thou shalt have
no other gods (we don't want to control peoples belief, but the fear is
that if people were to worship anything they want, then people would be
confused and unable to accurately determine what's important or valuable?
But science can answers those questions now, so we can skip this
commandment because it's to confusing.) 8:
Thou shalt not make unto
thee any graven image (not necessary if improve education and all people are educated)
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (not necessary if
we improve education)10:
, to keep it holy
(rest and taking breaks are necessary, so this is not necessary if all
people are educated, to say that time off needs to be holy is illogical
because there are many beneficial things that a human can do, one would be
Honour thy father and thy mother (you honor those who
honor life and who respect human rights, to narrow the scope of who should
be honored would be illogical in it self, it would also diminish the
meaning and value of honor)
I added one more commandment for good
Thou Shall Learn and Gain
knowledge and Skills during ones entire lifetime.Benjamin
Franklin 13 Guidelines1.
Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Silence. Speak not but what may benefit
others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
Order. Let all your things have their
places; let each part of your business have its time.
Resolution. Resolve to perform what you
ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself;
i.e., waste nothing.6.
no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary
Sincerity. Use no hurtful
deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries,
or omitting the benefits that are your duty.9.
Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you
think they deserve.10.
Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
Tranquility. Be not disturbed at
trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
Chastity. Rarely use venery but for
health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your
own or another's peace or reputation.13.
Native American Ten Commandments:
. Treat the Earth and all that dwell therein with respect.
Remain close to the Great
. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well-being of Mind and Body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater Good.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.
Works of Mercy
are practices which Christians perform.
Corporal Works of Mercy
To feed the hungry.
To give water to
To clothe the naked.
To shelter the homeless.
visit the sick.
To visit the imprisoned, or ransom the captive.
bury the dead.Spiritual Works of Mercy
To instruct the ignorant.
To counsel the doubtful.
To bear patiently those who wrong us.
To forgive offenses.
To console the afflicted.
To pray for the living and the dead.
Sick and Prisoners.
Feeding and Clothing People.
Giving All One Can.
Opposition to Slavery.
Biblical Principles - Proverbs
Proverb is a condensed but memorable saying embodying some
important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and
“Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and
he who makes haste with his feet errs.”
To make a mistake or be
incorrect. Wander from a direct course or at random.
1. Ask a lot of questions
2. Don’t fall prey to “wishful thinking” or let your emotions
get the best of you.
3. Remember that there are two sides to every story
4. Is The Pressure Of Time Forcing Me To Make A Premature
5. Make sure you are not the only one who holds to your
6. Do I Have All The Facts
7. Beware of the “once in a life time” deal and the lure of
8. Don’t let the
fear of missing out
drive your decision.
9. When in doubt, leave it out.
10. What Possible Motives
Are Driving My Decision?
11. Acknowledge that you have “blind spots.”
12. Honestly assess your motives, both good and bad.
13. Give others permission to speak
in to your life.
14. How Should Past Experiences Inform My Decision?
15. Look for patterns of behavior – “triggers
16. Understand how your family back ground might affect your
17. Learn from your mistakes
18. What Is The Collective Counsel
Of My Community?
19. Avoid having many separate conversations.
20. Recognize the difference between “selling
” and “sharing
21. Know when to “open the circle.”
22. Have I Honestly Considered The Warning Signs?
23. Don’t think you are the “exception
” to the rule.
24. Remember that God’s way is the best way.
25. Have I Considered The Possible Outcomes For My Course Of
26. Work toward the “center” rather than flirt with the “edge.”
27. Ask yourself, would this pass the “newspaper” test?
28. Keep short accounts
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if
anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
“He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame
“The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes
and examines him.”
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but
everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in an abundance
of counselors there is victory.”
“He who separates himself seeks his own desire. He quarrels
against all sound wisdom.”
“A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing
his own mind.”
“He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who
forsakes reproof goes astray.”
“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the
way of death.”
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the
kisses of an enemy.”
“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down
with her own hands.”
believes everything, but the prudent man considers
“A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naïve proceed
and pay the penalty.”
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is
wise wins souls.”
Lord, make me an instrument of thy
Where there is hatred, let me sow
Where there is injury,
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair,
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy
Prayer of Saint Francis
Missionaries of Charity
- Words to Live By
"I have to believe in things in order to make things up."
"I have seen almost everything that is done under the sun, and
sadly too much of it is just vanity and chasing the wind."
is the state of mind in which a person
something to be the case,
with or without there being empirical evidence
to prove that something is
the case with factual certainty.
a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as
without proof. Dogmatic is
the assertion of unproved principles.
is the belief in supernatural causality
—that one event causes
another without any natural process linking the two events—such as
astrology and certain aspects linked to religion, like omens, witchcraft,
and prophecies, that contradict natural science.
in a person or thing; or the observance of an obligation from
loyalty; or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement; or a belief not
based on proof; or it may refer to a particular system of religious
belief, such as in which faith is confidence based on some degree of
warrant. The term 'faith' has numerous connotations and is used in
different ways, often depending on context.
Faith and Rationality
are two ideologies that exist in
varying degrees of conflict or
is based on reason or facts. Faith is belief in inspiration, revelation,
or authority. The word faith sometimes refers to a belief that is held
with lack of reason or evidence, a belief that is held in spite of or
against reason or evidence, or it can refer to belief based upon a degree
of evidential warrant.
Leap of Faith
is the act of believing in or accepting
something intangible or
, or without empirical
. It is an act commonly associated with religious belief as
many religions consider faith to be an essential element of piety.
is a subgroup within a religion that operates under a
common name, tradition, and identity.
is adherence to correct or accepted norms, more specifically
to creeds, especially in religion. People who
from orthodoxy by professing a doctrine considered to be false
are called heretics, while those who, perhaps without professing heretical
beliefs, break from the perceived main body of believers are called
schismatics. The term employed sometimes depends on the aspect most in
view: if one is addressing corporate unity, the emphasis may be on schism;
if one is addressing doctrinal coherence, the emphasis may be on heresy. A
deviation lighter than heresy is commonly called error, in the sense of
not being grave enough to cause total estrangement, while yet seriously
affecting communion. Sometimes error is also used to cover both full
heresies and minor errors.
are any opinions or doctrines at variance with an
official or orthodox position.
codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions, taught
principles or positions, as the essence of teachings in a given branch of
knowledge or belief system. The Greek analogue is the etymology of
a division between people, usually belonging to an organization, movement,
or religious denomination.
is the adoption of a set of beliefs identified
with one particular religious denomination to the exclusion of others.
Thus "religious conversion" would describe the abandoning of adherence to
one denomination and affiliating with another.
is an act of religious devotion usually directed
towards a deity. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an
informal or formal group, or by a designated leader.
is a type of theology that provides arguments for the existence of God
based on reason
experience of nature. This distinguishes it from revealed theology, which
is based on scripture and/or religious experiences, and also from
transcendental theology, which is based on a priori reasoning.
"to appear", "to seem", "to think" and "to accept", a Greek word meaning
common belief or popular
the belief in the existence of deities.
is a statement of the shared beliefs of a religious
community in the form of a fixed formula summarizing core tenets.
is a scholarly term for a wide range of loosely
related unconventional ideas and movements which have developed within
is a tradition within Christianity comprising the Church of England and
churches which are historically tied to it or hold similar beliefs,
worship practices and church structure.
Sociology of Religion
is the study of the beliefs, practices
and organizational forms of religion using the tools and methods of the
discipline of sociology.
is the critical study of the nature of the divine.
It is taught as an academic discipline, typically in universities,
seminaries and schools of divinity.
can refer to the collected myths of a group of
people—their collection of stories
they tell to explain nature, history, and customs—or to the study of such
meaning "manner", "custom", "usage", "habit"
one who gives oneself one's own law") is a concept
found in moral, political, and bioethical philosophy.
is to criticize
or speak out against
(someone or something); to point out as deserving of reprehension, etc.;
to openly accuse or condemn in a threatening manner; to invoke censure
upon; to stigmatize; to blame
taught that destructive emotions
resulted from errors in judgment
the active relationship between cosmic determinism and
, and the belief that it is
virtuous to maintain a will (called prohairesis) that is in accord with
is a phenomenon in which a
disagreement becomes more extreme as the different parties consider
evidence on the issue. It is one of the effects of
: the tendency of
people to search for and interpret evidence selectively, to reinforce
their current beliefs or attitudes. When people encounter ambiguous
evidence, this bias can potentially result in each of them interpreting it
as in support of their existing attitudes, widening rather than narrowing
the disagreement between them.
is the view that the truth values of certain
claims – especially metaphysical and religious claims, such as whether
God, the divine, or the supernatural exist – are unknown and perhaps
is the belief that some aspects of reality are ontologically independent
of our conceptual schemes, perceptions, linguistic practices, beliefs,
refers to the aspect of a god's nature and power
which is wholly independent of the material universe, beyond all physical
was a group of 20th century thinkers concerned with what they considered
to be the demise of traditional forms of knowledge, both aesthetic and
spiritual, within Western society.
is a basic relationship found
between two levels of existence. Light corresponds to wisdom because
wisdom enlightens the mind as light enlightens the eye. Warmth corresponds
to love because love warms the mind as heat does the body.
hypothesis proposes that a specific gene, called
vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2), predisposes humans towards
spiritual or mystic experiences.
is an act that seeks to activate a rapport with an
object of worship through deliberate communication.
is one of the Five Pillars in the faith of Islam and
an obligatory religious duty for every Muslim. It is a physical, mental,
and spiritual act of worship that is observed five times every day at
prescribed times. In this ritual, the worshiper starts standing, bows,
prostrates, and concludes while sitting on the ground. During each
posture, the worshiper recites or reads certain verses, phrases and
prayers. The word salah is commonly translated to prayer but this
definition might be confusing. Muslims use the words "Dua" or
"Supplication" when referring to the common definition of prayers which is
"reverent petitions made to God."
is an oration, lecture, or talk by a member of a
religious institution or clergy. Sermons address a Biblical, theological,
religious, or moral topic, usually expounding on a type of belief, law or
behavior within both past and present contexts. Elements of the sermon
often include exposition, exhortation and practical application.
is an account describing the life, death, and
resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.Chant
Praying and Meditation
is a collection of sacred texts in Judaism and Christianity.
is the central religious text of Islam.
are the texts which various religious
traditions consider to be sacred, or central to their religious tradition.
The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
is a language that is cultivated for religious
reasons by people who speak another language in their daily life.
are the texts which various religious
traditions consider to be sacred, or central to their religious tradition.
is adherence to correct or accepted creeds,
especially in religion.
is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges
and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding
countryside and for other purposes.
central tenet is non-violence and love towards all
is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern
Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism.
the spiritual principle of
cause and effect
where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of
that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good
karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to
bad karma and future suffering.
is the revealing or disclosing of some form of
truth or knowledge through communication with a deity or other
supernatural entity or entities.
was a widely held belief in the United States that
its settlers were destined to expand across North America.
is the belief in the existence of one god or in
the oneness of God.
is the worship of or belief in multiple deities,
which are usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses, along
with their own religions and rituals.
religion is a universal human quality.
combines the rejection of revelation and authority as a source of
religious knowledge with the conclusion that reason and observation of the
natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single
creator of the universe.
is the religious belief that various objects, places, and creatures with
whom humans engage possess idiosyncratic spiritual qualities
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Deconversion, Belief, and the Power of Silence
The Largest Concentrations of Religions,
though most countries have a mix of many different religions
Why do people believe?
Sometimes believing in something can give a person
hope is sometimes the only thing that a person has. The only danger with
is that it may cause you not to seek out
, thus you
will be vulnerable to failure, which is the same problem with
. There's a big difference
between believing that things will be all right and actually
taking the necessary steps to improve your chances to make
things better. Sometimes a belief can relieve you from having to
worry about something, maybe something you can't understand, but
why would you stop
"Everyone should be allowed to believe in anything that makes them happy, as long as
that person is aware that what they have is only one belief and
that there are many other things that are involved in creating
Freedom of Thought
is essential. But we have to be extra
careful not to turn our own
into actions that do not
truly benefit everyone, fairly
, accurately or justly. I
truly want to know what you think, and I also look forward to
sharing my thoughts. To have freedoms is to be truly blessed.
But the gift of freedom
can not be used to deny other people
their freedoms, if it is, then that's not freedom, that's
. Ideas are to be
. We have a
that is filled with failures,
that we can learn
from. Lets us not insult our ancestries
by making the same
mistakes, let's honor their lives by showing them that we have
learned from their experiences and that we are ready to put
those benefits into positive actions. You can believe in God, or
you can deny God, but you cannot deny what we have learned
what we have come to understand.
You have the human right to believe
, but not the right to force a
belief on someone else, especially when they too have the right
to believe. Your belief can not cancel out someone else's
belief. But one belief may be more relevant then another.
Relevance being measured by the importance and the known
benefits that are the result of that particular belief. And this
is how beliefs have been changing since the beginning of human
history. All through history we have seen our beliefs change. It
doesn't mean that the belief is gone completely, because it is
part of our past and our culture, a memory that reminds us that
beliefs have changed, and will continue to change, because we
learn. Our ability to learn has given us many improvements. We
learn to be fair, we learn to understand, we learn to be
compassionate. we learn, and we will continue to learn till the
end of time, that's if there is even an end at all, there may
never be an end, just change.
We can see a belief as being like a mountain, but we know that a
belief flows like water, it never stays exactly the same. The
mountain will slowly dissolve into the sea, the sea of change.
Instead of trying to stop a belief, you should see where the
belief takes you by questioning and inquiring. Life is a
journey, and on this journey we learn many things. It's when the
journey of learning is restricted, that's when the problems and
You can't say no to something that gives you the ability to say
no. If something gives you abilities, it's not to have the
ability to restrict others from having abilities. You are not
given life to kill life, you are given life to preserve life,
that is how life survives, in its preservation, and not in its
own destruction. We must give people choices, but we must
educate people on the choices they have so they will make good
choices. All life survives this way. You have to know what good
choices are in order to make them.
When we stop asking questions, we stop seeing the possibilities. Life
is about discovery, it's not about possessions, whether those
possessions are in the form of beliefs or material objects.
There will come a day when
we all agree
You can say there is no God, but you can't say that there is no Belief in God. Believing in
God does not prove that God exists, but not believing in God
does not prove that God does not exist. To believe or not to
believe is not the question. The question is, what matters? What
does your belief explain? What are the benefits of your beliefs?
What are the side effects of your beliefs? Let us not single out
just one detail of a belief, let us consider all beliefs as a
whole, as you would a person.
is the act by which the Catholic
Church and Anglican Communion declares that a person who has died was a
is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional
degree of holiness or likeness to God
is something worthy of spiritual respect or devotion;
or inspiring awe or reverence among believers.
is the state of things that come from a supernatural power or deity, such
as a god, supreme being, creator deity, or spirits, and are therefore
regarded as sacred and Holy
, which is
belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power, A sacred
place of pilgrimage, which is a journey to a sacred place.
"If you find evidence that one or more of your beliefs is a
, then it doesn't necessarily say that your belief isn't true, all it is
saying is that you can no longer say that those particular
beliefs are considered to be true, not unless you prove that the
contradiction is false, if so, then you can continue with your
belief, or you can find a new belief with less contradictions."
"Believing more in something doesn't make that something anymore real, you just
make it more exaggerated."
is making something
to seem more important than it really is. To
about certain details about
something in order to persuade
people to like what you are saying, like in
. To enlarge beyond
bounds or the truth. The act of making something more noticeable than
usual. Represented as greater than is true or reasonable.
Just because information contradicts
beliefs, this does not mean that your beliefs are totally wrong, it just means
that the way you understood your beliefs to be true needs to be
explained better so that there are no Contradictions.
religions are a collection of stories about love, struggle and
hope that expresses views about the human experience.
Religious writings talk about a relationship with a Lord or a
significant figure. Religious writings also talk about our
relationship with the belief of a creator or God that resides
beyond our comprehension. But Religions
do not provide me with all the necessary knowledge that I need.
So I spend more time outside the religious realm, but never too
far away where I stop listening because some
can be very useful to the right person at
the right time. But this knowledge needs to be
correctly explained so that the
, correlations and
similarities are not confused with things that are just a
It's a good idea not to live your whole life or plan
your entire life solely based on your religion. There is so much more
knowledge today then any other time in human history. And knowledge is
extremely valuable when trying to understand yourself and the world around
you. And Life has also changed tremendously since religions were written.
The moral rules
that now govern society
need to be considered. A person can no longer use religion as the only
excuse for a particular behavior or action. Religion should be more of a
guide, and not used as a reason. Reasons are more accurate when based on
and experience, and not
exclusively based on beliefs.
is to more open and understanding of more than one
religion, philosophy or world-view. And perhaps to believe that no one is
superior to the others. Interfaith
is involved with improving communication between different religions.
is the combining of different beliefs, while blending practices of various
schools of thought
. Syncretism involves the merger and analogizing of
several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and
mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying
and allowing for
an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism also occurs commonly in
expressions of arts and culture, (known as eclecticism) as well as
politics (syncretic politics).
I 'm not a Heathen, or a Pagan, or an Atheist, I'm just
a Man of God in Waiting.
is a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one
who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do.
is someone who does not follow one of the Abrahamic religions
(Christianity, Islam, and Judaism); the most common meaning.
is the absence of belief in the existence of deities.
is a religious,
, and esoteric
tradition based primarily upon writings attributed to
Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.
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Sacred Knowledge of
vibration and the power of human emotions
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All religious beliefs and stories
have changed throughout human
history because of how they were translated from different
languages and also how they were changed by people
religious writings to fit their own personal beliefs at the time
they rewrote them. Religious
beliefs and stories also changed because they were passed from
person to person
and were not written down by the same
people who witnessed these events, so their accuracy and their
meanings have always been unclear.
Like all knowledge, religions went through many changes and
updates, but at a much slower pace when compared to other
knowledge and information that has been accumulated during that
(2004, Robert Beckford)
Is the Bible, or any popular religious book,
or a little of both?
Truth is Stranger than Fiction
People prescribe to a
certain way of life, not a way of life that they created, but a
way of life that was created by
100's of years before they were born. But as
people grow older they realize that the world is filled with all
kinds of people who have all kinds of beliefs that are different
than theirs. And these differences all depend on where a person
was born and how they were
raised. So most beliefs are related to
, and not so much related to
. And one of the
universal truths that all humans share is that we are all human
and that we are all living on the same planet. This is our
. People should not separate themselves because
or their beliefs, but should use these different
points of view to examine what we have learned from life, so
that we can continually improve life for future generations.
"Never doubt the value of
information and knowledge based solely on the source, whether
you hear something from a religious leader, or read something
from a religious book, always remember that any information
could lead you to an answer, whether it could happen indirectly
"You may choose what you
want, but don't be all that you choose..Spending too much time
believing, instead of learning and doing, will leave you
vulnerable. A life unbalanced is a life that is fragile, unaware
One great thing about churches and religion
is that they bring people together, which is a great opportunity
to communicate and share ideas
is not just about believing in God, Religion is
a quest for understanding. Though
, I would still rather believe in something as long
as I don't assume that I know exactly what that something is,
even though I have a right to a
. It's not so much what you believe, it's how your
belief effects your
. There is really no clear definition of what
'believing in God' really means.
But I have a feeling that
will eventually find
are the only ones who are looking in more then
one place, even though they are not directly looking for God.
And I have another feeling too that when we do eventually find
proof of God, God will be something that we never
, which will not be all that surprising, after all,
it's God. Don't look at science as a threat to Religion, look at
science as a friend who took a different path. And all these
different paths that we are taking will eventually help us all
to become more aware of our
Science and Faith
As Above, So Below
Everything is Connected
"You can still experience many things in your life without having to dedicate
your entire life to just one experience. Sampling things and
exploring the world has its benefits, and its dangers, but so
does dedicating your entire life to just one thing. But whatever
lifestyle you choose, it should not include limiting yourself to
knowledge and information. And experiencing more does not
necessarily mean that you are learning more, because first you
would have to define what is the most important and the most
valuable knowledge and information that the world has to offer.
So till then, whatever you chose to do with your life is your
choice. But please don't deny yourself to be the best that you
can be, because that would be illogical and a waste of your
Why so many people believe in God
human life is just too freaking incredible
and just too
amazing to have happened all by itself. But that's not a reason
to believe in God, that's just clearly recognizing the fact that
human life is, without a doubt, a remarkable journey. Of course
everyone wants someone to be there at the end when they die,
someone to greet them.
And most people would agree that they would want to see God.
After all, God represents the only person who's qualified to
explain just exactly what your life was all about. It's matter
of trust, in God we Trust. Having an expert witness is
Religion and science are one in
the same. They are both on the same path, looking for answers in
their own way, using different
methods for learning
Religion has been looking for answers for 100's of years, that
is why there are so many religions and why religions have gone
through so many changes. And science has also gone through many
changes. The only difference between
religion and science is time. And the time of stubbornness and
narrow-mindedness is coming to an end. It's time for religion and
science to admit they're friends, both in search for truth, both
looking for answers.
January 19, 1936
My dear Dr. Einstein, We have brought up the question: Do
scientists pray? in our Sunday school class. It began by asking
whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are
writing to scientists and other important men to try and have
our own question answered. We will feel greatly honored if you
will answer our question: Do scientists pray, and what do they
pray for? We are in the sixth grade, Miss Ellis's class.
Respectfully yours, Phyllis.
January 24, 1936
Dear Phyllis, I will attempt to reply to your question as simply
as I can. Here is my answer: Scientists believe that every
occurrence, including the affairs of human beings, is due to the
laws of nature. Therefore a scientist cannot be inclined to
believe that the course of events can be influenced by prayer,
that is, by a supernaturally manifested wish. However, we must
concede that our actual knowledge of these forces is imperfect,
so that in the end the belief in the existence of a final,
ultimate spirit rests on a kind of faith. Such belief remains
widespread even with the current achievements in science. But
also, everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of
science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the
laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of
man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious
feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from
the religiosity of someone more naive. With cordial greetings,
your A. Einstein.
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is
Spirituality, Religion May Protect Against Major Depression by
Thickening Brain Cortex
We can't allow ourselves to be
by our own beliefs anymore. We just
don't have the time or the resources.
We have a lot of information and knowledge that is a great
benefit to all of us.
So let us begin to use our information and knowledge to the best
of our abilities.
We have opportunities that we cannot afford to waste.
"We can no longer afford to devote ourselves to live under
one word or one ideal. We must understand that information is
only useful to us when it is used correctly as a whole. A
separate piece of information that excludes other information
cannot exist on its own, it needs other information in order for
it to live and to be realized. For example, a
cannot stand on it's own, a word needs
its purpose and potential is to
deny life itself...
Meditation or Praying
What are the differences and similarities between meditation and
They both make you concentrated and focused on what is important
They both wipe out unwanted thoughts.
They both calm you down by increasing your control over your
They both give you little extra confidence and fulfillment by
giving you the feeling of achievement (on overcoming a daily
They both need high attention to be done correctly.
They both can be done in group.
Salat can be considered as
meditation is not salah. In mediation you give your attention to
your breath, any
you want, your instructor or your object of
meditation, but in
you have to give your attention
to the verses and to Islam's god.The goal of meditation can be
varied, from reaching tranquility of mind to solving a problem
to satisfying a god(in traditional methods), salah is to satisfy
Allah only. If you skip your meditation you will not feel
guilty, but if you skip salah
you will feel guilty and you have to do the skipped salah. You
don't have to be religious to meditate, but you have to be a
Muslim to do salah. Meditation times can be defined by
yourself while salah times are predefined. Meditation can be as
short as 5 min up to one hour or more, salah be very fast if you
can say verses fast (with less attention) and it can take longer
if you choose long verses (normally not more than 15 minutes in
any case). You can listen to music in meditation but that is not
a good idea for doing salah. You can practice meditation under a
female instructor (couch, teacher or guru) but you cannot have a
female leader for group salah. Meditation doesn't motivate you
toward a specific goal while salah gives you motivation to
follow Islam and obey Allah. You can talk or move during
meditation, but movements and chants are restricted in salah.
is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of
worship through deliberate communication
May take place in public or in private. Involves the use of words, song or
language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal
, or a
spontaneous utterance in the praying person.
To Define is to Limit
Does defining something confine that something to just that
is formulated as the problem of limiting the beliefs
that have to be updated in response to actions. In the logical
context, actions are typically specified by what they change, with the
implicit assumption that everything else (the frame) remains unchanged.
Why do certain religious teachings look similar to an
Is religion a closed
or an open concept?
is a lineage of communities and
organizations of people who live in some way set apart from society in
accordance with their specific religious devotion, usually characterized
by the principles of its founder's religious practice. The order is
composed of initiates (laity) and, in some traditions, ordained clergy.
Religious orders exist in many of the world's religions.
are ordained ministries such as bishop, priest
is a fraternity organised as an order.
Traits sometimes allude to aspects of the original religious or chivalric
orders of the Middle Ages. Contemporary fraternal orders typically have
secular purposes, including social, cultural and mutually beneficial or
Just because a law
is written does not mean that the law is
understood the same way by everyone, or does it prove that the
law is even valid
You cannot limit something to a particular
cannot be uniformly translated or understood the same way
by everyone. Just because you have given something a label does
not mean you don't have to explain your label, an explanation
will always help assure that your label is fully understood by
everyone. If you don't teach
you will fail
the most important
element of learning, which is questioning. Without
you make people vulnerable to
. Don't define a
word so much that you confine or limit its
is having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning.
"Nothing is definitive, we
define things out of necessity, this is not to say that
something is definitive, we just defined something enough so
that we can continue to move forward and progress."
The awareness of our
perceptions seems to be different when looking at the same
thing. We need to define the things we see and find a middle ground on
which to agree. For a middle ground is all we have, for we have known for some
time that there is only one planet on which we all live.
no longer afford to believe that we are some how separated from
the rest of the world, we know that we are not.
We have to share
this world as well as share our beliefs.
Is it All or Nothing or Something for Everyone?
Negotiate, work together
Why do some Religious Practices and
The last thing you want to do is use your own beliefs to attack
someone else's beliefs.
So what's your
Phenomenology of Religion
concerns the experiential aspect of
religion, describing religious phenomena in terms consistent with the
orientation of worshippers. It views religion as made up of different
components, and studies these components across religious traditions in
order to gain some understanding of them.
People should try
to avoid deferring their questions to a higher power. If the
question seems to big to answer then try breaking down your
question into smaller questions that you can answer yourself.
I see too many
people blaming religion for a lot of the suffering and pointless
killing throughout our history. It's not the fault of religions,
it was the lack of information and knowledge. We know what the
lack of information and knowledge does to society. Most
criminals and people in prison are the result of a poor
education. But what we also learned, was that a great education
is not a guarantee that a person will do good in life. Perfect
examples of that are politicians and corporate leaders.
So that is why we must improve education, whether it would be of
religious nature or not.
There seems to
be this profound difference between
. Knowing increases
awareness, Believing decreases awareness.
Do you believe
Remember Versus Know Judgments
Justified True Belief
is a group of people who are almost entirely controlled by or dominated by
a single individual or leader.
How to Spot a Cult
is used as an alternative phrase to the
is an attempt to influence a person by lavish
demonstrations of attention and affection.
is the practice of forcing another party to act in
an involuntary manner by use of intimidation or threats or some other form
of pressure or force. Persuasion
is the act of attempting to convert people to another religion or opinion.
is the adoption of a set of beliefs identified
with one particular religious denomination to the exclusion of others.
is the process of
attitudes, cognitive strategies or a professional methodology (see
doctrine) by coercion.
is a type of social influence that aims to
change the behavior or perception of others through abusive, deceptive, or
underhanded tactics. False Flag
is a club or an organization whose
activities, events, and inner functioning are concealed from non-members.
The society may or may not attempt to conceal its existence.
is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the
systematic use of information.
is a process by which an individual or group
comes to adopt increasingly extreme political
, social, or religious ideals
and aspirations that reject or undermine the status quo or undermine
contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.
of those who favor
revolutionary change in government and society.
is a nationalist political movement
of Jews and Jewish culture that
supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory
defined as the historic Land of Israel (roughly corresponding to
Palestine, Canaan or the Holy Land).
is any political theory favoring immoderate
indicates unwavering attachment to a set of
or Jihad is a holy war waged by Muslims against
infidels. A holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual
or political goal.
JIHAD. The Bafta-nominated
film by Deeyah Khan. ©Fuuse Films
is the systematic mistreatment of an
individual or group of individuals as a response to their religious
beliefs or affiliations or lack thereof.
is a belief or behavior involving uncritical zeal
or with an obsessive enthusiasm.
is what is considered the most likely to happen.
connotes an organisation of men, a fraternity, as
a type of organization.
- Mind Control
Accessory to a Crime
Divided we Stand
The 1975 film called
shows the dangers of blindly
is a strategy whereby one covers up,
consciously or unconsciously, weaknesses, frustrations, desires, or
feelings of inadequacy or incompetence in one life area through the
gratification or (drive towards) excellence in another area. Compensation
can cover up either real or imagined deficiencies and personal or physical
inferiority. Positive compensations may help one to overcome one's
difficulties. On the other hand, negative compensations do not, which
results in a reinforced feeling of inferiority. There are two kinds of
negative compensation: Overcompensation, characterized by a superiority
goal, leads to striving for power, dominance, self-esteem, and
self-devaluation. Undercompensation, which includes a demand for help,
leads to a lack of courage and a fear for life.
opposes any new religious movement (NRM) that they
characterize as a cult.
Cult Awareness Network
was an organization created by
Ted Patrick that
provided information on groups that it considered to be cults, as well as
support and referrals to deprogrammers. It was founded in the wake of the
November 18, 1978 deaths of members of the group Peoples Temple and
assassination of Congressman Leo J. Ryan in Jonestown, Guyana, and was
shut down in 1996. Its name and assets were later bought by a group of
private donors (some of whom were Scientologists) in a bankruptcy
proceedings; with the transfer of ownership, the organization was renamed
the New Cult Awareness Network. CAN and its representatives were known for
being highly critical of Scientology, Landmark Education, and some other
groups and new religious movements, referring to some of these groups as
, is an
emotion involving pleasure, excitement, and sometimes anxiety in
considering some expected or longed-for good event.
is intense enjoyment, interest, or approval.
means one who is zealous on behalf of God.Addictions
Provoke someone to do something through often
false or exaggerated promises or
personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or
certainty. Allure, allurement, appeal, attractiveness, bait,
captivation, charm, come-on, courting, draw, drawing power,
enchantment, endearment, enthrallment, enticement, fascination,
gravitation, inclination, inducement, interest, invitation,
pull, seduction, solicitation, temptation, tendency.
Antonyms: repulsion, revulsion. Influence
is any belief or theory that is strongly at variance
with established beliefs or customs. (Discrepancy)
is the act of insulting or showing contempt or
lack of reverence to a deity, to religious or holy persons or sacred
things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable.
is an intermediate state after physical death in which some of those
ultimately destined for heaven must first "undergo purification, so as to
achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven". Only those who
die in the state of grace but have not yet fulfilled the temporal
punishment due to their sin can be in Purgatory, and therefore no one in
Purgatory will remain forever in that state nor go to hell. This notion
has old roots.
is the ability of a being or creature to completely
transform its physical form or shape. This is usually achieved through an
inherent ability of a mythological creature, divine intervention, or the
use of magic.
is an act of
as a sacrifice.
is a statement that is taken to be true, to serve as a
premise or starting point for further reasoning and arguments.
is not a good
, what other methods can help make someone
aware of danger
A religious person becomes a terrorist when they use their
belief as an excuse to commit a crime, or
when they use
their belief to deny the rights and
the freedoms of other people. An
Contradiction of the
Political and Corporate Terrorists
Praying 24 hours
a day, seven days a week
will not solve our problems. It's
better to die standing up against injustices then to die on your
knees. Not to say that praying doesn't make a difference, but if
that's all you do, then it will not. I pray that my life will
make a difference in peoples lives, I pray that my actions will
save lives and reduce suffering.
I don't understand
, It feels like I'm outsourcing reality,
ownership of my life, or like I'm creating a
Diffusion of Responsibility
. I believe that the power of God
would be better served if we focused more on our abilities and
our potential. After all, God gave us abilities and potential,
like the ability to use language to transfer knowledge and
ourselves and to others. This transference of knowledge is
extremely important to everyone on the planet. If we are not
careful with the knowledge we convey, we may do
We need to take
responsibility for our actions, we need to learn to solve our
problems, we can't keep
, because eventually, we all know that the
always collapse, and the last one
holding the bill this time, will mark the moment of our
extinction. I would never say that ideologies
, but I would say that the
combination of our ideologies
has given us incredible
potential, enough potential to stop the killing, and to end all
suffering. Our ability to communicate is our greatest strength,
but we need to use our language wisely. We cannot depend on
always being understood the way we would like to be, we have to
learn how to use language carefully, effectively and
efficiently. We should come up with a
use, so that we can have a guide to help us
These are the things that we have to do to
existence, and to guarantee that our children will have a chance
to enjoy this incredible planet as we did. I'm not saying the
world is full of joy, but it can be. But at the moment I can't
enjoy knowing that others are dying and suffering because of the
cost of other people's enjoyment, we can't allow ourselves to
contribute to this diffusion of
, we owe it to the
billions that have lived and we owe it to the trillions of
people that will live in our future.
Of course we are talking more the trillions of people....Lets
say that we have 4 billion years left on our planet, and lets
say we stay at our current population size of 7 billion, and
lets say that everyone lives for a hundred years, So now we can
say that every 100 years we will have 7 billion new people on
the planet. 7 billion new lives every 100 years, 4 billion
divided by 100 is 40 million,
So 7 billion times 40 million is a number so big it cannot be
visualized, so lets just say Quadrillions of humans who will
experience life on this planet after you are dead and gone, that
is a lot of people counting on you. and that is a lot of people
responsible for. But it is also good knowing that trillions more
people will experience life on this planet, and look back on our
time in history as being the defining moment, we cannot deny
this fact that we are in this moment now, it's time that we open
our hearts and our minds, we have a lot of work to do, and a lot
of lives to save, so here we go...let us start talking, let us
start doing, let us start living as intelligent humans. Let us
not break the chain of life, let us make the chain of life
stronger, so that humans can live forever, in peace, and in
There is no
, the Devil is just a
When someone says that the devil will trick you, what they mean
is that ignorance will trick you. So the only thing you should
is ignorance. To
overcome ignorance you need to learn
Problem of Evil
refers to the question of how to reconcile
the existence of evil
an omnibenevolent, omniscient and omnipotent God
Thinking that God will punish evil and
corrupt people is foolish
, this will not solve our problems. We
have to solve these problems ourselves. We can no longer
away that easy.
Our beliefs and our hopes are comforting, but we all know that we can not
just wish away our problems, we tried that already, it failed. So it's
time we except our responsibilities. It's time to learn, it's time to
live, it's time to love, it's time to progress.
There is nothing wrong with
, the only thing wrong
is peoples ignorance, and if someone wants to blame their
ignorance on religion, or use their religion as an excuse for
ignorance, then they only prove one thing, and that is that they
. Thinking for yourself can only happen when when
learn how to think without confining and controlling
Belonging to a group does not mean that
you are connected, or excepted, or protected
Even if you belong to a group and your are connected to a group,
but if the group you're connected to is not connected to the
rest of the world, and is isolated by prejudice or beliefs that
cause you to be bias against useful and important information,
then your group will eventually go extinct, as history has
proven. We want to encourage groups and socializing, but if a
group isolates itself and tries to disconnect itself from the
rest of the world, then that is the same as a self-induced
Can something be Sacrosanct
Is allowing people to have special
just another form of
Should any Religion have the right to Abuse
Human Rights or Civil Rights
No. Cannot Justify.
also be related to the publics interpretation
of the world or
Practice What You Preach, why is this so difficult?
Evolutionary Psychology of Religion
is the study of
religious belief using evolutionary
Do as I say not as I do, where's the good example?
is to do without
something in order to survive or to reach a goal. Changing priorities and
temporally suspending certain activities so that you can work on the
things that are now more important. Problem
Why does religion sometimes look like a
Instead of giving me a puzzle made of words why don't you just
tell me what you're saying?
If you are truly trying to teach
, you certainly can't ignore the fact
that there is a lot more information and knowledge in our world
today then ever before. And this information and knowledge can
definitely help explain
that is behind having Moral Responsibility
or a having a
. So it makes
sense to update your knowledge-base, especially when other
people depend on you and rely on you to help them, and also guide them
through this world.
What's the difference between having an
and believing in
What's the difference between
and believing that there is a
Why I Hate
Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word Poem
There's nothing worse then a
Perverted Interpretation of Information.
Tree of the Knowledge
If you were God, what would you do?
if you could never become the thing that you love the most,
then what will you become?
If you were God, what would you do?
"If God created the Universe then Who
And just where was God living before the Universe
was even created?"
Church and State
The Lord is
Not on Trial Here Today
(video by Jay Rosenstein)
There is no
Separation of Church and State
. The state is just another
form of religion where people live their lives in fear and
worship a God they call
When you have religious people
teaching, administrating and governing the public sector there is
no real separation of church and state, especially when
so much alike
. This is
probably why there are religious symbols found in a lot
of government buildings. Separation is almost impossible. So in
a way the
. And the State believes in controlling it's followers
just like most religions do. The State Worships Money and they
expect their followers to do the same. So where is this
Shouldn't we just be separating the good ideas from the bad
ideas? That's what democracy is for.
is a concept of secularism, whereby a state is
or purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting
neither religion nor irreligion. A secular state also claims to treat all
its citizens equally regardless of religion, and claims to avoid
preferential treatment for a citizen from a particular religion/nonreligion
over other religions/nonreligion. Secular states do not have a state
religion (established religion) or equivalent, although the absence of a
state religion does not necessarily mean that a state is fully secular;
however, a true secular state should steadfastly maintain national
governance without influence from religious factions; i.e. Separation of
church and state.Secularity
is the state of being separate from religion, or of not being exclusively
allied with or against any particular religion.
is the principle of the separation of government
institutions and persons mandated to represent the state from religious
institutions and religious dignitaries. One manifestation of secularism is
asserting the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, or, in a
state declared to be neutral on matters of belief, from the imposition by
government of religion or religious practices upon its people. Another
manifestation of secularism is the view that public activities and
decisions, especially political ones, should be uninfluenced by religious
beliefs and/or practices.
embraces human reason, ethics, social justice, and
philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma,
supernaturalism, pseudoscience, and superstition as the bases of morality
and decision making.
is to foster a secular society based on science, reason,
freedom of inquiry, and humanist values
Roger Williams (theologian)
was a Puritan, an English Reformed theologian, and later a Reformed
Baptist who was an early proponent of religious freedom and separation of
church and state, and a supporter of members of the Free Will Baptist
The Age of Reason
was written by
who wrote about the
corruption of the Christian Church and criticized its efforts to acquire
political power. Paine advocates
in the place of
, leading him to reject miracles and to view the Bible as
"an ordinary piece of literature rather than as a divinely inspired text".
It promotes natural religion and argues for the existence of a
You can't totally separate two things that are not totally
or definitive in themselves. You can only define the parts, and
when you define the parts, you are not defining the whole, only
the parts. And those particular parts can be compared to other
parts from other ideas. And then you can define which qualities
are better, or more logical, depending on it's use or
application. Generalized ideas may seem to have differences,
like science and religion, but there are always some
between them and they will always intersect in
one way or another.
I see no difference between a
private faith school and a public school
. Both are guilty of
leaving out knowledge based on personal beliefs. Studying a
religion is not bad. What is bad is not giving a child a
complete education. When people exploit religious beliefs
to fit their own style of personal beliefs, they only confirm
that their version of knowledge and information is unreliable
You can't enlighten people with
and at the same time
call it the Words of God.
Pretending to be separate from Other People based solely on your
personal belief is a cruel and deceitful lie. We are all "Other
People". No religion or
can claim ownership of Suffering,
, Murder or
, for these diseases have plagued all mankind from the
, I'm just not 100% affiliated with
just one religion.
I love all religious people, but not for their
religion, but for their commitment, their discipline, and their
hope. I'm more interested in who they are as a person, and not
just the nuances of their daily rituals. The ritual is one
thing, the person is the other. I have lived long enough to know
that the person is the most important, and not my perception of
who I believe they are based on their beliefs. I just hope they
do the same for me. I don't want to be defined with a word, but
defined with several kind words.
I respect the beliefs of others
but I do not agree with every
belief that a person has or do I agree with every belief that a
religion has. If a belief stops you from realizing
to problems and keeps you from having a
clear understanding of knowledge and information, to the point
where you cannot make logical decisions and choices, then that
is a belief that I do not agree with.
Knowledge and information gives you a greater awareness of
yourself and the world, I have personally experienced this
awareness in myself and have also witnessed this awareness in
others. I cannot ignore
Cause and Effect
or can I ignore all
the knowledge and information that our species has learned and
acquired in the last two thousand years.
I would not ask anyone to give up their beliefs. All I would ask
is that we talk and listen to each other and share our knowledge
and wisdom. We can learn a lot from each other.
We may feel like we live on separate worlds, but we know that we
I'm more interested in knowing whether a
person knows the same things that I do. We don't have to believe
in the same things or think the same way. We just have to know
some of the same things. We have our personal beliefs, but we
also have our knowledge and our life experiences. We can still
benefit each other even though we don't believe in the same
things, or believe in the same way. Because we will always have
some commonality in our knowledge and in our experiences, enough
to communicate effectively and efficiently.
Having friends is like having
to moments in your life. This is probably why so
many people believe in a God. God is like having the ultimate
witness to your life, someone who so it all. This is probably
why so many people are nice to God. You don't want to make your
best friend angry because God might reveal some of your life's
moments, wouldn't that be funny? Sure beats
I believe in God, but I do not worship my
belief. Beliefs are not made to be worshiped. Beliefs were
created to give us hope in the absence of knowledge. And now
that there is an abundance of knowledge, I have replaced many of
my beliefs with knowledge. This process has certainly helped me
understand things a lot better. I will always believe in God,
but I can not be so presumptuous in guessing what that means.
Trying to express your own version of a fantasy does not convey
enough useful information, unless you are just trying to
entertain people like you would with a fairytale.
So then your not so much a religion, but more of an
entertainment facility. Where people pay a fee to play a part in
a group fantasy. Preaching is not the same as teaching. We as
Humans are really fortunate to have had so many people searching
for truth in so many different directions. We have learned so
much about ourselves and have learned so much about our world.
Ignoring this information is not logical. We are all one big
family living in a delicate system called earth.
Do not let your beliefs blind you from the known world. Instead
let your beliefs live on in history.
Preserving the past does not mean you have to live in the past.
My Favorite Religious Songs
the Sky: Norman Greenbaum
Mamas and the Papas: Dedicated to the one I love
Funk Railroad: I can feel him in the Morning
There's a lot of
that has come from religion.
Christian Music Artists
Atheists in Music
Medieval Religious Music
Religion and Music
I'm not so concerned about whether a person
believes in God or does not believe in God. To me that is just
one belief. I am way more concerned about all the other beliefs
that a person may have or not have. For me, the more I know
about someone the easier it is to understand them. Just knowing
someone's religion tells me very little about them.
"Although the unconscious slavery of
modern man to the industrial age is a serious matter, the
emancipation of mankind from physical and economic slavery is a
comparatively easy affair. The real slavery, because it is the
most cruel and destructive of all, is the intellectual bigotry
which claims to possess an exclusive monopoly on all truth. It
is people obsessed by such a belief who, when they happen to be
in a position of material power, hasten the downfall of a
laboriously built civilization or the disintegration
of a living religion. Man can be redeemed from all types of
bondage — physical, mental, spiritual, social, political, moral
— sooner or later. But the redemption of man from the
self-imposed shackles of intellectual self-sufficiency,
uncritically accepted ideals and a dry religious heritage is a
task which is well-nigh superhuman. Here is the real task of the
aspirant: to pierce through his own layers of self-imposed
self-sufficiency and insensitivity so that he may expose a layer
of vital awareness to the world about him, which would teach him
if it could."
"Why is there suffering? What gives my
life meaning? Is forgiveness possible? These types of questions
cannot be correctly answered by the church, they are better
answered by scholarly research and intelligent collaboration."
Bias, prejudice, discriminate, selective, everyone is a contradiction
to themselves. We don't use logic as much as we should. It seems
we have a separate set of rules and values for our beliefs, as
if they some how defy logic. This is an error that everyone
makes, so this is not unusual. I see people apply
to several areas of their life, but I also
see them not using the same process of logical thinking in other
areas of their life. We are selecting when to use logic, and we
don't fully understand how to use logic effectively. We want
people to hang on to their beliefs, but we also want people to
understand their beliefs, so they're more aware and more
knowledgeable about themselves and the world around them. I can
prey to God and be intelligent at the same time.
A Thin Place
Where heaven meets earth. A thin place is a place of energy. A
place where the veil between this world and the eternal
world is thin. A thin place is where one can walk in two worlds.
Thin places aren't perceived with the five senses. Experiencing
them goes beyond those limits.
Following the Leader could
The thinning of the Flocks
Can churches and religious schools survive as more and more
people become religiously unaffiliated? Yes, but they need to
modernize and update so they can become more aligned with a
world that is becoming more and more educated, more advanced,
more informed and more aware. We know that churches are more
then just a religion. Churches and schools have many different
functions and provide many services within a community. And with
their doors open to the public, churches are also a place of
refuge for many people in need of hope and prayer. So as
churches and schools make the transition, they will need to find
ways to preserve their traditions, their heritage and their
culture, and at the same time, learn to communicate more, and
work together more on solving the problems that are plaguing
modern day society. They need to have more outreach and stop
making outrageous claims and false advertising, because we don't
want religion to become corporatized, because we all know that
the corporate world is going to be fazed out soon, as we welcome
a new era in world democracy and sustainability.
are eople who do not identify with a
Americas Changing Religious Landscape
“Do not pray for an easy
life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”
God is Freaking Brilliant!
You don’t need religion to believe in God..do you?
No matter how much you can decipher this world and no matter how
much you can explain and understand about this world, you still
can’t help but feel just how freaking incredible life is at
times. How could you not feel that you are a part of something that is
greater then yourself, especially in those moments of grandeur
and inspiration? I can’t say that you will meet God when you die
because how do you know if death is the final stage. I mean it
would be nice to know that God will greet you when you die, but
we are talking about God, and how could you be so presumptuous
when talking about God? If I do see God when I die I would like
to shake God’s hand and say “Wow! You really know how to mess
with someone’s head” “That was just one freaking incredible
experience that I will never forget” “How did you ever come up
with this?” “You’re freaking brilliant God, just freaking
"God is Great" “Now what’s next God, or should I
even dare to ask?” What If ?
Too Many Open Ended Questions
? A closed-ended question
contrasts with an open-ended question, which cannot be answered with a
simple "yes" or "no", or with a specific piece of information, and which
gives the person answering the question scope to give the information that
seems to them to be appropriate. Open-ended questions are sometimes
phrased as a statement which requires a response.
Moody Blues - Question
of Christ or savior may not be in the form of
a human, it just may be in the form of a mass awareness or mass
spiritual awakening. Because we all know that we do not need
another leader, or someone to deliver us from evil. What we need
is knowledge. The knowledge that our Lord and God has been
trying to bestow on us from the beginning. So the second coming
may not be something that you will see with your eyes, but
something that you will feel with your heart.
To say that there must be a
God just because life is incredibly amazing, is illogical. Just
because you believe that there must be a creator, to call the
creator a God is illogical. To call anyone or anything a God is
illogical, mostly because you cannot accurately define what God
because descriptions are not explanations. So what would you call something that you don't understand?
I would use the 3 most powerful words in the universe, which are
"I don't know." Because you have to admit that you don't know
things in order to start the process of knowing. Pretending that
you know something means that you will never know. Because if
you stop asking questions because you believe that you know the
answer, that means that you will never know the answer, and most
likely, you will never know God.
"I see a day that all
churches will be more then a place of prayer, refuge, hope and
deities, but a place that will also become a symbol of knowledge
"One of the greatest experiences is
learning from other people, I'm nothing without you, or me or
everyone. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is us.
The Mother, the Daughter and the Holy Spirit, is us. Without each other, there's nothing, no one exists without the
"life is not about
suppression, life is about expression. This is how we have
survived and learned from the beginning of time. And as a
result, everyone alive today is an expression."
is precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving
nothing to implication. Articulate; either verbally or with a
cry, shout, or noise. Indicate through a symbol, formula, etc..
Manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
We know that information and knowledge is
extremely important to everyone's wellbeing, so you could very well
say that in a way,
" God is Information, Information is God "
. How else could have
known that God even existed if no one communicated this
information to you?
How else could have known that God existed
if no one wrote this information in a book?
The wealth gained from knowledge is tremendous
. The potential
for good is immense. " God is Knowledge, Knowledge is God
Keep learning, if not for your own sake, Keep
learning for God's sake. Learning is
something of great importance, so you can almost go as far as
saying that, " God is Learning, Learning is God ".
is that the Words of Knowledge is our
. And the
The Holy Grail of Knowledge
is finally in our reach, thank
God! " God is Life, Life is God "
is a reason for wanting something done or
the purpose of achieving or obtaining.
"Learning something new
and important is like being
, it frees you from uncertainty, while at the
same time, opens your eyes to more possibilities."
is a future prospect or
Capability of existing or happening or being true. A possible
is a possibility
due to a favorable combination of circumstances, like learning something
"To be a Disciple is
to be a follower and a student of knowledge and information. For
we are all
of knowledge and information, and we are all on
an endless journey of discovery, a journey that will one day
lead us to God, or one day, lead God to us."
is someone who believes
and helps to spread the doctrine of another.
"God is knowledge
you want to get closer to God, then learn the worlds most
"God is not an old man in
the clouds, God is everything. But I guess if God wanted to be
an old man in the clouds, then I guess God could be an old man
in the clouds, after all, God is everything."
"It's not just what
you do in your life, it's what you have learned in your life.
Did you learn more then the previous generation? And will your
knowledge benefit the next generation? That's eternal life,
that's the key to the gates of heaven. It's not so much your
actions in life, it's
the value of the knowledge that you shared
. That's the
reason why all life survives. The strongest genes survive, and
not what those genes did for a living. But there is one seed
that has the ability to trump all seeds, that's
seed of knowledge
. Humans don't have to totally rely on just
for survival, they have this extra ability to learn,
even more then plants and animals do. But the act of
has become an enigma for humans. We need to correct this if we
want to survive."
"With every deed you
are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see."
Grace (Lyrics) - Susan Boyle
Bagpipes - Amazing Grace
Don't Confuse Conformity with Working Together
We should see
as a behavior that is illogical and
extremely risky to society. When behavior becomes
, then that restricts learning and development,
which are two extremely important activities for every human on
planet earth. When conformity stops a person from
, then this puts the whole system at risk,
because a persons questions were never heard, and thus a tragic
accident occurred. When foresight is blinded by a conformist
behavior, or by the fear of being called a nonconformist, then
progress and adaptation are impeded, and life becomes stagnant
and vulnerable to suffering and death. Which is clearly the
state that we are in today in 2017. Social
is the act of
attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to a group
. Conformity does
not say that the behaviors are wrong or right. You can say what
the norms are, but these norms do not explain the reasons why
they are excepted? And just because Laws are
does not mean that they can't be challenged or
debated. That's one of the reasons for a
And just because you follow a law does not mean that you're
conforming, it could just mean that you understand that if
everyone follows certain rules, we will have less problems and
less chaos. But we
still have Crimes
. And sometimes peoples conformity turns
into obsessive behavior
Complacent or Contented
satisfied with things as they are, even though you are not fully aware of
everything or have full understanding about the true state of reality.
As far as you know
are cultural products (including values, customs, and
traditions) which represent individuals' basic knowledge of what
others do and think that they should do. Sociologists describe
norms as informal understandings that govern individuals'
behavior in society. On the other hand, social psychology has
adopted a more general definition, recognizing smaller group
units, such as a team or an office, may also endorse norms
separate or in addition to cultural or societal expectations. In
other words, norms are regarded to exist as collective
representations of acceptable group conduct as well as
individual perceptions of particular group conduct. You can say
that norms are implicit, unsaid rules, because that would be
ignorant. Who said and Why?
Identity (social science)
is the qualities, beliefs, personality,
looks and/or expressions that make a person (self-identity) or
(particular social category or social group).The process of identity can
be creative or destructive.Don't let
Patriotism or Nationalism Blind You
. To many times people have had
there Loyalty and their Love
exploited by governments and corporations.
aspects of society have Cult like Characteristics
People who have been in cults, and have left cults, still have no idea
that they still may be in a cult, whether it's a family cult, political
cult, belief cult, or any kind of blind following where people fail to
question the accuracy and goals of a group effort.
Accessory to a Crime
is a basis for
; a reference
against which other
things can be evaluated
. The ideal in
terms of which something can be judged
Conforming to or constituting a standard of
; or of the
usual or regularized or accepted kind. Established or well-known or widely
recognized as a model of authority or excellence. Conforming to the
established language usage of educated native speakers. Regularly and
widely used or sold.
is a situation in which a
members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly
that most others
accept it, and therefore go along with it. This is also described as "no
one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes." In short,
pluralistic ignorance is a bias
, held by that social
is their relation with what they accept as being of ultimate importance.
It involves the presuppositions and theories upon which such a stance
could be made, a belief system, and a commitment to potentially working it
out in one's life.
is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual
or society encompassing the entirety of the individual or society's
knowledge and point of view.
occurs when people of a culture make
about conventions, including conventions of language,
notation, proof and evidence. They are then accused of mistaking these
assumptions for laws of logic or nature. Numerous such biases exist,
concerning cultural norms for color, location of body parts, mate
selection, concepts of justice, linguistic and logical validity,
acceptability of evidence, and taboos.
refers to the tendency for a group to make
that are more extreme
than the initial inclination of its members. These more extreme decisions
are towards greater risk if individuals' initial tendencies are to be
risky and towards greater caution if individuals' initial tendencies are
to be cautious. The phenomenon also holds that a group's attitude toward a
situation may change in the sense that the individuals' initial attitudes
have strengthened and intensified after group discussion, a phenomenon
known as attitude polarization.
the tendency of people to search for and
interpret evidence selectively, to reinforce their current
attitudes. Confirmation bias
is a term used that tries to guess what the majority of
the people have an opinion on a particular subject. You can say that a
was taken and here are the
results, but a poll does not tell you if everyone understood the question
accurately, which makes this type of evidence
Same goes for Voting
Mere Exposure Effect
is a psychological phenomenon by which
people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are
familiar with them. In social psychology
, this effect is sometimes called
the familiarity principle
. The effect has been demonstrated with many
kinds of things, including words, Chinese characters, paintings, pictures
of faces, geometric figures, and sounds. In studies of interpersonal
attraction, the more often a person is seen by someone, the more pleasing
and likeable that person appears to be.
Submission or Passivity
is the condition of submitting to the espoused, legitimate influence of
one's superior or superiors
. Deference implies a
yielding or submitting to the judgment of a recognized superior out of
respect or reverence. Deference has been studied extensively by political
scientists, sociologists, and psychologists.
being controlled or ruled. Unable to stand alone. Being less important and
consider less valuable. Dependent.
Dominance and Submission
is a set of behaviors, customs, and
rituals involving the submission of one person to another.
is the reluctant acceptance of something without
is unbiased impartial unconcern. Apathy demonstrated by an absence of
is when individuals have
, either explicitly
or tacitly, to surrender some of their freedoms
and submit to the
authority of the ruler or magistrate (or to the decision of a majority),
in exchange for protection of their remaining rights
Do Not Consent to Searches
states that he who is silent is saying they agree. Your
silence implies Consent
is when a person agrees with the reality of a situation,
recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable
situation) without attempting to change it or
is called learning.
is the way things are at this current time.
is when you are
people's actions by tolerating, ignoring, or harboring them, without
in these actions.
is controlling a situation by
causing something to happen
than waiting to respond to it after it happens.Compliance
is acting according to certain accepted standards, conforming to a rule, such
as a specification, policy, standard or law. It is also the act of submitting,
usually surrendering power to another.
is cooperation with the enemy against one's country
"If you look the other way
, then you are turning your back on
yourself. We must stop criminals when ever we can, and if you
can't stop them yourself, then seek help, sometimes people are
unaware of crimes until someone speaks up."
Don't be a
Yes Man, Blow the Whistle
, it's your
is a person
(especially a man) who agrees with everything that someone says. A person
who supports the opinions or ideas of someone else in order to earn that
person's approval. Suck Up
who is attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery, especially for one's own advantage.
is a person who acts obedient or
attentive to a grossly excessive submissive degree. (the color brown
refers to a person kissing someone's as* so many times that their nose
turns brown from being to close to the poop hole)
refers to the tendency for beliefs or sets
of beliefs to endure once formed. In particular, cognitive
inertia describes the human inclination to rely on familiar
assumptions and exhibit a reluctance and/or inability to revise
those assumptions, even when the evidence supporting them no
longer exists or when other evidence would question their
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Freedom of Thought
is the freedom
individual to hold or consider a fact, viewpoint, or thought, independent
of others' viewpoints. It is different from and not to be confused with
the concept of freedom of speech
is injustice by virtue of
not conforming with rules or standards.
is the difference
of one judge's opinion from that of the
is a non-agreement or opposition to a prevailing idea.
philosophical and ethical
stance that emphasizes the value
of human beings, individually and
collectively, and affirms their ability to improve their lives through the
use of reason
as opposed to submitting
blindly to tradition and authority or sinking into cruelty and brutality.
Not all conformity is bad
we all decide to
drive on the right side of the road
we avoid having
accidents. When we don't have conformity we will always have
problems, accidents and mistakes. Drivers are 40% more likely to
be involved in a crash than those using "normal"
left hand drive
is a condition in which
everything is regular and unvarying. The same throughout in
composition. Evenly spaced.Consistent
is agreement or reliable. Capable of being reproduced. Marked by an
, logical, and aesthetically
consistent relation of parts. The same throughout in structure or
Choosing to speak the same language, choosing to use the same
measuring system. Conforming could improve
Dangerous Social Influences of Conformity
makes a lot of people
jump to conclusions
believe that there are following
commonly accepted standards
but they cannot confirm these standards or even validate them,
because there is no defined basis for comparison; no measure of
pros and cons. No reference point against which other things can
be evaluated. No ideal terms of which something can be judged.
Accepted does not mean verified. Accepted does not mean that
more then the majority of people agree, or even understand what
the agreement is about.
We know how dangerous conformity can be, because we know how
We need to be
, not conforming or accepting. Toleration is
not about accepting, Toleration is about learning how to adapt
to a difficult situation, and to never stop working towards
normalcy and regaining balance again. You must not except the
cards that you were dealt, because there are more cards in the
deck, and there are more hands to play, the game is not over.
But the game would be over if you were a conformist.
Let Us Work Together
is acting together as agents or circumstances or events. A state
of cooperation. Balance among the parts of something.
Compatibility of observations. Agreement of results.
could easily make people become unimaginative, deficient in originality or creativity,
and lack the powers of invention, and also lack the ability to deal with concrete facts,
and also lack spontaneity and individuality. Most advancements
come from the countries that preserve
. But we
still have a huge problem when people abuse freedom and use it
for evil purposes. But because certain societies are free to
learn, then we will eventually solve this problem and help
people stop abusing their freedoms and everyone else around
We need free thinkers, dreamers,
, visionary's, people who can look at things
differently, and present observations that may give us a better
understanding of our problems and our difficulties. These are
the people who have advanced society, these are the people who
have made most of the greatest improvements in our world. So we
should stop squandering and impeding free thinking. Because this
will only keep starvation, suffering, crimes, corruption,
disease and avoidable deaths to continue to happen every day.
This I cannot conform too, or accept. Let us work together, it
is truly our only
Some contradictions are contradictions in
Something could be a contradiction
to your actions and
still be a contraction to itself, because it also did not answer all the
questions, thus it too could be in contradiction for another reason. So
maybe you still need to answer the question, "How do you justify the
action?", which is based on true reality and responsibilities of your
life. But even if you don't have any logical reasons why you do what you
do, you could still be right because there are other reasons that you have
yet learned about. You can say I pray everyday around this time, but it
still may have other benefits even without the prayer
The prayer could be added because that is something that you like and feel
good about, which is fine. But we need to see the whole picture, and wee
need to see all the layers.
All actions have
, with some actions have many effects.