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Discussion in 'Comparative Religion' started by SigurdReginson, Aug 6, 2020.

  1. SigurdReginson

    SigurdReginson Active Member

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    If you had to choose another religious (or non religious) path to follow, what would it be? Why?

    If I had to choose a different path, I'd probably pick paganism. More specifically, Druidry or Norse Paganism. Those paths speak to me on a deeper level, and I love how they place a high level of respect and reverence for nature in general. The mythologies are fun as well. Earth based religions are definitely my cup of tea. :D

    How about you folks?
     
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  2. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    That's an interesting question. Offhand, Mahayana or Zen Buddhism because I was attracted to them initially. They don't have the encrustation of theology and mythology that I find in other major religious paths.
     
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  3. Quintessence

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    With how I view religion... I can't do some other path. My religion is inseparable from who I am and my way of life. Doing some other path means not being me, and I can't be anyone other than me. That said, I change over time. So does my religion. But I can't be something I'm not or try to live inauthentically.
     
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  4. SigurdReginson

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    Hmmm, then maybe for you, what path do you respect or find interesting most from a distance? :D
     
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    Put this way, I find the path from which I came(general Paganism and Druidry) to still be terribly interesting, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for them. It was just my path changed, and I found the meaning which I had been searching for within another tradition.

    I look at the paths once trodden as an important part of who I am, and I am most thankful to have walked them. Interestingly enough, I found more depth and joy within the practice I left once I found a way more suitable for me.
     
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  6. Mestemia

    Mestemia Advocatus Diaboli
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    "had to choose"?
     
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  7. SigurdReginson

    SigurdReginson Active Member

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    Oh, at gun point. :gun:
     
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    Some form of Buddhism. Many things about it intrigue me. But, it was made quite clear that if that path isn't right for you, you can find your own. So I did.
     
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    Oh.
    Well, by all means...
    At gunpoint...
    What are my options?
     
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    One of the teachings of the OBOD flavor of Druidry I really like is that it basically affirmed something I can't help but to do anyway - be constantly curious about everything around me and let the inspiration flow as it may. Put another way, I find pretty much everything interesting and worthy of respect so it's tough to single something out.

    That said, let's go with an approach to paths: reconstructionism. There was a time I thought about taking that approach to developing my tradition, as I already have an academic bent and that's all but mandatory if you're doing a recon path. However, as I thought about it, treating my religion as a scholarly exercise really wasn't what I wanted out of it. It's why I went with OBOD instead of ADF, for example, when joining a Druid order. I have a lot of respect for that way of working and utilize some of it in my own path, but I don't see myself going full on reconstructionist any time soon. If I did, it would be Hellenism, not Celtic like one might expect (I'm not really a Celtic sort of Druid).
     
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  12. SigurdReginson

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    Well, you're free to choose anything at all! We all know the obvious choice is Sigurdianism though, right?... Right? :D
     
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    I'm already on a basically non-theistic/secular Buddhist path, so if I went theistic it would likely be something progressive and pan(en)theistic. Episcopalianism would be easy as I'm already familiar with the liturgy. Sufism is intriguing.
     
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    EsonauticSage Between extremes

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    I am always doing that and not leaving anything.
     
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    I like many aspects of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, but I could never be anything but a Baha'i. However, since all the major religions embrace the same spiritual truths I can find those in all the religions and I take what I like from all the religions.

    From what little I have read about Druidry it is a really cool religion :cool: and like you I have a great respect and reverence for nature. But I am kind of stuck with the Abrahamic God since I believe in Him, even though He and I do not always see eye to eye. :rolleyes:
     
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    Never heard of it.
    And based on the spelling (which I would never get correct without copying it) there is no way I could choose it.

    So I choose ...
    All of them

    Better safe than sorry
     
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    I can offer for many people this could not happen, as their Faith is life, death is to be without that Faith.

    Also I never have had to, nor am I in a position where I will have to choose any other Faith.

    Now if you are suggesting another faith was to be forced upon us as the 'had or have to' reason, that choosing is a matter of life or death, then I am still in a position where I would not choose another faith.

    The only choice for me in this age is Baha'u'llah and then continue to try to be a Baha'i.

    Regards Tony
     
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    That's kind of what I did when I chose the Baha'i Faith since it embraces all of the religions...
    Better safe than sorry. ;)
     
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    For me it's all about my "inner transformation", so I could choose any "outer path".
    But I would not choose a path, which would claim "my way is the only highway for all"
     
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    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    In that case it will be Hinayana (minimalist Buddhism, the name that I prefer better than Theravada).
    at gun point, you have two options. Christianity or Islam. No other religion will try to force you with a gun.
     
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