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Choosing a Religion Does God Care?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by gerobbins, Jun 27, 2012.

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  1. Yes

    9 vote(s)
    23.7%
  2. No

    8 vote(s)
    21.1%
  3. Maybe

    6 vote(s)
    15.8%
  4. God does not care about Religion

    15 vote(s)
    39.5%
  1. Shadow Wolf

    Shadow Wolf Rival's Wife

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    Why would these even be a worthy goal? Global peace, ending global poverty, and global preservation are worthy goals, but not only is religion not needed for these goals, why should there be one auxiliary language? English almost is a universal language, and all it took was colonization, and global trade and interactions (for better or ill), and today even many small tribes that only missionaries and anthropologist visit on a regular basis understand a handful of English (not too mention that English is considered an easy language to learn). Granted religious orders did play a small role, but there are many other secular based organizations that make humanitarian efforts towards these remote areas, so it is likely English would have spread to these remote areas anyways.
     
  2. Erebus

    Erebus Well-Known Member

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    Personally I feel religion is much more for our benefit than the benefit of the gods. From this perspective it's important not only to follow a religion you have an affinity for, but that it also improves your life rather than demand sacrifice for little/no return. For the record I don't consider a possible afterlife to be a return either.
    Now I'm not saying all sacrifice is a bad thing, only that what you give up has to be something you can enjoy life without and also it must be worth sacrificing. For example, I find the LDS sacrifice of alcohol, nicotine and caffeine much more sensible than abstinence before marriage. In the LHP one of the first sacrifices you make is your emotional and psychological comfort zone, personally I found that to be a worthwhile sacrifice.
    It might sound odd, but to my mind the gods come second to this balance of loss/gain. I also doubt they much care what path we follow or even whether it helps us or not.
     
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  3. Me Myself

    Me Myself Back to my username

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    I said yes but:

    1- I believe god does everything, including human choices

    and

    2- I find it more probable that a different religion helps you reailze God on different of your incarnations ;)
     
  4. InChrist

    InChrist Free4ever

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    I believe God wants relationship not religion and He draws people to Himself.

    And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself. John 12;32


     
  5. Reverend Richard

    Reverend Richard New Thought Minister

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    Bingo!
     
  6. Storm

    Storm ThrUU the Looking Glass

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    I can't vote, since three of the options are equally valid.

    As a panentheist, I don't believe God cares what path you walk, so long as you progress.
     
  7. uu_sage

    uu_sage Active Member

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    God is beyond our human comprehension and naming so to assign God a religion or any human identity is idolatrous and constraining. God I believe is more concerned about treating other people fairly, lovingly and compassionately rather than obsessing over what religion you are or your lack thereof.
     
  8. Muffled

    Muffled Jesus in me

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    Jesus tried to lead the Pharisees into right belief but they held on to their own belies instead. For al their sincerity He still called tehm a brood of serpents.
     
  9. Muffled

    Muffled Jesus in me

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    I knew a Roman Catholic person who felt God leading him away from the Catholic Church. The problem was that God was not leading him to any particular protestant group. Sometimes He does that to teach us that getting out of one situation doesn't guarantee that the next one will be perfect.
     
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