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Featured Poll: Chopping off a hand for religious reasons?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Eddi, Apr 20, 2021.

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  1. Saint Frankenstein

    Saint Frankenstein On the funeral pyre of existence
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    And Heaven's Gate thought they were going to be picked up by a spaceship traveling behind a comet. (How that was to happen after they were dead, I have no idea.) That's not exactly a spiritual reason. Lol
     
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  2. Rival

    Rival Inodj har-ek Horu
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    Well tbf he did kind of run from it.
     
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  3. RayofLight

    RayofLight He/they

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    Oof...that comment...impressive and unexpected
     
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    This thing is subjective. In Buddhism there is nothing concrete really. I dont know about Hinduism much but even in that I believe (My Assumption only) there is still nothing concrete on it. But as far as I know in Christianity and Islam and even Judaism suicide is definitely not done. No go. No way.

    Anyway I think your question is based on simple logic. Though you had mistaken head to hand, still your question is pertinent.
     
  5. Jimmy

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    A poll asking if people if they would chop off their hands?
    Wow
     
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  6. Israel Khan

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    You mentioning the Darwin awards cracked me up! :tearsofjoy:

    The reason why religiosity isn't dead is that most people who are religious have sense, which often times forces them to modify the belief. Suicide is reserved for the cults and celibacy is reserved for the most devout. The breeding like bunnies, I think, is reserved for the uneducated and destitute for the most part, as they aren't good at strategic planning.
     
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  7. Heyo

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    You're on a roll today, eh? Does that mean you are in a good mood or in a bad?
     
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  8. Israel Khan

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    You know, with the word "heaven" in their name, one would automatically assume that they were a religious group therefore spiritual. But... they were into aliens. The only way I can rationally harmonize this is that they were ancient alien theorists.
     
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  9. Rival

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    I'm in a good mood :D
     
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  10. Israel Khan

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    Jim took his group and ran all the way to Guyana to escape government suspicion.
     
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  11. Saint Frankenstein

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    No, they were a New Age UFO cult lead by an obviously schizophrenic person (Marshall Applewhite). His story is actually rather sad. He was a self-hating gay man and ended up castrating himself. He needed serious help and never got it. He wasn't an evil person, from what I can tell. He wasn't Jim Jones. He really went into the deep end after the woman he started the cult with and who was his best friend and life partner died. Then he broke from reality, becoming obsessed with the apocalypse (which was a 180 for him), increasingly paranoid, etc.

    They did have spiritual teachings, like belief in a soul and afterlife, but they made zero sense. Somehow their souls were to be picked up in a spaceship, and his dead friend's soul was also on board, and they would all go and live happily on another planet. It was obviously just an excuse to kill themselves as he didn't want to live anymore, and was obviously very upset over his friend dying. I think he just wanted to be with her, really. I have no clue how or why any of his followers believed it.
     
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  12. Secret Chief

    Secret Chief Meghalayan Ape

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    Not many YES votes, so far.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. Sounds like a good mood to me.
     
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    Some people resort to dark humour when they are in pain. Sometimes not easy to tell.
     
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    Harm never helps. Except, in the case of punishing criminals.

    Thing (Addams Family) was handy.
     
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    viole Metaphysical Naturalist
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    Why? That has the potential to improve the quality of the human gene pool. Assuming he did that before having kids.

    Ciao

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  17. Musing Bassist

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    He was a monk.
     
  18. stvdv

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    I know there is a Hindu story in Bhagavad Gita where someone chops of his right hand to please his Guru (who asked for this)

    Seeing the context, my guess is that its done without painkillers, so definitely a "No No" for me; I leave this to the 'diehards'
     
  19. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    Created his own militia as well.
     
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  20. Israel Khan

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    Yeah, apparently he became quite a paranoid guy towards the end of his life.
     
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