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The religion you believe in - Why did you choose to believe that religion?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Starlight, Sep 30, 2022.

  1. Starlight

    Starlight Well-Known Member

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    Why did you you choose Bahai faith?

    Why did you you choose Christianity?

    Why did you choose Judaism?

    Why did you choose sikhism?

    Why did you choose wicca?

    Why did you choose druidism?

    Why did you you choose Hinduism?

    Why did you choose spiritual but not religious?

    Why did you choose Islam?

    Why did you choose buddism?

    Why did you choose paganism?

    Why did you choose new age?

    Why did you choose any other religions?
     
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  2. sayak83

    sayak83 Veteran Member
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    The ideas presented within core texts in Hinduism accorded well with my spiritual experiences as well with rational logic. That is why.
     
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  3. Nakosis

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    Assuming people make a choice.
    People usually do what they feel is right to do at the moment. Is that really a choice, to go about following what you feel is right?

    Maybe better to ask what caused you to believe/accept/follow your current beliefs.
    Could you actually choose to believe something else, other than what you currently believe?

    Maybe some would happen to cause you to change your belief.
     
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  4. DharmaCatLamp

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    The biggest thing for me was experience. The nice thing about the dharmic traditions is that they invite you to test things out to see if they work. I started practicing Buddhism and it worked. I felt better and I generally felt like it made sense to me. I didn't think the Buddha was exactly divine and to this day I disagree with certain teachings of the Buddha but overall it worked.

    What lead me to develop into Hinduism was the culmination of a lot of research and several mystical experiences. I felt a longing for devotion and found that Buddhism ( early buddhism in this case) just didn't deliver. Reading the Tao Te Ching again and the Bhagavad Gita around the same time had a massive impact. The Gita felt like it was putting my own thoughts and feelings into words. So I started to pray to Krishna. Not long after that I prayed to Kali and had a rather interesting result.

    Since then I've continued to have rather deep and odd experiences. I learned more about Sikhism and Hinduism while trying out more and more of their practices. I started praying daily and offering everything I ate to Kali. I talked to Kali and found that my bhakti felt not only natural but it felt better than any practice ever had before then. Learning about tantra through obscure books and eventually learning about RamaKrishna.

    RamaKrishna embodied something I had felt which was the plurality of religious experience and how multiple streams can start out separate but eventually merge back into one. These days I read Sufi texts, Vaishnava texts, Shiva texts, Buddhist texts, Christian mystic texts and have found that these all seem to be pointing in the same direction. At least that is how I perceive it.

    This combined with the amount of people across numerous traditions who came to similar conclusions and felt like truth was beyond words just made sense to me. The Divine comes in many forms and it also seems clear to me that some paths are better for certain people but no one path is the only way forward. I may not engage in Jewish practice for instance but I can still appreciate Maimondes. I may not worship Christ but I can still see the beauty in the works of Meister Eckhart.

    Part of the reason I use the word Hindu rather than something more specific is because of the word's origin. The word Hindu was a colonialist shorthand for pretty much any tradition or people in India that weren't Muslim. It's a drastic over simplification but it was later used by Indians themselves to describe their religious traditions. In a sense it brings together the different traditions of things like Vaishanava , Shaivism and numerous other branches. Since I end up taking practices from all over the board this works for me.

    To be honest I don't really think we choose to believe what we believe. You can assert ideas and beliefs as much as you want but that won't always make you believe them internally. When I left Islam it wasn't because I suddenly chose to stop believing in it it was because at a certain point I just realized I didn't believe it.
     
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  5. Starlight

    Starlight Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you. There are many paths to God. I also believe there are some level of truth in the different religions.

    What the religions share of belief: the religions believe in God or gods who is the creator of the universe/universes, prophets or holy souls of God, prayers to God, Heaven/hell/reincarnation, that the most important is to serve God and loving each other
     
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  6. Vinayaka

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    I didn't choose, and I suspect that's true for a lot of people. Imagine one day you're sitting on a park bench. Another person sits down on the same bench, and initiates small talk. Over time, the talk gets more interesting, and when it's time to go, one of you invites the other for coffee. Over time, that person becomes a friend, or a spouse, but certainly a closer relationship is established.

    Now ... did you choose for that person to come sit beside you?
     
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  7. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    I have another definition of religion so I am a limited relativist for both the objective, inter-subjective and subjective, but I am not religious as for your meta-category.
     
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    I found that a Hindu worldview wonderfully made sense of life, the world, and everything. Also, I was drawn to Ganapati and Śiva. Lastly, I never forgot what had happened one time when meditating on the sound Om.
     
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  9. dybmh

    dybmh Terminal Optimist

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    I didn't choose Judaism, I was born into it. But several years ago I started exploring other religions and returned to Judaism in the end. What I like about Judaism is the diversity in belief. There are so many different interpretations and approaches one can choose from. Also, Judaism is unique in that it allows the adherent to enjoy and experience all aspects of the material world and still lead a holy life. It's not a monastic religion where a person needs to be islolated from worldly affairs in order to have a relationship with God.
     
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    I choose to believe in the Bible, because I think it has truth, wisdom and love, good knowledge and understanding that I don't think exists anywhere else.
     
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  11. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    I was born in Hinduism. When I turned atheist, there was a place in Hinduism for atheism, so I did not need to make any change.
     
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  12. osgart

    osgart Nothing my eye, Something for sure

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    I have my own religious viewpoint. Logically it makes the most sense to me. I believe in an underlying foundational eternal reality of which consciousness is apart of. I don't believe that space and time, energy, and matter are the fundamental reality. There may be an infinite amount of conscious eternal beings within the foundational reality. Consciousness may take on many different forms.

    I'm persuaded also by some scientists, and philosophers.
     
  13. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Be who ever you want

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    As a seeker i was presented with Baha'i faith here in RF, and as a person who have been a follower of different religious paths over some years now, baha'i presented it self in a very good way to me, i felt right at home within baha'i faith.
     
  14. Exaltist Ethan

    Exaltist Ethan Earth is Divine Nature

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    I'm going to go against the current in this thread and say that I did choose what I believe in. I was raised in a nonreligious household and started to study religion on the Internet after my mom decided I was old enough to be on my own. That was my first summer vacation, studying religions... The ones after were spent in MMOs and games like Unreal Tournament.

    I was influenced by agnosticism growing up because all these religions said different things and it seemed nobody really understood or knew what was really going on. I started to develop my own view points and did my own research regarding these view points - The Omniverse as God is a form of panendeism, the belief that divinity is created by us is syntheism, developed by Earthseed... But the only reason why I understood these to be reality is the epiphany I had when I was 14 and started to believe that the change we're causing is creating God.

    I didn't know what to call that belief so for a long time I just called myself agnostic, but when I did proper Internet research I discovered these terms that defined it and started to call myself these terminologies. The term Exaltism comes from work, I was thinking about my beliefs while working and decided to use that name to describe my beliefs, as a type of syntheism that is both influenced by pantheism and omnism.

    I am not afraid to tell you right now that I am literally making this up as I go along, but I have really no shame in that either - questions have to be posed to me before I can explain my beliefs, and sometimes the right question will give me a new way to perceive Exaltism. Exaltism can be described in a few words, that are already in my title and signature. "From Omniverse to Omnitheism" and "God is what nature is becoming."

    Religious Forums has done more to help me explain my beliefs. Without RF I would be stuck telling people what I believe on my website and that wouldn't be too helpful.

    I am really glad that I discovered myself, and other people, on this website. :)
     
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