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Featured What have the religion done good for you as a follower?

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Amanaki, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. Amanaki

    Amanaki Veteran Member

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    This thread is about what you as a religious person feel you have gained from the religion you following and practicing.

    If you have converted from one religion to an other religion, did you notice a better life after your conversion?
     
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  2. KAT-KAT

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    Religion taught me that there are righteous gods, but my latest journeys are learning that I'm starting to think the gods aren't very much of this world but of the spiritual realm, that they don't know when to intervene in a modern world and they can be bad PR people.

    As for what I gained... I'm still trying to figure that out.
     
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  3. Hellbound Serpiente

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    Well, when I was a Muslim, I achieved a lot of peace of mind due to religion. It taught me that all the pain I was going through would end soon and in the next life, I and all of us will achieve peace and live happily ever after. Peace of mind that I always wanted, but never achieved. Even if it was only temporary, I still yearn for that peace.

    Aside from that, I learned a lot about living a morally upright and spiritually healthy life. After all the horrible, unforgiveable crimes I did to others and all that was done to me, religion taught me how to rise above all those evils and be a better human being. Even though I still haven't forgiven myself and others, I am still trying to be a better human being so such things won't happen in the future.

    Now I am no longer religious. I do believe in God, just don't practice any religion. I have gained a lot and lost even more. The only thing I miss is the peace of mind I used to achieve when hearing about afterlife and end of suffering in paradise. After you have lived in your very own personal hell forged by your own blood stained hands, you need peace. We all need peace.

    I hope our future is much better than our past. No need for any religion, I just hope we achieve peace.
     
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  4. chinu

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    To me, converting / changing belief is like.. a dog affected by strong itching problem -- keep on changing places sitting here, there -- thinking, there must be some kinda itching problem in the every new place that he sits every new time.
    Gained :handpointup:above knowledge. :)
     
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  5. stvdv

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    My Master taught me how to achieve "Peace of Mind", with/without believe in God, Religion, Spirituality
     
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  6. sun rise

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    To me it's not a matter of gain but of loss. I've lost some selfishness and some rough edges. I've lost a bit of my ego uncovering a bit of love. The more I truly lose, the freer I become.
     
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  7. Nakosis

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    What did the various beliefs I followed teach me...

    Firstly, that man has no objective knowledge about God. For me, religion was about coming to terms with my own ignorance and being ok with that. I learned to let go of the need to know God.
    I learned no one was in a position to judge me nor was I in a position to judge others. I learned that I don't have to be a victim of my desires.
    I learned that god and the devil, my experiences of them were manifested by myself. That the only way I could find peace of mind was to let go of both.
     
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  8. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    When i was christian i learned the bible can be used to teach some terrible things. I was confused and unhappy.

    As an atheists i am content with my life
     
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    metis aged ecumenical anthropologist

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    It gave me a sense of direction that I so badly needed in my late teens/early 20's, thus very much assisting me in what should be important important in my life and also what to do with it.
     
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  10. Jedster

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    Hi Amanaki,

    I am grateful to both my born religion(Judaism) which initiated a thirst in me to find truth, and to my subsequent 23 years of being a serious bhakti which led me away from any God concept s that I held, altogether.(Transtheist, is probably the word for me :))

    I feel renewed and, in a sense, born again.
     
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  11. Amanaki

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    Glad to hear you found what you been searching for :)
     
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    Well, I had to make a BIG detour, and learnt much on the way.
     
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  13. Amanaki

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    I did too :) but i am very pleased where i am at now
     
  14. Jedster

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    Cool, you are :cool::)
     
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  15. Quintessence

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    When I accepted that religion is fundamental to the human condition and that I was religious whether I wanted to call myself that or not, I started taking religion seriously as an essential facet of human culture. There were a lot of positive consequences to that, but just to speak to one of them?

    Taking the inevitability of being religious meant I had to actually think about what my religion was and what I wanted it to do in my life. I couldn't just ignore it and pretend it didn't matter, that I didn't have one, or that it was possible to not have one. This meant I started consciously crafting my way of life instead of having some disorganized mess that served poorly for navigating life's experiences and life's mysteries. The difference that makes is huge. It anchors and centers your life, providing resilience in the face of change and challenge. If you don't know who you are and whose you are, you just don't have that and flounder more during adversity.
     
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  16. JustGeorge

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    I was born into Christianity. I don't feel comfortable saying it was ever 'my' religion, though. It was my dad's religion. He was/is scared of God, and he wanted us to feel the same. It worked for a long time. But, just being scared of something irrationally doesn't make it a religion. Otherwise, everyone with General Anxiety Disorder could start a church...

    I became interested in NeoPaganism in my teens. What did that give me? It helped me understand there is no reason to fear God, that God presents his/her/its self in many ways, and it gave me a better idea of interconnectedness of all creatures. It also introduced tools of coping in everyday life, such as meditation and nature awareness.

    So why did I move on? I felt like I still had questions and observations that NeoPaganism wasn't addressing(for me), such as purpose, meaning, and why, the question that has always plagued me. I began to find the answers to the questions I was looking for in Hindu thought. In all honesty, I don't know where I'd be if I hadn't adopted Hindu philosophy.

    The idea of dharma and karma has helped me make peace with so many things. I have two children with special needs, and I felt that, before being exposed to Hinduism, I was going down a dark place, dwelling on how they were challenging, how my needs weren't being met, how unfair it was that I had to do this, that, and the other thing, while others around me weren't burdened with having to plan out how to get in and out of a grocery store without a major incident. I had panic attacks all the time. I was always miserable. It didn't help that others that would go through these things somewhat encouraged the pity parties...

    Beginning to understand dharma has helped immensely in making sense and meaning of my life. I don't worry about my path, and my sons' path being different. This is our dharma. I am better able to focus on strengths rather than dwell on weaknesses. Not everyone is meant for the same path. The idea that there is a right way to be is ridiculous; we all have our own. And it not only applies to people(I believe), but places, and times... These ideas have brought me great peace.

    Its been a wonderful journey, and I look forward to continuing to trek it.
     
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  17. Amanaki

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    Sound to me like you found all you was looking for :)
     
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  18. Fool

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    the clothes do not make the man. changing clothes is nothing more than a fashion show, look at me i'm this vs that now. pretty is as pretty does. god created them all. changing clothes only changes the appearance of something. the person should be willing to change from within and then it won't matter what you wear.


    religion hopping can be trendy and yet shallow pretense.
     
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    Taking the decision to leave onecreligion and enter in to a new one is a very personal choice to make. And it has nothing to do with showing off to others. It is about finding the truth we all seek, isnt it?
     
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    The truth isn't exclusive to a religion. Religion is a map. Once you reach the truth you don't need the map anymore.
     
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