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Discussion in 'Religions Q&A' started by Cooky, Sep 15, 2020.

  1. Cooky

    Cooky Veteran Member

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    I notice there are many people who switch religions for whatever reason... But what makes anyone think that their new religion will not become old news like the last one?

    ...What are you looking for?
     
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  2. Amanaki

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    There was many reasons for my convertion. It stretch from wishing to find something deeper meaning of life to "meeting God" when reading the new scriptures that lead to the conversion:)
    For my self, i realized i was digging my own spiritual grave the way i was living my spiritual life for a long time. Not that i want to blame the past religions or spiritual teachings i was trying to practice, the fault was within me. I was the one who failed to do what i was asked to do.

    So then you can ask, will a conversion to a new belief not just do the same to me again?
    That is a question i asked my self a lot too, but the more i read the Qur'an the more i realized that it spoke to me.

    Spoke to me you ask?
    Yes the teaching hit home so to speak, i found more of those answers i had been looking for, that for some reason i did not find before. If that is Allah speaking to me or its just that from reading the Qur'an that my mind saw the answer better, i do not know yet.

    But the connection to something higher then my self deffently was lighting up within me.

    Still i have a lot to learn and to prosses before I become a good Muslim, but i see that it can be done.
     
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  3. Rival

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    For me:

    - A religion that makes sense of my experience of the world. Not one that necessarily matches exactly, but that, with some study and pertinent questioning, I could see as reasonable and adjust my view accordingly.

    - A religion that has a stable foundation, or what I at least see as a stable foundation.

    - A religion that isn't built on/trying to 'perfect' an older faith.

    - A religion that allows me to question and not just accept what I'm told.

    - A religion with a God concept; but not only that, a God to whom I can connect; who I can come to know in my life. This is something that Zoroastrianism, for example, didn't give me. I just couldn't feel a connexion to Ahura Mazda. It felt like there was nothing there.

    Ultimately I needed my religion to make sense, be compatible with what I saw around me, have an intellectual foundation and be theistic. It wasn't about feeling good, or having a community or anything like this, but the truth of it. If I weren't convinced I'd just label myself an atheist and be done. Most people seem to me to be sincere converts who are seeking truth as well; but that truth is not easy to find, nor is it necessarily going to be your parent religion.

    I've been in my current faith for nearly 4 years now and no sign of change. I did a lot of journeying to make it here and now I feel settled. It fits all the criteria and is not afraid of questioning.
     
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  4. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    What happened with Falun Gung?
     
  5. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Falun Gong is history now. Amanaki, what is your new given name (if you do not mind telling us)?
     
  6. Amanaki

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    Nothing wrong to say about Falun Gong from my part, but i realized i was not practicing the way that i was supposed to do, so no matter what i tried to do, ended up to nothing at all, i was probably failing from every i did. And i certainly was not gaining the wisdom i thought i was. So in a sense i was fooling my selg and others by claiming to be a practitioner. So not to damage their path i chose to leave it and searched again. And when reading the Qur'an it was like i realized my own fault on a massive scale.
     
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    For me, it wasn't about a religion becoming old news. For a significant period of time, I didn't identify with any religion. It was about discovering a religion that aligned with my worldview.

    My car keys. Have you seen them?
     
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  8. Amanaki

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    New given name? I have not change my name and have no plan to do so.
     
  9. Secret Chief

    Secret Chief Meghalayan Ape

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    well where did you last have them?
     
  10. Amanaki

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    If he knew that, would he still be missing his Keys :confused:
     
  11. Estro Felino

    Estro Felino Believer in free will
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    I think religion is a very serious and profound matter.
    It anthropologically and psychologically reflects the essence of our inner Self.

    I don't think that converting to a religion just because it seems "nice", is a good idea.
    Or considering a religion the way people consider soccer teams or political parties.

    After all...choosing a religion is not compulsory and in certain cases "no religion" is a more coherent choice.:)
     
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  12. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    I think that most who change are dissatisfied with the old and are searching for more. Being an atheist who dropped religion many years ago i could not say what that "more" is.
     
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    Mock Turtle Asinine, socialist-leaning, puerile filth
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    They need to scratch an itch? That is, they feel a need (desire) to believe 'something' that might explain 'whatever', and suitable explanations pass before their eyes, ears, and minds, and often make sense (better than the last one) - whereas some of us might not feel that need, and hence are not seeking, possibly never have been (apart from hopefully acquiring knowledge), and might just guess at what it all means rather than placing our bets on the table? But then I have never converted - under my own free will, at least. :secret:

    (I chose the emoji because I've never seen it here :D)
     
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  14. Fool

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    i think its fashionable for some, for others they've gone as far in their spiritual search that they switch vehicles, unfortunately they don't go far enough to realize the involution and evolution of Mind/
    Spirit.


    for some its just another resource for getting something materialistic.


    the main thing to remember is the clothes do not make the man. unconditional love is not a respecter of religions
     
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  15. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    I was for ever searching for my car keys or mobile phone. The phone was easy to find, phone it from another phone.

    But the keys... A friend suggested i get a sound activated key fob so a whistle or clap would set off an alarm. The solution to lost keys... You would think.

    Until you get fed up with your purse, bag or pocket whistling Dixie whenever it hears a sharp sound. The kids had great fun
     
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    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    It is necessary for some. Islam provided more to Amanaki than Christianity or Falun Gong.
     
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  17. Cooky

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    I guess I don't understand converting without learning everything first...

    ...Maybe another roadblock for me is that I love my parents and relatives, and am genuinely a satisfiable person. I would never have a reason to set myself apart from my loved ones, for something 'new'.
     
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    Nicely put Rival, that is how I see my position too.
     
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    Not sure. I would guess somewhere in the vicinity of where I lost them.
     
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    I was trying to give you an answer til I figured they aren't really lost.
     
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    *goes back to looking or the hidden camera*
     
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