Seriously late to the party, but I enjoy answering your polls.
I am Christian. I am proud of my relationship with Christ. But I am not religious.
I say this, because I have seen both extremes- I currently attend a school that is rather patriarchal, homophobic, and guilts people into doing things out of the name of God. However, I have also been harrassed by atheist to the point of tears, stalked, and called every name in the book. Why? I said "God bless you."
People tend make the other side look really bad, I know that now; for a while, I thought Queen was a band that wanted gay people to take over the world, thanks to my....wonderful...principal. But I have also been confronted by people who think that all Christians through Bibles at everyone around them and spout verses like a fountain.
Obviously, both of these are not true. But being raised in a Christian home, I felt very depressed, because a lot of what I had believed to be true ended up being wrong, and because I had never really been attacked for what I had believed. After I recognized the the bias and the blatant discrimination against homosexuals and other religions, I honestly was about to give up on Christianity.
But then I realized something. I am a follower of Christ, not a follower of followers.
I began to walk my own path, develop my own relationship with God, and honestly, I've felt much more lifted up then I did two years ago. I'm able to see things in different perspectives, and accept people for what they believe. I've been able to stand up for what I KNOW is right.
And I realized that there were so many amazing people around me that demonstrated true Christianity- and not all of them were necessarily Christians. I believe God sees everyone equally, and I know that He helped me change my viewpoints and put away my bias. I follow Christ, and I am very proud of it, because I feel as if his life was something amazing, something that people should pay attention to.
And you know, even if there is no God, I will still follow Christ. Because I would rather die knowing I did my best than spend the rest of my life judging people for what they believe in.
LOL if you think about it there's kinda no such thing as non-religious. By definition, religion is "a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe" A supposed "non-religious" person has all those things, (they may not realize it, but they do) therefor, they are religious. ~Rose
If you look up the word "religion" in a dictionary is defines it as a set of beliefs, generally pertaining to god[s] (I'm paraphrasing) If they do not beleive in god, then that -is- their belief about god. ~Rose
Summary: Theism is the beleif that there is a god/gods that created the world and that creator is continuing to work in te world. Deism is the belief that there is a god/gods that created the world and stepped back, like setting up a toy top and letting it spin out. Pantheism is the belief that god is everything; we are god, the trees are god, the earth is god, the universe is god. Atheism is the belief that there is no god at all, active or otherwise. Agnosticism (ohmigosh I can't beleive I spelled that right!) is the belief that we can never know therefor why bother. If I'm correct, this is the catagory that most people who say "I dunno" when you ask them what they believe belong to.
Sorry I hope that wasn't too long of confusing. ~Rose
Late on answering this, but here I go, b/c I love to talk about my Savior every opportunity I have! So, I hope you bother to read the whole thing, because this is what has changed my life! I Believe in the Bible as God's Love letter to man. I believe the Bible has no errors. (People say that is has contradictions, but talk to a good christian bible scholar who knows the context and Greek and Hebrew and he can show that they aren't contradictions at all) and genesis is pretty specific. Six days. I believe that as humans we are subjects under an all-powerful, all knowing, all-just, and merciful God. Think about it! We, as a race, are in rebellion against him, and he sent his own Son ( part of the Trinity!) to redeem us, even though we hated Him. So, he took on our own un-repayable debt as his own and died. Adam, the first man and representative of our race, plunged us into sin ( I used to think "bad Adam and eve, dumb fruit, bad snake," but really, we all would have done the same thing. God knew it and made us anyway, because he loved us before we even existed!) SO Jesus, perfectly God but also a man, died and took on the Wrath of God that we deserved! it's like if humanity was on death row, and the judge came and took the penalty for us to set us free from our sin! Then, he defeated death itself and went back to heaven, and sent his disciples to tell the whole world that we need not live in war, horror, sin and endless cycles, living with a God-sized hole in our hearts that we just can't fill, and he's coming back one day, i think very soon! So....when I hear people say that "religion" or "Christianity' is all about people controlling people...it's not that way at all. True, doctrinal Christianity is about God reaching down to his helpless and broken Creation and saving us from ourselves, all we need to do is " If thou wilt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved!' It changes your life. Before I had a relationship with Christ, I filled my life with entertainment and fan fictions and drama to fill the hole I felt, but didn't know what to put in it. Christ gave me new life, by giving up his, so I want to live my whole life for him! So, yeah. I can't help but share. (It's like knowing the cure for cancer, if I knew, I would tell the whole world, and not just keep it too myself.)
More like a religious scholar. (Kind of) Qustion? Has anyone just thought of taking all the good point of every religion and not falling into the scare tactics or the pressures of faith? NOT SAYING THAT RELIGION IS BAD NOOOOOOO RELIGION IS GOOOD VERY GOOD IT KEEPS US FROM ACTING LIKE A BUNCH OF MINDLESS BABOONS!! However, in my opinion, religion has to be taking with a grain of salt. And these days that grain of salt would be about the size as the rock of Gibraltar. To believe in something so strongly is not a foolish thing to do. But to believe in it so blindly is. Taking the word of anything way too seriously can lead to religious fascism and that rarely ends well. Modern day religious fascists include: Black Water, and C Street, Al Qaida, Taliban etc. The list goes on as the history books are turned. But this is only the week side of religion. The strength is also widely known. And it all leads back to that one word, PEACE! Sadly, in some western religions, the word peace has been hidden be hind another word that some people think is the representation of the word peace. That word is known as GOD! If god equaled peace then there would truly be peace in the world with out struggle. But I believe people got it backwards. You cant always find peace through god, but through peace you might find god. But hold not unto these deities for even gods dont live forever and I can prove that. Gods only live so long as the people who believe in them still believe in them. E.G how many of you have sacrificed a lamb to Zeus, Athena, Hermes, or Poseidon. What about the god Ra where has Ra been since the pyramids were built. Shoot we barley use the word Pagan any more and were coming up on a Pagan holiday with a Christian name. HOW BACKWARDS ARE WE?!!
Point is, take note of your time in religion, and learn wisely from its teachings, but be open minded. Open your self to the possibilities do not limit your mind to the one word of anything. With limitations comes structure but no mental freedom. Freedom of ones physical actions should be controlled but freedom of the mind should not. This is my biggest beef with certain religions. It gives the people structure and keeps them kind to one another but at the cost of slavery to many a mind. And the worst part is the people have become dependant on a structure that is unsound and crumbling! What will happen to all that kindness I wonder?
I belive in God. though i think that religion is a scam. Its too corrupt, to deserve my fiath. I think we each have our own version of what God is and we don't need a church or religion trying to get us to conform to one set image.
Despite me beliveing in God, I don't really pray or do anything religious. I mean if there is a God out there I'm sure he has somethign better to do than to listen to us winge in the form of prayers... but thats just my opinion.
my father's side of a family is christian and my mom's side is atheist. I neither accept nor hate religion but I think it's really unnecessary. I can't stand the fact people are submitting themselves to someone 'imaginary' and they don't believe in themselves, also many of the religions are brainwashing and full of hate
Its tough I mean, think about it religion is a great way to control people. tell them that if they dont follow these rules they will all go to hell (Im pretty sure most religions have rules, and some form of hell but I could be wrong, because "Christian faith" is all I really know about). But the point is this I think it feels good to think that there is something higher than ourselves, something, anything that controls us in a grander scheme. really there are only 2 things that people believe. That some higher power put us on this earth, or that we are here by chance.
Okay I rambled, super sorry XD but as for me I don't think I am exactly "religious" but there is a church I go to every once and a while and I pray every now and then.
what you said does make sence, but thats pretty much why i dont belive in it, it seems like a money scheme to me -.-, but mabey it could just be that random church i went to where all they did was ask for money and people to help built the church while the pastor drove around in his Cadillac.
Yep! I just follows the creed for 10 years. It basically restrict my rights and I have considerably less right than most people do. It is intended to make sure that other people freedom will not be interfered from me or other members of the organization.