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    Re: What's your religion ?

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    ..also on beggars and people with clipboards!
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    Re: Why is society trying to force everyone to join a religion ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChaosTempest View Post
    Do you feel the need to choose a religion it's seems like you just gotta have one like there the latest technological fad without that new ipod your just another nobody.
    Not really. Assuming you live in the US (unless it is in the bible belt) nothing could be further from the truth. Ever since the Supreme Court shot down prayer in schools there has been a fear in public systems to even discuss anything religious. Growing up in the system the feeling was that religion was somehow taboo, you can have it as long as you kept it private. This was helped by the fact that teachers became afraid to even mention religion (even in history classes) for fear of losing their jobs thanks to a number of sue happy atheist groups. Even in the workforce religion was something you whispered about or discusses privately at home and only with people you knew well already. Recently however people have rebelled. Someone clued in that the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion not freedom from religion. So all of a sudden public figures are openly discussing their beliefs, as they should. However going from religion being publicly shameful to publicly aware is not the same as people being pressured into joining one. It is merely a shift in public awareness and the removal (hopefully) of a stigma for having beliefs. It's actually kind of funny, societaly we were not supposed to make any kind of judgments on anyone else's lifestyle... unless they were religious, then it was fair game. Well no more and it is about time.

    If however you are the kind of person who will emulate anything a celebrity does and one of your favorites has come out publicly about their beliefs... well I am just going to say that that is a lousy reason to choose a life style but it's not like people haven't done that for years. Drink "pop" soda, it's bubbly and fizzy just like them. 'It tastes heavenly'.

    Quote Originally Posted by aceman67 View Post
    I got news for you, this isn't new.

    This has been going on since the dawn of religion. (IE Thousands of years)

    Except back then, if you didn't join one, well, you normally wound up dead, especially during times of "holy war" like the Crusades. Heretics (People who preached differing idealogy) and Heathens (Those who believed in something different or didn't believe in anything, which pretty much encompassed everybody) weren't very well liked in the Dark Ages.

    And I don't know what kind of stuff you're seeing, but I don't feel pressured into joining any religion by anyone, 'cept maybe my parents who pester me every Sunday to go to church, just so they don't have to drive.

    Also, lets take a look at Christianity at a moment. They are single handedly responsible for more death and destruction to humanity then any other religion, or political power combined.

    Main reason for this is Fear. Christian leaders feared that they would lose influence over their congregation. And we tend to kill what we fear.

    We're a violent, brutal race. Makes you glad you're human, doesn't it?
    Not singlehandedly Aceman, 'as well'. It seems that way since much of our current history books were written from the point of view of Europe (who's history is tied to Christianity for over 1 thousand years) and by early atheists (or Protestants) who rejected any influence of the Catholic church. In spite of the propaganda if you objectively study the crusades most of them and the people involved in fighting them were fighting exactly what they said they were, invading armies conquering other countries and mistreating their people. Check out the maps of before the crusades and after:

    Christian influence reached it's peak around 600AD (MAP) Pretty much everything in color on the map was considered Christian; Byzantium, Roman, etc, there were 5 distinct "Bishops" at the time.

    Within 150 years the landscape changed to this however (MAP). Islam had started, like Christianity, as something spread by word of mouth and a matter of personal faith but it did not take long before it was being spread by political entities conquering wherever they went. The current batch of terrorists want to bring back this particular type of rule and talk about a new Caliphate rule.

    The Ottoman Empire was the last Muslim Empire and it's growth looked like this (MAP). They conquered the once great Byzantium Empire and much much more. At the same time the previous invaders were successfully pushed out of Spain. By the time they were finished however there was only one "Bishop" left (though there is again the Eastern Orthodox and that is another long story...) hence the pope in Rome. The Ottoman Empire lasted in some form or another until the mid 1900's. That is awfully recent.

    If you look through the history of the entire world and not just a thousand or so in Europe (a few hundred if you are speaking of the crusades) you will find the same thing everywhere you go. Most religions begin as personal beliefs practiced at home and then become a matter of contention in larger conflicts between opposing nations. Religion is not the cause merely a piece in the larger picture of what makes us human.


    Quote Originally Posted by darkangel1240 View Post
    yea. I've been realizing that people are forcing people to join a religion. It seems kinda ridiculous that like the Jehovah Witnesses have to force people to join their religion and come to your house and ask "Would you like to be a part of the Jehovah Witnesses? Our religion is better than any other religion?" And, plus. I'm an Atheist. I don't believe in anything holy. (I know that's gonna piss a WHOLE a lot of people. *prepares for the hate mail*)
    No hate mail, just wondering what Jehovah Witness held a gun to your head? Speaking to someone about your beliefs is not forcing anyone to do anything. Getting upset just shows a lack of understanding of the same beliefs. No matter how annoying some proselytizing can be it is not "forcing". Forcing is the US servicemen captured in Muslim countries and being told they have to convert or be killed. (The specific religion is not important it is merely a current example that has happened recently.)

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    Re: What's your religion ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChaosTempest View Post
    Do you feel the need to choose a religion it's seems like you just gotta have one like there the latest technological fad without that new ipod your just another nobody . So why did you choose your religion and how do you think you would feel without it .
    I was raised Fundamental Baptist Christian all my life. But when my mind became my own, and i understood that i make my choices for me. I decided to be open to the possibilities of all religions, faiths, gods etc. They have alot in common. And i don't believe anyone is wrong for having something to believe in or someone else to live for. As long as they're happy, isn't that enough?
    I didn't forfeit my religion, it just has no boundries and overlaps with many.

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    Re: What's your religion ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muffin View Post
    How exactly are you being forced to choose a Religion? Are they hiding in your room waiting to perform a 'Surprise' Baptism and shackle you to Christianity?

    Forget diplomacy and just plainly tell them to F*** Off. Not only does it work on Religions, but also on beggars and people with clipboards!
    LOL!!! That's hilarious!

    I'm quite surprised this thread survived this long. I don't really see a point in trying to pawn religion off on others. Especially since there are battles of biblical proportions goin' on overseas. But it does happen. It's not really "forcing" others, but saying that others "need Jesus" or "are going to hell" for their lifestyle.

    I've stated earlier in my "Church and Work" thread that there are people who chose to condemn others in order to make themselves seem on a higher spiritual plane or to feel better about themselves for choosing that religion/lifestyle. That's what makes it feel like forcing someone in to religion. Pleads to "let a god in your heart" turn in to demands on occasion, which turns in to battles over which religion is "right" or which religion is "better".

    There may as well be a "surprise baptism" when certain types of people are around (mainly the over-zealous folk).


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    Re: Why is society trying to force everyone to join a religion ?

    Religion gives some people the hope they need to progress from day to day. No one can force you to believe anything. If you don't think that you need religion that fine but don't blame society. The debase world we live in is almost anti-religious (unless you live in the Bible belt).

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    Re: Why is society trying to force everyone to join a religion ?

    ... I might be going to open up a can of worms by saying this.

    I wanted to say religion isn't only on the outer reaches of society. You'll find that where it is profitable to have a general gathering-place, then ergo, there will be a general gathering place. But heres my arguement for that in any case - a religion shouldn't need money, as long as the message is delivered. Belief costs nothing.

    So here's what I'm going to say next.

    Infrastructures that you must pay to belong in, are cults. And not religion.

    You'll find many cults exist within the major areas of society, and not on the fringe or belts of it. However, its best not to confuse one with the other. I don't personally think people are anti-religious in todays modern world, I think they just don't have the time to go to church or whatever. It won't necessarily mean they aren't still religious in some way, but.. yeah. Now, to sum up what I just said..

    Religion and cults are two different things.
    Ergo, taking cults for example, society doesn't want you to join cults.
    Cults want you to join cults.

    Just thought I'd pop that up there. <3

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    Re: Why is society trying to force everyone to join a religion ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsquire View Post
    ...I don't personally think people are anti-religious in todays modern world, I think they just don't have the time to go to church or whatever. It won't necessarily mean they aren't still religious in some way, but...
    I beg to differ. There are TONS of people who've simply given up on religion or just refuse to believe in anything higher than themselves or that there is a way to be spiritually sound. Most of my friends when I was growin' up were and still are very anti-religious; which is what kinda drew me to athiesm back in the day. They would point out "loop-holes" in religion and they would make--what I thought were--valid points. However, my family is very religious, so there was a conflict between friend and family beliefs.

    I may not be religious in current times, but I am by no means against it. I feel like I can be spiritual without religion. Not because I don't have time to go to church. Because, believe me, I don't do jack-sh*t on Sundays with my free time. It's because I found a different way to be happy withouth the church. I found hope without a bible or prayer. But that's just me. I can't speak for everybody. To sum it up, I feel like there are the religious, the anti-religious, the in-betweens and the spiritual. It's up to each person to decide which one of those groups they are. No matter what the belief, the morals will always remain the same. (I hope I made sense, I tend to babble, LOL)


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    Re: Why is society trying to force everyone to join a religion ?

    Well~ like I said, you don't have to GO to church to be a christian. You also don't have to follow whatever BOOK your religion has to a T, because people interpret differently, to some VERY negative ends sometimes. But some GOOD ends too, and its those people that should be commended. I wouldn't ever go against the subject that there AREN'T people in the world that are just so far up in their own backsides that they dont care about anything more than themselves. This is the ant mentality. This is the kind of person who never grows to be anything more spiritual. Insight is stemmed, and they simply become a cog in the societal wheel. Sadly, a lot of people go down that line.

    But I'll agree with you, there ARE those that are religious, and those that are anti-religious, those that are unsure or inbetween, or simply spiritual, or 'open'. There are those that just watch. Or decipher. Or interpret the world in their own way. But there are ALSO those that just dont go to church too, and are still christian. Same with Muslims, or Buddhists. Not all of them go to Mecca or sit infront of Buddha every day.

    I can understand atheism as a way of;

    "Not believing in [enter religion/god here] and I will either die and that will be the end of it, or **I** will choose a belief when I'm ready, whether or not its yours or my own is MY decision."

    What I can't understand atheism as, is people who use it in terms of;
    "Your religion is wrong, and THIS reason and THIS reason and THIS reason is WHY."

    Actual solid anti-religiousness, arguementative against ALL other beliefs, can sometimes be as bad as pure, total "I-am-the-right-one" religiousness. Because in retrospect to BOTH area's there - pride gets a person too up in themselves in both instances. It causes arguements, and fights. If one ruled the world, he would crush ALL religion and religious artifacts and history and burn every man, woman and child that had believed in something. The other, would crush ALL decent atheists or those still "unsure" or disbelieving, bend minds to think the way their intended to, and burn every man, woman and child that didn't believe in their philosophy. Seeing the pattern here? xD

    So yes. Let's meet in the middle there.

    I wouldnt say there AREN'T people who are anti-religious, religious, in-betweens, whatever, and really, by your own words, you don't need to find hope by reading the bible or praying or going to church - and yet, they'll still be christians or muslims or ANY kind of religious member in their own right.

    As for "loop holes" in religions, this is where different peoples interpretations usually come from. People forget that a book is a book. Its about the message and the morals within and what you relate to within it, even if its a story from centuries long, long past, it's amazing how common morals still stay clear. Some people try to be too literal or read too much into things sometimes, I guess. Sometimes people only see what they want to see. Some simply refuse to see, and in some ways, this is as good - OR as bad, as interpreting the scriptures negatively themselves. Criticising, for example. I know someone might say to me soon that you should be able to criticise religion if you want. I'll go further into this if anyone wants.

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