Black Spirituality Religion : What are your thoughts on Religion? (No Preaching, please)

Discussion in 'Black Spirituality / Religion - General Discussion' started by tburanda, Apr 9, 2003.

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What is your religion

  1. Christianity

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  2. Islam

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  3. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism /other (no offense)

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    3.6%
  4. I don\\\'t practice formal religion

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  1. tburanda

    tburanda New Member MEMBER

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    for a long time, I have been trying to have a real, open conversation about religion where no one is trying to defend or put forth their own beliefs, but rather talk about how they came about them. I recently walked away from my own Christianity, and I basically did this because I find it hard to believe that one has to be a part of an organized religion to have a meaningful relationship with the Creator. About a year ago, I was listening to Black Liberation Radio WBLR
    and I heard the speaker say something that has never left my mind: "religion is the deification of a culture". For the life of me I cannot seem to get that statement out of my mind, and I often think that even for the hundreds of millions of people who practice different religions and faiths, that very few realize how their minds are being controlled by those select few who decided (long ago and today) what is morally acceptable for their followers. Right now, i'm kind of baffled by religion in general. How did you come by your religion (or lack thereof)? Have you ever questioned your spiritual beliefs? If so, did you dig deep or do some research, and what conclusions did you come to as a result of your journey.
     
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    i believe in God.
    that's it...
    men are good liars...
    most of history is a lie...
    that's all i have to say...
    i hope that i didn't preach...

    an aquarian looking for the truth
    khasm
     
  3. tburanda

    tburanda New Member MEMBER

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    no preaching...explained

    All I meant when I said "no preaching" is that I don't want a long explanation for why your religion is the best and everyone else is going to hell. I want to know how and why people believe what they believe, not the ins and outs of various religions... feel me?
     
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    A007 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I am a Plluralist...That simply means that I believe in God and Jesus...but I allow for the fact that man has different experiences in everything else, so it is probable that we have different experiences of God. There is no one right faith. It is a matter of how one experiences his or her faith through socialization, thought, research, and/or experience.
     
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    Good question

    I've been on a spiritual journey most of my adult life. I was raised in the southern Baptist tradition and although I adopted Christianity as my religion, it was because I was young and impressionable and that's what I had always been exposed to and didn't know anything different.

    As I have gotten older though, I began to question my individual perceptions because I struggled with what I was being taught, not being taught and how the message was being delivered, and what I felt in my spirit. My spirit seemed to be at odds with a great many things about the religious message and how I was witnessing it being applied or put into practice.

    For years I struggled with this because if I raised a question that seem to challenge someone's philosophical beliefs, I would quickly be shut down with a simple claim that you're supposed to have "blind faith" and not question religion. But I felt that was and is wrong. They interpret that to mean things unseen to the naked eye but I don't think that's true. You first have to have a spiritual connection with a "higher power" and when you believe in it and your faith is strong, you will follow that path without question (blind), and you shouldn't feel threatened by questions asked of you.

    But I felt it was important enough to follow my spirit's lead because it was so strong. So I left the "formal" church and began to seek answers to questions on my own. I began to read and explore other "religions" and found that there wasn't much difference in the messages and probably because of their cultural context and influence.

    I don't fault nor judge anyone else's beliefs. If a particular religion works for you, then so be it. The only religion that I won't support is one that teaches hate and destruction.

    Now, I too refer to my higher power as my Creator. I have not found all the answers that I feel comfortable with about a particular "religion", but I believe there is a Creator and I feel it's power and energy and I believe it's about love. So I don't wear a religious title...except to say that I'm a humble Believer.
     
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    A godly love & bond
    faith is believeth
     
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    i believe that religion starts with a relationship with christ, one that is bonded by faith....the love od christ shall set u free....glory to the ALMIGHTY GOD
     
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    I am a Christian and raised in the Christian church. My Mother is a Christian and my Dad (stepfather) was a Deacon in the Baptist Church. My father's religion is Orthodox Judaism.

    My parents taught me to ask questions and to learn as much as possible.

    We must remember not to just practice a religion but to live spiritually.
     
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    I grew up a Southern Baptist, but as I grew older my beliefs became more open minded, being a scientist helped also. I have faith but religion is another thing. Back in the day you could see the church as a sacred place but now it can be seen as a dating scene or a place of business. Having an ATM machine in a church makes me wonder. It is all in how you percieve things. I remember in my teenage years, one year I went trick-or-treating and some 3 brothers were passing out pamphlets talking about donot celebrate Halloween it is the devil's day and blah blah blah. I was like, "let a kid be a kid". People trying to dictate their religion can cause problems. We all come from different walks of life so we will not see everything the same way. Here is a link to an interesting topic on anothe message board. Its topic is:
    How to avoid going to church

    This was posted right before easter on a computer programming board. It has some interesting dialog.
     
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    I'm a Christian. I believe that many people stay in a religion because it is what they are accustomed to. By the time a person reaches adulthood, many of the creeds he/she has been taught are fully embedded. I think that many people won't even allow themselves to ponder seeking another religion.
     
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