Religion

This forum is for talking about religious issues, learning about other cultures and faiths or beliefs. In a world with so many religions and creationism theories, a better understanding of our religious differences may help us all get along.

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  • No unread posts Interfaith Tolerance
    With so many religious beliefs in the world, many share a common belief in some higher power and a set of rules one should live by. Should you hold others accountable when they do not follow your faith?
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  • No unread posts Agnosticism
    Agnostics believe there insufficient evidence for mankind to make any judgment call on whether or not a God or Gods exist.
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  • No unread posts Atheism
    Atheists absolutely believe there is no such thing as God.
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  • No unread posts Bahá'í Faith
    Those who align themselves with the spritual faith of Bahá'í believe in one God, the unity of all religions and the unity of humanity for the shared purpose to know and love God through prayer, reflection and service to humanity.
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  • No unread posts Buddhism
    The belief in the teachings of the awakened one (Budda) to end suffering through the elimination of ignorance and desire to achieve nirvana. Budda's teachings are non-theistic.
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  • No unread posts Cao Đài
    Cao Đài Caodaiists believe in one God and heaven (with 36 levels) but that God was born from the big bang and had to create Ying and Yang before creating the universe and the Mother Buddha. Followers believe in Buddhas, Sages and Saints and have a structure similar to what you might find in Catholicism. They also believe in the existence of 72 planets inhabited by the living, with the planet #1 closest to Heaven and #72 closest to hell, the Earth being #68.
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  • No unread posts Christianity
    Christians believe in the teachings of the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, and that Jesus Christ is the son of God (messiah) and that his death by crucifixion lead to his resurrection and made it possible for man's sins to be forgiven so that they might be allowed to go to heaven after death.
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  • No unread posts Hinduism
    Hinduism is more of a way of life than a religion and there are many variances as to how it is practiced among a mainly Indian heritage, where most but not all believe in the existence of at least one supreme being, that existence is a cycle of birth, death and rebirth governed by Karma and adn adherence to dharma.
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  • No unread posts Islam
    Islam is the religion practiced by Muslims. They believe in the very same God that Jews and Christians believe in, including much of the historical record of the Bible. Muslims also believe that Jesus was a prophet and the Messiah, but not the son of God. Those who practice Islam believe partly in the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Gospels (New Testament) which they consider to have been corrupted and distorted, but finally corrected by the Qur'an which are the written texts compiled by the people who were close to the last prophet, Muhammad.
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  • No unread posts Jainism
    Those who practice Digambara or Śvētāmbara forms of Jainism believe that non-violence and self control is the key to liberation and a belief in pluraity, that there is no single truth as it depends on one owns limited perception. It is considered one of the world's oldest religions and practiced by a declining number of people in India and sparse populations around the world.
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  • No unread posts Judiasm (Jewish)
    Most Jewish people, who trace their roots back to Abraham in the Tanakh, follow the commandments of the Torah along with the other Hebrew and Aramaic teachings mostly canonical to the Old Testament as well as the Talmud. They do not believe in the Gospels of the New Testament or believe that Jesus was the messiah.
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  • No unread posts Mandaeism
    Mandaeism is the religion of Mandaeans, who believe in a formless spiritual entity and lower light and dark spiritual beings that include the lowest Ptahil, ruler of darkness and the ruler of light, God. They trace their reilgious beliefs back to Adam, Abel, Seth, Enosh, Noah, Shem, and Aram. Abraham and Moses are considered false prophets, and they consider Jesus of Nazerth as the false messiah. John the Baptist is revered among Mandeaans over all other prophets.
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  • No unread posts Paganism
    Paganism represents polytheism or belief in multiple Gods predominantly unlinked to Abrhamic based religions and the revival of ancient beliefs and practices as part of new religions. Throughout early history, Christians worked to obscure these beliefs of by relating Pagan rituals to holidays such as Christmas to replace the winter solstice.
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  • No unread posts Satanism
    Satinism, Satan Worship, Devil Worship are practiced by satanists who revere a fallen angel or deity that had wanted to be free from the Abrahamic or comparable God. In modern society satanic cults and sects are looked upon as worshippers of evil, and some in fact do, while others do not see Satan as a an evil spirit whatsoever.
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  • No unread posts Scientology
    Scientology is a belief that Man is a devine immortal spiritual being, spanning across multiple lifetimes, with unlimited capabilities most are unaware of. Scientologists who follow this religion that was founded by a science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard, also believe in Supreme Being as the 8th dynamic.
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  • No unread posts Shinshūkyō
    Shinshūkyō are new japanese religions that developed following World War II, when the Shinto religion lost its government protections. These religions usually follow some form of connection with older religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Shinto.
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  • Unitarian
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  • Yazdânism
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  • Zoroastrianism
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  • Theism
    The belief that at least one god exists.
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  • Pantheism
    Everything is part of an all-encompassing immanent God.
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