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Suggestions / Re: Aiding those wishing to contribute
« on: October 30, 2012, 07:30:35 AM »
It took a little longer than anticipated but I have enabled the spell checking feature of the website. To use it, simply press the "Spell Check" button at the bottom right of the edit panel.

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Suggestions / Re: Aiding those wishing to contribute
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:53:22 AM »
Hello Andre,
It's a good suggestion. I have a spell checker in my browser, so I didn't think that it would be needed in the editor as well, but now that you mention it I see that it could help. I will do that when I come back from my business trip in about a week.

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I like that question. But I would put an additional twist to it. The gods that are worshipped are not the gods themselves but incomplete and biased descriptions of these gods made by human beings. So the question becomes, which god do you worship, and how different from the actual god is the god that you worship (assuming here of course that every description of a god corresponds to an actual deity).

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Faith / Re: faith needed
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:40:13 AM »
Good point Andre, mankind has an appetite for the sublime, which has been traditionally satisfied by religion and worship. I think that a few thousand years ago, that might have been the most efficient and effective way to do so. But is that still true today?

Our understanding of the universe is surely not complete but it is much deeper than it was even just a couple of hundred years ago. We understand such things as DNA, quantum physics, relativity, we have discovered beautiful mathematical truths. We understand much more our place and impact in nature. All this knowledge is accessible to anybody, anywhere in the world. Can the beauty of what we know and understand not satisfy our need for absolute and truth that is currently satisfied by religion? Should it?

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Religion / Re: What briefly is written in the Quran
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:26:13 AM »
That's an interesting post. But isn't religion mostly about laws and rules, as well as the consequences for not following them? In my opinion, the Big Three religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) are. I do not know enough about other religions to make a more widespread generalization, but it seems to me to be a cornerstone of religion.
Another interesting point that you bring is the love vs destruction side of religion. You speak of Jesus' words but I think most religions incorporate a peaceful message. On the other hand religions also incorporate a lot of violence that seems from another age. Just an example from each of the Big Three: the bible talks about killing a child that talks back to his parents (Matthew 15:1-6)... The Torah (Deut 20:16-18) about killing men, women and children (and animals as well, if taken literally), and the Quran about beheading non believers and cutting off their fingers (Surah 8:12).
How do you know when to follow the peaceful message or the violent one? If you must make your own choices then does religion fail at its role to lay out laws and rules?

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Faith / Re: faith needed
« on: July 28, 2011, 02:24:38 PM »
But shouldn't one find one's own way, rather than rely on blind trust and adopt someone else's beliefs? Yes in modern life you will need to take some time aside and think about what you do and why. I think that it is essential that you do. Whether or not you have faith. But why do you need the faith? It seems counterproductive to me, like a pre-packaged belief system you can just unwrap and adopt as your own. No thinking necessary and no need to question yourself or anything. Too easy! :)

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Religion and modern life / Religion and modern life
« on: July 07, 2011, 08:09:05 AM »
Are the big religions, who were founded thousands of years ago, adapted to modern life and have they managed to stay meaningful?

Personally I don't think so. I think that there are many challenges that we have today that are left out by the major religions, and this is helping to create unhealthy societies in which we seem to be living today. A striking example would be the environment. It is a major challenge today, yet it is completely left out by the religions I know. I don't know that many, of course, so feel free to contradict me, after all healthy discussion is what this site is for.

So I think that because the major religions don't address the problem directly, countless people don't consider the problem to be important in the cosmic scale of things. And I think that's a real problem. Certain people will spend much energy trying to fix problems that were mostly current thousands of years ago but will disregard important topics of today because they were not taken into account in the religious scriptures that they follow.

The problem seems to be really coming down to the dogmatic nature of religion. How can religion progress when society and the world change, and our understanding of the world, science and ourselves evolves? Does your religion change? Are there amendments done to the reference "book" over time?

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General Discussion / Welcome to the open religion forum
« on: July 07, 2011, 07:03:00 AM »
Welcome to the open religion forum. This place is intended for people of all faith and beliefs to discuss and share their views on religion and religious topics. The forums will be kept clean of all abuse.
All disrespectful posts, comments or messages will be immediately deleted and the user banned.
This is meant to stop all abuse, but not healthy discussion. People will not be banned because their opinion does not match someone else's.

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