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I was reading my book for World Religions today and I had a thought.… - Speak Friend and Enter
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I was reading my book for World Religions today and I had a thought. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most people in the world don't ever consider other religions before they go with whatever they have been taught. It would seem that if so many religions have persisted for so long, that no single one has yet to be shown to be the "right" or "true" religion. With that in mind, how do people believe so strongly in one faith while someone on the other side of the world believes just as fervently in another, and both of them think they have it right? It makes more sense to me to investigate and understand each of the major religions, at least, and for me I'd like to hit as many as I can find information on, before deciding which works best for one's particular beliefs. For example, I was raised Lutheran, and when I was a kid, I had no reason to think there was anything else. These days, I'm pretty strongly atheistic, but that probably doesn't accurately describe all my personal beliefs, so I'm interested in finding out all I can about other religions - Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, etc to determine which, if any, makes the most sense to me as a person. I'm not saying that I have a need for religion; quite the contrary, I'm getting along quite well without it. But I tend to believe in an afterlife or some sort, and the idea of a separation of mind and body has maintained a good hold on me since I learned about it, so I imagine that maybe there is some faith out there that holds the same principles and could enlighten me further. I have decided already that it is not Christianity, and while some aspects of Buddhism are appealing, the methods of it that I have read about so far don't sound very good to me. One of my closest friends is devoutly Christian, and I think it would be quite interesting to ask her what reason she has to choose Christianity over any other faith of which she has no knowledge? Basically this all comes back to one my fundamental beliefs, that making a decision or taking a stance on something is pointless unless one knows everything about it, or at least everything practically attainable.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: March 6th, 2001 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

I couldn't agree with you more

My name is Chris (I'm a girl...short for Christina) and I saw your profile on sparkmatch and decided to check out this little website. I must say that I find your writing intelligent and insightful. Your poem was also quite moving. It made me feel like I was lost in some terrifying reverie.
Anyway, about the religion thing...I couldn't agree with you more. I myself was raised Christian, but only began questioning it once I got to college. Its so hard to block out the biases we have when researching other religions, though. Its especially hard when dealing with issues of Eastern culture verses Western and all the stigmas that go along with certain countries. For example, one shallow belief I hold is that I want nothing to do with religion from Iran, Pakistan, or neighboring countries because of the way women are treated in their culture. See? Totally unresearched and broad, and quite frankly a stupid view I hold.
Well, I guess I just wanted to say that I think you are very talented and unique in all the world. You can email me back at snake_eyes151 or my spark nickname is rottenpoptart, if you feel so inclined. Take care. -Chris
ps. what school are you a D.J. for?
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