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177 days ago
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Schmidt
Religion has indeed been used to degrade the human condition as well as uplift it. When it is pushed into government, those pushers are missing the point of religion (in my opinion).

My psychological hypothesis is that those people who are too pushy with their own religion are not quite comfortable with the choice they have made. They need to find converts or force their agenda to ease their conscience.
177 days ago
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Lonely Bird
When someone is using religion to better themselves, their families, and their communities, that shows the principles of religion are being employed in the right way. I don't have a problem with such people and their belief system.

When religion is being used to be superior, hostile, insular, or competitive, this religion is not good. I am skeptical of people motivated in this way.
lonely bird"we the people" are stupid.
 

176 days ago
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I completely understand your position. I am merely trying to get a definition of "the Faith of God and His religion" because imo there is no such thing as his religion. There is man's hardwired attempt to understand the infinite when living in a finite body. Thus religions appear to inevitably become as opposed to his religion, my our our religion which degenerates into the "true faith" nonsense. The golden rule which appears in the Old Testament as well as in other faiths is something that should be a motivator for people. Unfortunately for many it is not or it is limited to their particular tribe, group, religion.
175 days ago
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It is amazing how two people can attend the same religious services with the same religious leader yet come to two different applications of how to apply religion in their lives. And if someone is truly looking for a reason to be superior or insular, they can find a religion to fit that need.

But we should also look at people who have used their religion to overcome hardships or build a better world. Unfortunately these instances do not make the mass media that often.
lonely bird"we the people" are stupid.
 

179 days ago
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Your final sentence is intriguing. What is God’s religion?
SchmidtLiberal/progressive/pragmatist
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180 days ago
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Religion is also the power that some people use to exert control over other people's lives. Taken on a national scale (e.g. Saudi Arabia) it leads to repression and subjugation, the antithesis of what their religion ostensibly subscribes to as their primary ordained mission.
SchmidtLiberal/progressive/pragmatist
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180 days ago
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As one who has discussed religion with many people worldwide, for the most part I have been amazed at the 100 percent certitude in their convictions. Indoctrination of religious beliefs begins from the day you are born, and the differences in various denominations of Christianity, Islam and others stem from the inconsistencies in the respective scriptures written by different people over hundreds of years. I try not mock or deride another person's beliefs but rather try understand and find common ground.

However, as certain religious folks try to impose their brand of religion on others through governmental policies, then we must push back using many of their tactics. If, for example, they say God created humans in his own image, then are not the LGBTQ community God's creations also? Or did their God deliberately create some humans with the intent that they would be discriminated against? If so, what kind of God is that?
'Religion' seems to be a notion that there is an all-powerful Sixth-Century-BC tyrant out there who has to be constantly appeased. I was brought up a Christian Socialist and am tempted by Buddhism, neither of which seems to me a 'religion'. Power-hungry nutters will inevitably mis-use antiquated doctrines in which people still pretend to believe. That's inevitable.