hey guys I have a question for all of you, and it involves spiritual stuff so please read the whole thing before you get angry or freak out on me. I'm going make this short and explain further in my replies so to make it more bearable to read. I'm a strong Christian, and since this forum is about relationship, I can honestly say that I have an excellent relationship with God. But what about you? I'm not here to do evangelical stuff, I just want to get some opinions, especially from people of different religions. I talk to almost all of my friends about this, and some of them are of different religions (Islamic, Buddhism, Hindu, Athiests....)And I really would like your honest opinion on your spiritual life, or lack of one, or just questions about why or why nots. Thanks
I suppose if you were a nun, you'd be married to Jesus, and that would be sort of like the kind of relationship that this forum is about. Otherwise, relationships with your car, your dog, or your inner child would be fair subjects.
Discussions on religious philosophy would be more at home in the Community forum.
For the record, I have no relationship with any supernatural being, but an alien from another planet once gave me an anal probe. Does that count?
I believe many things are possible. There is a God, there are Gods, or there is no God. They are all possibilities. I personally lean toward the notion that there is a God. But does it really matter what I think? For some religions, it matters that one believes in God in order to attain the goal of heaven. For myself, as long as I feel that I am a person that is exerting much more positive energy into this world than negative, then I feel that I am being my natural self. I hold no goal of reaping the rewards of heaven, nor do I fear the punishment of hell. My interests consist of this life and world I am living in right now.
To know one's self and to be truly happy with one's self is the start of it all. We all make mistakes, and I have learned that my way of dealing with it is looking within and meditation. I have learned not to dwell on the mistakes I have made, and to apply what I have learned to what I am doing at present and what I will do in the future. As long as I am leveled with who I am at present, then it is easy for me to find inner peace. If I am happy with myself, then I become a happy person and in turn I release this positive energy into the world to be shared amongst each other. This inner peace is my faith...
Faith is an interesting thing. So many people question what they supposedly believe... But wouldn't questioning it honestly show the lack of faith one has?
People try so hard to follow the strict guidelines set before them in the organized faith in which they participate. Everyday, I see people trying to mold themselves.
Aren't we all different? Doesn't one thing work for one person and not the other? Why do we condemn each other for having different beliefs when we are, in fact, different people?
Must we mold ourselves into the perfection of someone else's perception? Can we achieve true happiness by becoming someone we naturally are not? Don't we find frustration and unhappiness with our inability to comply with a rigid set or grid of rules? Does frustration and unhappiness contribute to our world?
I think we are too busy being worried. We are so busy questioning and trying mold ourselves. In all the busy hustle of the world, we forget to live this life that is a treasure to be enjoyed in happiness and self fulfillment.
Do I question my faith? I do not. It is hard to question such a faith as inner peace. I know that I am still learning about myself. I know that I will make mistakes. I know that I am completely unique from everyone else. I know what works for me may not work for others. I know it will be a long time for me to fully learn acceptance.
So, let us address the question at hand. What kind of relationship do I have with God? I suppose God is the only one with the answer to that question and I am comfortable with just that.
My Religion is kinda messed up I reckon, I pretty much follow Native American, however i still generally refer to the Great Spirit, as God. While I don't do to much in the lines of Christian/Catholic stuff I do read the bible and study it.
I always hear stuff such as Non married sex is sinful and Masturbation is horrible sins yada yada, but when I actually read the bible speaks nothing of it really. It does say you should be married, and on other verses it indicates that you should be married, which is probably true, but it doesn't actually say you're doing a horrible sin as far as I read. The closest thing in there that says that is the word Fornication, in our dictionary this means non married sex, however in greek or hebrew or whatever it was wrote it when it was wrote Fornication was another word for Harolet also included Adultery.
So I get into allot of arguments over that, because I'm not a Christian most believe I have zero clue in what I'm actually talking about. even though I'm now an ordained minister, but ah well.
I do believe there is A god, possibly others. I mean there is obviously some sort of creator I mean, you can't have a chicken with out an egg, but if there is no chicken to lay an egg then what? and if you believe in evolution to any extent, there is still what created what.
The only real question is, what created the creator. Did it create itself? can it create itself? hopefully we'll know when we die and go to whatever happens.
I mean there is obviously some sort of creatorThe human mind is always looking for patterns and explanations, when there are not necessarily any. It's why people look for patterns in lottery numbers, when they're actually random; they lack any pattern. At best. all we can say is that we don't know, and we can't know with current information. We won't necessarily know when we die.If you believe in the scientific idea of a Big Bang, or something like it, you can speculate on what set things in motion, but you can't know. You can also say, as a pantheist, that God is everywhere, but that just reduces God to the totality of physical phenomena.=====================websexinfo> This inner peace is my faith…I find that hard to understand. "Faith" is placed in something. Are you saying that you have faith in yourself? Otherwise, I can just as well say that "gypsum drywall is my faith".
Quote:I find that hard to understand. "Faith" is placed in something. Are you saying that you have faith in yourself? Otherwise, I can just as well say that "gypsum drywall is my faith".It's quite simple. What I trust most is myself when I am in the state of peace.