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7/18/2013 8:11:08 PM
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What religions are interesting?

Try to include ones other than the Abrahamic religions too, if you choose them, since they do nothing for me.
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7/18/2013 8:37:13 PM
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Alcoholics Anonymous. So many ridiculous, cultish, self-contradictory teachings that it's funny.
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7/18/2013 8:37:26 PM
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At 7/18/2013 8:12:34 PM, Anti-atheist wrote:
Christinity

You mean Cwistanity?
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7/18/2013 8:37:58 PM
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At 7/18/2013 8:37:13 PM, annanicole wrote:
Alcoholics Anonymous. So many ridiculous, cultish, self-contradictory teachings that it's funny.

State some teachings.
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7/18/2013 8:47:22 PM
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Hinduism is nice if you approach it from not a literal perspective but more metaphorical. Look at Yogic practices and the implied meaning of the Gods.

We have a god Agni, who rules over fire, but he is not just the "Ruler of Fire", but rather the essence of fire itself. He exists in every flame, when you strip away all the differences like the color or shape or fuel burned. He's the pure essence of what fire is, and exists in every fire you'll ever see. His attributes ascribed to him are just those ascribed to fire itself. Having an idol in the shape of a man for him is more a convenience than anything since its impossible to depict pure fire.

So if you are worshiping Agni, you are not really putting your life at the mercy of some Pagan god, its more like you are just accepting and reminding yourself of how much you rely on fire. How it is dangerous and tempermental, but still provides you with heat, cooks your food, boils your water. How you need to offer it a small sacrifice every once in a while or else it will leave you and you will be alone. Its more about taking the time to appreciate all the things that you rely upon without paying attention. This is the case for all our deities, theyre all just a lesson about taking the time to remember the small things in life that make the world work.

As for Yoga, when I say that, its more than just doing weird stretches. Thats just the part that carried over to Western culture. Ancient yoga was about what you need to do to have a healthy mental balance. It involves physical exercise because that keeps the mind sharp, but there are sutras that teach you how to meditate, because that is how you focus your mind to get the most of yourself. It teaches you how to use your subconscious to find answers to questions you didn't realize you already had the answers for, and to control your body in amazing ways, like how hypnosis works.

Not to mention, if your just in it for a good read, some of the Vedic stories are pretty hardcore. If you like Greek Mythology you'd probably get a kick out of it.
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7/18/2013 8:51:31 PM
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Besides my native Catholicism, I find Judaism particularly interesting. I've also been interested by other ancient Semitic religions, Zoroastrianism, Panentheism, and various Christian heresies (like Arianism).
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7/18/2013 8:52:45 PM
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At 7/18/2013 8:47:22 PM, Bannanawamajama wrote:
Hinduism is nice if you approach it from not a literal perspective but more metaphorical. Look at Yogic practices and the implied meaning of the Gods.

We have a god Agni, who rules over fire, but he is not just the "Ruler of Fire", but rather the essence of fire itself.

Reminds me of my demi-gods, the Ori.

He exists in every flame, when you strip away all the differences like the color or shape or fuel burned. He's the pure essence of what fire is, and exists in every fire you'll ever see. His attributes ascribed to him are just those ascribed to fire itself. Having an idol in the shape of a man for him is more a convenience than anything since its impossible to depict pure fire.

So if you are worshiping Agni, you are not really putting your life at the mercy of some Pagan god, its more like you are just accepting and reminding yourself of how much you rely on fire. How it is dangerous and tempermental, but still provides you with heat, cooks your food, boils your water. How you need to offer it a small sacrifice every once in a while or else it will leave you and you will be alone. Its more about taking the time to appreciate all the things that you rely upon without paying attention. This is the case for all our deities, theyre all just a lesson about taking the time to remember the small things in life that make the world work.

As for Yoga, when I say that, its more than just doing weird stretches. Thats just the part that carried over to Western culture. Ancient yoga was about what you need to do to have a healthy mental balance. It involves physical exercise because that keeps the mind sharp, but there are sutras that teach you how to meditate, because that is how you focus your mind to get the most of yourself. It teaches you how to use your subconscious to find answers to questions you didn't realize you already had the answers for, and to control your body in amazing ways, like how hypnosis works.

Sounds fun. :D

I will put you into a trance where you will find answers for questions you never knew you had.


Not to mention, if your just in it for a good read, some of the Vedic stories are pretty hardcore. If you like Greek Mythology you'd probably get a kick out of it.

Hell yeah.
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7/18/2013 8:55:57 PM
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At 7/18/2013 8:51:31 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
Besides my native Catholicism, I find Judaism particularly interesting.

Orthodox Jews dress like dons. Also, http://www.guardian.co.uk... .

I've also been interested by other ancient Semitic religions, Zoroastrianism, Panentheism, and various Christian heresies (like Arianism).

Semitic?
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7/18/2013 9:26:06 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 7/18/2013 8:11:08 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
What religions are interesting?

Try to include ones other than the Abrahamic religions too, if you choose them, since they do nothing for me.

You tried all 3 (and the main subsects)?

If your done with the Abrahamic religions, try Buddhism and Hinduism, but they're more insightful than fun.

All religions have interesting and insightful aspects to them, combine them and make your own multicultural cocktail, & patent it :)
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7/18/2013 9:31:49 PM
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At 7/18/2013 8:52:45 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:

Not to mention, if your just in it for a good read, some of the Vedic stories are pretty hardcore. If you like Greek Mythology you'd probably get a kick out of it.

Hell yeah.

If you are interested in that part, start with the story of Parashuram. He's an immortal axe weilding psychopath trained by Shiva, the God of Unmaking, and given a magical God-Power axe. He flips out and goes on a world tour slaughtering the wicked basically committing mass genocide, then went back home and just sits there now waiting for you to screw up so he can come down and mess up your day.

Oh he's the good guy by the way.
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7/18/2013 9:40:49 PM
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At 7/18/2013 8:55:57 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 7/18/2013 8:51:31 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
Besides my native Catholicism, I find Judaism particularly interesting.

Orthodox Jews dress like dons...

That's mostly Hasidim / Chasidim and ultra orthodox Jews (AKA Haradim / Charadim).

Orthodox Jews actually score highest in Gallup Well-Being Index composites:

http://www.gallup.com...
http://www.gallup.com...
http://www.gallup.com...
http://www.gallup.com...
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7/18/2013 10:56:18 PM
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At 7/18/2013 8:55:57 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 7/18/2013 8:51:31 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
Besides my native Catholicism, I find Judaism particularly interesting.

Orthodox Jews dress like dons. Also, http://www.guardian.co.uk... .

I'm not really sure what that link is supposed to relate to me.

I've also been interested by other ancient Semitic religions, Zoroastrianism, Panentheism, and various Christian heresies (like Arianism).

Semitic?

Semitic refers to cultures in the Near East and Middle East, including Arabs, Canaanites, etc., and the Hebrews, of course.
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7/18/2013 11:05:46 PM
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At 7/18/2013 10:56:18 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 7/18/2013 8:55:57 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 7/18/2013 8:51:31 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
Besides my native Catholicism, I find Judaism particularly interesting.

Orthodox Jews dress like dons. Also, http://www.guardian.co.uk... .

I'm not really sure what that link is supposed to relate to me.

I think its VERY clear how thats intended to relate to you. Wink wink.
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7/18/2013 11:21:37 PM
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"State some teachings."

Easy

"Alcoholism is a disease."

"Divine aid was A.A.'s greatest asset."

"Nothin, absolutely nothing, happens in God's perfect world by mistake."

"The age of miracles is still with us."

"We admitted we were powerless over (insert whatever you want)"

"You can, if you want, make A. A. your higher power." The problem with this is that Step 7 then has you praying ... to A. A.

"Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings."

And more and more and more. I wrote an 80-page booklet on them once: "New Testament Christianity versus Alocoholics Anonymous Spirituality."
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7/18/2013 11:27:27 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 7/18/2013 8:11:08 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
What religions are interesting?

Try to include ones other than the Abrahamic religions too, if you choose them, since they do nothing for me.

Vedanta.

Fascinating stuff if you've got the mind for it.
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7/18/2013 11:29:05 PM
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At 7/18/2013 8:47:22 PM, Bannanawamajama wrote:
Hinduism is nice if you approach it from not a literal perspective but more metaphorical. Look at Yogic practices and the implied meaning of the Gods.

We have a god Agni, who rules over fire, but he is not just the "Ruler of Fire", but rather the essence of fire itself. He exists in every flame, when you strip away all the differences like the color or shape or fuel burned. He's the pure essence of what fire is, and exists in every fire you'll ever see. His attributes ascribed to him are just those ascribed to fire itself. Having an idol in the shape of a man for him is more a convenience than anything since its impossible to depict pure fire.

So if you are worshiping Agni, you are not really putting your life at the mercy of some Pagan god, its more like you are just accepting and reminding yourself of how much you rely on fire. How it is dangerous and tempermental, but still provides you with heat, cooks your food, boils your water. How you need to offer it a small sacrifice every once in a while or else it will leave you and you will be alone. Its more about taking the time to appreciate all the things that you rely upon without paying attention. This is the case for all our deities, theyre all just a lesson about taking the time to remember the small things in life that make the world work.

As for Yoga, when I say that, its more than just doing weird stretches. Thats just the part that carried over to Western culture. Ancient yoga was about what you need to do to have a healthy mental balance. It involves physical exercise because that keeps the mind sharp, but there are sutras that teach you how to meditate, because that is how you focus your mind to get the most of yourself. It teaches you how to use your subconscious to find answers to questions you didn't realize you already had the answers for, and to control your body in amazing ways, like how hypnosis works.

Not to mention, if your just in it for a good read, some of the Vedic stories are pretty hardcore. If you like Greek Mythology you'd probably get a kick out of it.

I definitely agree here on mythology. Better than the greeks when it comes to metaphors and analogies, IMO.

FYI, Vedanta is a particular interpretation of the Vedas which are the holy scriptures of Hinduism.
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7/19/2013 12:13:24 AM
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At 7/18/2013 11:05:46 PM, Bannanawamajama wrote:
At 7/18/2013 10:56:18 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 7/18/2013 8:55:57 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 7/18/2013 8:51:31 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
Besides my native Catholicism, I find Judaism particularly interesting.

Orthodox Jews dress like dons. Also, http://www.guardian.co.uk... .

I'm not really sure what that link is supposed to relate to me.

I think its VERY clear how thats intended to relate to you. Wink wink.

Wow, I've been outmaneuvered and am now trembling in humiliation.
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7/19/2013 2:12:52 PM
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At 7/18/2013 9:40:49 PM, 1Devilsadvocate wrote:
At 7/18/2013 8:55:57 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 7/18/2013 8:51:31 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
Besides my native Catholicism, I find Judaism particularly interesting.

Orthodox Jews dress like dons...

That's mostly Hasidim / Chasidim and ultra orthodox Jews (AKA Haradim / Charadim).

Orthodox Jews actually score highest in Gallup Well-Being Index composites:

http://www.gallup.com...
http://www.gallup.com...
http://www.gallup.com...
http://www.gallup.com...

How does it have "No religion - very religious"?
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7/19/2013 2:23:26 PM
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I think all religions have some insight, and people are supposed to find some happiness in them, but looking for a fun religion is strange!!

Religion is supposed to be a set of laws, I don't see how a set of laws can be "fun". unless you make up your own silly religion, in fact, not religion is fun.
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7/19/2013 2:27:47 PM
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At 7/19/2013 2:23:26 PM, Fruitytree wrote:
I think all religions have some insight, and people are supposed to find some happiness in them, but looking for a fun religion is strange!!

Religion is supposed to be a set of laws, I don't see how a set of laws can be "fun". unless you make up your own silly religion, in fact, not religion is fun.

Haram.

Also I do find some aspects of some religions fun/entertaining. Of course, some religions preach strange laws with coercive threats of eternal violence, which isn't fun at all.
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7/19/2013 4:14:15 PM
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At 7/18/2013 8:11:08 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
What religions are interesting?

Try to include ones other than the Abrahamic religions too, if you choose them, since they do nothing for me.

You never tried true Yahwism... so how would you if it works for you.
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7/19/2013 6:11:38 PM
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At 7/19/2013 2:27:47 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 7/19/2013 2:23:26 PM, Fruitytree wrote:
I think all religions have some insight, and people are supposed to find some happiness in them, but looking for a fun religion is strange!!

Religion is supposed to be a set of laws, I don't see how a set of laws can be "fun". unless you make up your own silly religion, in fact, not religion is fun.

Haram.

Also I do find some aspects of some religions fun/entertaining. Of course, some religions preach strange laws with coercive threats of eternal violence, which isn't fun at all.

Maybe you didn't go deep inside them, and judged the book by the cover some other people have shown you ?!
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7/19/2013 7:06:59 PM
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At 7/19/2013 4:14:15 PM, question4u wrote:
At 7/18/2013 8:11:08 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
What religions are interesting?

Try to include ones other than the Abrahamic religions too, if you choose them, since they do nothing for me.

You never tried true Yahwism... so how would you if it works for you.

I've never tried sh!t either.
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7/19/2013 7:07:48 PM
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At 7/19/2013 6:11:38 PM, Fruitytree wrote:
At 7/19/2013 2:27:47 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 7/19/2013 2:23:26 PM, Fruitytree wrote:
I think all religions have some insight, and people are supposed to find some happiness in them, but looking for a fun religion is strange!!

Religion is supposed to be a set of laws, I don't see how a set of laws can be "fun". unless you make up your own silly religion, in fact, not religion is fun.

Haram.

Also I do find some aspects of some religions fun/entertaining. Of course, some religions preach strange laws with coercive threats of eternal violence, which isn't fun at all.

Maybe you didn't go deep inside them, and judged the book by the cover some other people have shown you ?!

I skimmed through bits, so boring, repetitive and egotistical.
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7/19/2013 7:16:34 PM
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While we're on this subject, what other religions are there besides the following:

Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Paganism, Voodoo, Shinto, and Confucianism?

I'm also interested in learning about new religions, but I'm not aware of any besides these, if they exist. And I'm not talking about religiions that are either offshoots or very similar to these, like someone brought up Vedanta earlier. I mean something wholly original from these, but not some pop culture craze like Jedi or Whovia
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7/19/2013 7:31:28 PM
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At 7/19/2013 7:07:48 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 7/19/2013 6:11:38 PM, Fruitytree wrote:
At 7/19/2013 2:27:47 PM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 7/19/2013 2:23:26 PM, Fruitytree wrote:
I think all religions have some insight, and people are supposed to find some happiness in them, but looking for a fun religion is strange!!

Religion is supposed to be a set of laws, I don't see how a set of laws can be "fun". unless you make up your own silly religion, in fact, not religion is fun.

Haram.

Also I do find some aspects of some religions fun/entertaining. Of course, some religions preach strange laws with coercive threats of eternal violence, which isn't fun at all.

Maybe you didn't go deep inside them, and judged the book by the cover some other people have shown you ?!

I skimmed through bits, so boring, repetitive and egotistical.

It's not for you if you're looking for a fun religion anyway, but it's very comparable to all Abrahamic religions.
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7/19/2013 10:09:58 PM
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At 7/19/2013 7:16:34 PM, Bannanawamajama wrote:
While we're on this subject, what other religions are there besides the following:

Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Paganism, Voodoo, Shinto, and Confucianism?

I'm also interested in learning about new religions, but I'm not aware of any besides these, if they exist. And I'm not talking about religiions that are either offshoots or very similar to these, like someone brought up Vedanta earlier. I mean something wholly original from these, but not some pop culture craze like Jedi or Whovia

It depends how you define "offshoots" or "very similar". Also, do you mean modern practised religions, or can old ones count?
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