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9/15/2015 11:16:23 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 9/15/2015 4:42:01 AM, IntellectVsSpirit5000 wrote:
The Church and Jedi Temple. Jediism. May the force be with you. And you . And YOU too...

Please describe the doctrine of Jediism.
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9/15/2015 1:33:03 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
From the Church of the Jedi web site.

Jedi Doctrine

The Jedi church has no official doctrine or scripture. The Jedi church recognizes that all living things share a living force and that all people have an innate knowledge of what is right and wrong, and the Jedi Church celebrates this like no other religion.

Basic concepts of the Jedi faith that we at the Jedi Church would like to promote are the following:

The Basic Concepts

There is one all powerful force that binds the entire universe together. It is "an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together". This is a concept that most religions of the world concur with. Some refer to it as their deity, some refer to it as a life force, but the one thing nearly all religions agree with, is that there exists a single unifying force.

There are 2 sides to the force, the dark side and the light side. "Beware of the dark side... The dark side leads to fear. Fear leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering". Good versus Evil is a common element through most religions. The issues of good versus evil, right versus wrong permeate through the doctrines of all religions. Most religions attempt to state what is right and wrong, to establish their moral code. Sometimes religions make codes that don't reach a great consensus. Outsiders, and sometime insiders, begin to judge their religious code by something more powerful, something more innate, an innate ability to know what is right and wrong. This is the Jedi's belief, that morality, good and evil, are all axioms of the force, and that we must listen to the force so that we will know the right thing to do.

Can good exist without evil? The Jedi believe that good and evil are only axioms of the all powerful and unifying force. The force contains all that is good and all that is bad. We all are free and sentient beings who have the capability to do good or evil. It is our choice of direction that determines if we do good or evil. The existence of good and evil is necessary for freewill.

So in summary, listen to the force, and beware the dark side!

Do we believe in an afterlife?

The original Star Wars trilogy was the best visualization of what we believe, as it is what binds us all together in this faith. There are repetitive references to an afterlife, in which people in the afterlife can talk to us. I think it is fair to say that many Jedi probably to believe in an afterlife of some sort or another, however, this is really left up to each of us to make a judgment call.

Is there a Deity?

Perhaps it is the force, "an energy field created by all living things". But this is a good question for Jedi to meditate on, do we believe their exists a deity(s) who has/have their own conscious, and who can act on their own free will?