How should people follow religious scriptures?

Posted by: PetersSmith

Religions could be traced back to the very beginning of man. But how were their ideas, beliefs, and general morals meant to be followed? If you are an Atheist, answer as how you feel that they should be followed, but the "own ideas" option technically does apply nicely to your beliefs.

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They are to be disobeyed

Scriptures and their like corrupt the minds of others. Everything written in them should not be heeded and rather the books should be burned. Life should be taken in its most simplistic and most obvious form, free from the taint of religions. Right ... and wrong shouldn't exist. It's kill or be killed and religions just don't understand that. We are humans and we should act like it   more
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To the letter

Religious scriptures should be followed diligently and to the letter. They were made for people to follow them so that those who do may gain enlightenment in life. All those who fail to do so are destined for Limbo or are heretics. Heresy grows from...  idleness   more
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They are to be studied

Understand them all so that you may understand life, or something along those lines.
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So that you may develop your own ideas off of them and/or around them

Contemporary religions have festered in human society for so long that they have had an influence on almost everyone. However, these religions could be completely irrational, confusing, or even wrong from your standpoint. There's a reason why Atheis... m exists and thus many take religious ideas and form their own ethics, beliefs, and ideas on how life and the Universe began. Some people completely throw out the idea that there is a "god" and instead focus on what the scripture teaches so that they could be a better person in their own eyes. Some people even remove the "morality" bits and instead mold them into what they personally feel is right and wrong, creating their own ethics in the process. They may take ideas from multiple scriptures and add their own so that they can craft their own belief that finally makes sense to them. Sometimes religions even branch off of others and that's how reformations, heresies, and schisms happened (and Scientology)   more
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Scriptures are more of "guidelines" than anything else

“I live and love in God’s peculiar light": Religions can be traced back to the very beginning of man, but they were created for a reason. People needed hope, they needed something to tell them what was right and what was wrong, and they needed purpo... se. Religious scriptures are outdated, there is no question about that, and thus some of their sayings no longer apply. However, their morals and ideas on how to live your life should be heeded. They teach others not to act out with wrath, greed, envy, lust, pride, and gluttony; they teach others to have Chasity, temperance, be charitable, be diligent, have patience, kindness, and to be modest; and they show you what it means to be human   more
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Scriptures are more so others can understand life and the Universe itself

Many, if not all, scriptures tell of how life began and/or how the Universe was created. People develop their own beliefs, there is no doubt about that, but some choose some religions over others because they make more sense to them.
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PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:11:56.8644957-05:00
Mishapqueen: Then shouldn't it be considered to be more of a guideline?
mishapqueen says2014-08-07T22:12:15.6160563-05:00
Yes and no.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:12:43.5599225-05:00
Mishapqueen: Alright, that makes sense I guess.
mishapqueen says2014-08-07T22:13:45.7077888-05:00
Well, yes in the sense that Christianity is about a relationship, not rules, and no in the idea that Scripture shouldn't be changed and is not subjective.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:15:37.8763032-05:00
Mishapqueen: Interesting, I've actually never thought about it that way.
mishapqueen says2014-08-07T22:17:03.2717980-05:00
Yeah, it's something I think about a lot.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:17:37.3582350-05:00
For those that are wondering why I included heresy in "to the letter" it is because when scriptures are not followed to the letter new ideas begin to form that could be dangerous to society. Think of how radical sects branch off from certain religions.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:20:39.1608840-05:00
Mishapqueen: What scripture do you follow?
mishapqueen says2014-08-07T22:24:11.9974326-05:00
The Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:24:31.0074800-05:00
Mishapqueen: Cool.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:25:46.1989980-05:00
Mishapqueen: Do you like the Book of Revelations? I love the concept of the Four Horsemen.
mishapqueen says2014-08-07T22:27:25.7531586-05:00
Do you mean the last book of the Bible?
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:28:00.3702243-05:00
Mishapqueen: Final book of the New Testament.
mishapqueen says2014-08-07T22:30:59.6956728-05:00
Yes, it is a really interesting book. It's also greatly disagreed on what it means.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:31:30.6466680-05:00
Mishapqueen: By you?
mishapqueen says2014-08-07T22:33:51.4071229-05:00
Not really, it is just a confusing book sometimes.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:35:18.5184123-05:00
Mishapqueen: Understandable. After all, it is about the apocalypse.
mishapqueen says2014-08-07T22:37:21.8988123-05:00
And it has lots of figurative language.
reece says2014-08-07T22:38:56.9184123-05:00
Didn't Nostradamus come up with the concept of the four horsemen?
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:40:20.4252123-05:00
Reece: Says it's from Zechariah.
mishapqueen says2014-08-07T22:41:20.0260020-05:00
It's also mentioned in Revelation.
reece says2014-08-07T22:43:16.1858358-05:00
When did Zechariah live?
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T22:45:27.3843588-05:00
It says his specific book, not Revelation, was published around 520–518 BC, but I don't know his birth date.
reece says2014-08-07T22:47:26.0238899-05:00
@PetersSmith Yeah, i couldn't find it.
JasperFrancisShickadance says2014-08-07T23:12:10.1933331-05:00
I would choose four of the six choices on here.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T23:16:25.3796537-05:00
If you still want to vote. Choose the one that you think MOST applies. I know it's hard, but try.
YamaVonKarma says2014-08-07T23:30:51.4486999-05:00
Religion just holds us back. All of them do.... Well aside from Buddhism and a few other Asian practices.
PetersSmith says2014-08-07T23:31:23.2085544-05:00
YamaVonKarma: Oh no a contradiction!
YamaVonKarma says2014-08-07T23:32:29.3070094-05:00
I'm hesitant to count Buddhism as a full religion.
discomfiting says2014-08-08T09:56:56.4580610-05:00
Buddhism unlike most religions don't have a deity-- in my opinion and many other's opinions it's more a life philosophy and way of life more so than a religion despite the legality of it being accounted as a religion.
yetifivepecks says2014-08-08T16:29:49.9993993-05:00
This is true. Buddhism does not have any stance at all on "gods" in the traditional sense. Many Buddhists do believe in an "Absolute" though, a Universal Mind.
yetifivepecks says2014-08-08T16:35:51.9202327-05:00
The way I see it, reading religious texts is like panning for gold. Sift out all of the sand, and keep only what glitters. The "all or nothing" approach strikes me as extremely irrational. The Bible, for instance, is a compilation of dozens of ancient scriptures and letters written over centuries. So, of course there are contradictions! Who cares? Take the good, and leave the bad. I personally love the philosophies of Jesus (most of them), a little bit of the New and even some of the Old Testament. The vast majority of the contents of the books should not be taken literally, but the good parts can still enrich your life.
reece says2014-08-08T16:38:25.3457349-05:00
@yetifivepecks that in it's self sounds irrational.
reece says2014-08-08T16:40:07.9942327-05:00
@yetifivepecks That's why people should go all or nothing because anyone can just cherry pick what they wanna believe in.
yetifivepecks says2014-08-08T16:42:42.9015411-05:00
That makes no sense though. It's like turning off your mind. Do you go all or nothing with the writings of Plato, Nietzsche or Voltaire?
reece says2014-08-08T16:45:02.2110175-05:00
@yetifivepecks i don't read them..,.
yetifivepecks says2014-08-08T16:45:52.4748619-05:00
Perhaps we have a misunderstanding here? I am speaking from primarily a secular, philosophical standpoint. I'm not saying that we should all build our own religion. For example: I like most of what Jesus says (and it has contributed to my own personal philosophy), but I do not believe in the god of the Bible, or in any of it's restrictive laws.
reece says2014-08-08T16:48:40.1691582-05:00
@yetifivepecks oh, i thought you were coming from a literal stand point.
yetifivepecks says2014-08-08T16:49:39.4564841-05:00
My point is that you don't have to agree with everything someone says, or even most of what someone says, to value a few key points that they make. Almost every thinker has something worth teaching.
yetifivepecks says2014-08-08T16:50:23.3236841-05:00
Oh, okay. My mistake. Sorry about that. :)
reece says2014-08-08T16:55:29.5351192-05:00
@yetifivepecks but the "key points" are open to interpretation.The value is worth your own portray of the scripture.
yetifivepecks says2014-08-08T16:58:54.2281668-05:00
This is true. It's a good thing that I consider truth to be subjective anyway. :)
PetersSmith says2014-08-08T16:59:24.0952156-05:00
No, there can be no agreement! DEBATE!
reece says2014-08-08T17:00:51.5663453-05:00
@yetifivepecks I agree that truth is subjective to a degree.

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