Did you choose your religious belief?

Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by Avatar4321, Jul 20, 2009.

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Did you choose your religious belief or lack of belief?

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    I mentioned the other day Id start a poll since there are some people who are claiming that we are all forced to believe and are brainwashed into whatever we think against our will.

    So did you choose your religious belief (or non-belief)?

    I think this is pretty much a yes/no type question. However, Im providing an "other" option. If you pick that just tell us why.

    bTW for some reason this ended up in the wrong forum. Feel free to move it.
     
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    Yes I did. I was raised a Catholic and chose Agnosticism. Though I do find that the basic tenets of Christianity as tought to me in my formative years by the Catholic church tend to influence the way I live my life and how I treat others. Perhaps I am hedging my bets?
     
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    LOL. Born into an fundementalist evengelical family, many pastors among my uncles, I developed an early interest in Geology. Choose reality over mythology, and consider myself an agnostic.
     
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    I was raised Pagan and chose Obamanism. Politically, I believe in:

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    Politically, you are a wingnut, X.:lol:
     
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    Isn't that considered blaspheming the ossiah?
     
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    LOL! I want to apologize to the OP for derailing the thread a bit.

    I'm not sure if Obamanism is going to last. He's really proving to be an absolute idiot, but there are still a lot of Obamabots. We'll see. There aren't many Bushbots left. It's really sad how so many Americans can be brainwashed by these politicians.
     
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    No. Beliefs are not chosen, although they can be imprinted upon the young and the stupid. Only whether one examines them is really a decision. While one can consciously deduce a logical conclusion, one cannot choose to ultimately believe that conclusion in their metaphorical heart. One might decide what sounds good or what to study, but one cannot merely choose whether to truly believe something any more than one can choose one's sexual attraction or fondness for a given food.
     
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    Yes. I was raised a Christian (anglican), lost my faith after my father died when I was 13 and regained it in about 2001 after a specific event I already described on another thread.

    So although my faith was to a degree 'inherited', I made a conscious decision about it more recently.
     
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    Raised as a hardshell Baptist by agnostic parents, shed the sobriquet like a snake sheds its skin in favor of the Episcopal Church the nanosecond I became religiously aware. Never looked back.

    I do find that I have a troll streak in me when it comes to religion in general. I love twisting the knife in my (still) hardshell Baptist friends and acquaintances every once in a while when it comes to issues of dogma and when some particularly egregious abuse of Baptist faith by Baptist leadership is brought to light on the public airwaves. While there are lines I will not cross, I'll pretty much insult anybody's religion when the time is ripe.
     

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