Monday, June 3, 2013

Old Time Religion

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Day Four

Your views on Religion


     When I was growing up, one of the things my mom used to tell us was  there are three things you should never discuss with someone: religion, politics, and the make of car they drive. I used to laugh at that but now I understand what she was trying to say. I have had some rousing discussions over the years about religion and politics. No one really cares anymore about the make of car that you drive. But it used to be a taboo topic, back in the day when the cars were mainly Chevrolet and Fords.

     But today's topic on the blog challenge is to discuss my views on religion. I believe in God. The traditional God. The God of the Holy Bible. The God that handed down the 10 Commandments. But I do know that religion in the United States does not seem to be the same as it was when I was a little girl. Recently I read an article that said that in America, according to a Gallup poll,  77% of Americans believe that religion is losing it's influence. In a separate question on that poll it was found that 72% of Americans felt like America would be a better place if there was MORE religion. I am saddened to think that America is no longer believing in God.

      I believe, however, in religious freedom. And I guess that also means that if one does NOT want to be religious, that is their right too. And I am accepting of that as well. I am a Christian. I have been baptized. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. However, I have lots of questions about all of it. Does that make me wrong? Nope, I don't think so. I think it is okay to ask questions. I don't want to just blindly follow along; just because. I also differ in my belief of Heaven and Hell. I believe that Hell is right here on Earth. And that Heaven is where I will reside for eternity after I leave this Hell behind. I believe that God will forgive me for all of my sins because I will ask him to. 

     I have friends (and family) who do not believe the same as I believe.Many do not believe that God exists. Or they believe in a different God.  And that is okay. I don't have a problem with it. What are your feelings?





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23 comments:

  1. I used to have a friend who was Christian and we would get into some pretty heated debates. I am the same as you in that I too think it's fine, believe in what ever you want to believe in, no need to get all worked up about it. :)
    Also your idea of hell being on earth is quite interesting!


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    1. I'm too old to get all worked up about things anymore :)

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  2. hmmm ... now this topic does give me pause. I am not sure I will respond to this topic on my blog, but I will leave some comments here.

    I am Christian and believe in a God - because I can't understand or explain the existence of this universe without a God as part of the equation. But as I get older I find it harder and harder to hang my hat on one religious identity (raised Catholic but am somewhat distant from that). And some of my beliefs separate me from all organized religions.

    For example: I believe that divinity has touched our earth more than one time. Yes, I believe that Jesus Christ was Devine, but many other religions have their own "savior," and who is to say that those religions weren't also born out of a touch of divinity - just in a different place and within a different person. Who is to say that God didn't have a hand in all those religions. I believe there is one God, and we just all call him/her something different. And it is the nature of humans to splinter off and separate themselves - just like we have done in the areas of Race. So that is why we have so many different religions.

    It is that kind of thinking that places me outside of organized religions because most of them see their way as the only way.

    I find my inspiration, my connection with God in nature and in the generous, loving and heroic actions of people ... not in a church or in any ceremony or vestments or organized religions. I respect all religions because I believe their origins are from some touch of divinity.

    I guess I will find out after I am dead, just how close to right I am in this regard.

    Nuts, I got kind of wordy. I guess I should have posted a blog about it. :-)

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  3. I'm with you, Paula... I'm not one for getting heated up. Although I once was.

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  4. I too believe hell is on earth. I am experiencing hell with my blogger timeline.
    Religion and non religion are both such touchy areas for a lot of people. All i ask is for open mindedness and kindness and to be allowed to access the Free Will that God gave us. People will always be frightened of change but change will always occur so it is you are better to go with it than against it.

    Can I ask about the link thing ?
    This is my first blog challenge and I notice at the end of your posts in red there are links to other blogs. Am I suppose to do this as well ? Add to the link list I mean ? Can you let me know ?

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    1. I promise to be open minded. And I sent you an email about the link thing!

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  5. I agree that it is sad to think that our Nation is turning away from God. Lots of interesting and varying viewpoints in the comments today. I always love hearing other people's ideas on the subject. Makes for great discussions.

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  6. I believe we all should just do right by one another... live by society's laws... and have a coke and a smile and shut the hell up! HaHAHAHA!

    (just kidding...sorda)

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    1. I agree April. But I will take a Pepsi please :)

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  7. Forgive me for saying this, but I think it's quite a Protestant position to scared of talking about religion. Catholics talk about religion all the time and are much more comfortable about it.

    God bless!

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  8. I don't think hell is what we're experiencing here on Earth. I love my life and find lots of goodness in each and everyday; but I also don't think America is pulling away from God. In fact I think it's the opposite. There are more churches now, more diversity, more ways to study the Bible, even apps on phones. What I think is different from what you call old time religion is we are no longer a white male dominated society where everyone thinks the same. Our world is bigger now, broader now. People say numbers don't lie, being married to an accountant I constantly hear people can use numbers to prove or disprove anything they want. It might be true that fewer people attend the more traditional churches from our childhoods...Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist etc. on Sunday mornings. There are so many more choices, locations, times, and days of week now.
    Playing Catch up Religion Post

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    1. Well it is a good thing that we can all have the freedom to think and speak as we chose. I think my life is good as well. But there is more crimes, more drugs, more guns and more violence than there ever has been and in my religious upbringing that is the devil working in a hellish way. That is HELL on earth in my opinion. And there are many more people believing in things OTHER than God and in my opinion that is not helping anyone. Maybe more choices is NOT a good thing. In my opinion

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  9. I'm loving the discussion, and thus made my way back to ask...when you say ANY religion back in schools would be a plus, do you mean you think people would accept that even if it wasn't there religion? Would Protestants be ok if the religion being taught was Jewish, or would Jewish be ok if the religion being taught in school was Catholic, or would the Catholics be ok if the religion being taught in schools was Mormon...etc. We are far too diverse a country for that to work, in my opinion.

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    1. Left you a reply over on your site. It is hard for me to answer this question since I am a Christian and I only believe in one God! A time set aside in the schools for a student to pray to (or not) to whomever it is that they believe in would be better than what we have now. In my opinion.

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  10. Before I forget totally unrelated. I don't understand and keep meaning to ask, what is the open ID thing, noticed your note a couple of times. I got your post, thanks. I don't disagree, as I too am a Christian, but... it's not practical to say others don't exist. People have the right to believe or not; but having it in schools, you're placing children in an uncomfortable situation that their parents haven't consented to. Whether we agree with their opinions/religions isn't the issue; it's an infringement on their rights. I always felt sorry for my Catholic and Jewish friends when they would stand there looking embarrassed during open prayer back in the day. Our schools have a hard time teaching things they should be teaching, paying attention to gangs, kids they may want to commit suicide etc, too much already on their plate. There are many Christians who don't believe prayer belongs in school, just like Sunday school teachers aren't teaching algebra. There's a place for everything. I;ve really enjoyed reading how respectful people have been with their posts, different as they may be.

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    1. I have no idea what you are talking about with the open ID thing! I think it is very practical for me to say that other GODS do NOT exist. That is my belief and I am not going to back down to it. That is why I will post this on MY blog. And it is NOT placing anyone but the children' s parents in an uncomfortable position. They can tell their children what they want them to do during this 'quiet time' I just don't feel it is an infringement on anyone's rights, as you say. And I think GOD can go a long way in helping with gangs or kids wanting to comitt suicide. But, Sandy, this could go on and on and on. I will respect your opinion and you can respect mine. But we will never get each other to change our opinion and I guess I don't have anything else to say on the matter. That is what I love about being a God-fearing American!

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  11. Paula I'm sorry I've upset you. I'm not asking you to back down on your belief of one God, I have the same belief as I said. I do love that we had the discussion and wish more people could, it's an important topic. I do respect yours and you and wanted you to know that.

    The open ID thing, that I'm so clueless about is something you see with blogs as a choice on how to leave a comment? I saw it on your blog, so thought maybe you knew more about it.

    Will be continuing to play catch up with your blog challenge; but in the short term, thought you might like to join Memory Monday

    Memory Monday, a way to change Monday from Dreaded to fun

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    1. Sandy you have not upset me at all. It just seems to be that you putting words into my posts that were simply not there. I am not backing down from anything at all. I believe there is only ONE GOD. And I believe my one God could help if more people would accept him and believe in him. I only wish God (or something) was allowed in the schools if a kids wants to say a prayer to God or worship Buddha whatever it doesn't matter to me!That is MY opinion and this Is MY Blog! I welcome all of your opinions Sandy as long as you don't try to change my words.

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