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Answers to Religious Questions

Last year I was on a MySpace group visited by a person who sought to convert the pagan heathens dwelling there. The person posted the following questions to challenge our spiritual outlooks, and perhaps, to shake us from our beliefs. In fairness, these questions were intended to be "zingers" that pointed out the errors of our ways. One person's zinger is another person's "huh?". In the spirit of outreach, I took it as an opportunity to explore my beliefs. I am sharing the questions and answers here as a revelation of my own spiritual path.



Q: What defines good or bad?
A: Individuals do

Q: Is the wrongness or rightness of murder and rape dependant on someone’s perception of whether murder or rape is right or wrong?
A: Yes.

Follow-up: Murder and rape comes in many forms. There is physical, emotional and mental rape. Many people see the emotional and mental rape as being ‘OK’. It is their perception.

Q: Someone mentioned about neither a good or bad afterlife, but a singular afterlife that everybody goes to. Would this not give me the reason/excuse to do, act, say, and think anything I want?
A: You can do anything that you want, and those around you can also do what they want in response. It’s called karma. It can extend across multiple lifetimes.

Q: So, what is it about rape and murder that makes it wrong?
A: These acts are disrespectful of our inherent divinities.

Q: Can someone prove to me that deities exist, just as I’m being asked if the one I worship exists?
A: NO

Follow-up:
The primary purpose of a deity, especially for those religions with a personal deity, is to act as a bridge between the infinite unknown of God and themselves. Our finite minds cannot grasp even small fraction of the Universe, but we believe that God created all of it. To fit the infinite into our finite, an intercessory is called upon. Not all religions have this personal deity who connects the believer to God. The impersonal deities instead provide a face and name to the infinite, and give the believer direction for divine recognition and worship.

The primary purpose of a deity, especially for those religions with a personal deity, is to act as a bridge between the infinite unknown of God and themselves. Our finite minds cannot grasp even small fraction of the Universe, but we believe that God created all of it. To fit the infinite into our finite, an intercessory is called upon. Not all religions have this personal deity who connects the believer to God. The impersonal deities instead provide a face and name to the infinite, and give the believer direction for divine recognition and worship.

Q: Can you prove to me that there is something special or worthy in these deities over and above mine
A: NO

Q: Since there are contradicting teachings, standards, and philosophies amongst them, does it stand to reason that one, or both, are wrong?
A: Yes, No, Maybe

Follow-up:
Comparisons of religions can be done in one of three ways:

(1) One of the religions of man is so incomparably superior that no significant religious truth is found in any of the others which is not present in equal and clearer form within this religion itself.
(2) The relation between religions is that in all important respects they are the same (examples: Golden Rule and Man’s self-centeredness is the source of his troubles)
(3) All religions are not the same, though there is unity in certain respects. Simultaneously, all important truths will not be found in a single tradition. The revelation of God has taken different facets and different forms according to the differences in nature of individual souls and the differences in character of local traditions and societies.

Response #3 is the most measured response, and in this response is the most divine truth. Response #1 is dogmatic and fearful in its path. Response #2 deprives a religious faith of its historical and tribal relevance.

Q: What is it that keeps driving you or me forward in life?
A: (Re)connection with the Divine in its myriad aspects

Q: What’s the point of doing anything?
A: Because we can.

Q: If we all just go to this one afterlife, why don’t we all just kill ourselves now and go there since it will be better?
A: There are varying beliefs about the number of afterlives. Killing oneself now would disrupt the (re)connecting with the divine while we are alive. Sides, it can be fun to be alive.

Q: Since there is no concern for ending up in a good or bad one and for reward or punishment, then why don’t we take off and live happily ever after in that afterlife
A: huh?

Q: What is it that causes a human to value their life?
A: We are God. God is Love. Love is valued.

Q: do any of you tell others that don’t have what you have about this religion?
A: If they are curious (aka they want to know!) and are willing to really listen, I would (and do!) share my beliefs.

Q: If they don’t know about it then shouldn’t they?
A: No. I don’t have to share if they’re not asking.

Q: But I suppose that wouldn’t matter then since everybody is going to the same afterlife anyway?
A: Are we? This reminds me of a joke… stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A pagan dies and goes to Heaven. St. Peter meets him at the pearly gates. St. Peter gives the pagan a tour of the Summerland , Valhalla, and other culturally relevant sites. Soon the two come across a tall wall. St. Peter says, “SHUSH!”. They tip-toe by the wall. After the two pass the pagan has to ask, “why were we so quiet when we walked past that wall?”. St. Peter turns to him and says, “The Evangelical Christians are in there and they think they are alone!”.

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