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Subject: Looking for a religion that fits my beliefs
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 3:38 AM ET
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So, here's the thing.  I've been questioning my beliefs for many years now, and I think I just need to find a religion that fits my beliefs, not change my beliefs to fit a religion.

When I was little I went to sunday school at a baptist church (I think), when I was a little older I went to a pentacostal (sp?) church with my aunts and grandmother, then I was married in a Methodist church (mainly because it looked nice and the people were friendly)  When we got married we had to do some counseling things or whatever and attend services to become a member.  We did that once.  It's just not my thing.  I don't like to sit and listen to people tell me what I am supposed to believe.

Most of what I learned growing up, I don't really agree with.  I do believe that there is a higher power, or god, godess, both, or many, or whatever.  I don't get the bible.  It's a book.  Someone had to write the book, and I just can't believe that a God would write all the rules down and send it here to us.  I grew up learing about Jesus, but if I heard someone saying that they were God's son and the savior or whatever I would think they were crazy.

I'm not bashing Christianity or anything, I totally respect what anyone believes, I just don't believe it anymore.  Don't know that I ever did really.

So, like I said: There is some sort of higher power (god, goddess, both, many, whatever), heaven and hell is pretty questionable although I do believe that my loved ones that have passed are watching over me or however you want to put it.  There's other stuff, I just can't think of it now.

Some good information on other religions might be helpful, or if someone's beliefs coincide with mine and they could share theirs that would be great too.  Please don't totally try to convert me to whatever, just some information so I can decide for myself.  If you need more info let me know, I'm happy to share just pretty tired right now and can't think of everything.

Thanks in advance!

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 12:29 PM ET
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If you are looking to classify yourself, you may want to spend quite a bit of time researching, that is what I did. There are sooooo many different religions around the world. If you google, World Religions, it will pull up many of them. Also try alternative religions, and New Age religions.  There are a lot of good books available. Here is a link to one of our first topics in this group.  http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=152440

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 4:11 PM ET
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Thanks, I guess I just didn't know where to start but googling World Religions sounds good.  Didn't even think of that

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 5:18 PM ET
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Beliefnet has a quiz that you can take and it will match you up with a religion based on your answers. I know it's just an internet quiz, but I can see it being a good starting point to narrow choices. http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Quizzes/BeliefOMatic.aspx
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 6:17 PM ET
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I took the quiz, it was pretty interesting.  The top two were Neo-Pagan (100%) and New Age (89%).  I'm not sure what they are really, but I guess it's a good place to start researching.

Thanks! :)

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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 6:34 PM ET
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Janelle, thanks for the link. I took the test and it was pretty interesting.  here were my results:

1.  Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2.  Neo-Pagan (97%)
3.  New Age (96%)
4.  Mahayana Buddhism (88%)
5.  New Thought (85%)
6.  Liberal Quakers (83%)
7.  Scientology (80%)
8.  Theravada Buddhism (74%)
9.  Secular Humanism (71%)
10.  Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (71%)
11.  Taoism (68%)
12.  Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (65%)
13.  Hinduism (62%)
14.  Reform Judaism (62%)
15.  Jainism (58%)
16.  Sikhism (55%)
17.  Nontheist (44%)
18.  Baha'i Faith (43%)
19.  Orthodox Quaker (43%)
20.  Orthodox Judaism (37%)
21.  Islam (26%)
22.  Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (25%)
23.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (21%)
24.  Seventh Day Adventist (16%)
25.  Eastern Orthodox (15%)
26.  Roman Catholic (15%)
27.  Jehovah's Witness (7%)

I would classify myself as a naturalist pantheist, and that isnt even on the list. lol. I have to look up some of these. Like I didnt know there was such a religion as a liberal quaker.  But I match their beliefs 83%

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 6:40 PM ET
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Ok, I just looked up Unitarian Universalism and it is the opposite of how I answered my questions. It sounds like it is a christian church tha accepts all beliefs but is based on the bible, and i did not check any of the beliefs dealign with God, heaven, Hell, Bible, etc. so dont get that one.

Neo-Pagan and New Age sound closer, lol.

THanks again for the link

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 9:35 AM ET
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Unitarian Universalism is a non-credal religion that teaches the inherit worth and dignity of each person along as the primary tenet of its theology.  Only about 10% of people who call themselves "UUs" consider themselves to be Christian.  UUism is typically not considered a Christian denomination.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 10:49 AM ET
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LeeAnne is dead on about UUs.  I was raised as a ultra conservative Christian but never felt that I fit the belif system.  I finally found my way to a UU group and I immediately felt at home.

I hope you find peace in your journey

Subject: Shannon
Date Posted: 9/6/2009 8:44 PM ET
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Try reading conversations with God By Neale Donald Walsch I was raised Catholic and felt it did not fit me. Then  i did not believe  there was a God at all because of my mothers death when i was young. I prayed a lot for her and believed there was not a God because he did not listen  or care about me. When my Mother -in law was dying of cancer she went to a healer and was healed. That led me to start reading about the subject and anything related. When coversations with God came out I read all of the books. The new age ideas seem to fit me well.