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Religion - Religious Beliefs


Religion is a cultural system of behaviors and practices, world views, sacred texts, holy places, ethics, and societal organization that relates humanity to what an anthropologist has called "an order of existence", a belief in a divine power or a God.

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List of Religions and Spiritual Traditions

Religious Diversity and the Differences among Religions.Stained Glass of a Lord

Religious Identity is a specific type of identity formation. Particularly, it is the sense of group membership to a religion and the importance of this group membership as it pertains to one's self-concept.

Types of Beliefs

What is an Opinion?

Secularity - Conformity - Cults - Confidence Dangers

The Association of Religion Data Archives 

Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies

God is conceived of as the Supreme Being and principal object of faith. The concept of God as described by most theologians includes the attributes of omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), divine simplicity, and as having an eternal and necessary existence. Many theologians also describe God as being omnibenevolent (perfectly good), and all loving.

Goddess is a female deity in polytheistic religions.

Religous StatueAllah is the Arabic word referring to God in Abrahamic religions.

Shiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the supreme god within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism.

Krishna is a major Hindu deity worshiped in a variety of different perspectives.

Deity a natural or supernatural being considered divine or sacred.

Jah is a short form of Jehovah or Yahweh, the proper name of God in the Hebrew Bible.

Creator Deity is a deity or god responsible for the creation of the Earth, world, (cosmos or universe). In monotheism, the single God is often also the creator.

Anunnaki are a group of deities that appear in the mythological traditions of the ancient Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, and Babylonians. Descriptions of how many Anunnaki there were and what role they fulfilled are inconsistent and often contradictory.(also transcribed as: Anunaki, Anunna, Anunnaku (singular), Ananaki, and other variations).

Omniscient is someone who is infinitely wise and all-knowing.
Omnipresent is being present everywhere at once.
Omnipotence is the quality of having unlimited power.

Lord is an appellation for a person or deity who has authority, control, or power over others acting like a master, a chief, or a ruler.

Jesus was a Jewish preacher and religious leader who has become the central figure of Christianity. Christians believe him to be the Son of God and the awaited Messiah (Christ, the Anointed One) prophesied in the Old Testament.

Muhammad is the central figure of Islam and widely regarded as its founder by non-Muslims. He is known as the "Holy Prophet" to Muslims, almost all of whom consider him to be the last prophet sent by God to mankind to restore Islam, believed by Muslims to be the unaltered original monotheistic faith of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. Muhammad united Arabia into a single Muslim polity and ensured that his teachings, practices, and the Quran, formed the basis of Islamic religious belief. Sharia is the religious law governing the members of the Islamic faith.

Supernatural is defined as being incapable to be explained by science or the laws of nature, characteristic or relating to ghosts, gods or other supernatural beings or to appear beyond nature.

Heaven is a common religious, cosmological, or transcendent place where beings such as gods, Angels, jinn, saints, or venerated ancestors are said to originate, be enthroned, or to live. According to the beliefs of some religions, heavenly beings can descend to earth or incarnate, and earthly beings can ascend to Heaven in the afterlife, or in exceptional cases enter Heaven alive.

Positive Thinking

Divine Light is an aspect of divine presence, specifically an unknown and mysterious ability of God, angels, or human beings to express themselves communicatively through spiritual means, rather than through physical capacities.

Demigod can refer to a minor deity, a mortal who is the offspring of a god and a human being, or a figure who has attained divine status after death.

Pope also known as the pontiff, is the Bishop of Rome, and therefore ex officio the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church. The primacy of the Roman bishop is largely derived from his role as the traditional successor to Saint Peter, to whom Jesus is supposed to have given the keys of Heaven and the powers of "binding and loosing", naming him as the "rock" upon which the church would be built. Pope Francis

Manifestation of God are a series of personages who reflect the attributes of the divine into the human world for the progress and advancement of human morals and civilization.

Prophet is an individual who has claimed to have been contacted by the supernatural or the divine, and to speak for them, serving as an intermediary with humanity, delivering this newfound knowledge from the supernatural entity to other people.

Solomon was a fabulously wealthy and wise king of Israel and a son of David, the previous king of Israel.

Clergy are some of the main and important formal leaders within certain religions.

Monk is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or with any number of other monks.

Asceticism is a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from worldly pleasures, often for the purpose of pursuing spiritual goals. Ascetics may withdraw from the world for their practices or continue to be part of their society, but typically adopt a frugal lifestyle, characterized by the renunciation of material possessions and physical pleasures, and time spent fasting while concentrating on the practice of religion or reflection upon spiritual matters.

Exclaustration is official authorization for religious bound by perpetual vows to live for a limited time outside their religious institute, usually with a view to discerning whether to depart definitively.

Spirituality refers to a religious process of re-formation which "aims to recover the original shape of man," oriented at "the image of God" as exemplified by the founders and sacred texts of the religions of the world. Spiritual Leaders

Icon is a religious work of art.

Religious ToleranceReligous Building is giving other people the same freedom and respect that you have to believe in something that they hold close to their heart. It's up to us to understand why people believe differently, it is not for us to judge, it's to understand, which is the same as learning, and we should never stop learning. The human brain has enormous capacity for knowledge and information, we should use this potential to our advantage instead of using it to our disadvantage. Patience

Freedom of Religion or freedom of belief is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. It also includes the freedom to change one's religion or belief.

Religious Pluralism is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society.
Pluralism
Interfaith Youth Core
Multi-Faith

Religion Facts
Religion
Major Religious Groups (wiki)

Confirmation is seen as the sealing of the covenant created in Holy Baptism. In some denominations, Confirmation also bestows full membership in a local congregation upon the recipient.

Religious Headgear
Religious Habit
Hijab

Fatwa in the Islamic faith is a legal opinion or learned interpretation that the Sheikhul Islam, a qualified jurist or mufti, can give on issues pertaining to the Islamic law.

Reality
Culture
Death
Validity

An amazing thing about religion is that religion was aware of many human behavioral problems for over a 1,000 years. The sad part is that religion did not improve education, or learn and update the religious knowledge that they were teaching. Thus human life has suffered, but we could have suffered a lot more without religion. Luckily now we are beginning to understand our responsibility to education, and that we must improve and update our knowledge, if not, we will continue to suffer from our own ignorance, as we can clearly see today when look at all the problems that we face. We need to stop transferring our problems and start taking responsibility for our lives, and the lives of others.

Seven Deadly Sins

1: Pride (a false pride is a foolishly and irrationally corrupt sense of one's personal value, status or accomplishments).
2: Greed (an unhealthy and illogical longing for wealth, status, or power. To possess more than one needs).
3: Envy (when a person is illogically jealous of someone else's achievements or possessions, and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it).
4: Wrath (an anger that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat).
5: Lust (an emotion or feeling of intense craving, appetite, or desire without real need. Addiction).
6: Gluttony (over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items to the point of extravagance or waste).
7: Sloth (is a disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to act or exert oneself, lazy, bored). Sitting.

Repentance is the activity of reviewing one's actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs. It generally involves a commitment to personal change and the resolve to live a more responsible and humane life.

Redemption is the act of refraining from sins that are known to cause more harm then good. It is stopping oneself from doing evil.

The Buddha discovered that the direct causes of suffering are desire or craving, and ignorance. This is the truth of the cause of suffering, which is the Second Noble Truth. The Shadow by Orson Welles repeated this.

Seven Social Sins: Politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.

Human Rights - Civil Rights
Life Quotes
Morality
Proverbs

Five Hindrances

1: Sensory desire (kāmacchanda): the particular type of wanting that seeks for happiness through the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and physical feeling.
2: Ill-will (vyāpāda; also spelled byāpāda): all kinds of thought related to wanting to reject, feelings of hostility, resentment, hatred and bitterness.
3: Sloth-torpor (thīna-middha): heaviness of body and dullness of mind which drag one down into disabling inertia and thick depression.
4: Restlessness-worry (uddhacca-kukkucca): the inability to calm the mind.
5: Doubt (vicikicchā): lack of conviction or trust.

Skandha refers to the five aggregates concept that asserts five elements constitute and completely explain a living being’s mental and physical existence.

Cardinal Virtues 

1: Prudence (φρόνησις, phronēsis; Latin: prudentia): also described as wisdom, the ability to judge between actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time.
2: Justice (δικαιοσύνη, dikaiosynē; Latin: iustitia): also considered as fairness, the most extensive and most important virtue; the Greek word also having the meaning righteousness.
3: Temperance (σωφροσύνη, sōphrosynē; Latin: temperantia): also known as restraint, the practice of self-control, abstention, discretion, and moderation tempering the appetition; especially sexually, hence the meaning chastity.
4: Courage (ἀνδρεία, andreia; Latin: fortitudo): also termed fortitude, forbearance, strength, endurance, and the ability to confront fear, uncertainty, and intimidation.

Ten Commandments or maybe just "5 Good Ideas to Live by", this way they could display these 5 good ideas in more places without infringing on other peoples beliefs.

1: Do Not Kill. (without justification or valid excuse, which should be almost never)
2: Do Not Steal. (take more then you need, or take something that does not belong to you, or waste things, or obtain money or resources under false pretenses)
3: Do Not Commit Adultery (have sex with someone else's wife, husband or friend without permission or need)
4: Do Not Bear False Witness. (to Lie or Mislead)
5: Do Not Covet. (Wish for, long for, or crave for something, especially the property of another person. Jealousy) Not to Desire without Need (but this does not mean to ignore people who hoard, or who unfairly and illogically have more then others)

About the other 6 Commandments?

6: I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (let us give credit to people first and the reasons why they are credited, this way people understand their potential and their responsibility to life, after that if you would like to give credit to other possible factors of success, then so be it).
7: Thou shalt have no other gods (we don't want to control peoples belief, but the fear is that if people were to worship anything they want, then people would be confused and unable to accurately determine what's important or valuable? But science can answers those questions now, so we can skip this commandment because it's to confusing).
8: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image (not necessary if improve education and all people are educated).
9: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (not necessary if we improve education).
10: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (rest and taking breaks are necessary, so this is not necessary if all people are educated, to say that time off needs to be holy is illogical because there are many beneficial things that a human can do, one would be learning).
11: Honour thy father and thy mother (you honor those who honor life and who respect human rights, to narrow the scope of who should be honored would be illogical in it self, it would also diminish the meaning and value of honor).

I added one more commandment for good measure..
12: Thou Shall Learn and Gain knowledge and Skills during ones entire lifetime.


Matthew 5 (wiki)
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.


Benjamin Franklin 13 Guidelines

1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
3. Order. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
9. Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
11. Tranquility. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


Native American Ten Commandments: 

1
. Treat the Earth and all that dwell therein with respect.
2. Remain close to the Great Spirit.
3
. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
4. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
6. Do what you know to be right.
7. Look after the well-being of Mind and Body.
8. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater Good.
9. Be truthful and honest at all times.
10. Take full responsibility for your actions.
Indian Tribes

Works of Mercy are practices which Christians perform.

Corporal Works of Mercy
To feed the hungry.
To give water to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked.
To shelter the homeless.
To visit the sick.
To visit the imprisoned, or ransom the captive.
To bury the dead.

Spiritual Works of Mercy
To instruct the ignorant.
To counsel the doubtful.
To admonish sinners.
To bear patiently those who wrong us.
To forgive offenses.
To console the afflicted.
To pray for the living and the dead.

In Methodism
Doing Good.
Visiting the Sick and Prisoners.
Feeding and Clothing People.
Earning, Saving, Giving All One Can.
Opposition to Slavery.


Biblical Principles  -  Proverbs

Proverb is a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people.

Proverbs 2:6
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 19:2
“Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet errs.”
Errs: To make a mistake or be incorrect. Wander from a direct course or at random.

1. Ask a lot of questions.
2. Don’t fall prey to “wishful thinking” or let your emotions get the best of you.
3. Remember that there are two sides to every story.
4. Is The Pressure Of Time Forcing Me To Make A Premature Decision?
5. Make sure you are not the only one who holds to your interpretation.
6. Do I Have All The Facts?
7. Beware of the “once in a life time” deal and the lure of instant gratification.
8. Don’t let the fear of missing out drive your decision.
9. When in doubt, leave it out.
10. What Possible Motives Are Driving My Decision?
11. Acknowledge that you have “blind spots.”
12. Honestly assess your motives, both good and bad.
13. Give others permission to speak in to your life.
14. How Should Past Experiences Inform My Decision?
15. Look for patterns of behavior – “triggers.”
16. Understand how your family back ground might affect your thinking.
17. Learn from your mistakes!
18. What Is The Collective Counsel Of My Community?
19. Avoid having many separate conversations.
20. Recognize the difference between “selling” and “sharing.”
21. Know when to “open the circle.”
22. Have I Honestly Considered The Warning Signs?
23. Don’t think you are the “exception” to the rule.
24. Remember that God’s way is the best way.
25. Have I Considered The Possible Outcomes For My Course Of Action?
26. Work toward the “center” rather than flirt with the “edge.”
27. Ask yourself, would this pass the “newspaper” test?
28. Keep short accounts.

Proverbs 22:7
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.”

Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

Proverbs 18:13
“He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.”

Proverbs 18:17
“The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.”

Proverbs 21:5
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

Proverbs 11:14
“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in an abundance of counselors there is victory.”

Proverbs 18:1
“He who separates himself seeks his own desire. He quarrels against all sound wisdom.”

Proverbs 18:2
“A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind.”

Proverbs 10:17
“He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who forsakes reproof goes astray.”

Proverbs 16:25
“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Proverbs 27:6
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”

Proverbs 14:1
“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”

Proverbs 14:15
“The naïve believes everything, but the prudent man considers his steps.”

Proverbs 27:12
“A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naïve proceed and pay the penalty.”

Proverbs 11:30
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.”

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

Prayer of Saint Francis

Missionaries of Charity

Sins - Words to Live By

Life Quotes

"I have to believe in things in order to make things up."

"I have seen almost everything that is done under the sun, and sadly too much of it is just vanity and chasing the wind."


Beliefs


Religious Beliefs
Beliefs is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case, with or without there being empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty.

Philosophy - Positive Thinking - Denial - Assuming - Bias

Invalid Arguments are in almost every aspect of society. Pretending to Know the Truth

Dogma is a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof. Dogmatic is the assertion of unproved principles.

Belief System is a set of mutually supportive beliefs. The beliefs of any such system can be classified as religious, philosophical, political, ideological, or a combination of these. Philosopher Jonathan Glover says that beliefs are always part of a belief system, and that tenanted belief systems are difficult for the tenants to completely revise or reject.

You are still religious even if your are an Atheist, you still have beliefs. You just happen to believe that you ascended from nothing and that you will descend into nothing, like nothing ever happened. I would still want to know you and I would still want to learn about how your beliefs affected your life.

Superstition is the belief in supernatural causality—that one event causes another without any natural process linking the two events—such as astrology and certain aspects linked to religion, like omens, witchcraft, and prophecies, that contradict natural science.

Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing; or the observance of an obligation from loyalty; or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement; or a belief not based on proof; or it may refer to a particular system of religious belief, such as in which faith is confidence based on some degree of warrant. The term 'faith' has numerous connotations and is used in different ways, often depending on context.

Faith and Rationality are two ideologies that exist in varying degrees of conflict or compatibility. Rationality is based on reason or facts. Faith is belief in inspiration, revelation, or authority. The word faith sometimes refers to a belief that is held with lack of reason or evidence, a belief that is held in spite of or against reason or evidence, or it can refer to belief based upon a degree of evidential warrant.

Leap of Faith is the act of believing in or accepting something intangible or unprovable, or without empirical evidence. It is an act commonly associated with religious belief as many religions consider faith to be an essential element of piety.

Interfaith

Faith is not just about religion. Faith is part of all belief systems. Faith in God, faith in religion, faith in country, faith in family, faith in friendship, faith in your job, faith in yourself, faith in brotherhood, faith in political party, faith in government, faith in followers, faith in leaders, faith in humanity, faith in love. Everyone has faith of some kind. But faith should not be tested, challenged or punished. Faith is not an answer or a reason. You can say "I believe this", but under some particular circumstances, your faith or belief may not be part of the reasoning process. There is right and wrong, good and bad, and then there is faith. And faith is neither right or wrong, or good or bad. It is your faith. It's not a promise, it's not your ego, your arrogance, your conviction, your stubbornness and it's not your pride, it is your faith. You control faith, faith should not control you. Faith should not be used as a stonewall or a barrier. Faith is a guide. And if you need to apostatize, korobo, trample, change your mind, or change your stance because of the current reality and facts, or just temporally suspend a particular belief, then there is no shame, no guilt and no regret, especially when the decision saves lives or avoids destruction. Keep your faith, but never let go of your intelligence.

An inquisitor was an official (usually with judicial or investigative functions) in an Inquisition; an organization or program intended to eliminate heresy and other things contrary to the doctrine or teachings. Public Debate

Religious Denomination is a subgroup within a religion that operates under a common name, tradition, and identity.

Orthodoxy is adherence to correct or accepted norms, more specifically to creeds, especially in religion. People who deviate from orthodoxy by professing a doctrine considered to be false are called heretics, while those who, perhaps without professing heretical beliefs, break from the perceived main body of believers are called schismatics. The term employed sometimes depends on the aspect most in view: if one is addressing corporate unity, the emphasis may be on schism; if one is addressing doctrinal coherence, the emphasis may be on heresy. A deviation lighter than heresy is commonly called error, in the sense of not being grave enough to cause total estrangement, while yet seriously affecting communion. Sometimes error is also used to cover both full heresies and minor errors.

Heterodoxy are any opinions or doctrines at variance with an official or orthodox position.

Doctrine is a codification of beliefs or a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the essence of teachings in a given branch of knowledge or belief system. The Greek analogue is the etymology of catechism.

Schism is a division between people, usually belonging to an organization, movement, or religious denomination.

Religious Conversion is the adoption of a set of beliefs identified with one particular religious denomination to the exclusion of others. Thus "religious conversion" would describe the abandoning of adherence to one denomination and affiliating with another.

Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader.

Natural Theology is a type of theology that provides arguments for the existence of God based on reason and ordinary experience of nature. This distinguishes it from revealed theology, which is based on scripture and/or religious experiences, and also from transcendental theology, which is based on a priori reasoning.

Doxa is "to appear", "to seem", "to think" and "to accept", a Greek word meaning common belief or popular opinion.

Theism the belief in the existence of deities.

Creed is a statement of the shared beliefs of a religious community in the form of a fixed formula summarizing core tenets.

Esotericism (western) is a scholarly term for a wide range of loosely related unconventional ideas and movements which have developed within Western society.

Anglicanism is a tradition within Christianity comprising the Church of England and churches which are historically tied to it or hold similar beliefs, worship practices and church structure.

Sociology of Religion is the study of the beliefs, practices and organizational forms of religion using the tools and methods of the discipline of sociology.

Theology is the critical study of the nature of the divine. It is taught as an academic discipline, typically in universities, seminaries and schools of divinity.

Mythology can refer to the collected myths of a group of people—their collection of stories they tell to explain nature, history, and customs—or to the study of such myths.

Mores meaning "manner", "custom", "usage", "habit"

Rituals - Traditions

Autonomy one who gives oneself one's own law") is a concept found in moral, political, and bioethical philosophy.

Denounce is to criticize or speak out against (someone or something); to point out as deserving of reprehension, etc.; to openly accuse or condemn in a threatening manner; to invoke censure upon; to stigmatize; to blame.

Truth - Value System

Stoicism taught that destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgment, of the active relationship between cosmic determinism and human freedom, and the belief that it is virtuous to maintain a will (called prohairesis) that is in accord with nature.

Attitude Polarization is a phenomenon in which a disagreement becomes more extreme as the different parties consider evidence on the issue. It is one of the effects of confirmation bias: the tendency of people to search for and interpret evidence selectively, to reinforce their current beliefs or attitudes. When people encounter ambiguous evidence, this bias can potentially result in each of them interpreting it as in support of their existing attitudes, widening rather than narrowing the disagreement between them.

Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims – especially metaphysical and religious claims, such as whether God, the divine, or the supernatural exist – are unknown and perhaps unknowable.

Philosophical Realism is the belief that some aspects of reality are ontologically independent of our conceptual schemes, perceptions, linguistic practices, beliefs, etc.

Philosophy - Intelligence

Transcendence refers to the aspect of a god's nature and power which is wholly independent of the material universe, beyond all physical laws.

Traditionalist School was a group of 20th century thinkers concerned with what they considered to be the demise of traditional forms of knowledge, both aesthetic and spiritual, within Western society.

Correspondence Theology is a basic relationship found between two levels of existence. Light corresponds to wisdom because wisdom enlightens the mind as light enlightens the eye. Warmth corresponds to love because love warms the mind as heat does the body.

Protestant Reformation

God Gene hypothesis proposes that a specific gene, called vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2), predisposes humans towards spiritual or mystic experiences.

Validity - Opinion

Prayer is an act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication.

Salah is one of the Five Pillars in the faith of Islam and an obligatory religious duty for every Muslim. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual act of worship that is observed five times every day at prescribed times. In this ritual, the worshiper starts standing, bows, prostrates, and concludes while sitting on the ground. During each posture, the worshiper recites or reads certain verses, phrases and prayers. The word salah is commonly translated to prayer but this definition might be confusing. Muslims use the words "Dua" or "Supplication" when referring to the common definition of prayers which is "reverent petitions made to God."

Sermon is an oration, lecture, or talk by a member of a religious institution or clergy. Sermons address a Biblical, theological, religious, or moral topic, usually expounding on a type of belief, law or behavior within both past and present contexts. Elements of the sermon often include exposition, exhortation and practical application.

Gospel is an account describing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

Chant - Mantra

Praying and Meditation Similarities

BibleInside a Church is a collection of writings from different authors writing at different times, sacred texts in Judaism and Christianity, which is a Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who serves as the focal point for the religion. It is the world's largest religion, with over 2.4 billion followers. The Bible is about 611,000 words long, all divvied up across 66 smaller documents called the “books” of the Bible. The Old Testament was written long before Jesus was born. The New Testament books were written about Jesus, and what it means to follow him.
Bible Overview - Bible Summary - Open Bible

Quran is the central religious text of Islam, which is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion which professes that there is only one and incomparable God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the last messenger of God. It is the world's second-largest religion and the fastest-growing major religion in the world, with over 1.7 billion followers or 23% of the global population, known as Muslims, who are people who follow or practices Islam. Muslims consider the Quran (Koran), their holy book. The message of the Quran is to bring to our attention that we were not created in vain, and that we will be held responsible for our conduct on this earth. In the Quran, God indicates that He created the human to be His trustee on earth. This is actually an honor given by God to the human being, dignity to be the trustee of God even though He doesn’t need our worship and our obedience. It is for our own benefit.

Hinduism is a religion, or a way of life, found most notably in India and Nepal. Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world, and some practitioners and scholars refer to it as Sanātana Dharma, "the eternal law," or the "eternal way," beyond human origins. Scholars regard Hinduism as a fusion or synthesis of various Indian cultures and traditions, with diverse roots and no founder. This "Hindu synthesis" started to develop between 500 BCE and 300 CE following the Vedic period (1500 BCE to 500 BCE).

Buddhism is an Indian religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. Buddhism originated in Ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, from where it spread through much of Asia, whereafter it declined in India during the middle ages. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada (Pali: "The School of the Elders") and Mahayana (Sanskrit: "The Great Vehicle"). Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion, with over 500 million followers or 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.

Religious Text are the texts which various religious traditions consider to be sacred, or central to their religious tradition.

The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

Sacred Language is a language that is cultivated for religious reasons by people who speak another language in their daily life.

Sacred Text are the texts which various religious traditions consider to be sacred, or central to their religious tradition.

Book of Deuteronomy
Grand Grimoire

Orthodoxy is adherence to correct or accepted creeds, especially in religion.

Bahai

Prayer Flag is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes.

Church of Reality

Jainism central tenet is non-violence and love towards all living beings.

Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism.

Karma the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.

Revelation is the revealing or disclosing of some form of truth or knowledge through communication with a deity or other supernatural entity or entities.

Manifest Destiny was a widely held belief in the United States that its settlers were destined to expand across North America.

Monotheism is the belief in the existence of one god or in the oneness of God.

Polytheism is the worship of or belief in multiple deities, which are usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses, along with their own religions and rituals.

Universalism religion is a universal human quality.

Deism combines the rejection of revelation and authority as a source of religious knowledge with the conclusion that reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single creator of the universe.

Animism is the religious belief that various objects, places, and creatures with whom humans engage possess idiosyncratic spiritual qualities


Films

Around the World in 80 Faiths (dailymotion)
The Trouble with Atheism (youtube)
Trouble in Amish Paradise (youtube)
TROM - 2.22 Religion (youtube)
TROM - 2.24 Mystery and Paranormal Powers (youtube)
Christian Dilemmas (youtube)
Stephen Fry vs Ann Widdecombe: Catholic Church Debate (youtube)
Deconversion, Belief, and the Power of Silence (youtube)


The Largest Concentrations of Religions, though most countries have a mix of many different religions

Religions Worldwide Map


Why do People Believe?

Sometimes believing in something can give a person Hope, especially when hope is sometimes the only thing that a person has. The only danger with a belief is that it may cause you not to seek out solutions to your problems, thus you will be vulnerable to failure, which is the same problem with having Optimism and Expectations. There's a big difference between believing that things will be all right and actually taking the necessary steps to improve your chances to make things better. Sometimes a belief can relieve you from having to worry about something, maybe something you can't understand, but why would you stop asking questions

"Believing in God helps me to feel less alone and also makes me feel loved. But I know those are just feelings, and feelings of loneliness and love are things that I can control. But there are things that I can't control. That's when God comes to mind."

"Everyone should be allowed to believe in anything that makes them happy, as long as that person is aware that what they have is only one belief and that there are many other things that are involved in creating happiness."

Freedom of Thought is essential. But we have to be extra careful not to turn our own thoughts into actions that do not truly benefit everyone, fairly, accurately or justly. I truly want to know what you think, and I also look forward to sharing my thoughts. To have freedoms is to be truly blessed. But the gift of freedom can not be used to deny other people their freedoms, if it is, then that's not freedom, that's criminal. Ideas are to be debated and researched. We have a history that is filled with failures, failures that we can learn from. Lets us not insult our ancestries by making the same mistakes, let's honor their lives by showing them that we have learned from their experiences and that we are ready to put those benefits into positive actions. You can believe in God, or you can deny God, but you cannot deny what we have learned and what we have come to understand.

You have the human right to believe, but not the right to force a belief on someone else, especially when they too have the right to believe. Your belief can not cancel out someone else's belief. But one belief may be more relevant then another. Relevance being measured by the importance and the known benefits that are the result of that particular belief. And this is how beliefs have been changing since the beginning of human history. All through history we have seen our beliefs change. It doesn't mean that the belief is gone completely, because it is part of our past and our culture, a memory that reminds us that beliefs have changed, and will continue to change, because we learn. Our ability to learn has given us many improvements. We learn to be fair, we learn to understand, we learn to be compassionate. we learn, and we will continue to learn till the end of time, that's if there is even an end at all, there may never be an end, just change.

God can not be defined or limited to your definition. It's not fair to God, fair to you, or fair to anyone, to Limit God to fit your personal definition, especially when there are infinite number of possibilities. Every one believes in God in their own special way. But I can not say what God is or who God is. All I can say is I believe there is a Higher power beyond my comprehension, why else would I be here? Besides that, we are learning so many things about ourselves and the world around us then ever before. And in doing so, we have found many things beyond our comprehension, like all the different light waves, and atoms and on on. We are just beginning to understand. So instead of believing that we know the answers, we should just keep learning, because that is definitely the right path to be on. God can be an infinite number of possibilities. So the more we know, the more we know God. Knowledge will bring you closer to God.

God does not personally belong to you, God Belongs to Everyone Equally and Individually. When you believe to know what God says or what God does, that is your own personal God, and no one else's. Every person has a mind of their own. And everyone has the right to believe what they think God is saying or doing. But you must remember that is only your side of the story. Even though other people may share the same story as you, those thoughts are is still in your mind only. And only God can read the thoughts that each individual has deep in their mind. And thoughts can only happen with words, so choose your words wisely.

We can see a belief as being like a mountain, but we know that a belief flows like water, it never stays exactly the same. The mountain will slowly dissolve into the sea, the sea of change. Instead of trying to stop a belief, you should see where the belief takes you by questioning and inquiring. Life is a journey, and on this journey we learn many things. It's when the journey of learning is restricted, that's when the problems and mistakes happen.

You can't say no to something that gives you the ability to say no. If something gives you abilities, it's not to have the ability to restrict others from having abilities. You are not given life to kill life, you are given life to preserve life, that is how life survives, in its preservation, and not in its own destruction. We must give people choices, but we must educate people on the choices they have so they will make good choices. All life survives this way. You have to know what good choices are in order to make them.

When we stop asking questions, we stop seeing the possibilities. Life is about discovery, it's not about possessions, whether those possessions are in the form of beliefs or material objects. There will come a day when we all agree.

You can say there is no God, but you can't say that there is no Belief in God. Believing in God does not prove that God exists, but not believing in God does not prove that God does not exist. To believe or not to believe is not the question. The question is, what matters? What does your belief explain? What are the benefits of your beliefs? What are the side effects of your beliefs? Let us not single out just one detail of a belief, let us consider all beliefs as a whole, as you would a person.

Canonization is the act by which the Catholic Church and Anglican Communion declares that a person who has died was a saint.

Saint is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness to God.

Sacred is something worthy of spiritual respect or devotion; or inspiring awe or reverence among believers.

Divinity is the state of things that come from a supernatural power or deity, such as a god, supreme being, creator deity, or spirits, and are therefore regarded as sacred and Holy, which is belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power, A sacred place of pilgrimage, which is a journey to a sacred place.

"If you find evidence that one or more of your beliefs is a Contradiction, then it doesn't necessarily say that your belief isn't true, all it is saying is that you can no longer say that those particular beliefs are considered to be true, not unless you prove that the contradiction is false, if so, then you can continue with your belief, or you can find a new belief with less contradictions."

"Believing more in something doesn't make that something anymore real, you just make it more exaggerated." 

Story Telling

Exaggerated is making something to seem more important than it really is. To lie about certain details about something in order to persuade people to like what you are saying, like in marketing. To enlarge beyond bounds or the truth. The act of making something more noticeable than usual. Represented as greater than is true or reasonable.

Just because information contradicts your beliefs, this does not mean that your beliefs are totally wrong, it just means that the way you understood your beliefs to be true needs to be explained better so that there are no Contradictions.

To me, most religions are a collection of stories about love, struggle and hope that expresses views about the human experience. Religious writings talk about a relationship with a Lord or a significant figure. Religious writings also talk about our relationship with the belief of a creator or God that resides beyond our comprehension. But Religions do not provide me with all the necessary knowledge that I need. So I spend more time outside the religious realm, but never too far away where I stop listening because some Religious Knowledge, Sacred Texts and Ancient Knowledge can be very useful to the right person at the right time. But this knowledge needs to be Deciphered and correctly explained so that the Symbolism, correlations and similarities are not confused with things that are just a coincidence.  

It's a good idea not to live your whole life or plan your entire life solely based on your religion. There is so much more knowledge today then any other time in human history. And knowledge is extremely valuable when trying to understand yourself and the world around you. And Life has also changed tremendously since religions were written. The moral rules that now govern society need to be considered. A person can no longer use religion as the only excuse for a particular behavior or action. Religion should be more of a guide, and not used as a reason. Reasons are more accurate when based on facts and experience, and not exclusively based on beliefs.

Multifaith is to more open and understanding of more than one religion, philosophy or world-view. And perhaps to believe that no one is superior to the others.

Interfaith is involved with improving communication between different religions.

Cooperation

Syncretism is the combining of different beliefs, while blending practices of various schools of thought. Syncretism involves the merger and analogizing of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism also occurs commonly in expressions of arts and culture, (known as eclecticism) as well as politics (syncretic politics).

I 'm not a Heathen, or a Pagan, or an Atheist, I'm just a Man of God in Waiting.

Heathen is a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do.

Pagan is someone who does not follow one of the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism); the most common meaning.

Atheism is the absence of belief in the existence of deities.

Hermeticism is a religious, philosophical, and esoteric tradition based primarily upon writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus ("Thrice Great")

Hermetica are Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

Zero Point : Volume I - Messages From The Past (youtube)
Sacred Knowledge: In Plain Sight (Decoded) (youtube)
Sacred Knowledge of vibration and the power of human emotions (youtube)
Kabbalah (wiki)
Cultural Knowledge
Ancient Knowledge Pt.6/1 - Number 9 Code, Vortex Based Math, Flower of Life, Fibonacci, Time, 432Hz (youtube)

All religious beliefs and stories have changed throughout human history because of how they were translated from different languages and also how they were changed by people interpreting religious writings to fit their own personal beliefs at the time they rewrote them. Religious beliefs and stories also changed because they were passed from person to person and were not written down by the same people who witnessed these events, so their accuracy and their meanings have always been unclear. Like all knowledge, religions went through many changes and updates, but at a much slower pace when compared to other knowledge and information that has been accumulated during that same time. 

Who Wrote the Bible? (2004, Robert Beckford)

Is the Bible, or any popular religious book, Fiction or Non-Fiction or a little of both? 

Is Truth is Stranger than Fiction?

People prescribe to a certain way of life, not a way of life that they created, but a way of life that was created by ancestors 100's of years before they were born. But as people grow older they realize that the world is filled with all kinds of people who have all kinds of beliefs that are different than theirs. And these differences all depend on where a person was born and how they were raised. So most beliefs are related to regions, and not so much related to truth. And one of the universal truths that all humans share is that we are all human and that we are all living on the same planet. This is our common ground. People should not separate themselves because of their cultures or their beliefs, but should use these different points of view to examine what we have learned from life, so that we can continually improve life for future generations.

"Never doubt the value of information and knowledge based solely on the source, whether you hear something from a religious leader, or read something from a religious book, always remember that any information could lead you to an answer, whether it could happen indirectly or metaphorically."

"You may choose what you want, but don't be all that you choose..Spending too much time believing, instead of learning and doing, will leave you vulnerable. A life unbalanced is a life that is fragile, unaware and unpredictable."

One great thing about churches and religion is that they bring people together, which is a great opportunity to communicate and share ideas.

Religion is not just about believing in God, Religion is about Culture, History and a quest for understanding. Though Religions make Presumptions and Atheism is believing in Nothing, I would still rather believe in something as long as I don't assume that I know exactly what that something is, even though I have a right to a Theory. It's not so much what you believe, it's how your belief effects your Perception. There is really no clear definition of what 'believing in God' really means. But I have a feeling that Science will eventually find God, for Scientists are the only ones who are looking in more then one place, even though they are not directly looking for God. And I have another feeling too that when we do eventually find proof of God, God will be something that we never imagined, which will not be all that surprising, after all, it's God. Don't look at science as a threat to Religion, look at science as a friend who took a different path. And all these different paths that we are taking will eventually help us all to become more aware of our Existence

Integrating Science and Faith

Cosmic Fingerprints

As Above, So Below - Everything is Connected

"You can still experience many things in your life without having to dedicate your entire life to just one experience. Sampling things and exploring the world has its benefits, and its dangers, but so does dedicating your entire life to just one thing. But whatever lifestyle you choose, it should not include limiting yourself to knowledge and information. And experiencing more does not necessarily mean that you are learning more, because first you would have to define what is the most important and the most valuable knowledge and information that the world has to offer. So till then, whatever you chose to do with your life is your choice. But please don't deny yourself to be the best that you can be, because that would be illogical and a waste of your potential."

Why so many people believe in God is simple, human life is just too freaking incredible and just too amazing to have happened all by itself. But that's not a reason to believe in God, that's just clearly recognizing the fact that human life is, without a doubt, a remarkable journey. Of course everyone wants someone to be there at the end when they die, someone to greet them. And most people would agree that they would want to see God. After all, God represents the only person who's qualified to explain just exactly what your life was all about. It's matter of trust, in God we Trust. Having an expert witness is important.

Religion and science are one in the same. They are both on the same path, looking for answers in their own way, using different methods for learning. Religion has been looking for answers for 100's of years, that is why there are so many religions and why religions have gone through so many changes. And science has also gone through many changes. The only difference between religion and science is time. And the time of stubbornness and narrow-mindedness is coming to an end. It's time for religion and science to admit they're friends, both in search for truth, both looking for answers.

Letter to Albert Einstein January 19, 1936
My dear Dr. Einstein, We have brought up the question: Do scientists pray? in our Sunday school class. It began by asking whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are writing to scientists and other important men to try and have our own question answered. We will feel greatly honored if you will answer our question: Do scientists pray, and what do they pray for? We are in the sixth grade, Miss Ellis's class. Respectfully yours,  Phyllis.

Reply from Albert Einstein January 24, 1936
Dear Phyllis, I will attempt to reply to your question as simply as I can. Here is my answer: Scientists believe that every occurrence, including the affairs of human beings, is due to the laws of nature. Therefore a scientist cannot be inclined to believe that the course of events can be influenced by prayer, that is, by a supernaturally manifested wish. However, we must concede that our actual knowledge of these forces is imperfect, so that in the end the belief in the existence of a final, ultimate spirit rests on a kind of faith. Such belief remains widespread even with the current achievements in science. But also, everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive. With cordial greetings,  your A. Einstein.

"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”  Albert Einstein

Spirituality, Religion May Protect Against Major Depression by Thickening Brain Cortex
Meditation 

We can't allow ourselves to be separated by our own beliefs anymore. We just don't have the time or the resources. We have a lot of information and knowledge that is a great benefit to all of us. So let us begin to use our information and knowledge to the best of our abilities. We have opportunities that we cannot afford to waste.

"We can no longer afford to devote ourselves to live under one word or one ideal. We must understand that information is only useful to us when it is used correctly as a whole. A separate piece of information that excludes other information cannot exist on its own, it needs other information in order for it to live and to be realized. For example, a Word cannot stand on it's own, a word needs Context."..To deny language its purpose and potential is to deny life itself...

Meditation or Praying

What are the differences and similarities between meditation and salah?
They both make you concentrated and focused on what is important to you.
They both wipe out unwanted thoughts.
They both calm you down by increasing your control over your thoughts.
They both give you little extra confidence and fulfillment by giving you the feeling of achievement (on overcoming a daily challenge).
They both need high attention to be done correctly.
They both can be done in group.
Differences:
Salat can be considered as meditation, but meditation is not salah. In mediation you give your attention to your breath, any chanting you want, your instructor or your object of meditation, but in Salah you have to give your attention to the verses and to Islam's god.The goal of meditation can be varied, from reaching tranquility of mind to solving a problem to satisfying a god(in traditional methods), salah is to satisfy Allah only. If you skip your meditation you will not feel guilty, but if you skip salah you will feel guilty and you have to do the skipped salah. You don't have to be religious to meditate, but you have to be a Muslim to do  salah. Meditation times can be defined by yourself while salah times are predefined. Meditation can be as short as 5 min up to one hour or more, salah be very fast if you can say verses fast (with less attention) and it can take longer if you choose long verses (normally not more than 15 minutes in any case). You can listen to music in meditation but that is not a good idea for doing salah. You can practice meditation under a female instructor (couch, teacher or guru) but you cannot have a female leader for group salah. Meditation doesn't motivate you toward a specific goal while salah gives you motivation to follow Islam and obey Allah. You can talk or move during meditation, but movements and chants are restricted in salah.

Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. May take place in public or in private. Involves the use of words, song or complete silence. When language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal creedal statement, or a spontaneous utterance in the praying person.

"When we pray, are we just asking ourselves a question? Would we be more responsible if we just excepted that we are the ruler of our lives? Not to say that we are alone, just saying that we need to take control of our lives and become the leader of our soul, instead of transferring our responsibilities to outside entities."


To Define is to Limit
Does defining something confine that something to just that definition? No. Context

Equivocation

Frame Problem is formulated as the problem of limiting the beliefs that have to be updated in response to actions. In the logical
context, actions are typically specified by what they change, with the implicit assumption that everything else (the frame) remains unchanged.

Why do certain religious teachings look similar to an Open-Loop Controller and an Isolated System?

Is religion a closed Concept or an open concept?

Semantics is the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text.

Axiom is a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits.

Religious Order is a lineage of communities and organizations of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with their specific religious devotion, usually characterized by the principles of its founder's religious practice. The order is composed of initiates (laity) and, in some traditions, ordained clergy. Religious orders exist in many of the world's religions.

Holy Orders are ordained ministries such as bishop, priest or deacon.

Fraternal Order is a fraternity organized as an order. Traits sometimes allude to aspects of the original religious or chivalric orders of the Middle Ages. Contemporary fraternal orders typically have secular purposes, including social, cultural and mutually beneficial or charitable aims.

Just because a law is written does not mean that the law is understood the same way by everyone, or does it prove that the law is even valid. You cannot limit something to a particular Label, because Labels cannot be uniformly translated or understood the same way by everyone. Just because you have given something a label does not mean you don't have to explain your label, an explanation will always help assure that your label is fully understood by everyone. If you don't teach Skepticism you will fail to Teach the most important element of learning, which is questioning. Without questioning you make people vulnerable to Exploitation and Manipulation. Don't define a word so much that you confine or limit its meaning.

Unambiguous is having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning.

Cognitive Dissonance

"Nothing is definitive, we define things out of necessity, this is not to say that something is definitive, we just defined something enough so that we can continue to move forward and progress."

The awareness of our perceptions seems to be different when looking at the same thing. We need to define the things we see and find a middle ground on which to agree. For a middle ground is all we have, for we have known for some time that there is only one planet on which we all live. We can no longer afford to believe that we are some how separated from the rest of the world, we know that we are not. We have to share this world as well as share our beliefs. Is it All or Nothing or Something for Everyone?  Let us Negotiate, work together and Compromise...

Why do some Religious Practices and Traditions become Irrelevant and Impracticable as we learn more?

Irrelevant
is having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue.

Impracticable is not capable of being carried out or put into practice.

The last thing you want to do is use your own beliefs to attack someone else's beliefs.

So what's your Perception of Perception?

Philosophy
Evolution

Phenomenology of Religion concerns the experiential aspect of religion, describing religious phenomena in terms consistent with the orientation of worshippers. It views religion as made up of different components, and studies these components across religious traditions in order to gain some understanding of them.

People should try to avoid deferring their questions to a higher power. If the question seems to big to answer then try breaking down your question into smaller questions that you can answer yourself.

I see too many people blaming religion for a lot of the suffering and pointless killing throughout our history. It's not the fault of religions, it was the lack of information and knowledge. We know what the lack of information and knowledge does to society. Most criminals and people in prison are the result of a poor education. But what we also learned, was that a great education is not a guarantee that a person will do good in life. Perfect examples of that are politicians and corporate leaders.
So that is why we must improve education, whether it would be of religious nature or not. 

Templeton Prize

There seems to be this profound difference between Believing and Knowing. Knowing increases awareness, Believing decreases awareness. 

Do you believe in Space Aliens?

Ancient Hope

Remember Versus Know Judgments
Justified True Belief


Extremism

Cult is a group of people who are almost entirely controlled by or dominated by a single individual or leader.

How to Spot a Cult (youtube)

Fascism (political groups)

Conformity - World View (ideology)

Surrender means that a believer completely gives up his own will and subjects his thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will and teachings of a higher power. It may also be contrasted with Submission. Surrender is willful acceptance and yielding to a dominating force and their will.

Mind Control

Religious Movement is used as an alternative phrase to the word cult.

Love Bombing is an attempt to influence a person by lavish demonstrations of attention and affection.

Coercion is the practice of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner by use of intimidation or threats or some other form of pressure or force.

Persuasion Propaganda

Proselytism is the act of attempting to convert people to another religion or opinion.

Religious Conversion is the adoption of a set of beliefs identified with one particular religious denomination to the exclusion of others.

Indoctrination is the process of forcibly inculcating ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or a professional methodology (see doctrine) by coercion.

Psychological Manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the behavior or perception of others through abusive, deceptive, or underhanded tactics.

False Flag

Secret Society is a club or an organization whose activities, events, and inner functioning are concealed from non-members. The society may or may not attempt to conceal its existence.

Apologetics is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of information.

Radicalization is a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals and aspirations that reject or undermine the status quo or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.

Radicalism is the political orientation of those who favor revolutionary change in government and society.

Zionism is a nationalist political movement of Jews and Jewish culture that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel (roughly corresponding to Palestine, Canaan or the Holy Land).

Extremism is any political theory favoring immoderate uncompromising policies.

Fundamentalism indicates unwavering attachment to a set of irreducible beliefs.

Jihadism or Jihad is a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels. A holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal.

JIHAD. The Bafta-nominated film by Deeyah Khan. ©Fuuse Films (youtube)

Religious Persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals as a response to their religious beliefs or affiliations or lack thereof.

Fanaticism is a belief or behavior involving uncritical zeal or with an obsessive enthusiasm.

Expectation is what is considered the most likely to happen. Don't Expect, plan and anticipate.

Fraternity connotes an organization of men, a fraternity, as a type of organization.

Branch Davidians are a religious group that originated in 1955 from a schism in the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists ("Davidians"), a reform movement that began as an offshoot from the Seventh-day Adventist Church ("Adventists") around 1930.

The Family (Australian New Age group)

Jehovah's Witnesses are directed by the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, a group of elders in Warwick, New York, which establishes all doctrines based on its interpretations of the Bible. They prefer to use their own translation, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, although their literature occasionally quotes and cites other Bible translations. They believe that the destruction of the present world system at Armageddon is imminent, and that the establishment of God's kingdom over the earth is the only solution for all problems faced by humanity. The stated purpose of The Watchtower is to draw attention to the kingdom of God, which Jehovah's Witnesses believe is a real government that will soon replace all earthly governments. Jehovah's Witnesses are best known for their door-to-door preaching, distributing literature such as The Watchtower and Awake!, and refusing military service and blood transfusions. They do not observe Christmas, Easter, birthdays or other holidays and customs they consider to have pagan origins incompatible with Christianity. Adherents commonly refer to their body of beliefs as "the truth" and consider themselves to be "in the truth". They consider secular society to be morally corrupt and under the influence of Satan, and most limit their social interaction with non-Witnesses. The group reports a worldwide membership of more than 8.3 million adherents involved in evangelism and an annual Memorial attendance of more than 20 million.

Advertising (marketing)

Brain Washing - Mind Control

Reward Stimulus (praise)

Conformity - Blind Adherence

Accessory to a Crime
Divided we Stand

Interventions

The 1975 film called Tommy shows the dangers of blindly following.

Reward System - Gratification

Compensation is a strategy whereby one covers up, consciously or unconsciously, weaknesses, frustrations, desires, or feelings of inadequacy or incompetence in one life area through the gratification or (drive towards) excellence in another area. Compensation can cover up either real or imagined deficiencies and personal or physical inferiority. Positive compensations may help one to overcome one's difficulties. On the other hand, negative compensations do not, which results in a reinforced feeling of inferiority. There are two kinds of negative compensation: Overcompensation, characterized by a superiority goal, leads to striving for power, dominance, self-esteem, and self-devaluation. Undercompensation, which includes a demand for help, leads to a lack of courage and a fear for life.

Anti-Cult Movement opposes any new religious movement (NRM) that they characterize as a cult.

Cult Awareness Network was an organization created by deprogrammer Ted Patrick that provided information on groups that it considered to be cults, as well as support and referrals to deprogrammers. It was founded in the wake of the November 18, 1978 deaths of members of the group Peoples Temple and assassination of Congressman Leo J. Ryan in Jonestown, Guyana, and was shut down in 1996. Its name and assets were later bought by a group of private donors (some of whom were Scientologists) in a bankruptcy proceedings; with the transfer of ownership, the organization was renamed the New Cult Awareness Network. CAN and its representatives were known for being highly critical of Scientology, Landmark Education, and some other groups and new religious movements, referring to some of these groups as "destructive cults".

So what constitutes a cult?
1. Beware of any kind of pressure. Any kind of pressure to make a quick decision about becoming involved in any intensive kind of activity or organization.
2. Be wary of any leader who proclaims him or herself as having special powers or special insight. And, of course, divinity.
3. The group is closed, so in other words, although there may be outside followers, there's usually an inner circle that follows the leader without question, and that maintains a tremendous amount of secrecy.
4. The group uses deceptive means, typically, to recruit new members, and then once recruited will subject its members to an organized program of thought reform, or what most people refer to as brainwashing.
5. Typically cults also exploit their members….mostly financially. Within the group, they'll exploit members financially, psychologically, emotionally and, all too often, sexually.
6. A very important aspect of cult is the idea that if you leave the cult, horrible things will happen to you. This is important, and it's important to realize. That people outside of a cult are potential members, so they're not looked upon as negatively as people inside the cult who then leave the cult.

Anticipation or being enthusiastic, is an emotion involving pleasure, excitement, and sometimes anxiety in considering some expected or longed-for good event.

Zealotry means one who is zealous on behalf of God.

Zealous
is marked by active interest and enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm is intense enjoyment, interest, or approval.

Addictions
Behavior
Media Literacy

Entice is to Provoke someone to do something through often false or exaggerated promises or persuasion.

Persuasion
is a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty. Allure, allurement, appeal, attractiveness, bait, captivation, charm, come-on, courting, draw, drawing power, enchantment, endearment, enthrallment, enticement, fascination, gravitation, inclination, inducement, interest, invitation, lure, magnetism, pull, seduction, solicitation, temptation, tendency.  Antonyms: repulsion, revulsion. Persuasion techniques - Influences

Heresy is any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs. (Discrepancy)

Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, to religious or holy persons or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable.

Purgatory is an intermediate state after physical death in which some of those ultimately destined for heaven must first "undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven". Only those who die in the state of grace but have not yet fulfilled the temporal punishment due to their sin can be in Purgatory, and therefore no one in Purgatory will remain forever in that state nor go to hell. This notion has old roots.

Shape Shifting is the ability of a being or creature to completely transform its physical form or shape. This is usually achieved through an inherent ability of a mythological creature, divine intervention, or the use of magic.

Self-immolation is an act of killing oneself as a sacrifice.

Axiom is a statement that is taken to be true, to serve as a premise or starting point for further reasoning and arguments.

Fear is not a good teaching method, what other methods can help make someone aware of danger without using scare tactics?

Punishment

A religious person becomes a terrorist when they use their belief as an excuse to commit a crime, or when they use their belief to deny the rights and the freedoms of other people. An Ignorant Contradiction of the Golden Rule.

Political and Corporate Terrorists

Praying 24 hours a day, seven days a week will not solve our problems. It's better to die standing up against injustices then to die on your knees. Not to say that praying doesn't make a difference, but if that's all you do, then it will not. I pray that my life will make a difference in peoples lives, I pray that my actions will save lives and reduce suffering.

I don't understand certain passages, It feels like I'm outsourcing reality, like I'm Transferring ownership of my life, or like I'm creating a Diffusion of Responsibility. I believe that the power of God would be better served if we focused more on our abilities and our potential. After all, God gave us abilities and potential, like the ability to use language to transfer knowledge and information to ourselves and to others. This transference of knowledge is extremely important to everyone on the planet. If we are not careful with the knowledge we convey, we may do more harm then good.

We need to take responsibility for our actions, we need to learn to solve our problems, we can't keep Passing the Buck, because eventually, we all know that the Pyramid Schemes always collapse, and the last one holding the bill this time, will mark the moment of our extinction. I would never say that ideologies killed us all, but I would say that the combination of our ideologies has given us incredible potential, enough potential to stop the killing, and to end all suffering. Our ability to communicate is our greatest strength, but we need to use our language wisely. We cannot depend on always being understood the way we would like to be, we have to learn how to use language carefully, effectively and efficiently. We should come up with a procedure for language use, so that we can have a guide to help us communicate better.

These are the things that we have to do to maintain our existence, and to guarantee that our children will have a chance to enjoy this incredible planet as we did. I'm not saying the world is full of joy, but it can be. But at the moment I can't enjoy knowing that others are dying and suffering because of the cost of other people's enjoyment, we can't allow ourselves to contribute to this diffusion of responsibility, we owe it to the billions that have lived and we owe it to the trillions of people that will live in our future. Of course we are talking more the trillions of people....Lets say that we have 4 billion years left on our planet, and lets say we stay at our current population size of 7 billion, and lets say that everyone lives for a hundred years, So now we can say that every 100 years we will have 7 billion new people on the planet. 7 billion new lives every 100 years, 4 billion divided by 100 is 40 million, So 7 billion times 40 million is a number so big it cannot be visualized, so lets just say Quadrillions of humans who will experience life on this planet after you are dead and gone, that is a lot of people counting on you. and that is a lot of people to be responsible for. But it is also good knowing that trillions more people will experience life on this planet, and look back on our time in history as being the defining moment, we cannot deny this fact that we are in this moment now, it's time that we open our hearts and our minds, we have a lot of work to do, and a lot of lives to save, so here we go...let us start talking, let us start doing, let us start living as intelligent humans. Let us not break the chain of life, let us make the chain of life stronger, so that humans can live forever, in peace, and in harmony.

There is no Devil, the Devil is just a metaphor for ignorance.. When someone says that the devil will trick you, what they mean is that ignorance will trick you. So the only thing you should fear is ignorance. To overcome ignorance you need to learn.

Problem of Evil refers to the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with an omnibenevolent, omniscient and omnipotent God.

Thinking that God will punish evil and corrupt people is foolish
, this will not solve our problems. We have to solve these problems ourselves. We can no longer Transfer our Responsibilities away that easy. Our beliefs and our hopes are comforting, but we all know that we can not just wish away our problems, we tried that already, it failed. So it's time we except our responsibilities. It's time to learn, it's time to live, it's time to love, it's time to progress.

There is nothing wrong with religion, the only thing wrong is peoples ignorance, and if someone wants to blame their ignorance on religion, or use their religion as an excuse for ignorance, then they only prove one thing, and that is that they are ignorant.

Thinking for yourself can only happen when when learn how to think without confining and controlling influences.

Labels

Belonging to a group does not mean that you are connected, or excepted, or protected. Even if you belong to a group and your are connected to a group, but if the group you're connected to is not connected to the rest of the world, and is isolated by prejudice or beliefs that cause you to be bias against useful and important information, then your group will eventually go extinct, as history has proven. We want to encourage groups and socializing, but if a group isolates itself and tries to disconnect itself from the rest of the world, then that is the same as a self-induced solitary confinement.

Can something be Sacrosanct?
Truth Saves
Addiction
Televangelism
Glossolalia Speaking in Tongues

Is allowing people to have special Privileges just another form of Discrimination and Prejudice?

Should any Religion have the right to Abuse Human Rights or Civil Rights? No. Cannot Justify.

Can Codependency also be related to the publics interpretation of the world or World View?

Practice What You Preach, why is this so difficult? Counterintuitive

Evolutionary Psychology of Religion is the study of religious belief using evolutionary psychology principles.

Do as I say, not as I do. Where's the good example

Sacrifice is to do without something in order to survive or to reach a goal. Changing priorities and temporally suspending certain activities so that you can work on the things that are now more important.

Problem Solving

Why does religion sometimes look like a Milgram Experiment?

Instead of giving me a puzzle made of words why don't you just tell me what you're saying?

If you are truly trying to teach Moral Responsibility, then you certainly can't ignore the fact that there is a lot more information and knowledge in our world today then ever before. And this information and knowledge can definitely help explain the logic that is behind having Moral Responsibility or a having a Conscience. So it makes sense to update your knowledge-base, especially when other people depend on you and rely on you to help them, and also to help guide them through this world.

What's the difference between having an Imaginary Friend and believing in God?

What's the difference between Compensation and believing that there is a Heaven??  Death

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word Poem (youtube)

There's nothing worse then a Perverted Interpretation of Information.

Tree of the Knowledge

If you were God, what would you do?

What if you could never become the thing that you love the most, then what will you become?

If God created the Universe then Who created God?

And just where was God living before the Universe was even created?

If you could never imagine that you could be a God or be God like, then how God could exist? God had to learn how to be God, how else could someone become a God without learning what being a God is, or without learning what the responsibilities of being a God is. It must be a really good school. School of God or God University?

You give power to a leader because you can also be a leader.

You allow others to teach you because you can also teach others, including yourself.


Church and State

The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today (video by Jay Rosenstein)

Vashti McCollum (wiki) 
Released Time (wiki)

There is no Separation of Church and State. The state is just another form of religion where people live their lives in fear and worship a God they call Money. When you have religious people teaching, administrating and governing the public sector there is no real separation of church and state, especially when they're so much alike. This is probably why there are religious symbols found in a lot of government buildings. Separation is almost impossible. So in a way the State is a Church. And the State believes in controlling it's followers just like most religions do. The State Worships Money and they expect their followers to do the same. So where is this separation? Shouldn't we just be separating the good ideas from the bad ideas? That's what democracy is for.

Secular State is a concept of secularism, whereby a state is or purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting neither religion nor irreligion. A secular state also claims to treat all its citizens equally regardless of religion, and claims to avoid preferential treatment for a citizen from a particular religion/nonreligion over other religions/nonreligion. Secular states do not have a state religion (established religion) or equivalent, although the absence of a state religion does not necessarily mean that a state is fully secular; however, a true secular state should steadfastly maintain national governance without influence from religious factions; i.e. Separation of church and state.

Secularity is the state of being separate from religion, or of not being exclusively allied with or against any particular religion.

Secularism is the principle of the separation of government institutions and persons mandated to represent the state from religious institutions and religious dignitaries. One manifestation of secularism is asserting the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, or, in a state declared to be neutral on matters of belief, from the imposition by government of religion or religious practices upon its people. Another manifestation of secularism is the view that public activities and decisions, especially political ones, should be uninfluenced by religious beliefs and/or practices.

Secular Humanism embraces human reason, ethics, social justice, and philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience, and superstition as the bases of morality and decision making.

Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

Roger Williams (theologian) was a Puritan, an English Reformed theologian, and later a Reformed Baptist who was an early proponent of religious freedom and separation of church and state, and a supporter of members of the Free Will Baptist movement.

The Age of Reason was written by Thomas Paine who wrote about the corruption of the Christian Church and criticized its efforts to acquire political power. Paine advocates reason in the place of revelation, leading him to reject miracles and to view the Bible as "an ordinary piece of literature rather than as a divinely inspired text". It promotes natural religion and argues for the existence of a creator-God.

You can't totally separate two things that are not totally defined, or definitive in themselves. You can only define the parts, and when you define the parts, you are not defining the whole, only the parts. And those particular parts can be compared to other parts from other ideas. And then you can define which qualities are better, or more logical, depending on it's use or application. Generalized ideas may seem to have differences, like science and religion, but there are always some connections between them and they will always intersect in one way or another.

I see no difference between a private faith school and a public school. Both are guilty of leaving out knowledge based on personal beliefs. Studying a religion is not bad. What is bad is not giving a child a complete education. When people exploit religious beliefs to fit their own style of personal beliefs, they only confirm that their version of knowledge and information is unreliable and manipulative. You can't enlighten people with Contradictions, and at the same time call it the Words of God.

Pretending to be separate from Other People based solely on your personal belief is a cruel and deceitful lie. We are all "Other People". No religion or Ethnic Group can claim ownership of Suffering, Prejudice, Murder or Genocide, for these diseases have plagued all mankind from the beginning.

I'm not Irreligion, I'm just not 100% affiliated with just one religion.

I love all religious people, but not for their religion, but for their commitment, their discipline, and their hope. I'm more interested in who they are as a person, and not just the nuances of their daily rituals. The ritual is one thing, the person is the other. I have lived long enough to know that the person is the most important, and not my perception of who I believe they are based on their beliefs. I just hope they do the same for me. I don't want to be defined with a word, but defined with several kind words.

I respect the beliefs of others but I do not agree with every belief that a person has or do I agree with every belief that a religion has. If a belief stops you from realizing Logical Solutions to problems and keeps you from having a clear understanding of knowledge and information, to the point where you cannot make logical decisions and choices, then that is a belief that I do not agree with. Knowledge and information gives you a greater awareness of yourself and the world, I have personally experienced this awareness in myself and have also witnessed this awareness in others. I cannot ignore Cause and Effect or can I ignore all the knowledge and information that our species has learned and acquired in the last two thousand years. I would not ask anyone to give up their beliefs. All I would ask is that we talk and listen to each other and share our knowledge and wisdom. We can learn a lot from each other. We may feel like we live on separate worlds, but we know that we don't.

I'm more interested in knowing whether a person knows the same things that I do. We don't have to believe in the same things or think the same way. We just have to know some of the same things. We have our personal beliefs, but we also have our knowledge and our life experiences. We can still benefit each other even though we don't believe in the same things, or believe in the same way. Because we will always have some commonality in our knowledge and in our experiences, enough to communicate effectively and efficiently.

Having friends is like having Witnesses to moments in your life. This is probably why so many people believe in a God. God is like having the ultimate witness to your life, someone who so it all. This is probably why so many people are nice to God. You don't want to make your best friend angry because God might reveal some of your life's most Embarrassing moments, wouldn't that be funny? Sure beats going to Hell

Death - After Life - Heaven

I believe in God, but I do not worship my belief. Beliefs are not made to be worshiped. Beliefs were created to give us hope in the absence of knowledge. And now that there is an abundance of knowledge, I have replaced many of my beliefs with knowledge. This process has certainly helped me understand things a lot better. I will always believe in God, but I can not be so presumptuous in guessing what that means. Trying to express your own version of a fantasy does not convey enough useful information, unless you are just trying to entertain people like you would with a fairytale. So then your not so much a religion, but more of an entertainment facility. Where people pay a fee to play a part in a group fantasy. Preaching is not the same as teaching. We as Humans are really fortunate to have had so many people searching for truth in so many different directions. We have learned so much about ourselves and have learned so much about our world. Ignoring this information is not logical. We are all one big family living in a delicate system called earth. Do not let your beliefs blind you from the known world. Instead let your beliefs live on in history. Preserving the past does not mean you have to live in the past.

My Favorite Religious Songs
Jesus Christ Superstar (youtube) 
Spirit in the Sky: Norman Greenbaum (youtube)
The Mamas and the Papas: Dedicated to the one I love (youtube)
Grand Funk Railroad: I can feel him in the Morning (youtube)

Carl Orff - O Fortuna ~ Carmina Burana (youtube)
Carmina Burana (Orff) is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana.
Carmina Burana is the name given to a manuscript of 254 poems and dramatic texts mostly from the 11th or 12th century, although some are from the 13th century.
O Fortuna is a medieval Latin Goliardic poem written early in the 13th century.
Carl Orff's O Fortuna in Popular Culture

There's a lot of Music that has come from religion.

Religious Music
Church Music
Christian Music Artists
Atheists in Music
Medieval Religious Music
Religion and Music

I'm not so concerned about whether a person believes in God or does not believe in God. To me that is just one belief. I am way more concerned about all the other beliefs that a person may have or not have. For me, the more I know about someone the easier it is to understand them. Just knowing someone's religion tells me very little about them.

"Although the unconscious slavery of modern man to the industrial age is a serious matter, the emancipation of mankind from physical and economic slavery is a comparatively easy affair. The real slavery, because it is the most cruel and destructive of all, is the intellectual bigotry which claims to possess an exclusive monopoly on all truth. It is people obsessed by such a belief who, when they happen to be in a position of material power, hasten the downfall of a laboriously built civilization or the disintegration of a living religion. Man can be redeemed from all types of bondage — physical, mental, spiritual, social, political, moral — sooner or later. But the redemption of man from the self-imposed shackles of intellectual self-sufficiency, uncritically accepted ideals and a dry religious heritage is a task which is well-nigh superhuman. Here is the real task of the aspirant: to pierce through his own layers of self-imposed self-sufficiency and insensitivity so that he may expose a layer of vital awareness to the world about him, which would teach him if it could."  Meher Baba

"Why is there suffering? What gives my life meaning? Is forgiveness possible? These types of questions cannot be correctly answered by the church, they are better answered by scholarly research and intelligent collaboration."

Bias, prejudice, discriminate, selective, everyone is a contradiction to themselves. We don't use logic as much as we should. It seems we have a separate set of rules and values for our beliefs, as if they some how defy logic. This is an error that everyone makes, so this is not unusual. I see people apply logical thinking to several areas of their life, but I also see them not using the same process of logical thinking in other areas of their life. We are selecting when to use logic, and we don't fully understand how to use logic effectively. We want people to hang on to their beliefs, but we also want people to understand their beliefs, so they're more aware and more knowledgeable about themselves and the world around them. I can prey to God and be intelligent at the same time.


A Thin Place
Where heaven meets earth. A thin place is a place of energy. A place where the veil between this world and the eternal
world is thin. A thin place is where one can walk in two worlds. Thin places aren't perceived with the five senses. Experiencing them goes beyond those limits.

Thin Places
Overtoun Bridge (wiki)
Following the Leader could be Dangerous


The thinning of the Flocks
Can churches and religious schools survive as more and more people become religiously unaffiliated? Yes, but they need to modernize and update so they can become more aligned with a world that is becoming more and more educated, more advanced, more informed and more aware. We know that churches are more then just a religion. Churches and schools have many different functions and provide many services within a community. And with their doors open to the public, churches are also a place of refuge for many people in need of hope and prayer. So as churches and schools make the transition, they will need to find ways to preserve their traditions, their heritage and their culture, and at the same time, learn to communicate more, and work together more on solving the problems that are plaguing modern day society. They need to have more outreach and stop making outrageous claims and false advertising, because we don't want religion to become corporatized, because we all know that the corporate world is going to be fazed out soon, as we welcome a new era in world democracy and sustainability. 

Nones are people who do not identify with a denomination.

American Millennials (wiki)

Americas Changing Religious Landscape 

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”  (Bruce Lee)


God is Freaking Brilliant! 

You don’t need religion to believe in God..do you?
No matter how much you can decipher this world and no matter how much you can explain and understand about this world, you still can’t help but feel just how freaking incredible life is at times. How could you not feel that you are a part of something that is greater then yourself, especially in those moments of grandeur and inspiration? I can’t say that you will meet God when you die because how do you know if death is the final stage. I mean it would be nice to know that God will greet you when you die, but we are talking about God, and how could you be so presumptuous when talking about God? If I do see God when I die I would like to shake God’s hand and say “Wow! You really know how to mess with someone’s head” “That was just one freaking incredible experience that I will never forget” “How did you ever come up with this?” “You’re freaking brilliant God, just freaking brilliant!”

"God is Great" “Now what’s next God, or should I even dare to ask?”  What If ?

Too Many Open Ended Questions? A closed-ended question contrasts with an open-ended question, which cannot be answered with a simple "yes" or "no", or with a specific piece of information, and which gives the person answering the question scope to give the information that seems to them to be appropriate. Open-ended questions are sometimes phrased as a statement which requires a response.

Moody Blues - Question (youtube)
Noah's Ark
Ark Replica
Knowledge Ark


The Second Coming of Christ or savior may not be in the form of a human, it just may be in the form of a mass awareness or mass spiritual awakening. Because we all know, we do not need another leader, or someone to deliver us from evil. What we need is knowledge. The knowledge that our Lord and God has been trying to bestow on us from the beginning. So the second coming may not be something that you will see with your eyes, but something that you will feel with your heart.

To say that there must be a God just because life is incredibly amazing, is illogical. Just because you believe that there must be a creator, to call the creator a God is illogical. To call anyone or anything a God is illogical, mostly because you cannot accurately define what God is because descriptions are not explanations. So what would you call something that you don't understand? I would use the 3 most powerful words in the universe, which are "I don't know." Because you have to admit that you don't know things in order to start the process of knowing. Pretending that you know something means that you will never know. Because if you stop asking questions because you believe that you know the answer, that means that you will never know the answer, and most likely, you will never know God.

"I see a day that all churches will be more then a place of prayer, refuge, hope and deities, but a place that will also become a symbol of knowledge and information."

"One of the greatest experiences is learning from other people, I'm nothing without you, or me or everyone. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is us. The Mother, the Daughter and the Holy Spirit, is us. Without each other, there's nothing, no one exists without the other."

"life is not about suppression, life is about expression. This is how we have survived and learned from the beginning of time. And as a result, everyone alive today is an expression."

Express is precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication. Articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise. Indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.. Manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)


God is Knowledge, Knowledge is God "was blind but now I see"

We know that information and knowledge is extremely important to everyone's wellbeing, so you could very well say that in a way, God is Information, Information is God. How else could have known that God even existed if no one communicated this information to you? How else could have known that God existed if no one wrote this information in a book? The wealth gained from knowledge is tremendous. The potential for good is immense. And the dumbing down of education is catastrophic, which is Anti-God and Anti-Life. Anti is not in favor of. A person who is opposed or against something.

Keep learning, if not for your own sake, Keep learning for God's sake. Learning is something of great importance, so you can almost go as far as saying that, " God is Learning, Learning is God ". The Revelation is that the Words of Knowledge is our Salvation. And the The Holy Grail of Knowledge is finally in our reach, thank God! " God is Life, Life is God "

Sake is a reason for wanting something done or the purpose of achieving or obtaining. Inspiration

"Learning something new and important is like being born again, it frees you from uncertainty, while at the same time, opens your eyes to more possibilities." Updating Beliefs

Possibilities is a future prospect or potential. Capability of existing or happening or being true. A possible alternative.

Opportunities is a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances, like learning something valuable.

"To be a Disciple is to be a follower and a student of knowledge and information. For we are all Apprentices of knowledge and information, and we are all on an endless journey of discovery, a journey that will one day lead us to God, or one day, lead God to us."

Disciple
is someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another. Doctrine is a system of beliefs.

God is knowledge. Knowledge will bring you closer to God. Learn the worlds most valuable knowledge.

The more you learn about life the more fantastic life gets. life is absolutely mind blowing. Even though there are some things that you learn about our world that are disturbing and painful, it's all the other amazing things that you learn about that drives you to want to know more and understand more. Knowledge is Power, but not just the power of control, the power that comes from knowledge is in the form of energy, pure energy. And energy is the driving force of the universe, without energy life could not exist. So maybe God is Energy and Energy is God. And if not, it doesn't matter, because I'm going to find out what the truth is eventually, because I'm never going to stop learning. So ready or not, here I come.

"God is not an old man in the clouds, God is everything. But I guess if God wanted to be an old man in the clouds, then I guess God could be an old man in the clouds, after all, God is everything."

Adam and Eve were not banished from the Garden of Eden, they just failed to understand the responsibilities of knowledge, and that learning needs to be fully understood. It is not forbidden to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge, it's just that there are many dangers and vulnerabilities if the responsibilities of knowledge are never fully understood. Sin is a product of ignorance. Idle hands are the devil's workshop, and idle minds is where the devil can take control. Keep learning my friends.

Galileo Galilei: Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, 1615. - I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them. He would not require us to deny sense and reason in physical matters which are set before our eyes and minds by direct experience or necessary demonstrations. This must be especially true in those sciences of which but the faintest trace (and that consisting of conclusions) is to be found in the Bible. Of astronomy; for instance, so little is found that none of the planets except Venus are so much as mentioned, and this only once or twice under the name of "Lucifer." If the sacred scribes had had any intention of teaching people certain arrangements and motions of the heavenly bodies, or had they wished us to derive such knowledge from the Bible, then in my opinion they would not have spoken of these matters so sparingly in comparison with the infinite number of admirable conclusions which are demonstrated in that science. Far from pretending to teach us the constitution and motions of the heavens and other stars, with their shapes, magnitudes, and distances, the authors of the Bible intentionally forbore to speak of these things, though all were quite well known to them. Such is the opinion of the holiest and most learned Fathers, and in St. Augustine we find the following words:
" . . .Hence let it be said briefly, touching the form of heaven, that our authors knew the truth but the Holy Spirit did not desire that men should learn things that are useful to no one for salvation."

"It's not just what you do in your life, it's what you have learned in your life. Did you learn more then the previous generation? And will your knowledge benefit the next generation? That's eternal life, that's the key to the gates of heaven. It's not so much your actions in life, it's the value of the knowledge that you shared. That's the reason why all life survives. The strongest genes survive, and not what those genes did for a living. But there is one seed that has the ability to trump all seeds, that's the seed of knowledge. Humans don't have to totally rely on just their genes for survival, they have this extra ability to learn, even more then plants and animals do. But the act of learning has become an enigma for humans. We need to correct this if we want to survive."

Enigma
is something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained. A difficult problem.

"With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see."

Amazing Grace (Lyrics) - Susan Boyle (youtube)
Scottish Bagpipes - Amazing Grace (youtube)

Why do People Believe?






Conformity


Don't Confuse Conformity with Working Together

We should see Conformity as a behavior that is illogical and extremely risky to society. When behavior becomes dependent on other behavior, then that restricts learning and development, which are two extremely important activities for every human on planet earth. When conformity stops a person from questioning, then this puts the whole system at risk, because a persons questions were never heard, and thus a tragic accident occurred. When foresight is blinded by a conformist behavior, or by the fear of being called a nonconformist, then progress and adaptation are impeded, and life becomes stagnant and vulnerable to suffering and death. Which is clearly the state that we are in today in 2017. 

Social Influences - Popularity - Confidence - Auto Pilot

Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to a group. Conformity does not say that the behaviors are wrong or right. You can say what the norms are, but these norms do not explain the reasons why they are excepted? And just because Laws are written does not mean that they can't be challenged or debated. That's one of the reasons for a Democracy. And just because you follow a law does not mean that you're conforming, it could just mean that you understand that if everyone follows certain rules, we will have less problems and less chaos. But we still have Crimes. And sometimes peoples conformity turns into obsessive behavior.

Complacent or Contented
is being satisfied with things as they are, even though you are not fully aware of everything or have full understanding about the true state of reality. As far as you know. Do you think that you Know Enough?

You will be much better off if you are more of a reformist than a conformist.

You can't be a Follower, you must be a Leader. Everyone needs to be a Leader and understand that leadership is the responsibility of every person on the planet. You lead by example. You lead by not blindly following or trusting. You lead by continually learning. You lead by taking responsibility for yourself. You lead by taking responsibility for other people. You lead by taking responsibility for our planet that makes life possible now and for many years to come.

The main problem with being a follower is that the follower can blindly believe that the leader is making decisions on their behalf for their benefit. But sometimes leaders make decisions for only the few and not the many, because the motives of leaders can be easily corrupted. We need to trust other people and believe that they will act responsibly, fairly and logically. But we can not transfer the responsibility that we have for ourselves, or transfer the responsibilities that we have for other people.

Follower is a person who accepts the Leadership of another. Tribalism (culture)

Everyone sees things differently. We only see things the same way or in similar ways when the other people have the same knowledge and the same information that you do, and also understands that knowledge and information similar to the way that you do. Not everyone has the same knowledge and information, which means that not everyone will see things in the same way that you do. This is one of the main reasons why education needs to improve. If everyone had a lot of the same knowledge, information and understanding, then everyone would see eye to eye with greater accuracy, and also understand the world with greater accuracy. But if most all humans are undereducated as they are now, then everyone will be similar in ignorance. Humans have relied way to much on Conformity as a measurement of Reality. Conformity is good but conformity can also be extremely dangerous. When we see a crowd of people acting similar, we can then say since all the people have the same behavior, like sitting and talking peacefully, then we can assume that there are no immediate threats or dangers. With animals, if one animal starts running then this sounds an alert to the other animals in the herd that something dangerous is near. But in a crowd of humans, if only one person was running in a crowd then we would not think that there is danger, it's only when several people are running do humans sense danger. But what if that only one person was right and that one human knew about a threat or danger, how would you know? You would have to have a better awareness and the necessary knowledge and information that is needed in order to accurately analyze that particular situation. You need to think for yourself and not rely on the awareness or knowledge of others. If everyone is using conformity then who's' doing the actual thinking?

Patience and Tolerance without Acceptance - Enabling

Norms are cultural products (including values, customs, and traditions) which represent individuals' basic knowledge of what others do and think that they should do. Sociologists describe norms as informal understandings that govern individuals' behavior in society. On the other hand, social psychology has adopted a more general definition, recognizing smaller group units, such as a team or an office, may also endorse norms separate or in addition to cultural or societal expectations. In other words, norms are regarded to exist as collective representations of acceptable group conduct as well as individual perceptions of particular group conduct. You can say that norms are implicit, unsaid rules, because that would be ignorant. Who said and Why?

Social Norms

Identity (social science) is the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and/or expressions that make a person (self-identity) or group (particular social category or social group).The process of identity can be creative or destructive.

Shared Information Bias is when people in groups, discuss common, shared information with more time and energy. In other words, they like to talk about topics everybody is familiar with and therefore avoid new information. Consensus feels good. The result is that everybody is less informed, leading to worse decisions.

Familiarity Heuristic is an easy-to-compute procedure or "rule of thumb" that people use when forming beliefs, judgments or decisions. The familiar is favored over novel places, people, things. The familiarity heuristic can be applied to various situations that individuals experience in day-to-day life. When these situations appear similar to previous situations, especially if the individuals are experiencing a high cognitive load, they may regress back to the state of mind in which they have felt or behaved before. This heuristic is useful in most situations and can be applied to many fields of knowledge, however, there are both positives and negatives to this heuristic as well.

Don't let Patriotism or Nationalism Blind You. To many times people have had there Loyalty and their Love of Country exploited by governments and corporations.

Many aspects of society have Cult like Characteristics. Some jobs are cult like, some schools are cult like, some organizations are cult like, the media is cult like, the justice system is cult like and so on. People who have been in cults, and have left cults, still have no idea that they still may be in a cult, whether it's a family cult, political cult, belief cult, or any kind of blind following where people fail to question the accuracy of the goals and purpose of their group. Even an entire country can be a Cult, like North Korea. North Koreans are of course good people. But they have no ideas that they are in a cult because information and knowledge is strictly controlled, just like in America and other countries, except not to that extreme degree, but still with devastating consequences. So you see, if you control information and knowledge, you can control an entire country, and even control almost every person on the planet to a certain degree.

Accessory to a Crime - Bullying

Standard is a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated. The ideal in terms of which something can be judged. Conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind. Established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence. Conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers. Regularly and widely used or sold.

Pluralistic Ignorance is a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly assume that most others accept it, and therefore go along with it. This is also described as "no one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes." In short, pluralistic ignorance is a bias about a social group, held by that social group.

Staunch is being firm and dependable especially in loyalty. Stubborn

Life Stance is their relation with what they accept as being of ultimate importance. It involves the presuppositions and theories upon which such a stance could be made, a belief system, and a commitment to potentially working it out in one's life.

World View is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the entirety of the individual or society's knowledge and point of view. Social Influences

Cultural Bias occurs when people of a culture make assumptions about conventions, including conventions of language, notation, proof and evidence. They are then accused of mistaking these assumptions for laws of logic or nature. Numerous such biases exist, concerning cultural norms for color, location of body parts, mate selection, concepts of justice, linguistic and logical validity, acceptability of evidence, and taboos.

Group Polarization refers to the tendency for a group to make Decisions that are more extreme than the initial inclination of its members. These more extreme decisions are towards greater risk if individuals' initial tendencies are to be risky and towards greater caution if individuals' initial tendencies are to be cautious. The phenomenon also holds that a group's attitude toward a situation may change in the sense that the individuals' initial attitudes have strengthened and intensified after group discussion, a phenomenon known as attitude polarization.

Attitude Polarization the tendency of people to search for and interpret evidence selectively, to reinforce their current beliefs or attitudes. Confirmation bias.

Public Opinion is a term used that tries to guess what the majority of the people have an opinion on a particular subject. You can say that a poll was taken and here are the results, but a poll does not tell you if everyone understood the question accurately, which makes this type of evidence unreliable. Same goes for Voting.

Mere Exposure Effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. In social psychology, this effect is sometimes called the familiarity principle. The effect has been demonstrated with many kinds of things, including words, Chinese characters, paintings, pictures of faces, geometric figures, and sounds. In studies of interpersonal attraction, the more often a person is seen by someone, the more pleasing and likeable that person appears to be. Mere-Exposure Effect

Passivity is the condition of submitting to the espoused, legitimate influence of one's superior or superiors. Deference implies a yielding or submitting to the judgment of a recognized superior out of respect or reverence. Deference has been studied extensively by political scientists, sociologists, and psychologists.

Passive
is peacefully resistant in response to injustice.

Submissive is being controlled or ruled. Unable to stand alone. Being less important and consider less valuable. Dependent.

Implied Consent - Accessory (going along with a crime)

Meekness is the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness. A disposition to be patient and long suffering.

Compliance is acting according to certain accepted standards. A disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others. The act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another.

Docile is being willing to be taught or led or supervised or directed, sometimes without questioning or validation. Someone who is easily handled or managed. But don't confuse docile with someone who is understanding and intelligently diplomatic. We want people to follow orders and to follow the law. But not follow like Mindless Robots.

Submission is the condition of submitting to the espoused, legitimate influence of one's superior or superiors.

Obedience is complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority. Dutiful or submissive behavior in being willing to obey.

Deference implies a yielding or submitting to the judgment of a recognized superior, out of respect or reverence. Deference has been studied extensively by political scientists, sociologists, and psychologists.

"I have no choice but to obey my conscience, here I stay, I can do no other, God help me."~Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546).

Partisan (divided creates weakness)

Dominance and Submission is a set of behaviors, customs, and rituals involving the submission of one person to another.

Acquiescence
is the reluctant acceptance of something without protest.

Indifference is unbiased impartial unconcern. Apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions.

Social Contract is when individuals have consented, either explicitly or tacitly, to surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority of the ruler or magistrate (or to the decision of a majority), in exchange for protection of their remaining rights.

Do Not Consent to Searches

Silence Procedure states that he who is silent is saying they agree. Your silence implies Consent.

Acceptance is when a person agrees with the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it or protest itConsent

Questioning the status quo is called learning. To be Neutral and Passive is to Collaborate.." (Howard Zinn

Status quo is the way things are at this current time.

System Justification
happens when people incorrectly seek stability in their lives that they resist change even when it's for the better. This causes people to wrongly justify holding on to opinions about ourselves, our groups, and the larger system. This in turn defends the status quo.

Consistency Bias is when people assume things haven’t changed, when in fact they did.

Collective Responsibility is when you are Responsible for other people's actions by tolerating, ignoring, or harboring them, without actively collaborating in these actions.

Proactive is controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond to it after it happens.

Compliance is acting according to certain accepted standards, conforming to a rule, such as a specification, policy, standard or law. It is also the act of submitting, usually surrendering power to another.

Collaborationism is cooperation with the enemy against one's country in wartime.

"If you look the other way, then you are turning your back on yourself. We must stop criminals when ever we can, and if you can't stop them yourself, then seek help, sometimes people are unaware of crimes until someone speaks up."

Don't be a Yes Man, Blow the Whistle, it's your Responsibility.

Yes Man is a person (especially a man) who agrees with everything that someone says. A person who supports the opinions or ideas of someone else in order to earn that person's approval.
Suck Up is someone who is attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery, especially for one's own advantage.
Brown Noser is a person who acts obedient or attentive to a grossly excessive submissive degree. (the color brown refers to a person kissing someone's as* so many times that their nose turns brown from being to close to the poop hole).
Subordinate is an assistant subject to the authority or control of another. Lower in rank or importance or consider of less value. Subject or submissive to authority or the control of another.
Subservient is compliant and obedient to authority. Abjectly submissive; characteristic of a slave or servant.

Cognitive Inertia refers to the tendency for beliefs or sets of beliefs to endure once formed. In particular, cognitive inertia describes the human inclination to rely on familiar assumptions and exhibit a reluctance and/or inability to revise those assumptions, even when the evidence supporting them no longer exists or when other evidence would question their accuracy.

Cognitive Distortion

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Freedom of Thought is the freedom of an individual to hold or consider a fact, viewpoint, or thought, independent of others' viewpoints. It is different from and not to be confused with the concept of freedom of speech or expression.

Inequity is injustice by virtue of not conforming with rules or standards. Activism

Dissent
is the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority. Dissent is a non-agreement or opposition to a prevailing idea.

Divided

Aberrant is departing from an accepted standard. Diverging from the normal type.

Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and affirms their ability to improve their lives through the use of reason and ingenuity as opposed to submitting blindly to tradition and authority or sinking into cruelty and brutality.

Not all conformity is bad. When we all decide to drive on the right side of the road we avoid having accidents. When we don't have conformity we will always have problems, accidents and mistakes. Drivers are 40% more likely to be involved in a crash than those using "normal" left hand drive (LHD) vehicles.

Uniformity is a condition in which everything is regular and unvarying. The same throughout in structure or composition. Evenly spaced.

Consistent is agreement or reliable. Capable of being reproduced. Marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts. The same throughout in structure or composition.

Balance

Choosing to speak the same language, choosing to use the same measuring system. Conforming could improve communication.

Countries in red drive all their vehicles on the right side of the road. Countries in Blue drive on the left side on the road.
Driving Orientation World Map



Dangerous Social Influences of Conformity

Conformity makes a lot of people jump to conclusions. They believe that there are following commonly accepted standards, but they cannot confirm these standards or even validate them, because there is no defined basis for comparison; no measure of pros and cons. No reference point against which other things can be evaluated. No ideal terms of which something can be judged. Accepted does not mean verified. Accepted does not mean that more then the majority of people agree, or even understand what the agreement is about.

We know how dangerous conformity can be, because we know how dangerous being biased is.

We need to be Working Together, not conforming or accepting. Toleration is not about accepting, Toleration is about learning how to adapt to a difficult situation, and to never stop working towards normalcy and regaining balance again. You must not except the cards that you were dealt, because there are more cards in the deck, and there are more hands to play, the game is not over. But the game would be over if you were a conformist.


Let Us Work Together

Working Together is acting together as agents or circumstances or events. A state of cooperation. Balance among the parts of something. Compatibility of observations. Agreement of results.

Conformity could easily make people become unimaginative, deficient in originality or creativity, and lack the powers of invention, and also lack the ability to deal with concrete facts, and also lack spontaneity and individuality. Most advancements come from the countries that preserve human rights and freedoms. But we still have a huge problem when people abuse freedom and use it for evil purposes. But because certain societies are free to learn, then we will eventually solve this problem and help people stop abusing their freedoms and everyone else around them.

Values Alignment is an emergent property in organisations that have a critical mass of people with a common language of values and clarity about how their personal values, personal vision/mission and goals align with the desired values, mission/vision and goals of the organisation.

We need free thinkers, dreamers, idea makers, visionary's, people who can look at things differently, and present observations that may give us a better understanding of our problems and our difficulties. These are the people who have advanced society, these are the people who have made most of the greatest improvements in our world. So we should stop squandering and impeding free thinking. Because this will only keep starvation, suffering, crimes, corruption, disease and avoidable deaths to continue to happen every day. This I cannot conform too, or accept. Let us work together, it is truly our only hope.

Validity - Verifying
Truths - Facts
Opinions 
Errors - Lies

Some contradictions are contradictions in themselves. Something could be a contradiction to your actions and still be a contraction to itself, because it also did not answer all the questions, thus it too could be in contradiction for another reason. So maybe you still need to answer the question, "How do you justify the action?", which is based on true reality and responsibilities of your life. But even if you don't have any logical reasons why you do what you do, you could still be right because there are other reasons that you have yet learned about. You can say I pray everyday around this time, but it still may have other benefits even without the prayer. The prayer could be added because that is something that you like and feel good about, which is fine. But we need to see the whole picture, and wee need to see all the layers. All actions have effects, with some actions have many effects.



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