I chose the "Yeah, it's part of my religion" one, though believing only because it's part of my religion doesn't really apply to me. I believe in God as my creator and Jesus Christ as my savior, and I believe with all my heart. It's more than "just a religion" to me.
Of course I don't blindly agree with everything they say. For example, the Lutheran Evangelical Association of Finland (or something like that...) had a big campaign against homosexual people not so long ago. I was so disappointed with their narrow-minded point of view! I mean, the Church of Christ should be open to anyone who is willing to come! Why couldn't a gay/lesbian/bisexual person believe in God, too? Also I don't quite agree with the end of the world theory they have... oh, the questions. So many questions. Maybe I'll once get an answer to them all...
//Feel free to ignore me if I'm getting too carried away with this subject, my friend I just came back from that big Christian youth festival arranged here every year and I'm quite excited about it xD
Ah, I see. I kinda worded that question the wrong way, I wanted to know whether people believed and were religious, or just believed but didn't identify themselves as a person belonging to a religion, o didn't believe at all, or something else. My apologies for being unclear :3
I think that's a good thing, that you don't blindly agree with everything but listen to what they say and think about it instead. Indeed, that kind of campaigns will 1) not work at all since there are gay/bi people and they won't just go away and 2) it will make people (not to mention the gays themselves) turn away from the whole church since they don't feel welcome anymore. :3 Plus, like you said, if people want to believe and they try their best to be a good human, why would their orientation even matter? But that's just my point of view, and there will always be conservative people, so yeah
Sorry for the late answer, I wanna take my time to read and respond to longer messages.
Well, I think you got my point of view through this comment anyway
Well, the campaign was kinda stupid anyway. They used a story where they told about a girl who had "cured from bisexuality" through reading the Bible and praying. Yeah. As if that'd ever be possible. I couldn't believe that there were still people who really believed that homosexuality is just an illness and that it would be possible to cure from it... I personally have nothing against gay/bi people, I have good friends who are bisexual. Only we talked about this with another friend of mine, and came to the conclusion that if I would suddenly figure out that I was lesbian, it would take me a lot of time to deal with it, because my parents don't really approve with such orientations... But I have nothing against gays. Nothing. Only I couldn't be one myself xP
Well, being aware of my homosexuality for 6 years now... I don't think anything would cure it and I don't even think I'd want to cure it. I don't see a reason why. My parents wouldn't have a problem with it, yet I still haven't told them. I don't even know why
Personally, I don't. I'm more of a rationalist on that matter and I say, that there's no such thing as a higher being watching all over us. On the other hand, I believe in a few other things. I believe in my friends, who I care for and we can count on each other. I believe in myself, that I can get through any obstacles in my way and make my dreams come true. I believe, that the best things can happen in real life, if you do what is right. And I also believe in free will. To be honest, I think most religions (or religion itself) were partly created for those, who couldn't believe in themselves and their own power to change what they don't like (so they can hope for a higher being to bring them joy and happiness and punish those, who did them something wrong). But I guess that's only my opinion.
So am I, I prefer seeking explanations for things myself :3 If I believe in anything it's that when people do something, no matter how strange, harsh or cruel it might seem to the rest of the world, they do it because they actually think it's a good thing to do, and not because they "are just sheer evil/retarded/idiots/etc". Though, that doesn't mean it always IS a good thing. Maybe, but the origin of religions is something hard to understand, and I think most people with a religion were born with it and grew with it. And maybe for some people it's an answer to questions like "how am I supposed to live? What is the good way of living? Why are we living? What is justice?" If they find answers to their questions in a certain religion it's only logical they will follow it.
So...basically you believe, that people have a good, righteous reason for their actions? I guess you are also right at some point. Although I'm certain, that most religious people is just lazy at some point to find out the answers for themselves, thus leading the way to their religious activities with lots of money invested in the local church. I agree, understanding the origin of religions (or even the religion itself) is hard to understand. We can't even really guess on that matter, because we're either religious, or too skeptic to make a completely unbiased and objective opinion about it.
Yeah, I do. Hmm... I can't say I agree on that. I actually think they DO believe their religion is the ight thing for them, and yet most people don't agree with every single thing in their religion, so I think people do ask themselves what's right and what's wrong. I think saying most of them are too lazy for that isn't just right. I'm kinda interested in stuff like that, in how things like religions grow and how people start to believe in it. :3 I try to stay as objective as I can when it comes to that, because when I was younger I was all "Believing in something like that is plain stupid". I was like that because at school we HAD to go to church with them and we had to sing songs about God and yeah, since I didn't believe in that it made me really annoyed and sceptic. Though I was young and unexperienced back then and I've changed quite alot. xP
You have a point and I believe you, that there are quite a few people like that. However, I state what I experienced here, where I live. Most religious people are referred here as ..."szentfazék" (which means something like "holy pot"). It states a person whose devotion to God, to his/her religion and her religious actions has come to the point of utter annoyance. They try to stuff their religion through your throat and they never ever stop and realize the point where they should stop. Most of the time they are quite rude also. Although I'm also interested in different religions and their history and effect throughout the wide world. It is interesting to see, how they tried to explain everything they didn't know and did not experienced before, but I'm a bit of an "anticlerical."
Indeed I found it horrible that the first six years of school we went to the church like, every month or so? And then we had to read things about how God gave the world to the humans and sing songs about how good He was... I was a stubborn little kid then and I didn't believe in that at all, I just didn't want to do that! xD
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Well, I don't feel like I belong to a certain religion, but I do strongly believe in God. I mean, I don't feel like part of a religion because some religions think that they are right and that everything belongs to the "devil". A couple of god-believer religions say pokemon belongs to the devil because it means poket monsters, and I don't feel like part of that.
Hmm, yes. Though I don't think a lot of religions really have problems with stuff like Pokémon, it's just a few people that think so. But that kind of stuff depends on the religion itself. In general, I just think that kind of people need to think more for themselves, but if they really want to think it's bad then oh well. I think some parts of a religion shouldn't be taken 100% literally though, and those people are in my opinion a part of those things. :3
Though, I highly doubt the Bible/koran/any other book said something that could be leading to people thinking "Pokémon must be evil".