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If the only choices are "right" or "wrong", and n=the number of religions out there, (where we're postulating n>1000), I'd wager there's an even chance that any number of them between 0 and 2^n are "right"... none of them, all of them, or any arbitrary number of them in-between.
Originally posted by Davidius
There are thousands of religions out there. Who is right?
ALL religions? Probably not.
Do all religions essentially speak the same idea? (the golden rule)
Don't know about you, but a majority of my friends no longer practice the religion they were born into. Could just be the crowd I hang out with though. Choice is there for any who want to take it. Beliefs are nothing more than personal opinions, and no two are EXACTLY the same.
How can someone ever make a decision for himself if the majority are BORN into their religion?
Is there a difference?
Are we a product of random mutation or a divine Creator?
It could be. And it's certainly likely that if someone else tries to tell you YOUR answer, they're probably wrong.
Could it be that we each individually have to find the answer's to these questions, rather than focusing on what is out THERE, we must find the answers within us?
This was the premise of Harlan Ellison's short story collection Paingod and Other Delusions: When the belief in a god dies, the god dies. (This was co-opted, (rather poorly, IMHO) by Neil Gaiman's American Gods)
Originally posted by KyoZero
Each deity exists and I feel they are as powerful as their congregation is strong.
I would agree that man can never know Absolute Truth™ because he is always blinded by his perspective, but I'd argue that even Absolute Truth™ is not necessarily absolute. It too changes. Quantum physics has shown us that. (and yeah, you could go down the rabbit hole and say that that's just because we don't know quantum physics yet, but if we knew more, we'd understand that it IS consistent, but I think we'd agree that's an infinite well...)
Originally posted by Blue_Jay33
Absolute truth never changes, perspectives of reality do change. So what we believe today might be an absolute truth, a partial truth, or just wrong. But either way it is just our perception.