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Higher Being: The Creator type being. Deist in as much does not interfere, just observes. Other humans in the higher planes would assist people.
Afterlife *obvious must* for those considered enlightened. Reincarnation for all those still 'learning'. All living creatures have souls which can be reincarnated. This way you can create saints or similar beings to guide the followers. Because they are not omniscient-just a better perspective. Sometimes the help offered isn't all that helpful.
Purpose of life: That is a secret buried in the Universe. Followers must study all branches of Science-from hard to soft. Also heavy focus on Mathematics. The pursuit of knowledge brings humans closer to the creator. The application of the knowledge makes humans more like the creator. The pursuit of knowledge is the highest value. Because of this all aspects of life must be accepted with a kind of zen peace. Including removal of the sense of entitlement. 7 billion people are too much. This entails voluntarily only having one child, or abstaining.
War (and murder) and Greed are the only real sins. Killing removes a persons ability to get closer. Greed is hoarding knowledge and resources and thus a sin. Otherwise the directive is "Do what you want, just don't harm anyone or anything". This also means anything considered "consenting adults" is accepted. From gay marriages to plural marriage (again, consenting adults ONLY). To not accept personal rights of adults would open the door for destructive dogma and corruption of faith. Therefore members must be zealots when it comes to fighting laws that restrain rights of anyone (murderers and rapists etc. not withstanding).
To be considered a saint one must pursue knowledge while behaving with Honor, Integrity, Compassion and a generally Wise way while living.
There would be various rituals because people are comforted by those, but can't think of any off top.
Originally posted by Unresponsible
I like what you've come up with so far. I would also stress the interconnectedness of all life, from that of fellow humans all the way across the ecosystem.
However, I am of the opinion that any philosophy, no matter how well reasoned and kind is subject to corruption from intelligent people who wish to use popular opinion to their own ends.
Basically, what I feel has happened to every other religion in the past.
But if I had to create one to serve a positive function in society I'm not sure I could mainly because religion doesn't serve much function in society. Maybe in the early times we humans used religion to coalesce into tighter communities but now religion serves more to divide than to unite and we have things like global communication to have a global community without all worshiping the same invisible man in the sky.
Come on, people today are just as crude, barbaric, greedy, jealous and cliquey as they were thousands of years ago.
Otherwise.. Come on, people today are just as crude, barbaric, greedy, jealous and cliquey as they were thousands of years ago. There seems on average very little Humanity in the human race.
Originally posted by Hitotsumami
reply to post by lordtyp0
Hmm, how interesting!
Quite a topic for a thread! Honestly, the most beneficial religion I can think of is no religion at all. I believe it is always best to accept truth based on real world evidence and let that be your guide.
I will attempt to be hypothetical and describe a religion I would make, if by some chance I would feel like making one. It would about following the god called ENERGY who dictates the universe. Once you die, you return to this ENERGY and REINCARNATE through spreading through the universe helping other life in this indirect, but nevertheless important, way. My doctrine would be follow the LAW that BENEFITS society, and and punishment for those who don't is a time in separation from society in fair amounts.
That's the best I can come up with, honestly!
Originally posted by g146541
Jedi made a real religion by the Aussie Census