posted on Sep, 14 2012 @ 04:44 PM
Originally posted by TrueBlood
I do not believe in religion. Infact, I honestly believe it's religion that is holding us back as a species, but that's not what I wanted to get into.
I do believe in a "God" or "gods" (or some being that initated the "big bang") because something created the universe. I say that I don't believe in
religion and people call me an atheist, but by definition, I can't be an atheist because I believe in a higher creator. So what do I define myself as?
Can religion be seperated from God?
Well, my question is... Why you would want to place a label on yourself?
But to answer your question, you are religious. Religion has different meaning to different people, but usually, they define the aspects or parts of
religion, not religion itself.
What does religion mean?
Religion (from O.Fr. religion "religious community," from L. religionem (nom. religio) "respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods,"
"obligation, the bond between man and the gods") is derived from the Latin religiō, the ultimate origins of which are obscure
According to the philologist Max Müller, the root of the English word "religion", the Latin religio, was originally used to mean only "reverence for
God or the gods, careful pondering of divine things, piety" (which Cicero further derived to mean "diligence").
Technically you are religious for seeking God and what is considered the sacred.
If what I assume is correct, you are not a fan of mainstream organized religion. And I don't like them in general as well. However, it does serve a
purpose, and that is to teach the fundamentals of their respective faith. What I don't appreciate is when organized religion tries to usurp God's
powers in a sense. What matters is your heart. You can practice dogmatic rituals or other outwardly expressions of faith, but it is a futile exercise
when the heart isn't in the right place.
Majority of religions have one thing in common: they are all mankind's views on God. Just as man is imperfect, so will their views be, but the process
of learning perfection is an everlasting process. This is something fundamentals can't really teach, and this is where a personal relationship with
God and your heart is especially important. This is where Father Himself sent His Son Jesus Christ to show people how to be perfect while in this
fleshly part of our lives. Jesus Christ emphasized and showed a personal relationship with God, through him, which in my opinion means to live, be,
and see as Jesus would.
If you want to add a specific label, I guess Agnostic would be the best fit
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