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I need some help making a choice, How do I know which one is the correct choice?

I am thinking about joining a religion, How do I go about choosing the right one? How do I pick the correct one? It's like playing Black Jack by appearance so perhaps someone has a better method. Here is what I have found:

There are about 21 major world religions today.

1. Christianity
2. Islam
3. Secular/Irreligious/Agnostic/Atheist
4. Hinduism
5. Chinese traditional religion
6. Buddhism (see also buddhism by country)
7. Primal indigenous
8. African traditional and diasporic
9. Sikhism
10. Juche
11. Spiritism
12. Judaism
13. Bahá'í Faith
14. Jainism
15. Shinto
16. Cao Dai
17. Zoroastrianism
18. Tenrikyo
19. Neopaganism
20. Unitarian Universalism
21. Rastafari movement

Of these 21, How do I know which one is right?

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For the record, I am not seeking I only ask to invite people to think about the argument of religion. What makes one the right religion and another the wrong? Then Ask yourself, why religion at all? Religion is the basis for many wars and arguments through out the test of time.



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I read a book once(A horse

I read a book once(A horse and his boy C.S. lewis) in which the main character worshipped a god by the name of Tak(think that was the name, cant really remember...been a long time). Tak was an evil god, known for demanding human sacrifices, etc etc. People told the main character this repeatedly, even showed him, but he simply refused to believe it, to him Tak was a just and loving god, not evil in any way. The pont here is that regardless of the name you give him, God is still God and really we all know the difference between right and wrong at a basic level....God simply wants people to do right....call him whatever you want, but do right and you will be on the correct path. Why join any of these religions if you want to be spiritual? Just walk the talk. I personally am christian, from things that can be historically verified I find the bible to be accurate, but I belong to no church....I see them mainly as a vehicle for corruption of the message(preachers up there denouncing muslims and saying how we need to kill them all, but unable to jusity it by what they profess to believe....cognitive disonance at its finest) but since they are a preacher their words carry weight, and so brainwash their congregation.....the danger is of course and always has been some other man between you and god....whether its a priest, the pope, whoever, they will corrupt the message.

Your best bet

is to join the "Religion of the month club". This will give you a good overview of the various religions, so that after a couple of years you can pick the one that best fits your spiritual needs.

Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.

Sit cross legged on the floor or in a straight back chair with your feet on the floor. Keep your spine straight. Do some quiet deep breaths. Quiet your mind by envisioning using a feather to sweep away thoughts as they appear. Focus on your slow even breathing.

Close your eyes and allow your eyes to gently look upward toward the space between your eyes above your eyebrows. Envision a light there. This is your spiritual eye. Focus there.

Listen inside your mind, near the crown of your head, for the whisper of your own inner spirit or higher self to guide you. Trust your higher self above any advice from others.

Join the church of truth and

Join the church of truth and reason. No need for fairy tales in the age of 2013. With all of the intelligence available for people to see its a wonder people still go to religion.

The point is well made. Your

The point is well made. Your religion is:

1) A geographical accident of birth.

Or

2) Something you chose depending on its harmony with your beliefs, giving it no special claim over objective truth.

So in the final analysis is is a mental structure, a simulacrum that you may use to guide your life and fit your experiences within as well as rationalize your decisions by. Pretty useful if you ask me.

The difference between atheism and religion is that this simulacrum is based on yourself rather than on a supernatural entity, and this difference being significant, I would not classify it as a religion. More accurate would be to call it a system of belief.

Thats a good answer

thanks

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Sikh

They're bad*sses! :)

ok then

ill do it! best argument yet

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Shamanism

Humanity's first "religion," involving a specific relationship to psychedelic plants, decentralized across the globe. What science AND religion are missing is this relationship to these special plants. How did we forget them? To not acknowledge their existence and implications is obtuse and unintelligent. A person going to the grave without ever having a psychedelic experience is like going to the grave without ever having a sexual experience. A culture with the psychedelic experience as it emerges from nature is a culture in tune with nature. A culture without this relationship to plants can become so neurotic and ego driven that it could destroy itself and much of the living world... Sound familiar? Science probes into every aspect of our lives yet it cannot come to grips or even begin to explain what happens to one who uses these plants, so it is ignored all together, written off as "drugs," but I am here to speak up for them!

The only possible way a culture such as ours could get so unintelligent, unhealthy and unresponsive to such oppressive controlling forces is to leave behind the best tools for understanding life, nature, and our humanity. It's like studying astronomy without the telescope.

i am a simple man

i chose Liberty.

start a new religion. Call it

start a new religion. Call it the do as you please as long as you don't hurt anybody else religion. The constitution can be your bible.

That post this morning on FB about Ishtar,

Is what I have learned listening to Pastor Arnold Murray at www.shepherdschapel.com . He teaches the bible using the original manuscripts, and he relates it to world events happening now.

I was raised Catholic, quit that when I got married, took the kids to Methodist Sunday school, we attended a Baptist church for a number of years then a non-denominational Christian church.

The past few years of taking the heat from many Christians about my choice of presidential candidates, plus my ongoing education on personal liberty, has made me feel that no church building is a good fit for me, so I just watch Shepherd's Chapel on tv, or listen via internet.

You are a good caring person Dex, and you will find what fits you.

Hi E

Thanks,

But I have a confession to make...I was purposely being coy. With all the evangelism and atheism posts I simply was trying to get people to look at this religion from a different perspective.

If I was to be seeking a religion to follow how would I choose? Obviously all aforementioned believe they are right. My point was why religion at all once people saw that none could possible be the only one...

you are a wonderful friend. I know you'll understand my angle.

DEX

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

The only one?

Be misleading to teach, you teach that you mislead.

Thank you for teaching me the truth about YOU.

Have a great posting day!

It's not to mislead

But illicit thought in a creative way.

Sometimes that's what it takes to get us to look at things different. Some of the greatest teachers known to man have employed the same to create critical thinking. ( not saying I'm one of them)

Is that not what this open forum is about? Perspectives, critical thinking and open discussion? I've read a lot on here that has cause pain because my belief in one way or another on a particular subject was flawed. But when I can step away and evaluate from afar, I have learned and found truth....

Sorry it made you uncomfortable...

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

It did not make me uncomfortable

I saw your original post as a great question, and I appreciated it as genuine, mostly because it came from you dex, someone who I have trusted.

I have explored most of the religions you mentioned.

I respect people's choice, whatever religion, or NOT!

I've been a member of other religions. I was raised an Objectivist, so atheism does not bother me.. it's a choice I respect.

I think most folks here can agree that the state enslaves us.

Many here LOVE Jesus because he is the greatest warrior against the state. I LOVE the story of Jesus coming into the temple and overturning the tables of the money changers.

I believe Ron Paul was inspired by Jesus to take on the Fed.

I'm sorry I thought you were being genuine. Many people on this forum are not, I just didn't have you in that group, so I was dissappointed, not with the thread, but what you claim motivated you, and especially during a Holy week for many of us.

Peace be with you.

It's ok ,

Appreciate you sharing your feelings about it and respect your position.

It doesn't change who I am or what I do and my intent was not to break trust.

I don't see you any differently, I just thought I should clarify my intentions after realizing many did not understand what my angle was.

You're still by sister either way

;-)

DEX

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

((((((((((((DEX)))))))))))

I still LOVE you.

Whichever religion or lack thereof is the most libertarian

I'm not religious. I tend to find most religions fall into a theological dictatorship and that doesn't sit well with me. Most religions tend to advocate doing good deeds and preach a sense of morality. I don't think you need to attach a label to yourself to be able to do that. I'm an atheist but that doesn't stop me from giving a cheeseburger to a homeless man. I just don't attribute that action to "doing God's work", etc.

If you are looking for purpose in life, do something that you will be remembered for. There are too many people who just live and then die one day. Other than their friends and family, their lives are not very significant. Try to live in such a way that people you don't even know will mourn your passing.

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good to see you're awake enough

to understand that Atheists/Agnostics are also religious beliefs!
This is a rough sketch of how I see it. A person looked around the wide expanse of whatever land and asked, "Is this it? Is this all there is?" There was a feeling inside that there must be something more. This led to what we'd today call 'soul searching', and from that a greater knowledge than that of the mundane was discovered. Example from physical world standpoint: Atoms were first explained in the Vedas.
I find these descriptions about ancient atomic blasts interesting:
http://veda.wikidot.com/ancient-city-found-in-india-irradiat...
But that's only the end part. There has to be a creative power that comes before the destruction. What is that?
If you are truly, honestly and diligently seeking the wisdom beyond the known, you need not look; it will find you.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Which one is telling the truth

And how do you know?

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

answers

Which one is telling the truth? None of them.

How do I know? Because they are religions.

That exact question is officially how Mormonism was begat

Now go start your own.

Here's a breakdown

Go to services.

Though I was baptized Catholic as an baby, my parents were not. My Father was an objectivist and my Mother did what he told her to do (not go to Church). I ran away from home when I was 15 and began attending Church services.. Eastern, Western.. Churches temples.. tents, caves.. pagan.. anything and everything.

When my Mother died, my God Mother, the one who had be bapitisted against my Father's will (he was in the Navy and out to sea when she had me baptized).. she took me to her Roman Catholic Cathedral.. and to be honest, I was always intimidated by the Roman Catholic Church, but it became a perfect fit for me. I am very happy. I ADORE my Church, my community.. I am so grateful that God gave me the grace to give me a spiritual home and family.

With all this said.. whatever you decide, I sincerely hope and pray that you find the peace, happiness, and the communion I have.

BTW.. If you ever saw the movie, "Sister Act", it's allot like that for me. My Church was pretty solemn when I first started going. I didn't know anyoine for months, I couldn't understand Mass well.. so I joined the choir to learn Mass, and now the Choir is growing, and we have a great band, shaking tamborines and bringing LIFE into the Church. Someone said to me just the other day.. "This is kinda like a Baptist Church with all this singing, jazzing up the songs."

So make the Church or Temple YOU choose, YOURS, and LOVE it with all your heart.

God Bless you!

Steve Angrisano

came to our parish a couple of years ago and we were very flattered when he said we sang like Baptists. :-)

If you don't know who he is, check him out his music's great.
http://www.steveangrisano.com/

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You forgot one:

A disciple of Jesus Christ.

(today's Christianity, especially in the USA, is nothing like that).

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