• How can religion be good for mankind if religion is what mankind is often fighting over?

    Mr.e...Yes, some things are worth fighting for but unlike you I can't find a reason to kill just in the name of religion! Try not to be too smart when answering a question or you will just end up looking like a fool! Enginerd...So is it worth killing for? Jess d...Yep, they all say that! But the killing goes on!
    Mr.e...Yes, some things are worth fighting for but unlike you I can't find a reason to kill just in the name of religion! Try not to be too smart when answering a question or you will just end up looking like a fool! Enginerd...So is it worth killing for? Jess d...Yep, they all say that! But the killing goes on!
    21 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 10 years ago
  • Are such issues as prayer in schools only an attempt to enforce a mandatory public observance of Christianity?

    It certainly seems so to me; the people fighting hardest for such things as prayer in schools, the words "under God" in the pledge, etc., seem to want the government to not only officially endorse their private, personal religious beliefs, but also to mandate public demonstration of these beliefs, whether the person performing the... show more
    It certainly seems so to me; the people fighting hardest for such things as prayer in schools, the words "under God" in the pledge, etc., seem to want the government to not only officially endorse their private, personal religious beliefs, but also to mandate public demonstration of these beliefs, whether the person performing the demonstration holds such beliefs or not. It is odd to me that were this practice examined in any other country, it would be--and is--derided, but there are many who are attempting to maintain and expand the same practices here. How can such a double standard be excused? People do not realize the danger of expecting the government to officially validate and endorse private, personal religious beliefs, and to legislate and mandate that there be the exercise of public expression of such beliefs. Do religious people not realize that separation of Church and State is in place to guarantee their religious freedom? The only way for a government to maintain religious equality for all is for it to not legislate preference for any religion, to be above and separate from it. Legislation to enact mandatory observances not only destroys impartiality of religious treatment, but from a religious standpoint is counterproductive; after all, what religious observance has true meaning, that which is born of personal conviction, or that which is exercised only because it has been mandated by government legislation....? Fireball, this clearly is a pertinent question for this category. Groknor_34: Your answer shows the mindset that most American Christians have, and while it presents this situation as a simple one of respecting personal religious beliefs, ignores the fundamental--and necessary--separation between private and public life. The government is NOT obligated to "protect" any person's prerogative to subordinate the free operation of public institutions to the standards and exercises of their private life. A public school is an institution of learning, and that is its entire purpose; it is NOT a person's home, and it is NOT a house of worship. A student should be in attendance to learn, and nothing more. These arguments about "protecting freedom of religion" are simply a mask to foster a visible public exercise of Christianity, and to have the government mandate and endorse the same. I doubt Christians would be so inclined to fight for the right of Wiccans to conduct spellwork in the classroom for the sake of "freedom of religion."
    14 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 10 years ago
  • Why do you assume that when people say "God" that they are talking about your God?

    Is not religion and spirituality a personal journey, do you really think that any two people on this planet share the same unique views on faith, and therefore have the same God. There are 500,000 unique sects of religions on this planet, by math says that is a lot of Gods, the odds seem to be stacked against you here.
    Is not religion and spirituality a personal journey, do you really think that any two people on this planet share the same unique views on faith, and therefore have the same God. There are 500,000 unique sects of religions on this planet, by math says that is a lot of Gods, the odds seem to be stacked against you here.
    24 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Conservatives, if Obama hasn't brought any change then why are you complaining?

    Judging from what I read on these boards, Obama has brought no change. Which means that he is still doing the same things Bush has done. And as Conservatives were in favor of Bush, then why the double standard?
    Judging from what I read on these boards, Obama has brought no change. Which means that he is still doing the same things Bush has done. And as Conservatives were in favor of Bush, then why the double standard?
    16 answers · Elections · 1 decade ago
  • Why does the bible talk about "gods"?

    in psalms 95 verse 3, it says "For the LORD is the great God the great King above all gods". I thought there was only God, so what's with the "gods"?
    in psalms 95 verse 3, it says "For the LORD is the great God the great King above all gods". I thought there was only God, so what's with the "gods"?
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Does removing religion from school create intolerance?

    Removing religious education from the classroom is creating an artificial environment for the student. If you are ignorant about the beliefs of a fellow being,about something essential to that person then how can we seek to understand each other? When students are confronted with Islam,Hinduism,Buddhism they see something foreign,possibly... show more
    Removing religious education from the classroom is creating an artificial environment for the student. If you are ignorant about the beliefs of a fellow being,about something essential to that person then how can we seek to understand each other? When students are confronted with Islam,Hinduism,Buddhism they see something foreign,possibly threatening.Would it not be better to include religious instruction in school under the heading of World Religion? Would that not better equip students for interaction with people from all countries faiths and backgrounds? Is that not more in keeping with the originial vision of the founding fathers of United States,Muhammad,Jesus,Buddha,Ghandi and all the great men of our human history?
    28 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Why do creationists want what they believe is fact to be taught as "only a theory"?

    wouldn't this be downgrading their religion? why aren't they fighting to have creationism taught as a fact rather than a competing theory to the big bang and evolution? i mean, if the creationists believe that good theories eventually become facts, what does it say about facts that become theories?
    wouldn't this be downgrading their religion? why aren't they fighting to have creationism taught as a fact rather than a competing theory to the big bang and evolution? i mean, if the creationists believe that good theories eventually become facts, what does it say about facts that become theories?
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Both ATHEISTS and CHRISTIANS agree on THIS right?

    there is no such thing as para -nomal activity, aliens, ghosts, or astrological influence. That is all nonsense......Which is why I say it all the time Christians are really not Spirtual at all they are as concrete as the average atheist in their thinking with the exception of the notion of an invisible judmental patriarch that lives in the clouds.... show more
    there is no such thing as para -nomal activity, aliens, ghosts, or astrological influence. That is all nonsense......Which is why I say it all the time Christians are really not Spirtual at all they are as concrete as the average atheist in their thinking with the exception of the notion of an invisible judmental patriarch that lives in the clouds. Which is really a very concrete idea. Except he cant be SEEN ......... in fact most are incapable of abstract ideas TLM an elaboration would be appreciated .ty Herodotus so are you saying you beleive that christians ARE capable of abstract thought........i mean the majority are? I don't see it that way. Herodotus so are you saying you beleive that christians ARE capable of abstract thought........i mean the majority are? I don't see it that way. Herodotus so are you saying you beleive that christians ARE capable of abstract thought........i mean the majority are? I don't see it that way. didnt mean to say the ABOVE 3xs i just kept hitting "Submit" because it wouldnt take. Sorry!~ HERT what i mean is the entire depiction of the biblical "god' is very concrete with the exception that it can not be seen. There is really nothing what one would consider "spiritual" or abstract about it. It certainly doesn't transcend physical reality. Herodotus sorry i meant that not HERT What i mean is many scientists that didn't believe in the biblical god had a sense of the spiritual especially Albert Einstein who has said many things that reflected his pantheist views. But when it comes to the christian view of god they are very simplistic and concrete about something that by definition is supposed to transcend language. I am just saying that they aren't abstract in their reasoning which comes across as disingenuous since anyone who REALLY believed in a higher spirit would not describe it in such physical terms to be taken literally. This simplistic way of describing it and the fact they take it literally tells me they really do not have any intuitive reason for their belief. They simply WANT to believe it without actually "sensing" the existence of something higher as did Albert Einstein for example. T MAN im sure there are many but im talking about any who take the bible literally...... Actually I should have JUST said ASTROLOGY........they both disagree on THAT right?
    27 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • Which is more important: your actions, or your beliefs?

    I tend to think that what you do with your life is more important than your underlying beliefs or worldview... what do you think? neil s... not really... on multiple levels. First of all, people can do "good things" and have selfish reasons, or they can do them because, say, they simply love other people. Also, most people put a... show more
    I tend to think that what you do with your life is more important than your underlying beliefs or worldview... what do you think? neil s... not really... on multiple levels. First of all, people can do "good things" and have selfish reasons, or they can do them because, say, they simply love other people. Also, most people put a higher importance on one or the other. Another R&S question prompted this question - somebody asked if the French president was deceitful... because on the one hand he appears to be doing "good things", but on the other hand, he's not Christian.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago