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If I believe all religions/mythologies of the world express a common story, how do I express my faith in God?

Asked by luigirovatti (2778points) March 4th, 2022

I mean, I think the Bible, the Quran, the Vedas, etc. have common roots in a long-forgotten world history. They should (and are) studied academically. What does this make me? A Christian, a Muslim, or what?

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Demosthenes's avatar

A universalist theist?

Your views are basically the same as mine. I think all religions are an attempt at accessing a divine power. I don’t believe in “one true religion”.

You could still, however, choose to worship in the manner of a specific religion. It just means you think other means of belief and worship are valid. They are just not what you have chosen.

gorillapaws's avatar

Theist is probably the best fit

Pandora's avatar

Hmm. I found this.

“A theist believes there is a God who made and governs all creation; but does not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, nor in a divine revelation.”

“A deist believes there is a God who created all things, but does not believe in His superintendence and government. He thinks the Creator implanted in all things certain immutable laws, called the Laws of Nature, which act per se, as a watch acts without the supervision of its maker. Like the theist, he does not believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, nor in a divine revelation.”

So I suppose it really depends on which one you relate to more. Apparently, there is also a Christian Deist. They believe in Jesus and believe he was a Deist as well. You learn something new every day. Thanks for your question.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Unless you feel the need to label yourself, I’d just say Believer in a Higher Power. Often religion involves your family and culture so perhaps conforming to societal expectations would be more comfortable for you.

LostInParadise's avatar

Suppose you were filling out a form and were asked to choose from a list of major religions what your religious beliefs are. If you would choose “none of the above”, that would make you what is called a None You would certainly not be alone. In the U.S., there are about as many Nones as Catholics and Evangelicals

KNOWITALL's avatar

@LostInParadise Good article, thanks for sharing.

kritiper's avatar

If you are so sure about your faith, why do you feel the need to express it?? Call yourself a theist and let it go at that.
BY EXACT DEFINITION, as stated in the dictionary, a Christian is a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ. And that is all there is to being a Christian.

JLoon's avatar

In God We Trust – so cash always works.

Jeruba's avatar

You might be interested in Joseph Campbell’s writings about the monomyth.

Inevitably, they have been somewhat discredited by more recent authors on the subject of religion and mythology, but they are interesting and well written just the same. And of course there’s the tie to the Jungian archetypes.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Any way you want. Deep down, religion is personal. Not institutional.

Zaku's avatar

Q: ”If I believe all religions/mythologies of the world express a common story, how do I express my faith in God?”

A: However you want to.

luigirovatti's avatar

For the record, I did a bit of research and found the following things: Baháʼí, omnist, syncretist, and a Unitarian Universalist. Now, I’m not an expert. What’s the difference betweem the four?

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