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prolificus's avatar

Which religion has "it" right?

Asked by prolificus (6583points) April 11th, 2010

At first I was going to ask this: “Regarding differences between one’s religious upbringing and adulthood beliefs, how does one reconcile contradictions that seem no-win either way?” No-win either way means this: to remain on the path of the religious upbringing would be to commit soul-suicide, to deviate from the path would be to run the risk of failure (as defined by the religious tradition).

The more I think about it, the more I wonder: Which religion has “it” (whatever “it” is) right in the first place? After all the arguments have been made, who wins?

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Rarebear's avatar

None of the above.

Flair's avatar

They’re still debating.

TexasDude's avatar

Most religions have their good and bad qualities. As far as I can tell, though, most of them are all just human constructs to comfort us and help explain things we can’t or couldn’t understand. Nothing inherently wrong with that, but it means you can’t ever quantifiably decide which religion is right or wrong

Sarcasm's avatar

We’ll have to wait until we die in order to see.

ragingloli's avatar

None of them, In all likelyhood.

Rarebear's avatar

If you have to pick one, Pick Secular Humanism

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I don’t think there is a way to know – religious truth is subjective truth, it’s all faith-based and outside the realm of truth, in my opinion. I do wonder though: does it matter who wins? You win if religion helps you and makes you a better person.

absalom's avatar

It’s not shouldn’t be a competition.

Blondesjon's avatar

The Newly Reformed Orthodox Church of the Metaphysical Clitoris.

jbran's avatar

This is a subject that can cause alot of debate. Are you sure that the questions you posted about this will get answered satisfactorily or are you just trying to see what people will say? I already get into more politics dicussions than i want to here lately so I am not even going to get into a religious debate. I am not a religious person anyway. There is an old saying that goes ” we can talk about anything except politics, religion, and her.” I usually try to live by that to some point but have not done a good job of it in the politics department.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I agree with @Simone_De_Beauvoir and @Blondesjon.

Really, I don’t like any organized religion. I’ll never understand why people feel the need to belong to one. Personal beliefs and convictions should be enough for everyone.

jbran's avatar

DrasticDreamer has a good point as do the other two people that she mentions.

prolificus's avatar

@jbran – I’m just trying to see what people will say.

wtfrickinfrack's avatar

you should obviously just be asking this guy


Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@wtfrickinfrack yes, he clearly isn’t right in the head but you bring up a good point

jbran's avatar

Ok prolificus. I was mainly curious as to what you were trying to accomplish with that question. It will be interesting to see what other types of responses people will post.

Pandora's avatar

I will get back to you with the correct answer after I die. Provided there is an internet connection.

Parrappa's avatar

No one knows. Any that claim they know are just bullshitting you.

prolificus's avatar

@Pandora – You could always try snail-mail if there’s no net.

shego's avatar

There is truth to every story, or at least that is what I was taught, and I’m sure it’s the same way with organized religion. But I guess I will wait, until I see the gates, and hopefully not the river, and then I will tell you.

Cruiser's avatar

Burning Man has finally got it right!! Come on baby light my fire!!

Pandora's avatar

@prolificus Gotcha, I’ll give it a try. ;D

MorenoMelissa1's avatar

I would have to say that the religion that has it right, is the one that states God created earth and every living thing and sent his son to die on the cross for our sins.

Blackberry's avatar

@morenomelissa1 Are you just saying that because it is what you were taught?

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@MorenoMelissa1 How did you come to think this? What do you think I did differently to go towards atheism? I grew up Christian and read the Bible a lot, yet I didn’t get convinced? not antagonizing, faith fascinates me, in people

MorenoMelissa1's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir I came to think of this because this is what I believe and what I grew up with. I didn’t mean to be offensive. I am sorry if I was.

crazyzo2000's avatar

I loved every book I’ve read that has something to do with Buddhism! They’re just so in-tune with life. I’m not a religious person, but many of their ideals agree with me.

A book called “Ethics for the new Millenium”, has the following quote: “The more I see of the world, the clearer it becomes that no matter what our situation, whether we are rich or poor, educated or not, of one race, gender, religion, or another, we all desire to be happy and avoid suffering.”

I’ve only read about 15 pages of this particular book, and already feel enlightened haha.

anartist's avatar

Clara Bow’s religious views are unknown to me.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@MorenoMelissa1 I was not offended – I just want to delineate what happens to two people who were both familiar with christianity at a young age and went into two directions but yet you say they have ‘it’ right and I don’t believe in ‘it’ at all – isn’t that strange or at least inconsistent?

anartist's avatar

@Blondesjon you are talking “beyond the physical” clitoral orgasm here as a prime tenet of the faith?

jazmina88's avatar

be eclectic and love

MorenoMelissa1's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Religion it self is often in consistant.

rebbel's avatar

That’s his first Oscar worthy role i saw of him.

anartist's avatar

There’s always this appealing fella for a godhead Flying Spaghetti Monster

wtfrickinfrack's avatar

@rebbel No joke! what a loon

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@MorenoMelissa1 then how can it be right? or used to inform us?

MorenoMelissa1's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Sorry I was trying to as inconsistant. Sorry about the misspelling. But to anwser your question it can’t always inform us the way it is suppose to.

MorenoMelissa1's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir What I am trying to say is that sometimes you have to follow your heart when it comes to certin things.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@MorenoMelissa1 so if your heart says no to religion, does that mean religion is wrong or right?

MorenoMelissa1's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir No, it means the religion is not right for you, but that doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t be right for someone else.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@MorenoMelissa1 so religion is right for some people and one of them is right for those people – got it

kevbo's avatar

If water is “pure” spirituality or the kernel of spiritual truth that religions are based upon, then the various religions are akin to soft drinks. They all have water, but you don’t really see it directly, because you’re dealing most immediately with color, fizzies, sugar and caffeine. They are only wrong, I think, in the sense that direct access to the essence of our spiritual being and its associated metaphysics are obscured by “those who would stand between us and the sun” (if you will). In other words, we get a derivative of spiritual truth coupled with some societal controls. If I were to look for a religion that had it right, I’d look at something more indigenous that didn’t enforce similar controls.

Just MHO.

anartist's avatar

@kevbo but what is indigenous and to whom?

kevbo's avatar

I suppose that’s a path of investigation. I prefer that ambiguity, though, over outright dismissal of spirituality due to the fraud of certain religions.

Blondesjon's avatar

@anartist . . . Nah. Just talkin’ ‘bout goddess worship and mommy hang ups.

anartist's avatar

@Blondesjon womb’s a better reference than clitoris for that . . .

Blondesjon's avatar

@anartist . . . only for folks who are dishonest with themselves.

anartist's avatar

@Blondesjon Mommy hangups???? oh, well, nevermind.

essieness's avatar

I don’t think any of them have “it” right, although I’m sure the followers of each would like to believe so. That’s what faith is all about, right? The only “religion” that I’ve come across that I would say is close to having it right would be Bahai’ simply because, from what I understand, it values all religions and all the great teachers such as Jesus or Mohammed. I can get down with a religion that promotes one-love and inclusiveness.

Ultimately, I agree with @eponymoushipster… ask God.

Ludy's avatar

Religion is something that men created, Jesus (God) said he is the way! so maybe you should follow, talk, belive in him, and not a religion :)

essieness's avatar

@Ludy I agree with your statement if you just remove the word Jesus; he is connected to a religion… Christianity. :)

My breakdown goes like this feel free to disagree!:

God——> Man——> Religion

If that makes sense.

Ludy's avatar

I like that you said “feel free to disagree” is clever, and I do disagree, I think religion itself took Jesus in the movement, He didn’t come to create a religion, he came to make us free from it and show us, teach us the truth, God bless you! ;)

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

None of them. Religion as a concept is misleading, superfluous and need not have a place in a healthy, intellectually fulfilled mind.

Sandydog's avatar

I would steer clear of any religion where clerics tell you what to do – you only end up becoming one of their obedient sheep – even though in truth they themselves know very little more than yourself.
I have seen it from “the inside” so Im not just expressing an opinion with nothing to back it up.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Anything Man created is never right! Thus no religion has it all right. I won’t go into it further!

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

There can be no satisfactory answer to your question. There is no empirical way to compare them and therefore no valid way to draw such a conclusion.

Nullo's avatar

Classic Protestant Christianity.

mattbrowne's avatar

Some people argue that the glass is half empty while others argue that it’s half full. Both worldviews seem correct because our world is ambiguous.

General antireligious sentiment is narrow minded, misleading, superfluous and need not have a place in a healthy, intellectually fulfilled mind.

LostInParadise's avatar

I would follow up this question with, And how do you know? That is the grabber. Unless someone claims to have had direct word from God, it comes down to a matter of opinion. Each person can claim his/her religion to be the right one, but there is no way of knowing. As to those claiming direct contact with God, I would keep my distance.

slick44's avatar

This is a loaded ques. But i think you have to look inside yourself, to find your answer.

Blackberry's avatar

@Ludy Are you just repeating what you were taught and what you read in a bible?

Berserker's avatar

Anyone who’s religious will always say that what they follow is the right one, and then that’s how you know it’s all bullshit. Besides the concept of religion itself nicely explained by Fiddle Playing Creole Bastard, it’s just like how everyone thinks that best Zodiac sign is the one they have, and that the worse one always happens to belong to an ex bf or gf.

As you ask, what is ’‘it’’ anyways. Can anyone even define a soul without making it up? lulz

Ludy's avatar

No, but what I feel.

AstroChuck's avatar

Basically alal religions are the same: guilt, just with different holidays.
“I feel so guilty. Let’s eat!”

Jabe73's avatar

You asked an impossible question to answer. That’s like asking what is the most tastiest food you can eat. You will only get opinions not facts.

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