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Posted: 19 May 2010 at 8:18pm | IP Logged
How do you know you're a Hindu? How do you know you're a Muslim? How do you know you're........

Is religion something that can be handed down through generations? How is it that two people having nothing in common in their ways of life or morals can belong to the same religion? 



From what I understand, essentially your religion is your way of life, moral code and how you, if at all, regard the supreme force/being.

How can anyone be born with a religious tag?! Shouldn't the process be that first you'll know the things around you through senses, experience, thought, reasoning, intuition, reading and other ways of cognition, and you'll be able to choose your way of life for yourself? It'll be up to you how you'll regard the supreme force/being, if you're interested in it at all. You need to be helped and guided by the the people around you, of course. Your genetic code, along with the above factors, will have a bearing on your moral code. And all these factors will keep changing all your life making you change along with them, if you don't close your mind.

If you're doing everything yourself to find your path of life, where does a predefined stagnant religion come in? Logically, every grown-up individual has his/her own religion. It can be said that there are as many religions in the world as the entire human population minus the ones in their tender or formative years.

There are busy people, poor people and those unfortunate people who cannot read. They don't get the opportunity to go deep into the contents of "their" religions. They make do with mechanical observance of some rituals without knowing their meanings, their inherent insecurities, fears and desires making them do that. So, majority of people, even the most religious-looking ones, are not religious in effect. This makes religious tags all the more irrelevant.

I cannot see the need of this prevailing system of grouping and tagging people as Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc. This has proved to be divisive and dangerous time and again, and led to absurdities like a criminal and a scrupulous person belonging to the same religious group. Doing away with this system doesn't mean everyone is becoming an atheist, but rather it means widening of the scope of true religious knowledge, as different belief systems merge into one.


And the best thing that will happen, if we remove our religious tags, is many "religious" warmongers, rioters, terrorists and the like will be out of work. Tongue


Edited by mind-googling - 19 May 2010 at 11:25pm

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These days I see each life form as just a mathematical set containing certain beliefs.
Tongue


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Well certain human beings are generally egoistic and love to dominate and control others. If they cannot make use of religion then they will come up with other ideas to do the same.
 
Basically we should not care what religion anyone follows or are just philosophers or atheists. Most important is that they are good human beings.
 
eg. I hate it when some people say that persons from a certain religious order are not allowed to drink etc and they themselves keep drinking. Such rules should apply to all equally and anyone indulging in the same crime should not point fingers.
 
 

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Posted: 19 May 2010 at 9:25pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Gauri_3

You are barking at the wrong tree, MG.  You take away religion from mankind --- they will find something else to obsess over. 
 
 
 

Looks like you just read the bold part.


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Posted: 19 May 2010 at 10:01pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by Gauri_3

Originally posted by mind-googling

Originally posted by Gauri_3

You are barking at the wrong tree, MG.  You take away religion from mankind --- they will find something else to obsess over.
 
Probably, you didn't get what I said.
May be you did not get what I am saying.  And I did skim over the entire post.  However, quoting the bold part here.
 
Originally posted by mind-googling

 
And the best thing that will happen, if we remove our religious tags, is many "religious" warmongers, rioters, terrorists and the like will be out of work. Tongue
 
 
warmongers, rioters and terrorists will still rage their war,and leash the terror over some other issue. 
 
Religion, as such, is not bad.  It is the politics of religion that sucks.  You take religion out, politicians will find race, gender, caste, creed etc. to divide and rule.
 
Hope that helps you.

I never said that we should take it out. I just said religion should be either ONE for all or ONE for each. :) 

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