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    Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    In your opinion, what is the BEST reason for choosing a perticular religious (or atheistic) world view?

    A. It is currently popular
    B. It is "true"
    C. It "feels" right
    D. It is "good for society"
    E. The "depth" of it's metaphysical teaching
    F. Other???

    Explain your reasoning, if possible.
    Last edited by B. de Corbin; 17 Nov 2011 at 06:36.
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    Re: Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    I voted for B. It is "true".

    In my opinion, it's just the one options that makes the most sense. If I believe in something, and I don't think it's true, then I wouldn't really be believing in it, would I?
    Do they not, then, ponder about the Qur‘an? Had it been from someone other than Allah, they would have found in it much discrepancy. [4:82]

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    Re: Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dumuzi View Post
    I voted for B. It is "true".

    In my opinion, it's just the one options that makes the most sense. If I believe in something, and I don't think it's true, then I wouldn't really be believing in it, would I?
    That does seem to be the most logical choice, doesn't it?

    I suppose that a problem might come up, though, if a person finds truth in several different religions, or finds some degree of non-truth in all religions, or if there are problems deciding whether to interpret certain things in a religion as metaphorical truth when they clearly violate direct observation.

    In other words, which (if any) religion is truly true isn't always clear enough for a person to pick just one.
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    Re: Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    Generic truth is subjective. Personal truth is more truthful.

    I've tried a lot of different religious philosophies on for size, and none of them taken as a whole pie (or cake) felt 'right'. It's that Goldilocks thing. Christianity and its analogues were too exclusive, the New Age was too inclusive, Scientology was too expensive, various cults were too... cultish, atheism and agnosticism weren't cultish enough. I never felt comfortable in religions that insisted their path was the One Right Path because what rings true for one person may not ring true for another.
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    Re: Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    Quote Originally Posted by perzephone View Post
    I never felt comfortable in religions that insisted their path was the One Right Path because what rings true for one person may not ring true for another.
    I have the same problem.

    Oops. I meant "virtue."
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    Re: Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    I voted for it feels right. I don't think a religion can be true to you if it doesn't feel right. And as long as your religion feels right I think it is harder for you to care if someone agrees with you or not, and who wants to spend time worrying over whether or not someone agrees with you religiously? Religion is one of those things almost no one agrees 100% on with another individual, so it feeling right to you is all that should matter, at least in my opinion.

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    Re: Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    I've noticed that as well, Emeryth - people who are confident and comfortable in their choices tend to be better able to tolerate differences, and are less likely to get emotionally upset in discussions when people disagree with them.
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    Re: Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    That does seem to be the most logical choice, doesn't it?
    At least to me

    I suppose that a problem might come up, though, if a person finds truth in several different religions, or finds some degree of non-truth in all religions,
    I can understand finding some truth in different religions, but my problem is with finding non truth in religions. Why would you follow that religion (or all of them) if there are clear non truths in them?

    If you don't believe the world rests on a giant turtle, why would you believe a religion that makes that claim? If you don't believe that the earth is only 6000-10000 year old, why would you follow a religion that makes that claim?



    or if there are problems deciding whether to interpret certain things in a religion as metaphorical truth when they clearly violate direct observation.
    You should use your own intellect in deciding whether or not a statement was made as a metaphor or not. Usually the author makes a distinction between the two.

    In other words, which (if any) religion is truly true isn't always clear enough for a person to pick just one.
    I firmly believe one should always seek the truth and pursue knowledge as long as they live. And this is just my own opinion here, but I do think truthfulness stands very clear from falsehood.
    Do they not, then, ponder about the Qur‘an? Had it been from someone other than Allah, they would have found in it much discrepancy. [4:82]

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    Re: Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    If it feels right, then I'm probably being true to my needs, if it doesn't feel right, then I'm not being true to myself really am I?
    "Otwarty świat; rany zamknięte."
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    Re: Best reason for choosing a particular religious world view?

    I voted "feels right", but I don't care for that wording.

    Most people who follow something that appeals to them spend years, if not a whole lifetime, studying it, researching, praying, meditating, etc, etc. "Feels right" seems slightly flippant at that point, if unintentionally so.

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