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post #21 of 40
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Originally Posted by Eli's_mommy View Post
Wha??!!!!! I'd never heard that before!! Oh, I have some reading to do tonight!




I also felt this way not that long ago. Then I realized I can't deny something if I can't back it up. That was my reasoning for beginning to read the bible. And then things started sticking out as truths (and lies for that matter!). I can't say for anyone else, but I know for me this was a good decision. I'm not anywhere near done yet, but it's keeping me interested for sure.
You know, I am very sure there are probably some things in the bible that could serve as good examples, and all that. I just am so used to people using it in a different (negative) way. As in, "Well, the bible says....." and I just don't take it word for word, I don't believe it was meant to be taken word for word. I've heard there are some good "juicy" stories in there,tho!
post #22 of 40
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I'm on a quest for truth.
Me too. I have explored a number of different things, but still searching... I wonder if I will be forever searching. I have been attending UU meetings, I'm very interested in Buddhism. I don't know-- I've even studied with my aunt who is a Jehovah Witness (and not to be rude to anyone who is one, but whoa are they way out there : ).
post #23 of 40
I identify as a Christian but I have studied many of the *main* world religions with facination and respect --- and honestly, it is my humble opinion that every religion or spiritual practice I have encountered which has been based (in some form or another) on love, peace, and good will towards (wo)man, are more similar than they are different (Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Paganism, etc) ----

To me the art (if you will) is finding which spiritual path speaks to YOU the deepest and touches you on a level you have never experienced....


Much peace to you on your journey
post #24 of 40
Hi! A while back in Religious Studies, the topic of the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Birth came up. I wrote up (a rather legnthy!) response, with the Catholic Church's teachings. If you are interested, I've posted the link below. It's post #76


Virgin Birth
post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by Nisupulla View Post
Maybe you're UU.
There's an affiliated group within UU that might speak to you: UUs for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or UFETA. You can learn more at: www.uua.org/ufeta
post #26 of 40
i am - my own religion. i find i identify with something from all faiths and i dislike some stuff from all faiths. and so i have put together what moves me and so i have my own 'religion' - beliefs, etc.

and i go visit all the religious houses during certain times as they bring me joy. not really to pray but to share a wonderful moment with others.

my religion is not what i take in or what rituals i follow. my religion is how i live my life - whether anyone is looking or not. it could be as simple as putting back the can of peas in the right place instead of just putting it down where i am. it means treating a person with respect even if he is homeless and reeks of alcohol.

it doesnt really matter who i am. it matters how i am with the world.
post #27 of 40
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I think women have lost an important role in all things spiritual, and like the OP said, have been made to seem "evil" or whatever. I mean, we give birth for pete's sake! What's more life-altering spiritual-wise? At least, it was in my case. I'm just rambling at this point. Gosh, I hope I don't kill this thread!
Oh, I'm totally right there with you I wasn't particularly comfortable with the idea of Goddess-worship until I became a doula. Now it's impossible (especially since DD's birth) for me not to see a religion that doesn't acknowledge some sort of sacred femininity as twisted by the patriarchy, though I still laugh at myself typing that because it sounds wacky to my raised-protestant sensibilities
post #28 of 40
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Oh, I'm totally right there with you I wasn't particularly comfortable with the idea of Goddess-worship until I became a doula. Now it's impossible (especially since DD's birth) for me not to see a religion that doesn't acknowledge some sort of sacred femininity as twisted by the patriarchy, though I still laugh at myself typing that because it sounds wacky to my raised-protestant sensibilities
I just fininshed reading The Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd. This whole idea of honoring a sacred feminine is very interesting to me. I'm not really on the same path she is in the book, but am definitely trying to figure out a path. I grew up going to a Southern Baptist church (every time the doors were open...) and it definitely doesn't fit anymore. I'm reading lots of different things- slowly so I can really mull over them and figure out what I think instead of just ascribing to what the church believes.
post #29 of 40
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Oh, I'm totally right there with you I wasn't particularly comfortable with the idea of Goddess-worship until I became a doula. Now it's impossible (especially since DD's birth) for me not to see a religion that doesn't acknowledge some sort of sacred femininity as twisted by the patriarchy, though I still laugh at myself typing that because it sounds wacky to my raised-protestant sensibilities
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I just fininshed reading The Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd. This whole idea of honoring a sacred feminine is very interesting to me. I'm not really on the same path she is in the book, but am definitely trying to figure out a path. I grew up going to a Southern Baptist church (every time the doors were open...) and it definitely doesn't fit anymore. I'm reading lots of different things- slowly so I can really mull over them and figure out what I think instead of just ascribing to what the church believes.
My dh was raised Southern Baptist. His family practically lived at church. I think his views have also changed since watching me grow in pregnancy; I know watching me give birth has given him a new perspective. I don't think he is very comfortable with some of my changes in thinking, but he is very, very supportive. My parents think I am nuts. My in-laws don't even suspect (I don't think... if they did, they would surely sit me down and try to "save" me).

I am going to read that book. I am so glad I have a place to come talk about this stuff! It is nice to know there are other women (and men) who are going through similar things.
post #30 of 40
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Originally Posted by cfiddlinmama View Post
Hi! A while back in Religious Studies, the topic of the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Birth came up. I wrote up (a rather legnthy!) response, with the Catholic Church's teachings. If you are interested, I've posted the link below. It's post #76


Virgin Birth
Ooooh!! Good thread, I'm really getting into it. I don't know what my deal is, but I had never noticed the religious studies sub forum on top of the spirituality forum (perhaps I'm blind? ). I could probably spend the next week reading through all of that.
post #31 of 40
Eli'sM - let me know if you have any questions!
post #32 of 40
I have to second that maybe you're a UU - Unitarian Universalist. One of the main missions of our church is to support people while they find and learn about their OWN spiritual path, whatever that may be. It's a religion for those who don't fit in with other religons.
post #33 of 40
I wish I could remember what the web site was it asks you several questions on what you beleave and then it comes up with what releagions best suits you.
post #34 of 40
Is this the website you were thinking of?Belief-O-Matic

You might also look into Pantheism.

Enjoy the journey, edamommy!
post #35 of 40
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Ooooh!! Good thread, I'm really getting into it. I don't know what my deal is, but I had never noticed the religious studies sub forum on top of the spirituality forum (perhaps I'm blind? ). I could probably spend the next week reading through all of that.
Bishop John Shelby Spong (and judging from your posts, if you haven't read his work, you'd probably like it) has written on this as well, and it was eye opening to me. I recommend Why Christianity Must Change or Die, or A New Christianity for a New World.
post #36 of 40
This is kinda funny to me, because I used to feel so alone. I'm nothing in particular, either. Or something totally unique, whichever you prefer. I've come to the realization that, if spiritual community is important to me, I'm going to have to accept those with differing beliefs.

There is so much good in virtually all religions. I think all paths lead to God.
post #37 of 40
I'm not joining the main discussion, but I hope you all don't mind a short digression here. The term Immaculate Conception has been used repeatedly. What the PPs seem to mean is the Virgin Birth of Jesus. The "Immaculate Conception" is something else entirely - it is a specifically Roman Catholic doctrine which has to do with the conception of Mary, not Jesus. Confusing the two is a very common mistake, and I just wanted to clarify.
post #38 of 40
Don't feel pressure to put a "name" to your beliefs.

I second (or third?) the UU. If you are just looking for a place to meet with other people (sometimes it seems that is what people are really searching for, a community to identify with) the UU is great, no pressure to believe any one thing or be anything, you can just be you, and let your spirituality grow from within and with the support of the community. I'm not UU, I'm atheist (UU members can be atheist too, but I don't identify as a UU member), but I do go to some UU functions and services, got married in the UU church and my kids have gone to the co-op nursery school at the UU church. It is a really accepting place that allows for questioning, searching, and all that. But that is just my opinion. I love the UU members at the church by my house.
post #39 of 40
I too have been wondering "what am I"? I was thinking perhaps pagan. I took the beliefnet quiz and my top was Therava Buddhism. Looks like I have some reading to do.

Good luck in your journey.
post #40 of 40
i recommend finding some spiritual disciplines or practices that speak to you.

spiritual disciplines--such as ritual, prayer, meditation, fasting, group worship, spiritual study, etc--belong to all religions. they are what provides depth and spiritual experience that is mirrored in the traditions and scriptures of a given religion.

so, you don't have to belong to an organized religion to utilize disciplines to deepen your spiritual experience. the main thing is that you practice these disciplines. choose the ones that work for you, and then the most important thing is doing them consistantly. that's why they're called disciplines. it takes practice and discipline to do them and to get the benefit of them.
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