Do you believe your religion is factually true? - Mothering Forums

View Poll Results: Do yo believe the tenets of your religion are factually, literally true?
yes, all of them 60 59.41%
only some of them 8 7.92%
no 12 11.88%
I don't know, not sure 2 1.98%
it doesn't matter to me if it's literally true 19 18.81%
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Old 05-15-2007, 05:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:24 PM
 
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I voted No but I think it is more complicated than that for me. I feel that all myth, legend and parable has a basis in fact. They arose due to factual events that were interpreted by the people living in that time. The knowledge was passed on in story form and any good storyteller will exaggerate certain things to make the story more entertaining.
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I voted that it didn't matter to me. Some of it is true, some of it probably isn't. The way I look at it is like this. The story "Little Red Riding Hood" teaches some good things about why you shouldn't talk to strangers. If you go deeper into the story it tells some things about a young girls comming of age and the emotional turmoil and pitfalls involved. This is true weather there ever was a girl in red or not. The lessons of the story stand regardless of their factual basis.

I feel the same way about my sacred stories. I learn about truth from them weather they are litteraly true or not.

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Yeah that is pretty much how I feel too. It doesn't matter to me.
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Yes, I am an Atheist and believe that there is no higher power and no afterlife.

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so you voted yes? But is Atheism a religion?
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:51 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I didn't mean that snarky. I wasn't sure if lack of belief in deity is actually a religion or not. Maybe that should go in it's own thread?
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I can't answer, you didn't include an "other" option. :

My answer is that it depends what you mean by "factually" (checking...yep, I'm in law school...)

I believe that everything in my religion is true. I don't know what a fact is though. I know it is not scientifically true, but science is not an effective way to get at truth.

Really, in a way, that my religion teaches that it is true in some ways reinforces its factual value to me.

So, yeah. Depends what you mean by fact.
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I voted it doesn't matter to me. I know that there are many myths, legends, and a lot "grand storytelling" going on in my traditions. I am cool with that. I am more interested in what those things are trying to teach/tell me, and less concerned with how or whether or not this and this happened in a way that we can call factual. Does that make sense?

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I voted yes, although I do not consider my faith to be religious. I am Christian, but I do not feel I practice "religion" but rather "faith in God". But, I do believe that all events recorded in the Bible are factually true.

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I'm a UU so my religion is built on principles that I truly believe are important for myself and the world. There is nothing to dispute, or prove in that as fact.
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...... my religion is built on principles that I truly believe are important for myself and the world. There is nothing to dispute, or prove in that as fact.
That too.

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I'm a UU so my religion is built on principles that I truly believe are important for myself and the world. There is nothing to dispute, or prove in that as fact.
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There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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Yet another UU who agrees with Artie. :
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I'm not sure how to answer this one. What do you mean by 'tenets'? If you mean the 'biggie' issues, yes. But if you mean absolutely everything, no. Example: I'm Christian, so yes I believe Jesus was literally God and literally resurrected from the dead. That's a biggie. But I do not believe the world was literally created in seven 24hr days. That is not a biggie at all, and is not taught as such. It is a parable, just like the many other parables in the bible. So I guess I have to vote only some?
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If mostly was an option I woul dhave chosen. Some of the stories and legends may or may not be based in reality but they are not official doctrines either. They are recountings the best people can remember. and I truely believe there are peole who really remember things that way. So if I chose to hold them at a distance that is fine. But core doctrines such as the nicean creed and Holy Scriptures I believe as absolutrely 100% true. some things fall into a catagory of not nessecarily true or untrue but right. its not a matter of belief. it just is.

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