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Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« on: September 14, 2009, 09:07:12 PM »
I find myself feeling like I have to explain my religious views when I tell people I know that I'm not a Christian. The majority of them instantly assume that means I don't believe in a Higher Power and that I denounce the Bible or Christian teaching. It gets hard to explain that I believe general principles, but not the solid foundation of the paternal structure of the religion.

Does anyone else go through these conversations when talking to others that identify with a specific religion?

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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2009, 09:39:27 PM »
Unfortunately, I go through the exact same treatment and I don't think that it is fair. When I try to explain my beliefs or my points of view on certain principles, I get shut down or simply called a sinner.  Frankly, I don't understand why anyone has to get criticized because they don't follow the same path as others.

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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2009, 04:42:05 AM »
I also get that alot because I am not a one religion person .... it is so hard to explain what I think and feel to people because there are things that i do not believe in one religion but I believe in others tooo

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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2009, 07:53:54 AM »
I also get that alot because I am not a one religion person .... it is so hard to explain what I think and feel to people because there are things that i do not believe in one religion but I believe in others tooo


I think what's most important is that we stay anchored to our beliefs regardless of what others think of them. I have given up on trying to explain myself and if I find myself in those situations now, I simply try to tell people that I respect them no matter what they believe in and that I expect the same thing from them.

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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2009, 12:16:03 PM »
i've been called a few choice names by those whose beliefs mine are contrary to. unascended, unevolved, following a 'lesser light' or at a 'lower vibration'. a couple of times as being dark and twisted inside. things like that. while i find such comments annoying, they're hardly offensive. the ascensionsts i've come across are like that - they make personal attacks, or accuse anyone who disagrees with their religious perspective as making personal attacks against them.
if all you see is 'suffering' then that is all you will feel. look for what is better in yourself and see only that.

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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2009, 10:24:53 PM »
as long as you tell them how yo feel whats the problem. weather peopel accept that or not is their problem it shouldn't be a burden to you.

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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 07:35:45 PM »
Society places stress (if you allow it) on individuals to choose Christianity, or Islam; Democrat or Republican; Conservative or Liberal.

Religion was created by The Vatican and the Catholic Church to control your mind and your finances.

Emperor Constantine himself would be shocked at how successful this ruse has become. The global chicanery that is Religion, will continue to dominate our lives as long as we continue to buy into the archaic and barbaric Roman stories prevalent throughout the Bible and other Holy Books.
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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012, 09:32:42 PM »
I rarely talk about my beliefs outside of the internet. Most people assume that I'm Christian. I don't correct them. Many of my childhood friends still think I'm still Catholic. These are friends that I went to Catholic school with. If they ask, I will tell them that I'm not longer consider myself Catholic.

If anyone really does ask,  I will say that I go to a non-denominational church. My minister calls it a trans-donominational church. Most of the people there have a Christian and/or Catholic background. But it's not unusual to find yourself sitting next to some who is Jewish, Hindu, or even Buddhist.

It's not that I'm embarrassed or ashamed. I also don't feel the need to justify my personal choices. I'm very comfortable with them.  I really don't want to get into the whole Jesus died for my sins and I'm not saved or going to hell conversation.

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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2012, 10:45:12 PM »
I think anybody who asks another about his/her beliefs should be prepared to accept that maybe that person does not want to discuss it. If somebody insists on prying I just ignore them. 
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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2012, 06:56:22 PM »
I do not tell people anything about my religious preferences.  I never get asked and I do not volunteer that information about myself.  I don't stress over it either.  If I do get asked if I go to church, my answer to that would be no.  If people ask me why and I would just tell them that I am not interested in spending my Sundays listening to someone lecture or yell at me that I am a sinner when the person doing the yelling is no better than me. I feel good about that answer because not only do I believe it to be true, I feel that no one needs to know what I believe.  I do believe that to each their own in what ever religious organization that they want or do not want. Also, I will not sit with a person who thinks that they can just push their religious beliefs on me.  I am not rude to them, I just tell them that I am not interested in what ever they are saying and I change the subject of the conversation.

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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2012, 07:46:05 AM »
In my country, it's the exact opposite. You are non-religious unless proven. In a Chinese society in which most people don't have a specific religion, we often expect that everyone is an atheist in a conversation. We would be slightly shocked if somebody discloses his/her religion in a conversation or resort to praying before dinner. Again, I think it has something to do with the prevailing beliefs and culture of a country.

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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2012, 02:08:30 PM »
I get attacked on my beliefs from time to time. I know it cannot be avoided. My beliefs are based on knowlegde which is less then a hundred years old. It originated in my country, Holland, so abroad nobody knows about it.

I am prepared to deal with it.
I have studied the books where I got my knowlegde from very good and I found it very sound and solid.
The speakers in those books are also very realistic in how people will treat you if you talk about that knowlegde. That helps a lot.

People do get me stressed sometimes, but I get a kick from finding good replies and giving that back.
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Re: Do you feel stressed to self-identify to a specific religion?
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2012, 07:33:10 PM »
I used to. I used to not only feel the need to find a label that I could give myself so that people wouldn't need details.... but then I realized that was more for them than it was for me. They were the ones uncomfortable with my beliefs at that point. Not me. So I stopped caring so much.


 

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