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and: "and kind of interesting how christianity all of a sudden just took over"
Kinda like the internet and porno
i think they should do a map of how fast that spread,
Pascal`s Wager can only be considered practical or `better` under the pretense that one is willing to forfeit their lifetime for a possibly lost cause. I say rather than spend all this time preparing for a possible afterlife, we should enjoy, not knowing either way, the only life we know for certain we possess. My argument is thus: I don`t believe a god would blame me for having doubt and wishing to commit a life to the pursuit of truth. If indeed a god does condemn me for doubting its existence, perhaps it isn`t a god worth worshiping?
"No trying to impose certian rituals or dogmatic beliefs on anyone."
A compulsory love for God cannot be considered a `dogmatic belief`? How not?
Actually hinduism is monotheistic. That its not is a common misconception. They worship only ONE god. The many "gods and goddesses" you see are supposed to represent the many attributes of the ONE god.
and, for the record, the point of Christianity was not to be a religion to try and change people`s beliefs. The premise is simple. To love your creator with all that you are, and to love others as yourself. That`s it. No trying to impose certian rituals or dogmatic beliefs on anyone. The point is to simply love them into a relationship with God.
That`s not true. Because Buddhism isn`t monotheistic and it was the 2nd religion on the map if i remember correctly.
though you are right, there are more then a handful of religions in the world.
thanks for the pie graph baal
2 Billion Xians. 1.5 Billion Muslims. 1.2 Billion Atheists (not shown). 750 mil to 1bil Hindus? 500 mil Bhuddists? 20 Million Jews?
That covers up to 6.2 out of the worlds ~ 7.x Billion people. The next big religion after that is Sikhism with just 23 million people.
It`s hard to come up with 5 "Major" religions...
Link to some numbers that are probably more accurate than my guesswork: Pie Chart.
Some people are just so eager to take a dig at religion. "Omg like diseases! Mind diseases!"
Yes, and pretty much the same way any brand of thought travels, from Democracy, to Communism, to concepts of Equality, to concepts of Racism, ad infinitum.
If you want to keep blaming religion rather than human nature for war you`re full of it. Take away religion and do you get peace? No.
WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Iraq II, Cold War, The Civil War.
(P.S. Saddam was consistently a secular dictator. For all that say Hitler was a Christian, he also called Christianity a disease when not giving public speeches).
Even look at Palestine/Israel. Jewish Orthodoxy originally *opposed* the settling of Israel. It has always been a war about land, not religion. If religion got it`s way then, there would *be* Middle East peace.
The act of belief is not simply saying "I believe in God". You cannot change what you believe on a whim due to what is nicer. If that were the case I would believe that I am surrounded by a small harem of beautiful women, on pillows stuffed with 100 dollar bills from where I rule the universe, and upon my death, I shall be rewarded as per how much sex I have had in my lifetime.
Doesn`t make it true. Alas.
logical conclusion of option two- Hell, hades, punishment, lower reincarnation, etc.
So basically, with option one your end up better off. I guess.
Just stating the facts, not necesarily my own opinion btw...
How is it better?
Yup. Horrible, isn`t it?
Taking Pascal`s Wager, are you? Okay, I`ll bite: how is it `better`?
"It is a disease.A mental disorder if you ask me."
You would have to choose the RIGHT god, though, because if you choose the wrong one, it`s probably the same than if you didn`t believe at all.
Man, the Rabbi is not gonna like hearing about this!
well then again believing for the sake of believing probably isn`t going to get you anywhere....
I would read up on scientology. It could fall out of the sky and start invading any day now.
Kinda like the internet and porno.
Oh well. I won`t worry over it. The Flying Spaghetti Monster will make a big comeback pretty soon. : )
I mean, first of all, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, etc are made up gods, they were never born/died.
Also, why did they only show monotheistic religions? What about the `pagan` religions of rome, greece, etc?
I give this a 1.
(C`mon, no religion wars here?)
(let the religion flame wars begin)
Look at them spread- like diseases.