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Erica
March 23rd, 2010, 02:47 AM
So Im writing a letter to families so they could donate to an Espiritista church my grandparents are building.Its still christian :D
I want to know everyone's point of view on religion and church.
So if you want me to add questions here:
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
Add any other questions you think I might need to know or think about adding to the letter.
I want to know what religion really means to people in their hearts.

Timbjerr
March 23rd, 2010, 08:47 AM
*friendly reminder to all subsequent posters to not flame or disrespect anyone's views*

1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life? It gives me hope in times when I'm down on my luck and going nowhere quickly. It also gives me a reason to keep living.
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion? Even though I've wavered as of late, it's still fairly strong.
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life? As opposed to religion in general, I can totally do without the church. The only good it's done for me is introduce me to friends.
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church? Some more teaching of spirituality...as opposed to worrying about budgets, fundraisers, and community services.
5. What Does Religion Mean To You? It means that I've always got someone to listen to my problems and can usually help if I ask for it.

*friendly reiteration for all subsequent posters to not flame or disrespect anyone's views*

zhfac
March 23rd, 2010, 08:56 AM
So if you want me to add questions here:
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
5. What Does Religion Mean To You?


1. Was there when I was young, gave me a sort of community to be in.
2. For organized religion, really low.
3. Kinda the same as #1, so my answer is the same.
4. Progressiveness.
5. It's there for those who need it; I don't see the point in forcing people in to a religion, nor all the wars that have been fought for religious reasons. I respect the intentions that religions have, but the execution hasn't been the greatest.

Theodore Bruno
March 23rd, 2010, 09:13 AM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Well, most of my friends are religious, and I respect their choices in life, and they respect mine.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
Weak, if not, non-existent

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
I still go to church a lot when my friends invite me, but it doesn't mean anything to me, really.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
Less pushing of religion on others and more teaching respect and how to be a better person.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
I dunno. I'm not religious. And really, I don't understand it that well. I apply reason and logic to it, when I should apply faith, which is difficult for me.

Aureol
March 23rd, 2010, 09:33 AM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
I don't know where I'd be without it. Probably be a fair bit more successful in life, but I'd always wonder what's the point of all this. Religion has given me meaning. Sure, I would live life, but not to the fullest.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I would die for it.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
Greatly. While my Church has been a great part of my religious devotion, I feel I would have very similar ideas without it. Nonetheless, I feel my Church is vital.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
Hmm... can't think of anything much right now. Maybe a congregation that listens more to the sermons?

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
Eh, without it, life would be really rough. Religion means a ton to me. It has always been a place to turn in rough times; a beacon when I'm not sure where to go. Life would be good without it, but with it, it is great.

Gold warehouse
March 23rd, 2010, 10:31 AM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life? Negatively.
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion? I don't believe in it, however I do strongly believe that religion is a bad thing. ( ")b
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life? Money used to keep churches going could be better spent elsewhere. However, the arson of churches by Varg Vikernes has affected my life, as he is now one of my idols.
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church? A bomb. I don't really care, I've only ever been to a cathedral once to admire the architecture, I don't attend church. Although most cathedrals now make people pay to enter.
5. What Does Religion Mean To You? The cause of a lot of pointless ignorance in the world. inb4 someone says my boycott of religion is ignorant.

poopnoodle
March 23rd, 2010, 10:37 AM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life? was raised as a christian, then asked myself basic logical questions and within a short span of time strayed away from christianity and since have been condemned and have lost friends and have """been prayed for""""""' for my personal beliefs. whilst i was being spoonfed lies, i could have been learning something valuable or beneficial to society.
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion? 0%
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life? watching people speak in tongues was vaguely amusing, mostly frightening
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church? less preachy/critical people and less involvement in politics; more helping hands and more encouraging the advancement of society
5. What Does Religion Mean To You? nothing real positive

Giraffes? Giraffes!
March 23rd, 2010, 10:40 AM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
It hasn't. I wasn't brought up to think religion is the way to live, I was able to choose. My parents are christian though. They just believe a person has the right to choose what they want, instead of being forced upon them as children because they were born to a christian family.
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I don't have a belief in any religion, mainly because I'd rather live life the way I want to instead of basing my life upon some corrupt book.
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
It hasn't. I haven't gone since I was like, five..I think.
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
Nothing.
5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
Nothing, never really cared for it.

You didn't state that people with no religious affiliations could answer this, so I did.

.Gamer
March 23rd, 2010, 10:48 AM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Idk, Church services made me hate going to church when I was little.
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I grew up, so not much anymore.
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
It made me wake up early on countless sundays. =/
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
Dodgeball (the game, not movie)
5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
Its just a belief system people use to hold on to hope and have faith for future events as well as give them a sense of some sort of after life.

Mario The World Champion
March 23rd, 2010, 11:08 AM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Let's just say that I was forced into taking CCD classes just so my parents wanted me to have my first communion. I didn't like the whole experience and that's why I have a negative outlook on everything religious.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I don't follow any beliefs. If any, I'm not a fan of anything religious.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
It's to the point where I wouldn't even go into a church for any reason. While I know that most people will share their views about religion and answer a question or two about it, I'm more worried about the ones who take it too far.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
You got me.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
While it does help many people who follow the teachings and everything, just keep me away from it. I'm not going to live my life because of some book or some guy who lived 2000 years ago. If it makes you happy, fine. I'll march to the beat of my own drum.

NarutoActor
March 23rd, 2010, 11:44 AM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
It affects every move I make.
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
Un-Breakable faith, with firm roots and belief.
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
Not sure, I go three times a week since I was three, so I am used to it.
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
I am not one for fancy things has long as it preaches the word of god, and doesn't sugar cote any thing, I am good.
5. What Does Religion Mean To You? Your relationship with God, and Jesus.

Esper
March 23rd, 2010, 12:16 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Badly; indirectly through self-righteous people who tell me I'm immoral/going to hell/other nasty things which made it hard to feel safe and confident.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I believe 100% that religions exist and 0% in the supernatural things followers of religions believe in.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
I've been to 2 church services in my entire life and I didn't pay attention either time. See my answer to #1 for how churches as a whole affected my life.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
More acceptance, less hostility. More "love thy neighbor" and less "the bible says this is a sin".

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
It's fine for other people if it makes them happy and stays on church property/people's homes and doesn't go anywhere near government. When it makes people unhappy, strays into public areas, and gets involved in government I have a big problem with it.

Dakota
March 23rd, 2010, 02:41 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
As a Muslim, it has affected a lot of me, but I'm starting to rebel. : /

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I believe it 100%, its just that I have a hard time following the rules and everything

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
For me, its a mosque, not church. It's impacted me, but its starting to get a bit annoying...

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
What I see now is coolio with me.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
That's a hard one....

Caelus
March 23rd, 2010, 03:07 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Not much, but more now than when I was younger.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
Pretty high.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
My family doesn't really practice, so it hasn't done much. I do attend christian related activities at my school, though.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
I don't really know.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
A way for people to enjoy life more. At least that's how it is for me.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
March 23rd, 2010, 08:05 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Not too much. I attend services but I still live my life on my own terms.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
Rather low, though I try to pretend it's higher around "that" group of friends.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
It wakes me up on Sunday, and I only go as a force of habit.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
Bouncers. Seriously, I ride to church with some friends, and after services they stay there and chit-chat for 45 minutes when I want to get lunch, get back to my dorm room, and get on PC's Daily Chit Chat (which is far more interesting than church chit chat, BTW).

Less "spread the gospel" would be nice, too. I'm not going to approach random people on the street and try to get them to convert.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
An attempt to take over my life. Really, if I want to play video games, watch anime, or stay at a Quality Inn instead of go on a planned church retreat, I should be able to without being harassed that I'm not "giving my life to God." I give up two hours (well, two hours and 45 minutes if you count chat time) every Sunday, plus some on-campus ministries during the week. I would think that would be enough.

Åzurε
March 23rd, 2010, 08:07 PM
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
More acceptance, less hostility. More "love thy neighbor" and less "the bible says this is a sin".

1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life? was raised as a christian, then asked myself basic logical questions and within a short span of time strayed away from christianity and since have been condemned and have lost friends and have """been prayed for""""""' for my personal beliefs. whilst i was being spoonfed lies, i could have been learning something valuable or beneficial to society.

Gandhi said the same thing. He quoted Jesus often, but had a bad experience with His followers. When he was studying law in South Africa he came across a church that wouldn't allow him in because he wasn't white. He concluded that if Christians had caste systems, it was no better than Hinduism, and went on his way.

Actions speak louder than words.
One bad apple spoils the bunch.
Church-burn.

And things like this are an unfortunate reality that is even acknowledged in the Bible itself.

Tree_x
March 23rd, 2010, 08:16 PM
Gandhi said the same thing. He quoted Jesus often, but had a bad experience with His followers. When he was studying law in South Africa he came across a church that wouldn't allow him in because he wasn't white. He concluded that if Christians had caste systems, it was no better than Hinduism, and went on his way.

Actions speak louder than words.
One bad apple spoils the bunch.
Church-burn.

And things like this are an unfortunate reality that is even acknowledged in the Bible itself.

I like that Church Burn but anyways :3

1.How Has Religion Affected Your Life? It has had no Affect on it n.n

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion? Non-Existent

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life? Well i went to church for 5 yrs and it has made me more question orientated i now ask loads of questions about everything before i make my decision

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?Less Faith more Facts :3

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?Nothing more then a way to make people more comfortable with themselves and life's and to live a more socially acceptable life

Patchisou Yutohru
March 23rd, 2010, 10:10 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Religion plays no major part in my life. I am someone who believes in God and a Heaven, a Hell, a Satan and everything of the like, but I am not someone who believes that God is all mighty in the sense that he wants us all to live a life dedicated to him nor do I believe that he is the one who put all of us on this earth. I do believe he put someone on this earth, but that someone is most definitely not me considering I was born from contraception; not God's thumb. I do, however, pray to God often and thank him for what I have and what he's done for me and my family in how he's helped me through so much hardships.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I don't think you can measure someone's beliefs. But I suppose if you want to measure mine, you can read my reply to question 1 and gather a theory on how strong my belief in religion really is.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
The only time I've ever gone to church is for baptisms and weddings. Apart from that, the church plays no role in my life nor has it affected it in any way.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
I don't go to church, so I have to say that I honestly don't care what happens there or what's there at all.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
Religion to me is nothing more than having something unnatural to believe in when science doesn't have an answer that satisfies me.

Mattysaurus
March 24th, 2010, 03:52 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
It hasn't really. I grew up as a Baptist. Though, I didn't go to church ever.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
Meh. It's in the middle. I tend to believe in science.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
I don't go to church that often.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
Don't know. Don't care.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
A way for people to find hope and to explain the unexplainable.

Captain Hobo.
March 24th, 2010, 05:23 PM
1. It affects where I will end up when I am died.
2. My beleive is strong.
3. Sadly, I don't go to church much.
4. I like how things are in church
5. I means what kind of person I am.

Jordan
March 24th, 2010, 07:05 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life? In my personal opinion, I'd say positively. I can't definitively say how, but I'm just happy as a believer and feel more compelled to take part in life.
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion? I firmly believe that there is a God and that the universe did not create itself out of nothing. On the more mythological sides of the Catholic church's teaching on history, I tend to not have a fundamentalist fix on points that have proven to be not true, such as animals not changing over time.
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life? I don't often go to church; mostly just during religious festivals. I wouldn't say it has had an incredible impact since I usually only come to receive formal service and I don't participate in much else.
4. What Does Religion Mean To You? A way to compromise an infinite number of possible philosophies for what's beyond life, death, and the universe. I guess that's more of a definition than anything, but that's what the question seems to be asking to me, so...Dx

Swift!
March 24th, 2010, 07:49 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Well, it hasn't really affected my life that much. I don't believe in just one religion, I believe what I want to believe. Whether that means believing bits and pieces from multiple religions, so be it.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
Well, like I said, I don't believe in just one religion. Obviously I feel strongly about the bits that make up what I believe in, though.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
I don't remember if I've ever actually been to church, I may have when I was younger. The last time I remember being inside of a church was when I went to my aunt's wedding, which was years ago.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
Well, I wouldn't know what I'd like to see considering I have no idea what's already there.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
To be honest, religion is a very small part of my life and I don't like to voice my believes publicly. I believe what I believe and that's good enough for me.

Coin
March 24th, 2010, 08:17 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
It hasn't, i'm Athiest. Sorry. :(

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
It doesn't exist.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
I've been to church when I was younger. It seemed like they were practically brainwashing everyone, rather than following religion, so I quit going.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
People actually worshiping their god, rather than stealing money.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
I don't judge people on their religion. It's their decision, and I respect that. If only people acted the same way towards me...
Religion is the belief of how the Earth was created, how they will end up after death... etc.
Unfortunately, people are forgetting about actual religion, and started to take it up as a fad. That's why i'm through with it.


(Atheist does NOT mean a devil worshiper! It means that I have no belief in a "God".)

Ayselipera
March 25th, 2010, 12:37 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Once upon a time my parents raised me to be Catholic, but then I stopped believing in it a few years ago. Now I am forced to attend a religious class every couple weeks. Luckily it will be officially over in May. Then I'll never have to do anything with my religion anymore.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I don't believe in any religions.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
If anything all it did was cause me to wake up rather early on Sundays when I was younger.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
More accepting people and less up tightness.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
Something that was once used to explain how things are and came to be.

Route 18
March 25th, 2010, 08:13 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
A lot. My religion is Islam, which is basically a way of life. It governs everything I do, so most of my morals and actions come from Islam.
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I would like to think of it as somewhat strong, but I know I could do better.
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
Islam doesn't have churches, so this question is N/A for me.
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
N/A
5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
Like I said, a lot. Sure, I'm not the best Muslim, but I do try to follow the basic rules and do what I can.

EmzStar
March 25th, 2010, 11:44 PM
Yeah, before I start I wanna say that I'm not religious, but I respect what people believe in.
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
Well, I have religious Education classes and they're quite interesting.
2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
Not that strong.
3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
It affected my view on life, that every living thing deserves respect.
4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
Well central heating for a start.
5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
Something people can believe in, it gives them the strength to carry on.

Sammi
March 26th, 2010, 05:06 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
It affected my life when I was younger. Out of all of the kids, I was the only one in my teenage years that'd willingly go to church. I wouldn't say I was super excited about religion, but I wanted to believe, and I wanted to make it to Heaven. Perhaps for selfish reasons, now looking back... At one point, I'd even dump things I held dear if I felt it'd interfere with my relationship with God.

After high school, though, I decided church was boring and I didn't want to go anymore. So I stopped. Obviously my belief has waned since then.

If anything, it means I know some stuff about Christianity. *shrugs*

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
Right now, close to nil. I mean, there's a chance any number of gods exist out there, but... I just don't right now.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
Over the years, it's gone from something I enjoyed to what feels like the biggest waste of an hour on Sunday. All my different experiences in churches just don't make me want to go anymore. It doesn't engage me anymore, sadly.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church?
More pretty stuff, churches can be so beautiful Other than the superficial? No idea. It's not something I think about.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
It's something people believe in, anywhere from not very much to so much it's their passion. Sometimes it can give them hope when they have none, or something to believe in when they don't think they can in anything else. For some religions, it can give them a support system through a church... and sometimes it can change their lives in a positive way.

Honestly I think religion itself is a beautiful thing. It's just not for me right now.

Trap-Eds
March 28th, 2010, 03:53 PM
1. How Has Religion Affected Your Life?
'Tis the reason why I think so much. I don't think I need to believe in a higher being to live and suceed; I can live for myself.

2. How Strong Is Your Belief in Religion?
I don't think I ever believed, even as a kid. Far too much contradiction and such.

3. How Has Church Affected Your Life?
It showed me that people love to congregate for a common purpose.

4. What Kind Of Things Would You Like To See In A Church? Understanding and openmindedness.

5. What Does Religion Mean To You?
Just something people use to understand the world and all its madness.


Answers below the quoted questions. I mean no disrespect to anyone.