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Thread #109821   Message #2300390
Posted By: Don(Wyziwyg)T
29-Mar-08 - 11:35 AM
Thread Name: BS: Religious freedom, or murder?
Subject: RE: BS: Religious freedom, or murder?
I think I have said the following many times in many debates.

There is a vast difference between "Faith" and "Religion", and it is faith that tends to be inclusive, and religion which tends to be devisive.

Faith is the BELIEF in a power outside of, and greater than self. God, if you like, though what you call it is not that inportant. what IS important is that you believe.

Religion, on the other hand is a human construct, which determines how you choose to "communicate" with that greater power.

Religions, being man made can be very good, or very bad, or anything in between, and it is blind adherence to a particular religious organisation which can, on occasion lead to misery, pain, and even murder.

Religion can be, and indeed has been, used to initiate some of the most amazing acts of self sacrifice, and pure unadulterated goodness, and also some of the most inhuman, evil, and despicable acts, all considered by the "Faithful" of the time to be right and moral, according to the precepts of their particular religion.

Discussions such as this thread invariably polarize opinion along religious lines rather than on lines of pure faith, and since the devotees of each religion are invariably convinced that theirs is the "One True" way to heaven, such discussions are never fruitful.

At the end everybody still believes as he/she did before.

Sad for the millions who have died, do die, and will die, in the name of someone else's method of worshipping the same God.

People such as the little child we have been discussing, who never got the chance to express HER faith.

Don T.