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Old 08-30-2001, 07:14 AM   #46
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Thanks Melon for clearing that up. You must find the study of various religions quite fascinating. What I found most interesting about this is the fact that I do not follow any organised religion, instead forming my own ideas on God/religion, to find that it actually fits one. Albeit one I haven't really heard much about. I wonder if its quite accurate?

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Judaism is an incredibly fascinating religion to study, particularly since, contrary to popular fiction, there is far more to their belief system than the Old Testament, which has been mostly rendered obsolete in their religion by post-Biblical scripture.

It is just too bad that much of Judaism is underestimated and overlooked, due to Christianity and to two millennia old anti-Semitism. Although it has been labelled a dying religion in the past, I still think that there is much that one can learn from it, and it would be a pity to merely cast it aside.

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Dr. Teeth, martha, Christiana, travu2, clarityat3am...any of you willing to mention what religion you were "raised in"?
I was indeed raised Roman Catholic.

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Here are my results. The cool thing is that I´m really a Bahá´í.

1. Bahá'í (100%)
2. Reform Judaism (94%)
3. Liberal Quaker (90%)
4. Orthodox Judaism (85%)
5. Sikhism (84%)
6. Liberal Protestant (82%)
7. Unitarian Universalism (81%)
8. Islam (80%)
9. Orthodox Quaker (74%)
10. Jainism (69%)
11. Mahayana Buddhism (67%)
12. Neo-Paganism (67%)
13. New Age (63%)
14. Hinduism (59%)
15. New Thought (59%)
16. Conservative Protestant (54%)
17. Scientology (49%)
18. Theravada Buddhism (48%)
19. Seventh Day Adventist (48%)
20. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (43%)
21. Eastern Orthodox (42%)
22. Roman Catholic (42%)
23. Secular Humanism (40%)
24. Jehovah's Witness (37%)
25. Latter-day Saint (Mormon) (37%)
26. Taoism (35%)
27. Atheism and Agnosticism (27%)

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I was indeed raised Roman Catholic.

i was raised Roman Catholic as well, but converted to Bahá´í faith about 4 years ago.

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Hmmmm, maybe I should convert to Unitarian Universalism?
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Dr Teeth, were you peeking over my shoulder? Our results are very similar
Good fun melon thanks.
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i was raised Roman Catholic as well, but converted to Bahá´í faith about 4 years ago.

Hi AM!

I had noticed what your faith was in an earlier thread. I know very little of the Baha i faith, but what I do know of it interests me.
I'm sure you have heard of Khalil Gibran and his book, "The Prophet", right? http://www.library.cornell.edu/colld...ast/propht.htm
I discovered this beautiful book recently and I understand that either he was influenced by your faith, or he was of your faith.

In any case, just wanted to say "hi".

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my list, which I'm a little surprised by:

1. Reform Judaism (100%)
2. Bahá'í (97%)
3. Liberal Quaker (97%)
4. Unitarian Universalism (95%)
5. Neo-Paganism (94%)
6. Sikhism (89%)
7. Mahayana Buddhism (85%)
8. Jainism (84%)
9. Orthodox Judaism (84%)
10. New Age (83%)
11. Islam (78%)
12. Liberal Protestant (75%)
13. Theravada Buddhism (72%)
14. Hinduism (70%)
15. Secular Humanism (66%)
16. New Thought (65%)
17. Scientology (62%)
18. Orthodox Quaker (60%)
19. Taoism (53%)
20. Latter-day Saint (Mormon) (52%)
21. Atheism and Agnosticism (46%)
22. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (44%)
23. Jehovah's Witness (40%)
24. Conservative Protestant (35%)
25. Seventh Day Adventist (32%)
26. Eastern Orthodox (26%)
27. Roman Catholic (26%)
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Hi Trash Can, I´ve never heard about this book, but I´ll read it over the weekend. Sounds interesting. In case you want to know more about the Bahá´í faith you can click on my profile and check out the web-page

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1. What is the number and nature of the deity (God, gods, higher power)? Choose one.

Only one God--a corporeal spirit (has a body), supreme, personal God Almighty, the Creator.
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X Only one God--an incorporeal (no body) spirit (Ex 33:20, Romans 1:20), supreme, personal God Almighty (Revelation 4:11, Psalm 83:18), the Creator (Genesis 1:1).
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Multiple personal gods (or goddesses) regarded as facets of one God, and/or as separate gods.
The supreme force is the impersonal Ultimate Reality (or life force, ultimate truth, cosmic order, absolute bliss, universal soul), which resides within and/or beyond all.
The supreme existence is both the eternal, impersonal, formless Ultimate Reality, and personal God (or gods).
No God or supreme force. Or not sure. Or not important.
None of the above.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High

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2. Are there human incarnation(s) of God (or of gods/goddesses)? Choose one.


God is (or gods/goddesses are) supreme, and no incarnations.
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X One incarnation (i.e. personification of God and not the supreme God). (Jesus Christ Matthew 3:16-17; John 12:12-13, 28)
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Many (or countless) incarnations.
No particular incarnations because God is all and all are God (or God is in all).
No incarnations as there is no God. Or not sure. Or not important.
None of the above.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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3. What are the origins of the physical universe and life on earth? Choose one.


As in the book of Genesis, God created a mature universe and mature life forms from nothing in less than 7 days, less than 10,000 years ago.
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X As in the book of Genesis, but "day" is not 24 hours, possibly refers to thousands (or even millions) of years, or to creation phases. (James 3:12,Genesis 2:4; 2 Peter 3:8)
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God is creating and controlling the phenomena uncovered by scientists. Or there are other spiritual explanations, but not in conflict with scientific discovery.
All matter and life forms are manifestations (or illusions) of the eternal Absolute (Ultimate Truth, Universal Soul or Mind, etc.).
Only natural forces (like evolution) and no Creator or spiritual forces. Or not sure. Or not important.
None of the above.

What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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4. What happens to humans after death? Choose one.


Souls are judged immediately for a foretaste of heaven or hell. At the final judgment, God (or Christ) will resurrect and judge all for heaven or hell. (Or souls may also be judged for punishment and/or purification before heaven.)
Death results in unconsciousness until, at the final judgment, God (or Christ) will raise the living righteous to heaven; resurrect and destroy the wicked on earth; return the righteous to a paradisal earth for eternity.
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X Souls don't survive death. God (or Christ) will resurrect the righteous at the final judgment for eternity in heaven or on a paradisal earth; the wicked will remain dead. (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10; John 11:11-14, 23-26; Psalm 37:10)
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The soul's spiritual development continues after death so that all may eventually experience the indescribable joy of closeness to God. Hell is not a place but the tormented state of remoteness from God.
Rebirths occur (continually, or until all life's lessons are learned and one merges with the life force, or until complete enlightenment and eternal bliss are attained).
There is definitely an afterlife, but the specifics cannot be known or are unimportant--most important is one's conduct in life.
No afterlife; no spiritual existence beyond life; no literal heaven and hell. Or not sure. Or not important.
None of the above.

What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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5. Why is there terrible wrongdoing in the world? Choose one.
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X Humans inherited sinfulness, or a damaged nature, or tendency to yield to Satan's temptations from Adam and Eve, who committed the original sin against God.
(Romans 3:23; 5:12,18)
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Wrongdoing results from God-given free will plus a weak side, or a drive to satisfy personal needs, which sometimes results in wrongful choices (and/or vulnerability to Satan's temptations).
Ignorance of one's true existence as pure spirit and as one with the Universal Truth (or soul, mind, etc.) can lead to wrongdoing.
Not listening to the voice of God, who resides within all, can lead to wrongdoing.
Egoism (self-importance) leads to desire, craving, and attachments, which can lead to unwholesome thoughts and behavior, i.e., greed, hate, and violence.
No supernatural or spiritual reasons. Human nature, psychology, sociology, criminology, etc., explain wrongdoing. Or not sure. Or not important.
None of the above.

What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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6. Satan's presence results in much suffering.

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X Agree. (1 John 3:8)
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Disagree.
Not applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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7. Why is there so much suffering in the world? Choose ALL that apply.

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X The original disobedience of Adam and Eve caused all mankind to inherit mortality, which includes bodily imperfection, illness, and decay.
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Suffering is part of God's divine will, plan, or design (to discipline, test, challenge, strengthen faith, strengthen character, promote moral growth, or for reasons that we cannot or may not know).
Suffering is a state of mind (or illusion); only our spiritual nature is real.
Spiritual or cosmic imbalance and disharmony may result in suffering.
Unwholesome thoughts and/or deeds (greed, hatred, and violence) in this or prior lives return as suffering (karma).
None of the above; human suffering has nothing to do with the supernatural or karma.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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Respond to the following (Questions 8-12) based on how you believe a person attains salvation, exaltation, eternal reward, spiritual liberation/enlightenment, spiritual harmony, merger with God, etc.


8. Worship:


The Supreme Power, God, or Gods.
God--three persons of one essence.
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X God the Father, His Son, the Holy Spirit--each a distinct essence.
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Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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9. Baptism (or initiation) ceremonies:
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X Required.
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Not required.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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10. Regularly confess or repent:

All sins/wrongs to a cleric.
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X All sins/wrongs, but not necessarily to a cleric.
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Not Applicable.

What priority do you place on this selection above?
High

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11. Doing good works (deeds) and acting compassionately is:
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X Necessary.
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Not necessary.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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12. Choose ALL statements below that represent your beliefs.

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X Adhere strictly to the rites, practices, precepts, commandments, prohibitions, laws, sacraments, or ordinances of the faith to be rewarded after life.
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All, even the wicked, are rewarded after life (e.g., go to heaven, merge with God) as God(s) is infinitely good and forgiving.
Extinguish all cravings, attachments, and ignorance, or rid oneself of all impurities, to become fully enlightened.
Learn all life's lessons through rebirths.
Realize your true nature as purely spirit (or soul) and not body, as one with the Absolute, Universal Soul.
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X Live very simply; renounce worldly goals and possessions.
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Tap the power of the Ultimate (God, or the divine) through intercessory methods such as psychics, channeling, tarot cards, crystals, magic.
Humankind is "saved" through human effort rather than through religious or spiritual means.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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Respond to the following moral statements (Questions 13-20) based on how you would want your religion or faith category to address them.


13. Elective abortion should be accepted (not proclaimed or treated as immoral).

Agree.
X Disagree.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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14. Homosexual behavior should be regarded as immoral or out of harmony.

X Agree.
Disagree.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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15. Roles for women and men should be prescribed.

X Agree.
Disagree.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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16. Divorce and/or remarriage should be restricted or punished or condemned.

X Agree.
Disagree.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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17. Social betterment programs (e.g., equality, anti-poverty, education) should be fundamental.

X Agree.
Disagree.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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18. Nonviolence (e.g., pacifism, conscientious objector) should be fundamental.


X Agree.
Disagree.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High

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19. Prayer, meditation, or spiritual healing practices should be favored to the exclusion of conventional health treatment (for all serious conditions or certain types of serious conditions).


Agree.
X Disagree.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
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20. Revering nature or the environment should be fundamental. (Just honoring..not worshipping)

X Agree.
Disagree.
Not Applicable.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High

RESULTS ONE
1. Seventh Day Adventist (100%)
2. Orthodox Quaker (98%)
3. Conservative Protestant (97%)
4. Jehovah's Witness (91%)


No fear my fellow JW comrads...i found out my boo boo in questions #2 and #12 when i retested
I looked up incarnate and it said personification as in Jesus Christ..Webster ??? I made it more difficult than it was.
he he he...funny i think...but there are rich JWs too
2. Are there human incarnation(s) of God (or of gods/goddesses)? Choose one.


X God is (or gods/goddesses are) supreme, and no incarnations.
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One incarnation (i.e. personification of God and not the supreme God). (Jesus Christ Matthew 3:16-17; John 12:12-13, 28)

Many (or countless) incarnations.
No particular incarnations because God is all and all are God (or God is in all).
No incarnations as there is no God. Or not sure. Or not important.
None of the above.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High

12. Choose ALL statements below that represent your beliefs.

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X Adhere strictly to the rites, practices, precepts, commandments, prohibitions, laws, sacraments, or ordinances of the faith to be rewarded after life.
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All, even the wicked, are rewarded after life (e.g., go to heaven, merge with God) as God(s) is infinitely good and forgiving.
Extinguish all cravings, attachments, and ignorance, or rid oneself of all impurities, to become fully enlightened.
Learn all life's lessons through rebirths.
Realize your true nature as purely spirit (or soul) and not body, as one with the Absolute, Universal Soul.
Live very simply; renounce worldly goals and possessions.
Tap the power of the Ultimate (God, or the divine) through intercessory methods such as psychics, channeling, tarot cards, crystals, magic.
Humankind is "saved" through human effort rather than through religious or spiritual means.


What priority do you place on this selection?
High
FINAL RESULTS
1. Jehovah's Witness (100%)
2. Latter-day Saint (Mormon) (95%)
3. Conservative Protestant (77%)
4. Bahá'í (74%)
http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8034_1.html
I love how you can click on a religion and find out more about them ...and it's all accurate )
I was not raised a Jehovah's Witness.
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Old 08-31-2001, 02:16 PM   #57
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karaoke, you did better than I did, apparently I should be a Muslim I came in about 87% for JW
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erm....hmmm...yes...um, well

1. Liberal Protestant (100%)
2. Liberal Quaker (86%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (83%)
4. Bahá'í (77%)
5. Reform Judaism (73%)
6. New Age (69%)
7. Neo-Paganism (67%)
8. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (64%)
9. New Thought (62%)
10. Mahayana Buddhism (61%)
11. Orthodox Quaker (60%)
12. Theravada Buddhism (60%)
13. Sikhism (56%)
14. Secular Humanism (52%)
15. Conservative Protestant (51%)
16. Jainism (51%)
17. Scientology (50%)
18. Orthodox Judaism (47%)
19. Hinduism (43%)
20. Taoism (43%)
21. Latter-day Saint (Mormon) (39%)
22. Islam (38%)
23. Seventh Day Adventist (37%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (32%)
25. Roman Catholic (32%)
26. Jehovah's Witness (30%)
27. Atheism and Agnosticism (27%)


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I actually took this quiz several weeks ago and my top religioun at 100% is Unitarian Universalism...all the Unitarian Universalist's must UNITE!!! There is a chapter around me that has 65 members...kind of scared to check it out....:-o

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Hitman, I think the SAFEST way to view this test is more analytical than in any other way. I don't think this test is telling people to go out and try this religion first hand. I think this test is getting people to find out about their own beliefs and where they fall according to established organized religions. Then the next step is to find out more about that religion before you decide to actually become a member!!!

If this test is truly a determination of what you actually are, according to the Bible, it should also have the organized religion of SATAN.

KERC and SCATTEROFLIGHT, what answers of yours were different from my answers???? I'm reeeeeal curious!!!

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Hmmmmm...

BUT, who made up the "standards" in this web site to judge each religion or demonination as to what each "believes" or prescribes to???


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It seems obvious to me that people who made up this test RESEARCHED the different organized religions' official doctrines. Then, they were able to compare each religion for common threads...like a belief in one God or two. These questions are very basic to establish a religious organizations' stand in any major issue in society dealing with "BELIEFS" and not necessarily proven (to the satisfaction of everyone's eyesight) scientific fact. FAITHS are supposed to establish some kind of answer to these major issues that science or human government doesn't provide to a person's satisfication...ok?



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