Following a religion without knowledge it

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Registered: 06-25-2008
Following a religion without knowledge it
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 11:39am

My husband and I had a couple of members of a religious group knock on our door yesterday (I won't get detailed but you probably all know who I am talking about) and two young men who would only be called by their title proceded to try to convince us to join their religion. My husband asked why they were doing what they were doing and they told us all about their duties and potential rewards. These young men claimed to be Christians but  they certainly weren't like any Christians I've ever grown up with. Both admitted to having never read the Bible, only the works of their religious group.  I'm not a deeply religious person but do practice the Christian religion and I can say I am one of those few people who have ever read the Bible from cover to cover. I guess I don't get how someone can say they are of a certain religious group but have no knowledge of it's religious documents. Would you immerse yourself into a lifestyle and religion without understanding what you were becomming a part of? Don't you owe it to yourself to fully investigate a religion before becomming completely controlled by it? In this day and age with almost everyone being able to read and literature from every religion available to everyone in this country, why one earth would someone not take some time to at least glance over it's mission and purpose before submitting to serving it?


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Registered: 03-09-2001
Sat, 02-23-2013 - 3:10pm

I agree with you. If you are going to commit to a religious group you should definitely know what you are getting into, and whether you can fully accept not only their teachings but what their leadership tells people to believe/do. And those two are *not* always the same... :O  Also, there are groups, maybe more cult-like, that actually prefer their membership remain unstudied and uneducated, reserving that for their leadership or clergy. And that the leadership and clergy are the ones to study and interpret and tell the membership how or what to believe. And it's the membership's duty to not question. I believe I was born with a brain and I know how to use it. I don't just do something because somebody with a fancier title tells me to, you know? :P I also believe we have the answers within us, that we need to trust our own inner wisdom and intuition and common sense.




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Registered: 04-08-2008
Thu, 02-28-2013 - 8:27am

Very instresting. I once read that a well known large organization of christians got the power and money thy have by keeping people in the dark and teaching them things htat are not in the bible but people didnt have the means to find out for themselves so they just went along. That organization split centuries later when people started finding out things and realized what htey were being taught wasnt the truth. Amazing what a little knowledge can do.