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upaloopa

(11,417 posts)
Fri Jan 9, 2015, 12:50 PM Jan 2015

You don't have to follow your holy book.

I was raised as a Catholic. I never believed what I was taught about the faith. I made a personal decision to not live as a Catholic. We all have the ability to use our own judgement and our intellect.
If you were raised in a certain religion you don't have to live that faith or accept its teachings. If you do it is a choice you make. The holy books are full of ideas of people. You don't have to believe them. If you kill because of some belief system you chose to live by, it is you who kill not the belief system.
And other people do not owe you something special because you chose to accept some religion's rules or creed.

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You don't have to follow your holy book. (Original Post) upaloopa Jan 2015 OP
No "people of the Book" follow the Book. Just read Leviticus. grahamhgreen Jan 2015 #1
Is that the book talking or people talking? upaloopa Jan 2015 #2
I'm mutireligios. "Love is the laws fulfillment" - Jesus grahamhgreen Jan 2015 #6
I don't know of any Catholic that lives HappyMe Jan 2015 #3
I don't know if it is a good idea to limit your amount of respect to upaloopa Jan 2015 #4
Well, if I get treated like crap, HappyMe Jan 2015 #5
I agree. A book is just a book. ananda Jan 2015 #7
I've seen that the good parts of religions seem upaloopa Jan 2015 #8

HappyMe

(20,277 posts)
3. I don't know of any Catholic that lives
Fri Jan 9, 2015, 01:18 PM
Jan 2015

strictly by the rules. Not now, not when I was a kid.

Of course nobody owes anybody anything special. One of my hard rules is that I give others as much respect as they give me.

upaloopa

(11,417 posts)
4. I don't know if it is a good idea to limit your amount of respect to
Fri Jan 9, 2015, 01:20 PM
Jan 2015

the actions of others toward you.

HappyMe

(20,277 posts)
5. Well, if I get treated like crap,
Fri Jan 9, 2015, 01:24 PM
Jan 2015

I won't immediately treat the other person like crap. But I see no reason to give that person a decent amount of respect. I am not a doormat.

ananda

(28,948 posts)
7. I agree. A book is just a book.
Fri Jan 9, 2015, 01:25 PM
Jan 2015

But I never like to throw out the good parts of a religion
just because I don't agree with everything in its "book."

upaloopa

(11,417 posts)
8. I've seen that the good parts of religions seem
Fri Jan 9, 2015, 01:45 PM
Jan 2015

to be pretty universal.
The eightfold path in Buddhism has ideas similar to many religions yet Buddhism is not a religion as the others are.

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