1. New Age 100%
2. Unitarian Universalism 100%
3. Neo-Pagan 98%
4. New Thought 97%
5. Bahai Faith 93%
6. Mahayana Buddhism 91%
7. Liberal Quakers 84%
8. Reform Judaism 82%
9. Taoism 80%
10. Christian Science 78%
11. Hinduism 72%
12. Scientology 72%
13. Orthodox Judaism 71%
14. Sikhism 71%
15. Theravada Buddhism 69%
16. Mainline Liberal Christian Protestants 67%
17. Mormons 67%
18. Islam 60%
19. Jainism 46%
20. Orthodox Quaker 43%
21. Secular Humanism 43%
22. Jehovah's Witness 38%
23. Non-Theist 38%
24. Eastern Orthodox 32%
25. Mainline Conservative Christian Protestant 32%
26. Roman Catholic 32%
27. Seventh Day Adventist 21%
I was raised in a religion, and went to church every Sunday until I was a junior at university. In one of my honors seminars that year, we happened to read basic beliefs of the 'fathers of the church', i.e. that man was born with the stain of sin and was therefore intrinsically evil.
No WAY did I believe people were intrinsically evil!! I basically chucked my religion that day, and forever after.
In EVERY personal contact I had with it, the church I was raised in did NOTHING but put obstacles in my path, no matter what I was trying to do (that involved the church).
I will never deal with any religion EVER again. I have no need for religion. I am a good person just as I am. I NEVER do anything to harm another. I ALWAYS try to be a positive influence in others' lives. I expend great effort when I think something I can do will increase another's happiness. I am a VERY loving person, and look for the best (and find it) in everyone. It is not difficult for me to be this way. It is easy, because it's the way I WANT to be. Does 'being good' have to be difficult? Must it be something we suffer in order to do? I don't think so. Am I pompous and self-righteous? Maybe. Oh well!!!
Religions throughout history have had negative effects on SO many peoples' lives. I have no use for religion for myself, and have no desire to inflict on myself an unnecessary system of rules. I believe there is some kind of Source of life; but certainly not one that pays attention to any of us, or "listens" and responds to prayers. The more I have learned about the marvels of science, the more I have had to believe in some kind of Source of life. PERHAPS an entity who IS Truth; who IS Goodness; who IS eternal.
But I choose to be a good person because it feels right to me, enables me to live with myself, and provides the lightness of heart that allows me to be happy and free from guilt. What else do I need, I ask you????? I am certain this all sounds pompous and self-righteous. Oh well!!!
If an organized group helps those in need, then I am all for their efforts. And I DON'T mean providing false papers to illegal aliens (which some church groups do!!!!)
Having said all that!!!!!.....I wish to mention something I think is quite interesting. A block from my house is a corner lot. It was purchased some years ago by a Unitarian Universalist church group. It's not a particularly large lot, and I couldn't imagine how a church would fit there. No room for parking.
Six months ago, the church members themselves
began building their church with their own hands!!!! Each weekend, a little more was built. Two fairly small rectangular buildings, LOTS of landscaping. I drive past it twice a day going and returning from work, so I have watched every step. Once it was vandalized with grafitti. But today (Sunday) was I think the first day they held services.
I think building your own little church, in this day and age, is kinda cool. The people I would see out there working were often white-haired retired people. When the plants and trees are mature, that corner will be a haven of loveliness. I fully intend to check out that little church one of these days, since I scored 100% on Unitarian Universalist!!! Maybe it's a sign?????
(almost like getting hit in the head with a 2x4 - a new little church, on which I scored 100%, ONE BLOCK from my house....hmmmmm)
Gee willikers! Sorry this is SO LONG!!!!