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What makes you what you are?

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No worries - been there done that many times. It happens to all of us. Hope tomorrow is a better day. :)

Then I agree 100% w/ you about the Christian thing:)

Today WAS a much better day:) Thx...JOhn 3:16

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I was raised in the Jewish faith, but consider myself much more of a humanist now. I don't have strong beliefs in one diety. I think if you follow the Golden Rule you pretty much have everything covered.

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Humanist. I attend the Unitarian Universalist church. I believe we're all connected and if we all cared for one another, our animal companions and the earth, and united, we can solve all of our problems. I don't believe in the divinity of any human being past or present and don't consider any human "holy", like the Dalai Lama or the Pope.

The last five or so years, I've been leaning towards Buddhist teachings and writings. Just got three new books this week in fact.

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I am who I am. You can believe that I am whatever you want.

And then, we both will be correct.

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Humanist. I attend the Unitarian Universalist church. I believe we're all connected and if we all cared for one another, our animal companions and the earth, and united, we can solve all of our problems. I don't believe in the divinity of any human being past or present and don't consider any human "holy", like the Dalai Lama or the Pope.

The last five or so years, I've been leaning towards Buddhist teachings and writings. Just got three new books this week in fact.

don't be surprised to get an email/pm from me re above.

never knew how to identify myself, nor have i ever cared why i am who i am...it just is - end of story.

but you've piqued my curiousity, and rather google it, i'd prefer to discuss it with you.

i agree with everything you've written.

and daveydodo (;)), spot on.

our perceptions are our truths, our realities.

no right or wrong.:)

leslie

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I don't believe in anything and I don't believe that this has made me who I am. If anything, I think that who I am has made me more inclined to doubt every explanation and interpretation I've been offered of the origins of being and the flow of the universe. I believe that nature and nurture both play a role in who we become, but ultimately, the vast majority of us have free will in deciding what we want out of life and whether we will achieve it. I believe that we have a human imperative to help those who need it, not those who know how to work the system best. I believe in honesty and integrity, not because of religious values but because treating people the way you want to be treated is the best way to sleep well at not and not have regrets along life's journey.

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What makes you what you are?

Sodium, hydrogen, potassium, calcium, oxygen, phosphorus, iron, different proteins and other elements & molecules, all of which came from some far away exploding super nova, the result of the magnificant death of a really large star. . . all somehow, someway touched by the "hand" of the Creator of Everything. This Creator of Everything seems to want to teach us that "Love is the Answer"; seems to want to teach us that "God is Love". Even the Bible "tells us so". Practicing that "Love is the Answer" seems the only way we're gonna prevent ourselves from blowing each other up. Not too optimistic that we're going to learn this lesson, though.

Currently a practicing ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America). Was born a "PK" of the Episcopalian denomination and attended a dear-to-my-heart Roman Catholic congregation during my young adult years. Thoroughly believe that "Ecumenicalism" is a wonderful thing. It saddens me to see the Christian community, as well as the human community at large, so divided. After all, WE ALL came to Being as a result of that one large star exploding billions of years ago.

I do keep Hope in my Heart, though.

Edited by Ted

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I am who I am. You can believe that I am whatever you want.

And then, we both will be correct.

Fascinating . . . this is exactly what my pastor preached about today.

Modernism (more on the first page) and Post-Modernism (this second page).

:loveya:

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Hmmm, Life experiences, trial and error I suppose. I find that throughout my years I run across things I don't agree with, people I don't like, and those instances made me a stronger person, that wants to stick up for what's right and say things the way they are. From a spiritual perspective, the same things I guess. Discovering other religions, seeing which ones whose principles I don't believe in, or agree with. Keyword: Experience**** ;)

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Dianic Witch, here ... although it's hard to say whether my religion "made" my identity or the other way around.

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:yeah:I applaud all of you for explaining your faiths and beliefs...It's hard to do so, and something I have trouble doing...Thank you all and I hope to read more soon!! Thank you:redbeathe

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Needed an applauding smiley face

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