How religious do you personally feel you are, from a scale of 1 through 10?
This includes any and all beliefs in a god or gods or afterlife. The lower you are on the scale, the less likely you are to believe in no gods.
1 and 10 aren't supposed to be the only numbers picked on the poll. You can still lean to either side heavily, without being at the apex of said side.
This is just an example, in my opinion, of what the apex of either side represents:
Someone at a 10:
Would see contemporary mortal existence as literally fleeting when compared to the after life or "long run". If believing in many reincarnations and not just one, contemporary existence is only seen as 1 life when there are many.
Someone who is at a 10 would see any lack of effort at investing in the afterlife as incomprehensible. A 10 would think "What are they doing... this is the rest of their existence they're playing with...". They may want to convert people in order to save them, or wouldn't be opposed to a similar idea.
Someone who is a 1 would not only be an atheist, but irreligious. A 1 would literally perceive the current world as being better without religion, and perceive religion as holding the world back. They would want to convert people to not being religious, or not be opposed to a similar idea.
The apex's represent ideologies that most people likely wouldn't fall into. Unlike the rest of the scale from 2 through 9, people at an apex start to expand out of what they think of themselves, and begin looking at what others think.
You can either vote or post your vote and explain your stance.
This isn't a debate between any belief or any people or person in general or whether or not you agree with it!
This is how you see yourself. If you want, give a history into how you reached your number and stance in life or if your parents were religious etc. That's exactly what I'm looking for.
This thread is more about the individual and less out debating with your peers.
What's your number in your opinion? How did you end up where you ended up on the scale? What's your story?
No flaming or anything. This isn't even a debate thread, wrong place. This is all about the individual poster.
I chose number 1. I will try my best to help people with their understanding of the world, but I will not force my belief on them - However I will stop others from imposing their believes on others.
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I am a Number Ten.
I see that the world's history, from thousands of years up to billions of years , is like seconds ticking from the clock of eternity.
Heaven and Hell last forever, our lives last only for 70 to somewhere around 100 years. Even if we could live for thousands of years, we need to devote ourselves to Jesus. I'm saying "we" because as an individual I want everyone in Heaven when I get there.
I'm thinking that I should have voted number 2. While I hold religion in complete disdain, and also despise the idea of any form of god/creator/etc., I believe that religion still has a place in the world. For one thing, if people didn't have that constant fear of going to hell, then a lot more would be committing crimes.
There's also the fact that, without religion, I would lose one of my favorite things to argue about!
SIGNATURES ARE FOR PANSIES.
Well thanks for the replys so far, but no one's really explaining how they got to where they are in their beliefs and conviction.
Did you do something and have an epiphany? Are you just choosing a number for that number's sake? That's the main stuff I'm looking for, the "how you got there" though I understand if some people feel its too intimate a question.
I picked 9, because it's easy for me to imagine someone more religious than myself. But essentially yeah -- the universe is a shoebox in a closet of a mansion. Our corner of the shoebox is microscopic. Our ability to perceive that microscopic corner is limited; and the time we have to perceive is fleeting.
And despite all that our lives are not without meaning. We can define ourselves by our interactions with one another, and by doing so attach significance to our microscopic corner of existence -- and it's important to do so, in fact, so much that if a person fails to treat his fellow man with dignity and respect then he's failed period, imo. But in addition to our self-defined importance, there's more to reality than the box -- let alone our tiny corner and our futile observations of it.
More on-topic -- my parents grew up atheist and became Christians shortly before starting our family, so I was raised protestant. My brothers and I started out in public school, and switched over to a Christian private high school after my older brother had a political spat with a teacher (he got in trouble for disagreeing with then-president Clinton -- no, really). Later my brothers both transferred out, but I graduated from "Faith Heritage School" and joined the Air Force, where I got a degree and reintegrated with a secular crowd/"the real world." My personal history is the moral equivalent of a kung-fu movie, where the hero studies in a monastery before ultimately walking the earth, using his skills and discipline to right wrongs in the real world.
I reached this conclusion after about 9 years of introspection, questioning, searching, talking to pastors, teachers, a rabbi, research, and etc. I was raised in a Fundamentalist Christian family, and was taught that all other faiths ( even other Christian Denominations ) were not only wrong, but evil, and doomed for Hell. I started having moral qualms with that line of thought, began to question one part of the faith, then another, then another, and the more I looked and questioned and read the Bible, the more and more I had problems with, the more and more that made me feel sick reading. I went in looking for answers to help reaffirm my faith, and came out with the perception of the Bible as a wretched, and immoral piece of literature. These are just my own thoughts.
That's perfectly on topic MDK ^ exactly what I'm looking for.
edit: and Elendra.