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About How does understanding of religion affect your belief? USA
 
Life After Death Worried that he will die before he is 21 USA
 
Does an Animal Have a Soul Arguments are predictable USA
 
Gays and Heaven Gays, heaven and gay marriage USA
 
Gays and Heaven Bible says sinners cannot go to Heaven USA
 
Do Humans Have a Soul Intuitions about close relatives India
 
Do Humans Have a Soul Wants clarification on the existence of the soul USA
 
Life After Death Atheists can believe in an afterlife USA
 
Big Bang Theory Why do some do violent acts against the Qu'ran? Iraq
 
Do Humans Have a Soul I believe we return to dust USA
 

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How does understanding of religion affect your belief?

Topic: About

Question

September 14, 2010

How does your understanding of religion affect what you believe as a Christian?

- USA

20376

Answer

A Christian should know the Bible and the beliefs of his or her church.

It is also good to know the beliefs of other Christian religions besides your own, so that you can make a wise choice as to which is more suitable to you.

Although all Christian religions believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible, many have different views on what is really important.

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Worried that he will die before he is 21

Topic: Life After Death

Question

August 30, 2010

i have a question what i was thought that we die and never come back until god returns im just worried that im gonna die before i turn 21 i hope not i just need some comfort email me back please and confort me thank you

jordan - USA

20313

Answer

If you take care of yourself and don't do anything foolish, you should live well beyond 21 years. But also, you want to take advantage of this opportunity of life so that you live an enjoyable and worth while existence.

Enough people believe that there is some sort of existence after physical death that there may be something to it. Most religions believe that there is a life after death.

Live a good life and a useful life, and things will work out for the best.

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Arguments are predictable

Topic: Does an Animal Have a Soul

Question

August 13, 2010

So many arguments from humans are very predictable !
"Anthrocentrism / Anthromorphism " .............doesn't it seem ( more then a bit ) presumptious that we ,as humsns ; are the "Ultimate Judges " of sentient life ? In an advanced ,
contemporary , spiritual reference I would say ( in a somewhat
flakey "Zen " sense ...) Bullshit !!! Pretty profound ...huh ?

Humans...primates ....vertabrates ........we're self-
destructive , and poorly programmed ...what more can
I say ? Our "current " species will be very lucky to survive
the next 30 - 50 years !!!!( if that ...........)

Dai Dao Tam' Ky Pho' Do ....

laird / starcluster / le'

laird - USA

20237

Answer

Thank you for your opinion--or should I say your rant.

Whether animals and humans have souls is speculative and often part of a person's religious belief system.

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Gays, heaven and gay marriage

Topic: Gays and Heaven

Question

July 26, 2010


ok so i was wondering about gays and there sin's and even i hear its wrong im not so sure .
we are all diffrent but just like black and white boy or girl skinny or fat ...
i always wondered this ... if a white woman or "goes out or marry" a black man is that sin ... becuase just becuase they are diffrent...
And another thing ... if a black fat women "goes out or marrys" a skinny white man is that a sin Nooo....
so why should "going out w, or marry" the same sex be a sin ... NOW I Truly love God... and im a christan but let me do a lay out...

WHITE & BLACK= HEVEAN
FAT & SKINNY= HEAVEN
SAME SEX & SAME SEX = HELL

COME ON NOW THIS DOSENT MAKE SINCE... I MEAN ITS NOT LIKE WE CHOSSE IT ITS JUST WHAT WE ARE ACCTRACTED TO
FOREAL LIKE FOREAL THIS IS REALLY NOT RIGHT IM SOO FREAKIN SEOURIS ITS NOT JUST BECUAES SOMEONE IS DIFFRENT IT DOSENT MEAN YOULL GO TO HELL FOR THAT IN MY "EYE'S" AND I KNOW ITS SAYS IT CLEARLY IN THE
BIBLE BUT IM JUST A LITTLED WINDOWED ON THIS IF YOU GET WHAT IM SAYING PLESE COMMENT...

Darrell - USA

20124

Answer

There are various views on whether gays will go to heaven. In most Christian religions, believers are forgiven their sins and will go to heaven. If being gay is a sin, and the person accepts Jesus as his Savior, then he should go to heaven

There are other religions that believe that certain type of behavior will keep the person out of heaven.

As far as gay marriage goes, the main concern is about paying taxes as a married couple, health insurance, and being considered legally a spouse. It has nothing to do with religion, unless the couple wants to get married in a specific church.

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Bible says sinners cannot go to Heaven

Topic: Gays and Heaven

Question

July 24, 2010

According to Leviticus 18:22, and Leviticus 20:13, homosexuality is a sin. There is not any ambiguity as to whether or not homosexuality is sin in the Bible. And the biblical penalty for sin is clear. Death is the only penalty for sin. Not a physical death, but a spiritual death, permanent separation from God. Thus those who practice a sinful lifestyle cannot go to heaven.

- USA

20119

Answer

There are many references in the Bible to the various sins, including homosexuality, stealing and murder. However, in the Christian religions, Jesus was sent to save people from their sins, provided they repent. This even means on the last day. Jesus told the murderer on the cross next to him, "Today, I will see you in Heaven."

Of course, if you are not a Christian, you may not accept the role of Jesus.

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Intuitions about close relatives

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul

Question

July 3, 2010

from last ten years intutions of death about cloes realatives with their names comes in my mind like voice comes in my mind and after some times it becomes true .what is that ?

- India

20009

Answer

If you have had feelings that something will happen to living close relatives that later comes true, it may be your sixth sense or precognition working. Everyone has times when they have feelings about a future event that later comes true. For more on the subject and letters from many who have experienced that, see:
http://www.school-for-champions.com/senses/6thsense.htm

If your thoughts are about close relatives who have died and you remember or dream about speaking with them, it is a different situation. Also, it can be a very real experience. In such a case, we don't know if it is their spirit communicating with us, or if it is just our imagination recalling the past.

The best thing is to enjoy the experience to bring back dear memories.

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Wants clarification on the existence of the soul

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul

Question

June 14, 2010

I am really interested, however still confused on this topic. There has to be proof, opinions or views that can give a better understanding. The info and view was great, but still ended how it started. I wonder if the writer feels the same way. Thanks.

brandon - USA

19904

Answer

Religion is based on belief and faith. Some people believe that certain things are true, such as the idea that humans have a soul. Their belief is not based on any sort of proof but often on what their parents or the church taught them.

However, there are others that have a different view on the matter. Neither viewpoint seems to be able to be proven.

My personal belief is that humans have a soul or spiritual essence. Since I can't prove it, I accept that others may have different opinions.

The lack of hard evidence or being able to prove such things is what is frustrating about religion. I guess you just have to go with your heart.

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Atheists can believe in an afterlife

Topic: Life After Death

Question

May 31, 2010

I just wanted to comment on the part where you stated an atheists belief towards the afterlife. Atheism by definition means you simply do not believe in god(s). I am an atheist, and I am undecided on the subject of an afterlife..but I am investigating it further. I do feel a bit disheartened that people often associate atheists with the idea that we do not believe in anything supernatural whatsoever. There are many "spiritual" or undecided atheists out there, and I just wanted to let you know your site's definition seemed to make a pretty big generalization.

Thank you for your time.

Alyssa - USA

19819

Answer

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Just as the various official religions have different belief systems, the same is true about those following atheism. Also, there are people who reject the idea of a God but yet believe in some "greater power" that has organized the universe.

Reincarnation is a possibility of an afterlife that a spiritual atheist might accept.

I plan to update the article, as well as to include other material on atheism.

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Why do some do violent acts against the Qu'ran?

Topic: Big Bang Theory

Question

May 18, 2010

to whom that thinks on the base of truth and science nor on wrong conflict thought, my dearest brainy independent reader man which of these religion more actually has nearest connection with most improved scientific theory, read the words of these three Islamic veritable verse of holy Qu'ran states,

1"Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one unit of creation, before We clove them asunder?" (Ch:21, Ver:30)

Later 2-, the Qu'ran describes an expanding universe: "The heaven, We have built it with power. And verily, We are expanding it." (Ch:51, Ver:47).

These accounts lead followers of Islam to accept the Big Bang explanation of the beginning of the Universe.

A verse in the Qu'ran implies that after the Universe was created, it may continue in an oscillating manner. The Qu'ran states, 3_"On the day when We will roll up the heavens like the rolling up of the scroll for writings, as We originated the first creation, (so) We shall reproduce it; a promise (binding on Us); surely these beautiful holly verses exactly meet with this truth theory ,if we think brainy how the ignorant shepherd prophet of islam (muhamad) known these scientific truth before 1430 years ago at a time that technology and science had not progressed to much if the god (alah) as we believe of his having ,creative of universe did not tell him so islam is the religion of truth ,science and peace but unfortunately few un undrestanding islaic followers use islamic view for life phobia and battles against innocent people but unlucky more press and other tv s and radiosin u.s.a and other non islamic countries states on islam badly and tells us that islam is terrorist but actually actual islam hat human murder and terrorism we want to life with all creatures of the god peacely ,,,so sorry i did not to elongate my e mail to much but please can you answer me these three questions if you can answer me please again que1--where did we come?..2-where will we go?why did we create ?thanks to much ........dr shaxawan hamad wasman -kurdistan-iraq -arbil -dentist-muslim...28 male ..

shaxawan - Iraq

19741

Answer

Thank you for your views on the Big Bang Theory and on the plight of Islam.

Those who kill innocent people--including other Muslims--are going against the teachings in the Qu'ran and are doing a disservice to Islam by turning public opinion against the religion. They say they are on a jihad, but in reality many do their violent deeds to gain political power.

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I believe we return to dust

Topic: Do Humans Have a Soul

Question

May 9, 2010

We as humans are a higher form of life but are born same as dogs, cats and horses. The word 'soul' is used in reference to religion. I was raised southern baptist, but until someone proves a soul exists I will have to believe we just return to dust.

Bill - USA

19694

Answer

Thank you for your opinion or belief.

The word "soul" usually refers to a non-body part of a human or animal that continues on after the body dies. Sometimes spirit and soul are used interchangeably.

Most people believe there is "something" beyond this existence. However, that probably will never be proven. Everyone has a choice about what he or she believes in concerning the issue.

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