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  1. page Stephanie Dyson edited In {http://bloggingtothemaxey.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/coexist1.png} In this world, Satan…
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    Satan. What a name, what a name. The very sound of his sparks fire into many hearts and minds- there are people that love this name, others that despise it. What have you heard about? Sacrifices? Infanticide? Séances? Demons? Ghosts and ghouls? Horned heads in your kid’s bedroom? Hell is a Satanist’s Heaven? Pentagrams, candles, and incense? Satan is equal to God? Some of these things are core beliefs of Satanism, and some are just stereotypes. Satanism is not a cult of witches and they don’t consider themselves pagan by any means. However, there must be an understanding that a stereotype is simply hyperbolized reality, even if that reality hasn’t been the truth for thousands of years. It only takes one sentence to make a tale tall. Let’s take a dip into the ideology of Satanism, dispelling or examining their mythology.
    Every religion and every cult has it’s ‘God’, correct? This may be true for the greater majority, of religions, but one seemingly miniscule idea behind Satanism is that Satan is not actually God...
    ...
    “Man, the animal, is the godhead to the Satanist. The purest form of carnal existence reposes in the bodies of animals and human children who have not grown old enough to deny themselves their natural desires. They can perceive things that the average adult human can never hope to...The Satanist does not hate himself, nor the gods he might choose, and has no desire to destroy himself or anything for which he stands! ” (LaVey, The Satanic Bible)
    Considering these things, Satanists hold human nature in the highest regard, as they wish to preserve the purest form of it. The misunderstanding that Satanists believe in infanticide comes from the olden tales of pagan rituals and paradigms. Young teenagers with a skewed version of what the ideas of Satanism are tend to immediately go down the path of extremism on behalf of their beliefs. “True” Satanists have a great deal of respect for humans and the existence thereof, which means that one of the last things on their agenda would be to destroy that existence. Satanism appears to be a very self-centered religion in that its followers choose to do right by everyone else in order to feel better about themselves.
    Scientology
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    Scientology is a religion that has stayed on the outskirts of attention for while. L. Ron Hubbard the founder, was a pulp fiction author who ended up writing many texts that addressed a wide range of worldly problems. His writings became the guiding, but not sacred, texts for the Church of Scientology. According to __patheos.com__, “Hubbard believed that he had discovered a clear and scientific way to spiritual reality and truth,” hence the name Scientology.
    A myth that often follows this religion around and tends to bite it in the heel just is the idea that ‘aliens’ or extraterrestrial beings are the ‘leaders’ of this religion and spiritual paradigm. Let’s examine what Scientology and its followers/texts have to say about this.
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    Scientologists that have reached OT III try to control and rid themselves of these spirits, or thetans, through reminding each other of the pain of being tied to volcanoes (as Xenu, in fact, did to the precursors of humanity) and blown up with hydrogen bombs. The entire religion of scientology is altogether enigmatic, as the realities of the religion are often things that have been previously understood as illogical or ridiculous. A problem with Scientology’s platform is that the religion itself claims to have basis in scientific fact, as L. Ron Hubbard had apparently intended. That being said, many scientists who are not religious but purely deductive thinkers have no records or beliefs in alien interaction with humans. The Xenu, the Thetans, L. Ron Hubbard’s accounts and writings- they are fictitious in nature, but they are true myths and beliefs of Scientology.
    Given the previous context, we’ve seen that there are some rather unorthodox beliefs within the system of scientology, but we must remember that, as we are human beings, every system created by a man or a woman can be corrupted. Scientology is one of those corrupt systems. Stories of suicides driven by excommunication, financial scamming, and L. Ron Hubbard’s idea of getting rich quick are all tales often told by doubters. Let’s verify or debunk these societal myths.
    Myth #2:Scientology#2: Scientology is a
    This myth is true.
    "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." (Hubbard, LA Times)
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  2. page Stephanie Dyson edited Research: Religions: 1) Satanism 2) Scientology 3) Unitarianism Topic In this world, a wor…
    Research:
    Religions:
    1) Satanism
    2) Scientology
    3) Unitarianism
    Topic
    In this world, a world that largely believes in religious freedom, people believe in whatever they feel helps them answer the unanswerable, figure out the impossible, and ratify the improbable. This method of Comparison/Discussion: Religious Misrepresentation
    Quotes:
    Satanism:
    “Blessed
    thought does not, in anyway, exclude even the most taboo of paradigms.
    Satanism
    Satan. What a name, what a name. The very sound of his sparks fire into many hearts and minds- there
    are people that love this name, others that despise it. What have you heard about? Sacrifices? Infanticide? Séances? Demons? Ghosts and ghouls? Horned heads in your kid’s bedroom? Hell is a Satanist’s Heaven? Pentagrams, candles, and incense? Satan is equal to God? Some of these things are core beliefs of Satanism, and some are just stereotypes. Satanism is not a cult of witches and they don’t consider themselves pagan by any means. However, there must be an understanding that a stereotype is simply hyperbolized reality, even if that reality hasn’t been the destroyerstruth for thousands of false hope,years. It only takes one sentence to make a tale tall. Let’s take a dip into the ideology of Satanism, dispelling or examining their mythology.
    Every religion and every cult has it’s ‘God’, correct? This may be true
    for the greater majority, of religions, but one seemingly miniscule idea behind Satanism is that Satan is not actually God...
    Myth #1: Satan is the “God” of Satanism
    This myth is false.
    “Although Satan is subordinate to God, he is mankind’s only conduit to the dominion beyond the physical.” (Satanic Temple)
    Now, it’s tough to find an honest source about Satan’s affiliation with God, as most of them are Christian writings and opinions. However, __The Satanic Temple__ says something about this relationship. First, we must understand who Satan is. The antagonist of the Christian faith (though Satanists say that Satanism predates Christianity), he was once a cherub called Lucifer and one of God’s most powerful angelic beings. Before Jesus came into play, the cherubim would be the ones sitting at the right hand of the Lord. However, Satan wanted the praise that ‘belonged to God’. He became proud, and in this pride, he rebelled against God. God mustered up an army of other cherubim, Lucifer gathered exactly one-third of the angels in heaven, and
    they battled. God one and banished Lucifer from heaven, calling him Satan.
    Because of that situation, Satan is, in fact, not the God of Satanism, but the leader- just as the Pope is not God himself, and just as Buddha is not the actual deity of Buddhism. They believe that, because Satan is not God, he’s the bridge between supernatural and earthly beings, which in turn makes him easier to access and therefore worship.
    With all of that in mind, however, many different sects of Satanism say different things about how they view him as a deity; some mention that he is less than God, others proclaim that he is greater, while others still say that the God of the Bible does not, in fact, exist. This sort of miscommunication between doctrine and discretion exists throughout all religions and cults, so it is no surprise that there
    are misunderstandings and different interpretations within Satanism.
    A second myth hails from
    the true Messiahs - Cursedidea that sacrifice is a large part of Satanism- and physical sacrifice, at that. The idea of infanticide and human sacrificial rituals are often associated with pagan religions, witchcraft, and Satanism. However, is this the god-adorers,truth of the religion?
    Myth #2:Sacrifice is a foundational idea in Satanism
    This myth is true.
    I pulled two quotes
    for this topic:
    “The person who takes every opportunity to ‘pick on’ others is often mistakenly called ‘sadistic’. In reality, this person is a misdirected masochist who is working towards his own destruction. The reason a person viciously strikes out against you is because
    they shall be shorn sheep!”
    __Anton Szandor LaVey__, __The
    are afraid of you or what you represent, or are resentful of your happiness. They are weak, insecure, and on extremely shaky ground when you throw your curse, and they make ideal human sacrifices.” (LaVey, The Satanic Bible__
    __https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/satanism__
    “4. One’s body is inviolable, subject
    Bible)
    Much of what Satanists say exists
    to one’sdispel the rumors that’ve been spread about their ideas. Anton LaVey, the author of the Satanic Bible, actually mentions that stupidity is the “Cardinal Sin of Satanism” and that society “depends on people going along with whatever they are told.” These are both very valid points, but as all religions do- they are testifying on their own will alone.”behalf.
    Let’s look at a passage, again from the Satanic Bible, that’s a bit more straightforward:
    “The only time a Satanist would perform a human sacrifice would be if it were to serve a two-fold purpose; that being to release the magician's wrath in the throwing of a curse, and more important, to dispose of a totally obnoxious and deserving individual.” (La Vey, The Satanic Bible)

    The 4th Tenetpassage above is not quite as forgiving as LaVey made it seem in the first quote. However, Satanists are not permitted to sacrifice babies or animals under any circumstances. The reasoning behind this is, in fact, rather logical.
    “Man, the animal, is the godhead to the Satanist. The purest form
    of carnal existence reposes in the Nine Tenetsbodies of animals and human children who have not grown old enough to deny themselves their natural desires. They can perceive things that the average adult human can never hope to...The Satanist does not hate himself, nor the gods he might choose, and has no desire to destroy himself or anything for which he stands! ” (LaVey, The Satanic Bible)
    Considering these things, Satanists hold human nature in the highest regard, as they wish to preserve the purest form of it. The misunderstanding that Satanists believe in infanticide comes from the olden tales of pagan rituals and paradigms. Young teenagers with a skewed version of what the ideas
    of Satanism
    __http://www.thesatanictemple.com/__
    Scientology:
    "Writing
    are tend to immediately go down the path of extremism on behalf of their beliefs. “True” Satanists have a great deal of respect for humans and the existence thereof, which means that one of the last things on their agenda would be to destroy that existence. Satanism appears to be a very self-centered religion in that its followers choose to do right by everyone else in order to feel better about themselves.
    Scientology is a religion that has stayed on the outskirts of attention for while. L. Ron Hubbard the founder, was a pulp fiction author who ended up writing many texts that addressed a wide range of worldly problems. His writings became the guiding, but not sacred, texts for the Church of Scientology. According to __patheos.com__, “Hubbard believed that he had discovered a clear and scientific way to spiritual reality and truth,” hence the name Scientology.
    A myth that often follows this religion around and tends to bite it in the heel just is the idea that ‘aliens’ or extraterrestrial beings are the ‘leaders’ of this religion and spiritual paradigm. Let’s examine what Scientology and its followers/texts have to say about this.
    Myth #1: Aliens are the gods/rulers of Scientology.
    This myth is both true and false.
    Debatable- as most ideas in most religions are. In Scientology, the central idea is that one’s personal observations are what they hold to be true. Many Scientologists find themselves leading very normal, even mundane, lives. However, a core belief in Scientology is that the human being is not just a body, but a soul confined within the boundaries of skin and bone. A educational (yet, promotional) video on the __scientology website__ mentions the belief that your body is “something that you have” and that if you, for example, had your appendix removed, this does not make you any less “you.” This idea of the human spirit and mind is called the thetan in Scientology, and there are many within a person. There is a common understanding that your brain does not hold or determine your intelligence, but is simply the transmitter from mind to body. The body is this thetan’s communication center- the thetan is not the body and the body is not the thetan. In fact, the thetan is not only the spirit of man, but his entire existence:
    “The thetan is the source of all creation and life itself. It becomes fully apparent for the first time in Man’s experience that the spirit is immortal and possessed of capabilities well in excess of those hitherto predicted.” (Church of Scientology Official Website)
    Scientologists believe that this thetan life-force is captured within the bodies of people. However, all humans can face problems that some Scientologists believe are caused by extraterrestrial forces. Because very few Scientologists reach a level of faith that allows for them to be taught the truth of these extraterrestrial beings (just as priests know certain things about Catholicism that not all Catholics do), widely disclosed information is incredibly scarce. Nevertheless, the belief that such beings exist is one that is fully accepted by the Church of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard wrote in the guidebooks for OT III (Operating Thetan, Level Three- this is the “level” of faith that Scientologists must reach before knowing about these alienesque forces. Hubbard believed that “People don't deserve to have Scientology as a divine right...They have to earn it.”) that 75 million years ago, long before human life and shortly after (in comparison to how long the earth has been in existence) the planet earth had been formed, there was a group of 76 planets named the Galactic Federation, lead by a being named Xenu.
    “Faced with an overpopulation problem, [Xenu] brought beings to this planet, [obliterated] them with hydrogen bombs, and packaged them. Their spirits now infest our bodies...”
    Scientologists that have reached OT III try to control and rid themselves of these spirits, or thetans, through reminding each other of the pain of being tied to volcanoes (as Xenu, in fact, did to the precursors of humanity) and blown up with hydrogen bombs. The entire religion of scientology is altogether enigmatic, as the realities of the religion are often things that have been previously understood as illogical or ridiculous. A problem with Scientology’s platform is that the religion itself claims to have basis in scientific fact, as L. Ron Hubbard had apparently intended. That being said, many scientists who are not religious but purely deductive thinkers have no records or beliefs in alien interaction with humans. The Xenu, the Thetans, L. Ron Hubbard’s accounts and writings- they are fictitious in nature, but they are true myths and beliefs of Scientology.
    Given the previous context, we’ve seen that there are some rather unorthodox beliefs within the system of scientology, but we must remember that, as we are human beings, every system created by a man or a woman can be corrupted. Scientology is one of those corrupt systems. Stories of suicides driven by excommunication, financial scamming, and L. Ron Hubbard’s idea of getting rich quick are all tales often told by doubters. Let’s verify or debunk these societal myths.
    Myth #2:Scientology is a dangerous cult that corrupts its members.
    This myth is true.
    "Writing
    for a
    ...
    own religion."
    --L.
    (Hubbard, LA Times)
    Sadly, not all religions are fully concerned and invested in their members’ spiritual health. L.
    Ron Hubbard, the founder of this religion created a conniving system in which the people are minions of their own ignorance. Hubbard was a realistically conflicted man, living through his infamy that was bought with the various lies that he told himself enough times to believe. For example, he claimed to have been made a “blood brother” when he was just 4 years old by the Blackfoot Tribe of Nebraska. A medicine man named “Old Tom” lead a tribal ritual that ensured this bond to the tribe. However, there are multiple things wrong with the idea of this. Hubbard did live in Nebraska when he was 4, but over 100 miles from the nearest Blackfoot Reservation- not to mention 100 miles from tribal rituals that don’t exist. According to __an article debunking a few of Hubbard’s greatest lies__, Hubbard also claimed to have sat at the feet of the shamans of the Orient in his adolescent years, applying their timeless paradigms and wisdom to his own ideas, creating Scientology.
    The founder of the religion also created, controlled, and proctored many different types of mind control that weaved itself in and out of the minds (or, should I say thetans) of its victims. Many people to benefit from
    Scientology
    "I know seven young
    as a religion and they have found a better understanding of their own personal spirituality and how that affects their lives. However, many people who have found the teachings and business of Scientology to be a rather potent malefactor. One former Scientologist, Tory Christman mentioned that she knew “seven young people that [had] taken their own lives."
    --Tory Christman, regarding
    lives,” in the name of Scientology. Another woman, Olaiya Odufunke, was a woman who was forced to abandon her experience asown children in lieu of her job. Working for the Sea Org (“Orgs”, not to be confused with “orcs”, are small sectors within the Church of Scientology that provide different services to the religion and it’s people. The Sea Organization or Sea Org was one of the most elite inner groups of scientologists), Odufunke was part of a Scientologist
    __http://voices.yahoo.com/top-ten-scientology-related-quotes-1272709.html?cat=7__
    "Scientology
    sort of secret service called the Office of Special Affairs (OSA), which was responsible for the church’s special operations/intelligence and essentially covert affairs. Her job allowed for no time for her children, which meant she had to give them up.
    "Scientology
    is quite
    ...
    its members."
    --Cynthia Kisser,
    (Kisser, Time Magazine)
    Forcing such a heavy workload upon a mother that she has to relieve herself of her primary obligations to her children, that is truly ruthless. But, Hubbard’s hagiographic image within
    the network's Chicago-based executive director,precincts of his own mind and his own religion are impeccably misconstrued. Hubbard was a man of money and greed, fame and the lust thereof. In the 40s, he practiced what some would consider dark magic and adultery with his friend’s wife, whom he later married bigamously. Hubbard created Scientology as quoted in Time, 5/6/91
    __http://voices.yahoo.com/top-ten-scientology-related-quotes-1272709.html?cat=7__
    Unitarianism:
    "Unitarians believe
    if he’d picked something to do with his life out of a hat and it formed into a worldwide religion. His book, Dianetics, was originally intended to be a self-help guide, but sold like wildfire and was seldom accepted by scientists, philosophers, and the press. People, however, loved it. America was going through a time of great change- the Second World War had ended just 5 years earlier, rock and roll was making it’s official debut, more and more kids were finding it acceptable to be “pinned” to one another. America was booming, and a small light bulb over Hubbard’s head was creating such a spark that he was practically beginning to sweat a salty solution of greed and pride. He turned this fame into a “science-based” religion and claimed that it was the religion of “knowing about knowing”, though Scientific American noted that Dianetics contained "more promises and less evidence per page than any publication since the invention of printing.” He asked exorbitant prices for his work, allowing people to pay $500 for a personal auditor’s (auditing in Scientology is the brotherhoodequivalent of man,counseling anywhere else in the leadershipworld) course with the Great Oz Himself- L. Ron Hubbard. He was no wizard, but his projection of Jesus,wisdom through Dianetics was enough to fool millions of people. He charged money for total spiritual peace, placing many people in debt for choosing what they had understood to be happiness.
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    Scientology
    and Satanism, two truly misunderstood and misconstrued religions and belief systems have been examined and further investigated above. But, don’t leave it up to me to tell you the progresstruth about these religions- conduct further research, investigating and discovering personal truths and personal fallacies. Find fault in anything that you do not hold to be true and do not compromise what you believe. There must ultimately be a true understanding that respect is the utmost important when dealing with faiths and belief systems. If something does not appear morally sound, contest it. Understand that everyone has their own spiritual beliefs- whether those beliefs are varied, similar, trying, or nonexistent (even the belief in the nonexistence of something is still a belief). Do not drown in your ignorance, but grab onto the life preserver that calls itself the pursuit of knowledge and happiness therein.
    “Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility
    of mankind. "
    __http://www.religioustolerance.org/u-u.htm__
    real peace” (The Dalai Lama)
    (__Here Are My Works Cited__)

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Saturday, November 16

  1. page Gabrielle Smullen edited ... Rastafari {Jumbo Rastafari Crown patch.jpg} Rastafari is an religious movement a predomin…
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    Rastafari
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    Rastafari is an religious movementa predominately black religion who believe that accepts Haile Selassie I as God and thewas their Messiah who will come back and deliverreturn to earth send all believers to
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    Promised Land. It has its roots in black-empowerment and back-to-Africa movements. It"It originated in
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    its followers continuecontinued to be concentrated there,there although smaller
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    many countries today.today." (http://altreligion.about.com/od/alternativereligionsaz/a/rastafari.htm) This will focusfocuses on their beliefs in The Afterlife.belief on the afterlife.
    "In heaven there are few while in hell there are many. But those who are in heaven are the Champions of time who have conquered over sin and slothfulness. The fool slights the things in life and seeketh heaven after death.Verily, Verily I say unto you, he shall not find it. But the spirit of him that establishes a heaven on earth shall dwell in heaven everlasting. Unto him that is empty in love, faith, righteousness and industry there is no heaven."
    "Heaven is a splendor. A source of peace and happiness where the spirit of God is visible in its appearance. He that passeth from this heaven is exalted into heaven eternal. Beyond strife and death, where pain and sorrows are unknown."
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    This quotes comes from a page on Rastafarianism by M. Alan Kazlev. He compares Christianity to Rastafarianism because Christians believe that if you have accepted Jesus into your heart, that you have salvation and when judgement day comes you either go to Heaven or Hell. Rastafaris don't believe in a hell. Everyone who is Rastafari live an eternal life in Zion when you die or if you are still alive when Haile Selassie comes back.
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    Judaism is"Judaism is one of
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    religion and culture.culture." -(http://www.coursehero.com/flashcards/547377/judaism/) This will
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    on their beliefs in The Afterlife.belief of the afterlife.
    "And many who sleep in the dust of the earth will awaken-these for eternal life, and those for disgrace, for eternal abhorrence." -The Torah;Daniel Chapter 12:2
    Jews believe that in process of the afterlife. The people who are already dead will be waken up from their grave and experience eternal life in heaven. And those who died not believing will be sent to eternal life in hell. And those who live to see the world to come will experience the full process of the afterlife.
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Friday, November 15

  1. page Cameron Hinton edited ... Religion: I decided to focus on Buddhism and the Sikhism Talk about how religion is a guide …
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    Religion: I decided to focus on Buddhism and the Sikhism
    Talk about how religion is a guide to a persons life,
    Introduction:
    War occurs all throughout history. Some more important than others. Most wars can cause a lot of damage in the future, and some can bring lots of change in the future as well. If you look at war in a human perspective, you might get different opinions about how if the war is for a good cause then it's fine. Or how killing is un-neccessarry and it brings pain and sorrow lots of people. If you look at war in a religious perspective, it can be straight forward on what they have to say. So for the benchmark, I have decided to look at Buddhism and Sikhism. Now Buddhists believe that non-vilolecne should be in each buddhist's heart, but Sikhs believe that war is the "just war". In other words, it means the Dharam Yudh which stands for the war in defense of righteousness.
    Buddism:
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    I thought of this quote as when times of war comes around, you need to rise above yourself and try to make peace with the issue. Like instead of the fighting aspect, try to work your way into the cause. Try and make it better without killing and hatred being your first reaction. This could also be taken as be the better person or like you don't always have to raise a fist or a weapon to win certain fights.
    " In killing I would be betraying and abandoning the very teachings I would be seeking to preserve. So it would be better to let him kill me and remain true to the spirit of the Dharma." a Buddhist.
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    religion seriously.
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    be harmed. 5.And finally, there must not be any territory obtained through the whole process and anything that was taken must be returned back.
    Sikhs also believe in treaties and cease fire.They must be honored. Places of worship must not be damaged as well. Sikhs are also expected to take military action towards oppression and abuse.
    "No one is my enemy,No one is a foreigner. With all I am at peace, God within us renders us incapable of hate and prejudice."- Guru Nanak
    When they were talking about this quote, they were explaining how in the 16th century, Guru Nanak wanted sikhism to be a religion of peace. This quote as when times of war comes around, you need to rise above yourself and try to make peace with the issue. Like instead of the fighting aspect, try to work your way into the cause. Try and make it better without killing and hatred being your first reaction.
    "When all efforts to restore peace proves useless and no words avail, Lawful is the flash of steel. It is right to dew the sword."- Guru Gobind Singh
    When they talked about this quote, they said that around the 5th guru, sikhism had become increasingly militant. The 6th guru believed that military action might be needed to promote justice and will protect the innocent. The 10th guru, Guru Gobind Singh made is quite simple that military actions will be last resorts, but stressed that they should't be avoided. This quote had me thinking about how people can take war different ways. Like if the opposite side attacks first, the first option most times is to send their men into that country to respond back. Now sikhism is almost like saying that wait till the right time to strike. And on the " time off ", make smart decisions about how you might want to counteract the enemy.
    Conclusion:
    Now that you've seen two different religions on war, and how one resorts to the peaceful option and how the other resorts to war ONLY when the time is right, How do you see you're countries army? Do they attack immediately after an attack, or do they try to send people in to talk about the problem and try to make things right without any blood being shed on any of their front loans? I think that we need to look at the issue first. If it looked like an obvious act of terror or war, then do what ever you need to do to flip the switch, but look at the positive first before you look at the negative before you go and take lives left and right for a small issue that could've been solved with a little talk between the nations.

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  2. page Cameron Hinton edited ... This quote can be showing how Buddhists really take peacefulness seriously. Some keywords from…
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    This quote can be showing how Buddhists really take peacefulness seriously. Some keywords from this quote are" betraying and abandoning the very teachings that I would be seeking to preserve." or " to let him kill me and remain true to the sprit of Dharma". Buddhists may be the best choice you have to like solve any conflict that may occur in the world. It's almost like they know how to handle these situations without putting another person's life at risk. They know how to follow the teachings of Budda and the Dharma to the point. They take their religion seriously.
    Sikhism:
    {http://www.crystalinks.com/nanak.jpg} Sikhism has a belief of a " just war ". Just war means in sikhism means different things. A couple things that apply are... 1.The specific war has to be the last and only option; all other options must have been attempted first. 2. The reason for war should not be for revenge. 3. That army must not contain any mercenaries what so ever. 4. At all costs, civilians must not be harmed. 5.
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Thursday, November 14

  1. page Gabrielle Smullen edited ... {images-1.jpeg} {Judaism.jpg} The Afterlife: Judaism and Rastafari ... have a significa…
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    The Afterlife: Judaism and Rastafari
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    have a significant impactgreat affect on the
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    their life. Issues due toVarious things in religion may lead to changes incan change a person's religious beliefsbeliefs, practices and practices, behaviors and feelings toward others, and relationshipthe way they feel to self.certain things. Some would say religion causes hatred, others would say it causes war and sometimes they're right.people think that hatred comes from religion. In this
    Rastafari
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    These quotes explain about how Rastas believe in a heaven on earth which they call Zion. Zion is hebrew and comes from what the Jews believe as the world to come. The different is, Rastas believe that their heaven on earth is the country where they reside in, which is Africa. The Messiah, Haile Selassie or Jah will return and grant them everlasting life. Zion is believe to be a positive place where there is no pain and suffering. Those who are already in heaven are said to have overcome the sins and hardships of the world and those who live to see the coming of Haile Selassie know that their heaven on earth of Zion in their homeland of Africa has begun.
    "Rastafarians do not believe in an afterlife, but instead look to Africa called Zion, as a heaven on earth. True Rastas are believe to be immortal, not physically and spiritually, a concept called everliving."
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    come back.
    "Africa in general, is considered the Rastas' heaven on earth. There is no afterlife or hell as Christianity believes."
    This quotes comes from a page on Rastafarianism by M. Alan Kazlev. He compares Christianity to Rastafarianism because Christians believe that if you have accepted Jesus into your heart, that you have salvation and when judgement day comes you either go to Heaven or Hell. Rastafaris don't believe in a hell. Everyone who is Rastafari live an eternal life in Zion when you die or if you are still alive when Haile Selassie comes back.
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    This quote comes from a site on facts about religion. It describes that death is observed by the living, which it is because without us there would be nothing to die and no souls would go anywhere. They think of death as rejoining with the ancestors that once spoke to God and received diret instruction from Him and the ancestors are surrounded by their people after death.
    "The creation of man testifies to the eternal life of the soul. The Torah says, "And the Almighty formed the man of dust from the ground, and he blew into his nostrils the soul of life". On this verse, the Zohar stated that one who blows blows from within himself. Indicating that the soul is actually part of God's essence. Since God's essence is completely spiritual and non physical, it is impossible that the soul should die."
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    or perish.
    Jews believe in something called Olam Ha-Ba which means The World To Come and thats what they look forward to. They believe that you should prepare yourself for the world to come, they are taught to believe in the world to come as a home. Its suggested that the dead will come up through the ground and rise up in Jerusalem and the righteous will rise up fully clothed. The believe the eternal destination for the righteous is Gan Eden (Heaven) generally described as the place of joy and peace and they believe that eternal destination for wicked is Gehinnom (Hell) described in the Torah as a dark pit and an actual place where a pagan cult conducted rituals included burning children.
    In conclusion, both religions believe in something after death whether it be an afterlife to a heaven above or an eternal life to a heaven on earth. A larger issue with the world in general when it comes to the afterlife in religion is the question of does God exist at all. To some people who dont believe in the same afterlife may contradict what the actual afterlife may be. Another problem is being able to separate fiction from fantasy because some may believe that these lives after deaths arent realistic. The general problem is that everyone has a different faith. The afterlife is a debatable term to mean a "good" place for a person to go after they die and is free from all sin established on earth. In the end, with all religion, God will never go away. It'll always come up in something. We cry out for God when things go wrong but question His existence. These different religions are beginning to interact with each other making it harder to avoid and more interesting to know about.
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Saturday, November 9

  1. page Sattera Mark edited Sattera Mark TitleWhat We Think Or What’s the Truth Introduction Paragraph In religion, people …
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    In religion, people go astray and don’t stay true to their beliefs and rules that they were raised by. People all over have a tough time sticking to what they know is right. That’s because people have a type of sinful nature. That nature that makes you want to do wrong when you know it isn’t right; that nature that make you want to forsake your conscience.
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    The two main religions up for debate are Judaism and Islam. They both are two different things but have similar beliefs and ideas on what abortion is and when is it okay.
    What is Judaism
    In Judaism it’s basically a set or layout of rules on how people should live their lives. In Judaism there aren’t any set of beliefs. The two main sacred text are the Torah and the Talmud. Other religions like Christianity and Islam also read the Torah but interpret it differently. In Judaism they believe in the 13 Articles of Faith. They believe that there is a messiah (anointed one) but hasn't come yet, but when the messiah comes he will restore peace to all the land and there will be no more sin. There is no scriptural evidence of this messiah in the bible.
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    Judaism Exceptions 1 Quote “In such circumstance (where allowing the pregnancy to continue would kill the mother”)
    In Judaism there are many if or ands about abortion. Judaism does not forbid abortion but, only under serious circumstances. They believe that if a mother is having complications during her pregnancy it’s okay to abort the baby. In order for this to be deemed right the mother has to be showing clear signs that she is in physical distress. In this case the mother’s life is more important thanthe fetus’ life. They also believe that the baby and mother are one and if the mother is dead the baby is also dead. The abortion be done in the last stage of the pregnancy.
    Judaism Exceptions 2 Quote “However almost all rabbis would agree that if continuing the pregnancy would cause the mother to commit suicide, then abortion is justified”.
    Another reason to abort a baby is because the mother is mental distress. In most cases a rabbi won’t consider this to be an acceptable reason to kill a baby but some will. This is contrary to the Torah. In (Deuteronomy 33:27) it says “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms”. That means that God is who you should depend on and that he’s your help. Aborting a baby for this reason is not following the guidelines of the Torah. If someone was to follow the Torah they would stop stressing and and depend on God as their refuge. Genesis 1:28 also says “God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Aborting a baby is disobeying God’s command to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. This is an example how people do what they want instead of faithfully following their religion.
    What is Islam
    In Islam they believe in one god, the angels that were created by god, and the prophets that brought god’s message to mankind. Muslims believe that everyone will be accountable for their actions on judgement day. They also believe that god sent Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, Muhammad. Someone who is a Muslim believes that there is no God apart from God andMuhammad is the messenger from God.
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    In Islam the longer the pregnancy the more wrong it is to abort the baby. “Whosoever has spared the life of a soul, it is as though he has spared the life of all people. Whosoever has killed a soul, it is as though he has murdered all of mankind”. Qur'an 5:32
    The majority of muslims would say that a fetus is a human life.
    Islam Exceptions 1 Quote “Islam allows abortion to save the life of the mother because it sees this as the 'lesser of two evils”
    In Islam abortion is forbidden but in some cases it’s permitted. In Islam abortion is accepted if the pregnancy is putting the mother in real danger, but only if the mother is less than 120 days pregnant. Aborting a baby is a lesser evil. It’s a lesser evil because if the mother dies the baby will die also, the mother is apart of a family, and the mother’s life is well established.
    Islam Exceptions 2 Quote “Some scholars state that abortion where the mother is the victim of a rape or of incest is permissible in the first 120 days of the pregnancy”.
    In Islam some mothers abort their babies because of rape or incest. Some of the muslims scholars agree with this some of them don’t. The Quran says “Kill not your offspring for fear of poverty; it is We who provide for them and for you. Surely, killing them is a great sin”. If a mother aborts her baby for this reason she is disobeying the sacred text that says not to kill your offspring. This is another example how people disobey their religion.
    Conclusion:
    In both religions sacrifices have to be made and people struggle with determining what is the right option. People find ways to go around what they know is right and make excuses to justify themselves. If a person decides to follow a religion they should commit themselves to it and trust their god.
    Bibliography:
    "Sanctity of Life." BBC News. BBC, 2013. Web. 01 Nov. 2013.
    BBC. "Judaism and Abortion." BBC News. BBC, 15 July 2009. Web. 28 Oct. 2013.
    Annemarie Schimmel. "Islam (religion)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.

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Thursday, November 7

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    Marriage is brought up through many different perspectives. Through Family, friends, your significant other, and religion as well. It seems as if Marriage is on a road map or framework of life. Many ideas of marriage are expressed in Islam through the Quran. It talks about everything from Trust to Forgiveness and Dowries.
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    In the Quran Chapter 4, Verse 23, it explains that incest is unacceptable and forbidden in the Islamic religion. A man is not allowed to take on his mother, sisters, daughter or any kin to marry. Marriage is seen as a sacred union, that should not be broken and should be respected as a union under the religion. If this union is broken, Allah forgives you at his most merciful state.
    “Also prohibited are the women who are already married, unless they flee their disbelieving husbands who are at war with you. These are GOD's commandments to you. All other categories are permitted for you in marriage, so long as you pay them their due dowries. You shall maintain your morality, by not committing adultery. Thus, whoever you like among them, you shall pay them the dowry decreed for them. You commit no error by mutually agreeing to any adjustments to the dowry. Allah is Omniscient, Most Wise.” (Quran Section 4, Verse 24).
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