Let me preface this very clearly before I say anything: I never intend for anything I say to be used as an encouragement to make judgement in a negative, authoritative, or offensive manner. I also have no intention of confronting, offending, or challenging anyone's beliefs or thoughts. I am merely asking for others to share their opinions as honestly as they can, with the understanding (and agreement) that no party involved in this discussion is making judgements about the thoughts and opinions shared therein.
I am hoping that the above is already understood with any and all discussions taking place here, but I am clarifying my intentions just to be sure.
To the topic: I see many answers being given here having very strong religious based opinions, and I am wondering if that is normal? Encouraged? Tolerated? Discouraged?
Specifically I see many 'God' and 'Satan' references, depicting benevolence on behalf of the former and 'evil' on the side of the latter.
I personally was raised as a very strict Christian, which is likely the strongest reason I gave it up as soon as I reached the age of reason. It doesn't bother me in any way (and I actually enjoy) hearing people sharing other religions and thoughts than what I have faith in, and I actually regularly seek out education in any religion willing to teach me simply for the sake of learning.
My other multi-dimensional question is: are religious conversations / discussions / debates / questions / answers allowed / encouraged / tolerated / discouraged / forbidden? For clarity once more, my use of the terminology 'debate' is meant in the scholarly way, as two educated and enlightened elders would share their thoughts in kindness, respect, and tolerance, listening openly to the opinions of the other.
The question has been closed for the following reason "Discussions like this should be taken to IQ Meta" by IQ Moderator 30 Dec '13, 14:48
Welcome to I.Q. Leo. Here on inward quest we can and do discuss everything from every aspect of spirituality and yes religion. Weather we like to admit it or not spirituality has its origin or birth in our inner God and at some level all of us learned about God through our religion no matter weather we follow that religion today or not. The fountain of source of spirituality comes directly through our inner God no matter who or what that is or means to us and yes even athiests believe in something bigger and higher than themselves out there and therefore unconsciously believe in God no matter what they call it...nature or whatever.
You have come to the right place and it is wonderful to know that there is an actual place where Christian and Moslem and Hindu and Jew and Athiest and whoever can and do become as one through their discussions of their spirituality. It is wonderful to know that we can all learn from each other and love each other and respect each other no matter our differences. In fact differances here are welcomed for it is good to know how others think and feel and in the end to find out that we are all human and not realy that different at all for we all have more or less the same dream to be happy and healthy and do the best we can for ourselves and our families and the world arround us.
Yes you will find a few that are zealous about their beliefs but take that with a pinch of salt and do not judge for all have a place here and you never know when you might just learn something from someone zealous about their beliefs. Here on Inward Quest we truly are all ONE.
I have a little poem that Ibin'Arabi wrote that I truly love and it does sum up most of us here on I.Q.
My heart can take on any form: a medow for gazelles, a cloister for monks, A temple for idols, the Ka'ba for pilgrims, the tablets of the Torah, the leaves of the Qur'an. I believe in the religion of love whichever way its caravan turns: Love is my religion and my faith.
I simply love this and even though I'm a Liberal Christian of sorts in my mind when I read this poem I just add: or the pages of the bible.
Welcom and we hope you find what you are looking for knowing we are all brothers and sisters in the eyes of our God.
answered 20 Nov '11, 11:04
There are people here of different faith and some that say they are atheist (although being an atheist and being spiritual seem opposed) Some are even Muslims. All are welcomed to share their points of view here. All are free to agree or disagree here as well by their votes or lack of votes for answers.
answered 20 Nov '11, 04:37
Inward Quest to me is just that: an exploration of the inner self- spiritual, psychological, social, mental, metaphysical- you name it, we got it.
I suppose you freaked out when you saw my post about Hell! Well, in all the posts here on IQ, the tags of "Satan" and "Hell" have only been used a handful of times out of 3,000+ posts- that means to me that you have perhaps assumed that we chat about Satan all the time.
We do not.
I am a Christian Mystic, and have been very welcomed here on IQ. I do not usually post anything about Satan, but my recent experience just had to be shared (only my opinion, of course.)
Think of Inward Quest as a Salad Bar: Take what you like, and leave the rest alone!
Hope this helps you understand. Check out my questions; I have asked many, many questions on all sorts of topics...I may even hold the record, or close to it, for the MOST questions asked here (I am not sure). You will see that I have asked a variety of questions on a wide range of topics. Just click on my name to see all my stuff....stats and such. I am into science big-time, and am a Christian, studying for the Ministry, but also believe in Evolution and love to discuss anything factual. I guess I am a Liberal Christian, but I AM a Christian...sorry if that is offensive to you; I do not mean it to be.
I hope this helps to introduce you a little to IQ, and to clear up your fears.
Blessings of any Nature you prefer,
answered 20 Nov '11, 04:56
NO, i would say predominantly its MANIFESTATION driven.
There are one or two religious zealots on this forum, there are many with a fixed point of view and many who have changed and developed there way of thinking.
But i feel that most are looking to the world of the spirit,god or another dimension to fulfill some perceived want ,need or desire in their lives.
And i dont think theres anything wrong with that. Personally im after manifestation leading to joy. Or maybe joy leading to manifestation.
The rest of its meaningless to me.
Im only after the feel good factor and its results.
answered 05 Mar '13, 04:33
well leo inward quest is about spirituality and religion is also about spirituality. has long has everything is made in harmony i do not see any limit to what can be share on the site do you? but i can see your point of view about religion. preaching things from the bible and they do not do it them self and they take some verse to serve their perpace. and they judge other when jesus said to not judge or you will be judge with the same mesure. i know what you mean. why do you want to imposse a limit on what can be discuse or shared here? why do we need to limit are self? do we need to narrow are self to see only what we want to see ? are we so limited in are intelligence,love,compassion and patience?
experience and enjoy.
answered 20 Nov '11, 04:25
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