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  • THE TRUE GOSPEL...(edited and remixed.) Okay...let me apply some sense to this...or at least try to fathom some of the concepts thereof instead of being ridiculous as I view religion to be. Pretty much all religion points to an invisible man who lives up in the sky...am I right? We have only yet to discover the outer fringes of the universe...which science states as fact, Science tells us that the universe is full of life, so full in fact that their are hundred of differant worlds that may have advanced civilizations similar to ours... compared to the religions of the world, Science is, based on evolutionary fact (not theory), logical thought process and reason, and repeatitive experimentation,...Religion is not. Religion is not based on any common sense factual basis at all, it demands the faith of the worshiper to believe what the leaders of the religion and the outdated scriptures state to be fact with no evidence or logical reasoning, to the contrary what-so-ever. So what is religion, other than what we percieve or desire to be righteous,... a way of life... be it wrong or right... so long as it insures the survival of the organization... and it's influence and incorporation of people, government and world events. It matters not how many lives fall before religion,... because we have this book that says it is okay to destroy those that oppose us and our faith in our God. So much so, our faith in our religions will destroy and consume the world and bring it unto the chaos of Armageddon by any means neccessary. Many religions boast that it is okay to slay your enemy, to kill without remorse or regret, for these scriptures state that I am a jealous and vengeful God....but I love you? What? You want me to kill for you, you want me to die for you? But you love me? What kind of love is that? Not the kind I am personally interested in thank you. Have faith in this, nobody who wants you dead has any love for you... are you with me so far? For instance, the bible based religion supports and advocates that the rape and molestation of women is okay, here is a very interesting peice of scripture from the bible that personally I find appalling; Now as they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, "Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!" But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, "No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage. "Look, here is my virgin daughter and the man's concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not do such a vile thing!" But the men would not heed him. So the man took his concubine and brought her out to them. And they knew her and abused her all night until morning; and when the day began to break, they let her go. Then the woman came as the day was dawning, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her master was, till it was light. When her master arose in the morning, and opened the doors of the house and went out to go his way, there was his concubine, fallen at the door of the house with her hands on the threshold. And he said to her, "Get up and let us be going." But there was no answer. So the man lifted her onto the donkey; and the man got up and went to his place. Judges 19:22-28 So we can assume a womans place in the eye's of religion, what would you do if you were in that situation, would you through your daughter to the wolves?... Call me chivalrus... but if I were in that situation of a home invasion I would not be so weak to surrender my daughter or my friends girlfriend... this is nothing but an utter display of cowardice. You can dissect and align the words any way you like, if that's what you must do to justify your faith... but the fact of the order of these words will always remain the same in it's entirety. To argue over scripture and which religion is right is pointless...because religion is only good for one thing and one thing only... CONFRONTATION. Justifiable Confrontation as a matter of fact,... Im right, your wrong, my God is bigger than your God... etc. etc. It is fuel for fire, fuel for rebellion, discontent, anarchy, destruction, death, and control over those of weak minds...religion is nothing more than an excuse to confront other and bend the free will of mankind to be subserviant to the religious cause at hand. More people have died in the name of religion far more than all the other means and causes of death combined, and religion has not benefited mankind other than to fund the faith of it's war machines and the gluttonus greed of it's propagators. The history of religions small miracles claimed by these so called faiths is far out wieghed by their own history and multitude of the death and destruction laid to waste upon mankind. Religion is no more than a psychological plague on the logical reasoning of mankind, these belief's that we fend and justify as our way of life, our great cause, harvests nothing more than a path to mankinds eminant annihilation. How can such a perfect creator, create such a hypocrisy, and then demand of us to conform to that which is apparently impossible through the cause of religion? Religion takes more than it gives, it has killed millions of people, and harvests our pocket books in the billions of dollars every year. The Catholic church alone owns more land and property than anyone on the planet, (excuse me they run a close second behind Mc Donalds Inc.) They have enough resources to stop hunger, homlessness, and enough money to supply every person with life saving medicine for the next ten century's yet they offer the human race nothing but a sliver of bread and a sip of wine... to save your soul... to give you hope for a miracle that will never come... and while they have you under their mystical power... they steal your wordly possessions... and take your life.... and then you are dead... but their God loves you. Meanwhile while your dead, they divvy up your possessions and liquidate them for some absurd goal or agenda for the church to rake in more naive and gullible suckers, and train them to use their religion as a justifiable confrontational weapon against those that oppose the will of the church itself. Onward Christian Soldier! - Christian chant and song of holy war. AND THEY ARE NOT KIDDING AROUND; http://www.forceministries.com/ This is the truth...this is how they work...they want your money so they have more power to grant people false hope in exchange for their own personnal gain... not yours... or God's. They are the ultimate magicians, and the crown princes of hocus pocus. So what is the right religion? Well my friends, that is for you to discover on your own...do you choose the path laid out for you? Or do you decide to make one of your own? Be not afraid to make your own path through life. You can follow an organization with a destructive and volatile history, or you can start one anew, trust me, God will still love you, since he is all loving and all forgiving right? After all, were we not also made in his image? Were we not granted free will to make our own choices? Relgion may not aspire your ideals because they go against their ideal of control over your way of life. They do not support the power of free thinking, free speech, logical questioning, or the latter thereof. In their view you must accept it as they place it before you without concern for your or your family's mental or physical wellbeing. You must be subserviant to the church, and abide by it's order and whim, without defiance to their cause... you must be an obediant pawn.... or you will be cast into the fire... so much for God's love. If the church or religion looks down upon one who chooses logical reasoning, do they not go against their God's ideal of mans image and free will? Free will, the ability to choose between what is right, and what is wrong. In religion... you have no choice, you have no free will, you must do and believe what is given to you. Non-compliance is unexceptable....THEY ARE RIGHT... AND YOU ARE WRONG. I personally believe and have faith that their is a power in this universe that grants us the ability to do and achieve whatever we want without the interfereance of fundamentalist religious regimes. That every humanbeing has the ability to form a meaning of life without the assistance or doctrines of volatile and war machine type religions. We manifest our own reality by the way we accept it, if you choose someone elses religion, you thereby accept their reality and become so blinded by their hocus pocus, you cannot make any more free will decisions on your own without the influence of the religion you are now a pawn of... they have seized and defiled that which God ordained unto you at birth... free will. Now I know I will draw fire, and I invite you to prove me wrong, or righteous. But you cannot deny that I have free will, you will not deny me my free will, because it belongs to me, and I will choose to do with it as I please, your judgement of free will, is only a confirmation of your own ignorance, and spiteful hate of those who dare to practice such an existance not to become subserviant to your beliefs of how other people with free will choose to live their lives without your religions influence. Point your finger at me, and judge my ethical morality and I will point out the three pointing back at you, one for all the mindless deception you have wrought upon the world, one for all the people you have raped and molested of their souls, and one more, that points at your own judgement that awaits you... because you will answer before that spirit you have manifested... be prepared to answer for your own deeds... and don't you worry about mine.... I will be just fine without any of your religious influence. It is hard to discern with logical reasoning all the great advancements we have made throughout our history, you would think mankind by the new millenium would be ready to progress into a greater collective and achieve greater heights up the evolutionary ladder. But for some reason we have this mental block called religion that has stalemated the human thought processes. More than ever in this great new era, we are falling back on out dated scriptures that have no scientific basis or facts to substantiate their claims, yet like SHEEPLE we flock to this delusion because SHEEPLE are to mentally weak to harness their own free will, and they go willingly, running as fast as they can at breakneck speed, to place their greatest gift of free will upon the sacrificial alter of these religions without question. What great achievement is this? Hey,... giving me your free will and all your worldly possessions without question is not going to save you, hey it would be great for me, sucker, so what makes anyone, any differant from me? Religious leaders are no differant, or anymore holy, than any other person you meet on the street. They maybe more full of shit than the average Joe, but, I find people who have witnessed UFO"s and Aliens far more credible than religious leaders who say an invisible man spoke to them and said you need to give up your free will, and all your worldly possessions and hand them over to me so I can exploit more people into this scam. At least UFOlogists can provide scientific documentation, photographic evidence, credible eyewitness testimony, and theory of the inner workings of Alien technology's. Yet, here is this big elephant sitting in the room, RELIGION, it provides nothing, absolutley nothing, of the sort siimilar to logical thought processes and factual evidence, and it will shun you quickly if you give any logical thought to it. If science or logical reasoning finds a religion that contradicts itself, that religion quickly fires back with anti-science and made up philosophy to counter the attack to preserve the church's member base who contribute billions of dollars every year to support their religious folly. Let's take the Mormon religion for instance, this is interesting, it's been around for almost 200 years. I think or close to it. I researched the Mormon religion and was surprised at what I found, they, like the bible, support the rape, molestation, and advocate the oppression of women. During the church services, which I have witnessed in person, they order the women to be separate from the men so the men can discuss church business, when I inquired as to why they do this I was surprised at what they said to me... and I quote; "the women have no say,...they only obey". (I shit you not.) They literally treat them as cattle for breeding, but yet it's even more perverted when they justify that it is logical for them to marry a young girl off at the age of 13 to an adult male in his 50's? Excuse me... but what kind of moral basis do you justify child molestation on? This religion run by a bunch of old men with a pedaphelic agenda's run this (criminally) organized religion of child molestation, they have done this for decades and very few are ever, if ever prosecuted for abusing the rights of another humanbeing. The Mormon religion is the perfect model of what religion is, and whom it benefits. Most of the boys who overcrowd the Mormon population are excommunicated and expelled from the church, forced to leave their five mothers and fifteen sisters to be used as cattle by this so called re-legion. You will always find male Missionary Mormon elders patrolling your neighborhood like COPS (Christians on Patrol). Male Mormons have the option to either go to college or abide by church rule and go on a three year mission and collect data for their masters genealogical database, which the Mormons claim to be the most accurate and largest database in the world. I bet you a dollar to a donut your name and address is in that database. You will never see female missionarys...because they are married off in arranged marriages within arranged circles. Female Mormons do not have the option to go to college, or on a mission, they are not permitted to choose, they are not permitted to make their own decisions, they are not allowed free will. There is no telling what psychological and physical abuse these women go through to make them subserviant to their Mormon masters. The Smithsonian Historical Society, a renouned and respected institution has studied all the worlds religions. They have found that all of them are based and founded on somekind of historical fact, meaning that you can go to Jerusalem, Damascus, Dead Sea, or what have you and find these places that exist. Though they exist, doesn't exemplify that what their scriptures say actually took place. Now,... For some reason, the Historical Society when researching the Book of Mormon, they tried to find some kind of historical basis within it's pages, they visited, or they tried to locate, the locations where all the events took place as stated within this scripture. They even went as far and requested the assistance of the Mormon elders whom were unable to respond logically to any of the Society's inquiries. Ultimately...you know what they found?... that's right, NOTHING, not a damn thing, not one shred of supporting evidence what-so-ever. The Society reffered to "The Book of Mormon" and the storys and philosophy's thereof supporting the foundation of it's religious ideal's, is based entirely on fiction. No differant from that of a five and dime novel or comic book. But yet, they are allowed to program children against their will into this way of life...they have no choice...no free will. Every religion operates in a similar fashion, to appease the will of the church, and sick old men. They do not, with all their muster, advocate the ordained gift of free will...or logical reasoning. They do their best to steal it from you and program their ideal into you at the impressionable age of a child, I believe the Jesuits said it best, "Give me your child for the first seven years...and I will give you the man". If your religious, don't muck things up and apply any logical reasoning to it, all you will do is dissapoint yourself and piss off your pastor. They spend a lot of money printing up comic books and religious crap for you to buy so they can program you into believing that they can save your soul, for some reason they just can't seem to do it for you if you aint got no money to spend. In short Re-legion Inc. is big business, billions and billions of dollars go to religious organizations every year, they have their own TV networks, countless other programming, media, propaganda, and billions of followers who ignorantly follow their chosen mystery into the great land of confusion... They do not forgive or love as they preach, forgiveness and love is reserved only for themselves, not their enemy's, or those that oppose their beliefs, they outright turn against mankind and exploit the Earth and smite all that oppose them, they utilize their religion as a confrontational weapon of control in the name of their faith... for nothing more than their imaginary masters personal gain. My conclusion? Religion Incorporated's implementation of influential confronatational strategy is methodical in its omnipotent genius, and can be heralded as being the greatest strategy of psychological warfare implemented upon mankind in history. Religion has embedded itself within mankinds mind like an incurable cancer, cutting off the circulation of logical reasoning, free thought, and dissemination of moral empathy towards mankind. Religions only purpose is to provide "the believer" a justifiable confrontational excuse to commit outrageous acts of psychological warfare, terrorism, and atrocity's against humanity, by ommiting all forms of logical reasoning and critical thinking. Based on scientific logical reasoning...Religion will be forever defined by the scientific, medical, political, historical, and other logically reasoning based community's as the greatest INCURABLE PSYCHOLOGICAL DISEASE to befall mankind, for all time.
  • It depends what criteria you use to judge "best". Do you mean which is the most enjoyable to follow? Which has the most material or spiritual benefits? Which is the best for mankind at large? Which encourages the best moral actions? You need to be more specific.
  • I won't presume to tell you, but it seems logical that since the various religions don't agree, at least one of them may be God's religion and all the rest man's. Your task is to find out which is God's--going all the way back to the beginning of the human race--and which isn't. P.S. One of the best ways to judge is to ask: Which makes people better, and which makes them worse? If a religion makes men into hyper-aggressive, lying, stealing, murdering wife-beaters, to hell with it and to hell with their devil-god.
  • In whose opinion? A subjective question, which I know I haven't answered, because there is no answer. ------------------- I don't intend to get into an argument, but to me (a Jew), Muslims, Hindu's and many other people who follow religions other than Christianity, the Bible isn't the way to go, and Christianity isn't the best religion. I would never consider my religion to be better than any other, because I appreciate that all religions have their plus/minuses. I believe that the best religion would encourage its followers to be open minded and understanding of other religions. I also realise that other people would consider their religion as equal to mine. The fact that I follow one particular religion doesn't mean I'm biggotted, and any opinion I offered on which religion was the best would only be my opinion. It's like saying 'what's the best chocolate bar?'. How could I answer? It's subjective. Different chocolate bars have different qualities. Different people have different preferences as to which chocolate bar they eat. I stand by my previous answer.
  • The on that meshes with your beliefs.
  • Chistianity, which is not a religion but a realationship with God is the way to go. need help go to this web. www.bennyhinn.org/salvation/salvation2.cfm
  • In my opinion Paganism is the 'best' religion. It doesn't state what is right or not as such but merely tries to teach that everything has a balance. Every act that you do has good and bad parts about it and that you should be aware of the consequences of those actions. For example: Doing bad to others will only do bad to you because evil begets evil. Using up the forests for timber and coal is a bad thing because you are ridding the world of one side of the see-saw between animals and plants, which will result in less food for the animals below us and thus less food for us (as one consequence).
  • Talk about a provocative question! Are you trying to start WWIII? :-) That's almost as bad as asking whether Ford or Chevy makes better trucks! All major religions have common elements which are admirable: exhorting people to do good and avoid evil, providing a basis for moral action and a meaningful life, etc. Most religions also suffer from the downside of encouraging divisiveness among those of differing views. To me, Buddhism is the major religion which comes closest to the ideal of fostering the good in people while avoiding the divisiveness of self-righteousness and absolutism.
  • Christianity. But there are so many faiths that are christian. One must look at what each faith teaches, then see if the bible agrees with there teachings. Once one reads the bible they will begin to understand what is required of them. Only then can someone make a personal decision of what the best religion is. Something to think about though, vast majority of faiths have different beliefs or ideas with each other. However there is only one bible. The bible speaks of a true faith, but which one. Only study of the scriptures and prayer will help you find the truth. Remember nobody can tell you one particular faith is right, not your friends, parents, work mates, some preacher on T.V. or anybody else. Only the bible will speak or tell what to belive. Remember we must follow God's word the bible, not mans traditions or customes.
  • in my opioion islam is the best religion of the world and the clear evidence is that it is spreading very fast and it has most followers then any other religion..another about it is that islam is spread by telling people not like other religions which gives money to people to become a part of there religion..other point that islam is a complete code of life it has covered from very minor thing like removing a harmful thing from street to very big issues
  • The one that follows Gods word the closest no matter what the consequences to us personally i have seen nobody do this better then the Jehovah's Witnesses. This people are follows of the bible and are hated or a least looked down on because of it. Jesus did not fight and get involved with political affairs and these people don't. Jesus did not accept payments to teach people the bible and these people don't. They don't charge you $5000 to 20,000 to go to some seminary when the bible says "receive free give free". If my brother died in a war i know that it was not one of Jehovah's Witnesses but it could have been a Baptist, catholic, Protestant, Mormom, Muslim etc. Jesus would not have killed my brother nor would Paul, Peter or any of the first century Christians. These people go out and teach other people for free even though most will not listen just like most would not listen to the first century Christians or Jesus. You can be a baptist or Catholic etc and get away with almost anything from adultery to fornication to murder and be accepted in the Church. If you lived in the first century and were a Christian you would have been excommunicated according to the bible. You may have first been reprimanded but if you continued you would have been booted for the protection of the other congregations members. No other religious group follows what the bible says more than this group. My hats off to these brave and convicted people. Jesus said you would know his people by their fruits or conduct. The United States has a predominate so called Christian following and yet they have one of the highest crime rate in the world, and one of the highest divorce rates the problem isn't Christianity the problem is lip service and everybody thinking they can interpret the bible or religion in general in the way they see fit. This world in general is a example of what this type of thinking produces. Keep of the good work you Witnesses. You are a fine example.
  • This is absolutely on the button and by far one of the best answers.
  • To quote the dictionary: religion |ri?lij?n| noun - the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods. * details of belief as taught or discussed. * a particular system of faith and worship. * a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance. Therefore it seems: From a personal point of view: the best religion is our own belief and worship of God, gods, or a superhuman controlling power. From a group point of view: all religions are equal. They are all just systems of faith and worship. My experience is that organized religions are chaotic and drive individuals to lose their connection with God. Organized religions tend to favor their own religion over others. This creates a divisive environment which loses the original purpose of worship of God, etc. However being without an organized religion is also difficult as there is no established path to follow. It's just you and your belief. It's beautiful when we chose to follow our own path and find others who independently chose the same, or similar, path. It's like family. There is something very powerful in that. Perhaps the only way is to maintain a ballance between personal and organized religion. "It is a pickle, no doubt about it.", "You'll just have to make up your own damned mind.", "Candy?"
  • Well I can attempt to answer this, however I think the phrasing of the question makes that difficult. As to which religion is "best" one must ask what is meant by "best." If by best we mean easiest then athiesm or some form of religious thought that requires no obedience and allows for a lifestyle of our choosing would be "best" because best would equate to "happiest" (in a very modern defintion of "happy"). If by "best" they mean socially acceptable or has som social utilitarianism to it, then any relgion would do depending on the culture you find yourself in. However, if by "best" you mean true, right, logical, etc in the classical sense that we can reasonably debate about religion, then a little more hashwork is needed. I do have a specific religion in my mind which i would see as being the most correct but I'd rather not answer and so tip my hand, but rather just state some specific guidlines for people to discover this on their own. First: It is logically an impossible position to take the side that says "all relgions are equal" (in regards to their truth quotents. All religions can be equal in regard to their privilege granted them by the state/culture). It is NOT, and i cannot state this any more emphatically, it is NOT a matter of opinion like with ice cream or pizza toppings. To say this is on par with saying that the correct answer to 2+2 is a matter of opinion or if ice is quantitatively colder than fire really is determined by the observer. This is an impossible statement. Why? (pardon the "he" when referring to God but it is common practice). Some religions state God exist. Some state there is no "God", only self. Some state that God is one AND ONLY ONE, others say God is a plethora. Some say God is evolving, others say he is immutable. So can God exist and not exist at the same time? Can God be changing but at the same change unchangable? Can God choose a certain group of people at the same tim e that he decides to save everyone? Can God save everyone at the same time that no one needs to be saved (for those religions who do not even believe that humanity is "lost")? If you found yourself answering "yes" to any of these then really you can never be convinced of anything because you have no problem with violations of the rule of non-contradiction that is at the heart of all rational thought. And infact to say that something can contradict and still be true, you actually are stating that the belief that contradiction is a false premise, is infact false itself and so you still use the law of noncontradiction. So when evaluating if a religious system is TRUE, do not be decieved into believing that they really are all the same in validity just because they are all equal in secular privelege. Second: This may sound somewhat like a all inclusive trump card, but the tennents of a religion are very much determined by those who believe it. Let me explain. I do not mean that in some relativistic fashion those who believe "create" the religion. What i mean is that there are certain presuppositions that go along with a religion that those outside of the religion looking on may miss and therefore misunderstand some of the meanings behind the dogmas. For example, many friends of mine who are Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc. will read something that is written about their faith from someone on the outside and exclaim, "Thats not what we believe at all!" It is important to know that often when we evaluate another's religion, we do it from without instead of within. This can be very dangerous. Though this does not mean that we then CANNOT evaluate religions based on truth quotents. We just MUST be careful when we look at a doctrine of a religion to evalute it based one what th e believers ACTUALLY mean instead of what we percieve it to mean. Third: When we think about what religion is best, we must understand our own "stuff" that we are bringing to the table. Often we think of "best" in terms of only what will fit in the mold that we have made for it. Some people have a notion in mind of what religion "should be" and then will never be satisfied with anything that doesnt fit that mold. In a sense, we then make our own individual religions and faiths. Again, this could be the "best" way but we must always be aware that we could be wrong on our preconceptions. So we must ask, what is the purpose of religion. Must religion serve our needs, wants, desires, dreams, and be there just to comfort us? Is there self sacrifice that is acceptable to a point or must it go all the way? In the case of the Monotheistic religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity) is it fair to say that religion is really not centered around us but around God and therefore questions of "what do i get from all this" really shouldnt even come into play? Finally: Do not evaluate a religious system based on the actions of its followers, but on the truth of its claims. The truth or error of Christianity is not found in its heros or in its faulures, but in what it dictates. It would be wrong to attempt to say Islam is wrong because of the radicalist terror groups that adopt it. We cannot say hinduism is wrong because of how people who follow it persecute others in India. We cannot say animism is wrong because we think those practices are "outdated" or "naturalistic". Do you get the idea. It would be fair however if the very actions that we are discussing are perscribed by the religion itself. I hope this helped and maybe sometime i'll get around to stating my actualy ideas about what the real answer to this question is.
  • I feel everyone is entitled to their beliefs so therefore no religion can be "best". Everyone may think their religion is best but a lot of people only belong to that religion because they were brought up in a family or society dominated by that particular religion. People who disparage other people's beliefs and think other people's beliefs are less valid are narrowminded and can't see that the world is full of all different kinds of people who all want and need different things from life.
  • There is no best religion,everyone chooses their own way and to them that is the best.
  • How are we to judge? By the number of people who practice it? By the amount of proof they can provide for their belief? By the number of people who they kill? (The lowest number being the best) By their wealth? By their charity work? By the open mindedness and tolerance of their members? What? I personally can't say much that's positive about religion, because I am against the imposition of a set (and often archaic) dogma on people that seeks to control by first creating fear, and then promising salvation and deliverance from that fear, all without any shred of credible proof!
  • This question is just trying to start a make problems. The most heated discussions on this site arise through conflict of religious interest, and they usually don't even need a themed question to crop up...
  • One that Imitates God's Word.
  • Religion has become somewhat of a pick and mix, people tent to pick a religion which suites there life style and Morals instead of the other way round, so this kind of pick and mix religion will never prosper, people can't say to our creator "I did it MY way" God just won't accept that, not the God of the Bible anyway. If a true christian, the best religion is baced on Gods word, i meant really baced on Gods word, to a tee.
  • There is no best (or worst) religion. Religions are not something that have a definite "best" or "worst" aspect to them. It varies from the beliefs person to person and how they see and values things in their point of view.
  • To thyself be true.
  • No religion.
  • The SINGLE religion: (Stay Intoxicated Nightly Get Laid Everyday) I heard this from somewhere. What do you think? ;)
  • There is NO best religeon,
  • Ugh! Here we go again....
  • The one that says to believe in God.
  • That is a matter of opinion. My opinion is that as SRP said, no best/worst religion.
  • The one that is best for you.
  • The best “religion” would have to be the one that succeeds in bringing you to knowledge of God and His will for your life; at that point it must die. Religion is not an object of worship, God is. The reason God allows so many different religions and denominations is because without it, most of the people would be ‘senseless’ of existence and will of God for their lives. AND since the atonement by death of Jesus Christ at the Cross, the rules have changed. Instead of rules and “laws” – Holy Spirit was released on the whole human race, convicting and guiding us toward God. To which, we must respond by yes, or no, by our lifestyle, not just verbally. What I mean is, if after a lifetime one still feels tied to “religion”, it has failed. Think of a “religion” as a cradle, kindergarten - progressing to school system until eventually the graduation takes place. In religion, this “graduation” some call born-again, begotten by God, confirmation etc… That’s where you get you wings….fly you must.
  • Whatever works best for you..
  • The one that absolutely nobody believes in!
  • None of them.
  • There is no such thing! Religion is belief in and worship of God. All are equal, it's the soul of each person that defines his faith.
  • Why neg pts? I think it's okay to ask. Maybe they want to change their life or something. And they asked us for our opinion.
  • Ha! Everyone who has one will, no matter what they write here, say in their hearts "Mine!"
  • No Religion can claim to be the Best. "Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever,by any religion, by any sect. " proclaimed famous philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti (India). Spiritual relationship between a person and his creator is personal and individualistic. Religion is numbers based on the following.
  • The one that keeps their views out of our laws.
  • I'm a Buddhist so I guess that's my answer though I don't like calling it the "best" as in "I'm the best and you're the worst"..
  • None is better than the other.
  • islam is the best religion in the world
  • Simple the one that gives equal value to all individuals. The one that tells you to be respectful, loving, forgiving to all persons as you/family wants also to be loved, respected, forgiven. No matter want race, religion, sex, wealth , mental or other capability. The greatest one is that respects, and tries to help the hurting Children of this world. That one can be you when giving $ to help stop 30,000 innocent children from dying each day.
  • Why I Am A Catholic By G. K. Chesterton The difficulty of explaining "why I am a Catholic" is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true. I could fill all my space with separate sentences each beginning with the words, "It is the only thing that . . ." As, for instance, (1) It is the only thing that really prevents a sin from being a secret. (2) It is the only thing in which the superior cannot be superior; in the sense of supercilious. (3) It is the only thing that frees a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age. (4) It is the only thing that talks as if it were the truth; as if it were a real messenger refusing to tamper with a real message. (5) It is the only type of Christianity that really contains every type of man; even the respectable man. (6) It is the only large attempt to change the world from the inside; working through wills and not laws; and so on. Or I might treat the matter personally and describe my own conversion; but I happen to have a strong feeling that this method makes the business look much smaller than it really is. Numbers of much better men have been sincerely converted to much worse religions. I would much prefer to attempt to say here of the Catholic Church precisely the things that cannot be said even of its very respectable rivals. In short, I would say chiefly of the Catholic Church that it is catholic. I would rather try to suggest that it is not only larger than me, but larger than anything in the world; that it is indeed larger than the world. But since in this short space I can only take a section, I will consider it in its capacity of a guardian of the truth. The other day a well-known writer, otherwise quite well-informed, said that the Catholic Church is always the enemy of new ideas. It probably did not occur to him that his own remark was not exactly in the nature of a new idea. It is one of the notions that Catholics have to be continually refuting, because it is such a very old idea. Indeed, those who complain that Catholicism cannot say anything new, seldom think it necessary to say anything new about Catholicism. As a matter of fact, a real study of history will show it to be curiously contrary to the fact. In so far as the ideas really are ideas, and in so far as any such ideas can be new, Catholics have continually suffered through supporting them when they were really new; when they were much too new to find any other support. The Catholic was not only first in the field but alone in the field; and there was as yet nobody to understand what he had found there. Thus, for instance, nearly two hundred years before the Declaration of Independence and the French Revolution, in an age devoted to the pride and praise of princes, Cardinal Bellarmine and Suarez the Spaniard laid down lucidly the whole theory of real democracy. But in that age of Divine Right they only produced the impression of being sophistical and sanguinary Jesuits, creeping about with daggers to effect the murder of kings. So, again, the Casuists of the Catholic schools said all that can really be said for the problem plays and problem novels of our own time, two hundred years before they were written. They said that there really are problems of moral conduct; but they had the misfortune to say it two hundred years too soon. In a time of tub-thumping fanaticism and free and easy vituperation, they merely got themselves called liars and shufflers for being psychologists before psychology was the fashion. It would be easy to give any number of other examples down to the present day, and the case of ideas that are still too new to be understood. There are passages in Pope Leo's <Encyclical on Labor> [Also known as <Rerum Novarum>, released in 1891] which are only now beginning to be used as hints for social movements much newer than socialism. And when Mr. Belloc wrote about the Servile State, he advanced an economic theory so original that hardly anybody has yet realized what it is. A few centuries hence, other people will probably repeat it, and repeat it wrong. And then, if Catholics object, their protest will be easily explained by the well-known fact that Catholics never care for new ideas. Nevertheless, the man who made that remark about Catholics meant something; and it is only fair to him to understand it rather more clearly than he stated it. What he meant was that, in the modern world, the Catholic Church is in fact the enemy of many influential fashions; most of which still claim to be new, though many of them are beginning to be a little stale. In other words, in so far as he meant that the Church often attacks what the world at any given moment supports, he was perfectly right . The Church does often set herself against the fashion of this world that passes away; and she has experience enough to know how very rapidly it does pass away. But to understand exactly what is involved, it is necessary to take a rather larger view and consider the ultimate nature of the ideas in question, to consider, so to speak, the idea of the idea. Nine out of ten of what we call new ideas are simply old mistakes. The Catholic Church has for one of her chief duties that of preventing people from making those old mistakes; from making them over and over again forever, as people always do if they are left to themselves. The truth about the Catholic attitude towards heresy, or as some would say, towards liberty, can best be expressed perhaps by the metaphor of a map. The Catholic Church carries a sort of map of the mind which looks like the map of a maze, but which is in fact a guide to the maze. It has been compiled from knowledge which, even considered as human knowledge, is quite without any human parallel. There is no other case of one continuous intelligent institution that has been thinking about thinking for two thousand years. Its experience naturally covers nearly all experiences; and especially nearly all errors. The result is a map in which all the blind alleys and bad roads are clearly marked, all the ways that have been shown to be worthless by the best of all evidence: the evidence of those who have gone down them. On this map of the mind the errors are marked as exceptions. The greater part of it consists of playgrounds and happy hunting-fields, where the mind may have as much liberty as it likes; not to mention any number of intellectual battle-fields in which the battle is indefinitely open and undecided. But it does definitely take the responsibility of marking certain roads as leading nowhere or leading to destruction, to a blank wall, or a sheer precipice. By this means, it does prevent men from wasting their time or losing their lives upon paths that have been found futile or disastrous again and again in the past, but which might otherwise entrap travelers again and again in the future. The Church does make herself responsible for warning her people against these; and upon these the real issue of the case depends. She does dogmatically defend humanity from its worst foes, those hoary and horrible and devouring monsters of the old mistakes. Now all these false issues have a way of looking quite fresh, especially to a fresh generation. Their first statement always sounds harmless and plausible. I will give only two examples. It sounds harmless to say, as most modern people have said: "Actions are only wrong if they are bad for society." Follow it out, and sooner or later you will have the inhumanity of a hive or a heathen city, establishing slavery as the cheapest and most certain means of production, torturing the slaves for evidence because the individual is nothing to the State, declaring that an innocent man must die for the people, as did the murderers of Christ. Then, perhaps, you will go back to Catholic definitions, and find that the Church, while she also says it is our duty to work for society, says other things also which forbid individual injustice. Or again, it sounds quite pious to say, "Our moral conflict should end with a victory of the spiritual over the material." Follow it out, and you may end in the madness of the Manicheans, saying that a suicide is good because it is a sacrifice, that a sexual perversion is good because it produces no life, that the devil made the sun and moon because they are material. Then you may begin to guess why Catholicism insists that there are evil spirits as well as good; and that materials also may be sacred, as in the Incarnation or the Mass, in the sacrament of marriage or the resurrection of the body. Now there is no other corporate mind in the world that is thus on the watch to prevent minds from going wrong. The policeman comes too late, when he tries to prevent men from going wrong. The doctor comes too late, for he only comes to lock up a madman, not to advise a sane man on how not to go mad. And all other sects and schools are inadequate for the purpose. This is not because each of them may not contain a truth, but precisely because each of them does contain a truth; and is content to contain a truth. None of the others really pretends to contain the truth. None of the others, that is, really pretends to be looking out in all directions at once. The Church is not merely armed against the heresies of the past or even of the present, but equally against those of the future, that may be the exact opposite of those of the present. Catholicism is not ritualism; it may in the future be fighting some sort of superstitious and idolatrous exaggeration of ritual. Catholicism is not asceticism; it has again and again in the past repressed fanatical and cruel exaggerations of asceticism. Catholicism is not mere mysticism; it is even now defending human reason against the mere mysticism of the Pragmatists. Thus, when the world went Puritan in the seventeenth century, the Church was charged with pushing charity to the point of sophistry, with making everything easy with the laxity of the confessional. Now that the world is not going Puritan but Pagan, it is the Church that is everywhere protesting against a Pagan laxity in dress or manners. It is doing what the Puritans wanted done when it is really wanted. In all probability, all that is best in Protestantism will only survive in Catholicism; and in that sense all Catholics will still be Puritans when all Puritans are Pagans. Thus, for instance, Catholicism, in a sense little understood, stands outside a quarrel like that of Darwinism at Dayton. It stands outside it because it stands all around it, as a house stands all around two incongruous pieces of furniture. It is no sectarian boast to say it is before and after and beyond all these things in all directions. It is impartial in a fight between the Fundamentalist and the theory of the Origin of Species, because it goes back to an origin before that Origin; because it is more fundamental than Fundamentalism. It knows where the Bible came from. It also knows where most of the theories of Evolution go to. It knows there were many other Gospels besides the Four Gospels, and that the others were only eliminated by the authority of the Catholic Church. It knows there are many other evolutionary theories besides the Darwinian theory; and that the latter is quite likely to be eliminated by later science. It does not, in the conventional phrase, accept the conclusions of science, for the simple reason that science has not concluded. To conclude is to shut up; and the man of science is not at all likely to shut up. It does not, in the conventional phrase, believe what the Bible says, for the simple reason that the Bible does not say anything. You cannot put a book in the witness-box and ask it what it really means. The Fundamentalist controversy itself destroys Fundamentalism. The Bible by itself cannot be a basis of agreement when it is a cause of disagreement; it cannot be the common ground of Christians when some take it allegorically and some literally. The Catholic refers it to something that can say something, to the living, consistent, and continuous mind of which I have spoken; the highest mind of man guided by God. Every moment increases for us the moral necessity for such an immortal mind. We must have something that will hold the four corners of the world still, while we make our social experiments or build our Utopias. For instance, we must have a final agreement, if only on the truism of human brotherhood, that will resist some reaction of human brutality. Nothing is more likely just now than that the corruption of representative government will lead to the rich breaking loose altogether, and trampling on all the traditions of equality with mere pagan pride. We must have the truisms everywhere recognized as true. We must prevent mere reaction and the dreary repetition of the old mistakes. We must make the intellectual world safe for democracy. But in the conditions of modern mental anarchy, neither that nor any other ideal is safe. just as Protestants appealed from priests to the Bible, and did not realize that the Bible also could be questioned, so republicans appealed from kings to the people, and did not realize that the people also could be defied. There is no end to the dissolution of ideas, the destruction of all tests of truth, that has become possible since men abandoned the attempt to keep a central and civilized Truth, to contain all truths and trace out and refute all errors. Since then, each group has taken one truth at a time and spent the time in turning it into a falsehood. We have had nothing but movements; or in other words, monomanias. But the Church is not a movement but a meeting-place; the trysting-place of all the truths in the world. From Twelve Modern Apostles and Their Creeds (1926) With love in Christ.
  • I have read all of these comments and the majority of them go like this. "Whatever you choose is true for you and what you like best is best" or "there is no religion better than the other". While I can understand everyones desire to be politically correct and to avoid sounding intolerant, I am amazed that so many people really hold this view. Here are a few observations. 1. Because of Christianities claim that it is true and other religions are false, all religions cannot be equally true. 2. I dont understand how people can argue that they dont believe in religion but yet still believe they are going to "heaven" as this is a religios concept. 3. Why would anyone want to waste their life following a religion if its not true? I mean if I only get x amount of hours on this earth, I dont want to spend them trying to live for something that isnt true. 4. If its possible for Christianity to be true, then the ramifications of brushing it off without a thorough examination could be the most serious mistake that any of us make (see no 1.) 5. A number of comments made here suggested that you cannot make any true statements about God (in different wording). I would disagree, because the statements "God does exist" and "God doesn't exist" leave me with only one possible outcome... one of these is a true statement. 6. One gentleman assaulted another because he answered that he believed in Jesus. He attributed this persons faith to a fairy tale. Now I am not the most intelligent person out there but If I want you to hear me out and consider my claims I shouldnt hit you over the head with a sitck before we start talking. Aside from that, I know for a fact that there is some extremely convincing evidence in support for Christianity being true. 7. When a person claims that whats true for you is true for you and vice versa, thats called relativism. Relativism despite its weaknesses is quickly becoming the norm in our culture. The problem with relativism is that it really fails to work and is impossible to live by (thats a whole other answer but I suggest looking into it). 8. I agree that far too often Christians try to beat Jesus into you by coming across not in a spirit of compassion but instead by throwing hell at you. This is not how the apostles did it. 9. Atheists make the worst apologist. This is an observation that I make having had many conversations with Atheists. Many (not all) resort to name calling in the first minute of discussion. 10. Finally, to truly answer this question. I think the best religion is the one that is True. If you are truly a person seeking truth than dont spend it on a message board like this (though I like Answerbag). Do the legwork, read articles/books and podcasts supporting each. Be intellectually honest and follow the evidence, it is likely the most important decision a person make their lifetime. Thanks for reading my not-so-brief answer. :)
  • Obviously, the one you believe in!!!!!
  • unitarian
  • the one that validates parking
  • Its found in the book of James Chapter 1 V-27.....
  • thats like asking with hair product is the best too many too different or too simialr and are for toomany different things to say
  • The one that keeps their arguments away from me...! ;-)
  • First of all please accept my appology for my english. I am not english speaker so may be you will find diffuculty to understand my comment. As we now usaly the latest editions are the best. It is true becouse all disadvantegase in the previous version are corrected and advantages are added to the latest ones. Therefore islam is the best one.
  • Its like saying which is the best street directory edition. This question is wrong to me, divine religions are from god and each of them should be respected as they are the father of the newer religion. over time the older religion will be over argued and over translated, which can cause the people in it too look at it differently, like Muslims: Mohamed and Ali didn’t fight others for respect, they defended them selves, now look at how some people translate it, every 1000 years or so god contacts us and directs us.
  • there is no particular answer to which is the best religion cos each one of us thinks that our religion is the best..I would flag this question
  • The religion that quenches your spiritual thirst.
  • Christianity is the best religion. Being a Christian means that you bielive in God and you are willing to do what is right. Once you stray from his path and bielive in other religions then you aren't doing what is right. Christianity is the only one true faith in the world. Christians have the bible which was writen by people who were spoken to by God and told what to write.
  • jehovah's witness
  • no religion is the best religion you dont have to have religion to believe or fear god.
  • Buddhism
  • Lack of...
  • I believe that Heathenry is the best religion FOR ME. I don't believe that we should all follow the dictates of an apparently cranky desert deity that threatens us with lethal cosmic spankings if we don't follow Him. The deities that I follow want men and women who follow their own paths boldly and courageously. They have no problem when humans disagree with them. They're rather be stood up to than cowered before. That's why Heathens do not kneel when they pray. We stand before the gods ON OUR FEET, as free beings, without fear or compulsion. The gods are our friends and guides, not our overlords. Heathenry espouses ethics I can follow in good conscience. We don't turn the other cheek, but nor do we condemn people who don't believe as we do. Heathens lack the slavishness to the Law of Judaism, the weakness of Christian pacifism, and the useless hatred of extremist Islam. It's not for everyone, but it's certainly what's right for me.
  • I can't really pick the best. The funniest to me is Scientology. That South Park episode cracked me up.
  • look at them all and find the answer within
  • Hari Krishna is the most fun
  • kamal, are you on crack? Just because it is spreading fast does not make it better. A virus spreads fast, that doesnt make it any better. I belive that any man made religion will inevitably be flawed. However, to contradict my beliefs I have recently been reading on scientology and it seems to make the most sense no matter what race nationality age etc you are. To contradict scientology my dear friend camel jamal... was it not a group of extreme islamic terrorist the ones that flew planes into the world trade center on that infamous day 9/11?
  • A philosophy that considers that what we all really are is, first off, the whole of our body. And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment. Obviously a body requires air, and the air must be within a certain temperature range. The body also requires certain kinds of nutrition. So in order to occur the body must be on a mild and nutritive planet with just enough oxygen in the atmosphere spinning regularly around in a harmonious and rhythmical way near a certain kind of warm star. That arrangement is just as essential to the existence of my body as my heart, my lungs, and my brain. So to describe myself in a scientific way, I must also describe my surroundings, which is a clumsy way getting around to the realization that you are the entire universe. However we do not normally feel that way because we have constructed in thought an abstract idea of our self.
  • cheese
  • yeh you dont really have to follow a religion, why? just to feel as if you're part of a group to worship god? thats nonsense. just pray every night, thats all you gotta do. God hears your prays.
  • Their own........!
  • Sikhism, founded on the teachings of Nanak and nine successive gurus in fifteenth century Northern India, is the fifth-largest organised religion in the world.[1] This system of religious philosophy and expression has been traditionally known as the Gurmat (literally the counsel of the gurus) or the Sikh Dharma. Sikhism originated from the word Sikh, which in turn comes from the Sanskrit root Å›iá¹£ya meaning "disciple" or "learner", or Å›iká¹£a meaning "instruction."[2][3] The principal belief of Sikhism is faith in VāhigurÅ«—represented using the sacred symbol of Ä“k ōaá¹…kār, the Universal God. Sikhism advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation on the name and message of God. A key distinctive feature of Sikhism is a non-anthropomorphic concept of God, to the extent that one can interpret God as the Universe itself. The followers of Sikhism are ordained to follow the teachings of the ten Sikh gurus, or enlightened leaders, as well as the holy scripture entitled the GurÅ« Granth Sāhib, which includes selected works of many devotees from diverse socio-economic and religious backgrounds. The text was decreed by Gobind Singh, the tenth guru, as the final guru of the Khalsa Panth. Sikhism's traditions and teachings are distinctively associated with the history, society and culture of the Punjab. Adherents of Sikhism are known as Sikhs (students or disciples) and number over 23 million across the world. Most Sikhs live in the state of Punjab in India and, prior to the country's partition, millions of Sikhs lived in what is now known as the Punjab province of Pakistan.
  • The religion that doens't hurt any form of life and the planet in any way.
  • My favorite is Spiritual Satanism. = )
  • The best religion is the one which is true. Means: It has an authentic paper which its contents cannot be from a human being. In other words the information/contents of the paper in that true religion is not be comparable with others. Yes, the first condition should be always: is it true or not. If yes, how to proof? The answer would be then: Check the structure, phrases, information and rules of that religion. If someone can accept the true he will then confirm which was the clearest contents.
  • I add my voice to the chorus, there is no "best" religion. Beliefs and practices resonate with different people in different ways. However, as an atheist, I would prefer religions that advocate a personal experience that is kept to one's self.
  • The religion build by God Himself- the Church of God International...visit http://www.angdatingdaan.org/
  • The best religion is the one that leads to saving your soul. If the religion claims that you have to do good things to become saved, than you have a risk of being not good enough. If the religion claims that there is a Savior than you have found it. You have to discover your sinful state to be able to accept a Savior. This is where your religion should start. Showing your current state and offering a complete plan for salvation. If you have nothing to do from yourself to deserve salvation, than that religion will be better than others that oblige you to do good deeds to become saved.
  • Of course, the one and only true religion! http://www.truereligionbrandjeans.com/
  • I am not the kind of person to say whats best and what you should be because everyone has free will and can be what they want. If they want to be one religion thats fine with me. I am Christian and more specific I am Catholic. That is what I believe.
  • The one you feel most fit you idea of faith and diety.
  • There is no "best religion". All religions hold some truth to them. Even paganistic religions.
  • Which ever one feels right to you is the best religion to you. It may or may not be the same as mine.
  • I dont think that pagan religions will ever be wiped out. Especially with the internet rolling around. :)
  • none at all!
  • Point monger... Whichever one makes most sense to you.
  • Every religion is the best religion for its followers.Though they all have short comings but a true devotee would overlook that.One religion does not address issues from another religion.So I would say that if you put all the religions till date together and try to concoct a new religion, it would still lack the universal truth!
  • I think you should ask your cat. i think he's been thinking about this problem
  • Islam of course is the best, because will never ever live without the happy which is islam religion . i believe that is difficult which means you have to pray every day and fast as well as some things to do, but what is the reasons!!!! of course the reasons is the heaven as prophet Mohammad said that . the muslim over than 1.6 billion around the world . from different country. that's why islam is the best. I recommand you to go to Mosque to ask the Shaik for every quetion would you like to ask before you have decided to enter to islm .
  • well the best religion would be the only one that's true. If it aint true, it's really just a bunch of fartbags chanting, right? so therefore, the best religion is athiesm. You see?
  • The Church of Euthanasia Rocks http://www.churchofeuthanasia.org/
  • The one that introduces you to the God of the Universe.
  • One that demonstrates light and love. Roman Caholicism alongside other faiths introduces a perfect relationship with God.
  • The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, of course
  • The one that has the most people in the end of days saying "sh!t, I should have believed that, now I'm stuck here"
  • there is no best religion only the one belief you feel you believe the most. I am Agnostic, because i feel that is the best belief to hold for my own self. it may be different for you. My advice: lots of research before you make a decision.
  • whichever one each individual believes in, if any...
  • i'm an atheist, if i had to be anything, i'd say Deism... it's the only valid option, really. the only one that MIGHT be true.
  • Despite comparing the different ways, I would just say that religions are different ways and names given to GOD in love, and practically if you do not chant,no matter which ever religion you are in, Would naver find what Our prophets found. Its just like water- as H20 or water, but still its the same thing. But your thirst will be fullfilled if and only if your drink it,better if you drink pure one.......
  • NONE! Oh wait, I got it...it's the religion where people don't post questions that will obviously start some schism among those reading it. Try again...
  • The one that gets you to heaven.

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