Religion & Spirituality

Throughout human history, humans have been searching for meaning. Many people find it in religious or spiritual worship or practice. The questions of religion have occupied humanity since our beginnings. Questions here include the ancient, organized, and new & evolving religions; faith, spirituality, and alternate pathways; as well as those of people still searching. Questions about the origins of religion, comparison of religion, and Atheism are also found here.

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Why are people Muslims?

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Anyone who is submitting fully to Allah (or God in English and same God worshiped in Judaism and Christianity) as the one and only one God with no partner, no companion, no father, no son, no associate, and no equivalence is considered Muslim. All God prophets since Adam through Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon, Moses, ..., Jesus, and Muhammad called for submission to God (that is Islam). However, Islam per the Bible revelation to Jesus is called Christianity and Islam per Torah revelation to Moses is called Judaism and Islam per Quran revelation to Muhammad is called the very name Islam as it is the last God religion and prophet Muhammad is the last God prophet. People are Muslims per Quran revelation to prophet Muhammad for the authenticity and divinity of Quran and the good principals and fundamentals of Islam teachings. Additional factor that persuades many non Muslims to convert currently to Islam is the scientific miracles in many Quran verses that its correctness and validity had been proved only recently through the advances in sciences, discoveries, and technologies although the Quran had be revealed from more than 14 centuries ago. Refer to related questions below for more details.
Asked in Religion & Spirituality, Philosophy and Philosophers

What is the meaning of life?

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Here are a variety of answers from WikiAnswers contributors (in no particular order of priority): To live in many different ways Life is short enjoy it while you can! The importance of life is to live it to its fullest. To live it to its fullest and stop trying to figure everything out. Life's meaning is what it means to you! The meaning of life, to me, is to live life anyway I choose: What do you value in your life? Everyone has their own meaning and their own perception of life. Britannica says it's the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual, one or more aspects of the process of living, or a way or manner of "living". The meaning of life - to learn from mistakes. Without mistakes no one ever really learns how to live. You will make some mistakes, as all of us do. We learn from them and grow stronger. We all do the best we can and learn from our mistakes because, quite simply put, humans on earth are on a 'learning ground' and thus, we learn, make mistakes, learn from them, hopefully, and do the best we can. To appreciate the beauty and amazing things going on around us on the Earth that was originally intended for us to enjoy. Since it is no longer entirely in that pure state, we have the job to care for what does remain and, more importantly, to point others to the time when it will be possible to live in a truly perfect place once more through what Christ has done to enable us to be there if we choose. Finding your purpose therefore will be determined by your ability to appreciate every moment by making the most positive use of it because every breath of life you take you are one breath closer to death. So live right and do good always enjoy the existence you have now and if you awaken and realize that this was all a dream, then make it a sweet dream. Life is what you make it: The meaning of life is not the same for everyone. Your life has one meaning, the life of another person will have another meaning, and my life will have another meaning too. You are the one to give meaning to your life by making something of it. Every person is allowed to live their life as they want to. Find the way you want to live your life and live it like that. Be happy. Be healthy. Be loved. Although I'm just seventeen and have my whole life ahead, life has shown me that whatever I put in, I get out., That means for all the effort I put into something, I will get something out of it, I will be rewarded in some way. I tend to live naturally, to love, to learn, and to help, I tend to love knowledge, because it makes me satisfied, it makes me know how things work, it makes me build up ideas and have something to say. It makes me know how to listen, how to talk and spread my ideas. I think the meaning of life is to understand how it is best suited for you and how it will make you satisfied, happy, successful and loved. But one thing I can guarantee: no one out there will tell you the meaning of life, nor the meaning of your life for you will have to find that out by yourself. Take it as a challenge. After all, you wouldn't be asking that if you already knew it, or if mostly everyone knew it. According to Douglas Adams the answer would be 42. The meaning of life, of the universe, and of everything is 42. But put science fiction aside! Look at the smaller, less complicated life species, they live just to live. More complicated life species live and help keep other life alive. We, as humans, should live to be alive and help others be alive. Taken a step further, life is about experience; one should live to experience one's own life and the life of others. (But do not try to live through another person's life). You have to give your own life meaning and not rely on someone else's opinion to give you one. The meaning of life is to live until you die, and to change the world in some little way -- no matter how unknown you are. The meaning of life is to live forever. The true meaning of life is for humans to reproduce so that the human race lives forever and conquer the universe (and multiverses, if they exist) so that humans can rule everything forever. To tell you the truth, I don't think anyone knows the true meaning of life. People say that the only way to know the true meaning of life is to live a full life with many near death experiences, then God tells you an instant after you have died. If you have a complex enough mind, and when God wants us to know, he will tell someone after they die and let that person be revived to tell the rest of the human race. If that never happens then we will just have to live life with many questions and as best we can. That's what God wants us to do. That's one way to look at it. To live the life of God's creation and Gods painting of life. According to me the point of life is happiness. We all are trying to find a place where we are happy, be it by earning money or fame or getting married. Even a person who commits suicide is trying to be happy, thinking that it will end his misery. So I think, the point of life is to stay as happy as possible in any given circumstance and to create a better tomorrow for ourselves. The meaning of life is to grow physically, mentally and spiritually. It's about traveling down different paths of your life and making decisions. It's about being true to yourself, standing alone sometimes when you really believe in something and not fearing retribution. What is the meaning of life has been an age old question since the beginning of time and it's like trying to define the meaning of love. It means to love those around you, help where you can, be known as a person that can be trusted and just do the best you can. If we didn't feel sadness we could never experience happiness; if we didn't get angry on occasion we would never know peace, and if we didn't trust our hearts we'd never know love. Yes, it's about pro-creating, but life is much more than that if you open your eyes, ears and heart and listen! The point of life lies in the question of whether or not you are just living to die. Because every breath of life you take, you come one breath closer to death. So the time you spend bothered by what could or should be is time wasted in imagination and fantasy. A person who cannot find contentment, cannot find peace. A person, who cannot find peace, cannot find fulfilment. Prosperity, Power and Popularity are not the solutions to human suffering, because you may have them all and still feel incomplete. There are many prosperous, powerful and popular individuals who need mind altering drugs and other freaky activities to keep them excited, and still aren't content. The meaning of life is to make life meaningful. Many people believe that there is no "point" per se to life; life simply exists, and the meaning of an individual's life is up to the individual. In Buddhism the meaning of life is found in the "true insight" of Enlightenment, which is called a "perfect peace". The point (purpose) of life for each individual depends on his/her beliefs and values. The choices people make are usually dependent on the psychological conditioning they are exposed to, from the moment of foetal conception, to the point of completion of their social/cultural programming. This social/cultural programming is similar to the programming of a computer's processor with data that is considered to be factual. The computer then compares all incoming data against its programmed intelligence, in order to generate a conclusion. Similarly the human intellect processes incoming data based on the morals/values they have been conditioned with. Some of these morals/values are inherited from genetic sources and the others are learnt from the environment to which the absorptive mind is exposed. A humanist would say we each make our own meaning by the way we live. The meaning is whatever meaning/purpose you care to assign to it... or none at all. If you have a religion, you could find meaning there; a particular philosophy, ditto. If you're a nihilist, you might conclude that there is no meaning at all. We, being animals, the meaning of life is to reproduce ourselves to continue the species. All the other stuff is just to make it interesting. One aspect to enjoying being alive is considering how incredibly complex the function of your body is and how it is difficult to believe that we consist of billions of living cells that allow us our senses and work literally like they were programmed, just to keep us alive. The meaning of life is to utilize our main driving force, curiosity, without which none of us would even exist. Discover and find out new things. Space travel, for example, will lead to great new discoveries - including life near and far from us. No one really knows the answer to this. Philosophers and religionists have been debating it for thousands of years. I think that there is absolutely no point in life. God does not seem real, so we are all going to die without an afterlife. I don't believe in God. I think eating pie and watching football is good enough for me. Live fast and die young.The irony in life these days is that, in order to find its meaning, you merely have to Google it. The meaning of life is that we exist, that we are products of a force called creation, and that we should all support and affiliate with that force in every one of its manifestations. The difference between life and the inanimate is that life has consciousness. No one knows the meaning of life, some choose God, and some choose self or try to be God. Life is full of discovery and to give you a little hint on discovery try thinking outside the media. I recommend studying quantum physics or learning more about the superstring theory or the chaos theory. Everything is composed of waves, sound waves ranging at all frequencies, you could almost say that we are just a wave in this world seeking complete harmony. Living with a meaning: "To be the eyes and ears and conscience of the Creator of the Universe, you fool." - Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions. The meaning of life is purity. There is no meaning of life. Nobody asks to be born, but you're here anyway. Make the best of things while you're here. If your life needs meaning, then join a cause. You can make your life to be what you want it to be, within reason, and you don't have to become famous or rich to do it. Some of the most successful people have been those who gave without question, such as a teacher that cares about his/her students and makes a difference, or a doctor, a mother, father, a person with disabilities of their own, etc. One can volunteer for people, children or pets and ease some of the suffering of all. I live by rule of thumb ... when you are lucky financially (that's just keeping your head above water) and even though you may be limping through life, you should always give back to those less fortunate. One day you just never know when you'll need someone there for you too. This makes your mind, body and soul one. It gives you a source of peace when the world around you is going mad. Consider this when trying to understand the meaning of your own life. An old guy once told me that the meaning of life was survival. I thought he was crazy, but as I get older, I think that the crazy guy may have something. The answer to life is being. It is all anything has ever done, it is all anything will ever do. The meaning of life to you is dependent on your value system. Your particular set of morals/values are those that you inherited from genetic sources and from the environment within which you were raise. What is the meaning of life is finding the answer to the following questions: Who am I? Where am I? Why am I? The meaning of life for you depends on your belief systems. Who are you? Are you an organism that was created from a chemical combination of other organisms? Are you just living to die or is there an existence beyond this body that was created from organic digestion (the food you eat)? Are you an absolute entity called a soul? What gives all of matter its intelligence? Where do atomic and subatomic nanoparticles get their intelligence? Can something be created from nothing? Why are you here? Did you have a choice in the matter? Does your existence have a purpose? Do you add value to the universe? Are you a link in the cosmic chain of evolution/creation? Where are you? Are you resting on a bed somewhere dreaming all of this? Do you know that you are dreaming when you are dreaming? How do you know that it was all a dream (illusion/virtual-reality)? Are you a speck of dust in a massive cosmic sphere? The meaning of life is yo die and multiply. Many great minds have pondered 'what is the meaning of life' and it basically comes down to each individual and what their needs are. Some people enjoy peace, living on a farm or ranch, while others want to hit the big cities for careers, investments, etc., but we all have to make ourselves happy and feel fulfilled no matter what and I doubt that most humans will ever totally attain that. There will always be some regrets. We should be kind, considerate to our fellow man. We should have some belief system of higher power. We should know the good from evil and help those that can't help themselves. We should not constantly feel powerful over another, but be humble enough to know where help is needed. That's power! The only reason I know for life is that it's a test that we have to pass the right way for reward in the life hereafter. Evolution has determined that the point of life is to reproduce and to be the most successful species. That is the meaning of life for all creatures. If it was not their point in life that species would've died off long ago. (Mainly it is the urge to pass along your own genes). Life is to just live. We should enjoy each and every moments. If you are suffering from a problem, really you are great. The problem came to you because you can solve the same and come up in life. At every situation remember one thing. This present is not permanent. It may be either a sad time or a good one. Follow these tips: 1. Do not vex if sad, 2. Do not enjoy to the core when in joy 3. Share your feelings to your beloved. Both sad and sweet 4. When you grow respect others 5. Maintain patience at any cost. 6. You should know that there are thousands of people suffering a lot more than you. We as organisms of infinitely complex chains of chemical reactions truly designed through creativity, formed by atoms attracted by neutral chemical compositions, actually interpret ourselves, the universe, and the atoms we consist of to ask these kind of questions. There is no question that the only thing that keeps us alive is the flow and exchange of electrons. The integration of god and morals is still a question of, right or wrong, what do we do, what do we not do; relatively, why are we here or why are we not here. Life is not just humans interpreting their surroundings; trees through inter-cellular communication interpret gravity and the location of the sun. And just as the tree stretches out for the sunlight, we as humans reach out for each other and strive for knowledge and meaning. In this way, life is a necessary outcome in the displacement of energy and completes necessary chains of events. "Life" allows these necessary connections in the flow and displacement through forms of energy; as humans, as trees, as the flow of a river or the explosion of a volcano. This interpretation, communication, and ultimately exchange, could be said is the meaning of life. The atoms, quarks, muons and gluons that we as humans consist of can indirectly, through many exchanges and chemical reactions, interpret the direct energy displacement of other prominent metabolisms of energy (like other humans) and other things that effect the chemical reactions through communication of light, sound, pressure, and temperature. This is why we are "conscious". Every atom is either repelled or attracted to each other; the fact that this occurs means that every atom is effected, or "conscious", of another. The exchange of electrons with another atom and change in composition, are the same exchanges occurring in our brains to make "conscious" decisions and interpretations. I've got two theories. There is no meaning but of what you make it like some of you may be to have kids, find a lover, climb a mountain that stuff. The other theory is that it is change, meaning nothing lasts forever accept change, one day I will die, the worms will eat me, and a bird will eat that it will reproduce. What I mean is there is always a state of change nothing will last forever everything hangs on a tip of a knife the balance always changing. Life's meaning is having fun and living through the bad times and good times and that makes you the person you are. The meaning of life is to take care of our planet. To be hard working and serve God. To help out in fixing communities - that's what life is about; you should not live only for fun but help others enjoy life too. The meaning of life is to contemplate questions like this. The purpose of life is to serve your soul's purpose as a human. Here is a variety of religious views from WikiAnswers contributors (in no particular order of priority): The true meaning of life is to love and serve God. Perhaps the true meaning of life is to find peace with God. For most people it is impossible to believe in God because it doesn't make any scientific sense for such an entity to exist. But to others the "Big bang" as a cause for the creation of the universe might be equally difficult to believe in. To find God is peace. To find God, you need Jesus, because he can free you from your sins. But while we're alive on this Earth, we might as well try our best to have a good life and be the best we can be, as long as we stay true to ourselves. The "meaning" of life is a test. This is only a test. Our life here is so brief yet our spirits are eternal. The "purpose" of life is to choose whom you will be loyal to. Either you will show yourself willing to live under the rule of the God of the Universe or you will choose to live as a slave to self and to sin. There are a lot of answers to what is the meaning of life and they are all so detailed, but too detailed so they miss the point. The meaning of life/purpose in basic terms: 1. to acknowledge a Creator of the universe and all 2. to know He's one and only 3. to know He watches your very moves to see if you do good in life hoping for your success in life 4. to give praise to Him, so He can praise you back 5. to obey HIS book of wisdom, The Torah of succeeding with perfection. For a Jew obey the 613 mitzvot of the Torah, for a non-Jew to obey the 7 laws of Noah and this will make you gain perfection opening a spot for you in heavens glory. The meaning of life is that God created us and loves us, and wants us to know and love Him, and to join Him in Heaven one day. He has created the way for us to do so, by sending Jesus His Son to die for our sins. Now we can receive Him as our Lord and Saviour and have a new life in Him on earth, and one day join Him in Heaven. Life is like a test. God wants to see what you can do, and if you do good things in life and help others. To live the life of God's creation and Gods painting of life. If you believe in the Bible, the meaning of life is Jesus Christ, because He is the only one that defeated death. To understand the meaning of life we have to turn to the source, or creator. If you believe in such things, that is God. If he put us here, it was for a purpose. So He may be the only one able to provide us with the answer. Some people will acknowledge that everything we need to know about the purpose of life and about God himself is found in one book, the Bible. If you believe in the Bible, the meaning of life is in God's inspired words: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it." Luke 9:23. Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Fear God and obey His commandments for this is the whole duty of man." I believe it's to enjoy the beauty of God's creation. Any Christian should know the purpose of life is simple: to serve God. Any Christian who doesn't know this needs to build up their relationship with God; He'll show you all you need to know. The Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Jewish answer: The philosophy of Judaism is that this world is a purposeful creation by God, in which all people are tested concerning their use of free-will. We possess a soul which lives on after the body dies and is held responsible for the person's actions. Anyone who is worthy, Jewish or not, can merit reward in the afterlife. The world is not chaotic or the result of chance. Life is the work of a deliberate, purposeful, intelligent and kind Creator; not a melancholy chaos or a string of fortuitous accidents. God is at the center of reality and the center of our world-outlook and thoughts. God's ways are also eternal. God is not capricious, forgetful or fickle. Investing in a relationship with God is the only thing that will bear eternal benefits. 'What is the meaning of life' is a question that some find difficult to answer because it's very subjective. To some, the meaning of life is we are born, we live our life and then we die. To others, they believe that they have a purpose in life. This might be something to do with a career or chosen lifestyle. Life is a test. We are being tested by our actions and how we deal with challenges and. We have what is called free agency which is the ability to choose from right and wrong and we are being tested on how we use that free agency. Life is also a chance for us to gain a body and live on this Earth. the mining of life is to live life and do what you want The collection of all your memories in locked inside your subconscious mind will describe the meaning of life, which is why they say the meaning of life is different for everyone. Do everything you wanna do cos life's too short to live with regrets and 'what ifs'
Asked in Religion & Spirituality, Informative Speech, Marine , Jose Rizal

Why is life important?

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Because it is your one chance to do anything. You can use you body and go to amazing places and see amazing things. Life is a once in a lifetime thing so if you don't enjoy it then you will have wasted the most brilliant thing on earth. Dictionary.com states the meaning of life is: "The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism." I believe it's the beauty of God's creation. The meaning of life is to make life meaningful. If you believe in the Bible, the meaning of life is Jesus Christ, because He is the only one that defeated death. The meaning of life is to take care of our planet. To be hard working and serve God. To help out in fixing communities - that's what life is about; you should not live only for fun but help others enjoy life too. A humanist would say we each make our own meaning by the way we live. The meaning is whatever meaning/purpose you care to assign to it... or none at all. If you have a religion, you could find meaning there; a particular philosophy, ditto. If you're a nihilist, you might conclude that there is no meaning at all. To understand the meaning of life we have to turn to the source, or creator. If you believe in such things, God. If he put us here, it was for a purpose. So He may be the only one able to provide us with the answer. Some people will acknowledge that everything we need to know about the purpose of life and about God himself is found in one book, the Bible. If you believe in the Bible, the meaning of life is in God's inspired words: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it." Luke 9:23. Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Fear God and obey His commandments for this is the whole duty of man." The irony in life these days is that, in order to find it's meaning, you merely have to Google it. To tell you the truth, I don't think anyone knows the true meaning of life. People say that the only way to know the true meaning of life is to live a full life with many near death experiences, then God tells you an instant after you have died. If you have a complex enough mind, and when God wants us to know, he will tell someone after they die and let that person be revived to tell the rest of the human race. If that never happens then we will just have to live life with many questions and as best we can. That's what God wants us to do. That's one way to look at it. The meaning of life is to utilize our main driving force, curiosity, without which none of us would even exist. Discover and find out new things. Space travel, for example, will lead to great new discoveries - including life near and far from us. The meaning of life is that we exist, that we are products of a force called creation, and that we should all support and affiliate with that force in every one of it's manifestations. The difference between life and the inanimate is that life has consciousness. The Serenity Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Any Christian should know the purpose of life is simple: to serve God. Any Christian who doesn't know this needs to build up their relationship with God; He'll show you all you need to know. You're born, you breed, you die. Therefore the only meaning is to keep the species alive, all the other stuff is just to make it interesting. No one really knows the answer to this. Philosophers and religionists have been debating it for thousands of years. Life's meaning is what it means to you! What do you value in your life? Everyone has there own meaning and there own perception of life. Britannica says it's the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual, one or more aspects of the process of living, or a way or manner of "living". The meaning of life, to me, is to live life anyway I choose. No one knows the meaning of life, some choose God, some choose self or try to be God. Life is full of discovery and to give you a little hint on discovery try thinking outside the media. I recommend studying quantum physics or learning more about the superstring theory or the chaos theory. Everything is composed of waves, sound waves ranging at all frequencies, you could almost say that we are just a wave in this world seeking complete harmony. The meaning of life - to learn from mistakes. Without mistakes no one ever really learns how to live. Look at the animals, their purpose is to create new life and survive. That is also a human instinct (we're animals too). To survive and pro-create. Most people read too much into it. The meaning of life is to grow physically, mentally and spiritually. It's about traveling down different paths of your life and making decisions. You will make some mistakes, as all of us do. We learn from them and grow stronger. It's about being true to yourself, standing alone sometimes when you really believe in something and not fearing retribution. It means to love those around you, help where you can, be known as a person that can be trusted and just do the best you can. If we didn't feel sadness we could never experience happiness; if we didn't get angry on occasion we would never know peace, and if we didn't trust our hearts we'd never know love. Yes, it's about pro-creating, but life is much more than that if you open your eyes, ears and heart and listen! The true meaning of life is for humans to conquer the universe (and if they exist, multiverses) so that humans can rule everything forever. Living with a meaning: " To be the eyes and ears and conscience of the Creator of the Universe, you fool." - Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions The true meaning of life is to love and serve God. Purity There is no meaning of life. Nobody asks to be born, but you're here anyway. Make the best of things while you're here. If your life needs meaning, then join a cause. To appreciate the beauty and amazing things going on around us on the Earth that was originally intended for us to enjoy. Since it is no longer entirely in that pure state, we have the job to care for what does remain and, more importantly, to point others to the time when it will be possible to live in a truly perfect place once more through what Christ has done to enable us to be there if we choose. Life is what you make it. The meaning of life is not the same for everyone. Your life has one meaning, the life of another person will have another meaning, and my life will have another meaning too. You are the one to give meaning to your life by making something of it. Every person is allowed to live their life as they want to. Find the way you want to live your life and live it like that. Be happy. Be healthy. Be loved. For me, although I'm just seventeen and have my whole life ahead, life has shown me that whatever I put in, I get out., That means for all the effort I put into something, I will get something out of it, I will be rewarded in some way. I tend to live naturally, to love, to learn ,and to help, I tend to love knowledge, because it makes me satisfied, it makes me know how things work, it makes me build up ideas and have something to say. It makes me know how to listen, how to talk and spread my ideas. I think the meaning of life is to understand how it is best suited for you and how it will make you satisfied, happy, successful and loved. But one thing I can guarantee: no one out there will tell you the meaning of life, nor the meaning of your life for you will have to find that out by yourself. Take it as a challenge. After all, you wouldn't be asking that if you already knew it, or if mostly everyone knew it... The meaning of life has been an age old question since the beginning of time and it's like trying to define the meaning of love. You can make your life to be what you want it to be, within reason, and you don't have to become famous or rich to do it. Some of the most successful people have been those who gave without question, such as a teacher that cares about his/her students and makes a difference, or a doctor, a mother, father, a person with disabilities of their own, etc. One can volunteer for people, children or pets and ease some of the suffering of all. I live by rule of thumb ... when you are lucky financially (that's just keeping your head above water) and even though you may be limping through life, you should always give back to those less fortunate. One day you just never know when you'll need someone there for you too. This makes your mind, body and soul one. It gives you a source of peace when the world around you is going mad. According to Douglas Adams the answer would be 42. But put science fiction aside! Look at the smaller, less complicated life species, they live just to live. More complicated life species live and help keep other life alive. We, as humans, should live to be alive and help others be alive. Taken a step further, life is about experience; one should live to experience ones own life and the life of others. (But do not try live through another person's life). Consider this when trying to understand the meaning of your own life. An old guy once told me that the meaning of life was survival. I thought he was crazy, but as I get older, I think that the crazy guy may have something. The answer to life is being. It is all anything has ever done, it is all anything will ever do. The meaning of life is finding the answer to the following questions. Who am I? Where am I? Why am I? The meaning of life to you is dependent on your value system. Your particular set of morals/values are those that you inherited from genetic sources and from the environment within which you were raise. The meaning of life for you depends on your belief systems. Who are you? Are you an organism that was created from a chemical combination of other organisms? Are you just living to die or is there an existence beyond this body that was created from organic digestion (the food you eat)? Are you an absolute entity called a soul? What gives all of matter its intelligence? Where do atomic and subatomic (nano) particles get their intelligence? Can something be created from nothing? Why are you here? Did you have a choice in the matter? Does your existence have a purpose? Do you add value to the universe? Are you a link in the cosmic chain of evolution/creation? Where are you? Are you resting on a bed somewhere dreaming all of this? Do you know that you are dreaming when you are dreaming? How do you know that it was all a dream (illusion/virtual-reality)? Are you a speck of dust in a massive cosmic sphere? To die and multiply. Many great minds have pondered 'the meaning of life' and it basically comes down to each individual and what their needs are. Some people enjoy peace, living on a farm or ranch, while others want to hit the big cities for careers, investments, etc., but we all have to make ourselves happy and feel fulfilled no matter what and I doubt that most humans will ever totally attain that. There will always be some regrets. We should be kind, considerate to our fellow man. We should have some belief system of higher power. We should know good from evil and help those that can't help themselves. We should not constantly feel powerful over another, but be humble enough to know where help is needed. That's power! We all do the best we can and learn from our mistakes because, quite simply put, humans on earth are on a 'learning ground' and thus, we learn, make mistakes, learn from them (hopefully) and do the best we can. The "meaning" of life is a test. This is only a test. Our life here is so brief yet our spirits are eternal. The "purpose" of life is to choose whom you will be loyal to. Either you will show yourself willing to live under the rule of the God of the Universe or you will choose to live as a slave to self and to sin. The only reason I know for life is that it's a test that we have to pass the right way for reward in the life hereafter. Evolution has determined that the point of life is to reproduce and to be the most successful species. that is the meaning of life for all creatures. If it was not their point in life that species would've died off long ago. (mainly it is the urge to pass along your own genes). Life is to just live. We should enjoy each and every moments. If you are suffering from a problem, really you are great. The problem came to you because you can solve the same and come up in life.At every situation remember one thing...This present is not permanent. It may be either a sad time or a good one. Follow these tips :1. Do not vex if sad,2. do not enjoy to the core when in joy 3. share your feelings to ur beloved. both sad and sweet 4. when you grow respect others 5. Maintain patience at any cost Last but not least,6. You should know that there are thousands of people suffering a lot more than you. The meaning of life is that God created us and loves us, and wants us to know and love Him, and to join Him in Heaven one day. He has created the way for us to do so, by sending Jesus His Son to die for our sins. Now we can receive Him as our Lord and Savior and have a new life in Him on earth, and one day join Him in Heaven. The meaning of life is to live until you die, and to change the world in some little way -- no matter how unknown you are. You have to give your own life meaning and not rely on someone else's opinion to give you one. According to Douglas Adams, the real meaning of life is 42. The answer is the question. We as organisms of infinitely complex chains of chemical reactions truly designed through creativity, formed by atoms attracted by neutral chemical compositions, actually interpret ourselves, the universe, and the atoms we consist of to ask these kind of questions. There is no question that the only thing that keeps us alive is the flow and exchange of electrons. The integration of god and morals is still a question of, right or wrong, what do we do, what do we not do; relatively, why are we here or why are we not here. Life is not just humans interpreting their surroundings; trees through inter-cellular communication interpret gravity and the location of the sun. And just as the tree stretches out for the sunlight, we as humans reach out for each other and strive for knowledge and meaning. In this way, life is a necessary outcome in the displacement of energy and completes necessary chains of events. "Life" allows these necessary connections in the flow and displacement through forms of energy; as humans, as trees, as the flow of a river or the explosion of a volcano. This interpretation, communication, and ultimately exchange, could be said is the meaning of life. The atoms, quarks, muons and gluons that we as humans consist of can indirectly, through many exchanges and chemical reactions, interpret the direct energy displacement of other prominent metabolisms of energy (like other humans) and other things that effect the chemical reactions through communication of light, sound, pressure, and temperature. This is why we are "conscious". Every atom is either repelled or attracted to each other; the fact that this occurs means that every atom is effected, or "conscious", of another. The exchange of electrons with another atom and change in composition, are the same echanges occurring in our brains to make "conscious" decisions and interpretations. In my opinion, there is none, we are just insignificant beings among billions, who's only purpose is to reproduce towards no goal. Because we do not understand what we are here for we invented an imaginary being who made us and who, if we live correctly, will send us to a place of supposed joy. the meaning of life is to live it to it's fullest and stop trying to figure everything out. life is short enjoy it while u can!!! The meaning of life is simple - reproduce. The meaning of live is to live forever. I think life's meaning is what it means to you. More importantly, why should something exist? If alive, consciousness determines that the purpose is to continue to exist. NO!!!!!! its cheese Life is important because it's a gift from God. We got it directly from Him when He breathed it into our father Adam. Life is the essence of who God is and what God is. He's the source of life. He gives it, and He takes it away. Science can't make life, let alone define it. It defies all the laws of physics and thermodynamics... and yet, there it is, just like the One who imparts it. And if you've ever seen a dead body, you know profoundly what the absence of life means. Whatever it was, it's gone. This present life is important and precious because it's finite, it has an end. So, in concord with the one Who gave it to us, we should be doing things in harmony with His wishes and His character, thereby making good use of the life He gave us. And regardless of how terrible our circumstances may become, life is sweet to the bitter end. 1. Life is important because it is inter related- interdependent to all other biotic & abiotic components. 2 Life is important as it is a creation of the Supreme entity. 3 Life is important as it makes the planet earth unique as the only planet in the cosmos with life. 4. Life is important as it makes possible for the humans to survive. 5 Life is important as it negates death & extinction. 6 Life is important as it inspires all life to live. ANSWER . Life is important not because: 1. things are inter-related, ( Who has asked for so?) 2. it is a creation of so called Supreme entity, ( who has asked for so?) 3. earth is unique in the cosmos ( who has asked for so?), 4. possibility of survival ( who has asked for so?), 5. negation of death and extinction( who has asked for so?), 6. inspiration to live.( who has asked for so?) Life is important because you are a potential cause that can cause happiness by understanding the above unsolicited gifts from nature. Had we applied for all these six and waited in mother's womb? Suddenly all these were granted and the life became so IMPORTANT? Means a lilys life is not important? NOTE: Only loving and praising of these gifts is not sufficient. Moreover, it may put one's life in emergency. would you like to jump to emergency mode function??? If no, better understand it rather than becoming emotioanl.
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Who founded arya samaj where and when?

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Maharshi Swami Dayanand Saraswati in Bombay in the year 1875
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What colours are offensive to Muslims?

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there are no offensive colors to us Muslims
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What is a cathedral official?

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one who takes care of the church!! First of all a cathedral is a cathedral and is never called a church. Cathedral and church officials vary, and could be deans, archdeacons, etc..it is a committee that takes care of religious buildings,
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What religions are practiced in Mexico?

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Mexico is a secular country, having no official religion. However, it is Roman Catholic in its majority: Christmas is a national holiday and during Easter most people leave for vacations. Other Catholic religious days such as January 6 (Epiphany) or December 12 (Our Lady of Guadalupe, saint patron of Mexico) are observed by many people. Following are some estimates for religion practices in Mexico: Roman Catholic: 88% (98.6 million) Pentecostal and Neopentecostal (Protestant): 1.62% (1.8 million) Other Protestant: 2.87% (3.2 million) Jehovah's Witnesses: 1.25 % (2.2 million attendance at just one meeting in 2011) "Historical" Protestants: 0.71% (0.8 million) Seventh-day Adventists: 0.58% (0.6 million) Latter-day Saints Mormons: 0.25% (0.3 million) Jewish: 0.05% (56,000) Other religions (including Islam and Buddhism): 0.31% (0.3 million) Unspecified: 0.85% (0.9 million) Nonreligious: 3.53% (3.95 million) Note: Because of rounding, percentages may not add up to 100% (or 112 million, the population of Mexico). Muslims in Mexico: Islam religion arrived in Mexico with either Lebanese or Syrian immigrants and some other Middle Easterners like Egyptians, Iranians, and Turks. According to the 2010 census conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) there were 3,760 Muslims in the country (that means less than 1% of total Mexico population).
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What is greater than God more evil than the devil poor people have it rich people need it and if you eat it you die?

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The answer is nothing. Nothing is greater than God, nothing is more evil than the devil, poor people have nothing, rich people need nothing, and if you ate nothing you would die. NOTHING is greater than god... NOTHING is more evil than the devil..... the poor have NOTHING.....the rich need NOTHING..... and if you eat NOTHING u will die!
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What is opposite to the term Monotheistic?

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Answer 1: Polytheistic, or alternatively, Atheistic. Polytheistic being 'believing in more than one God', Atheistic being 'believing in no God'. Answer 2: In our time monotheism is often considered a higher form of religion than polytheism. People speak of God, pray to God, search for God rather than speak of gods, pray to a particular god, or acknowledge various divine incarnations. Individual monotheistic worshipers, however, usually worship a particular form of their god and not his causal, unmanifest, formless aspect. There is a nearness, a response, in the formal aspect which is lacking in the abstract conception. But a causal, formless, all-pervading divinity, cause and origin of all forms, cannot be manifest in a particular form and would of necessity be equally at the root of all types of form. Divinity can only be reached through its manifestations, and there are as many gods as there are aspects of creation. The gods and the universe are two aspects -- the conscious powers and the unconscious forms -- of an indefinite multiplicity. Answer 3: Words like "monotheistic," when there also exsit words like "polytheistic, and, and "atheistic," and simply, "theistic," kinda' almost have no "opposite," per se. Rather, they all describe places along a continuum, almost more than anything else. That said, if "atheistic" is the opposite of "theistic," then "polytheistic" is likely the closest opposite of "monotheistic." Though positing same is just askin' for trouble among those skilled in philosophical debate... and who are just itchin' for a fight. [grin]
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Does God exist?

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Opinions on God's existence: Yes: There is no proof needed to have faith. According to the Bible, one must first have faith, then they can see. However, many demand to see first, then they will believe. Therefore, the Bible states, "Fix your eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen" and "live by faith not by sight." So those who refuse to see by faith, will not see God. You may not be able to see the wind, but you can feel its effects. Billions of people worldwide do believe in the existence of God. They feel there has to be a higher power. Believers do not need to have great miracles performed in front of them. They often feel that life itself is a miracle, and that God is all around us. God's creativity is everywhere. It is in the planets, stars, the seas, and in you. Science has its place, but God set it into motion. You do not need evidence to prove God. He proves himself. No: God and religion is something created by mankind to give people comfort, or even as a means of control. Without empirical proof, then it's all hypothesis, conjectures and/or wishful thinking. Without empirical proof, god is nothing more then a childhood belief that adults cling to later. A "God" can be compared to the Easter bunny or Santa Claus. There is no miracle worker. Who has really had a religious experience that did not have scientific possibilities? One example that has been given of lack of modern miracles relates back to the Bible. In 1 Kings 18:30, it claims that Elijah was instructed by God to do an experiment to prove God's existence. According to the Bible, Elijah gathered a crowd and put a young bull on an alter. He had the worshipers of Baal call upon him to send fires down and take the sacrifice. After a few hours of no action, Elijah did the same. First though, he poured water all over the wood. When he called upon God, fires came down from the sky. However, what would happen if this experiment was recreated by modern believers? In all likelihood, nothing. Events in the Bible were written decades, and sometimes centuries, after they "occurred." By then the stories were nothing more then myths or fables. Undecided or Neutral: There is no evidence to suggest that a god exists; science has no proof of the existence of God, although many question whether science encompasses the totality of 'reality'. Religious belief is something which you are entirely free to explore yourself, as is everyone else. First you should ask yourself what you think 'God' might be. "It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." --Thomas Jefferson quoted by Gerard Straub in "Salvation for Sale" Please feel free to visit the discussion page and add your thoughts. Be sure to remain within the Religion and Spirituality Guidelines (linked below). Opinions There has been much argument about the existence of God. One problem with arguments in favour of the existence of God, is that exactly the same arguments can be used to prove the existence of Brahma or any other god. So, whether or not God exists is a matter of faith, and faith alone. There are many reasons why people believe but there is no evidence to suggest that a god exists. There is no scientific evidence that God exists. The only evidence we have is the religious scriptures that consistently provide accurate information as well as our illogical opinions. Many say that the fact that anything exists at all is proof for God, but that is not true either because that falls into the "fallacy of the first cause" which has been disproved. God's existence cannot really be proven by science, as it is a matter of believing in a deity or deities. Also, you cannot convince somebody else that God exists. That is why I don't bother proving God's existence, even though I'm a creationist (I believe there is no point in doing so). It's all about religion. You can believe what you want. The existence of God cannot be proved or disproved. That is a very complex question and the answer you get will depend on whom you ask. Many people believe that God exists and some people do not. In the scientific sense there is no evidence for God but nearly all cultures around the world have some form of religion, which some people cite as proof of the existence of some kind of God. However in the book The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (a well-known biologist and atheist) it is postulated that religion appears in all cultures because all people have a subconscious need to believe in a God or that it is a incidental manifestation of something more necessary such a the need to follow authority when you are a child. This question cannot be answered. It has not been proven yet. As a christian, I believe in God. Some people believe in god differently like Catholics or Jews. And that's only two religions! There are many more! Some religions don't even believe believe in God. Atheists for example, they don't believe. That's fine with me because I want to respect what everyone has to offer, believe, and do in this world. I want to make this answer fair to everyone so I give you this. I'm not going to say: Yes sir/ma'am! God is as real as you! Because you need more info. I hope no one was offended or angered by this answer, since I respect everyone's opinions/beliefs. I hope everyone is satisfied with this. I love that answer, and want to add that we can find out for ourselves if there is a God through prayer. He can and will answer us if we go to Him faithfully and sincerely. We can recognize His answer when we feel an unexplainable peace and calm through His holy spirit. He will not allow science to prove that He exists because then there would be no need for faith, and that is a key part in our whole purpose of life. I am a Christian so yea... I believe that God is real. But no one can tell you what you believe... If you want to form your own opinion, research it. You don't have to listen to what the world is telling you. Listen to your heart. It is impossible to know the answer as a fact and it depends on your definition of God. There are many religions with many gods. Who's right? They all can't be right. Primitive cultures worshiped volcanoes, or the sun, or the moon, etc., things they did not understand. They were their god(s). The real question might be "Did god create man, or did man create god?". Your options are: there is a god, there may be a god, or there is no god. Whatever gives you peace, is the correct answer for you. It is called freedom of religion. Everyone has the right to have an opinion, no matter how right or wrong it is. However you do not have a right to force your opinion on someone else, no matter how right you think you are. I suggest you rent the DVD "Religious". I found it to be informative and entertaining. Depending on your beliefs, it may even tick you off. I hope you find your peace. Depends who you ask. To me and other Heathens, Asatruar, and the Theodish, they would say yes. Just like any other God, is there any hard scientific evidence for his existence? No. Is lack of proof of existence proof of lack of existence? Again, No Miracles prove that god exists because there would not be no god if there wasn't any miracles! It is next to impossible to prove that God(s) or any other supernatural deity exists, unless for some reason they, assuming they did exist, decided to reveal themselves. There is no solid evidence or proof that there really is a god, and no solid evidence that there isn't. That is why a religion is called a faith, because the word 'faith' means to believe in something that there is no proof of. Nobody knows if there is or isn't a god, but many scientists believe that there is no god. It's up to you, if you do not believe in him then you don't think he's real. If you believe in him then he is real, so make your choice. Another comment: Actually, it is not really that simple. It could be that there really is a God and whether or not you believe in god or not has nothing to do with god's realness. As the first answer stated, each of us has to decide for ourselves what we believe. Another answer there is no scientific evidence that God exists. I check everywhere for like a hour and the religious people could not prove it without using the word Bible. The reason for confusion in religion is the fact that people were told that god really does exist since the were born. The main argument in my mind is the fraze in the bible (yes even though I don't believe in God, I've read the bible a little) that say "Then god sent down Adam and Eve" but that's not true, there IS scientific evidence that the earth was all water BEFORE us and the was approximately 4 billion 600 million year in between the formation of the earth and our existence. That's a little to long for me. But just like the fist answer its up to you. I'm just bringing you what I found. Another Answer: The main issue regarding the "realness" of God is a difficult one. Since the God of the Bible is a Spirit and invisible, it is necessary to accept him by faith. Answer: Believers of any god feel they are real, believers in any other god discount them as fictions. Atheists realize they are not real. Answer: YES. God is real. Proof that He exists? Read Romans 1:20. Although we cannot see God because He is invisible because He is a spirit, we can know that He is real by looking at the miracles He performs and the things He created. Look at a cat, a flower, a person. These three things were created by God. God created everything, heavens, and the earth. The Holy Bible consisting of the New Testament and the Old Testament speaks true. This book contains the gospel of Christ, word of God Himself. And consider this. Do you believe that evil spirits exist? If so, then why would it be difficult to believe that God and His angels exist? Answer: God is real read the Bible maybe you will find out the truth. he showed his love for us. He made the world in 7 days. Answer: Many people believe in God, and many people don't. It's your own opinion whether God exists or not. Answer: Consider these points. "Nine-tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense, not founded on observation and wholly unsupported by facts. This museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views. In all this great museum, there is not a particle of evidence of the transmutation of species" (Dr. Etheridge, Paleontologist of the British Museum). "To postulate that the development and survival of the fittest is entirely a consequence of chance mutations seems to me a hypothesis based on no evidence and irreconcilable with the facts. It amazes me that this is swallowed so uncritically and readily, and for such a long time, by so many scientists without murmur of protest" (Sir Ernest Chain, Nobel Prize winner). The fact that you need DNA to make DNA. No genetic code can be demonstrated to have arisen by chance, together with the ability to read that code and carry out its instructions. Information does not arise spontaneously; and there is an incredible amount of information in even the tiniest cell. "A living cell is so awesomely complex that its interdependent components stagger the imagination and defy evolutionary explanations" (Michael Denton, author). "The astounding structural complexity of a cell" (U.S. National Library of Medicine). Concerning a single structure within a cell: "Without the motor protein, the microtubules don't slide and the cilium simply stands rigid. Without nexin, the tubules will slide against each other until they completely move past each other and the cilium disintegrates. Without the tubulin, there are no microtubules and no motion. The cilium is irreducibly complex. Like a mousetrap, it has all the properties of design and none of the properties of natural selection" (Michael Behe, prof. of biophysics).
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What is china's main religion?

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The main religion of China is Buddhism & Confucianism. However, there is Christianity and Islam who cover an extensive part of population. There is also a little cathlic in some places.
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Does the discovery of life on other planets contradict with religions?

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No, if life is discovered on other planets then it will not contradict with religions. Below are opinions from view points of different religions: A. In the Islamic religion: It is mentioned in Quran, Muslim's holy book, that God (the Creator) is the Lord of all worlds. God says in Quran that God is the Lord of what we know and what we don't. God says in Quran that we have known only little. Accordingly, nothing in Quran or Islam religions contradicts with the possibility of discovering life on other planets. God says in Quran (meaning English translation): {In the name of Allah (God), the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. (1) [All] praise is [due] to Allah, Lord of the worlds...} [Quran, chapter 1, verse 1-2] {To Him belongs what is in the heavens and what is on the earth and what is between them and what is under the soil. (6)} [Quran, chapter 20, verse 6] {And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about the soul. Say, "The soul is of the affair of my Lord. And mankind have not been given of knowledge except a little." (85)} [Quran, chapter 17, verse 85] {The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt Him. And there is not a thing except that it exalts [Allah] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving. (44)} [Quran, chapter 17, verse 44] There is a religious explanation, even before such discoveries, revise these verses: {28. And He it is Who sendeth down the saving rain after they have despaired, and spreadeth out His mercy. He is the Protecting Friend, the Praiseworthy. 29. And of His portents is the creation of the heaven and the earth, and of whatever beasts He hath dispersed therein. And He is Able to gather them when He will.}[quoted from, Meanings of the Golrious Quran, by Marmaduke Pickthall] Here the mention of Heavens and earth, meant the whole universe, {12. Allah it is who hath created seven heavens, and of the earth the like thereof. The commandment cometh down among them slowly, that ye may know that Allah is Able to do all things, and that Allah surroundeth all things in knowledge.}So, for certain there is life on other parts of the universe, whether we discovered this or not. The above Quran verses confirm that we still don't know except a little and that God is the Creator of all worlds what we know and what we don't. Accordingly, discovering life on other planets doesn't contradict with Quran or with Islam religion. B. In the Christian religion: There is nothing in the Bible that says God created life only on this planet. Doesn't even rule out other intelligent life in the universe. But after seeing the mess we created in this world, He would probably not try again. Most certainly. The Bible speaks nothing of life on other planets, though some may craft an explantion through through vague references and loose endings. However, the fact remains that would seriously hinder Christian credibility as an absolute religion whose implications are universal. What I think is more interesting is that this does not rule out the existence of God as creator, merely the existence of a God we thought we knew. This discovery would force us as an entire race to seriously question our faith - at least where we rest our faith - because a discovery like that would prove beyond doubt many religions false. The original unadulterated idea of God transmitted to us by Adam through Noah is one of having no form, no physical or natural bounds, one beyond perception and even conception (the imagination). That theology is completely invulnerable and impervious to a discovery of life at another location. Only theologies which are self (human)-centric could be weakened by such a discovery. Read the Scriptures as God speaks to Abraham. He says that he has created worlds without end. The Scriptures do not say that life and God's children are restricted to just this earth. If God would create one world where Billions have lived, why would He not create another place, where more of His children can be tested whether they will follow what is right or not. There are Christian churches that use other holy Christian writings as well as those gathered into 'The Bible'. Certain of those writings reveal that God has created "worlds without number" ... and "the inhabitants thereof are as numberless as the sands upon the seashore" [Moses 1:28] ... 'and the inhabitants thereof, are begotten sons and daughters unto God', ... "But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you ... For behold there are many worlds ..." [Moses 1:35] Here is also a scientific way to test the truthfulness of the Gospel. Put it to the test. Exercise a little faith, read the scriptures, pray about it and wait for answer. And when you receive the answer, feed it and let it grow. It's an experiment. Try it. (And to express an idea that God has killed millions is incorrect. We have the freedom to choose; it's a sacred right. We are judged by those choices. We are free to choose and those who have decided to murder suffer their choices.) The simple answer is no. God has no limits, and the only limit in religion is the mind of man, who is unable to comprehend this. The real answer is: the Baha'i Faith teaches that there are an infinity of other planets out there, and each is alive with God's creatures. They may be very unlike us, but they exist. For some religions, the answer would be "we already knew that". For most others, the answer would be "we already knew that, it's just that you misunderstood us before". I do not think that it would debunk religion. Science and religion serve VERY different needs of humanity, religion is a matter of faith; faith is belief without proof. Science is a tool to understand our surroundings and has zero room for "faith". I do not think that religion and science are mutually exclusive. Actually, the Bible itself says there is intelligent life other than man. There are intelligent beings called angels, cherubim, seraphim, there are the four beasts which stand before the throne of God. The Bible is full of "life on other planets." Also, Christian writers in the last century wrote many sci-fi stories about encountering life on other planets, etc. Some were better than others, but the concept is not foreign to Orthodox Christianity. And if you incorporate Christian fantasy writings such as The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings, the treatment of the idea of intelligence other than man is even more fully developed. The "problem" posed by the possibility of life on other planets is mostly a moral question. If there are other beings, do they have to obey the same rules as we do? What if their religion were contradictory to ours? Would that challenge the truth of ours? If they experienced a "fall" as our first ancestors did, do they need redemption? In fact, I once heard about a sci-fi story written by a non-Christian author (I have not read it) in which humans land on a planet and Jesus is there getting ready to die on the cross. Several of the earthmen try to stop His execution but Jesus won't let them. He tells them it's necessary for Him to die there, just as He had to die on earth. In every single religious book eg. "Bible" it doesn't say that life doesn't exist on other planets. But in most religious books it states that there are nine planets eg. Mercury, which have life on them... Life being some form eg. Bacteria, not necessarily "Aliens" and in my personal opinion UFO's are a load of CRAP, you can see in UFO sighting pics and videos that its all rubbish. But religions' explanation would be along the lines of what it says in their religious books. The Bible does mention life in other planets that has not gotten corrupted by sin like in earth. C. Other views Who said God only created Planet Earth? God created the entire Universe and everything and everyone in it. Why would "religion" be debunked by discovery of life on another planet? Personally, I don't have "religion." I have a RELATIONSHIP with the God of this universe. To me, discovery of life on another planet would be quite exciting scientifically, and for me, it would strengthen and enhance my faith and beliefs. God is not a limited being. To debunk a religion with such a discovery, you would have to first identify a particular sect that insists no alien life can exist. Not even all sects of Christianity make such a claim. Rather than 'debunking' religion, I believe the opposite would hold true...at least for a while. The discovery of life on other worlds - I'm assuming you mean sentient life? - would be a momentous thing, indeed. I think it would draw people to churches and religious communities in a way that only life-altering events can - for emotional and spiritual support and guidance, to pray for protection or to give thanks, for any number of personal and spiritual reasons. Once the discovery becomes 'old news' people will probably be drawn back to their old ways and habits, but, at first, there would be a huge revival of religion. This is an interesting type of question that has no definite answer, and will not be known until it actually happens. Every person will be different if and when it happens, and of course by human nature there will be people who panic and be full of fear. However, I am sure most people who are religious will believe that instead of debunking God and religion, it would instead be a testament to his/her/its/their power. God is supposed to be diverse, with unlimited power and love. If you believe that, then it should be difficult to believe that he would create one single lonely planet in this huge, possibly infinite universe. There is no direct contradiction between the Bible and the possibility of life on other planets. many traditional Americans view the story of Genesis as describing a process of creating one unique place for life. They also point to John 3:16 (which describes God sending his only son to Earth) to show that Earth is the only place for life. Both of these interpretations really stretch the text to say more than is on paper. Most religions based on the Pentatuch (Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, etc.) have traditions that intelligent life exists only here on Earth. Some Asian and African religions teach that the universe is full of life.
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What rhymes with blasphemy?

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Actually, there are no words that rhyme exactly with "blasphemy."
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What is the place called before you go to heaven?

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If you are a Catholic, you will believe that souls go to purgatory before ascending to heaven. Answer According to biblical text the place you go to before going to heave is called earth. There is no biblical in-between where souls are sent after death as a matter of fact in the book of Ecclesiastes 12:7 which was written about flesh man, you find the following. "Then shall the dust return to the Earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. There is however a separation which takes place once your soul arrives in heaven, upon your death. That account is written in the book of Luke chapter 16 starting about verse 20. There we learn that those who's works were not acceptable go to the other side of the great gulf fixed. They can see heave from that point but can not cross over to get to it. There is a lengthy discussion with Abraham and a wealthy man who had little to no good deeds to his name when he passed away. Be sure to translate the words of those verses in Luke, using a Greek Strong's concordance/dictionary and don't simply assume their meaning. There is a period of 1000 years of teaching which takes place under Christ and his elect which is defined in Revelation chapter 20 and which occurs after the defeat of anti-christ (satan playing the role of the false prophet). Those on the other side of the great gulf fixed, might be able to be redeemed at that time. Another Answer: From Genesis to Revelation, there is no other place for the dead called Purgatory or Limbo. These are teachings of men and not the Bible. The Scripture tells us that all will die and most all (except the firstfruits who are judged in the lifetimes) will be called to Judgement by Christ after the Millennial Rule (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Have you ever asked yourself why have a judgement process if someone has already received their reward/punishment at the time of their death? There are 3 Resurrections spoken of in the Scripture: the first is the firstfruits who will become the eternal bride of Christ - Jesus said the 2nd death had no way to impact these; the second is for the vast majority of mankind referred to as the Great White Throne Judgement; and the last of the relative few incorrigible who refuse to repent or had received God's Holy Spirit in their lifetimes and gave it up to continue their old sinful ways - referred to as the Unpardonable Sin.
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Why do we die and not just live forever?

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Please note: None of these answers are written by Kunth. He wrote one. Someone edited it beyond recognition. Kunth then removed his answer (the 2nd ANSWER) altogether. 1st ANSWER Many religions believe that we do, indeed, live forever. That is to say, our body dies, but a part of us, known as our soul, continues living. According to some religions, our soul would continue living in a different world. 2nd ANSWER (This answer was written by Kunth. However, it was 'edited' by someone else and left unintelligible. The paragraph structure had also been removed. So I, Kunth, have removed it.) 3rd ANSWER (by Caroljf; copied from the Jehovah Witness website -- JW.Org): WHY HUMANS DIE 9 Why, then, do humans die? To find the answer, we must consider what happened when there was only one man and one woman on earth. The Bible explains: "Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree desirable to one's sight and good for food." (Genesis 2:9) However, there was one restriction. Jehovah told Adam: "From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die." (Genesis 2:16, 17) This command was not difficult to obey. There were many other trees from which Adam and Eve could eat. But they now received a special opportunity to show their gratitude to the One who had given them everything, including perfect life. Their obedience would also show that they respected the authority of their heavenly Father and that they wanted his loving direction. 10 Sadly, the first human couple chose to disobey Jehovah. Speaking through a serpent, Satan asked Eve: "Is it really so that God said you must not eat from every tree of the garden?" Eve replied: "Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat. But as for eating of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it that you do not die.'"-Genesis 3:1-3. 11 "You positively will not die," said Satan. "God knows that in the very day of your eating from it your eyes are bound to be opened and you are bound to be like God, knowing good and bad." (Genesis 3:4, 5) Satan wanted Eve to believe that she would benefit by eating the forbidden fruit. According to him, she could decide for herself what was right and what was wrong; she could do what she wanted. Satan also charged that Jehovah had lied about the consequences of eating the fruit. Eve believed Satan. So she picked some of the fruit and ate it. She then gave some to her husband, and he too ate some of it. They did not act in ignorance. They knew that they were doing exactly what God had told them not to do. By eating the fruit, they deliberately disobeyed a simple and reasonable command. They showed contempt for their heavenly Father and his authority. Such disrespect for their loving Creator was inexcusable! 12 To illustrate: How would you feel if you raised and cared for a son or a daughter who then disobeyed you in a way that showed that he or she had no respect or love for you? That would cause you much heartache. Imagine, then, how hurt Jehovah must have felt when both Adam and Eve took a course of opposition to him. Adam came from the dust, and he returned to the dust 13 Jehovah had no reason to sustain disobedient Adam and Eve forever. They died, just as he had said they would. Adam and Eve ceased to exist. They did not pass on to the spirit realm. We know this because of what Jehovah said to Adam after confronting him with his disobedience. God said: "You [will] return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return." (Genesis 3:19) God had made Adam from the dust of the ground. (Genesis 2:7) Before that, Adam did not exist. Therefore, when Jehovah said that Adam would return to the dust, He meant that Adam would return to a state of nonexistence. Adam would be as lifeless as the dust from which he was made. 14 Adam and Eve could have been alive today, but they died because they chose to disobey God and thus sinned. The reason we die is that Adam's sinful condition as well as death was passed on to all of his descendants. (Romans 5:12) That sin is like a terrible inherited disease from which no one can escape. Its consequence, death, is a curse. Death is an enemy, not a friend. (1 Corinthians 15:26) How grateful we can be that Jehovah provided the ransom to rescue us from this dreadful enemy! Taken from JW.Org - Caroljf
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Can you prove God exists using math?

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If you choose to believe in god, or not, is up to you. As it's a belief and can't be truely proved/disproved using Maths. Another Answer "Prove" is too strong of a term when it comes to topics like this. You can certainly feel it is a logical conclusion that some sort of God exists because of the impossible odds it would take for this universe to be the way it is without an intelligent designer. But then again, if you had proof, you wouldn't need faith.
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How do you address husband and wife co-pastors?

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The address should read: Reverends (or Pastors) John and Jane Doe.
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What is idris elba religion?

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Idris Elba does not conform to any religion. This secular lifestyle is very common in the European Union. His father is Muslim, which is where his Arabic name "Idris" comes from. However, Elba does not practice Islam.
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What is the offspring of two Demi gods called?

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The two offspring of demigods depends on how powerful the demigod is if they are both demigods of really powerful gods it is a trigod if there is one powerful god a quadgod and if they are both from minor or non-powerful gods they arent really demigods anymore I'm not sure from where that answer comes, but it isn't actual mythology. Divine heritage was a literary device, and a means for important men to add legitimacy to their power. Julius Caesar claimed divine heritage as a descendant of Aeneas, whose mother was Venus/Aphrodite. That said, Aeneas had a son, Aascanius, whose mother was Creusa, daughter of Priam and thus a descendant of Zeus. He wasn't called a demigod or anything other than "king" (of Alba Longa). Technically demigod means "half god". They didn't deliniate beyond that because there was no need to. They weren't creating a new race - they were trying to make themselves more important.
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What does He who rejects change is the architect of decay mean?

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technically it just means you'll die if ya don't change yourself from your weak, sinful way to God's way.
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What have you that has not been given to you?

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The Answer is Shining in Your Eyes Remove the scales from your eyes my brothers - you can't do it alone! 1 Corinthians 4:7 - For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? What you have you did not earn but was given to you by God. You think you are perfect --- you are not, and neither am I. Spread the good news that Jesus is the answer! Matthew 7:7 - Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you. Another Answer What have you that has not been given to you? Nothing. EVERYTHING resides in the mind of God.
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What are considered sinful acts?

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The bible states the Ten Commandments which we must follow. If we go against any of these rules it would be considered a sinful act: You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make idols. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
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What is peirasmos?

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Peirasmos is a Greek word used in the New Testament that can be translated into a combination of "temptation", "trial" and "test".