June 27, 2005

Religion

Now it is time for my religious survey! Yay! All you have to do is post a reply and answer the questions. Don’t feel like you have to answer them all, just whatever ones you are comfortable with. Once again, thank you for you time. I swear, all of these crazy surveys will have something to do with some posts, honestly.

1. Do you believe in a supreme being or beings?

2. Do you believe in an afterlife?

3. Do you believe in a pre-mortal life?

4. What religion (if any) do you associate yourself with? If Christian, please specify if you can.

5. What are some other particulars of what you believe?

6. Do you have an organized book of scripture?

7. Do you meet with a religious group (Ex. Go to church) at least once a week? Once a month? A few times a year?

8. What are your views on the separation of religion and state?

9. Do you feel that your religious beliefs have an affect on the way you lean politically?

-For Christians (or anyone else who wants to answer)-

10. Do you believe in the Trinity?

11. Do you believe in Sola Scripture?

12. What are your views on salvation? (A little broad, I know)

13. What are your views on baptism?

14. What are your views on the priesthood?


Thank you for your time, have an awesome day!
-Paige

BTW: If you haven’t answered my political survey, you can find it here:
http://apple-pie-kid.blogspot.com/2005/06/survey.html

7 comments:

draiochta92 said...

1. Do you believe in a supreme being or beings?

Yes.

2. Do you believe in an afterlife?

Yes.

3. Do you believe in a pre-mortal life?

I'm not sure with what you mean by this.

4. What religion (if any) do you associate yourself with? If Christian, please specify if you can.

Roman Catholic.

5. What are some other particulars of what you believe?

This would be a pretty long response if I wrote all that I believe. Basically I believe in God (The Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

6. Do you have an organized book of scripture?

Yes.

7. Do you meet with a religious group (Ex. Go to church) at least once a week? Once a month? A few times a year?

I go to Mass once a week.

8. What are your views on the separation of religion and state?

This country's laws was not based on any religion, nor should they be.

9. Do you feel that your religious beliefs have an affect on the way you lean politically?

They do and they don't. Generally no, but in certain areas my religious and politcal beliefs overlap.

10. Do you believe in the Trinity?

Yes.

11. Do you believe in Sola Scripture?

No, I see no reason why revalation just stopped after the Bible was written.

12. What are your views on salvation? (A little broad, I know)

It is broad, but honestly I don't worry about my salvation all that much. I don't worship God for fear of Hell. I simply try to do what he taught us to do and someday I will stand in judgment before him.

13. What are your views on baptism?

I believe it's important.

14. What are your views on the priesthood?

I believe they are the successors to the apostles, and they are quite important since the sacraments would not be able to happen without them.

Moishers said...

1. yes
2. Yes
3. yes
4. Mormon(LDS)
5. We believe the Book of Mormon, that there is a living prophet on this world today....(God the Father, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.) Likewise it would be a long response as well.
6.yes
7.I go to church once a week, and got to Mutual(Young Womens) once a week.
8. I think that it is ridiculous to a point. We based our country on God, and it upsets me that some people are ashamed of it.
9. Yes, most Definately.
10. I'm not really sure what that is.
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12. I know that we will all be resurrected, and given eternal salvation due to how we have acted on Earth.
13. Well, I was baptized when I was eight, for the remission of sins. In our church, we believe that if you are baptized as a baby, you wouldn't be accountable for anything, so wait until you reach that age(8).
14. The priesthood is extremely important, without it we would still be living in the black ages. Way to go restoration!

Anonymous said...

1. Do you believe in a supreme being or beings?

Yes, well sort of. I believe the universe and everything in it is God.

2. Do you believe in an afterlife?

There probably is, but I don't think that our personalities or consciousness experience it.

3. Do you believe in a pre-mortal life?

Definetly not.

4. What religion (if any) do you associate yourself with? If Christian, please specify if you can.

I'm pantheist.

5. What are some other particulars of what you believe?

The universe and everything in it is God. We have a soul or spirit but it is seperate from us in terms of personality and consciousnes.

6. Do you have an organized book of scripture?

Yes. I read the bible and I consider all the holy books of most religions important.

7. Do you meet with a religious group (Ex. Go to church) at least once a week? Once a month? A few times a year?

Not really.

8. What are your views on the separation of religion and state?

I'm an anarchist. I believe there sholud be no state at all.

9. Do you feel that your religious beliefs have an affect on the way you lean politically?

It depends. I surely wouldn't support a politician who is against a certain religion.

10. Do you believe in the Trinity?

Kind of, but not in the Traditional view.

11. Do you believe in Sola Scripture?

Absolutely not.

xSparklingDiamondx said...

1. Do you believe in a supreme being or beings?

Yes.

2. Do you believe in an afterlife?

Yes.

3. Do you believe in a pre-mortal life?

Nope.

4. What religion (if any) do you associate yourself with? If Christian, please specify if you can.

Roman Catholic.

5. What are some other particulars of what you believe?

Jesus is the Son of God, He was born of Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again...

6. Do you have an organized book of scripture?

Yes.

7. Do you meet with a religious group (Ex. Go to church) at least once a week? Once a month? A few times a year?

Sunday mass once a week, and on occassion I attend daily mass.

8. What are your views on the separation of religion and state?

Separation of Church and State really means that there can be no one belief that everyone is forced to believe. I believe that if a person is elected president, senator, representative, governor, etc., then they should be able to make decisions based on their religious views. A person cannot have two different personalities, so to say, when it comes to law making. A person can't say, "I believe abortion is wrong, but I voted to keep it legal because my religious views cannot influence my political life."

9. Do you feel that your religious beliefs have an affect on the way you lean politically?

Definitely.

10. Do you believe in the Trinity?

Yes.

11. Do you believe in Sola Scripture?

Would that be that the books currently in the bible are the only books written revealed to people by God and that there are no other divinely inspired works? If that's the case, then no, because I believe God inspires people every day and that He may inspire someone to write another book that might one day be added to the bible.

12. What are your views on salvation? (A little broad, I know)

Hmm...I believe that when I die, my life will flash before me. Then, seeing all of the things that I did, good and bad, I will be judged by God accordingly.

13. What are your views on baptism?

It cleanses a person of original sin and makes him or her a child of God. Therefore it's important.

14. What are your views on the priesthood?

Well the Holy Spirit acts through priests to change the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. So the priesthood is good in my eyes, even though some mess up. But they're human, as are we all.

Anonymous said...

The Church of Christ, Scientist, often known as The Christian Science Church or simply Christian Science, is a Protestant Christian denomination (although some dispute this categorization) founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. The Bible and Mrs. Eddy's book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures are together the church's key doctrinal sources.

Christian Science is considered somewhat controversial because of its practice of prayer for healing in lieu of modern medicine, its traditionally authoritarian practices, and its doctrinal deviations from orthodox Christianity.

Christian Science has no direct connection with Scientology, which was founded about 75 years after Christian Science and which is not based on Christianity.

Contents [hide]
1 Theology and healing
1.1 Origins and early development
1.2 Theology
1.3 Spiritual healing in the material world
2 Organization
3 Recent history
4 Public controversy
5 External links
5.1 The Christian Science Church
5.2 Writings of Mary Baker Eddy
5.3 Criticism of Christian Science



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Theology and healing
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Origins and early development

The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston (the Mother Church)Christian Science is a name coined by a New England woman around 1865 as the result of a lifelong search for a Christianity that would duplicate Jesus' success in healing sickness as well as sin. Mary Glover, as she was then known, had investigated a number of common healing methods of her day, including allopathy, homeopathy, hydropathy, and Quimbyism. Her own poor health drove her search, but her deep Christian roots made her long for the kind of health care that Jesus had provided two thousand years before.

A fall on ice left her confined to bed and a doctor diagnosed grave injuries. She called for her Bible, and, reading an account of a healing by Jesus, she found herself suddenly well. Not knowing how this had occurred, she spent the next three years studying the Bible, experimenting and praying to discover if the experience was repeatable and if there were knowable laws that governed it. She found that she was able to heal others and began to be called out to the bedsides of those whom the medical faculty had not been able to help. A doctor attending a severe case in New Hampshire witnessed her healing of his patient and asked if she could explain her system. At the time, she said only that God did it. But he urged her to write about it and soon she began her main work explaining her system of Christian healing in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Soon others began to ask her to teach her healing method and she found that her students were able to approximate her ability to heal. The readers of her book gathered into an organization and gradually developed into a church, with Mary Baker Eddy, as she became known, as its pastor.

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Theology
In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy argued that given the absolute goodness and perfection of God, sin, disease, and death were not created by Him, and therefore cannot be truly real. This led her to conclude that the material world was an illusion that obscures God's world of spiritual "Truth," which she felt was the true reality. Mrs. Eddy came to believe that this misperception, which she called "error," could be remedied through a better spiritual understanding of humanity's relationship to God, and contended that this understanding was what enabled the biblical Jesus to heal.

This teaching is the foundation of Christian Scientists' belief that disease – and any other adversity – can be cured through prayerful efforts to fully understand this spiritual relationship. It is encapsulated in Science and Health as "The Scientific Statement of Being," a kind of Christian Science creed that is arguably the most cited textual passage in Christian Science practice; it is also read aloud in churches and Sunday schools at the end of every Sunday service:

There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter.
All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.
Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error.
Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal.
Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness.
Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual. (p. 468)
This belief in the unreality of imperfection is the basis of Christian Scientists' characteristic reliance on prayer for traditional medical care, often with the aid of Christian Science practitioners, who are, with the permission of the church's Board of Directors, listed in the Christian Science Journal, their only form of official recognition by the church and among the Christian Science laity. (Some "unlisted" practitioners maintain active practices as well, but they do so without the prestige that a Journal listing brings.)

Practitioners "treat patients," in Christian Science parlance, through prayer. Such treatment usually, though not always, is for health-related problems, and a practitioner's patient may request help for personal problems as well, such as relationships, workplace difficulties, and so on. Practitioners may also charge modest fees for their services.

Christian Science's focus on the idea of spiritual healing led to some measure of stir in the theological realm at first. Under the eye of the scientific revolutions of the 19th century, many mainstream denominations had relegated spiritual healing to the realm of a one-time dispensation rather than a modern practice. During Christian Science's early days of rapid growth, claims of healing under its influence became a subject of heated debate at Christian conventions, but for the same reason it also became a subject of reawakened interest in the 1960s and 70s.

Since Christian Scientists deny the existence of evil, the devil, and all sin, the role of Jesus Christ is radically different from nearly all other Christian sects. In Christian Science, Christ did not die for the sins of man; rather, Christ's works, crucifixion, and resurrection serve to reveal the non-existence of sin and death. Christian Scientists believe that through proper adherence to the teachings of Jesus, one can also demonstrate (albeit on a smaller scale) the non-existence of such "error."

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Spiritual healing in the material world

While reliance on the theology of spiritual healing is important to Christian Scientists, it is also not officially required of them, which has led to mixed legal opinions as to what constitutes negligence in its use. Practitioners treating a patient who decides to switch to medical care will no longer pray for that person, "mixing" of methods being forbidden in the Christian Science church. This is based on the belief that "One cannot serve two masters."

Christian Scientists believe that spiritual healing is a natural result of following Jesus' teachings. Healing was a major part of Jesus' ministry, and Christian Scientists see no basis for excluding it from the practice of modern day Christians. They understand Jesus to have presented health-giving laws in his spiritual teachings, and that following these laws, such as the golden rule and the exhortation to love one's enemies, will result in a practical form of health care.

The Church claims to have 50,000 testimonies of healing through Christian Science treatment alone, as it is commonly called. While most of these testimonies represent undiagnosed ailments not medically treated, the Church does require three other people who witnessed the healing to vouch for its authenticity in order to publish the account in its official organ, the Christian Science Journal. The Church also has a number of statements regarding diagnosed conditions accompanied by legal affidavits of authenticity signed by medical practitioners who witnessed a non-medical healing. A book entitled Spiritual Healing in a Scientific Age by Robert Peel chronicals many of these accounts.

Christian Scientists who wish to become public practitioners of Christian Science--spiritual healers-- take an intensive class that trains them in the methods. The instruction in these classes is taken from Mary Baker Eddy's textbook on healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

Ultimately, medical science is far less important to genuine Christian Scientists than believed by most outsiders looking in at the Church. Mrs. Eddy, the founder of the Church, stressed that one should accept temporary aid from "materia medica" if spiritual healing is not yielding results in the case at hand. While the Church does not require members to forgo medical treatment, most Christian Scientists do so voluntarily because they feel they have a history of success with this alternative form of healing.

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Organization
The Mother Church is the church's world headquarters, and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. (An international daily newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor, founded by Mrs. Eddy in 1908 and winner of seven Pulitzer prizes, is published by the church through the Christian Science Publishing Society.)

Branch Christian Science churches and Christian Science Societies are at once related to the central church but with large autonomy. They can be found worldwide, primarily in the US though also in Europe and other locations, and usually maintain a Christian Science Reading Room for reading and study open to the public. Churches usually hold a one-hour church service each Sunday, consisting of hymns, prayer, and readings from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. They also hold a one-hour Wednesday evening testimony meeting, with similar readings and accounts by those attending, and sponsor Christian Science lectures in their communities annually.

There are no clergy in any Christian Science church. Though Mary Baker Eddy and some of her senior students regularly gave sermons at services during Mrs. Eddy's lifetime, no one was permitted to preach in the church after her passing. Instead, a committee in the church's Boston headquarters determines each week's "Lesson-Sermon" by selecting brief, complementary passages from the Bible and Science and Health to be studied throughout the week and read aloud in churches on Sundays.

There are 26 set topics for the Lesson-Sermon, selected by Mrs. Eddy herself. The topics follow each other in an unchanging, predetermined order, and the progression starts over mid-year so that every week in the year has a topic devoted to it. Typical topics include:

a)God the Only Cause and Creator b)Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force? c)Are Sin, Disease and Death Real? d)Christ Jesus e)Doctrine of Atonement f)Love

The Bible and Science and Health are Christian Science's "dual and impersonal pastor," according to church law, so churches in the faith elect First and Second Readers who are in charge of leading Sunday services by reading the Mother Church's Lesson-Sermon aloud. The First Reader reads from Science and Health, and the Second Reader from the Bible. The First Reader also selects the hymns that will be sung at the service. The Second Reader has no powers or responsibilities other than to read from the Bible on Sundays. To be the First Reader in one's branch church is one of the highest and most prestigious positions the lay Christian Scientist can aspire to.

Church services, along with every other aspect of church government, are regulated by a constitution of sorts by Mrs. Eddy called the Manual of The Mother Church, consisting of various regulations covering everything from the duties of officers to discipline to provisions for church meetings and publications. The Manual enacted a rule of law over the Mother Church, though some controversy and historical ambiguity surround the Manual's current, 89th edition, causing a minority of Scientists to dispute the Manual's authority and authenticity.

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Recent history
Beginning in the mid-1980s, church executives undertook an ambitious foray into electronic broadcast media. A monthly half-hour television production was followed by a nightly half-hour news show on the Discovery Channel, anchored by veteran journalist John Hart. The Church then purchased a Boston cable TV station for elaborate in-house programming production. In parallel, the church purchased a shortwave radio station and syndicated radio production to National Public Radio. However, revenues fell short of optimistic predictions by church management, who had ignored early warnings by members and media experts. Most of these operations closed in well under a decade. Public accounts in both the mainstream and trade media reported that the church lost approximately $250 million on these ventures.

The media collapse brought the church to the brink of bankruptcy. However, with the 1991 publication of The Destiny of The Mother Church by the late Bliss Knapp, the church secured a $90 million bequest from the Knapp trust. The trust dictated that the book be published as "Authorized Literature," with neither modification nor comment. Historically the church had censured Knapp for deviating at several points from church teaching, and had refused to publish the work. The church's archivist, fired in anticipation of the book's publication, wrote to branch churches to inform them of the book's history. Many Christian Scientists thought the book violated the church's bylaws, and the editors of the church's religious periodicals and several other church employees resigned in protest. Alternate beneficiaries subsequently sued to contest the church's claim it had complied fully with the will's terms, and the church ultimately received only half of the original sum.

The fallout of the new media debacle also sparked a minor revolt among some prominent church members. In late 1993, a group of Christian Scientists filed suit against the Board of Directors, alleging a willful disregard for the Manual of the Mother Church in its financial dealings. The suit was thrown out by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in 1997, but a lingering discontent with the church's financial matters persists to this day.

In spite of its early meteoric rise, most believe that the Christian Science Church has suffered a decline in membership over recent decades. Though the Church is prohibited by the Manual from publishing membership figures, the number of branch churches in the United States has fallen steadily since World War II. A 1992 study in the Christian Research Journal found that church membership had fallen from 269,000 in the 1930s to about 150,000. Some believe membership has fallen further since then, however current estimates for church membership very widely, from under 100,000 to 400,000.

The church's most recent effort to stimulate interest in the faith led to the creation of the Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity, a $50 million building in Boston housing Mrs. Eddy's published and unpublished writings. As with the church's earlier multimillion-dollar outreach projects, the library's expense and concept caused controversy among some church members, though not on the same scale as the other undertakings.

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Public controversy
The Church of Christ, Scientist has been subject to significant criticism and controversy throughout its history. The most highly publicized controversy surrounds Christian Science and medicine. Christian Scientists point out that practitioners are free to choose to seek traditional medical treatment, however most rely heavily or exclusively on healing by prayer (or “faith healing”), believing it to be superior. In addition, many former practitioners and others claim church members who seek medical treatment are shunned and are considered by others to have “fallen from grace,” resulting in internal pressure to refrain from seeking treatment. The rejection of modern medicine by many practitioners inevitably leads to cases of early deaths from medically treatable causes. This issue is most controversial regarding children. In a number of nationally publicized cases in the early 1990s, prosecutors charged Christian Scientist parents whose children had died of curable ailments without being medically treated with murder or manslaughter. In the end, most of these parents were legally exonerated. However, most outside observers see these early deaths, particularly among children, as very tragic and highly unnecessary and irrational.

From its foundation, the Church of Christ, Scientist has been accused of being highly authoritarian and sometimes accused of mind control, with dissenters quickly silenced and sometimes excommunicated. Because of its authoritarian nature and because it encourages the rejection of medicine, many consider it, at a minimum, to be having some elements in common with cults. While Christian Scientists claim their religion is based in, reconcilable with, and part of Christianity, some orthodox Christian theologians and others claim that Christian Science beliefs deviate so far from some of the basic tenets of Christianity (conserning the divinity and resurrection of Jesus and the trinity among many others) that they can no longer be considered “Christian,” and are more like gnosticism and other mystic traditions. In parallel, scientists point out that the reliance on faith healing and other beliefs are decidedly non-scientific in the view of the mainstream scientific community. Because of these criticisms, some have quipped that “Christian Science is neither Christian nor science.”

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External links
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The Christian Science Church
Home Page of The First Church of Christ, Scientist
The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity
"Reports of Healing" from the Christian Science Journal
Spirituality.com The official website of the Christian Science Publishing Society
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Writings of Mary Baker Eddy
Free eBook of Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures at Project Gutenberg, the Christian Science textbook
Free eBook of Pulpit and Press (6th Edition) at Project Gutenberg
Free eBook of Rudimental Divine Science at Project Gutenberg
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Criticism of Christian Science
Christian Science by Mark Twain a 1907 work mocking Mary Baker Eddy's writings and the Church's financial arrangements
God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church by Caroline Fraser history and criticism about Christian Science (link to book site)
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Christ%2C_Scientist"
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kory said...

1. Do you believe in a supreme being or beings?
sure do

2. Do you believe in an afterlife?
i'm not sure. but i dont belive in hell if there is an afterlife

3. Do you believe in a pre-mortal life?
no

4. What religion (if any) do you associate yourself with? If Christian, please specify if you can.
im jewish

5. What are some other particulars of what you believe?
i believe in god, only one god. i dont belive in any kind of hell. i do not think that jesus is the messiah i think that we are still waiting for the messiah to come

6. Do you have an organized book of scripture?
yes the torah

7. Do you meet with a religious group (Ex. Go to church) at least once a week? Once a month? A few times a year?
well your supposed to go on friday night or on saturday morning but usually i only go on holidays

8. What are your views on the separation of religion and state?
i think it should be totally seperate. i dont think that poloticial figures should use their religion to make decisions or in campaigning

9. Do you feel that your religious beliefs have an affect on the way you lean politically?
sometimes

Anonymous said...

1. Do you believe in a supreme being or beings?
Yes

2. Do you believe in an afterlife?
yes

3. Do you believe in a pre-mortal life?
What is that?

4. What religion (if any) do you associate yourself with? If Christian, please specify if you can.
Christian- non-denominational/charismatic

5. What are some other particulars of what you believe?
Uhh. besides the basics of Christianity. I believe in the Baptsim of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, prophecy, ect.

6. Do you have an organized book of scripture?
The Bible

7. Do you meet with a religious group (Ex. Go to church) at least once a week? Once a month? A few times a year?
I go mostly every Sunday, and I always try to go to my real church every Friday evening. Sometimes I go on Tuesday nights to a worship thing.

8. What are your views on the separation of religion and state?
I think that the founding fathers founded the U.S on Biblical principles, so why is it wrong now?

9. Do you feel that your religious beliefs have an affect on the way you lean politically?
Yes, a bit

-For Christians (or anyone else who wants to answer)-

10. Do you believe in the Trinity?
Yes

11. Do you believe in Sola Scripture?


12. What are your views on salvation? (A little broad, I know)
I believe that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He was the Son of God and rose from the grave that you are saved. I don't believe that once you're saved you're always saved- there are Biblical principles that must be followed- so why would that once saved always saved be true.

13. What are your views on baptism?
I believe that Christians should be baptised in water- but it doesn't make you go to Hell if you don't. I also believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, ut again, if a Christian doesn't want that it doesn't make them go to Hell or anyless of a Christian.

14. What are your views on the priesthood?
Uhh, well I don't have a priest, I have a pastor. I believe that the best ones are the one's actually called by God to be a pastor. I also think that women do have the right by God to be in the ministry