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    I've noticed in my short time here that the majority of members seem to be Christian, or at least identify with some Christian branch. I was just curious if there are other religions on this forum. As for myself, I am a proud Wiccan!

    Also, how does your religion, or spirituality, help you with your illness?

    Hope I'm not being too invasive. :]
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    Hi,

    I think most people here are Christian, but I do know a couple of people who are Muslim, and at least one Buddhist. Of course, all are welcome here. As for me, I'm an Atheist. But I'm not one of those intolerant Atheists who wants to get rid of eveything that mentions God. I love nativity scenes, Christmas, and when at somebody's house for dinner I bow my head when they say grace out of respect for them and their beliefs. I'm very much a live and let live kind of person.

    What's involved with being a Wiccan? I don't really know much about that.

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    I'm Christian. I really don't label myself past that point since I am not a church goer and have issues with some ideals of Catholosism (I'm sure I spelled that wrong). I've been to many kinds of churches - Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Unitarian - as a practicing member and visited many other kinds of worship houses over the years. Even knew a little bit about Wicca at one time and have some Wiccan friends. I have family that is Jewish and have been to temple for some occasions for them and for friends as well. Some of my family is Atheist some Agnostic. Basically we are like the UN of religions. I also live in an area where there is every religion imaginable practiced - right outside of NYC. To me, I don't feel the need for a deeper level of labeling because so many ideals are similar - one higher being, sense of some sort of existance out side of this plane of life, sense of there being a distinction of right and wrong, sense of a soul. To me, these are the important things. I am very faithful in that I do believe in God and that helps me because I feel like there is a purpose to having to deal with this, I just don't understand what that purpose is but to me it has something to do with evolving on a spiritual level in this life so that in the next life I can lead a better, more spiritual, life. I firmly believe that God doesn't give us more than He knows we can handle and that He will often test our resolves and spirit and faith by giving us some sort of trial to deal with. I think that these tests and trials often have a purpose we don't learn of until we have complete the test or journey of life. Sometimes it's just to become more compassionate to others like us. Sometimes it's to have more patience for those different than us. Sometimes it is just to prepare us for something that is coming ahead that we can't see yet. I talk to God every day. I think I hear Him talking back to me on occassion, when I am very good at listening with my mind and my heart as well as my ears. I think that God has carried me through many tough times and has always been the one there for me even when I thought I stood alone. I have great respect for other religions. I don't believe in trying to convert someone to my ways. I have no proof that my religion is more right or wrong than theirs. I have often said prayers here for people not of the same religion and I hope they all were taken with the love and respect they were given and were not seen as insults to anyone. I'm babbling on and on but I hope somehow that I did answer your question.
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    Well, rob, I could sit here and list the twelve priciples of Wicca that were agreed upon by the Council of American Witches (here's a link to them). But instead, I'm going to tell you what I believe. I do not speak for all Wiccans, Pagans, or Neopagans and nor do I pretend to know everything.

    Wicca is a nature-based religion, and it is a modern interpertation of the old pagan religions. I worship the God and the Goddess, as I believe that there are two aspects to divinity- male and female. I follow the cycle of the moon and attune myself to its energy. When it waxes, I focus on adding positive things to my life, and when it wanes, I banish the negative things (like pain!). On full moons, I perform a small ritual outside where I thank the God and Goddess and ask them to "light my path with the brilliance of the moon and the glory of the sun". In addition, I follow the larger waxing-and-waning cylce of the season. Our holidays are harvest-based.

    The reason why I'm not a pagan is because I actually do practice Witchcraft. Now the biggest "principle" or "rule" is to never, ever be manipulative. That means love spells. I don't perform them, ever. I do perform blessings, and the spells I have cast successfully have worked almost immediately. Here's the way I look at it: magick is my form of prayer. It's how I communicate best with the God and Goddess, the Universe At Large, and all the energies within.

    Hope I answered some questions!
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    Hey Rob,
    I thought that you and I seem to think alike. Your post describes me, too.
    Pisces,
    I studied a lot about the ancient Celtic beliefs and the Egyptian beliefs when I was teaching Latin.
    The Romans often incorporated parts of the religions that they encountered into their own beliefs.
    I find it all really fascinating.
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    A very interesting topic.

    Thanks for the candid explanation of your definition of being wiccan.

    Thanks for all who shared.

    I identify myself as more spiritual than religious. I was raised in what I consider a progressive christian church (not catholic ) and I guess more of my belief system still comes from there. I was however always encouraged to find a religion or "church" that "spoke" to me. My parents fully encouraged me to visit multiple churches/religious ceremonies (though there wasn't much variety where I grew up, but more later). My husband and I believe strongly in the power and wonder of nature. He was raised in the same type of church as I was though our experiences still varies, then at university, he studied many religions of the world and shaped his personal views, I think. I will likely introduce many different ideas to my son and hope that he finds some combination of them that brings him comfort and strength.

    For me one of the purposes of religion, is that in time of hardship as well as times of wonder, we can find comfort and strength. I think it is also important to know that there is something greater than ourselves.


    Formal religion once played a very significant role in moral education. I find that has changed somewhat in this fast-paced world but the basic concepts of love, understanding, forgiveness are things that should help to make the world a better place for people of every belief system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pisces_music_girl View Post
    I've noticed in my short time here that the majority of members seem to be Christian, or at least identify with some Christian branch. I was just curious if there are other religions on this forum. As for myself, I am a proud Wiccan!

    Also, how does your religion, or spirituality, help you with your illness?

    Hope I'm not being too invasive. :]

    Hello there I am a wiccan/pagan for 20 years, I don't bring my religion to the table because it can cause war LOL. Nice to meet you

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    I have not commented on this thread because, as was said in the above post, bringing religion to the table can cause war. I have decided that I will post now because those that like me will continue to do so if their feelings were real and those that don't most likely didn't to start with.

    I am a preachers kid so I was born and raised in the Christian religion. I can argue/debate it as well as almost anyone however I am not Christian. I am what most call Agnostic and what some call weak Atheist. I do not believe that there is proof either way of a higher being so I can't believe nor disbelieve. Atheist, in its true meaning, simply means a non Theist or a non God Follower. Since the majority of people that use the term Atheist state that there isn't a God I don't use the original term because that does not describe me. I just don't believe that it has, or can be, proven so I use the word Agnostic.

    As Rob and Marla already mentioned I have no tolerance for stupidity such as those that say we shouldn't say Merry Christmas or sing traditional Christmas songs because they contain the word Savior. I would never look down on someone that says they are going to pray for me anymore then I would if they said they would cross their fingers or send out good vibes. I dislike the types of "non Christians" as much as I dislike the Christians (and every other religion) that spew hatred in the name of what they believe. I believe in "paying it forward". I believe that if I do good then it will come back to me as long as I am not doing it for that reason. I believe that goodness and kindness should be a part of all of our lives, not because we get something better when we die but because it makes our lives better while we are here. I believe that there is good in people if we really look for it but if we look for the bad we will find that instead. Too many people have died in the name of religions of all kinds and I, for one, am tired of the killing and the hatred. If there is a God then he goes by many names and no one religion has a monopoly on him/her.

    I do, however, have complete and total respect for people who live what they believe even when it is not easy. I don't have to agree with someone to respect their beliefs and to love them as people. I will never try and make someone walk a path that their beliefs don't allow and I expect the same. Live and let live is the best way to explain my beliefs. I personally believe that the world would be a much better place if everyone lived that way no matter what their own belief system is.

    That is just my own 2cents worth on the topic. Hugs to you all
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    well i was brought up christian but i am bit of a mixture i believe that there is a god but i believe he comes to everyone in different ways in different religions or just throu people in our lives but i also am very spritual to i believe in guradian angels and that we can communicate with our loved ones in heaven! and i have actually only experienced it recently while i was away i came back from my holiday saturday and it was the 4 year anniversary of my dads death sunday and whilst we were i bleive my dad came to both to me and my partner on 2 seprarate occassions both at the same time early hours of the morning whilst i got up for a wee! first to my other half and then 2 days later to me! it was great so peaceful and heart warming know he was there with us!

    but i also do believe there are people out there that use religion in a bad way interperating them to use in evil ways! so i try to keep myself to myself when it coems to religion each to thier own and all xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgal View Post
    I have not commented on this thread because, as was said in the above post, bringing religion to the table can cause war. I have decided that I will post now because those that like me will continue to do so if their feelings were real and those that don't most likely didn't to start with.

    I am a preachers kid so I was born and raised in the Christian religion. I can argue/debate it as well as almost anyone however I am not Christian. I am what most call Agnostic and what some call weak Atheist. I do not believe that there is proof either way of a higher being so I can't believe nor disbelieve. Atheist, in its true meaning, simply means a non Theist or a non God Follower. Since the majority of people that use the term Atheist state that there isn't a God I don't use the original term because that does not describe me. I just don't believe that it has, or can be, proven so I use the word Agnostic.

    As Rob and Marla already mentioned I have no tolerance for stupidity such as those that say we shouldn't say Merry Christmas or sing traditional Christmas songs because they contain the word Savior. I would never look down on someone that says they are going to pray for me anymore then I would if they said they would cross their fingers or send out good vibes. I dislike the types of "non Christians" as much as I dislike the Christians (and every other religion) that spew hatred in the name of what they believe. I believe in "paying it forward". I believe that if I do good then it will come back to me as long as I am not doing it for that reason. I believe that goodness and kindness should be a part of all of our lives, not because we get something better when we die but because it makes our lives better while we are here. I believe that there is good in people if we really look for it but if we look for the bad we will find that instead. Too many people have died in the name of religions of all kinds and I, for one, am tired of the killing and the hatred. If there is a God then he goes by many names and no one religion has a monopoly on him/her.

    I do, however, have complete and total respect for people who live what they believe even when it is not easy. I don't have to agree with someone to respect their beliefs and to love them as people. I will never try and make someone walk a path that their beliefs don't allow and I expect the same. Live and let live is the best way to explain my beliefs. I personally believe that the world would be a much better place if everyone lived that way no matter what their own belief system is.

    That is just my own 2cents worth on the topic. Hugs to you all
    You go girl I am the same way, someone wants to pray for me I am fine with that. I listen to country music and you know what the sing LOL. You said it all I don't care what anyone believes. that doesn't make a person. I am very proud to be in this group that doesn't shy away there true self. I even say marry Christmas I know jaw droping Hugs to you all
    Liz

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