Danyell (nissameb) wrote in polloftheday,
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Religion

the other day in study hall I was having a debate with a few of the other girls there. My family recently moved to the South to what my father likes to call the "Bible Belt." I came from up north so I tend to be very liberal and I honestly have no clue what religion I would consider myself being though I did find one the other day that seemed to fit my thoughts fairly well. Its called Deism.
Anyways... Being that I'm extremely against organized religion since I dont see why people need to form a group just to pray and worship God and give their money to a church that only wants the money to build an even bigger church rather than give it to the needy... We started to debate on this in class. Two of the girls were saying that because they both go to church every week they are better people that I am in the eyes of God. I brought up that my fathers parents beat the crap out of his and go to church every day so does that make them good people? They still said yes... Better than me at least because I do not go to church and I dont believe I ever will because if there is a God I dont need to go to a church that will try to teach me fear of God and teach me to do the right things in life simply out of fear rather than because I choose to only do good in life.
I want to be a good person because I decide to in my own heart. Not because the bible tells me to be good or else I'll go to Hell.
Anyways sorry... I have an awful tendency to ramble. And forgive my poor spelling.
So thats where my poll came from.

Poll #961717 Religion and Church

What Religion would you consider yourself?

Christian
54(30.2%)
Jewish
4(2.2%)
Islamic
0(0.0%)
Agnostic
38(21.2%)
Atheist
26(14.5%)
Buddhist
2(1.1%)
Jehovah's Witnesses
0(0.0%)
I have no religious affiliation
33(18.4%)
Other (please post in a comment)
22(12.3%)

How often do you go to church?

Never.
123(69.1%)
only on holidays.
26(14.6%)
Once a week.
27(15.2%)
a few times a week.
2(1.1%)
Almost every day.
0(0.0%)

How do you feel about church?

It is essential for any religion.
4(2.3%)
You will not go to heaven if you do not go to church.
0(0.0%)
It is important but there is no need to go more than once a week.
1(0.6%)
Its really boring.
1(0.6%)
I never go to church.
9(5.2%)
I feel it is unnecessary to go to church.
8(4.6%)
You can still worship God without church.
40(23.1%)
No opinion.
6(3.5%)

How do you feel about organized religion?

It is just a way to make money.
2(1.2%)
It was created only to control people by fear.
7(4.1%)
It is essential in order to worship God.
8(4.7%)
It is not essential. You dont need to form a group and give money to worship God.
77(45.3%)
No opinion
10(5.9%)

Do you believe people are good or bad based on whether or not they go to church?

Yes
4(2.2%)
No
167(92.8%)
No opinion.
9(5.0%)

Do you believe in Heaven and Hell?

Yes
37(21.0%)
No
76(43.2%)
To an extent (elaborate in a comment.)
38(21.6%)
No opinion
25(14.2%)

If you think going to church makes you a better person than do you think the KKK who were religious went to heaven and were good people just because they were religious?

Yes
1(0.6%)
No
62(36.0%)
I dont think going to church makes me any better.
109(63.4%)

And finally a somewhat random question... If you could be doing anything in the world right now not having to worry about the consequences, what would it be?

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