Christianity is comprised of nearly 2 billion (visible, countable) adherents, which equates to nearly one-third of the world's population! With such a vast global presence, it is reasonable to assume that not everyone will sing the same way, pray in the same manner, or embrace certain particulars of the faith in exactly the same way. This diversity of liturgy resulted in the formation of hundreds of Christian sub-groups or sects, commonly referred to as "denominations". How did this happen? Where did all those denominations come from? And how are they related to one another? (read more...)
Different Types or Kinds of Truth
used to be, "What is truth?". Today the question is, "What are the different kinds of truth?" Studies and authors have redefined and codified this universal subject into 4 types. But before we examine the different kinds of truth, we must answer the first and oldest question, "What is truth?" (read more...)
Is There Nothing After Death?
Some believe that when we die, we roam the Earth as spirits either good or bad, such as in animism and voodoo.
Some believe that if, and that's a BIG if, we live our lives perfectly right, praying to a specific god 3-5 times daily while facing the direction of a specific city, make a pilgrimmage to that city, or fight in a jihad, etc. we just might get to go to a type of heaven that involves either having a harem of women or being a part of a harem of women, such as the Muslims believe.
Others claim that we live a life of doing good and evil and when we die, the good serves to advance us up the ladder of existence to higher and higher life forms and higher and higher people classes (castes) until we achieve Nirvana or a "oneness" with Brahman, as it is with the Hindu religion.
Still others like Buddhists, Taoists, Confucianists and Atheists believe that the life we live now is all that we experience and death is end of all experience, so we had better live by the right code to make the most of it i.e. Humanist Manifesto, Four Paths of Buddhism...(read more...)
What do the world's major religions have in common? Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Atheism, Hinduism, Buddhism , and other beliefs are compared with regards to the topics of religious writings, purpose of life, the afterlife or "what they say happens when we die", Salvation, and Deity. (read more...)
Does Atheism Require Faith?
Is there evidence that our existence is without a Deity of any kind? What are some arguments that atheists put forth to support their view of a universe with no end or beginning? Just how much faith is required to embrace the world view of an atheist? Is it more or less than that of a theist? What happens when we die? Is there nothing after death? These are all valid questions worth looking into when discussing or considering the atheist world view... (read more...)
Cult or Christian Denomination?
With the hundreds of Christian denominations popping up over the last 2000 years, its become quite challenging to differentiate the authentic from the counterfeit. Many groups have sprung up claiming to "restore the TRUE church" etc. while utilizing the same terms and names of the historic Biblical Christian faith. Completely different gods or deities are then proffered in place of the Deity of Christianity, under the guise that the Bible was altered by wicked priests or that "pagan practices" have been adopted, etc. So then, how can one know if a particular group is Christian or a Cult? (read more...)
Are All Gods The Same One?
Say for instance,
you believe in some sort of "higher power" or god of some sort, but you are inundated with all sorts of options as to who or what this god is, or looks like, or is it a he, she, or it? One option that has been proffered, would say that to avoid this confusion, just believe that "all gods are one!", "All paths lead to the same destination" and "whatever is true for you or whatever you believe, makes it true for you".
But are they all really the same one? Or do they seem to contradict each other so decidedly that the option of claiming ALL are true is simply absurd?...(read more...)
The first and most ancient of monotheistic faiths, Judaism is a vibrant belief system steeped in culture. As one Jewish author put it, "The primary thing in Judaism is 'doing', is action, is deed, is mitzvah. Because only the mitzvah makes the world a little less dissonant between what it is and what it ought to be.the whole programme of Judaism, the project of the Torah, is tikkun olam in the precise sense 'mending a fragmented, fractured, world' (read more...)
Is Religion Superstition?
This is a question
worth asking yourself, and of others. If religion is simply an ancient system of beliefs that no longer have any viability for today, then it would be tragic to conform our world view by them or to ultimately trust our future to them. That is for sure. However...(read more...)
Is God all-powerful?
If He is, can he use that power to create something that renders his power, powerless? This question is often communicated to demonstrate the supposed fallacy behind the concept of a Deity (whoever that might be) that is considered "all powerful" or "omnipotent" Those that ask this sort of question, usuall claim that if a being were to be all powerful then that being should be able to do ALL things INCLUDING making itself go out of existence...(read more...)