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May 14, 2009
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((((Red, Cary, SpecialK)))) and any others interested in and appreciative of the diversity in the world:

I'm starting again.

Mary

http://www.adherents.com/Relig.....rents.html

(Sizes shown are approximate estimates, and are here mainly for the purpose of ordering the groups, not providing a definitive number.

This list is sociological/statistical in perspective.)

Christianity: 2.1 billion

Islam: 1.5 billion

Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion

Hinduism: 900 million

Chinese traditional religion: 394 million

Buddhism: 376 million

primal-indigenous: 300 million

African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million

Sikhism: 23 million

Juche: 19 million

Spiritism: 15 million

Judaism: 14 million

Baha'i: 7 million

Jainism: 4.2 million

Shinto: 4 million

Cao Dai: 4 million

Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million

Tenrikyo: 2 million

Neo-Paganism: 1 million

Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand

Rastafarianism: 600 thousand

Scientology: 500 thousand

May 14, 2009
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http://www.adherents.com/large.....heist.html

"Top 20 Countries
With Largest Numbers of Atheists / Agnostics"

(Zuckerman, 2005)

"Pitzer College sociologist Phil Zuckerman compiled country-by-country survey, polling and census numbers relating to atheism, agnosticism, disbelief in God and people who state they are non-religious or have no religious preference"

This is a pretty broad group. The website offers more specifics regarding the numbers of each group.

Mary

May 14, 2009
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Hi Mary,

Interesting numbers you posted there. Some of those religions I've never heard of.

I grew up Presbyterian. I never knew what that meant until I started my own personal quest. Apparently Presbyterian was what they called the man who preached God's word in the different villages he visited. It's still Protestant.

My grandmother was a Baptist on my mom's side. And my dad's side were all Buddhists. I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and I used to work for the Bahai's doing their tv shows. My sister is a Scientologist and has been for over 30 years. I married a Catholic and my son was baptized Catholic when he was born. I also worked for the Catholic's doing their tv shows as well. One of my best friends for over 20 years is an Agnostic. The step-mother of my children is a Born Again Christian.

Hmmm, what am I? I'm not any of those things. I've taken the good bits out of all the beliefs I've been so fortunate to have in my life. And through my studies have picked up other beliefs that I don't think has a title.

Some people think I'm "out there". That's ok with me. I'm happy in MY belief system. After reading the other thread with all the scripture and what not, it felt like they were trying to convince those of us who don't believe the same as them that they are right. Not sure why they felt they had to do that, if they're so happy, then go be happy already. lol. I don't know the whole tone of all that was living in fear of judgement. But that's JMO.

Geez, I hope you don't have to start a new thread because of my post! ha

Anyway, I think we are all one in the Universe. Warts and all. And that's all I've got to say about THAT.

Speaking of which, the Universe is telling me that I've got to get into the shower!

Have a drama free day y'all.

Hep

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Oh, I forgot to mention that I was also engaged to a Mormon. Found out he was engaged to 6 other women besides me. Go figure.....

May 14, 2009
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I just wanted to share this and this thread may be the best place. You can all keep in mind that I am Episopalian.

A friend of mine "Amy" had a long time friend "Micky" They were each married to other people but theirs was a true friendship. They were both raised Catholic. Micky died several months ago. Amy felt like the last time she saw him he was struggling to ask her something. She left to go home and when she got back to see him he was on too much morphine. She recently had a chance encounter with a psychic. The man asked her to write someone's name on a piece of paper. Once she had done that the psychic told her: He wants you to know that God is love and end the end that is all there is. He didn't have to find Him, He was always there.

My friend has cried for almost a week. We shared a bottle of wine last night and she told me all about it. Brought chills to me to hear it.

There really is no purpose to this post except to say that some essence of us must live on...

Bitsy

May 14, 2009
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That's it in a nutshell Bitsy! Pretty simple huh? I know sometimes the love I have gets buried underneath a lot of crap that I let pile up.

Hopefully there will be more love then crap when I pass over.

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On the old World is flat thread, I posted that I thought the world needed a NEW type of spirituality. The old wasn't working any more. I felt that people needed (including myself) a new energy.

Then out of the blue, 3 days later after my post, a friend of mine sent me some channeled material. I posted it on the "coincidence" thread.

I know many people don't believe in past lives, but it's interesting none the less.

I felt good after I read it. It gave me some hope that the world isn't going to hell in a hand basket. A little order out of the chaos?

Anyway, if anyone wants to read it and share their views........

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((((Hepburn))))

Thank you for sharing your story. What a fascinating background. And I like what you wrote about a NEW spirituality, though I can't remember the details without re-reading it. You seem to be a very open person, but many aren't. They will cling to what their parents have done, their grandparents, neighbors, friends. Our religious beliefs seem to be tied to our immediate culture - our socioeconomic class, geographical area, political beliefs, and so on. Not sure which of those comes first.

I will read the material you mentioned in your post, and I'm glad it gave you some hope.

Mary

May 15, 2009
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I have tried to remember this for a long time then it occurred to me to google it. So humor me. Read it and laugh

Sip, Don't gulp!
A new priest at his first mass was so nervous he could hardly speak.

After mass he asked the monsignor how he had done.

The monsignor replied, "When I am worried about getting nervous on the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. If I start to get nervous, I take a sip."

So next Sunday he took the monsignor's advice.

At the beginning of the sermon, he got nervous and took a drink.

He proceeded to talk up a storm.

Upon his return to his office after the mass, he found the following note on the door:

1) Sip the vodka, don't gulp.

2) There are 10 commandments, not 12.

3) There are 12 disciples, not 10.

4) Jesus was consecrated, not constipated.

5) Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his ass.

6) We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the late J.C.

7) The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred to as Big Daddy, Junior and the spook.

8) David slew Goliath; he did not kick the shit out of him.

9) When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off his donkey, don't say he was stoned off his ass.

10)We do not refer to the cross as the "Big T."

11)When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper he said, "Take this and eat it for it is my body." He did not say "Eat me".

12)The Virgin Mary is not called "Mary with the Cherry".

13)The recommended grace before a meal is not: Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, Yeah God.

14)Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at St. Peter's not a peter pulling contest at St. Taffy's.

Bitsy

May 16, 2009
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Bitsy!!!!

LOfreakingL!!!! I am ROLLING in my computer chair, my sides hurt from laughing, to many tears to see to ty[pe!!!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I gotta send that to my sister!

May 16, 2009
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Hepburn,

I'm trying not to judge, so I shouldn't have implied that those who are not as open-minded as you are inferior in some way. We're all products of our environment, and your environment has been varied. Since you're in the arts, you're naturally a creative thinker. I also have a background in the arts - music, theater, literature.

I still haven't read the channeled material, but I will, and I'll get back to you.

Mary

May 16, 2009
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Hi Mary,

No, I didn't take your post that way. You were just saying that you thought "I" was open-minded, cause you thought I was open-minded. HA

Being a creative person sure has it's draw-backs doesn't it? Sometimes I wish I was satisfied with working in a widget factory.

Bitsy, that post of yours was a KICK.

Hep

May 16, 2009
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(((Bitsy)))

What a delight...I laughed so hard and I was raised in the catholic church, dont go anymore but thats another story. Thanks for the laugh it was too funny. It sure put a smile on my face.

Love in recovery, Peace4all/ grammie

May 17, 2009
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Glad you all enjoyed.

Bitsy

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I don't really care if someone is Buddhist, Islamic, Christian, Druidic, Jewish or Athiest. Your beliefs are your beliefs and you all came to believe what you believe either from your upbringing or from personal (good or bad) experiences. As long as you have love in your heart, compassion for others and respect for eachother and the willingness to help or whatever from the love that is in you...who cares what religion or non-religion you are!

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As long as you DO NO HARM to yourself, to others, to any living creature, to this planet or to this Universe.

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I should clarify that some.....about doing harm...because we do 'harm' things in order to 'survive'...I mean do not harm things out of spite, meanness, envy/jealousy, hatred, greed, etc....that stem from all the NEGATIVE emotions/feelings.

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((((Hepburn and Red))))

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