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What's the most peaceful religion? (or non-religion)
Christianity 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Islam 5%  5%  [ 1 ]
Judaism 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Buddhism 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Hinduism 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
Pagan 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Wiccan 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Satanism 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Atheism 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
Jainism 38%  38%  [ 8 ]
Sikhism 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Shinto 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Bahai 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
Rastafarianism 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Confucianism 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Taoism 10%  10%  [ 2 ]
Hoahaoism 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Agnostic 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Other 19%  19%  [ 4 ]
Total votes : 21

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08 Dec 2020, 2:04 pm

Does anybody know what is the most peaceful religion? I think religion is supposed to be about peace in theory, but people fight wars over religion in reality.



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08 Dec 2020, 2:07 pm

Heaven's Gate 8)


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08 Dec 2020, 2:58 pm

None. I like to be free and think for myself. Not be told what to do and how to live and what to believe in. 8)


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08 Dec 2020, 3:03 pm

Hinduism is my first thought.

"In accordance with ahiṃsā, many Hindus embrace vegetarianism to respect higher forms of life"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism.

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08 Dec 2020, 3:24 pm

I think comparing religions on violence is not a useful exercise. Of the five major religions you can find peaceful and violent adherents to each.

Smaller religions or subsects of the major religions might be exclusively violent or peaceful, but I'll posit no such religion will ever rise to prominence.

Ultimately, you don't choose your religion. You either have the faith or you don't.


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08 Dec 2020, 3:32 pm

Buddhists are usually perceived as being quite peaceful.

But the government in Myanmar (Burma), where Buddhism is the state religion, really is quite violent towards ethnic minorities.



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08 Dec 2020, 3:43 pm

All good religions if practised sincerely are peaceful in nature.
It is man and not God or Buddha that lacks peace.

God is truth, love, Compassion, detached from this world.
This statement is not incompatible with the worlds great religions.

It is only man who has defiled the holy in their search for power
and at times in his stupidity and ignorance.

But they will eventually be led to the right path.
After all, all ways eventually lead to the same destination.

Jainism btw are incredibly conscious of practising Ahimsa
The practice of nonviolence towards all sentient beings.

I have been to Jain Temples in Sarnath, India
where the monks use brushes to sweep the path in front of them carefully
to ensure that they do not accidentally hurt or kill any insects in their path

I like this although not always practical
i admire their determination and perseverance



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08 Dec 2020, 3:46 pm

I was thinking of Jainism myself....



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08 Dec 2020, 4:43 pm

Jainism is indeed likely - based on doctrine - the most peaceful religion in the world.

Jain ascetics will go to extreme length to avoid harming other creatures, including - among the Digambara - walking around naked, as the production of clothing might inadvertently harm creatures.

They are also known to cover their mouths to prevent ingesting insects by accident and to sweep the ground in front of them to avoid stepping on small creatures.

But the ascetics likely make up a very small portion of the Jain community, and it is probably not realistic to assume that a lay person could consistently adhere to such strict altruistic behaviour.

Buddhism is likely next on the list, but even here we find some branches with a more militant history - like Nichiren Buddhism in Japan.

Hinduism is more of a mixed bag. Ahimsa also exists in Hinduism (and was a major component in the The Upanishads), but it doesn't occupy the same central position as in Buddhism and Jainism, where it is of paramount concern.

The chinese religions (Confucianism and Taoism) are largely pacifist, but do not disown violence altogether.

On the other hand, the Abrahamic religions do not (except for Baháʼí, perhaps) have a peaceful reputation.

And finally, atheism and agnosticism are not religions, so one cannot deduce a propensity for peace and pacifism (or war and genocidal megalomania) from these categories. "Pagan" is also an umbrella category for various religious traditions, so there may be both pacifist pagans and ... pagans with a different perspective.



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08 Dec 2020, 5:02 pm



A Religion That is Most Peaceful
Is A Human Who Achieves
Inner Peace, Loving
Freedom All, Always

A Challenging Life

For More Potential

With Least Harm;

Common Golden

Rule Too Cross-

Culturally Free,

Peace Flows

From these

Souls, Indeed,

Flesh and

Blood

Souls;

Real Humans

of Altruism;

To be Clear,

Yet There are

Those Who Still

Bow Down to

'Important Figures'

In All 'These Religions'

Identified And Miss

A Message of 'A

Teacher' All

ToGeTHeR

As Often

(The Teacher)

'They' Find Inner

Peace That Is Lost

in Translation As

Teacher Becomes

Gurus; Yes, Idols

Worshipped Instead...

One Might Ask Why...

It's Complex and Simple; There Are Leaders

And Followers For Metaphor, Goats, And Sheep...

Despicable Leaders and Minions; i really Don't

Need to Provide

Any HiStory

These

Days

On the Subject

Matter at Hand;

Yes, i have a Very Good

Jain Friend Who Once Stood in Line

For Hours to Give Worship to A Statue

of An Elephant, The Deity Ganesha...

Oh By The Way, the Goddess

Lakshmi, Pictured

On the Famous

Album Cover,

Sgt. Pepper's

Lonely Hearts

Club Band, in Red,

In the Front of

'The Burial Ground'

With Other Statues too;

Part of Jain

Worship

too; Yes, Tantric

Version of 'Lakshmi';

Meaning Of

Vice President

Kamala Devi

First And Middle

Name, Before Last

Married Name Harris..

Indeed,

Religions

Are Different;

Yet, Generally

Speaking People

aRe aLike ALL OVeR,

SaMe As Different;

Sheep

And

Goats

Will Do What

They Naturally

Do and Indeed Despicable

Leaders and Minions Will come

To Run Any Religion As They Do....

Follower

And

Leader;

What Separates

The Villains and

the Heroes, Empathy

Indeed; And Now We

Have a Globe-Wide Meme

To See What Happens When

That 'Orange Meme' Holds

Hands As State Authoritarian Becomes

Lover of Church Authoritarian With Common Rule...

Oh, the

Birds

And the

Bees; Yet,

To Be Spoiled

By Human Culture;

Yes, Tools; Yes, Words; Yes,

Religions; as by Very Nature

Tradition Separates in Bonds and

Binds of Similar Symbols; Every

Tradition Differently as Rule....

As Far as Friends Go For

Years, my Most Consistently

Peaceful Friend Is An Egyptian Muslim

Widow With Two Children Who

Is An Arabic Teacher With Full

Sharia Law in Tow; Yet, You See

That Has nothing Presently

To Do

With

Our Friendship

As A Most Peaceful

Religion is the one

That doesn't

Force its

Beliefs

On Us As

Free Agent;

She Follows the Rule

of Her Religion That Doesn't

Force Her Beliefs on Others, Not

Of Her Religion; And That is about

As Peaceful As Religion Gets; Allowing others to be Free...

Hmm, Wonder What Jesus, Lao Tzu, And Buddha; All Stories

Not Completely Verified As Words Coming Out of Any One Human's Mouth

Will

Say

About

This; Oh Lord,

too Bad They did not

Write it down for all to see...

According to Sociology, The Most

Peaceful Societies, Regardless of

Religion Are Small Groups of Folks

Who Live in Villages in a Life of Working

Together; Bartering Free Trade in Cooperation

of Services And Goods; Playing Peacefully Together True;

Thing is, It works Great

In a Small Homogenous

Culture; Yes, Basically,

Religion When

Folks Bond

And Bind Over

The Same Ways

And Symbols of Life;

Square Root one Problem

In Any Peaceful Group of Human

Beings is Differences, Substantial, Lead to Conflict

Seriously,

Go Anywhere

And Act Substantially

Different From the Crowd

And See What Happens; Even

If What You Do is Aesthetically

Beautiful And Never Ending; Some Folks

Just don't

Like

Different

From Tradition

Very Much; Yet, then

the Human Condition

The Different that makes Change Happen;

Otherwise, We'd Still Be Living in a Religion of Cave Art, indeed...

Yet Some

of that

Cave

Art is

Surely Pleasurable

And Free For All of Naked Human Nature...

Have We Really Advanced As a Species, in Short,

No, the Human Species Is making Other Species

Go Massively Out of Balance and Extinct

By Invading Their

Habitat

Now;

Nature

Has A Religion

Of Bats and Pandemics

to Return the Karma of Not

Understanding A Religion of Balance

Is All That Will Work in Peace and Harmony

Where all of Nature is taken into Consideration;

Will Humans

Do this

Under

The Auspice

of Instant Gratification;

in Short

Nope,

Enjoy

The Peace

While We Can And

Will As the Rest of Nature

Gets The Determining Vote

If We Will Not Stop Our Habit

of Addiction; Yes, Maiming, Raping, Killing

Nature

And

Of Course us too

As Part of Nature;

Oh, So 'nice' as the

Examples are All in Plain

View for All to 'See' 'These Days';

Yet, 'Rats' Tend to See a Ship Going down too...

Don't Get me Wrong; Heaven is for me now,

Yet This God

Of Balance

Is Rare

For Any Individual

For Peace And Harmony now...

'Amen'...

It Doesn't Get Anymore Peaceful

Than My Backyard for me as Religion;

Binding and Bonding Over Nature, Individually;

Yet, With Unlimited Sun Flower Seeds, The Squirrels

Do Tend to Scurry About Getting More Than they Need in Conflict;

John B. Calhoun's

i.e. "The Beautiful

Ones" Experiment,

Shows What

A Rodent

Utopia

Does

Ends Up Doing

Then And What

We See Happening

With Their Common Ancestor,

Human, From 75 Million Years Ago Does Now too...

The Similarities in Culture Are Quite Chilling Now For Real...

-Amen Again,

'Let me

Go Brush my Hair' Again...

As One Sage Once Agrees

And More, Do LiVE iN the

Most Interesting Days We Do Now...

*Motions* to 'Eve' to 'Create' Some More 'Popcorn'...

Oh God,

Amen For

A Third TiME NoW...

Trinity of Amen's Indeed Four...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Calhoun


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08 Dec 2020, 5:43 pm

A 19 horse,horse race.

Do you back the winner?

Or 2nd or 3rd place getter?etc

How about a trifecta or daily double?

Or do you back 'the one',that always comes last?

That always comes first.


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08 Dec 2020, 6:01 pm

There are three traditionally “peace” churches: the Church of the Brethren, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and the Mennonites.


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08 Dec 2020, 6:19 pm

The Jedi protect the Galaxy and guard it from the evil sith! Although the mandalorian faith is pretty appealing. I might be tempted to remove my helmet to swoon the ladies every now and again. What do you think Jedi or no? It is recognized if I'm correct in saying and the Jedi of this Galaxy have never killed anybody with a lightsaber although there was that incident last year where someone poked someone's eye out for being relatively communist. Just saying.



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08 Dec 2020, 6:26 pm

Domensiclivnaphorum wrote:
The Jedi protect the Galaxy and guard it from the evil sith! Although the mandalorian faith is pretty appealing. I might be tempted to remove my helmet to swoon the ladies every now and again. What do you think Jedi or no? It is recognized if I'm correct in saying and the Jedi of this Galaxy have never killed anybody with a lightsaber although there was that incident last year where someone poked someone's eye out for being relatively communist. Just saying.


Such bigotry painting the sith as evil. They are the most peaceful, unifying the galaxy under one rule so there will be no more war.


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08 Dec 2020, 6:28 pm

In and of itself, atheism.

Radical atheists are annoying but that's a far cry from violent.

Trouble is when ideology gets involved like with the communists and they have political reasons to outlaw religion. Then they tend to get violent.


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08 Dec 2020, 6:31 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
I was thinking of Jainism myself....


Actually on reflection you're right.

Most atheists including vegans wouldn't think twice about killing bugs.

Jains wouldn't kill bugs. It goes against their religion.


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