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Is being universal in ones beliefs really a religion?
There are many groups that say that they are universal in their beliefs and say they follow a religion, but is being truly a universal a religion or a belief?


Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:01 pm
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could be both pete,


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Well excuse me if I have missed something.What I thought we had here was a church.Now a church may be regarded in common parlance as a structure of bricks and mortar or even stone or wood. But in a true sense, it is a metaphorical meeting place and in our case can exist in cyberspace.Religion,by its definition,is a belief system based on a degree of faith,that is an adherence to a story or set of values that cannot be proven or justified by impirical evidence.The ULC is like the United Nations of belief systems.It is not a religion and the prominence of any dogma is denied in its very charter. All belief systems are equal siblings.

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Hi Zen, I was just wondering if it was possible to say one adheres to a religion but also says they are universal. Are there contradictions or mixed loyalties in this statement. I personally have no hang ups about it. I see myself as a liberal Christian. I do not expect all to come that same point of view and I believe each person finds the path that is right for them. However, I then consider just how religious I actually am and I feel the answer is, very little. I have a faith, yes, but my own personal version of it. I consider myself universal because I believe in people finding their own path that is right for them. I just wonder if I had been much more religious whether I would have the same outlook on things that was not really universal.

Just a question to discuss. No offence intended.


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No offence taken.I think I misunderstood the question.What I understand from the UNIVERSAL in ULC is that the CHURCH is not parochial or limited.As for a belief system being universal,well that would imply that it is shared by sentient life forms in other galaxies which I think would be a very broad statement and currently unprovable.But then, humans believe in many improbable things.As for me,I have a belief system that gives me comfort and that's all it needs to do, despite having no provable aspects.We need stories.It's what makes us human.Pan Narans.Story Telling Ape.I think that is preferable to Homo Sapiens which,looking at our history is definately doubtful.

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Oh I think we are really Klingon.


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k'Plah.

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Hmmm... I never thought about this.
It is an idea i will have to ponder, before i can give a reply.


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My religion is founded upon the Sanatana Veda Dharma in its contemplative aspect. I consider myself a "Universlist". Being a Universalist is a not -- I understand -- a religious belief. Being a Universalist is an attitude. In considering myself a Universlist, I understand that every man, woman, and child has the same right that I have to believe or not to believe, to be or not to be, to live with respect and dignity.

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