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Postby moonhead » Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:28 pm

test yourself. these are fun

try to keep it civil.
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Re: belief-o-matic

Postby moonhead » Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:29 pm

1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%)
Mahayana Buddhism includes diverse beliefs, various sects, schools, and trends. The main Mahayana sects include Pure Land, Zen, and Vajrayana (or Tantric) Buddhism. We focus here on some of the traditional elements of Mahayana Buddhism.

• Belief in Deity
Mahayana Buddhism (like Theravada Buddhism) posits no Creator or ruler God. However, deity belief is present in the Mahayana doctrine of The Three Bodies (forms) of Buddha: (1) Body of Essence--the indescribable, impersonal Absolute Reality, or Ultimate Truth that is Nirvana (Infinite Bliss); (2) Body of Bliss or Enjoyment--Buddha as divine, deity, formless, celestial spirit with saving power of grace, omnipotence, omniscience; and (3) Body of Transformation or Emanation--an illusion or emanation in human form provided by the divine Buddha to guide humans to Enlightenment. Any person can potentially achieve Buddhahood, transcending personality and becoming one with the impersonal Ultimate Reality, which is Infinite Bliss (Nirvana). There are countless Buddhas presiding over countless universes. Bodhisattvas--humans and celestial spirits who sacrifice their imminent liberation (Buddhahood) to help all others to become liberated--are revered or worshipped as gods or saints by some.


• Incarnations
The historic Buddha, the person Siddhartha Gautama, is considered by many as an emanation or illusion of the highest power (which is also called Buddha). Many believe there have been countless Buddhas on earth.


• Origin of Universe and Life
No Creator God. All matter is illusion or manifestation of the Ultimate Reality. Generally, Mahayana Buddhist beliefs don't find modern scientific discoveries contradictory to Buddhist thought.


• After Death
There is no transmigration of individual souls, but through the law of karma, one's wholesome or unwholesome intentions become imprinted in the mind. Negative mental states persist through continual rebirth until one's intentions become wholesome. Once fully enlightened, one is liberated from rebirths, reaching a state of absolute selflessness resulting in ultimate bliss called Nirvana--the "Deathless State." One becomes Buddha (or one with Buddha). Some Buddhists, especially modern Western, don't emphasize or believe in literal rebirth.


• Why Evil?
People have free will to commit wrongs. Evil results as cravings, attachments, and ignorance accumulate through perpetual rebirths, thus perpetuating greed, hatred, and violence.


• Salvation
The goal is enlightenment, leading to Nirvana--liberation from cycles of rebirth and suffering--which is life. All are already endowed with Buddha-nature but need to come to realize fully that only the Ultimate Reality (the great "void" or "emptiness") is real (or nonconditional) and permanent. The Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path show the way, along with worship of the essential Buddha. One must work to extinguish self: All worldly cravings, desires, and attachments, through loving-kindness, compassion, charity, moral conduct, wisdom, and meditation. Renouncing worldly possessions and goals is not necessary for the laity, if balanced. Buddha taught the middle path, moderation. Human and spirit world Bodhisattvas are sought for help in gaining enlightenment. Pure Land Mahayana Buddhists aim to find a place of eternal Nirvana in a paradisiacal Pure Land, attainable by calling out the name of the Buddha ruler of the Pure Land.


• Undeserved Suffering
Life is suffering. Suffering results from this and past life greed, hatred, and ignorance, which, unless mitigated, returns as suffering (karma). Intense suffering may be viewed as the release of karma, hastening one's liberation. Suffering is illusion or ignorance of one's true nature as Buddha.


• Contemporary Issues
Abortion is considered murder, and all violent acts cause horrific karmic consequence. Homosexuality in itself is not specifically condemned by scripture, but opinions vary, especially among various Buddhist cultures--e.g., American Buddhists are generally very accepting, while Asian Buddhists are generally strongly opposed to homosexuality. It is believed that divorce wouldn't occur if one follows Buddhist precepts, but a couple is not condemned if they separate due to vast personal differences. Gender roles are generally traditional (e.g. women are child caretakers and men are providers), but are growing less rigid as society inflicts more and more contemporary demands (e.g. women working in increasing numbers).


that's not 100% like it says. but it's close, i guess. the abortion and homosexuality part are not spot on. for that i'm much closer to the #2 listed for me.
Contemporary Issues
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s stance is to protect the personal right to choose abortion. Other contemporary views include working for equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular approach to divorce and remarriage, working to end poverty, promoting peace and nonviolence, and environmental protection.
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Re: belief-o-matic

Postby nebgib5 » Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:40 pm

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (93%)

Huh. Maybe why I am a U.U. ;-)
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Re: belief-o-matic

Postby joelamosobadiah » Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:28 pm

1. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (100%)

Surprise! :-D
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Re: belief-o-matic

Postby Dan Lambskin » Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:35 pm

1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (90%)
3. Nontheist (78%)
4. Liberal Quakers (72%)
5. Theravada Buddhism (71%)
6. Neo-Pagan (62%)
7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (55%)
8. Taoism (47%)
9. New Age (45%)
10. Reform Judaism (38%)
11. Mahayana Buddhism (36%)
12. Orthodox Quaker (33%)
13. Scientology (26%)
14. New Thought (24%)
15. Sikhism (22%)
16. Bahá'í Faith (20%)
17. Jainism (19%)
18. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (17%)
19. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (16%)
20. Seventh Day Adventist (14%)
21. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (13%)
22. Hinduism (10%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (8%)
24. Islam (8%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (8%)
26. Roman Catholic (8%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (5%)

Belief in Deity
Not considered important. Most Humanists are atheists or agnostics.


• Incarnations
Same as above.


• Origin of Universe and Life
The scientific method is most respected as the means for revealing the mysteries of the origins of the universe and life.


• After Death
An afterlife or spiritual existence after death is not recognized.


• Why Evil?
No concept of “evil.” Reasons for wrongdoing are explored through scientific methods, e.g. through study of sociology, psychology, criminology.


• Salvation
No concept of afterlife or spiritual liberation or salvation. Realizing ones personal potential and working for the betterment of humanity through ethical consciousness and social works are considered paramount, but from a naturalistic rather than supernatural standpoint.


• Undeserved Suffering
No spiritual reasons but rather a matter of human vulnerability to misfortune, illness, and victimization.


• Contemporary Issues
The American Humanist Association endorses elective abortion. Other contemporary views include working for equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular approach to divorce and remarriage, working to end poverty, promoting peace and nonviolence, and environmental protection.



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Re: belief-o-matic

Postby beanoX3 » Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:50 pm

Top 5
1. Secular Humanism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (93%)
3. Nontheist (89%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (75%)
5. Liberal Quakers (75%)
• Belief in Deity
Not considered important. Most Humanists are atheists or agnostics.

• Incarnations
Same as above.

• Origin of Universe and Life
The scientific method is most respected as the means for revealing the mysteries of the origins of the universe and life.

• After Death
An afterlife or spiritual existence after death is not recognized.

• Why Evil?
No concept of “evil.” Reasons for wrongdoing are explored through scientific methods, e.g. through study of sociology, psychology, criminology.

• Salvation
No concept of afterlife or spiritual liberation or salvation. Realizing ones personal potential and working for the betterment of humanity through ethical consciousness and social works are considered paramount, but from a naturalistic rather than supernatural standpoint.

• Undeserved Suffering
No spiritual reasons but rather a matter of human vulnerability to misfortune, illness, and victimization.

• Contemporary Issues
The American Humanist Association endorses elective abortion. Other contemporary views include working for equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular approach to divorce and remarriage, working to end poverty, promoting peace and nonviolence, and environmental protection.


I've got some disagreements in Contemporary Issues, but I think other tests like this I've taken have given me similar results.
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Re: belief-o-matic

Postby deerayfan072 » Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:55 pm

1. Roman Catholic (100%)

• Belief in Deity
Trinity of the Father (God), the Son (Christ), and the Holy Spirit that comprises one God Almighty.

• Incarnations
Jesus Christ is God's only incarnation, Son of God and God.

• Origin of Universe and Life
A literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis is held by some, but the Church maintains that God gave humankind both supernatural revelation in the Bible and natural revelation through the rational human mind. One may harmonize science with the book of Genesis, in that a "day" in the Bible is not defined as a 24-hour day. God created the universe from nothing, so if the "Big Bang" theory is true, then God created this event. If evolution occured, it is under the choice and control of God.

• After Death
God immediately judges who will go directly to heaven or hell; most will go to purgatory for punishment and purification. Reward and punishment are relative to one's deeds. Hell was traditionally considered a literal place of eternal torture, but Pope John Paul II has described hell as the condition of pain that results from alienation from God, a thing of one's own doing, not an actual place. When Christ returns at the end of the world, he will judge all humans. All the dead will be bodily resurrected, the righteous to glorified bodies, evildoers to judgment.

• Why Evil?
Original sin. All are sinners and prone to the influence of Satan unless they find salvation in God and the Church.

• Salvation
All are already saved (through Christ's death and resurrection), are still being saved (through the Church), and will be saved in the future (second coming of Christ). Demands faith in and prayer to God and Jesus Christ, good works, and sacraments, including only one (infant) baptism. One's salvation must be restored after commission of a mortal sin through the sacraments of repentance/confession and Communion.

• Undeserved Suffering
Some suffering is caused by the inheritance of mortality originating from Adam and Eve's disobedience to God, which includes vulnerability to illness and disease. Also, Satan rules the earth, causing pain and suffering. Suffering is God's design to test, teach, or strengthen belief in Him; the greater the suffering of innocent believers, the greater will be their reward after life.

• Contemporary Issues
Abortion is considered to be a form of murder, an act worthy of excommunication. Homosexual acts are sinful. Women are afforded the highest regard as mothers and wives. Marriage is considered a sacrament and permanent; divorce and remarriage are not acceptable unless the first marriage is annulled. Remarriage without an annulment results in inability to receive sacraments. Euthanasia is sinful. Medical research which destroys fertilized embryos is wrong. The death penalty is rarely justified.

• Other Beliefs
The pope is the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He and the magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church) clarify doctrine. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is highly revered, though not worshipped. Saints are asked to intercede on behalf of sinners. Social justice teachings urge Catholics to show a special preference for those who are poor and weak.


I am shocked by this information 8-o ;-7 :-b
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Re: belief-o-matic

Postby josebach » Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:32 pm

I don't presume to know anything, but for the sake of this exercise, I would be

- Neo-Pagan
- New Thought
- Unitarian Universalism
- New Age

... in no particular order. (all 93% or more)
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Re: belief-o-matic

Postby knapplc » Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:39 pm

Part of the problem with this is that they do not (and necessarily cannot) know the tenets of every religion. Heck, even many Missouri Synod Lutherans don't know many of the basic tenets of their religion, so how could these guys?

They told me I was:


1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (98%)
3. Eastern Orthodox (85%)
4. Roman Catholic (85%)
5. Seventh Day Adventist (80%)

I'm what they say is #2, Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant. While there may be many similarities to Orthodox Quakers (I don't know enough about Quakers to know), I'm pretty much Super-Lutheran-Dude. I know a lot of what there is to know about what makes up the Christian sect Luther started, and I agree wholeheartedly with what Luther said. So unless Quakers are nearly identical to Lutherans, their questions are either wrong or worded wrong.

But, for as basic as their questions were, they pegged me 98%. That's not bad. ;-D
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Re: belief-o-matic

Postby Popcynical » Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:01 pm

I dunno, I didn't feel it was that accurate... but I don't really associate myself with any religion...

1. Theravada Buddhism (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (98%)
3. Neo-Pagan (93%)
4. Secular Humanism (92%)
5. Liberal Quakers (86%)
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