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« on: December 28, 2012, 02:19:04 PM »

what other religions do you mix if any?
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012, 02:20:49 PM »

what other religions do you mix if any?

Jediism.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012, 02:21:13 PM »

I think there are admirable things in various faiths such as Taoism, but I think the same things can be found in Christianity, so I don't see a need for me to "mix" in other stuff when trying to be Christian. Fwiw.
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2012, 02:22:16 PM »

Sometimes after church, I mix milk in my tea. That's all, though.
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2012, 02:23:57 PM »

Sometimes after church, I mix milk in my tea. That's all, though.

Milk in tea? That's highly inappropriate. Sugar in tea is good and honey is OK too. But milk in tea? Anathema!

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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 02:30:40 PM »

I find comparative religion studies fascinating, with Judaism and Western Neopaganism my primary points of interest, but I don't confuse my studies with my personal religious practice.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2012, 02:33:41 PM »

I only ponder other faiths based on what virtues they exhibit within the natural law of God to discern & not judge, to try to abide in love, faith, & hope for others even while in my own wretchedness.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2012, 02:38:25 PM »

I'm sure there is still some Protestant baggage that I have not fully let go off, especially since I was a Protestant most of my life.
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2012, 02:42:57 PM »

I admire some things in Islam but I think same aspects can be found in Christianity. It's just that modern Western Christians do not practice or do not have them anymore.
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2012, 02:54:58 PM »

Sometimes after church, I mix milk in my tea. That's all, though.

Milk in tea? That's highly inappropriate. Sugar in tea is good and honey is OK too. But milk in tea? Anathema!

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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2012, 02:58:04 PM »

Trying to be Christian is hard enough, so I don't think I can mix  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2012, 09:35:59 PM »

I mix creamer in my coffee faithfully.

Being Orthodox is already hard enough, I don't need the burden of another religion on me when I can barely balance one.
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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2012, 09:40:53 PM »

I used to study a variety of different religions here and there, nothing too crazy.  The older I become and now that I have found the true Church, I have no desire to learn of the heresies of man.  I honestly don’t care much of what they have to say anymore.
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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2012, 10:36:58 PM »

what other religions do you mix if any?

Jediism.

what is jediism?
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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2012, 10:50:06 PM »

Most of them, or at least a significant number. Every religion has an aspect of truth, and if understood in unison and in the context of a collective and universal human spirituality, serve as the prismatic colors that come together to form a single ray of white light that is WISDOM-RELIGION.
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Most of them, or at least a significant number. Every religion has an aspect of truth, and if understood in unison and in the context of a collective and universal human spirituality, serve as the prismatic colors that come together to form a single ray of white light that is WISDOM-RELIGION.

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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2012, 01:22:21 AM »

I feel strongly that if someone is trying to incorporate (mix) other religions into Orthodox Christianity, then this person most likely doesn't understand Orthodox Christianity.  My understanding is that, as Orthodox Christians, we believe there are truths in other religions, only Orthodox Christianity contains the full, complete Truth.

I offer this not to be contentious or judgmental but to inspire us to delve deeper into Orthodoxy. 
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« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2012, 01:40:53 AM »

I think there are admirable things in various faiths such as Taoism
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« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2012, 02:16:51 AM »

what other religions do you mix if any?
Messianic, Lutheran/non-baptism, tragically conservative non-denominational recovering from some painfully skewed ideas with an occasional bit of general theism/semi-agnosticism-but some of that is my flesh side. I am not the most mature or wisest Orthodox here.  I'm just a work in progress learning what it means to be Orthodox better. Reading/listening to Orthodox people is good, and Orthodox churches (as long as the people are kind and loving and not hyper-fundamentalist in a western sense) are the best!

I'm personally a bit interested in things like Baha'i, Sihkism, and Hinduism. It's a different mindset that I want to understand better.  I have not found much real, fundamental truth outside of Christianity.
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Have you watched the movie Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi (aka Episodes 4, 5 and 6) and Star Wars Movies Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3 (aka prequels)?
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« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2012, 02:29:11 AM »

I think there are admirable things in various faiths such as Taoism
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Darn (can I say that now? um...)   That's too bad. I think I could sit and listen to 'norm give commentary/analysis of the Tao Te Ching all night, lol.
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I think there are admirable things in various faiths such as Taoism
Boy, you really missed out. Cav., Orthonorm and I had a profitable discussion on Taoism recently.  Cool

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Darn (can I say that now? um...)   That's too bad. I think I could sit and listen to 'norm give commentary/analysis of the Tao Te Ching all night, lol.

The true exegete is found in that link I gave you.

Check out the Tao Gun.
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« Reply #22 on: December 29, 2012, 04:49:31 AM »

what other religions do you mix if any?

Jediism.

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« Reply #23 on: December 29, 2012, 08:38:38 AM »

I feel strongly that if someone is trying to incorporate (mix) other religions into Orthodox Christianity, then this person most likely doesn't understand Orthodox Christianity.  My understanding is that, as Orthodox Christians, we believe there are truths in other religions, only Orthodox Christianity contains the full, complete Truth.

I offer this not to be contentious or judgmental but to inspire us to delve deeper into Orthodoxy. 

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« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2012, 10:51:27 AM »

what other religions do you mix if any?
I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.
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« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2012, 10:56:45 AM »

Well....sometimes I'll play praise and worship music on my guitar, if that counts for anything?


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When it comes to Hinduism and its philosophies, Paradvaita > all others :p When I was delving into Hinduism, Kashmir Shaivism and it's unique look at monism intrigued me (Advaita was waaay too impersonal).
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« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2012, 11:27:22 AM »

There are aspects of other religions that I find interesting.  Some of these pointed the way to Orthodoxy for me, and some help me understand certain aspects of Orthodoxy to this day.  While Orthodoxy may indeed be the complete repository of Truth, I have yet to find many parishes that even remotely come close to displaying that Truth.  Often, I have found some of these Truths in other religions before I found them in the Orthodox Church.  Not that they were not there.  They were just not as evident.  However, as my collection of Orthodox books increased, and as my exposure to more and more Orthodox Christians increased, my need for the writings of other religions grew less and less.  I still rely heavily on certain Lutheran Commentaries, and I use both Lutheran and Roman Catholic sources for my daily prayers and services.  But I cannot remember that last time that I read any Hindu, Taoist, Gnostic or other writings.  As tools, they did their job.  I no longer believe that I need them.
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« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2012, 12:17:15 PM »

what other religions do you mix if any?
I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.
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« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2012, 12:23:44 PM »

what other religions do you mix if any?
I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.
Cool.
Also Kabbalah/Judaism.
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Well....sometimes I'll play praise and worship music on my guitar, if that counts for anything?


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When it comes to Hinduism and its philosophies, Paradvaita > all others :p When I was delving into Hinduism, Kashmir Shaivism and it's unique look at monism intrigued me (Advaita was waaay too impersonal).
For me, Shaiva Siddhanta over Advaita, likewise.
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« Reply #30 on: December 29, 2012, 01:04:25 PM »

Also Kabbalah/Judaism.

The Kabbalah is amazing. A lot of it makes me go 'bzuh?' but what makes sense makes a lot of sense.

I've been practising yoga for over 20 years and I find the first 4 limbs of the eightfold path have absolutely nothing contradicting Christianity in general and Orthodoxy in particular. From pratyahara upwards, the waters can muddy a lot.
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« Reply #31 on: December 29, 2012, 08:18:28 PM »

what other religions do you mix if any?
I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.
Cool.
Also Kabbalah/Judaism.
cool. But if you believe them all religiously, how do you manage to make them agree with each other?
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Also Kabbalah/Judaism.

The Kabbalah is amazing. A lot of it makes me go 'bzuh?' but what makes sense makes a lot of sense.

I've been practising yoga for over 20 years and I find the first 4 limbs of the eightfold path have absolutely nothing contradicting Christianity in general and Orthodoxy in particular. From pratyahara upwards, the waters can muddy a lot.
some priests however condemn the practice of yoga. They think of it as worshipping demons. Even if this is not what is really happenning.
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some priests however condemn the practice of yoga. They think of it as worshipping demons. Even if this is not what is really happenning.

No, they think of it as a Hindu religious practice, and at its higher levels it is. The same accusation has been levelled against martial arts. The practice styles can vary widely, in both disciplines, that's why there's no consensus on their cult status.
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what other religions do you mix if any?
I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.
Cool.
Also Kabbalah/Judaism.
cool. But if you believe them all religiously, how do you manage to make them agree with each other?
They agree at the Heart, in the realm of Silence.
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what other religions do you mix if any?
I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.
Cool.
Also Kabbalah/Judaism.
cool. But if you believe them all religiously, how do you manage to make them agree with each other?
They agree at the Heart, in the realm of Silence.

Just curious Jetavan, why do you seem cool with Orthodoxy when it holds exclusivistic beliefs you wouldn't agree with?
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« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2013, 08:02:31 AM »

Most of them, or at least a significant number. Every religion has an aspect of truth, and if understood in unison and in the context of a collective and universal human spirituality, serve as the prismatic colors that come together to form a single ray of white light that is WISDOM-RELIGION.

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Most of them, or at least a significant number. Every religion has an aspect of truth, and if understood in unison and in the context of a collective and universal human spirituality, serve as the prismatic colors that come together to form a single ray of white light that is WISDOM-RELIGION.

How the mighty have fallen...
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Most of them, or at least a significant number. Every religion has an aspect of truth, and if understood in unison and in the context of a collective and universal human spirituality, serve as the prismatic colors that come together to form a single ray of white light that is WISDOM-RELIGION.

How the mighty have fallen...

The theosophy graphic in his sig line is the giveaway. Though I do wonder how and why he has gone from a hardline Orthodox to a syncretist ...
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« Reply #39 on: January 02, 2013, 08:23:47 AM »

what other religions do you mix if any?
I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.
Cool.
Also Kabbalah/Judaism.
cool. But if you believe them all religiously, how do you manage to make them agree with each other?
They agree at the Heart, in the realm of Silence.

Just curious Jetavan, why do you seem cool with Orthodoxy when it holds exclusivistic beliefs you wouldn't agree with?
Orthodoxy is exclusivistic? I think Orthodoxy is the most inclusivistic of the Christian traditions.
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« Reply #40 on: January 02, 2013, 08:25:42 AM »

Most of them, or at least a significant number. Every religion has an aspect of truth, and if understood in unison and in the context of a collective and universal human spirituality, serve as the prismatic colors that come together to form a single ray of white light that is WISDOM-RELIGION.

How the mighty have fallen...

The theosophy graphic in his sig line is the giveaway. Though I do wonder how and why he has gone from a hardline Orthodox to a syncretist ...

Read too much Tolstoy?
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« Reply #41 on: January 02, 2013, 10:43:03 AM »

Well....sometimes I'll play praise and worship music on my guitar, if that counts for anything?


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I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.

When it comes to Hinduism and its philosophies, Paradvaita > all others :p When I was delving into Hinduism, Kashmir Shaivism and it's unique look at monism intrigued me (Advaita was waaay too impersonal).
For me, Shaiva Siddhanta over Advaita, likewise.

Have you ever heard of the Himalayan Academy?
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« Reply #42 on: January 02, 2013, 11:20:30 AM »

Well....sometimes I'll play praise and worship music on my guitar, if that counts for anything?


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I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.

When it comes to Hinduism and its philosophies, Paradvaita > all others :p When I was delving into Hinduism, Kashmir Shaivism and it's unique look at monism intrigued me (Advaita was waaay too impersonal).
For me, Shaiva Siddhanta over Advaita, likewise.

Have you ever heard of the Himalayan Academy?
Yep. Hard-core Shaivas.
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« Reply #43 on: January 02, 2013, 12:18:55 PM »

Well....sometimes I'll play praise and worship music on my guitar, if that counts for anything?


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I'm inspired by four great Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism.

When it comes to Hinduism and its philosophies, Paradvaita > all others :p When I was delving into Hinduism, Kashmir Shaivism and it's unique look at monism intrigued me (Advaita was waaay too impersonal).
For me, Shaiva Siddhanta over Advaita, likewise.

Have you ever heard of the Himalayan Academy?
Yep. Hard-core Shaivas.

Agh, tell me about it. Their teachings on women especially.
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« Reply #44 on: January 02, 2013, 12:52:26 PM »

I try to mix the faith of EARLY Christians and what they practiced.

The lifestyle and family life of the Anabaptists is pretty close (other than language)
The Sabbath keeping practices of the Messianic Jews & Ebionites.
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