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I believe in God, not religion by Spelledeg I believe in God, not religion by Spelledeg
It appears this stamp rocks boats...strange, I see enough other belief stamps on dA.
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Harizonia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe in God but because my primary school forced Christianity into our lives I cannot help but identify as one.
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TheDeathMachine Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
That is not what defines a Christian. A Christian is defined as someone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior, and understands that only HE can save us from the dangers of sin. That's what a real Christian is. Someone who stops putting faith in their own good deeds and trusts in Jesus as their ticket to Heaven. DO you identify as a Christian? Do you trust Christ as your savior? (No, this is not hypothetical, and I am not forcing you to accept Jesus.)
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Harizonia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's just if you are constantly told "we are Christians" or "you are a Christian" over the course of 6 years then... You know?
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TheDeathMachine Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I know, but those people are wrong. You are only a Christian if you accept Christ as your Savior. Otheriwse, you're not a Christian.
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PervertBunnies Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Christianity = religion.
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KillerTeddyBear94 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
same, i do believe in God but i don't think of myself as very religious though 
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Stevenator-20xx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a deist and I do reject revelation claims by religions and religious dogmas. I do also have big disbelief in the bible which I assume isn't true, including the so called book of revelations. It was written by men who believed earth was flat at that time and sun goes around the earth. 

I do believe however I call God "it" since I believe it isn't a human shaped God.

I do also believe in the afterlife. I believe death is an illusion because its a man made idealism. I believe after our bodies die, anything is possible ;) because I believe the so called "dream world" is the real world afterlife because its possible were in the holographic universe and realm known as the matrix.
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Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is there a difference between religion and spirituality?
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darknessthehedgehog3 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
yes religion gives you fear of going to hell and going by a book as in spirituality you live life by your own rules and set your own path
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Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh.
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SpetsnazKaz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe the obsession with religion is the problem, not the obsession with God.
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darknessthehedgehog3 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i'm actually spiritual but thinks to religion i'm afraid of death now and the thought of you might go to hell one day if you don't do good enough in life
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Alicezx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I'm not even sure I want to scroll down and read the comments here, but I do want to say. I have been waiting for a very long time for someone to post something like this. Thank you, thank you so much.
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sanjouin-dacapo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Don't you just love the smell of flame-wars in the morning? Wow... this deviation is such a flame breeding-ground lol!
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LogiTeeka Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Religious people and atheists are both hypercritical and equally oppressive towards each other.

Religion offers faith, hope and love, but creates superstition and ignorance. If religion had its way with the world, we'd all be stuck in the Dark Ages.

Atheism is logical and direct, but it creates hatred and bigotry. If atheism had its way with the world, we'd all be living in a harsh society with no freedom or expression.

In my opinion, we need both. We need to be faithful and loving, but also logical and direct. We can't just let God do all the work, we need to do our part as well. We also can't give up faith, for it's hope that keeps us alive and striving.
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SpicePrincess Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Whatever keeps your boat from sinking my niggie. Sail on!
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
[link]

Albert Einstein:
"Your question [about God] is the most difficult in the world. It is not a question I can answer simply with yes or no. I am not an Atheist."

"science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

""Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."

"Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly."

"a person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings and aspirations to which he clings because of their super-personal value. It seems to me that what is important is the force of this superpersonal content ... regardless of whether any attempt is made to unite this content with a Divine Being, for otherwise it would not be possible to count Buddha and Spinoza as religious personalities. Accordingly a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance of those super-personal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation ... In this sense religion is the age-old endeavor of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals and constantly to strengthen and extend their effect. If one conceives of religion and science according to these definitions then a conflict between them appears impossible. For science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be"
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BlackEvilSkull666 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Deism is awesome.
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darknessthehedgehog3 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
what actually is Deism
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't like the inner glow but other than that the stamp is pretty neat. Aesthetics-wise that is. It's a noble thought to praise God but disregard religion but I'm still left with the question what someone's reason is for believing in God in the first place.

On that note, I hope you don't mind if I advertise something; whoever is interested in an intelligent and well-mannered debate about whether or not God exists (and I would be taking the side of the nonbeliever) feel free to send me a message on my profile. I would respond to people on this page directly but I don't want to provoke people who are not interested in a debate.
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Autumn-Keaton Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Which is why I'm a Deist.
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Still seeing people trying to prove a point about it though.
Agree with you, been saying this for a while. Religion is man-made and therefore you shouldn't have to make it.
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Greed-Alchemist Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

I believe in God, yes, but hell no I do NOT believe in religion.

I hate it when people blab out their religon, I mean:

WHO, DA HELL, CARES?
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Squibley Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Why don't all the nooksucks who feel the need to look smart all look up AGNOSTIC.
Can you do that for him?
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Gintokichan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe in religion, not God.
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ZJG Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Digital Artist
About time someone made this stamp! :D
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freeza-frost Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting stamp!

i feel god goes :iconfacepalmplz: on religious people sometimes.

should be spiritual more than religious!
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SakuraWarrirorGirl Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I believe in God also,but I'm not a bigot over those who hate others who don't believe in Him. Some Atheists can be pretty bigoted to,don't you agree? (Some not all,I've met very nice Atheists :)
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!! This is the closest stamp I can find on dA that expresses my beliefs. I would make one myself but I don't know how.

I get so sick of searching through religion bashing icons and holier than thou stamps, but this is the best one I've seen so far, so thank you.

PS: How do you make a stamp on dA?
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Poison-Glass Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think 'religion' means what you think it means.

A religion is a specific set of beliefs generally relating to some sort of deity or a lack thereof.

A belief (or understanding, or knowledge, or whatever - let's not be picky) in God is, in fact, a religion.
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And religion is man-made, therefore, if you choose not to follow it and believe in God, that's fine.
And don't do the dictionary thing on me, because different people will define things in different ways and also meanings change with time. Google will use the most popular definition at the time, the second definition is more accurate to be honest.
Please don't start an argument because people have a right to their beliefs as much as you have to yours.
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RachidRaolu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope
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Poison-Glass Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, yup.

re·li·gion/riˈlijən/
Noun:
- The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.
- Details of belief as taught or discussed.
(From our dear friend Google.)

Christianity obviously fits under those categories, therefore Christianity is a religion. It's that simple.
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5ilvara Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A definition evolves with customs and habits.
Today, in the occidental world, this definition is obsolete.
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Poison-Glass Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That definition is not obsolete. That is the current legal definition, as well as the definition everyone I know (and the majority of the Western world) subscribes to. That's what the word means.
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shock777 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love you :love: this is perfect! :D Belief in God is not the same as a religion. It's a relationship, not a religion ! :D

God bless you~
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Poison-Glass Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
re·li·gion/riˈlijən/
Noun:
- The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.
- Details of belief as taught or discussed.
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shock777 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is a religion in that aspect. The Religion I am talking about is the religion where the church is not godly and says hateful things and forces change upon others. I also meant that it is not religion where as it is meant as a chore to do certain things in life or else we all are condemned for eternity. The religion I have is a belief yes, but it is also a relationship in which I can talk to my God, and he talks back. I love him and he loves me. It's something that no individual can explain to others accurately. You need to find it for yourself.
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Poison-Glass Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a certain type of religion, and it is far closer to a cult than a true religion. However, by definition belief in God is a religion.
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Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
So you're saying that if a man simply says "there's a creator and sustainer of the universe", he's automatically religious?
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Poison-Glass Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
re·li·gion/riˈlijən/
Noun:
- The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.
- Details of belief as taught or discussed.

So...yes, is what I'm saying.
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I actually tend to disagree with you. If you're talking about the God from scriptures then you're absolutely right. However, "God" is synonymous with the unknown in cosmology. As such, God can be defined in a theological way but also in a philosophical way approaching scientific practice. If you consider—like the qabalists—that God is nothing more than the origin of the universe (they call it Eyn Sof) then this is synonymous with the Big Bang. Of course this doesn't answer any questions but by definition God is that for which there is no answer.

Mind you, this gives absolutely no credit to the existence of God. No matter how you define God, it takes a leap of faith to believe in him.
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Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Yes, but God isn't quite what human beings define him* as. Both religious people and atheists have certain delusions. Read the book "God's Debris" by Scott Adams and you'll know what I mean.

*referring to him as "him", not because anthropomorphism, but because our language still assigns genders to some nouns.
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Poison-Glass Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You may not believe that humans know everything about God, but yes, he is as we define him. Humans are the ones who created language - defining is literally what we do, and believing in a god is, by definition, religious. That being said, there's nothing inherently bad about being religious and nothing inherently good about not being religious - it's simply that people need to acknowledge if they are.
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shock777 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by definition of man. By definition of my own experiences and what God says to me, It is more of a relationship. :heart:
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Poison-Glass Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's all lovely, but it is man who defines the usage of words on Earth. Not God. Especially in a new language such as modern English. Your relationship with God is still a religion.
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shock777 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To me it is a religion but more of a relationship. :) he is there for me and talks to me just as you and I would. He lets me know he loves me and He tells me that I am beautiful when all else fails. :) basically, It doesn't really matter what the world defines things as. Because we as born again Christ-followers were Born not of this earth but of something above it. We are not perfect nor will we ever be. We are broken people, just forgiven by a God who is love and who is perfect. :) I wouldn't expect someone to understand it without an experience like I have had. It's easy in my opinion to not believe in any God at all. It's more hard to believe in something this big, but at the same time it is more beneficial and worth living the road of self-discipline and knowing that whenever I die, there is hope and there is promise :)
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Poison-Glass Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not denying your belief or relationship with God - I just wanted to point out that by definition, it is a religion. There's nothing saying that a religion cannot also be a relationship.

I would say that I am personally an agnostic. I am extremely open to the idea of there being a God, but there also could not be. Considering how many religions have been spawned across the world, I would feel horrible aligning myself to one of them - what if it was the wrong one? All I can personally do is live my life the best that I can - help people, fight for freedom, and so on - and that if a God does exist, they can forgive me for not respecting them in the proper fashion. From what most religions seem to state, I'd be out of luck. But I have to admit, if there exists a God who IS, as stated, love, they would be able to forgive even that mistake of mine as long as I tried my damnedest (pun not intended) to live my life in a way that is beneficial to others around me.
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