A country where your religion is your law?
And I mean you'd have to keep EXACTLY to your religion, or else you go to jail. And yes, you'd be required to wear a pin saying your religion, otherwise you'd go to jail for disobeying the law.
Christians: adultery, lying, stealing, being gay, believing the pope to be wrong, eating meat on Friday during Lent, etc., will land you a spot in jail.
Islam: No eating of pork, 5 prayers a day, gayness, and other stuff.
Judaism: No eating nonKosher stuff, other stuff.
Paganism: Everything you do has a consequence... that's all, really.
Buddhism: You guys have your rules.
Agnostics/Atheists: No rules for you guys... Atheists, questioning if God may be real will land you a spot in jail, if you're heard/found out.
Please state your religion and if you think you could manage, if you'd leave the country, or whatever.
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well considering I have the most difficult one being that I am Jewish I would not be to happy about it. Even though I keep the laws by choice it is unnerving to have someone breathing down my neck if I slip up. Maybe I would deal with it in Israel but I wouldn't thing it to be right anywhere else.
I don't believe in god..If I got thrown in jail..I'd raise hell. (pun intended) lol
I BELIEVE IN GOD AND HAVE ALWAYS WENT BY THE KING JAMES VERSION OF THE BIBLE AND INTERPRETED THE BEST I COULD FOR MYSELF. I DON'T CLAIM A RELIGION THOUGH. THIS COUNTRY SOUNDS AS IF IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY HARD TO LIVE IN THOUGH BECAUSE HOW WOULD ONE KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT SOMEONE DID AT ALL TIMES? BUT IT MAY BE THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD IF THE LAWS COULD BE INFORCED BECAUSE PEOPLE MIGHT JUST THINK ABOUT HOW THYE TREAT EACH OTHER AND THE RESULTS OF THEIR ACTIONS AND DECIDE NOT TO DO SO MANY BAD THINGS.
i just wanted to point out that Catholics, not Christians, are required to hold the pontiff infallible
pray to GOD to change the situations.
My friend my religion if that is what you want to call it is a 'NO'. Have you ever heard of that sect, or branch? Well you did now, so you learned something new today. Great now smile and enjoy life, its great.
Absolutely I will in the future in eternity because all will be perfect. However there will be no jails for those who like jails will not be there. In the great kingdom, or I guess in your question country I don't think anyone will have any questions as to the rules for they will be in a state of being in existence that is perfect.
So can one cope, absolutely yes for there are only two options which are in the kingdom with God or in the kingdom without God and both will cope forever.
Interesting question. It makes me realize that I do not do a very good job keeping the values of my religion, because I don't think I'd fare very well in that country!
I'm a Hindu, so it's kind of hard to say what rules would apply, because Hindus vary so widely. But since I'm a Vaishnavite, and I do have rules that I put on myself (like being vegetarian) then I guess the rules would be the ones that I myself accept upon myself.
So I'd have to be a strict vegetarian. I try to be as it is, but I know that I flub up a lot by eating things that I'm unsure of what the ingredients are. It's hard to know what all those ridiculously long words are in the ingredients list, and whether or not they came from animals! I would probably be put in jail by the first week or 2 weeks. As soon as I failed to pray my daily puja, or was too lazy to take a shower one day, bam, I'd be arrested! Speaking unkindly, lying, overeating, and neglecting to take good care of my pet fish would all land me in jail.
So I would not like this at all.
But I like this question because it makes me realize how VERY FAR I am from really keeping the values that I myself believe in. And it makes me realize that I should get to work on improving, and also to be thankful for the grace of God in overlooking my many imperfections.
ADDED: I forgot to mention whether I would move away or not... I'd move out of the country because it just wouldn't be practical. I couldn't get anything done because I'd be in jail every other day! But once I moved out of the country, I would aspire to improve and become the kind of person that could safely live in that country without worry of landing in jail.
I am including the following quote to help define Christianity for you.
Where all other religions in the world teach that we must do some sort of good in cooperation with God in order to achieve the right to be in God's presence, Christianity is the only religion that teaches salvation by grace. This means that we are not made right before God by our efforts, sincerity, or works. Instead, we are made right before God by faith in what Christ did on the cross.
Christianity further teaches that once a person is 'born again' (becomes saved) that the Holy Spirit lives in that person and the person is changed: 'Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come,' (2 Cor. 5:17). This means that God actually lives in the person and the Christian then experiences a true and living relationship with God.
Therefore, 'What is Christianity?' is best answered by saying that it is a relationship with the true and living God through the person of Jesus Christ by whom we are forgiven of our sins and escape the righteous judgment of God.
I am a christain. It would be arhd but i think it would probaly make this countrya better place. Along with the law that you can't attack people who don't belive what you belive. I think it wouldbe abetter coutry relgins have good laws.
Pure religion: all grace & no law at all.
No man is justified by law in God's sight.
The God of all grace make 'you' perfect,
since all the KofG is located within you.
Agnostic...It would be a very bad place to live. Religion keeps MOST people in check and that Helps us. It maintains lawfullness by fear of GOD
Is there a question in this diatribe?
I'd find my own island. From what I know in my studies on only Christianity, god asks us to QUESTION, to PONDER, to THINK FOR OURSELVES. I could never live a relgion right to the T. I have to question, I have to think, I have to learn. That's what god told me to do.
This is exactly why there's separation of Church and State.
I'm an agnostic and think I could manage with those rules (or none since there aren't any for us).
Imagine no religion......
I Love Christ. But religion, and especially Christianity, goes horribly against human development and therefore goes against G-d. G-d is found within (grace) and that is the ONLY place to look; not to religion (law) or other people who claim to 'know'.
Believers of all faiths should share their faith by living its message, not forcing the message on others. That is the rotten fruit of the ego and has nothing to do with G-d! If we truly LOVE our fellow humans, we will encourage them to GO WITHIN and open their hearts to G-d directly, because when we know G-d we know that He is equally available to ALL, and no middle man (old white guy usually) is needed, required or wanted by G-d. There should be no force or cohersion or guilt handed out with the encouragement though!
Religion turns people away from G-d.... and in doing so is unholy, ungodly and the nastiest wolf in sheep's clothing EVER.
There'd be no problems in a world where inner awareness was encouraged but not forced.
I'm a philosopher with no religion, I like philosophising about the absurdity of a god. No rules accept tolerance would be my country. Well, it will work like this: you are allowed to do anything you want accept if it causing pain to another person, so the main laws like murder, manslaughter and so on.
You forgot about the children of the mother.
I refuse to be called Pagon.
I am no religion really. I guess you could call me agnostic. In which case I could stay. It would be easy to. But, really I think I might move away. I wouldn't like the fact that they made me wear a badge that is supposed to define me by a belief/no-belief in god.
Doesn't seem like a very accepting place to live.
I believe in what i wanna believe, religion is just a word.
I don't understand the question?
Would those be the only rules, because we'd be in some serious trouble if they were. What about the rule that contradict each other? I like the religions you didn't know very well, it made me smile.
Sorry guess I didn't answer the question the first time. Ok, so a land of Christianity/Buddhism? Well, everyone would be in jail for Christianity; the laws contradict each other too much and most are pointless. Buddhism, I'd be in jail; for some reason I can't seem to meditate every day, but if it were law I guess I would. Man, that Christianity thing would land us in complete Anarchy though. As for leaving the country, Buddhism I'd stay, since it'd be so peaceful. Christianity I'm not sure about though, I'd like to see the country fall apart, but I don't want to get hurt in the process, who knows. Wow, good stuff.
lol, great idea to figure out if people really can follow all the rules of their religion. well done!
i would like the idea of an atheist country, even if i sometimes question the existence of a god. i would spend 5 days a year in jail i guess.
only big problem that i would have is that my girlfriend is a catholic. that would mean we have to live in seperate countries, so again i thank ehm..ehm...ok,ok,ok i thank God for the freedom of religion in my current country.
The great thing about being a Christian is that God paid the price for all of our sins when Jesus died for our sins on the cross. To answer your question... I am a Christian, and I would be in jail in the hypothetical country you created. Wouldn't we all be?
There is no country at this point in time that would put you in jail for disobeying Christians beliefs.
As for your anwer to my question. Thank You. It is not Psychosis. It was more like a feeling of the presence of the Holy Ghost.
If buddhism is the state religion, then there would be mandatory vegetarianism, which I wouldn't like because I love to eat meat. But I would stay if they have grill onions and fries. I like their philosophy though.
If militant atheism is the state philosophy system (atheism is not a religion) and questioning of the existence of god is prohibited, then that would be infringing on free speech. I could live with it, because I can still philosophise it by myself, or maybe god could be replaced by the term 'unknown', which might be ok with the government.
You haven't mentioned Taosim yet, so I'm going to talk about it. If Taoism is the country's religion, it would be pretty much the same as the buddhism or paganism government. Assuming this is Lao Tzu's taoism where there is no superstitious mumbo jumbo, there would be no dogma, because all that is required would be for you to recognize that there is the Tao, and that it is the source of all things. They can't really enforce anything because the real Tao can't be described by words. So there would be none of this 'Tao punishes your sins!' Maybe some things that they would restrict would be the things and practices that seem to go against the Tao; such as gas guzzling Hummers that pollute the world, binge drinking, etc...... I think living in a taoist state wouldn't be a bad idea.
Still, I'd rather live in a country where there is no state religion.
I don't think anyone hardly is that orthodox to want to actually follow the rules of their religion when it inconveniences them.
I want to know the rules for pantheists?
Being a Pagan, that's an easy one.
I truly believe that a world (or even a small portion of it) that lived with Pagan ideals would maintain the kind of peace we are striving for. Like you said, everything has a consequence and that's about it. Paganism places responsibility into your own hands: if you do something bad, you bring your own demise. There is no need for any kind of divine punishment or damnation. Communication would flow freely and communities would be free of crime and injustice in a purely Pagan society.
While a utopia would be able to be reached in a society where everyone followed the same religious ideals with any religion (since that would eliminate questioning, rebellion, etc. within each particular religion), I'd much rather live in one built on Paganism, personally. Paganism encourages the most basic of moral values: don’t hurt anyone or anything including yourself. There are no unreasonable or outdated restrictions on what food you can eat, what hobbies you can have, how you can and cannot appease what deities, what deities you can and cannot attempt to appease, etc.
However, while a purely Pagan society would be nice, I find it much more important to live in a religiously diverse society. While religious discrimination, prejudice and biases can never truly be eliminated in such a society, these things are what keeps people's faith strong. Persecution is the greatest and hardest test of faith in our society presently, and without it we would never have any reason to stand up for what we believe. As detrimental as it can be, you cannot have the good without the bad, and it serves its own purpose just like everything else. We should never be without it.