Sunday, July 3, 2011

My New Agey and Weird Religious Beliefs

My faith and religious views have changed over time, and periodically I like to stop by the Belief-O-Matic to take the quiz.  Even though it's lighthearted, I think it's a fun online religious resources.  My results have varied over the years as I've explored religion and spirituality.  Generally I subscribe to Buddhist beliefs, but I always find it interesting that Scientology and Quaker are usually pretty high on my list.

I've only attended a Christian church once in the last 12 years.  A few times a year I attend the Drolma Center, which is a Kadampa Buddhist center in Ft. Lauderdale.  I also attend the South Florida Hindu temple a few times a year with a Hindu friend of mine.  Weekly I attend the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Second Life.  Second Life is an interesting online religious resource.  Just as I'm writing this, I notice that it's strange that I call myself a Buddhist and not a Unitarian Universalist, given that I attend Unitarian Universalist religious services more often than any other type of services.

My own religious practices are new agey and weird.  I spent almost my entire childhood in a Christian church, and it was a wonderful experience.  If I had never left that town, I'd probably still be attending that church today.  Then I moved to Miami and became a "bleeding heart liberal", as my father says, and a Buddhist.  I think the heart of the matter is that I believe in liberal religion.  Buddhist beliefs and Unitarian Universalism both allow individuals the freedom to find their own religious paths without too much dogma.

Here are a few of my beliefs that probably influenced my Belief-O-Matic results:

  • I believe that being a good person, showing compassion and helping others is more important than religious dogma.
  • I believe in the equality of men and women and believe that gender does not affect a person's ability to be a spiritual leader.  China would never go for it, but I think it would be great if the Dalai Lama names a woman as his successor!
  • We should do our best to protect the environment.
  • Our bodies are sacred, and we should take good care of them.
  • Although I would not want to get an abortion, I think that it should be legal, at least in certain circumstances.
  • I do not think that homosexuality is wrong.
  • We bring much of our suffering upon ourselves and can only avoid this by changing our thinking and our actions.
  • I firmly believe in the seven principles that form the basis of Unitarian Universalism.
  • The simpler your life, the happier you are likely to be.

Here are my results.  According to the instructions:
"The top score on the list below represents the faith that most closely matches your beliefs.  Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking."

1. Mahayana Buddhism (100%)
2. Neo-Pagan (92%)
3. Hinduism (91%)
4. Theravada Buddhism (90%)
5. Jainism (82%)
6. Unitarian Universalism (79%)
7. New Age (74%)
8. Taoism (67%)
9. Liberal Quakers (63%)
10. Sikhism (60%)
11. New Thought (57%)
12. Scientology (54%)
13. Orthodox Quaker (46%)
14. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (45%)
15. Secular Humanism (44%)
16. Reform Judaism (42%)
17. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (41%)
18. Baha'i Faith (30%)
19. Orthodox Judaism (26%)
20. Seventh Day Adventist (26%)
21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (21%)
22. Nontheist (21%)
23. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (15%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (14%)
25. Islam (14%)
26. Roman Catholic (14%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (12%)


Mrs. Tuna said...

I find I concur with a lot of your beliefs, I'm a Methodist and basically they are pretty tolerant. I can remember one time when told a co-worker that I felt we all do the best we can and what goes around comes around essentially, she told me I was going to burn in Hell for not accepting Jesus in my heart. I told her it was okay because all my friends would be there. Not very Christen I'm thinking.

Thanks for stopping by and following today :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

Ok so I took this quiz..I found one thing Hilarious and kinda weird. I was raised Mormon and left the Mormon church around the age of 14 I guess because I just didn't agree with their beliefs. Truth is I didn't even find God until Easter of this year, and that's when I started my walk with God. Although I honestly choose not to be labeled as a religion that's my preference. So the hilarious thing is that the quiz told me I was 100% Mormon..Which is so laffable because if i was going to choose a Religion that's the one I would run away from. Anyhow..after reading this I see that I agree with pretty much EVERYTHING you believe...except I don't know what Unitarian Universalism is. Anyhow thanks for sharing this post..the quiz was way interesting...I am your newest Follower.

Karma Kristin

custty said...

That was an interesting quiz. I tried it too. I got Unitarian Universalist as my first. Probably because their beliefs are apparently so diverse that even I fit in there xD