View Poll Results: Which major religion has the most insight into human nature?

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  • Christianity

    12 32.43%
  • Islam

    2 5.41%
  • Hinduism

    1 2.70%
  • Taoism (Traditional Chinese Religion)

    2 5.41%
  • Buddhism

    20 54.05%
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I'm sensing a lot of anger here....
    Then you sense wrong.

    You are sensing sadness and that so many have (and continue to) suffer over something so silly as 'leap of faith' God clubs.

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Fair enough...but I was talking in terms of use to humanity.

    Many millions have died and many, MANY millions more have been persecuted, abused, oppressed in various ways strictly because of their religious 'beliefs'; and yet there is zero factual proof that anyone was ever 'saved' at death.

    What a pathetic human invention religion was...especially the major ones.
    Traditional Chinese Folk Religion, Buddhism, and I think even Hinduism don't even deal with "salvation" or an afterlife. I don't think Buddhism even deals with the concept of a soul.
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Then you sense wrong.

    You are sensing sadness and that so many have (and continue to) suffer over something so silly as 'leap of faith' God clubs.
    Now I'm sensing denial...

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    This isn't meant to be an existence of God debate at all. I started the thread / poll and I am Agnostic. However, I recognize that if you strip away the supernatural notions from a religion, and the concept of a divine, at their core they are a philosophy about the nature of man.
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I'd have to go with either Buddhism or Tao, but I think it's because they are more accepting of human error than the Abrahamic religions tend to be.
    That's interesting. I choose Christianity for the same reason - that it starts from the presupposition that all humans are broken, wounded, flawed. Christ teaches that human error needs only repentance to be overcome; Buddha that thousands of lifetimes of pain and toil must instead be demanded.

    Buddhism I would say is less accurate because of that starting point - that life is suffering. Life is lots of things, suffering is only part of it.



    As an interesting aside - when Jesuits first reached Japan, they became so frustrated in their efforts to convince the locals that Christianity wasn't just another branch of Budddhism, that they had the Pope declare it to be an invention of the devil to confuse mankind. :p

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Probably the ones that consider mankind inherently sinful, flawed, and dangerous.
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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Traditional Chinese Folk Religion, Buddhism, and I think even Hinduism don't even deal with "salvation" or an afterlife. I don't think Buddhism even deals with the concept of a soul.
    They call it the "Atman", it is the "self" that must undergo centuries (millenia, perhaps) of slow, grinding perfection until it can reach nirvana by becoming utterly subsumed within the universal conscious. Individuals who reach enlightenment (and are thus capable of making the leap), but who choose to remain on Earth in order to help others are called "bodhisattva", much like our own poster here .

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Actually, I am not so sure about that. My suspicion is that there was and possibly is an inherent advantage to having a religion for the group that has one. The fact that as good as every society in the whole history of mankind had a religion lends credibility to the hypothesis and could be seen to shift the responsibility of proof squarely to the shoulders of the sceptics.
    Uhh...okay.

    So because every society 'had one' that must mean it was good?

    So the tens of millions that suffered/suffer are just 'aberrations' or 'unfortunate side effects' of the greater good of having 'God clubs'? And yet, outside of stoping weak-minded people from jumping out of windows, it offers zero good in of itself. They might as well have sat around believing in flatulence or grass or wind.

    Have your theories...whatever.

    I don't waste my time debating religion...it's like trying to convince people the world is round. It should be obvious but sometimes people just refuse to see the obvious.


    Good day.

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    Probably the ones that consider mankind inherently sinful, flawed, and dangerous.
    If there is one Christian Doctrine which I have always felt stands most assuredly on its' own, independent of history, teachings, or revelation, it is Original Sin.

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    Re: Which major religion has more insight into human nature?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Of the world's 5 largest religions, which do you believe has more insight into human nature as in how we think and what we need in life to be happy and fulfilled? By this I do not mean which do you think is the "true faith" or not, but rather which one in its teachings and scriptures reveals the most about our true nature.
    islam seems the most logical one in terms of what we humans are in nature

    and far eastern philosophies idealize the human being in terms of what we should be

    but l believe all religions give us only one thing ;how we are happy
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