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    Isn't it most likely that none of them are? Considering you have to make huge concessions and compromises for most for them to actually be possible in reality.
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    What do you mean by "right religion"? The one that gets you to heaven? the one with the most morally correct beliefs? if it is the former then none, if it is the latter then that question probably has an answer but I don't know it.
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    It is difficult to say which one seems to be most true, because if you have ever studied any ancient Mediterranean or Middle Eastern or Indian sub content history, you quickly realise that they (Abrahamic faiths) have taken stories from past religions and beliefs and amalgamated and molded them to suit whatever their specific ideology was and is. For example the story of the Earth's creation was taken from previous religious beliefs of the ancient Greek and Babylonian peoples (Epic of Gilgamesh). The story of man's creation seems to be an edit of Ancient Greek beliefs in which Man was first made by Zeus from earth (mud or clay or sand). The story of Noah and the Ark is again taken from the Epic of Gilgamesh and so on.

    There is also the problem that many of the currently practised religions have no or very little evidence of their beliefs being practised more than 4000 years ago at most. Which makes it difficult to believe any of the religions that claim they have had believers or prophets since the existence of Man.

    There are very many beautiful aspects to all of the major religions (and a good number of ugly ones as well) and it seems as though they were generally created with good intentions (relatively). In terms of a way of life, without a doubt, Buddhism seems the most true (even though it is not strictly a religion), however, its complexity and obscureness in areas leads it to being far more of a specifically personal belief rather than having the ability to bind people under one identity or towards a specific cause. In terms of simplicity and strength of scripture, ideology and personal raison d'etre Islam would seem most true or at least most potent, when taken at face value.
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    (Original post by SaintSoldier)
    But how are you to distinguish who was a true prophet and who was a false one? For all you know, Krishna could have been a false prophet, because he is neither mentioned in the Qur'an nor in the Hadith. I doubt most Muslims would be happy with you making such assumptions.
    Well we believe in all Prophets who have established religion and taught goodness and claimed to be from God. Some Prophets came following previous Prophets like Jesus who came following Moses.

    We believe that Krishna was a Messenger of God. This is the Ahmadiyya belief anyway. If you want to read in detail: http://www.alislam.org/library/links/00000158.html

    And what justification do you have to say that they are all prophets? The teachings of Krishna, Buddha etc. bare little similarity to that of Islam. Now you may say that their teachings were corrupted, but then what was the point in sending 124000 prophets to the various nations if their messages all got corrupted? What was achieved by doing that?
    God sent different Messengers to different people at different times. A different message was needed for various people at various times.

    We believe that in the beginning all Prophets were monotheistic preachers. A little study in to their lives would confirm this. Only many years after, people raised their status far above that of a Messenger and indeed a human.

    God loves His creation and therefore always sends Messengers to guide them, so whenever one religion was corrupted, God sent another one. The messages only got corrupted after many, many years. Long after the Prophet. Often it was due to too much materialism and worldly wealth and power.

    Are you an Ahmadiyya by any chance? (You're reference to Guru Nanak points me in that direction...)
    Yes. We believe that Guru Nanak was a pious saint.
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    (Original post by tif49)
    God loves His creation and therefore always sends Messengers to guide them, so whenever one religion was corrupted, God sent another one. The messages only got corrupted after many, many years. Long after the Prophet. Often it was due to too much materialism and worldly wealth and power.
    How is the believe in reincarnation the result of "materialism"? Why did they come up with that one?

    Yes. We believe that Guru Nanak was a pious saint.
    What about the rest of the Gurus then?
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    Mormonism.




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    (Original post by Bishy786)
    I would like to say Islam simply because The Quran is a guide for mankind as to how to live their lives. It contains aspects which are applicable to social, political, economic, or military actions and it tells us how to go about achieving a better life.

    EDIT: If you are going to give me a bright red gem (not that I mind, obviously), then at least have the decency to tell me why.
    i dont go in for this red gem business but i will give you a response-
    ALL religions offer a guide for mankind. We now have governmental and legal constructs to determine social, political, economic, or military actions - which incidentally all muslim countries also use.
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    (Original post by SaintSoldier)
    How is the believe in reincarnation the result of "materialism"? Why did they come up with that one?


    What about the rest of the Gurus then?
    I'm not familiar with the details but we believe that reincarnation is may either have originally have just meant being reborn in the hereafter or later people somehow came up with it. It isn't always due to materialism.

    I'm not familiar with the rest of the Gurus only know that Guru Nanak was a true an pious man of God.
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    (Original post by Muscovite)
    I'd say Buddhism but even then there were those 1990s fundamentalist Buddhist attacks on the Tokyo Subway - but still a lot more closer to what they preach than any of the three Abrahamic religions...
    I think youll find japanese zen buddhism, chinese buddhism even tibetan buddhism all to be very different to what the Indian buddha orginally preached and practiced. All relgions started somewhere and took variation over time from their followers.
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    (Original post by Your New Shoes)
    I remember revising for GCSE RS and wondering why I'm not a Buddhist. But then I realised that I can't buy into reincarnation.

    Really? out of all the principles flying around on this thread, reincarnation seems the most compatable with science - we know that all life after expiry goes to ground/sea/air and that matter is used to feed new life of whatever species re-grows. The earth is constantly recycling living matter, why not souls too?
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    (Original post by Indo-Chinese Food)
    I think youll find japanese zen buddhism, chinese buddhism even tibetan buddhism all to be very different to what the Indian buddha orginally preached and practiced. All relgions started somewhere and took variation over time from their followers.
    I know that, what you have said didn't really relate to my post
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    islam
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    None of them are right.
    They're all bull****.
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    (Original post by Indo-Chinese Food)
    i dont go in for this red gem business but i will give you a response-
    ALL religions offer a guide for mankind. We now have governmental and legal constructs to determine social, political, economic, or military actions - which incidentally all muslim countries also use.
    But "all religions" only offer a guide for mankind only spiritually.

    Islam from its conception already had the establishment for government functions, social functions, political and economic functions.

    The difference between a secular and Islamic government is that a government based on "Sharia" is in principle a more effective form of government. Smae applies for social, economic or military.
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    (Original post by Xotol)
    Deism/Pantheism.

    However into the main world religions, as an Atheist but I'd say Islam. It makes arguably the most miraculous claims. I still think it's not true but it's got a higher chance out of the main religions IMO.
    So the one which is the most far-fetched means it's true? Sorry but I don't follow the logic.
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    (Original post by Bishy786)
    But "all religions" only offer a guide for mankind only spiritually.

    Islam from its conception already had the establishment for government functions, social functions, political and economic functions.

    The difference between a secular and Islamic government is that a government based on "Sharia" is in principle a more effective form of government. Smae applies for social, economic or military.
    Concepts which it stole from its regions pre-islamic ancestors. The rest of the world still uses government functions, social functions, political and economic functions as originated from ancient civlisations like the babylonians and greeks but have modernised them and run them independantly as suclar bodies. IN fact so do islamic countires - there are none that operate sharia law, they all still effectivley follow the west template in terms of government functions, social functions, political and economic functions- clearly showing this is the more advanced approach
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    (Original post by Cicerao)
    So the one which is the most far-fetched means it's true? Sorry but I don't follow the logic.
    That's not what I meant. I worded it badly, so my mistake.

    If you read the Qur'an in arabic, it makes some claims vague enough that they could possibly be true and it doesn't contain any glaring mistakes. The Bible on the other hand is a completely different story.
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    (Original post by Perseveranze)
    Islam.

    It's different, with other religions it's faith for its believers. With Islam, it's just something else, that's why Muslims are regarded as the most devout followers of their faith, be it in the east or the west. It's like fact for us, without any "what if" questions.
    Why do you think that Muslims are the "saints" of the world?

    May 2006
    Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, has found in a survey that mostly Muslim states seek access to sex-related websites and Pakistan tops the list. Google found that of the top 10 countries - searching for sex-related sites - six were Muslim, with Pakistan on the top. The other Muslim countries are Egypt at number 2, Iran at 4, Morocco at 5, Saudi Arabia at 7 and Turkey at 8. Non-Muslim states are Vietnam at 3, India at 6, Philippines at 9 and Poland at 10.

    Here are the Muslim countries and how they placed in the top five world ranking of various bestiality-related internet search terms:

    Pig Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Egypt (No. 2) Saudi Arabia (No. 3)
    Donkey Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Iran (No. 3) Saudi Arabia (No. 4)
    Dog Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Saudi Arabia (No. 3)
    Cat Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Iran (No. 2) Egypt (No. 3) Saudi Arabia (No. 4)
    Horse Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Turkey (No. 3)
    Cow Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Iran (No. 2) Saudi Arabia (No. 4)
    Goat Sex: Pakistan (No. 1)
    Animal Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Morocco (No. 2) Iran (No. 4) Egypt (No. 5)
    Snake Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Malaysia (No. 3) Indonesia (No. 4) Egypt (No. 5)
    Monkey Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Indonesia (No. 3) Malaysia (No. 4)
    Bear Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Saudi Arabia (No. 2)
    Elephant Sex: Pakistan (No. 1) Egypt (No. 3) United Arab Emirates (No. 4) Malaysia (No. 5)
    Fox Sex: Saudi Arabia (No. 1) Turkey (No. 4)

    November 2007
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    Arabic is the 2nd most common language that is used to search for “gay sex.” It’s the number one language for search involving “sexy.” As you can see in that same graph, Iran is at 3 and Egypt is at 4, listed under regions where search on “sexy” was most conducted.

    Arabic is the 2nd most common language that is used to search for “gay man.” The countries that most search for this is currently Malaysia (#1) and Indonesia (#2). For “gay girl,” Arabic is also the 2nd most common language.

    For “child porn,” Turkey is the 2nd country where this is most searched.

    Turkey has one of the most searches for the word “porno.” Morocco is at 5. Turkish is #1 language used to conduct the search in. Indonesia is currently #1 country that search for the word “vagina.”

    Turkey is not an Arab country, nor are some of the other countries I listed. But they are Muslim, so I thought the findings were fascinating to say the least. All of this information is not in the least bit shocking, but it’s quite ironic.

    December 2011
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    According to Google Trends (December 2011), the term "Sex" is being searched mostly by people in Muslim countries

    Try reading the Qur'an and you'll see why.
    In English or in Arabic?
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    (Original post by HSG1992)
    I couldn't give a flying **** about what you and Muslim "scholars" think the Qur'an meant. You could be presented with absolute proof that Islam is false tomorrow and you'd still try to find a way to wriggle out of it.

    Children will always need their toys.

    Someone feels a little embarrased that they were wrong Well sorry if you don't give a f*** then maybe you shouldn't of made a comment.Next time don't comment on something you don't know a f*** about alright.
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    Imagine playing chinese whispers with billions of people, surely the end result will have been changed, however the Qu'ran has managed to stay unchanged throughout this time. Although I believe the Bible is true, it has been altered in the past which is why different christian sects agree with a different numbers of books. The way I see it is that Islam is pretty much a combination of Christianity, Judaism and more. I'm a muslim so I'm obviously going to say Islam in the end
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