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religious views (just curious): 

24%
2,302 deviants said i am religious/spiritual but do not associate myself with an organized religion
22%
2,112 deviants said i am not religious and do not believe in god(s)
21%
2,000 deviants said i am an agnostic
21%
1,962 deviants said i am religious and associate myself with an organized religion
11%
1,021 deviants said other

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:iconmykgerard:
mykgerard Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
mmm.. how do you like your can of beans? It had more beans than you thought it did when you opened it huh?... ;)
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:iconcrossunity:
Crossunity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Studying to be a preacher. Love God and Love people.
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:iconfeyodic:
feyodic Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
im Lutheran 100% aka Christian
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SpartanWilco Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
i follow the path of the Jedi
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platinumfrost Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Wiccan
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ProjectZuel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't believe in unbelievable things who faiths; I just believe in myself and those around me the things that are real. Nuff said.
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choco-flakey Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
I one of those ppl that think most modern religions are stupid. but then again in my country (which is historically in Christians zone) more than 90% are atheists and sometimes it surprises me how much of the world is religious. I liked old religions better. I mean really old, those nature centered.
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:iconrsf24:
RSF24 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Here it is in a nutshell. If you want to go against the grain, be different fine whatever floats your boat, though mocking God with indifference is about as trite and overdone as it gets. You should try to at least be objective about God and look at what you want out of life...right??. If you want to get and stay married to the love of your life, have some wonderful kids and even entertain the idea of ever having grandchildren, then following Christ is objectively the best way to do this (just look at families with lots of kids)(usually they are trying to be good Christians), looking at people/families in history. (note) I am not saying that followers of other religions cannot have this, I am just saying that right now, true- honest Christians are the dominant force in producing well adjusted families and offspring (generation begetting generation).... Hmmmm "My parents sucked at life, so I can too - YEA!!!
If you want to stay single, fuck around until you are too old to have your own and don't care to raise them right anyhow, use the "religion" of Natural Science with all it's UNPROVEN lies as your only excuse why you don't believe in something, then more power to you... You probably should expire without f-ing up the planet any more than it is. Bla Bla Bla
What is so hilarious is how in a really good argument it is only the extremes of a religion that is brought up. How about comparing religions by what their masses do over long periods of time. Are they generally good, have their numbers increased or decreased. When at war, is part of the reason or most, for the defense of innocence or to create peace/freedom? By this standard Christianity is way tighter than all the others. What other religion forgives like Christianity?
I look at the bigger picture because I am really not important to the grand scheme of things. It boils down to faith. If you only have faith in that your mother loves you and she will always love you. Why did she decide to have you? To give that love... to pass it on to you. This to me is faith enough that there is a God and he loves us, this is family, this is why all you young ones need to start getting your shit together. RSF24 out
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nottilthursday Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
correction:

2% was meant to read .2%
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nottilthursday Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i think you have a pretty heavy bias, my friend.

was this poll really so insulting to you that you felt like you had to defend your views from people who were not attacking them in the first place? it even says "just curious."

chill for a sec and look around. we are all people here and we may have more in common than you think.

it might surprise you to learn that married atheists are actually less likely to divorce than christians. it might also surprise you to find out that in most cases atheism is not based on carelessness or immorality or even ignorance. or that about 10% of the population of the US is atheistic, while only 2% of the population of US PRISONS is atheistic (with christians adding up to an even 75% to 75% respectively). or that there is an irrefutable negative statistical correlation between nontheistic population and overall crime rates in countries all over the world. google "atheist statistics" for more. by your argument, it sounds like atheism is the way to go if you want a stable society full of ethical and educated people.

on the other hand, i dont think these are valid points on which to judge people. christians are not inherently better and atheists are not inherently worse, nor vice versa. biases like those are dangerous and encourage disrespect, animosity and elitism.
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:iconrsf24:
RSF24 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
My bad, it was a bad day and my whole life since 13 or 14 has been spent getting ripped on because I was a Christian, and I'm not even one of the fanatic kind. I have just had God and Family in my life since birth and all the guys and gals I wanted to grow up and be like, (including both my parents), were really cool Christians, (if it is possible to be Christian and cool at the same time, LOL). It was not my place to rant like I did. I think atheist's are great (I love arguing with them and winning). I have some good friends that say they are atheists, though they totally live according to "christian" morals and they celebrate "christian" holidays, (however converted by religious zealots the holidays are). They are very religious with their Non religion just the same and read books about natural science and darwin and they visit their church...The Museums of Natural Science all the time, which are government funded even. My atheist friends started being reIigious about not haveing a religion when they were told in public school about the THEORY. think they have more faith than I do in what they believe, but it is very easy to have faith in something that does not hold you individually accountable for anything and has no rules/rewards/consequences to follow. Anyways, I was just trying to stir up some good conversation. I apologize if I offended or tainted the purpose of the poll. If you'd like take my comments off, or If I you want me to, I will. RSF24 peace out
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:iconnottilthursday:
nottilthursday Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I admire anyone with the integrity to admit and correct their mistakes. Kudos. I think you were most definitely successful in stirring up conversation, though.

In fact I would love to chat with you sometime. I am VERY hard to offend short of fallacious accusations and direct personal attacks. I think we could have some great discussions and maybe we can correct some misconceptions about atheism/religion, morality/christianity, museums/churches, and theory/faith.

For instance, most atheists I know are not such because it is "easy" or because they want to escape "accountability". Let's talk. Just send me a message. :)

(Oh, and christians most definitely CAN be cool!)
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:iconrsf24:
RSF24 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
What do you think about this Palestinian Mosab Hassan Yousef's statements about Islam:
"It is not a religion of peace," said Yousef, who converted to Christianity. "The biggest terrorist is the God of the Quran. I know this is very dangerous and this will offend many people. The more you follow the steps of the prophet of Islam and the God of Islam, the more you get close to being a terrorist."

Pretty brave to be saying on national television?
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trailbecamereal Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
That was the pushiest thing I've ever read. I KNOW there has got to be a better way to convey that message. Isn't Christianity all about peace? It's obvious you're passionate about your beliefs but please, don't shove it down..it caused me indigestion.
I love your message about families though. :iconscoreplz: They ARE the most important institution in my book. In fact, if every parent were as gung-hoe about raising their children, showing the same caliber and level of confidence you have, the world would better for it. Less abuse, less suffering and possibly less mediocrity. But I don't agree that Christianity is the only way to raise your kids. If it isn't completely self-evident, there are wonderful families all around the world from every faith. To discredit parenting completely based on an individual's religion is biased and a disservice to more than half the world.

More power to you for speaking your heart though. Oh and just a tip from me.. remember, it IS possible to speak openly, honestly, even passionately without profanities or demeaning accusations.
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:iconrsf24:
RSF24 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
One thing I have found out about myself is that I cannot help the profanity. I am a Hockey coach (17 yrs), and it is who I am. I thought this was a "Deviant" Art site anyways????? - Good parenting is good parenting - Budist, Hindu whatever, I think there is something inside us all (hmmm who put it there?), that when nurtured allows anyone to be great at it for their whole life, not just part of it. All it takes is respect and a willingness to love well - most importantly enough selfless love to give up a part of yourself. Whether it be in time, ability to listen, a willingness to teach, a willingness to discipline (not beat down and belittle but guide with stern follow-through)... a willingness to forgive (Jesus style) no matter what...no matter what! This is where I see so many fail at parenting and at life. I used procreation and the family to say what I did but it could have been illustrated in any number of scenario's relating to human social life on this earth. Is it just that in the family is where being a bad person or a selfish person manifest's itself and is shown for what it is. If you f--- up a child, because you cannot forgive and forget, or your life/career is more important than theirs is, it will be known to all who care to look... for generations. This is a proven fact or you can call me Sally! LOL
I have Hockey players, friends, and very distant relatives that come from broken homes with no God in them and just like their parents, they for some odd reason do the same exact things to their life, divorce, poor work ethic, basically living for themselves only in the moment, that their parents did, while the ones that have come from a good solid upbringing with discipline and God for some odd reason grow up to be usually like their parents. Of course there are the ones that stray on both sides of this, but more and more it seems as God gets left out of the equation so does forgiveness, selflessness and loving discipline. (by the way I do not agree with the Baptist or misguided christian style of discipline).
Also what was demeaning about what I said? I would like to know as it is sometimes hard for me to know when I am being demeaning and when I am objectively right. I do think it may have been the wrong place to create such a stir, but then maybe not?
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mesenie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
i think i should have said spiritual but doesn't belong to a church.but im not really into the god thing. i just believe everything is connected though energy and when we die that energy goes back to the earth. i don't really think god has anything to do with it. so thats why i tell ppl im agnostic.
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:iconheleiel:
Heleiel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm shintoist :)
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draco-datura Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Well...numbers are very interesting. :hmm:
I am protestant - reformed churc. But I am not a full-heart beliver yet.
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Tai-chow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009   Digital Artist
I am all kinds of confused. every religious question asked to me is answered simply "I don't know"
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AmandaRobbins Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional
No atheist option? Atheist.
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trailbecamereal Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Loish answered this..read back.
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AmandaRobbins Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Professional
Through five pages of responses? No thanks.
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trailbecamereal Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Ha! Don't blame you..
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Ghelenestenar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
I dabble in pantheism, where you believe that everything is an aspect of a God which is everything that exists. It's pretty cool, kind of like the Hindu World-soul (I'm not gonna lie, it's also like the Final Fantasy VII lifestream...). I just think it's cute, and I'm still a teenager, so I don't think about it too much.
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CeruleanSan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Religious Muslim girl. Oh and yeah, we believe in the same God as Adam and Abraham and Musa (Moses) and 'Isa ib'n Mariam (Jesus son of Mary), peace be upon them all.

I used to be agnostic... almost an athiest at some points, despite being born into a Muslim family. It was my friend in grade ten, who took me to the Muslim students Association somehow, and though I'd gotten into many arguements about how i ated "that World" initially... >_> After a while I came back because I missed her and started listening.

And absolutely fell in love.

It made so much sense, and it was totally different from the way I'd been raised, just "Do this, don't do that" without any explanation.

And there's so many undeniable proofs. :o And even if you just sit and think and reflect... wow.

I know a lot of people pick up the Quran and find nothing in it, and a lot pick it up with the intention of defeating it, only to be defeated themselves, but it's a matter of having an open heart and looking for guidance. >3> My friend said though I was very rude, she could tell I was secretly crying "Guide meeee Dx"...

One of those people. xD

I can't imagine how I lived before. D: Honestly, you'll find everyone who's found true Islam will say this but srsly... I know where I am, and what's my purpose and where I'm going, and nothing, nothing can give you more peace than that.

Oops, rambled. Well, there it is, my experience with religion. :B
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RSF24 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Where is the forgiveness in Islam? I am not seeing it. I am seeing a lot of of Muslims living happily in North America. I am sure God has a place for both "religions" but what is up with the hate on USA and Jews? It seems the Muslim faith is taking steps backwards or sideways with no sign of a willingness to forgive. You will have to forgive me, as I am going to decide what I think about Islam by what Islam does and right now they are not looking very good. I hope more like you can have an affect on how it is perceived to us Christians.
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CeruleanSan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
If you wnat to believe that and judge the teachings of islam by what a small percentage does, go ahead, it's no skin off my back. I don't want to get into a pointless arguement. :)

But as a reminder, you guys have the KKK, Westboro Baptist Church, Abortion-clinic bombers, militant missionaries that take advantage of starving Muslims, etc.
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RSF24 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You are right, good will always be defined by evil and evil by good, I guess one cannot exist without the other in anything created or maintained here on earth. I think I would rather have it this way then all of us being boring drones, LOL. Thanks for the reply, I think your faith is wonderful!!
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Hustane Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Raised Catholic but... I have my own views of spirituality, so I no longer practice.
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get-sirius Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Im anglican, but I don't really practice. My boyfriend is Catholic...there are very interesting differences there!
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evil-pumpkin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks God I'm an atheist...
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skatkat1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i believe there is a god...
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vintagey Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
i am jewish and celebrate the high holidays as an observant would, but i more believe that science and god are the same thing--that we've become too wrapped up in traditional views to comprehend nature. it takes a lifetime to understand life, and an unknown for death.

time should be spent exploring humanity and morality, ethics, not kneeling beside a pew as you worship a man you've never met. if god truly created us, it is my understanding that he would want his children enjoying his magnificent creation.
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daniita Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I'm an atheist, but I'm baptized though, but my mum never got me into believing... it's just not possible for me.

It's amazing how all the answers have such a similar percentage :O, don't you think?
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:iconbraise:
Braise Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist
I'm a Christian.
:)
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blearyeyedme Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009   Photographer
Christ-follower and member of the United Methodist Church.
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kacheksja Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
there is only force...
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kacheksja Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I'm sorry. "the Force"
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:iconnenney:
Nenney Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student
I identify myself as Catholic, but I don't follow all the teachings and I don't agree with everything they say. My beliefs actually conflict a lot with the Catholic church, but that's what I grew up as so for now I'm sticking with that label.
I respect all other religions or those who don't believe in anything. i may not agree with some things that others say, but live and let live. People can believe what they want to believe, and it doesn't make them right r wrong, it just makes them different. I could go on forever, but I won't.
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trailbecamereal Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
So do you consider yourself more conservative in your Catholic beliefs? I hope that's not too forward of a question. I just read your comment and got curious. Like a cat. :D
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Nenney Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Student
Psh, no question is too forward.
I'd definitely classify myself as liberal. Liberal to the extreme. A lot of people at my church are all like "if u's not catholic u's goin to hell, so we's got to convertez all of u's"
I just don't believe in proactively trying to make people convert a religion, any religion. There are a lot of other little things, that I'm just like, eh, not so much into. I'm a lazy Catholic too. I haven't been to church for almost a year. Didn't even go to christmas mass. So yeah, that's basically it.
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trailbecamereal Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
So what your saying is, in the Catholic conservative mindset it's typical to find most believe being proactive is a key characteristic of their faith? Just wanted to clarify. Sometimes semantics jumbles up my understanding.

Are most "liberal" Catholics lazy also?
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:iconrsf24:
RSF24 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
If it is OK to add to this...I am Methodist and very conservative, my brother and my sister converted to The Catholic Church when they married Catholics. They're faith is the same as it was when they were Methodist. I think it is only human to be lazy sometimes, this does not mean you cannot call yourself a part of something you believe in. It does say in the Bible to go out and spread Gods message. This is why most Churches would like their members to be more proactive but this is something that will happen anyways as your faith grows, (just talking about it here on DA is possibly doing more than if you did what your Church thinks you should do). It also says in the Bible that if you tithe (give 10% of your net income), that God promises to give more back to you. (it may be in $ or it may be health, happiness, etc...). It is one of the few "promises" God makes in the Bible. This is why Churches pass around the offering basket. It is up to you to test God on his promise or not. I have tested it and it works, (it is very hard to give up money though and I chicken out all the time and keep it all to myself)
I think having a spiritual relationship with God is way more important than going to Church or doing things "they" ask of you. All a Church is really, is a group of people (3 or more), that get together to give thanks to God or to pray or understand the Bible better. Not going to a Church run by people here on earth is no big deal to God I think, considering how a lot of churches are run today. Forgiveness and love is what God is all about, so go when you want and where you want. I was super involved in my Church at one time. Now I am lucky to go 2 times a year because of my kids sports events on sundays. I will get back and get involved again someday, but my faith is the same as it was, maybe stronger now. Point is... no worries right - God has a plan for those who believe and being a lazy believer may be a part of that for now. RSF24 is being very lazy right now -peace
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Nenney Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Student
Generally speaking, yeah. Most religions, I think, tend to want their members to be proactive; attending services, events, all that good stuff.
Besides my parents, I don't really know any other Catholics, so I couldn't say. Most of my friends are protestant or methodist.
I don't believe in the whole 'go to church or ye be damned to hell' thing. I have my own personal relationship with God, so I don't feel the need to attend church. If I did I would probably sleep through it or something so it wouldn't matter much.
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LunaDarkness Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Christian :) my views in terms of doctrine can be said to be protestant, calvinistic, and evangelical, etc...

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just a side observation: browsed thru' some of the other comments... it's always quite interesting how any topic or title on religion has a tendency to spark discussions and/or debates, anywhere online... though many of them can get downright nasty with tempers flying *shrug*
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Monyok Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I believe in God and Jesus, but I just have to find my way back....
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RSF24 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I have been there or maybe I am still there. I found that just talking about it like this helps big time. I never had the "bolt of lightning experience", I came from the mid-west boring grind of Christianity. Go to Sunday school, then Church, then out to brunch, then home... since I was born. The passion and zeal that I would see in others that lived "bad boy/girl" lives and then after they reached their lowest low, saw the light, annoyed me big time. It was impossible for me to relate to their new found faith and it's matching passion - BORING -
So I drifted away, still believed but just didn't care so much anymore. Bad habits formed and other things that were more exciting took over. I am still not back yet but I am one by one, like the White Stripes squirrel, kicking the bad habits... The cool thing is (and you know this as a believer), God is waiting patiently to help if you want him to. RSF24
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n3ll3n Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I identify myself as a agnostic theist. :)
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colloquail Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Satanist, woo!
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