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A member of Idlewild Baptist Church, Sykes is committed to his Christian faith. In the beginning, he admits, he envisioned a chapel that reflected his own beliefs. But he came to understand the sanctuary needed to include and respect people from all faith backgrounds. The chapel now services at least nine religious groups with students representing dozens of countries."It will open the doors to a better understanding of each other," he says. "And that will serve an important purpose in the long run. I believe great things will be accomplished here."
. . . And I have very real problems with the concept of "Multi-Faith" worship. Just who are participants praying to?. . . I also see God at work in other faiths - and that's all too the good.
Just because God is at work doesn't mean that He is recognized!
I do suppose the existence of God cannot be denied and I’m not entirely sure that it is important if God exists or not (I was about to use the word “he” then, slap hands!) as some people will believe and some will never. I find however that certain people’s interpretation of God to be strange. The way they go about describing and promoting their understanding of God to my mind seems skewed, distorted and even to their own advantage.There is a large media group called [edited] broadcasting on television in the name of the Christian God, which in my mind portrays lots of the bad bits of skewed [religion]. The preachers appearing on this channel seem to promote the love of Jesus and the love of wealth as some sort of interconnected benefit to all believers. This channel regularly asks for donations for its continued existence and it’s the spread of its so-called ministry across the world. There is a major focus on the money giving however we never really see where this money goes; does it go to the needy, the poor or just some corporation and its owners’ bank accounts?To get to my point; is it correct for the wrong type of faith to be portrayed to the unsuspecting, the un-sure, the lonely, the needy, the depressed. If someone has no faith but then by persuasion or observation of the wrong teachings becomes faithful then is this a good thing? Surely not!I think my question here is that as god can not be defined, then what is the correct faith and belief as there are so many different religions and within each of those religions so many different versions of understanding and belief, some more poisonous than others.
Religion, UKNearly two-thirds of British people stated that religion causes more harm than it brings benefits, according to a new poll, which shows Muslim beliefs at odds with those of the rest of society.The poll of 2,004 people conducted by Survation exclusively for Huffington Post UK revealed that nearly two in five Britons have no religious allegiance, with just 56 percent describing themselves as Christians.The figures for active worship are even more stark, with 60 percent of the population surveyed claiming they are “not religious at all” with only 8 percent saying they are “very religious.”“Religion has become a ‘toxic brand’ in the UK," Linda Woodhead, professor of the sociology of religion at Lancaster University, told HuffPost UK."What we are seeing is not a complete rejection of faith, belief in the divine, or spirituality, though there is some of that, but of institutional religion in the historic forms which are familiar to people.”Young people tended to be less skeptical. Roughly 30 per cent of 18-24 year olds believe that religion does more good than harm, while only 19 per cent of 55-64 year-olds agree.70 percent of Jews, who constituted about 1 percent of those surveyed, claimed that religion was a force for the negative, more than any other group.The participants also showed that they did not believe that belief was an indicator of being a good person, with 55 percent saying that atheists are just as likely to be moral as believers. In fact, more (8 percent) thought the irreligious were more likely to be good people than the theists, than vice versa (6 percent)."This survey just confirms what we know is the common sense of people in Britain today - that whether you are religious or not has very little to do with your morality," said Andrew Copson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association."Most people understand that morality and good personal and social values are not tied to religious belief systems, but are the result of our common heritage and experience as human beings: social animals that care for each other and are kind to others because we understand that they are human too.”"Not only that, people understand that religious beliefs themselves can be harmful to morality: encouraging intolerance, inflexibility and the doing of harm in the name of a greater good. We only need to look around us to perceive that fact."The results show a continuation of existing trends, with church attendances halving to only 800,000 a week over the past half-century, and the number of Christians falling from 72 to 59 percent in just a decade between the 2001 and 2011 surveys, with a corresponding increase in those openly irreligious.Indeed, the only religion to exhibit growth in the period was Islam, from 3 to 5 percent.While only 2.5 percent of those surveyed were Muslims, those who were displayed a greater commitment to their faith. One in five UK Muslims describes themselves as “very religious,” and only 7 percent say they are not religious at all. ‘Toxic brand’: Britons say religion does more bad than good, atheists ‘more moral’ than believers