Updates Jan 29 Edit : Added 13 more religions/beliefs, section for Scientology and Rebel Satanism, symbol section. Feb 4 Edit : Added 16 more religions/beliefs, section for Santeria, added to symbol list, other religions section. March 1, 2008 : Added 7 more religions/beliefs February 14, 2009 : Added ‘Free Zone Scientology’.
Stamp Description This stamp is made in response to a bunch of religious battles I see on Deviantart, YouTube, etc. 58 frames. Feel free to use. You need a subscription to use. You do not have to ask me if you can use it in your journals or shoutbox.
On a side note, I would've put others, but I couldn't find a symbol for them. I put a question mark for Agnostic I dunno if there is a symbol for them. And please by all means correct me on anything about the stamp (misspellings or misplaced symbols) or my rant ahead, there are probably a few holes. And by correct, I don't mean "God Exists!!!!", "There is no God!!" comments.
Stamp by Spyridon
My opinion You know, I just see a lot of these holy wars over the internet and real life. It's absolutely pointless, you aren't going to convert anyone. A person is strong in their belief and will not change it because someone says so, so save your time. Now if someone would simply like to know more about your belief, tell them about it in an adult manner. Don't shove it down their throat, just simply tell them about it.
And please treat others by who they are and not by their belief.
Another thing I don't like to see is people saying their religion is the only and absolute religion, and if you believe otherwise, you're doomed. This world is big, people from different places/backgrounds/history/races will believe in different things. People should have an open mind and accept all the others out there.
And just because a religious idea or belief clashes with your own doesn't make them wrong, and doesn't make you right. You have every right to believe what you want, and so do they. Most religions seem to have the same concept. It's a belief. There is no absolutely correct religion/belief, just a wide variety of them for you to choose what suits you best.
Extra Stuff. Sections briefly explain the more controversial beliefs. I'll attempt to be as objective as possible.
Existence of a God There is no way for a believer to prove this. Belief in a God is faith and faith only. However, there is no way for a non-believer to prove that a God doesn't exist. There are some things that science has been unable to reach. So both sides have valid arguments. Either trying to convert or convince each other is somewhat hypocritical. Just accept both sides. (This is mostly for the fight I see between Christians and Atheists.)
Christianity - Not all Christians will try to convert you or force their belief on you. And just because their explanation for the unexplainable is usually something holy or divine doesn't necessarily mean they're lazy and trying to dodge truth, nor does it mean they're wrong. As said in the argument above, God can't be disproved either.
Atheism - Atheism doesn't automatically equal no morals or Satanist. Atheism also isn't a religion, but has a strong stand point regarding religion. They don't believe in a god. They for the most part will believe something that can be proved, or at least supported with actual physical evidence. For things they cannot explain, only leaves room for science to discover. One thing I wish people would do is to stop damning non-believers to hell.
Evolution - Evolution is not an evil lie Satan created. Yes, evolution and religion tend not to intertwine, but that doesn't mean you can't believe in both. Evolution is seen as either fact or theory. The fact in science is an observation. Facts include objective measurements which can be either pieces of verifiable evidence, or the results of an experiment which can be repeated over and over again by different people. A theory in science is an explanation of those observations. Scientific theories describe the coherent framework into which observable data fit. (Sorry, don't have much of an argument here. To point out, it's also not a religion, but a theory that you can either accept or not. Its purpose in the stamp is it is sometimes brought up in a religious argument.)
Agnosticism - Agnostic doesn't mean Atheist. Agnosticism claims it is not possible to have absolute knowledge of the existence or nonexistence of a god or gods. An agnostic person can also believe in a god but believe there is no way to prove it (agnostic theist), or they don't believe in a god but know they cannot disprove it (agnostic atheist).
Scientology - Not all Scientologists are cultists or brainwashed. Scientology encompasses a spiritual rehabilitation philosophy and techniques, and covers topics such as morals, ethics, detoxification, education and management. Scientology believes man to be basically good, that his experiences have led him to evil. According to the Church of Scientology, the ultimate goal is: "a civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights." Some examples of controversy :
Succession - After L. Ron Hubbard's death, David Miscavige succeeded him as the "ultimate ecclesiastical authority". Training - Training is the supervised process of learning and applying Scientology and auditing and follows a checklist that indicates which of Hubbard's writings and lectures are to be studied. The student must demonstrate mastery of each topic in turn to get a pass in the checklist item. Students of Scientology often have to pay for these courses and training programs. Censorship - Attempts to remove any material that speaks negatively or criticizes Scientology. Sea Org - There have been a few reports of women who formerly worked in the Sea Org who became pregnant and were advised to get an abortion, if not, they were sent to lower organizations. Others include the Fair Game and Disconnection Policy.
Examples such as the training program adds to the cult/brainwashed feel that people give Scientology. Scientology is possibly the most controversial religion to date. However, while you may not agree with Scientology, you can't say all Scientologists are bad. Bad folk come from all religions/beliefs. Not every Scientologist will take it to that extreme.
Free Zone (Scientology) - Free Zone practitioners practice Scientology-like beliefs independently from the Church of Scientology. Some follow the teachings of Ron L. Hubbard while some may practice beliefs not recognizable as Scientology. Free Zone is also referred to as Independent Scientologists or Scientology Freezone. They use Idenics in contrast to Scientology's Dianetics. Idenics' methods refer to by what a person wants to improve, rather than Dianetics series of graduations and targeted what Hubbard believed were problems common in all people that people should improve upon. Some of its members cooperate in investigating the Church of Scientology's methods. Many are critical of the Church of Scientology. Free Zone do in fact have auditors, but since most Free Zones are rebellious, they don't often do much.
Free Zone Scientology In Free Zone, a person practices their own philosophy to better themselves and overcome hardships. They don't do things according to the Churches standards. Many of them are actually critical of their methods. Some have also cooperated in investigating the Church.
Some of the problems would be getting involved with the Church of Scientology or any of its organizations, taking Dianetics too seriously, or being blind and over-zealous (which is probably bad in most religions). Basically the heads of Scientology are the issue, who want money and use scare tactics or intimidation to obtain them. Go ahead and hate Scientology, there's understandable reason for it, a lot of Scientologists have done bad. But there are many more out there, many of which who probably don't end up like the ones you see in the media. These ones deserve respect. Judge Scientology by how it is with the individual.
Santeria - Practices include animal offering, dance, and song. The most controversial being animal sacrifice. Practitioners of Santeria point out that ritual slaughter is done in a humane manner. Priests in charge of sacrifice are trained to perform humane ritual slaughter. Furthermore, the animal is cooked and eaten. Chickens are the most sacrificed, being a very staple food among African-descended and Creole cultures. Animal sacrifice is practiced in many religions, more notably Judaism and Islam, though animal sacrifice has been excluded from rabbinic Judaism.
Paganism - Pagans do not worship the devil. Pagan comes from the Latin word paganus, which simply means "country dweller or rural". Paganism encompasses nature based religions, similar to Wiccan and Druidism. Paganism were traditional beliefs that were practiced in many countries (ex. Mayan Paganism in Guatemala) before the major religions arrived.
Wiccan - Wiccas do not worship the devil. Their religion is based on Nature. Beliefs vary amongst Wiccas. Most are duotheistic, believing in a God and a Goddess, who are seen as complementary polarities, and "embodiments of a life-force manifest in nature." Sometimes symbolized as the Sun and Moon, and from her lunar associations, the Goddess becomes a Triple Goddess with the aspect of the Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Another Wiccan morality is the Law of Threefold Return which states that whatever good or bad action a person performs will return to that person with triple force. The pentagram to them is a symbol of the four elements with spirit at the top.
Satanism - Satanism doesn't equal devil worship. Devil Worshiping in satanism is actually fairly small, a minority in a minority. A vast majority of Satanists frown upon the term Devil Worshiper. There are two main types of Satanism, LaVeyan and Theistic (also known as traditional or spiritual satanism). Others include Setian Satanism (Egyptian satanism with the deity as Set), Rebel Satanism, Modern Satanism (similar to LaVeyan), and Luciferian (tied with theistic satanism).
Rebel Satanism - More known as a Devil Worshiper. Satanism and Devil Worshiper are two different things. These are the Satanists that give other Satanists a bad name. These tend to consist of rebellious teenagers and drug addicts who use the "evil image" stereotype and have most likely have very little to no knowledge of true Satanism.
LaVeyan Satanism - LaVeyan Satanists do not worship the devil. LaVeyan Satanism is a mix of individualism, self-indulgence, and Social Darwinism. They have an eye for eye morality. LaVeyans instead use Satan as a representation for people's natural inner desires. They believe "we are our own god". Instead of worshiping an outside deity, a person should just take care of themselves and live the life that they are living now. Worship of an externalized God will exclude someone as a Satanist.
Modern Satanism - Most of this century Satanists belong here. Modern Satanism is roughly the same as LaVeyan Satanism with few differences. The biggest being for modern satanists is you won't see as many LaVeyan supporters. That doesn't mean that Anton LaVey is frowned upon.
Thiestic Satanism - According to Theistic Satanists, Satan blessed mankind with the forbidden fruit of knowledge of good and evil, therefore they see Satan as a source for good, which may also be used for evil. The Theistic Satanists do actually claim the existence of a Satan or Lucifer as a higher power or a guiding force, but they don't literally worship them. Satan is seen as a father figure.
Symbols in order of the stamp :
Christian Cross - Christianity Star of David - Judaism Omkar (Aum or Om) - Hinduism Star and Crescent (Ottoman symbol) - Islam Wheel of Dharma - Buddhism Torii - Shinto Khanda - Shikhism Nine Pointed Star - Baha'i Faith Jain Hand - Jainism Pentagram - Pagan, Wiccan Flaming Chalice - Unitarian Universalism The Scientology Cross - Scientology Goat of Mendez, Sigil of the Baphomet - Satanism Luther's Seal - Lutheranism Presbyterian Cross - Presbyterianism American Atheist - Atheism (no set symbol) Angel Moroni - Mormonism Chinese Water Symbol - Confucianism Yin and Yang (Taiji) - Taoism, Daoism Monkey to Man Evolution - Evolution No Name - Dualism Question Mark - Agnosticism Tughra Inayati - Universal Sufism Mobius Strip - Deism Hands of God - Slavic Neopaganism The Sacred Chao - Discordianism Ouroboros - Gnosticism Square and Compass - Freemason Faravahar (Azura Mazda) - Zoroatrianism Lotus Carrying Namam - Ayyavazhi Unicursal Hexagram - Thelema Quartered Circle - Indigenous Religions Happy Human - Humanism Valknut - Heathenism Awen - Druidism World Tree - Romuva Odin's Horn - Asatru Lion of Judah - Rastifarianism Veve - Vodoun Pontos Riscado - Santeria Shaman of Trois Freres - Shamanic Raelian Star - Raelian Choku Rei - Reiki Romany Chakra - Roma Chi-Rho - Anglicanism Southern Baptist Convention Symbol - Baptist (no set symbol) The Falun Emblem - Falun Gong Open Bible w/ Holy Spirit - Seventh-Day Adventist (no name) Druze Star - Druze EK - Eckankar Astrological Sun Glyph (Point in Circle) - New Thought Unity Dove - Unity Church Church of Religious Science Symbol - Religious Science Unification Church Symbol - Unification Church Mithras Killing the Bull - Mithraism Egret - Stoicism Chopra Center Logo - Chopra Center Divine Eye - Cao Dai
Not used, alphabetical Aladura, Amish, Animism, Arianism, Armenian Paulicianism, Azali Bábism, Bábism, Bogomils, Bön, Catharism, Catholicism, Chondogyo, Christian Science, Christian Spiritualism, Conservative Judaism, Ditheism/Bitheism, Divine Science, Epicureanism, Episcopalianism, Esotericism, Greco-Roman Religion, Hare Krishna, Hasidic Judaism, Hellenic Reconstructionism, Hermeticism, Jehova's Witnesses, Kemetic Reconstructionism, Latter Day Saints, Left-Hand Path Mahayan Buddhism, Mandaeism, Manichaeism, Mayan Religion, Mazdaism (Mazdaen Zoroastrianism), Messianic Judaism, Mysticism, New Age, Nichiren Buddhism, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Judaism, Platonism, Protestantism, Pure Land Buddhism, Pythagoreanism, Quaker, Sabians, Shaivism, Spiritualism, Tendai Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Vaishnavism, Yazdânism, Yiguandao, Zen Buddhism, Zurvanism (Zurvaniite Zoroastrianism)
Disclaimer This stamp was not created to convert, upset anyone, change the way things are, or to downplay a certain religion/belief. Some religions are branches or forms of other religions. Some are not religions, but rather beliefs, philosophies, movements, theories, practices, organizations, or things you can accept. Some may also use more than one symbol or don't have a definite symbol. I guess the main point of this stamp is to just accept all the beliefs out there, and to treat a person for who they are, not what they believe in.
Edit : I haven't been coming on to deviantart, so all the things incorrect with this stamp will just be left unfixed. But I'm sure you all understand the point.
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