The Purpose of Life

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What is a saviour?
Someone who rescues you from something. E.g. Jesus rescued mankind from sin.
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Do you think that Jews should follow all the rules of Mitzvoth? (YES)
1. They were given for a reason and Muslims who ignore these rules cannot expect to live a good life. 2. If you belong to a religion, you must be prepared to accept its rules.
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Do you think that Jews should follow all the rules of Mitzvoth? (NO)
Many of the rules are outdated, making them impossible to follow. E.g. "You must destroy the seven Canaanite nations". 2. There are 613 rules of Mitzvoth, this is too much to remember therefore, people could break rules without knowing that they are
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What is the first Buddhist precept?
"Do not kill"
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How would the first Buddhist precept affect a believers life?
This would affect a believers life because it means they will make an effort not to intentionally harm any living thing. This includes animals so many Buddhists are vegetarian.
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What is the second Buddhist precept?
"Do not take intoxicants"
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How would the second Buddhist precept affect a believers life?
This would affect a believers life as they will not be allowed to consume drugs or alcohol. Buddhists are allowed to take legal medication but would not take illegal drugs or alcohol as they think it clouds the mind and prevents them reaching nirvana
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What is the third Buddhist precept?
"Do not engage in sexual misconduct"
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How would the third Buddhist precept affect a believers life?
This would affect a believers life because they will not engage in sex with someone if they are not in a committed relationship as they believe that this can inflict pain on others.
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What is the fourth Buddhist precept?
"Do not steal"
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How would the fourth Buddhist affect a believers life?
The fourth Buddhist precept would affect a believers life because they will make an effort not to take anything that is not rightfully theirs. This includes time, ideas and dignity, as well as possessions.
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What is the fifth Buddhist precept?
"Do not speak falsely"
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How would the fifth Buddhist concept affect believers life?
They will be very aware of how they speak. They will make an effort not to lie, and also not to gossip about others. They believe that lying and gossiping causes hurt to others, which is wrong.
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Reason Holy books are a good thing to live your life by
They contain teachings from the founders of the religion. E.g. Jesus or Muhammed. Their followers will always try to follow their example and Holy book show us these examples.
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Reason Holy books are a good thing to live your life by
Holy books are the word of God. Following the Holy books is the only way you can be sure to do as God wants.
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Reason Holy books are a good thing to live your life by
They contain rules to help guide you in your everyday life. E.g. The Bible says "Do not steal".
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Reason Holy books are a bad thing to live your life by
They can be difficult to understand. Some people may not understand the language that is used in the Bible or the Qur'an. E.g. "Do not covet your neighbor's possessions".
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Reason Holy books are a bad thing to live your life by
They can be too long for people to read and know properly. You cannot carry a book around and read it every time you have to make a decision.
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Reason Holy books are a bad thing to live your life by
They can be outdated. E.g. The Bible or the Qur'an do not mention contraception, so how can we make a decision on this if it is not mentioned?
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What is the Messiah?
The Holy figure promised to the Jews by God.
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Do you think the Bible is a good thing for Christian's to live their life by? (YES)
The Bible contains teachings from Jesus, who is the Son of God. E.g. The Sermon on the Mount. Also, The Bible is the word of God. So, if you follow its rules then, you know you are doing what God wants. E.g. "Do not kill".
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Do you think the Bible is a good thing for Christian's to live their life by? (NO)
The Bible could be difficult to understand for some people. E.g. "Do not covert your neighbour's belongings". Also, The Bible is out of date. E.g. It says "do not divorce" but isn't this an old-fashioned teaching?
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What is the 'shahadah'?
The Muslim declaration of faith (There is no God but Allah and Muhammed is his messenger.).
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Why is the shahadah important?
It reminds Muslims of the two most important beliefs of their religion in their everyday life.
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What is 'salah'?
The belief that all Muslims should pray five times a day.
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Why is salah important?
Prayer is how Muslims develop their relationship with Allah as they communicate regularly with him through prayer.
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What is 'sawm'?
The belief that during the month of Ramadan, Muslims must fast through the hours of daylight.
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Why is sawm important?
It is reminding Muslims what it is like to go without food. They are developing empathy with the less fortunate to help them to remember to do good works.
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What is 'zakah'?
The belief that every Muslim should give 2.5% of their annual earnings to charity after the month of Ramadan.
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Why is zakah important?
Muslims believe that all wealth really belongs to Allah, not them. Through zakah, they share out Allah's wealth equally to help those who are less fortunate than them.
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What is 'hajj'?
The belief that, if you are physically and financially able to, you should make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your lifetime.
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Why is hajj important?
Muslims are visiting the birth-place of their religion. Hajj reminds them of the importance of their faith and makes them feel a part of the Muslim community as they all attend Hajj as equals.
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What is the Golden Rule?
The teach of Jesus that you must treat others as you want them to treat you.
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Reason the Golden Rule is a good rule to live by
Relationships between people would improve as there would be no bullying, prejudice, etc. People would show respect for eachother.
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Reason the Golden Rule is a good rule to live by
Globally, relationships between countries would be improved as there would be no war, terrorism, etc.
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Reason the Golden Rule is a good rule to live by
It is also a very logical and simple rule to follow. If you want to be treated respectfully, it is your responsibility to treat others in the same way.
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Reason the Golden Rule is a bad rule to live by
We need to be free to criticize people sometimes, even if we would not want it doing to us. E.g. A teacher criticizing a students work.
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Reason the Golden Rule is a bad rule to live by
People may take advantage of this. Just because one person follows the Golden Rule, it doesn't mean that others are. E.g. In the case of terrorism.
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Reason the Golden Rule is a bad rule to live by
It is a religious rule so, it is not applicable to everyone. It is not fair to ask non-religious people to follow a relgious rule.
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