Religion has been a hot topic recently and whether or not Australia is a
religious country is up for debate. In 1966, 88% of Australians classified
themselves as Christian, in 2017 that number was 52%. The number of school
students opting out of scripture classes is also at an all time high yet out
Prime Minister recently sent his ‘thoughts and prayers’ to an
Australian being held in North Korea. What do you think LiveTribers? Is
Australia a religious country? Do you consider yourself a religious person?
Posted by on 08 Jul 2019
No, I don't believe Australia is a particularly religious country - it is more
secular. Church numbers have definitely decreased due to sexual abuse scandals.
Having said this, they have been declining for years
I don't think Australia is a religious country.but the more people coming to
Australia are bringing their religion with them so it's getting more religious
and i don't like it there i sed it most won't but i will.i think we should be
thinking of the aboriginal people of this country that really own this great
Religion is a kind of faith to live.
Its faith of long life.
Its faith of happiness.
Its faith of success.
Its faith of protection.
Morever its faith of bright future.
Every religions have same destination, same wants, same prospectus despite the
difference in name and procedures
So one neednot to be religious to live on the Earth. What we need is honesty,
hard work, self-confidence, and the last and the best " faith on ownself".
In case of Australia, people donot seem to be religious because they work
theirselves and believe on their hard works.
So, australia isnot religious country.
Religion is out dated and if you want to believe in something that realistically
if you walked up to someone in the street today and said to them, " Jesus spoke
to me today and saif d prepare for war against the devil", you would be laughed
off and properly considered mentally I'll.
"Religeon" is a belief system. We, as a nation believe in many things with
religious fervour, but may have no basis in biblical interpretation. Football,
soccer, netball, basketball,golf, tennis, all followed religiously, even
worshipped but may not be supported by many "christians". It is an interesting
question and usually raises a few hackles but should not be taken too seriously.
If the people believing in any type of religion is declining it is no wonder.
Have a look at all the major problems in the world today. Most major conflicts
in the world from Arabs vs Israel to the US and Coalition vs Muslim extremest.
All these conflicts are one religion believing they're the only one that should
be in the world and forcing it on others or killing those who don't believe.
All you have to do is look back into history and the many conflicts there, most
sparked by religion. Historical documentation records hundreds and thousands of
lives that have been destroyed or killed over religious disagreement.
If you want my personal view I believe the Catholic Church has been and still is
the biggest Mafia the world has ever seen. It comits crimes, cover-ups,
intimdates people and takes from the poor to give to the rich, ie. themselves.
If I have upset anyone or offended anyone that was not my intention but just to
give my honest opinion and I apologise.
No need for apologies, Anthony. People today are waking up to this system,
which is not Christian in fact but uses a Christian front to achieve its
purposes. Highly recommend Walter Veith's videos which expose this (YouTube,
or on the Amazing Discoveries website) - you need to find the Total Onslaught
series and view especially the history of the Jesuits, their involvement in all
world wars and conflicts, etc. We no longer live in a peaceful, safe world and
the agenda for world control is of very major concern. God bless!
God always has given mankind free choice on Who or what they choose to serve -
but it doesn't mean that they all religions are right and will or can save them
or give them hope.. There is only one true God, Jesus Christ, as every one
finds out if they search for Him "with all their heart" as the Bible says. If
you are sincere about finding Christ , He will bring you to the point of
realising this is true.
I'm a little confused by the question - because "religious" doesn't just mean
"Christian", although that seems to be the assumption in it.
As a Pagan (no, Pagans don't even BELIEVE in the devil, let alone worship him -
we worship nature), I believe that everyone has the right to believe what they
wish. Your path is your own. And offering prayers does not necessarily mean only
to the "christian" god - it could be prayers to the Goddess, or to Zeus, or
Allah, or Buddha.....
I consider myself spiritual. Not religious.
And no wonder! Have you seen any of Walter Veith's videos on You Tube from his
Total Onslaught series? A MUST-SEE if you want to now the TRUTH about the Papal
system, its history, how it has devastated the earth with its very wrong
teachings, and the plan for its future, like now! Especially watch the ones on
the History of the Jesuits - you will be truly amazed. This man was a Catholic
and became a Christian after decades of not getting the answers from this
In times of sadness, very stressful times and hardship, people offer thoughts
and prayers as a way of comforting others, and letting the person/s know, they
have other's support. Personally I don't consider myself very religious, but I
feel that there are times when my prayers have been answered through my own
I think Australia was founded and based on Christianity and should continue to
be so. I think God should absolutely be bought back into schools. I think the
fundamental Christian morals and laws should be put back in place.
I agree with you Casey .I think the emphasis must be on FUNDAMENTAL and not
strict .The morals and thinking in todays social media society is sadly lacking
.On the other hand I feel we mustn't fall into the trap that Europe finds itself
in, where they have allowed OTHER religions too much freedom and who are
therefore taking over and threatening the Christian way of life in their country
Do you mean this morality..Just about every other page in the Old Testament has
God killing somebody! In 2 Kings 10:18-27, God orders the murder of all the
worshipers of a different god in their very own church! In total God kills
371,186 people directly and orders another 1,862,265 people murdered
The God of the Bible also allows slavery, including selling your own daughter as
a sex slave (Exodus 21:1-11), child abuse (Judges 11:29-40 & Isaiah 13:16), and
bashing babies against rocks (Hosea 13:16 & Psalms 137:9). This type of
criminal behavior should shock any moral person.
It can be. It depends on your point of view. The danger in this age is very
worrying about non-Christian groups gaining in popularity. not all of these
groups have our best interest at heard and are a very worrying trend.
Depends what you mean by religious - most Aussies are not at all interested -
and this is sad to have to realise, as the true Protestant Christian,
Bible-based religion gives all the answers we search for in life - where do we
come from, why are we here, where are we heading, where do we find security and
help, what happens when we die? Whether people like it or agree with it or not,
this is the ONLY faith that does so. It's a tragedy that not only Australia but
the entire world, has largely forgotten the God Who loves them and is so willing
to help them and give security. All answers are, as I discovered, found in
God's Word, the Bible.
Unfortunately some religious groups have been allowed to dictate to the rest of
the country their beleifs are more important than the country that has welcomed
them and the politicians let them do it. So the rest of the country is being
bullied by minorities.
I believe there are still people of faith in Australia however whether the
majority of Australians are religious would be unknown. I would consider myself
as a person of faith who believes in Jesus and have a responsibility for others
coming to know Him as their personal Saviour. Trust we as a country can respect
those who have faith in Jesus.
Do you mean this mass murderer?
Jesus will “judge and wage war” (Rev. 19:11), his robe will be “dipped in
blood” (19:13), and he will be accompanied by “armies” (19:14) with which
he will “strike down the nations” (19:15), including “the Gentiles” in
general and “the nations that were opposed to him” in specific. This will
result in the “utter destruction of all his enemies”. Furthermore: “in his
second coming[,] he will complete their destruction, when he shall put down all
opposing rule, principality, and power.”
I always thought that Australia had a reasonable outlook when it came to
religion. While we tend to respect each others choice of religion I worry now
about the way that this could be turning especially following the apparent
support that Israel Folau received lately. This should cause concern for many.
Although the percentage of people calling themselves Christian is declining,
when Australia was founded, 99% of people said that they were Christian. Many of
the leaders in the past were Christian. The co-author of the Constitution and
Australia's second Prime Minister Alfred Deakin, was a man who fasted and prayed
before drafting the Constitution. Captain Cook was also a Christian. The
preacher who arrived in the country on the First Fleet nursed an Aboriginal
girl, who had small pox, back to health. The very first time Parliament came
together in 1901, they opened with words of prayer. Every time a person rides on
the Royal Flying Doctor Service, they are using a service created by a
Christian. His name was John Flynn. Many of our early explorers read and
believed the Bible and stayed alive when travelling through the desert because
of their faith in God. Many of our ANZAC soldiers reported seeing angels in the
Middle East during the charge at Beersheba. And the maker of the Holden car was
a Christian. So, every person who drives a Holden is driving a car invented by a
Christian. Therefore, Christianity is part of Australia's heritage. But many
people wilfully or negligently ignore our Christian heritage and like Karl Marx,
the Communist leader, said years ago: People without a heritage are easily
Yep,in 18th century Britain just about everybody was a christian but it's 2019
and they new nothing of evolution,nothing much about the Universe,nothing of dna
and the genome project.
It is science that is rendering religion as false and the more it reveals about
our true evolutionary creation the sillier they ALL look.
About 30% put "no religion" on the last census and throughout the western world
those numbers are increasing.With education comes questioning and texts from
2-6000 years ago are increasingly irrelevant.
Some people are very quick to call themselves Christians but in there heart's
they are not. I don't even know what to believed...in this world you only need
to put everything in God's hands and the day of judgement will come....like no
one is perfect in this generation.....so my brothers and sisters don't spoil
I don't think of Australia as particularly religious, either its people or the
nature of the country. While religion and spirituality are important to some
people, it seems to be a minority (albeit a vocal one) who have strong religious
views - be they some Christian denomination, Muslim or Buddhist. Other belief
systems in Australia do not seem to make such a big show of it.
I am an atheist, and have been most of my life (my father was an Anglican
lay-preacher and I went to a Jesuit high school; I currently live with a
preacher) even though I studied comparative religion as a BUGE subject in my
first uni degree. But even though I have no belief system (and, no, atheism is
not a "belief"; that would be like saying sitting on the couch all day is a
"sport") I appreciate that belief and spirituality are important for some
people. I will not denigrate some-one for their religion or beliefs... so long
as they keep them to themselves and do not proselytise or use it to affect other
people who do NOT share those beliefs. Belief is personal - it should not be
dictating social justice issues and political issues.
Australia is not a religious country, nor is any other country - it is the
people who are religious.
Our population would still be far more religious if stupid governments in the
past had not allowed all of these unwanted muslims and various other doubtful
and unnecessary weirdos in.
Where are we heading when even the girls at school have a tea towel wrapped
around their heads - SEND THEM ALL BACK HOME.
Australia is a christian country despite the growing mult-culturism being
growing and endorsed by our governments. Australia will tolerate some ethnic
religions but not those who refuse to adopt our dress and culture.
Australia is a secular Country,as section 116 of the constitution
states...Section 116 of the Constitution of Australia precludes the Commonwealth
of Australia (i.e., the federal parliament) from making laws for establishing
any religion, imposing any religious observance, or prohibiting the free
exercise of any religion.
I lost my faith at least with the Christian church when the minister started
carrying on like it was a cult, ringing me up at home when I couldn't attend
church or turning up at our house, leaving pamphlets re church info in the
letterbox and knocking other religions, beliefs and homosexuals, so we quit and
never went back. This behaviour for us was unacceptable and this sort of hatred
for other people's lifestyles or beliefs definitely should not be knocked at
all, especially in church, which is supposed to be a place of peace and harmony.
I don't believe now that you have to go to church to believe and have faith.
1st of all I have to say , countries are not religious in this case " AUSTRALIA
" rather it is the inhabitants who either are or are not ! In our country there
are many cultures & religions being followed , some ok some not ! Religion is
something developed to control the masses and is still doing so in some cultures
. The one thing I believe is that the " Catholic " religious are being singled
out because they have such a large amount of followers , however per capita all
religions have ministers and hierarchy who are sexual deviates . These are less
publicised because they are less in size . & numbers , this is a human failing
not an accepted behaviour .
Considering Australia is a secular country, it's high time to remove religion
from schools, politics, and public life and return it where it belongs: in
places of worship. Those who believe can, and those who don't, don't need to
Religion,take your pick of the thousands that have all been created by
frightened creatures, since we could walk upright.Take yourself to the opening
scene of Stanley Kubrik's brilliant "2001 A Space Odyssey" and watch our early
ancestors as they cower in fear of the unknown.Nothing has changed since
The greatest and longest lasting fraud perpetuated on the great ape is
religions.Many have come and gone,many of the "gods" they followed have
disappeared,we just need the ones around today,to do the same.
As for the "holy" books they are full of lies,inconsistent stories,some
historical fantasy and a mixture of killing and love.How bizarre.
They offer nothing in 2019 as science destroys their myths,exposes their
non-science and is rapidly explaining a Universe that has no "creator",has no
purpose,other than it's expansion and which,one day,will be completely dead,long
after the greatest ape has departed it.
I think Australia would be a better place if it was religious place. The way I
live is that I live my life to the best i can to Bible teaching,Yes I believe
there is a God and all the rest of it, but if when I die and there's nothing
after I will never know, then again if when I die there is the resurection as
the Bible says I would be very disappointed to have missed out on eternal life.
Yes I class myself as religious and proud of it.
Religion and politics should be seperate if you want to believe and a Polly
that's your choice but I don't want. It shoved down my throat go for bother
you believing pals. But my taxes should not go to the church or any of its
Was amused by a few of the comments below, as a non believer, the threat of
going to Hell does not scare me at all, as i don't believe in Heaven, thus also
I must not believe Hell. A very smart man once said, there has been around 3000
different gods over the years, of which most religions only believe that theirs
is the 1 true God. so in fact i only don't believe in 1 more god than most.
Your comments made me look and think. Who was the smart man who once said
"there has been around 3000 different gods over the years, of which most
religions only believe that theirs is the 1 true God".
Religion was developed to control the masses. It uses fear. You only have to
see. How people behave. The tru believers are pious call people names get
nasty. Preach to others about how they should behave. It's a tax haven. And
gullible people willingly hand over money a lot can ill afford it here are
groups set up as religions where the leaders live the lives of rich and famous
after conning people to give to God there are any hose that are there to
hedge their bets as they are coming to the end of their lives that hope to go
to heaven. Really you live you die. Heaven and hell are the control that
bushels over the masses. I cannot ever see myself being drawn to it
Religion is everywhere as it includes Christian Muslim Budhists,atheists,
agnostics, secularists as we all have a set of beliefs that we hold onto. That
is what religion is. Specifically to say Christian is part of that mix. Autralia
owes that as part of its heritage. Religion and politics mix well as values are
owned by leaders when making social and personal choices. To claim to have no
religion is to say the you are a nothing as all of us stand for moral and
spiritual values by being who we are. Who claims to be a empty space? I do not.
I live by my Christian values day by day and enjoy life and respect people.
As we live in the age of information, I feel lots of the world has changed to a
less religious place. From where I sit I still think we are religious if a bit
less so. It seems fashionable to be anti-religion to the point of hate but that
in itself is a religion depending on your definition.
Surprised there are more comments on this post than the last one about saving
I do not think Australia is a religious country but we have a religious Prime
Minister and I do not agree with politics and religion mixed together. Religious
choices are a private thing and should not be used to make laws and regulations.
It also should not be used as an excuse to avoid paying taxes! I am also against
using it as an excuse to voice your opinion or and excuse for your behavior.
Looking back in history religion has always been used as a tool to control
people. Using fear to make sure they behave themselves, yet many religious
people are two faced. I learned this early in life, I loved going to church as a
kid but when I realized people were not genuine, kind and thoughtful out of
church I realized it was a farce. I believe in living a kind, thoughtful, caring
life and yet I find so much hatred comes from religious people. I do believe
Jesus was a person who only wanted people to love one another and care for each
other, not fight or create wars, but his wishes have never been followed,
instead his words have been used to make wars, create division, create more
hatred and more. So I don't believe religion is necessary and let's get is out
And...... Scomo is a supporter of Hillsong one of the biggest money making
"churches" there is and they use slave labor to run their functions while the
leader lives in luxury and travels the world first class. So wrong. We do not
need religious freaks in parliament who let these criminals get away tax free.
Australia has a Christian heritage. Col Stringer wrote a book called
'Discovering Australia's Christian Heritage'. Henry Parkes, the father of
Australia's Federation declared Australia a "Christian Commonwealth". Prayer
books used to be in many public schools. The preamble to Australia's
Constitution declares the words "humbly relying on the blessings of Almighty
God". There are Christian roots to this country. The founders of our banking
industry were originally part of the nation's Bible society. We do have a Godly
heritage but unfortunately, it is being watered down, ignored or attacked. We
need to educate the children of this country about our Godly heritage and do
what the Lord told us to do in 2 Chronicles 7:14 - "If my people, which are
called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn
from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their
sin, and will heal their land."
Personally I don't think Australia is a strictly a religious country. It is a
country of such mixed cultures, it would therefore have a higher number of
religious beliefs, so I would believe the figures you quoted. I, personally
consider myself a Christian, even though I am not a devout believer.
'Students opt out of scripture classes'. So what do these scripture classes
teach? If they pore over the Christian Bible then it's no surprise.
As an atheist I'd be happy to learn why people follow a religion and why they
chose one in particular. I'd also expect to learn why some people choose not to
follow a religion.
People are very quick to call themselves"christians" but they do not display
Christian characteristics in their lives.
So, I don't think we are a particularly Christian nation.
Bill Shorten and Scott Morrison attend church, but I don't see them "walking the
I think that as we have heard enough about Religious comments now as we hear it
every day from those from other Countries and is it any wonder that our own have
decided to opt out of Scripture Classes with all the pooha that goes on about
religion nowadays !
I was brought up to respect Religion and attended every week but now I am lucky
to attend a Church unless for a Wedding or such !
And I think this is because of all the Media coverage of those that have
sexually abused children in Church Schools or in Care by Carers of a religious
order ! I lost my faith !
Good one Scomo...Your thoughts and prayers will surely save this man, as opposed
to actually doing anything to help him in reality. Obviously.
You can't call a country religious. That's like asking if New Zealand is
No I can honestly say I have no fear of not making a higher.power feel the need
to hurt me BECUASE.i fail to obey rules that are only designed to scare one into
following that beleif.I think AUSTRALIA being so diverse we take a little of
this.and a little of that.I think if you fail to harm innocents,you fail to
torment others less.fortunate. you fail to benefit from lying to others. Your
not that bad of a person.
No, thank goodness! You don't need religion to be a good person and have strong
ethics. The ethics of christian churches are cruel, non-inclusive and
destructive. They do no good but get treated as charities and don't pay taxes
like the rest of us. Same goes for Islamic and Judaic religious
In our constitution we are supposed to keep religion and government separate;
they are not any more. Nuts like Donald Trump and ScoMo offer their
blessings.......what a joke! Their only ethic is to make money. Even though the
bible tells us to sell all we have and give to the poor, and how hard it is for
the rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. But then the bible also tells us
to kill our slaves if they do certain things, and to kill our sisters if they
are immoral. Do you really want to follow rules laid down for ignorant peasants
Use your brains. There is no evidence for fairies, ghosts, gods or anything
Australians hang on to some Christian beliefs but over time, more and more are
rejecting it. People have lost faith due to the many dreadful events that occur
throughout the world. The 1966 statistics of 88% that classify themselves as
christians wouldn’t have been so high if they knew then what they know now.
People just don’t trust the church anymore. Back in the 60’s people
didn’t question like they do now. So, with no belief and becoming angrier and
more violent, I fear that if Australia adopt just one religion for our nation,
then we’re all doomed.
Hmmm I Think To be surprised that Australia is a Religious country is Stupid
obviously you are not a True Australian.....
To Know that Australia is a big Mix off Cultural back grounds, here in Australia
we are welcoming to all people and religion.
Yes, definitely and we should be proud of it. Without Australia's Christian
religious convictions we would not be the lucky country we are. Take for
example Iraq; now there is a country that does not have Christian religious
beliefs and look at the state they are in with wars going on all around them.
Would you like to trade places?
Ahh yes, tell the abused kids how lucky they are to have religion........
Oh wait, many of them you can't, they are dead from suicide brought on by
Ask the gay kids if they lucky to have religion forced down their throat. Again
there many you can't since peoples religious dogma drove them to suicide
A country without God a country without right and wrong where is the point of
reference the Bible people wake up .honnor your mother and father.dont
steel.love the Lord you God with all your heart.and love your neighbour God the
creator . mother Earth we must protect our environment,and our children.
Religion is causing more harm than good these days. There are so called minority
religions who want all to convert toi theirs. If I had my way religion would be
banned. I think children should be given scripture lessons as school. When my
daughters were in about grade 3/4 I made them sit one school term through
scripture and then gave them the choice to continue or not. They chose not to
and we still have a belief like most here each to their own. Do not preach it to
me. If I want religion I will go and seek it. A lot of religious books need a
good over haul.
I feel that we are all religious to a certain extent when it suits us ( Xmas,
Easter holidays christening and marriage for instance) however for a majority of
the time I think that we don't really care. As at the last census it was shown
that there was a near 50/50 make up of religious and non religious within our
I do think we can live a Christian lifestyle without believing in any
I am not a believer in religion in any way shape or form but I do understand
that some people are, however I do not appreciate them pushing there views on me
and trying to sway me away from what I believe let it be TO EACH HIS OWN
I am a committed Christian. Our Country was founded on Christian principles and
is a better County for being so. Our Churches have been the backbone of
Charities in Australia and of supporting the down and out, including people on
the streets, in prisons, in hospitals and in lonely homes. If Jesus walked our
streets today, where would he focus his attention? The lonely living on the
streets, in the prisons, the hospitals and in lonely homes.
Christianity recognises that we are created beings, that we are imperfect and
separated from our Creator by being imperfect. Our Creator God has provided a
way for us to be re-united with Him, by accepting that Jesus died so that our
sins are covered by His blood. I am now in a relationship with my Creator and I
have a certain hope for the future in this life, and beyond this life, because
Jesus loves me.
I can be a good person without the need to follow a book filled with hate,
discrimination and sexism.
In fact if you need that book to call yourself a good person, I have to ask, are
you really a good person or just someone who is fearful of a mythical being?
you do not have to attend church to be religious, i am at most a believer and do
not attend church.. besides the more i read about other religions as such the
more i am a believer that god, is the same god we all believe in, (christians,
muslims, jews, and hindi and what ever others there may be). I truly believe if
more people thought this way the better off we all should be.
I believe religion causes more conflict that any other worldwide issue.
I have no religion but have an extremely high level of ethical values. Is Aust
religious? Sure is, but in a "scattered" and counter productive way. If you are
Christian, muslim of Hindu all I care about his how you behave toward your
neighbours, your community and your country.
I am a christian ( and proud to be so), it is a personal thing but as a country,
I believe we are letting our faith die. Younger people in school still want to
have R.I. but their parents can't be bothered filling out the paperwork.
Chaplains are very popular in schools. Youth are looking for solid love as
families fall apart.
I am religious and I don't care what people think. My husband passed away
recently and he had a lovely Christian funeral to see him off. The night before
he died the Priest from our Anglican Church gave him last rights before he
actually slipped away. All very peaceful - many people have commented on what a
beautiful service it was. I think it's up to each individual to do what they
consider the best for their family. I think a lot more people are actually
religious but are afraid to speak out in public.
Just reading some of the comments.
Since the "start" Bible and religious beliefs, how many re-writes and editions
plus the various translations are there? Will there be another edition once
Parliament passes their religious legislation.
I think a lot of young people have avoided becoming involved in religion and
religious discussions as it has probably been jammed down their throats.
I am 71 and steered clear of religion when as a 16 year old. My first boss told
me if I went to church on the Sunday that my "at work" misdemeanor would not be
reported. I am still at a loss as to how religion played a part in my
A minority of the population is strongly religious, some with outlandish
I think the majority of Australians observe the main religious events, i.e.
Easter and Christmas, Funerals and Weddings.
In a multicultural society there are lots of beliefs and religions due to that
fact in saying that our laws are based on the Ten Commandments but I think that
religion and politics are two subjects that people avoid
I am aware that many people do not share the same beliefs ... I respect the
right to be different ,and I don't think I am alone in this . People probably
are not afraid to say they do or do not follow any religion
Yes. Are we a Christian country? In some ways but is Australia full of
Christians? No way. We certainly have other religions we adhere to: Sport,
gambling, alcohol consumption, home renovation and the worship of self
I am not religious, but I am spiritual.
Religion causes many problems in this world and the bible even refers to it as
the world empire of false religion.
Actually when you follow God's word, recorded for us in the Bible, most
religious organizations are not following God's word.
It also gives us hope of a future under a godly government with the end of human
Sending "thoughts and prayers" is simply a gesture that implies that the person
cares about someone. Of course, thoughts and prayers cannot be used to buy food
or clothes; they cannot heal wounds; they cannot buy someone a plane ticket. I
think it's just a religious way of conveying empathy, sympathy, and
That being said, I have not found Australia to be a predominantly religious
country and THAT IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY I AM HERE.
To me, it doesn't even make sense calling a country religious. A "country"
cannot have a religion. One cannot make birds, trees, rocks, mountains, clouds,
or statues believe in a religion. A person could be religious, yes. But simply
because the majority of population belongs to a certain religion, it still makes
no sense to say that a "country" is religious.
I know that there are a few countries that claim to belong to a particular
religion, countries that are constitutionally religious - The Islamic Republic
of Pakistan, for instance. Then, the question remains: if someone does not
believe in Islam, is he/she not a part of Pakistan? If they are, then why does
the country have to belong to a particular religion?
No... Only the old generation. The new generation are clever enough to know the
Bible is a book written that makes everything sound like gods work. The
educated now know that nearly everything in the Bible is explained using science
and abit of understanding that it was writen when the world was flat and the sun
is s god..
How little you know, and how YOUNG you must be. I hope for your sake, that you
get wisdom with age. I'm not exactly a bible person, but how did you work out
that the sun is God from the bible? Or that the world is flat? That shows
your lack of understanding of anything much.
I think everyone should have the option as to whether religion is to be part of
their lives, or not.. For some it can be an absolute lifeline. i am
uncomfortable with religion instruction in schools, it could be construed as
brain washing for impressionable young primary school minds. I would not
consider myself religious anymore but have certainly experienced a presence.
You do not have to be religious to do good things. I would hope, as a country,
we would still be classed as religious.
Everyone is entitled to be religious - or not - and believe in something higher
- or not! Personally I think your religious beliefs/thoughts should be kept to
yourself. We do not know if there is an afterlife - or not - and it is best
kept that way.
Yes, unfortunately... An Educated, enlightened society, free thinkers, don’t
need to follow a religion, think for yourself, you were gifted with free will,
and ability to choose, don’t hand it over to anachronistic pious.
I am not but I think there are quite a few different religious organisations
still having a reasonable following although I think the number is dropping due
to the clergy paedophiles and the other religious fanatics reeking havoc around
the world. How can one believe in a religion that their followers condone
murdering innocent people going about their daily lives all in the name of their
god or harming innocent children and then denying it.
People should be kind to each other, help each other not because of some
religion but because they are fellow human beings.
I would like to point out that Christianity is not a religion but a relationship
with Jesus Christ. The religion you mentioned above is not Christian, but the
people who go to this sort of church do not know and are not taught about a
relationship with Christ.
ScoMo's religious beliefs are widely known and his personal thoughts and prayers
are not representative of Australia in general.
Australia is a religious country however Christianity is no longer the main
religion practised here any more.
Take away non Christian religions and Australia is not a religious country,
I believe in a Creator but otherwise, am not a religious person. However, I do
believe that every human being should be free to practice his or her faith
without any fear or prejudice. But nobody should be allowed to impose their
ideology on to others. Example: recent case of that rugby player Israel Falaou.
Israel's case is not indicative of being unable to practice his religion. Apart
from him, I do not think anyone has said he should be denied his right. The
issue here is a legal one. I have not read his contract but am led to believe
that it included a clause regarding what he posted on social media since his
hatred of homosexuals was apparently widely known. If he were unhappy with that
clause, feeling that it was prohibitive to him, he had the same rights as any of
us in a contract situation: refuse to sign as the clause was written and suggest
a modification. It is not as though he was forced to sign due to financial
circumstances. This contract was apparently in the region of 4 million dollars.
He signed it. You cannot later flout the rules you have agreed to and not
expect legal action and have your contract torn up. This remains an issue of
legality and not religious freedom.