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Old 07-19-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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When I did hear about G-d as a young teen (this was from Christians) I was instantly drawn to G-d and amazed at the idea of a Being who had all the answers and created everything that was. I guess I have always been a literal creationist because everything else just seems silly and not remotely possible.
Thanks for sharing your story, Pegotty.

I have read lots of posts about people who were raised with strong religious beliefs and later rejected them entirely, but it seems that your experience was just the opposite.

You were raised with almost no religious beliefs, but when you finally heard that some people believed in a god, you took that idea and incorporated it into your life. You found what works for you. That's good.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:27 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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In short, do you believe your direct ancestor was non-human?
Something like a monkey, a weasel, or a fish.
what an utterly absurd question.

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I think I read that only half of the people believe in evolution.
The ones willing and able to see the end of their nose?
Sounds about right.

As to the topic question... all the Jews I've ever known are quite able to reconcile the distinction
between the two terms and still manage to live their lives including both in their understanding.
You should try it.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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all the Jews I've ever known are quite able to reconcile the distinction
between the two terms and still manage to live their lives including both in their understanding.
What "two terms" are you referring to?
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:06 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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In short, do you believe your direct ancestor was non-human?
Yes. I wrote an article explaining why I believe that the Hebrew Bible and Evolution not only don't conflict but actually strongly support each other.

Act Biblically - Human Evolution

(Please note that I follow the Hebrew Bible but not the Talmud, so some here may not consider me Jewish.)
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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(Please note that I follow the Hebrew Bible but not the Talmud, so some here may not consider me Jewish.)
If your mother is Jewish, you are Jewish, regardless of what you believe. Nobody can tell you otherwise.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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1) What exactly "do Jews/ Christians /Buddhists believe" means? Is the question referring to the formal beliefs as expressed in holy scriptures, or if a majority of people today (in America? elsewhere?) believe in such and such?
2) For the holy scriptures content - a quick goggle search will immediately answer the question. What exactly certain people (or groups) believe in, can be answered only following extensive research and public polls.
3) I think the only question that can be answered on this forum is a personal one: what do YOU believe in?

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Old 08-07-2013, 04:44 AM
 
Location: US
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If your mother is Jewish, you are Jewish, regardless of what you believe. Nobody can tell you otherwise.
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My grandmother's mother's grand-parents were Jewish Meyers from Pest, Hungary, what does that make me?...
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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My grandmother's mother's grand-parents were Jewish Meyers from Pest, Hungary, what does that make me?...
A non Jew. Your mother and her mother both must be Halachically Jewish for you to be a Jew.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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A non Jew. Your mother and her mother both must be Halachically Jewish for you to be a Jew.
But Jewish enough to make Aliyah if you want to.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: USA (dying to live in Canada)
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No, most Jews believe that the Earth is 6,000 years old.
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