Q&A: How important is self-improvement and how does your religion (or lack of) contribute to it?

Question by Spiral: How important is self-improvement and how does your religion (or lack of) contribute to it?
Do you view too much self-improvement and individualism as selfish or “secular”? If so what would you much rather do?

How does your religion or lack of contribute to your views on that (if at all)?

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Answer by Lakely
Many “religious” think of self-improvement as secular, but on the other hand, the Gospel that Jesus was preaching was all about how we must change (Sermon on the Mount)

This whole idea of change was derailed by the Pauline gospel that “Christ died for our sins,” which Jesus never taught. More on my bio.

So self -improvement should be at the CENTER of it, and of course should be expected in a real religion. I think churches are way off on that one.

Thanks for bringing it up.

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2 thoughts on “Q&A: How important is self-improvement and how does your religion (or lack of) contribute to it?

  • November 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    It is what you are here for ,to learn, evolve, become a better “you”.
    New Thought spirituality promotes this. It is pleasing to God to see It”s ppl improving themselves. Jesus said “Be ye perfect”. That’s a big order, but at least we can work on it. We celebrate our individuality ,as well as our oneness. .E pluribus Unum.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Repel evil with that which is better. We are best aware of that which they allege. (96)

    Such as persevere in seeking their Lord’s Countenance and are regular in prayer and spend of that which We bestow upon them secretly and openly, and overcome evil with good. Theirs will be the sequel of the (heavenly) Home, (22)

    The good deed and the evil deed are not alike. Repel the evil deed with one which is better, then lo! he, between whom and thee there was enmity (will become) as though he was a bosom friend. (34)

    Tell My bondmen to speak that which is kindlier. Lo! the devil soweth discord among them. Lo! the devil is for man an open foe. (53)

    These will be given their reward twice over, because they are steadfast and repel evil with good, and spend of that wherewith We have provided them, (54) And when they hear vanity they withdraw from it and say: Unto us our works and unto you your works. Peace be unto you! We desire not the ignorant. (55)

    Turn not thy cheek in scorn toward folk, nor walk with pertness in the land. Lo! Allah loveth not each braggart boaster. (18) Be modest in thy bearing and subdue thy voice. Lo! the harshest of all voices is the voice of the a$ s. (19)

    O ye who believe! Let not a folk deride a folk who may be better than they (are), not let women (deride) women who may be better than they are; neither defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. Bad is the name of lewdness after faith. And whoso turneth not in repentance, such are evil-doers. (11)

    O ye who believe! Shun much suspicion; for lo! some suspicion is a crime. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Ye abhor that (so abhor the other)! And keep your duty (to Allah). Lo! Allah is Relenting, Merciful. (12)

    O mankind! Lo! We have created you from male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! the noblest of you, in the sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. Lo! Allah is Knower, Aware. (13)

    Save him who repenteth and believeth and doth righteous work; as for such, Allah will change their evil deeds to good deeds. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful. (70) And whosoever repenteth and doeth good, he verily repenteth toward Allah with true repentance – (71)

    And those who will not witness vanity, but when they pass near senseless play, pass by with dignity. (72) And those who, when they are reminded of the revelations of their Lord, fall not deaf and blind thereat. (73)

    And who say: Our Lord! Vouchsafe us comfort of our wives and of our offspring, and make us patterns for (all) those who ward off (evil). (74) They will be awarded the high place forasmuch as they were steadfast, and they will meet therein with welcome and the ward of peace, (75)

    Abiding there for ever. Happy is it as abode and station! (76) Say (O Muhammad, unto the disbelievers): My Lord would not concern Himself with you but for your prayer. But now ye have denied (the Truth), therefor there will be judgment. (77)

    read the Qur’an http://www.quranexplorer.com/quran/

    Sami’ Allahu liman hamida. Rabbana lakal hamd.

    Allah hears all who praise Him. Our Lord, for You is all praise

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