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Old Dec 16, '11, 10:05 am
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Old Dec 16, '11, 10:08 am
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there is no such thing as personal opinion when it comes to religion, which is based on absolute truth revealed by God.
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Old Dec 16, '11, 11:11 am
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there is no such thing as personal opinion when it comes to religion, which is based on absolute truth revealed by God.
Exactly, period.

No "opinion" is true, only that revealed to us by God through His most holy Church upon Earth.
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Old Dec 16, '11, 11:18 am
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These first two responses are true for revealed religion, especially Catholicism.

"Religion" simply as such is too broad a category for any real answer to this question besides "it depends on which religion you're talking about."
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Old Dec 16, '11, 11:36 am
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In any religion other than the One Holy Catholic Apostolic Faith, one opinion is pretty much as good as another. In the One True Church, the legitimacy of an opinion depends on the extent to which it is consistent with revealed truth as interpreted by the Church's Magisterium. For example, every Catholic is bound to accept the teaching that artificial contraception is intrinsically wrong, but one Catholic might hold that to be true in every instance while another might argue that in the case of a married couple one of whom has Aids, the use of artificial contraception would be the lesser of two evils. However, a Catholic who argued that the use of artificial contraception would always be acceptable because (for instance) it would be better than an overpopulated world would clearly be flouting the Church's teaching and his opinion could not be regarded as valid (in any religious sense). Hope that helps. Incidentally, your question should have been 'whose opinion'.
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It depends on the religion, but when it comes down to what people will do, people will usually do what they think is right -- with or without an authority saying it has the authority to decide what's right.
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Old Dec 16, '11, 4:14 pm
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there is no such thing as personal opinion when it comes to religion, which is based on absolute truth revealed by God.
Let's assume that there is a God and she did reveal absolute truth to someone, how can you tell which "truths" came from God, and which were written by liars claiming to have heard God, and which were later edited by liars?
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Let's assume that there is a God and she did reveal absolute truth to someone, how can you tell which "truths" came from God, and which were written by liars claiming to have heard God, and which were later edited by liars?
One knows what is true, and from God, by listening to the Church that His Son, Jesus established in the first century AD.
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Let's assume that there is a God and she did reveal absolute truth to someone, how can you tell which "truths" came from God, and which were written by liars claiming to have heard God, and which were later edited by liars?
He. God is referred to as "he".

We can tell which truths come from God, because they are declared by the Church, by the Successor of St Peter when speaking ex cathedral, which makes him infallible.
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Let's assume that there is a God and she did reveal absolute truth to someone, how can you tell which "truths" came from God, and which were written by liars claiming to have heard God, and which were later edited by liars?
Though the thread never came to any conclusion this question sounds a lot like the question behind the thread "Supernatural Epistemology" from a few months back.
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Old Dec 17, '11, 7:14 am
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One knows what is true, and from God, by listening to the Church that His Son, Jesus established in the first century AD.
There are many brands of Christianity with many contradictory teachings. Many fundamentalist Christians actually believe the Catholic church is the anti-christ. Once again, how can one tell which are truthful and which are liars?
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Old Dec 17, '11, 8:47 am
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Let's assume that there is a God and she did reveal absolute truth to someone, how can you tell which "truths" came from God, and which were written by liars claiming to have heard God, and which were later edited by liars?
I'd guess most people use their God-given brain and God-given conscience.
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Who decides "right and wrong?" If you mean generally, as in "It's wrong to steal" then this will be a general precept of a religion. If you mean in any specific circumstance in your own life, you make the choice. In the end, the person who will stand in front of the Judgement seat is you.

That being said, moral precepts handed down for thousands of years aren't just whims. And those choices you make in everyday circumstances are very important. Understanding why these things are considered right or wrong gives you the ability to make the correct choice.
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Many fundamentalist Christians actually believe the Catholic church is the anti-christ. Once again, how can one tell which are truthful and which are liars?
When I was growing up what I heard wasn't quite that strong. Rather it was thought that Catholics worshiped idols and icons and that it was a cult. I don't know how wide spread or isolated that view was. But there were lots of other odd and backwards occurances in this southern baptist region.
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Old Dec 17, '11, 6:23 pm
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You need to watch Why Be Catholic by Tim Staples!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHPo5VKleLk
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