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How your beliefs make up a religious belief system.
My belief in the Hindu religion has a lot to do with what my parents taught me about it ever since I was a kid. My parents were pretty much the only form of resource I had from which I learned about the Hindu religion and formed my religious belief based on their teachings. My belief system includes the belief in our Hindu gods and goddesses. You see, the Hindu religion is a polytheistic religion which means a belief in more than one god. I also believe in not eating beef since the cow is considered to be a sacred animal in the Hindu religion. I also believe in Karma which happens to be a belief that my actions in this lifetime determine my destiny in the next incarnation.
How you acquired your religious belief system.
As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I acquired my religious belief system through my parents. I learned all about the Hindu religion through them. I was born here in the United States and grew up in a small town in California. At that time, we didn¡¦t have any Hindu temples in our city where we could go to for worship or to study about our religion. The only holy Hindu text we had in our house was the Ramayana which only my parents could read as it was written in Sanskrit. I remember when I was small; my mom would read from the Ramayana and try to translate the words in English for me to understand. Now that I¡¦m all grown up, I still cannot read the Ramayana as I never learned how to read Sanskrit, however, it has been translated into English books so I can read it.
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Why is it important to be knowledgeable about other people¡¦s beliefs and attitudes towards religion.
I think it is important to understand what other people¡¦s beliefs are and what their attitudes are towards their religion. I think the big reason why is that I don¡¦t want to accidentally disrespect someone¡¦s religion and have them get mad at me. There are a lot of people who value their religion extremely well and cannot tolerate it when someone comes along and disrespects their religion. I also think it is a good idea to study about a religion in case you are planning a trip to another country. For example, if you plan on visiting the Middle East, it¡¦s always best to study about the Islamic religion so you can be aware of what to expect when you go there. It can also help to prevent you from accidentally disrespecting their religion.
In addition to this, I also think it¡¦s quite interesting to study other religions. It just helps you learn about the many types of religions that is out there. I think people would be shocked to find out how many different types of religion exist in the world. To me, religion is a wonderful subject to study. I always enjoy learning about different religions and sometimes I am amazed to find how some of them are similar or in ways associated with my Hindu religion. For example, it was quite interesting for me to find out that Buddhism originated from the Hindu religion. Whenever I study and learn about my religion and others, I am always fascinated by so many interesting things that I learn about them.