Religious text that involves all beliefs?

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  1. NStocks macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    I'm working on a project that incorporates a natural burial site, a site that will not be consecrated. For a page I'm putting together, I wanted some text (15 words or so) relating to death, burial etc. but was open to all religions...

    I don't consider myself to be religious as such, but in 'general' (I hope that's not offensive) is there anything that I can write that would basically apply to all?

    Thank You

    Note: This is a concept, not happening in real life.
     
  2. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    Perhaps you should read up on the Baha'i faith.

    Or get an orange catholic bible.
     
  3. NStocks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, the Baha'i faith looks to be a good source.

    Not sure if your'e religious, but do you have any idea of text or even quotes relating to death/burial?

    There's far too much for me to research in order to understand each religion and their beliefs.

    Something similar to: "Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it." TONY BLAIR, speech, Sept. 27, 2005

    but in the context of religion and death/life.
     
  4. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    I think a concept you could work with would be transition. All religions of which I'm aware view death as some sort of transition--to an afterlife (such as Heaven in the Abrahamic faiths) or to a new life via reincarnation. If you are also trying to be inclusive of atheist views, however, this becomes more problematic as they view death as a transition to ... nothingness.
     
  5. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    As an atheist, I think that the dash poem(looking for link as we speak) might encompass all of our views about death(meaning religious and rationalist), although it's more about making the most of life.
    Edit: link.
     
  6. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    We're born. We live. We die.

    (I can name that tune in six words.)
     
  7. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    What do you mean by natural, "the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out" sort of thing?
     
  8. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    What, a Simetary?
     
  9. skunk macrumors G4

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    Tiger, tiger, burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful Simetary?

    That
    kind of Simetary? :)

    But seriously, it is difficult to cover all religions when they have such different doctrines, especially concerning death.
     
  10. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    Quakers sometimes have unprogrammed funerals,the idea is silence you can think whatever you want.
     
  11. NStocks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Natural as in natural burial. No man-made casket, no headstones or plaques. The idea is that in a few hundred years time the site can be used for 'anything' because there wouldn't be any artificial components.
     
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Burial as sea, as in war-time, comes close to "natural". Only a canvas bag is involved, I believe.

    "We therefore commit his body to the deep, to be turned into corruption, looking for theresurrection of the body, (when the Sea shall give up her dead)."

    Book of Common Prayer

    Forms of Prayer to be Used at Sea, At the Burial of their Dead at Sea.
     
  13. renewed macrumors 68040

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    Such a positive outlook :p
     
  14. skunk macrumors G4

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    What is not positive about that? :confused:
    You can dress it up however you want, but it's the only truth we can all be sure of.
     
  15. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    Death is bad. You can tell because dead people lack the gibes and gambols that might set you table to laughing. And they get to smelling kind of bad and generally being icky. Hence, we (some) feel the need to take comfort in fairy stories about magic kingdoms and harps and some guy dressed in white, with Billy Gibbon's beard and Robby Coltraine's voice.
     
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    Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.
    —Leonardo da Vinci

    For certain is death for the born
    And certain is birth for the dead;
    Therefore over the inevitable
    Thou shouldst not grieve.

    —Bhagavad Gita


    Walt Whitman was a deist and has some poems that might work.

    .
     
  17. Queso macrumors G4

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    These two words sum up exactly why it is the most positive thing in the world.
    Just getting that far means we've beaten near infinite odds against. How can you be scared of death when you're so lucky to have lived in the first place?
     
  18. skunk macrumors G4

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson was a Unitarian, and I might have a sig that would work... :)
     
  19. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives. —A. Sachs

    (Actually, I have a bone to pick with the validity of this quote . . . )


    I love that quote!
     
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    I think we all agree on this
     
  21. Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a

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    Potential people aren't people.
     
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    “For all sad words of tongue and pen,
    The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.”

    John Greenleaf Whittier (American Writer, 1807-1892)
     

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