RELIGION
11/17/2012 11:25 pm ET

50 Things to Love About Religion

At The Huffington Post, we often hear from commenters about what they don’t like about religion. The scandals. The extremists. The wicked leaders.

However, when we asked our community what they liked about religion, hundreds of responses revealed an enlightened group of people who have experienced spiritual life in countless positive ways.

Here is a list of everything there is to love about spiritual beliefs on earth and in Heaven.

What is it that you like about your faith? Tell us in the comments below. If you want to tell us what you dislike, go ahead. We’ll love you anyway. That's what religion is all about. At least that's why we love it.

1. Grace
2. Community of faith
3. No one preaches at me
4. The peace of knowing that God is ultimately in control
5. Emphasis on social justice
6. Reminds us of God’s love.
7. Love is valued as the most important goal in life
8. Jesus
9. The Beatitudes
10. Freedom to question
11. Confidence
12. Openness to ideas
13. Music
14. The beauty of the Liturgy
15. Pure transparency
16. Silence
17. Mystery
18. Gender equality
19. Eternity in Heaven
20. The communion of saints
21. The cross
22. No dogma
23. Mass
24. Hope
25. Oneness of God
26. Forgiveness
27. Hatred for none
28. Compassion
29. Inclusive
30. The Holy Spirit
31. Joy
32. Unity
33. Courage
34. Service to others
35. Encourages debate
36. Relationship with God
37. Power to change hearts
38. Transforms lives
39. Creativity of the Spirit
40. No more guilt
41. Beautiful prayers
42. Simplicity
43. Tranquility
44. The Eucharist
45. Consciousness
46. Not being forced
47. Food
48. Free wine
49. Tradition
50. Hope

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