Quote: Originally Posted by Motar
In your testimony concerning religion above, you reference yourself 4 times, JT. This is quite accurate and telling as religion is about me and what I do to encounter God.
Christian faith however is not about me. It is about Christ and my response to Him. And He does not evolve.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)
It's interesting that quote is from Hebrews considering it was the Hebrew hierarchy who determined that Jesus was a heretic and had him crucified.
And let's look at the Christian faith as a whole. If the bible is supposedly the unerring word of god, then why would he have written it in such a way that it could be interpreted so many ways. Look at all the different sects of Christianity there are. Why the need for so many if God's word is perfect? Hell, look at the Big 3. It starts off with Judaism, then picks up with Christianity and then finally Islam. All based initially on many of the same people. Even Jesus gets shared between them. In Judaism he was a heretic. In Christianity he's the son of god and the saviour of mankind. In Islam he is the most important prophet after Mohammed, anointed by god himself. They don't believe in the immaculate conception and they don't believe his body was raised from the dead and ascended into Heaven. Although they still believe is soul was lifted to Heaven.
But ultimately it boils down to superstition. Humans have been creating gods since mankind first started walking upright. We did that in order to explain what was then, the inexplicable. Solar eclipse? It was the gods. Comet in the sky? A portent from the gods. Volcanic eruption? The gods. Flood? The gods, etc etc ad nauseum.
Meanwhile, organized religion came about to create more uniform belief systems that could be forced upon a population as a method to control the people.
I think theistic religion is crap. It has caused far more harm than the bit of good it's done. However
, if your beliefs are genuinely peaceful and cause no inherent or intended harm to anyone, then what you believe is fine with me.
You share them respectfully even when you don't always get the same respect back.
While there is a 0% chance of anyone ever re-converting me (or converting me to another theistic religion for that matter) I do believe you and your personal beliefs are harmless. Having said that however, I am curious as to your stance on gay people.