originally posted by: Sharted
Hi, I am pretty much an atheist but sometimes I do think that there could be one true creator of our universe. After all, it's just one big ball of
energy, constantly evolving into other forms of energy. This energy must have come from somewhere, in theory. When we die our bodies are cremated or
buried and that helps plants grow and feeds worms; our energy is transformed into other forms of energy and the cycle goes on forever. Now, if I was
going to follow any religion it would be the one that believes in reincarnation (unsure what it's called sorry). However, therein lies the problem
with modern day religions.
People who call themselves religious ALWAYS interpret their religion's rules however they see fit. I've met catholics who drink alcohol, fornicate
out of wedlock, take drugs and so on. I've met many people who believe in a particular faith and don't give two #s about breaking their religious
code of conduct. Then you have muslims who think it's perfectly alright to blow up the world trade centre because they were "infidels". I could be
mistaken but I think any god would frown on murder, regardless of whether it's justified in any man's eyes. Then there are religions who have
branched off into slightly different versions, such as Christianity with Jahovas etc. who seem to just pick a religion that suits their way of life.
If a religion is chosen to suit one's personal lifestyle then what the hell is the point in it?
Then there is the problem with god being omnipotent, which to me suggests he knows everything, including the future. Knowing the future means every
man's destiny is set out before he is even born, in which case nothing they do wrong is their fault and therefore shouldn't be punished by any god
(sent to hell I suppose is the belief).
Then there is the ritual of going to a church every sunday because apparently singing in a building is what a god wants. The whole concept of
organized religion, especially in the modern world, seems to be manufactured and tailored to suit individuals, with little or no regard to its true
purpose. As we learn more about the universe and see how minute humanity is in the grand scheme of things it's quite suprising that no religious book
has ever mentioned this, considering most of it came from god apparently.
You have made one fundamental mistake, placing Christianity as the only organized religion.
It would be better if you said "Organized Christianity" because every religion out there is organized in some form or fashion. But when you limit it
to Christianity, then you don't see how it becomes solely aimed and pointed at Christianity.
These are the definitions of religion :
the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
"ideas about the relationship between science and religion"
synonyms: faith, belief, worship, creed; More
a particular system of faith and worship.
plural noun: religions
"the world's great religions"
a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.
"consumerism is the new religion"
1: Christians believe in a personal God, expressed in His Son Jesus (Yeshua, Yahoshua).
2: Muslims believe in an impersonal God, Allah and not expressed outside the Quran.
3: Jews believe in a close personal God, HaShem (simply means "the Name" which is the same God as Christians, but don't believe in His Son)
4: Wiccans believe in a Goddess
5: Pagans believe in impersonal gods that go by various names
6: Satan worshipers are divided, some believe Satan is just an energy or force or human expression while some believe in an actual entity
7: Hindus have 3 million gods, but also believe in one Supreme Being
8: Shamanism doesn't so much believe in a god, but a spiritual realm to tap into
But according to the very definition of religion, also whatever places supreme importance upon, such as sports, celebrities, television shows, their
cars....the list goes on. Atheism can also be a religion in that certain aspect if atheists promote their belief in science and certain scientists as
omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent.
If you feel that Christianity is what you have the issue with, then it is much better if you consider there are many religions out there that are
organized so specifically mention Christianity in your titles. We could ask the same thing about every religion. You titled it wrongly if the whole
summation is questioning Christianity.
Now for the answers for what you are asking in the post, the drinking of alcohol is viewed differently among Christians. Some people don't live up to
what they claim. And some have a more rigid view. I am not Catholic but I am a Christian.