originally posted by: Cycleiron
Now for one thing how can there be so many branches of it? If the bible is considered to be the absolute truth then surely ALL followers of it should
have the same beliefs.....
First and foremost let me say that I'm NOT a christian, although I'll be speaking from a christian perspective simply because it is the religion in
which I am most familiar.
Not a very strong assumption, believers are, after all, only human...and humans sometimes just don't get along with each other. Just because a group
of people are professed "christians" does not mean they will agree on every little thing, even astrophysicists don't agree on every little thing....in
fact, you'd be hardpressed to find ANY group of people who will agree on everything within their "field".
Why on Earth are people so willing to accept things that supposedly happened thousands of years ago without question but if Fred who lives
down the street and works at the local Newsagents were to come out with now ( god speaking to him and burning bushes etc ) they would have him carted
off to the nearest psychiatric hospital....
People are willing to accept that those things actually happened because they live the words that Christ Jesus told them to live...and in many
circumstances it changed their lives. For those who blindly follow, not seeing the reality of Christ Jesus in their lives, I cannot speak for.
Testimonies are plentiful, look up a few and see how living the words found in those ancient stories has helped millions of people transform their
lives....whether you believe it or not, it's really quite remarkable.
For anyone who argues that it's impossible for the Universe to spontaneously come into being so there must have been a god, then where did god
3 things you need to remember.
1st. The universe and time itself can be scientifically shown to have a beginning.
2nd. It's unreasonable to assume something could begin to exist without a cause.
And 3rd. God, is posited as the creator of all things, including time. That means that to place God within the realm of time, or requiring him/her/it
to have a beginning, would be illogical.
With all the suffering and misery that takes place on this Planet, what use is god?
Who created the suffering and misery? Did God come down and rape women? Did he teach man how to craft weapons to kill each other? Did he oppress the
free and force them to do his will? Man is the cause of all the suffering and misery that takes place on this planet....If he is there, i'm sure he
has a purpose, just as everything has a purpose, even mosquitoes.
Either it is powerless to do anything or just doesn't give a #, it's of course irrelevant either way as such a being would clearly not be
deserving of any worship so as the title says , religion, what is it good for?!!
I pose it as this. Either YOU are powerless to do anything, or YOU just don't give a #. Therefore I ask, what are YOU good for?
You might find it difficult to find any academically gifted scholar who has difficulties identifying the functional benefits that religions provide
society. Stop looking at religion as an ancient text that people blindly follow, and examine religion in a social and cultural context. If you
examine it thoroughly and honestly, you will find that religion is an important social institution that contributes to social cohesion and helps
maintain social order. Again, look up some of those testimonies, you'd be surprised how religion has helped millions of people worldwide for
centuries....regardless of whether it is true or not...
edit on 7-5-2016 by Agree2Disagree because: (no reason given)