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originally posted by: Willtell
The dangerous fallacy in these religions fostered by the clerics in each of them has wrought havoc on religion and basically rendered it more dangerous overall than helpful to humanity
originally posted by: Unresponsible
But...but...how can people elevate themselves to positions of religious control if they can't tell the masses that God is strictly on their side and not the enemies?
It's too difficult! 'Cause then all sorts of craziness happens, like the view that an infallible creator is okay with all sorts of faiths and perspectives and that the privilege of mankind is to find for ourselves our place in the cosmos. Suddenly we're all getting along. Which is terrible!
Too think that God allowed all of this mess to happen because of His Grand Universal plan.
that is the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus
John 3:16-18For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
So i guess your life is perfect huh? If god favors those who believe the most, then you must live in a paradise right? Or no? Do you still have all the same problems as everyone else?
originally posted by: Isurrender73
a reply to: Willtell
God favors those who practice the faith, not those who say I believe and then continue to live like they do not. The same fundemtal message can be found in all the scriptures. The prophets themselves quote previous prophets.
Is it not more likely that all the prophets who taught unity through faith in One God were correct and the clergy that teach one book are wrong?
originally posted by: Woodcarver
a reply to: Willtell
I agree that it is a problem when people believe that a god would grant them favors simply because they have a strong belief that it exists. But i think that the biggest scam is that god exists. All of the Problems go away when you realise that religious people imprint their own wants, needs, and standards, onto their concept of what a god should be.