a reply to: ColdWisdom
You could indeed but your's is going to be a very noisy heaven so I suggest you take ear plug's just in case.
You make a good point about children at an early age not understanding and in fact teaching them with a sledge hammer (metaphorically) like that
could do far more harm than good.
I understand as well why so many like yourself do not want to accept any religion and it is often more than just a rebellion against the one in which
you were raised or in which you found yourself but even from a simply human approach you have to recognize the importance religion plays in a
It does help to bind social structure together.
Over here in England the censor gave the film an 18 rating due to it's shocking content and yes I agree there is no need to expose an innocent mind
to that as it definitely could cause far more harm than good so I regard those as irresponsible parent's, you can't shelter a child forever but there
is an age and a time to learn certain thing's.
You and indeed anyone are free to believe or not, I have stated my belief and respect your own as you have your reason's but think about it, you are
talking about the ultra conservative bible belt states of the US and they have a very peculiar view of Christianity which as you know includes some
probably insane lunatic's using poisonous snakes in some state's to other's preaching a politically right wing and very twisted view of Christianity
when in fact Jesus had far more in common with Marx (who stole many of his idea's) than he did with the modern church's, in fact the early church's
were essentially commune's with shared wealth and work, the ill were cared for, each was given just what he needed and no one lived to excess as they
were all one family in there sight.
What we see today is evengelical TV such as TBN which has now been exported to the UK, some really nice people and then some that make your skin
crawl, one bragging about getting a baptismal area built on the Jordan (hold on a moment did'nt Jesus say do good work's in secret), this same guy
divorced his wife and paid her allimony out of Church fund's but hey it is his business right, I think you know the one he has a name like my favorite
meal Haggis but not quite the same then another of them drives a Ferrari and all on church donation's.
So I do get were you are coming from especially in the state's, those guy's are all my arse as we say in England, they preach donation's but there
view of charity is found in filling there own pocket's, so much so evangelical hypocrite's whom are only preaching (And preying on there
congregations) for there own benefit. (Maybe I am being a wee bit unfair to them though)
The counter argument would be do they do more good than bad, is making people feel good about themselves ACTUALLY doing good though?.
I love Christianity but I think that most today have the wrong end of the stick yourself included and also many believer's, it is not so much your
belief' as your view of the organised religion that is the point, well I guess someone has to organise it but a lot of the time it is the wrong people
and they taint it with there own motivation's.
Let me ask you this, if they obeyed the lord, gave away there wealth to the poor keeping only what they needed, worked for the common good and
created a Utopian society based on his ideal's in which no one was without shelter or food or clothing would you feel so bitter toward's it.
You know those same hypocritical traitor's, those same false preachers and wolves in sheep's clothing fall back on old testament to justify there way
of mis preaching the gospels of Christ.
SO obviously we are on different side's but perhaps we have more in common than you might think.
Now think about this, Christ had little time for priest's and preacher's, he often referred to them as hypocrite's being rewarded here by there fine
clothing and status in society while he cared more about the common folk.
Now is it possible that if met him and even did not believe that just maybe you would like him and his message religion aside?.
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