posted on Feb, 9 2005 @ 09:11 AM
Hi, my name is ______________ and I am a recovering roman-catholic. Baptised at 5, Communion at 7, confirmation at 14. When I was young (10-11) church
interfered with my watching Transformers. Otherwise, I enjoyed the solemn atmosphere of the church. I used to go with my grand-mother. We were driven
there by my grandfather, who slept in the van or went shopping while we were inside. There were very few times I actually went to church with anyone
else. I had, however, gone to church with my grandfather a couple times. Most of the time, we never stayed until it was over, leaving about half-way
through. A couple times, we went inside, he said a short prayer and we left and went to the library until mass was supposed to be over. Another thing,
he never sat down. He always stood in the back. Apparently, he knew he wasn't staying long. He was a firm believer in god, though, I think he thought
the church decadent. He was an amazingly intellectual man who thought learning was the most fun and most important thing anyone could/should do. As a
teen wanting a Nintendo, I found it to be quite irritating as he wanted me to get a computer. I ended up with both(Lucky? No, unfortunately it was his
life insurance money that paid for the computer). I understand his attitude toward knowledge quite a bit better. I also understand his attitude toward
You can believe in god and not the church.
You can still be a good person with morals and never set foot in one.
I believe in the church and the bible less and less with each passing news article.
Too much EVIL has come from fervent belief in a book, written when people thought the earth flat and the center of the universe.
The church has killed/tortured/maimed more innocent people than Hitler, just happens to be over a longer time span. (Crusades, Spanish Inquisition,
Witch trials all because of what the ruling spouters of faith percieved or wanted!)
The god represented in the bible and in church is nowhere near a perfect being, god sounds all too human, having changed his mind time and time again
what is good and righteous. Being wrathful and jealous.
I am not a firm believer in hell either. A perfect omniscient being, knows what evil a person will do millenia before they are born. If god knew that
an Adam and Eve would not obey him (the mind of children they had, because they had no concept of good and evil - this they gained from not obeying
god) why would he punish them and all of us for their sins? What kind of fool punishes all for what two have done? For god to destroy two cities and
only Lot spared for he is the only good person in two cities??? For only Noah's family to be spared and the world destroyed??? Not to mention the
flood caused god to change his mind and vowed never to do that again, then change it back with revelations???
I started seriously questioning the bible and religion when I joined the Army. I was having a hard time dealing the idea of killing people and turned
to faith in the "Good Book" for reassurance. I lost most of my faith in that book at the same time. I was seeing Chaplains, oh those wonderfully
religious people who are trained to kill and some having actually killed. They are from all faiths, Jewish, Christian, Muslim (for example, but not
limited to) for the Army must have representatives for every faith of every soldier.
TRAINED PREACHER/KILLERS?!!! Tell me organized religion is not mind control??? Organized religion is terrorism, "do this and be fearful or else!!!"
Because if God doesn't smite you, we will smite you in his name! And for those of you who would like to say your particular subsect of christianity
is different, I have been to many different christian churches before the Army and even a couple afterwards. I have serious problems with them all. I
no longer feel that warm fuzzy feeling inside. But guess what, I am by no means LOST. I see what I must do, I see more clearly without the blindfold
of blind faith covering my inner eyes.
I will end my rant with this:
Last time I went to church(a southern baptist one - never again) the preacher was going on and on about his trip to the Ukraine. About how while he
was there he met a man in his 20s who was focused on building a truck from junk parts. It was a small town with a very small population living mostly
in poverty. Very few young people and very fews cars. The preacher was "worried" about this young man for he left no time for god. About how if he
gives god some time, god might give his life direction and meaning. Boy I really bit my lip because I really wanted to stand up in church and yell at
him. Apparently this man of god, who speaks with god, couldn't see the answer or the reason right in front of him. That maybe GOD is the subtle
reason this man was focused on building this truck. In a small town where cars and people are scarce, perhaps GOD was guiding his hand in making this
truck! The town sounds like it needed it and the young man desperately, by the time he is finished building this car, he would have an astounding
amount of mechanical knowledge(for that town) brought about by the process. Perhaps this young man was one of the tools GOD was using to bring these
people up from poverty.
For some reason I feel most people talk to GOD more than preachers!
[edit on 9-2-2005 by technicus]
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