posted on Apr, 16 2005 @ 07:00 PM
This may not be the most proper board for this question, but I really can't think of anywhere else to put it. If any of the mods find somewhere
better let me know. Anyways...
I've never been a very religious person. I've believed that there is some kind of higher power, but not necessarily the way Christians,
Muslims, or whomever feels. If anything I've always felt a little more closer to Zen concepts, but nothing I could say I follow "religiously."
My main question is why each of the religions feel that they--and only they--are right? I know that it isn't necessarily the way every Christian, or
every Muslim, or every Hindu thinks. But there's so many different beliefs out there; they can't all be right, and I'd be willing to put my
money up that none of them have it exactly right. But most of the religious people I've seen feel that you are a lesser person if you don't think
the same thing they do. That you're damned to Hell (or the equivalent) for eternity if you don't change your ways and live like them. Why is that?
Why aren't people just happy knowing that they'll go to their version of Heaven as long as they follow the rules of their prophet?
This will probably get me flamed, but the ones I notice that are really bad about this are Christians. A lot of them aren't even content knowing
that you follow the teachings of Christ; you have to be Baptist, or Lutheran, or whatever denomination they follow. For some you even have to go to
their particular church. It just seems quite contradictory to me, not a very "Christian" way of treating people. What happened to "Judge not lest
ye be judged?"
And to end my rant, what is the point of a physical church anyways? I might be mistaken, but I don't remember hearing anywhere in the Bible about
Jesus preaching to people with a choir and an altar. I must have missed the verse where he finally was able to get enough donations for the gym. The
people who travel from city to city without a solid home and preach their interpretation of His words are looked down upon as lunatics most of the
time. Isn't that a little bit more like how he did things?