posted on Dec, 14 2005 @ 09:59 PM
No, the Bible isn't the literal word of God. Yes, the Bible is composed of writings influenced by higher thinking individuals(think Einstein, on a
religious level), maybe even divine intervention.
spamandham - I agree with some of the things you argue, however I beleive it is absurd to say that religion plays the dominant role against drugs,
prostitution, gambling, etc. It all goes back to the good/evil debate really.
Drugs, I agree, have been part of historical cultures all over the world. Drugs are illegal for one main reason though. It's because they cause
lapses in judgment that lead to crime, violence, spread of disease, and death. Now you can argue that some drugs (marijuana maybe?) aren't that bad.
But, think about the number of deaths and acts of violence that are attributed to booze, crack, coc aine, acid, whichever drug of choice suits
you, every single day. Have you lost anyone to a drunk driver? Do you know anyone that had a family member overdose? How many people are mugged,
killed, raped, or harmed by some sort of druggie every day? That is why drugs are illegal. It's because they cause harm. Yes, you can argue that
politics plays a part in all that, but it could be worse. Religion, I'm afraid, doesn't play too big a part in drug laws.
Prostitution: I agree that religion may play a minor role, but think about this. In some countries, women are kidnapped and forced into
prostitution. Would you want your mother/sister/wife to go through that ordeal? That is why prostitution is illegal. It goes not against the
religiously forced, but the human implied "good/evil moral code". Maybe some women want to sell their bodies to make money, and I'm sure some
enjoy it. Prostitution does exist legally in some states.
What you miss though, is that prostitution, as well as a majority of the drug phenomena, makes money for the "puppetmasters". They are forms of
population control implemented to keep the prisons full and force poverty on the lower class.
One of the problems with the world is: So many people are set on seeing religion as a bad thing, that they are blocking the view of the people that
need it the most. You may not like Christianity, or any religion for that matter, but that doesn't mean it is a bad thing. Live and let live. Just
because you don't think something is right in your eyes, it doesn't mean you can force your opinion on someone else.
That last sentence should be read to relgious leaders too. Too many are concerned with others to the point that they don't see that the very
foundation they preach upon is crumbling beneath their feet. We have to find our own answers...
now, since nobody else paid any attention to Nygdan's post, I'll try to get this thread ON-TOPIC...
I personally believe in the Bible from a historical standpoint, not necissarily a literal one.
The translation of the Bible has been altered so much through history, that it can't be taken literally.
Yes, the Bible is a good work for anyone seeking guidance in their life, but the CONSPIRACY comes in when ancient leaders had it translated in a way
that helped control their kingdoms. I can dig up some evidence as to particular leaders, but I'm kinda tired right now....
Think about the church fathers, who intentionally left out works such as the Book of Enoch.....They did this to hide the whole truth. It's just like
today's governments. We only get a partial truth. The only flaw though, is that "the powers that be" disregard the human spirit enough to think
we can't find truth on our own. That is everyone's challenge for today. Find out your own truth.
As far as the war in Iraq being religious, it very well may be fueled by that. At least, that is what "they" want you to believe. Deny