The title of this tread is probably a bit misleading. While most would call me Christian because I do believe in Jesus the Christ, I do not think the
word Christian entirely applies to my belief system. I will begin my diatribe as to why I am not a full blown Christian in a moment. First,I want to
give everyone a run down of what my core beliefs are, you will probably figure out relatively quickly why I certainly cannot be considered an orthodox
1) I do believe in Jesus Christ. Although, I must state that I think the church has manipulated his teachings to fit its own agenda.
2) I believe in evolution. I believe that evolution was simply a method God put into place to advance man. When the Bible states man was made in the
image of God, I think it was referring to man's spiritual image being made in the image of God, not his physical image.
3) I firmly believe in Reincarnation.
4) I believe that there is life on other planets other than earth. Surely if God is as great as we believe him to be, he was creative enough to put
life on other planets.
5) I do not believe in an eternal hell. When I go to church and the preacher begins to get on a soapbox talking about God throwing "sinners" into a
fiery pit, I get up and walk out because I don't know what god he is talking about; it certainly isn't the god I worship, nor is it the god of Jesus
6) I believe everyone has the right to believe as he/she wishes as long as that belief doesn't start wars and the slaughter of thousands,perhaps
hundreds of thousands, of people.
Christianity's Struggle For Supremacy
To me, this is the biggest blight on the history of Christianity. By the way, Islam also suffers this distinction, so I'm not just singling out
Christian's here. As a matter of fact, when one looks down through history, all monotheistic religions have quite a bloody history.
One of the first things that pop into my mind as far as the irrational past of christianity is concerned is the Salem witch trials. Here is a link to
some information: www.law.umkc.edu...
This particular trespass by Christianity was uncalled for by any stretch of the imagination. It was simply the killing of innocent people who would
not conform to the beliefs of the church. Some will argue, "Well,yeah, but that was a Puritan thing,not actually a full fledged Christian." Were
Puritans not of Christian faith?
Secondly, who can forget about the oh so popular crusades. This particular tirade was participated in by none other than both the christians and
Muslims. How lovely!! Here is a link detailing the Muslims involvement in this slaughter: www.mrdowling.com...
And who can forget about the destruction of the Cathars by the church? Another example of the church slaughtering people simply because it was
threatened by a group who didn't conform to its beliefs. Here is a link to another discussion board on this:
Of course, anytime you talk about the Cathars, you bring to mind the inquisition in its
Then,we,of this generation, are embroiled in a conflict called the "war on terrorism" that is nothing less, when one gets to the root of it, another
crusade between the Muslims and Christians.
Why I Think "New Age " Idealism Is The Better Alternative
When one says "new age" the whole term is kind of misleading. The "new age" is really not new at all. Actually, most of its beliefs are quite
ancient, predating Christianity and certainly predating Islam.
I am a proponent of the "new age" because it speaks in peaceful terms. You rarely, unless the person is talking about the world situation, ever hear
a "new ager" use anger filled or destructive dialogue. Most "new agers" want peace.
However, being a very small minority, the group really has very little leverage over what is going on in today's world. It shows. I already know that
there are going to be posters here that are just going to "roast" me saying that the "New age is part of the N.W.O,and blah,blah,blah."
That's just another Christian "conspiracy" theory designed to detract people from a movement the church fears.
Why I Think People Should Believe As They Please
Believing and doing as we please is the whole point of free will. Isn't it? If God truly wanted us to believe everything the preachers in the
orthodox churches told us, I don't think he would have given us the freedom of choice. We would just be a bunch of automatons running around doing
everything that the church demanded.
However, God did give us the ability to think for ourselves. To see the faults of the established belief systems. Why should I as a free thinker be
forced to believe as the majority does? Why should I be forced to either choose Christianity,Islam or Judaism before what I have to say can be
considered correct?If any of the three named religions have the complete truth,as all three vehemently claim they do, then why is the world in the
mess that it's in?
It's amazing to me that we live in the 21st century, yet we still have these tribal religious belief systems that swear up and down that everyone who
believes differently than they do are going to be cast into some mythological "hell" for all of eternity. It's crazy. Yet, that is what
Muslims,Jews and Christians all proclaim.
The Fountain Of The world's Problems
Now, don't misunderstand the title of this section. I certainly would never support a religion free world. I think that religions are a necessary
part of life. People need to have some form of belief system.
With that being said, religion has,at least at the root, caused every major war there has ever been. Look at world war II. I mean really look at its
root causes. Was Hitler's intention not to re-paganize Germany? Did he not use religious dialogue in his speeches? (If you don't think he did, I
suggest you read some of the transcripts of his speeches.)
People's beliefs are held dear to them. Most people, including myself, would be willing to die for what he/she believes in. For example, most of us
will die rather than take the digital mark of the beast. I know that I will choose death over taking the mark.
Well, my space is running short. There is so much more I want to say,but can't. So..
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