posted on Nov, 23 2007 @ 04:15 PM
I choose not to believe in an 'imaginary friend'. There is no credible evidence that JC ever existed. If he did, he is not the Messiah.
When I stopped believing in Santa, I started questioning JC.
Now, if the New Testiment were taken by itself, with Paul's hatred discarded, it might be a good religion to follow, especially in today's troubling
Christ said we are all sons of god (like him?).
He said to turn the other cheek rather than hit back - something our 'Christian' President chooses to ignore.
Love our enemies, ditto.
But he also said that god provides for the sparrows without their having to toil. I guess he is in favor of the welfare system and a universal, one
payor health care system, as well.
If one did not have to believe in a literal Christ, even I might enjoy being a Christian. Some kind and loving things are attributed to him.
I was reared as a fundie Christian. It took many years and much inner turmoil and soul searching for me to shake loose of the brainwashing, and I
resent that having been done to me and consider it a terrible thing to take advantage of young minds in such a manner.
I determined only to follow the dictates of the world as I experienced it. But I also picked up a book on comparative religion. The idea was,
knowing that my own religion was corrupt, could I say they ALL were? I tried to keep an open mind.
I joined no other religion, but
enough has happened personally to me, over time, to convince me that we survive death and that we pre-existed our current lives. I also believe that
there are elements in religions that nourish a healthy outlook on life and that aid one in overcoming the dark spots in life that we all go through.
It is valuable for a society to make a regular habit of looking at things from an ethical and moral standpoint.
So, although I believe the dogma and doctrine of religions are crap (yes CRAP), the mystical part - the part that sometimes makes a person feel that
all is harmoneous and working together for some unknowable ultimate good - that thing I take to be real.
It seems to me that the more orthodox of any religon tend to be the most mystical, and the religions which are the most ecumenical, like Unitarians,
are the least. So, if a person feels that there is 'something' to faith and is led by a need to know the unknowable, he is often stuck with the
more dogmatic religons. This is why, in these faiths (I think) one often finds some of the best examples of spirituality, but they also often preach
crap to a person.
[edit on 23-11-2007 by goldengrain]