Hi, i'm just gonna throw my two cents in just to mix things up a little and maybe give people some ideas.
Right, I'm Christian. So, what does that mean? Catholic? Protestant? Well, officially i'm catholic, but the way I see it is its all the same God,
just different points of view. The bible was written by humans, and God didn't exactly sit at the table dictating did he? The writers interpreted
what they'd seen, heard etc.
Put simply, the bible (IMO) is just a massive game of chinese whispers. Man sees miracle, believes is act of God, bigs it up slightly to impress non
believer. story changes slightly. instead of a man getting over a cold, he gets over the flu. next person says he gets over chicken pox, next man says
lepracy, next man says he was brought back from the dead. It's happened throughout history, and even in this day in age with our ability to accurate
detail things, it probably still will.
Once there were Jews. Then Christ came along. Christ was a Jew, so.. Why aren't all christians jews? morals were the same, the rules/commandments
etc were essentially the same, so why the change? Because a non-jew decided to follow Jesus and his God and called himself Christian, not
acknowledging the fact Jesus was a jew for the fact that he was a jew. we need to remember here that Jews were severely disliked around this time, so
anybody who wasn't a jew feared for calling themselves such following Christ, and therefore gave it a twist which had stuck.
Many Sacrificial lambs later...
We have the Catholic church. Now, my history is very rusty so feel free to fill in the most likely many blanks. the crusades started, and off we go to
massacre pillage etc in the name of our lord. But wait, when did he ask for that? Hasn't he always said that people will be judged on judgment day?
If that's the case why go on a pillage/crusade/slaughter/pub crawl/stag night or whatever they did back in the day? Human Interpretation. And once
again, like throughout the historybooks it was one person controlling the many.
One man has a vision from God, if that man has power (ie. the Pope) His followers will believe this to be the word of god and off they go.
At the end of the day, i believe it comes down to human pride. Let's say we have a religion, none that exist today to avoid more conflict
. Right, i am the leader/prophet or what ever. Some Guys over the other side of my River believe my God doesn't exist, and their God is right. He
thinks what? hang on, i'm right. He can't be right! Wait, why are they going over to his city to pray to his God!? you can't have more than one
different god! I'm right! they should believe mine! *Fakes migraine* i'm having a vision from god... we have to convert them at all costs!
Think of it in terms of Football (Soccer for the US
) I'm sure we've all seen footballing riots over on the continent, half the time we're
involved someway or another lol. why do they fight? because they firmly believe their team is better. That's what religion comes down to. Mine's
better than yours.
Now, for the divisions of Christianity. We have the Catholic Church, ok, one of the oldest divisions leaving room for hundreds of years' worth of
tale-twisting etc. (i'm skipping the ones i don't know much about out so i don't embarass myself
) Then Church of England pops up so that the
King can divorce people. hmm. what a thing to base religion on.. Protestants crop up because they don't believe catholicism is right, fair play to
them, ENTITLED TO THEIR BELIEFS.
Bottom line is, its up to anybody what people believe, but the most important thing we need to remember is that even the simplest truths can become..
distorted over time, things this complicated are guaranteed to.
I believe God's there, I just don't believe what people tell me he says
ps. EVERYTHING stated in this post is strictly opinion only. None is meant to offend, disclaim, disprove or any other form of criticism/blasphemy or
what have you. Just throwing the dog a bone to chew on.