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Originally posted by Black Ops
Uh oh, did I start an argument? hehe...No but honestly, I've heard a lot about this, and this is definitely branched off from other threads on religion but I wanted to hear it from everyone myself. I for one have been raised Roman Catholic and told to believe this, believe that and if I don't, you will not be accepted in heaven. And if you sin and do anything God doesn't like you will go to hell where you will burn and be in pain and agony beyond your imagination...but God loves you...This may sound familiar to some of you, because George Carlin said this in one of his stand-up's.
A lot of people have said a lot of religions have been misinterpreted over the years, but all have the same general principle. Love one another, be a descent human being, and you will have an amazing afterlife. This is obviously a great way to basically scare everyone into being good people. So heres the deal, if there is no such thing as God, but you are religious and live by whatever your God's teachings are, then you will live a good life. If there is a God, then you will abide by his teachings, live a good life, and go to heaven where you will live in his presence for eternity. Now, both have same principles but different outcomes. It doesn't really matter to most people. People generally are descent individuals, but spirituality will give them that extra boost in hopes that they make it into heaven. It's definitely a touchy subject, and I don't want anyone to think I am bashing anyone's religion. My question is, do you think God and his teachings were made up to better man-kind regardless of our motive for doing so?
[edit on 11-6-2008 by Black Ops]