posted on Nov, 4 2008 @ 07:17 PM
I think that things that question our faith are good for us on a personal level, it is through questioning that we begin to appreciate concepts
outside of our own preconceived notions and are able to expand our horizons.
You should never take anything anyone tells you as an absolute truth, be it a minister, or a doctor, a scientist, a politician or me, the duty falls
on you to explore the information you are given and to come up with your own set of beliefs about the world based on your findings, then by all means
share with the rest of us.
I wonder actually what is faith, is faith simply believing in a godlike figure, is faith believing in a godlike figure who may care about you and
grant you favor in some way, is faith believing that the message passed onto man about how to behave is for the good of man and not the institutions
who passed on the message or the being they serve (be it devine or otherwise).
What is the core belief drug that keeps people coming, the quest for some form of ascended enlightenment or simply the desire to have protection from
something greater than yourself.
For me most religious systems have value, there seems to always be several tiers to any religion, we have the common worshippers who generally cow-tow
to the religious authorities to protect themselves from divine (and church based) retribution, then possibly you have an initiate level where people
actually use the scriptures as a foundation for deeper spiritual seeking, then you have the manipulators, these can exist in valid forms like local
rabbi's or bishops who oversee a large area for administrative purposes and they can exist in the form of the non devout using the institution for
their own material desires.
It seems that once a person truly begins to quest in a spiritual nature they are able to rise above the manipulative false dross planted in the
various scriptures and commentaries of each religion and bring it to a new level which in part helps validate the control level that is being used on
the general hedging your bets masses. There is no doubt surely there can be very holy / enlightened Christians and Jews and Muslims and members of
other faiths as well, however just because some people are able to cleanse the taint off what their own religious stance has become and return it to a
higher level, does not validate the mass produced versions of those religions.
I think its time for something new, sadly though too many people are still caught in the fear traps that mainstream western religion use to ensure
their followers do not wander (i.e. the concept of hell amongst others).