reply to post by Ichabod
I'm not being heartless and cruel, most Christians are. Most Christians are excited and happy when they think about the supposed "End Times" and
being taken to Heaven, but they forget that at least 90% of all human beings (if the Bible is to be taken seriously) are likely going to Hell (not to
mention all the plagues, famines, and death spoken of in Revelation). Even if there are a few billion Christians on Earth how many of them are truly
following Christ, at least here in America its a very small margin, most Christians (from my Church going experience a good half of them) are only
going through the motions, they buy into the beliefs because that's what they were taught, and they were also taught that disbelief or holding a
seperate belief would result in burning, not just for a lifetime, but for ETERNITY.
Try to wrap your head around how long an eternity is than try to figure out how a God who IS LOVE (he's not just loving, He's actually equated with
LOVE) is going to be sending people to a burning fiery lake of torment forEVER.
I do not make the assertion that the Bible is a bunch of fairy-tales, there is some level of historical accuracy but I can say with no certainty what
in the Bible is or isn't true. There are certainly portions of the Bible which CANNOT be taken literally, for instance, the absurd belief that all
the millions of species on Earth could have fit on a boat of the size Noah is said to have built.
Let's not forget that Paul was the guy telling women to be quiet during Church. To say that the Bible is the Word of God is to believe that God not
only condones terrible acts of barbarism but that he sometimes commits these acts Himself. In Job he takes away all of Jobs wealth and kills Jobs
children, seemingly to settle a bet with SATAN (who, apparently, gets an escort of angels!).
Once again you are confusing what I am talking about with disagreeing with God. I am disagreeing with a collection of Books that make up our modern
Bible. I am disagreeing, due to a great deal of cognitive dissonance which built up during my years spent trying to be a Christian, with the notion of
God put forth in the Bible.
I do not believe an Almighty Loving being would kill innocent people, smite children, condone slavery, punish people for eternity, diseminate His
truth in only one book, in only one religion (which has a thousand different branches and denominations). A God so great He created THE UNIVERSE and
yet He can't create an Afterlife of Lenient punishment for the not-so-wicked? A God of EVERYTHING who chooses one people, one religion, and says
"screw the rest of you belief systems, you guys can go to Hell, LITERALLY!"
Sorry Ichabod, there's nothing you can do to disuade me, and it has NOTHING to do with the other doubters and everything to do with weighing the
truth in my own heart and mind. And remember what your wonderful belief system has done for the world:
Racism and Prejudice
Suppression of Scientific Discovery
Holding up the tyrants of the world who claimed to have "Divine Right"
Crusades and other wars
None of these things would have come about if they'd ACTUALLY been following Christ's teachings.
Its not any attack on God, Ichabod, remember that, its an attack on a notion of God, ideas of God that MAN has come up with. My search for the true
God, of the whole Universe, goes on, and it requires me to question everything that claims to be the answer. Blind-belief, buying into the first
answer that comes along just because it makes the claim of being the truth, is ignorance and folly.