Originally posted by OldThinker
1) Do you think faith/religion is here to control the masses?
3) Your evidence?
4) Did you once believe?
5) Did you change?
6) Why are you an atheist?
7) Why are you an agnostic?
8) Why you are a christian?
9) What ‘SHOULD‘ God look like/act like/be like?
[edit on 4-2-2009 by OldThinker]
I started to read some responses first, but decided to give an unbiased opinion first. This will likely not be a 1, 2, 3 answer, but it will convey
my opinion on all 9 points.
As a child, I was given the understanding of God and religion by a variety of pastors, priests, deacons, etc. I grew up fearing mistakes based on the
judgments that would be handed down to me in this life and the next. We were told stories of both atrocity and grace from a God that is both a
jealous and iron fisted master, as well as a caring and loving father. I learned about a creator that gave and took life and learned that either
could happen to me depending on how I acted day to day.
Did I feel controlled? Of course I did. He watches and records my every action, thought and feeling and in the end, those are what I am to be graded
by. I was given 10 simple rules to live by as a follower, then told that each infraction would be held against my eternal soul. I didnt feel
controlled, I felt like a puppy that just peed on the carpet with every step I took in life.
Then I grew older and started to learn about history. I learned about how people have used religion to destroy nations, peoples, and other religions.
Throughout history there are recordings of hatred and violence between the religions. Imagine my surprise to learn that the most prominent of the
worlds religions are interconnected from a core religion. I learned that the religions not sharing that commonality are mostly just rebellions
against central religion.
Then it happened. Three little words. They had been staring me in the face my entire life, but they never meant anything to me because I was too
afraid to see them. "King James Version". The word "Version" became burned into my mind and its very existence would give me no peace as long as
it was the the very symbol of what I had been taught.
The deeper the rabbit hole went, I could feel the fear subside. I didnt have to fear the words of man in a tome explained by man in a building built
I made a choice. I chose, I choose, to live my life by my own moral compass. Should it steer me off course, then I pay my own consequences of my own
actions in my own time and by my own admission. I fear no man's words, no unseen judgment, no mystical trial, no eternal retribution.
I have chosen, for myself alone, to live by a faith of self and a faith in mankind. I hold no grievance against anyone that makes their choice of
servitude, as long as they make the choice to hold no grievance against my rebellion. In that right, I will attest that there is something greater in
this existence than I am, be it alien, cosmic or supreme. I give the belief in specifics to those that need that kind of reassurance and structure in
their life. I do not answer to one, but many things greater than myself. I alone cannot make grass grow, only help the earth produce that bounty. I
alone cannot hold back or encourage the wind to blow, but I can open my home to it and give it a path by which to travel. I alone cannot change the
heart of a man, but I can lend an ear or spoken word to encourage a life less threatening. I alone cannot form a planet or star, but I can marvel in
their beauty and treat each as a great entity unto itself.
There is something greater than everyone. Call on your God in thanks and beg of your God for support. I look to myself.