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Originally posted by concerned190
reply to post by 5thElement
I do have the ability to change my current path but I choose not to. I also do not feel like a slave to my beliefs.
The concepts of Heaven and Hell, concepts of the After Life, the concepts of Prophets, the concepts of god speaking, the concepts of god it's self.. these are all cultural, not specifically religious. Kind of like the chicken and the egg, I believe cultures defined the religion, the religion did not define the culture.
Originally posted by InnateNight
...Take the book of the Apocalypse for instance...
The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was Thomas Jefferson's effort to extract the doctrine of Jesus by removing sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by the Four Evangelists.[2
Originally posted by Welfhard
I've think that the idea that the afterlife is something that evolved out of early people loosing loved ones. Think about children who have imaginary friends, they can produce incredibly elaborate characters out of nothing, and you watch they playing "with their imaginary friend" and you see how easy it is for a brain to engage with a virtual fully developed being.
Now think about when we loose someone close and it hurts - especially if we have unresolved issues with that person. People, out of human nature, will frequently believe what makes them comfortable* so it's not hard to imagine people believing that their mother or uncle or whoever, is still there watching them or looking over them,** maybe unconsciously the person invokes the same processes that children use with their imaginary friends, perhaps to protect the sanity of the individual from overwhelming stress.
His claims, though, take on some of Christianity's most sacred tenets, like the resurrection of Jesus. Ehrman says he doesn't think the resurrection took place. There's no proof Jesus physically rose from the dead, and the resurrection stories contradict one another, he says.
He says he doesn't believe the followers of Jesus saw their master bodily rise from the dead, but something else.
"My best guess is that what happened is what commonly happens today when someone has a loved one die -- they sometimes think they see them in a vision," Ehrman says. "I think some of the disciples had visions."
Originally posted by Rockpuck
Interesting outlook. I certainly hope there is an afterlife.. though my logical way of thinking often holds me back from that particular belief.. some would find it odd that I can believe in a God and not in an Afterlife. Something I have never really been able to put into words. But in a sense, I agree with you on your theory, in fact I would say that is the premises for all religions, not just the afterlife specifically.
Originally posted by The All Seeing I
Originally posted by wonderworld
If you dont follow one you follow the other.
"When the churches literally ruled society, the human drama encompassed: (a) slavery; (b) the cruel subjection of women; (c)the most savage forms of legal punishment; (d) the absurd belief that kings ruled by divine right; (e) the daily imposition of physical abuse; (f) cold heartlessness for the sufferings of the poor; as well as (g) assorted pogroms ('ethnic cleansing' wars) between rival religions, capital punishment for literally hundreds of offenses, and countless other daily imposed moral outrages... It was the free-thinking, challenging work by people of conscience, who almost invariably had to defy the religious and political status quo of their times, that brought us out of such darkness."
~ Steve Allen