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Many of Iraq's estimated 1 million Christians have fled the country after targeted attacks by extremists. In October, more than a thousand Iraqi families fled the northern city of Mosul after they were reportedly frightened by a series of killings and threats by Muslim extremists, who apparently ordered them to convert to Islam or face possible death.
I never said there was anything wrong with believing in a God. I said the time for believing that God is "out there" and not "right here" is obsolete.
And the same is also true for you. This is the philosophy of freedom. All suffering exists in me, and all joy exists in me. I am ultimately responsible for my world, and no one else. No one else is to blame, and I am infinitely finite.
Sorry... but I just wish more people would wake up to this, and stop giving their most powerful resource, their beliefs, over to someone else or some organic system. Our beliefs are our own, and should not be dictated by what any one else believes.
It's amazing the power over you can have over your own reality when you are responsible for what you believe. No matter how mystical, or mundane... you are the author.
[Wow.. another sharp peal of thunder and blinding light!]
I'm not saying that religion is the cause for all of the worlds woes. I'm saying that relgion has morphed before at key points in human existence, and this last piece of fruit which was sour for those who first had it, sweet for those who had it while it was ripe, has now become rotten and will serve only as the muck from which the next seed finds it's earliest beginnings.