Originally posted by DaModI'm tired of all the Jesus bashing! What did he ever do to you? Did he personally wrong you? Did he come on
to your property and kick your dog?
I don't think anyone here is bashing Jesus tbh, having an opinion about religion isn't bashing.
Going back to the original point, notice in this video at around 1:37
In May 2008, a startling proclamation was issued by the Vatican. For the first time in it's 2000 year history, the Catholic Church acknowledged
the possibility that intelligent life could exist on other planets and a belief in E.T. did not contradict a belief in God.
I believe this is incorrect. They say it doesn't but don't discuss why. The existence of intelligent life elsewhere does contradict the integrity of
the bible and faith in God. The only way it would not is if said intelligent life upholds Jesus as the way. Anything other than that (i.e. acknowledge
all religions as "equal") becomes troublesome.
If there is intelligent life superior to ours that can bend time/travel immense distances, has far superior intelligence and possibly help mankind in
ways we cannot help ourselves (energy, science, cures etc.) than what would the purpose be that they're not mentioned in the bible?
It is impossible for God to lie. God's intention?
The bible details the relationship between humans and God as very intimate. We are unique, God made the universe and "everything in it" (very
important), but did not tell us that we are millenia behind other intelligent life (he must have also made) that decide to pop up now and then.
This challenges the integrity of the bible. The authors of the bible did not account for otherworldly life, because God didn't say anything,
secondly, they were less enlightened as we are today about science and the universe so they were never in a position to account for that future
This only leaves the Church to account for Alien intelligence. God is and remains silent on the issue.
Aftermath of contact/disclosure:
How long before someone tries to convert a space travelling superior intelligence to their religion? That would be insulting imo.
But to cut a long story short, in the event of disclosure/contact, I think alot of people would be put off religion, when "someone" else can give us
results that are impossible.
Originally posted by DaModPersonally, I think we are all stuck here together no matter who disagrees with whom. Can't we learn to
coexist and live and let live? Believe and let believe? I think the most important teaching from Jesus Christ that everyone can appreciate (I mean
everyone be you atheist, agnostic, Jewish or what have you) is love. I love all of you whether you are an ignorant bastard or a peaceful individual
and my life is better because of it. Why cant we all just learn to love each other? Wishful thinking because prejudice (be it against race, religion,
region whatever) will never die because mankind will not have it any other way!
I am quite puzzled by these sorts of posts i've read, well-intended, but I don't see how they address the topic. If this is a reaction to sopposed
Christian bashing or something I honestly believe posts so far have not had any bashing-intentions other than an opinion.