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Originally posted by JaxonRoberts
reply to post by Monts
Maybe I wasn't specific enough:
Christians are not the problem, the Institution of Christianity is. In fact, all Organized Religious Institutions are. One can be a good person and belong to a bad organization. One need not buy into all of the idiotic Dogma to embrace the message.
And maybe I came off a little harsh in the OP, but responding to a variety of religious threads here and getting bashed by the Fundies repeatedly will do that to you...
Originally posted by warpcrafter
Jaxon has it right. The Christians and Muslims need to be stopped before their pointless wars destroy us all.
Why is Wicca the fastest growing religion in the United States
There are 3 primary reasons:
First, the Goddess is one of the most important reasons that Wicca is the fastest growing religion in America. Wicca is the only Western religion that has a conception of the Divine as not just male, but also female. The Goddess is deeply empowering for women She is also a source of healing for men. Wicca is also the only Western religion in which women are honored as spiritual leaders. Second, Wicca is very well suited to the modern temperament, which is rational, independent, and self-motivated. Wiccans don't have to have faith in the existence of some transcendent, distant God because they have direct and personal experience of a present and indwelling deity. Wicca is a spiritual practice that anyone can master to experience her/his connection to the Divine. The spiritual practices are deeply empowering, and life- transforming. Wicca is non-dogmatic, there's no prophet, no guru, no charismatic leader, no one (usually a man) standing between you and God/dess, interpreting "God's will" or telling you how to live. You are responsible for your own encounter with deity and Wiccan practices provide this profound encounter. And why would anyone leave the most extraordinary experience of her/his life to someone else? Third, Wiccans experience the world around them, and particularly Nature, as the embodiment of the Divine. Nature is the greatest spiritual teacher for Witches, because it is the body of the Divine. In an era of environmental crisis that threatens our survival, Wicca provides a way of living in harmony with the natural world, and therefore of living in harmony with the Sacred. This is a very beautiful way in which to live, that also enables us to make the enormous, necessary changes so that the Earth, and we will survive.
Originally posted by Monts
....This is the main reason why I don't consider myself a Christian; I follow and like the teachings of Jesus......
Originally posted by Tyler 720
Sorry OT, I'm computer illiterate, gotta hit "reply to" button in post.
[edit on 25-2-2010 by Tyler 720]
It was Constantine that ordered the Council of Nicea, thus consolidating both the beliefs of Christianity, and the hierarchy of the Early Church, but also officially creating the Bible that is still in use today.
Originally posted by ucalien
I guess quite stupid people inputting a world domination conspiracy to Christian doctrine, WITHOUT know f*ck about it. Do you wanna debunk something?? Cool, but get your facts straightly and aim the right target.
Originally posted by kevlar79
reply to post by JaxonRoberts
What do you believe, or what motivates you? You seem to be intelligent and I am curious....
Originally posted by OldThinker
1) If you saw a "fundi" in an alley, would you be afraid?
of course not
2) Have you ever met a sincere one, you wouldn't trust a child with?
Your latest has nothing to do with TLJC, nor sincere followers of the same...
I'm with you with "organized religion" but so was HE...ever seen www.youtube.com...
Your thoughts...after viewing the 9 min vid?
Originally posted by Alethea
And why do you capitalize the words "logic" and "reason"? (Does this reveal your affiliation?)
Originally posted by Watcher-In-The-Shadows
You're not going to like my response my friend.
Ack so many generalizations and negative outbursts. You mention logic and reason and yet use neither in your approach or asessment JR. Religion has, can and does have good effects. Yet, you focus on the negative to support your claim of evil.