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Originally posted by Misoir
Originally posted by No King but Jesus
believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that-James2.19
What a load of crap!
And 'no king but jesus', I thought we gave up monarchy for democracy? Down with all kings! God, Jesus and whoever else wants to rule over people without their consent.
Originally posted by projectvxn
reply to post by Misoir
I don't shove my beliefs in your face. I'm only responding with my opinion on the matter.
90% of the time I keep it to myself. If people ask I tell.
I've spent all of my life questioning everything I've been told. I don't just accept things at face value. I've studied many religions. They all have things in common, but the one thing above all that they share, for the most part, is a belief in a creative force. God. Whatever you wanna call it.
I cannot understand why you would harbor so much ill-will toward a force no one can comprehend, let alone be explained by some system of religious regimentation. Now, if your issue is with the use of religion to justify any manner of crime, then you and I certainly agree. I stand on principle and on the side of understanding. Not regimentation, dogma, and ignorance.
Beliefs are a tricky thing. The one thing YOU are doing wrong is attempting to destroy a positive perception of religious spiritualism. And this is not ok. If you want to understand the religious, study the religion. You have to be able to empathize with those who believe. Not because you should or must believe, but because you'll be able to relate and understand those who do.
As for the "atheist attack", you missed the point. It's not about the religion, but whether you're even capable of being in tune with your spirit. The essence of who you are.
You act as if hereditary traditions are a form of brainwashing, and this is not true, it is part of who we are as a species and it goes back to the beginning of civilization. To act as if it is a crime to pass on your beliefs to your children is hypocritical. Who did your cousin learn the concept of atheism from?
Don't throw stones in glass houses.
[edit on 25-7-2010 by projectvxn]
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by Misoir
Well I knew that the boy scouts were a religious institution to begin with really, however I have a different question.
Why is the 10 year old an Atheist? Is he old enough to even comprehend what religion is? He's obviously not mature at 10 to make up his mind about sprirituality and God.
His belly button isn't even healed yet!
I hate hearing crap like this, when kids have a religion, or don't have one for that matter.
People need to stop putting religion into kid's head. Either belief in religion or belief against it, they should wait until they can comprehend.
Boy Scouts suck anyway.
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
No one ever forced him to go to a service or made an issue of it. There was one offer for him to join the church the troop was affiliated with,were the usual raised eyebrows now and then if it came up that he didn't belong to a church, but a good ignoring gets that to stop pretty quick.
[edit on 7/27/2010 by ~Lucidity]
Originally posted by The Mo
im sorry that your cousin has been rejected from the scouts, perhaps you could appeal to the board or find a better (read: more open minded) troop that he could be a part of.