The following sentence is often mentioned by people who are devoted followers of Christianity: ( Well... That is my experience. )
"The devil's greatest accomplishment is to make you believe he does not exist"
Funny actually the title I gave this thread claims the opposite...
A Dutch forum I'm enjoying a lot because most of the time they provide absolute mind provoking columns, blogs and ideas which is called :
Anarchiel.com ( I'll post a link in the bottom for my fellow Dutchman and women ) I read a reply from one of their members I felt worth sharing. I
will provide a translation later on ( By my own hand and very limited understanding of the English language, I must add. )
I am not an atheist and I do not intend to step on anyones toes. If you do feel offended, feel free to ask if you understand what I was trying to
say. The possibility exist to get offended by what I am about to share. I will never change my mind because you say so. However... I have changed my
mind before, but only after I got convinced in a civil and respectful manner. Just saying...
The biggest lie Christianity came up with was, To convince you Evil/Satan is real.
I've had a beef with the churge for a long time now. I've seen and felt ever since I was just a small boy somethings just didn't make sense. As I grew
older ( after puberty as I lived a self centered illusion ) I started to educate myself and start searching my place in life. Without a clear goal it
was and still is an open search.
Learning new things or find what I forgot about, opened up more doors with more questions then answers behind them. Along with my experience I've
given myself a place in the grand scheme of things...
This lead me to this point in time...
I learned Jesus was a Jew. Jews are following the Judaic faith. I was shocked when I found they do not know evil as Christians do and they do not know
an entity that embodies evil. I've learned they an entity that was ordered by God to seduce us. To test us.
Why does Christianity teaches something else ?
Don't answer that. Just think about it...
Personally I do not deny a source or creator what you can name God. I know good and evil exist. No doubt about that, it is religion that bothers
me.Why ? Because of my personal experiences.
To me evil and the sins that are taught by Christianity are part of a duality. Two sides of the same coin.
I'm again and again surprised how accurate or easily evolution explains stuff in our everyday life. I'm not talking about the dinosaurs right now...
I'm pointing to small changes, talents and behavior I see in ourselves.
Changes and gifts that are responsible for us ending up here and how we behave as a species.
Take for example sins :
is considered evil. A 100.000 years ago, it could be the edge that caused you to survive while others starved to death during a
the cause of almost all our problems today, would give you a huge advantage on less greedy individuals. As it helps you to have the
means to survive where others do not. By saving you will last longer and you can trade what you have for things you need. Big advantage IMO
considered a bad thing today, but it will help you to survive. When you keep telling people you are the man, eventually people
will treat you as such.
can scare of an opponent or could make you handle what caused the emotion. Ultimately end the cause one way or another. Also can it
summon fear in others what gives you control.
I could go on for hours.
The next part is from the reply a talked about:
Evil the devil, Satan... What is it exactly ?
A creation of the brain that makes it possible to blame unwanted evil behavior,( by ones own hand ) to an external force. A cheap way to walk away
from your responsibilities.
What about the good ?
A creation of the brain that makes it possible to take credit for so called good behavior. A cheap way for a bigger self esteem.
Good and evil. An egoistical brain fart.
Personal opinion about the above reply :
I do not fully agree, but I very much understand the process that lead to this as a conclusion.
My last reason for my claim is this: What is evil to one could be heaven for the other.
Ive got of course a lot more thoughts , ideas, reasons and arguments about my stance with religion.
I'm happy to discuss them, but for now, I think I gave more then enough to think about.
Evil as taught to us from a Christian view is easily explained with science and the theory of evolution.
The churge uses evil to gain control by direct fear with eternal damnation and indirect by causing hate towards the infidel.
A tool to control the masses,. by using our own spirituality and gullibility against us.
What say you ?
Make love not war.
Do not do to another what you do not like others to do to you.
Turn the other cheek, but don't let anyone walk over you.
Don't judge, but don't let them walk all over you.
edit on 9/12/2010 by Sinter Klaas because: To fix BB code and add a link.