Attacking one particular religion is not the best way to get a point across.
Here is how I see religion, all religion, not just Christianity, because everyone thinks their religion is the right one.
We are all born, which I am sure everyone can agree on here at ATS.
When we are born we are born with a blank slate, so to speak, we don't understand words, we can't process thoughts properly, and the best we can do is
eat, sleep, cry, and poop for a couple of years, so being this blank slate, we can easily be programmed to whatever is constantly around us.
For instance, indoctrinated by whatever dogma our parents are associated with, which most likely would be re-enforced by the people they associate
themselves with, and so on.
As our ego develops, so does the strength of our beliefs, beliefs that should never be challenged, because if so it will certainly send the ego into
an emotional melt-down.
Religion is just words, words put together by men, changed and manipulated by men. Religious text is what is called circular argumentation, in the
world of philosophy, because one story proves and points to another.
Now I am not saying a supreme being does not exist, just that religion is something we are subjected to very early and many accept blindly, because
that is the way it has always been done.
A little background on me. I was born and raised a Christian, but I always questioned everything. I attended Christian school from an early age, but
many times sent the teachers into an emotional melt-down, that always ended in a trip to the office. I was a respectful child, but had valid
I remember a particular time when I said the Bible was not literal, and was changed many, many times and I could prove it in class, so the teacher
said "Go ahead show us!".
I proceeded to instruct my classmates that we were going to play a game, and everyone should get a piece of paper out, all 25 of us. The game was
for the first person, which was me, to take one sentence from the bible write it down, then verbally tell the next person. The next person in line
was to write down what I just told them in their ear, this person was to write down what I just said, then on to the next person, until it reached the
As the last person wrote down what was passed onto them, I quickly went over picked up the piece of paper and read it to the entire class. It made
absolutely no sense, and the class was in absolute laughing chaos.
The teacher, then said to me "Mr.###### what is the point of all of this" which I replied "if this is what happens to story's in a short time, just
think of what happened to the Bible, over the passed 2000 years." Guess where I got sent to?
Back then I didn't seem to have an option, because many people around me believed the Christian doctrine, just as I did, but I used to still question
it. Today I am without the dogma of any one religion, but respect others views. My paper trick in class years ago is not just about the Bible, but
all religious text.
Today I try my best to tolerate people religious views, whether I think they are right or not it doesn't matter, because that is what they choose to
believe. What I do have an issue with is the one sided and blind hypocritical judgments that many religious, or non-religious people live by each
day. "Do as I say and not as I do, attitude."
edit on 30-12-2011 by Realtruth because: (no reason given)