reply to post by FlyInTheOintment
I think "Christian" and "agnostic" is actually at odds with each other.
Christians believe Satan and God are two entirely different beings, that God actually looks like a man, and that we were all created purely to worship
Agnostics don't know what to think, but realize that they make their own path and their own destiny, so it's neither here nor there to them.
Personally, I think experiencing "God" doesn't require a church nor Christianity. Experiencing God is experiencing the ecstasy of the absolute lack of
negative influence, emotion, or thought. Essentially, it's pure love. Why do we need churches to experience this? Because if we realized that we could
do it ourselves, we would be less reliant on the churches.
Now, churches use their influence to impress upon us the one path that will absolutely, by default, lead to a good life. Too much leniency, as has
been witnessed in the past, leads to the rise of tyrants, the chaos of desire, and the inevitable fall of empires. The church strives for absolute
certainty, through whatever means, so as to ensure that our extremist nature, along with addictive tendencies, do not get the best of us.
The problem: humans are impulsive, greedy, and unwise.
The answer: fabricate a tale that mandates a strict path by which humans will not be lead astray, thereby securing their survival.
The church is largely responsible for the numbers we have today...although some of them created their own churches and decided to raze the villages of
Africa and such. It's a shame, but it's a necessary sacrifice if it saves everyone else.
Because we really are "saved"...in the sense that we don't go out of control with all of the impulses and desires that we are too weak to fight.
However, the time has come when we need the spiritual truth, not the spiritual necessity. And yes, there is a difference. Go ahead and ask me, if you
want to find out.
This is my stance on the subject...I think you'll find it makes a lot of sense.
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