reply to post by Deetermined
First of all, Thanks! for your response.
Human conflict is caused by humans, not religion.
who created RELIGION? Humans. Are religions not in conflict with one another? And why? Humans.
I would hate to think someone who maybe only had the chance to know God from going to a church might be put off on the idea of going to church
just because of something that someone else here on ATS had to say about it.
As for this premise, that someone who "maybe only had the chance to know God from going to a church"....
churches are not
the only venue that teaches people about "God"! "God", for me, was closest when I was riding my contented horse, with my
happy dog tagging along, in the bluffs on the trails beside the river. Under the trees, and the sky, "communing with nature." I felt closer to
"God" than in ANY building called a "church."
I think it's better to encourage people to indulge their own curiosity, and I am unaware of ANY CULTURE in the known history of man that didn't have
SOME concept of "God."
The message that ATS has for those who might be looking for a "religion" is that there are tens of thousands of different "churches" one might try
- but every one of them is a "box"
Do you honestly think that young minds are incapable of discovering -- comprehending the notion -- or "knowing God" without a "church"?
If so, what "church" is it that, in your opinion, they should (or should not) attend? Do you think any
church will do, and that ONLY a
church will do? Or do you feel that only the church that you
choose to attend (or one that teaches the same lessons in the same order with the
same approach) is a 'real' venue to know "God"?
What about libraries? Museums that hold "religious art classics"? University courses?
Suppose the only "introduction" a person had to "God" and "religion" was the ridiculous Jack Chick Tracts ---
would you recommend that those be required reading for every person?