Wow. So I just got done reading pages and pages of this thread, and I have to say, the bickering is ridiculous. The name calling, the one upping, the
credential giving, and the arguing made me so UNINTERESTED in reading the thread!
The op meant to put a theory out there to discuss. I don't think he intended to make invitations to a middle school drama party. Anyway, I think the
first few pages were great and thought provoking...which is why I come to ATS, but now the thread has become unbearable to read.
Where are the CONTRIBUTIONS to the thread WITHOUT personal insults?
Anyway, the op was great. I would call myself a Christian. I believe there is some sort of creator, and I choose to call it God. I choose to call it a
him because, well it's easy. I don't think we can quite grasp the idea of a God without labeling it something we are familiar with. I've always
questioned the OT vs the NT and sort of believed that they were different Gods...or maybe the same God that went through God rehab and left all the
better. Maybe Satan was the God in the OT. It makes perfect sense to me. I don't even discount the idea that some sort of powerful alien could be
God. Why not? Maybe our universe is just the size of a basket ball inside an aliens home, and were just a science experiment. It seems plausible to
me. Either way, I still think there is a creator. I do not think there are any "false" religions. All religions have things in common, crazy
teachings, and great moral standards. Most importantly, ALL are FULL of human error.
Most books are meant to resonate a lesson or theme in someone's mind. No book is written for the reader to remember every single little detail. They
are full of details to excite, not bore. It's the story, the lesson, the overall feeling someone gets when they are done reading. I think this is
true of the Bible and all Holy books. I'm sure if I went back and dissected every single sentence of "A Tale of Two Cities", I would over think,
over analyze, then loosely interpret, then take literally, every freaking word and be left utterly crazy and confused. That is what we have done!
I think we have bastardized a book that was meant to help people, give purpose and direction, and excite it's readers. Maybe that's why I SAY I call
myself a Christian. I pray, I seek answers, I ask for forgiveness, and I hope one day to die and see something better than blackness and hear a dull
hum. I have been to church, but I find more hate there than love. I see fingers pointing and accusing, and I don't think you have to be a follower of
Christ to be "saved".
Live, love, give, help, cherish, be kind, be modest, know that you are very very small but try to make a big impact, have respect, and love some more.
I think that's all it comes down to. I think that's all it needs to come down to.