Originally posted by H34T533K3R
Originally posted by tallcool1
Originally posted by freedomSlave
It is the religious aspect i think might be a little funny to watch
These kinds of comments always somewhat baffle me. I really don't understand why absolute proof of aliens would affect the religious at all...if
that's what you were meaning. I am a Christian myself. Granted, I'm not one of those "Christians" that are all bound by religious dogma and
people burning in hell nonsense - but I am an "unorthodox" Christian nonetheless and I do believe that there are likely aliens out there somewhere.
I don't think any have ever been to Earth, but that's a different thread.
Why is it you believe that proof of aliens would affect the religious at all? How do aliens landing on Earth negate the belief in God or (name your
diety)? Just curious...and if that's not what you meant, then I apologize.
im not religious first of all but doesn't the bible say god is the supreme being? aliens would basically disprove what the bible attempts to teach.
what if the aliens have their own "religion" and force their religion upon us? similar to how Christianity was forced onto other races non native to
it. It might not have a direct impact right away on the current belivers, but down the line as your children are growing up into the new post alien
world that was not available to their parents, they would likely take in the current aspect of religious teachings in place, and over time,
Christianity and pretty much all current religions as we know it would change or cease to exist.
First off - sorry it took so long to respond. Sometimes I just forget to look back at my posts and see if anyone replied to them.
Anyhoo - like I said originally, I am a pretty "unorthodox" Christian. I do not believe in a lot of the religious dogma such as hell and other
deliberate misinterpretations of the original languages that the Bible was written in. God, to me, isn't this petty, angry bearded white guy in the
clouds who rains death down upon the puny humans who are disobedient.
I believe that He/She is more of a creator type of being without physical
form that maybe we are all a part of and perhaps after death we all rejoin Him/Her in some way...at least that's my current belief. I also see the
Bible as more of a "history" book of sorts. I think that the ancient Jews just attributed everything to God. If they lost a war or crops failed or
there was a deadly earthquake, they believed God was angry. And conversely, if they conquered an enemy or had abundant crops or some other "good"
thing happened to them, they believed God was pleased...but I don't really mean to derail this thread.
I believe that there was some sort of "creative force" that created the entire universe and everything in it. Many of us call this "creative
force" God. I believe that this "creator" God does have a conscience or is sentient or however you want to word it and it would not affect my
beliefs in any way whatsoever if aliens landed on Earth. It also wouldn't matter to me if they had their own religion and tried to force it upon us -
I would still have my own beliefs. I still would not categorize my beliefs as a "religion" either, because religions have rules, laws, power
structure, etc. Religion is a tool used by greedy, power hungry people to control the religious who will not question what they are told to believe
(like democrats and republicans actually). I feel that if you can't question why you believe something because you'll be sent to "hell" or
something - then you're just a non-thinking sheep in one of the many different "herds" of religious sheep on the planet.
As for putting the words and deeds of mankind upon God, I think that Charles Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Present said it best in "A Christmas
"There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will,
hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and
charge their doings on themselves, not us."
So I would say as well - all of the religious wars, laws, judgements, catechisms, intolerance, bigotry, anger, hatred, punishment, torture, and
general ass-ishness carried out in God's name really should be put on the one doing it, not on God. There is a HUGE difference in what the church
wants and what God wants.