reply to post by DeadSeraph
For something so "ridiculous", some of you spend an awful lot of time dwelling on it. I know I know... You just want to save our non-existent
Ummm.... no, it has nothing to do with saving you.
Here is why I am compelled to pursue the subject:
1) it has ruined, and is ruining, a lot of people's lives.
2) it breeds shame and subservience and lack of self-confidence
3) I don't think you have a 'non-existent soul'. You do have a soul, and it's fine just the way it is...
4) it's a FASCINATING aspect of the human condition - perhaps the toughest one to deal with of all.
Do we get sick of this crap?
As long as it goes on, even if we are sick TO DEATH of it, it needs to be confronted and addressed for what it is.
Are ALL religions guilty? No. The ones that promote peace, harmony, love, charity, and UNCONDITIONAL FORGIVENESS are great.
Anyone who goes to church to be told how worthless they are, and what they should do and how much they should pay, and how many times to repeat a
prayer, and that if they haven't confessed (or gone to church - in the case of the Catholics - at least according to colbe) will go straight to hell,
is going to be unhappy.
NO ONE likes to be 'written up' or 'chewed out' or 'humiliated in public.' Why do people persist in going to a place that is DEFINITELY going to do
that, every week???
Answer: The God Virus.
I'm not an atheist - but the modern world's vernacular version of the Abrahamic "God" is a control tool - as long as it persists, we'll do the same.
It's bunk, and a scam.
Find a religion that is welcoming, uplifting, positive and calming, and attach to THAT ONE.
Like, the Universal Unitarians.....or the Gnostics....
WE ARE ALL part of the Divine.
What about you, Dead Seraph, don't you ever get sick of defending something that so many people find "ridiculous", "oppressive", "outdated" and just
plain offensive? Have you no inner dignity left?
It'll all be okay. We'll all get there. You on your path, and everyone else on theirs. Those of us willing to listen to options, other ideas, and
suggestions will do so more comfortably.
That is all.
edit on 11/8/13 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)