posted on Dec, 28 2005 @ 12:17 AM
Sardion is right. What in the bible says that parrallel universes do not exist? And if so, what does it matter if Jesus, in those universes, did not
die? It wouldn't matter, because it's not OUR universe. Our universe is the important one, for the simple reason that we exist in it. Your house is
the most important house in the world to you, for the simple fact that you live in it.
So, if I went literalist, so what if Jesus didn't rescue mankind from their sins in another universe? It sucks to be them - but we're fine because
Mind you, I'm not a literalist, and I am very adamant about people choosing to believe what they will. You know when the priest says "Let us renew
our faith, 'I believe in God, the father almighty, creator of heaven and earth... yada yada yada...' "? Well, when it comes time to say "I believe
in the Roman Catholic Church"... well... I don't say anything. My creed and my faith do not involve the church, but I believe everything else
Uh oh, if I continue typing, I'll be getting all into the religious debate. Only continue if you want to read that kind of stuff.
Jesus did not create the church. He did not form an underground movement of christianity. He did not ask to be worshipped. He did not seek to conquer
and invade and force his beliefs on others. He came to talk, and to tell us about a better way, and He came to die and forgive us of our sins - not
just for the people then, but for all time and all eternity. We are all forgiven - not just those proclaimed Christians.
The church, organized religion, and much of our world was created by man, and it is the sins of man that has hurt the world. War over God is a sin of
Man, the sin of a church that looked to dominate rather than to enlighten. As Sardion said, God did not create the Bible - man did. Even if you say it
is the word of God, then you must realize this - it is the word of God, as interpreted by man. And man is sinful. And man is stupid. And man makes
There is only one part of the New Testament I would recommend people to read, and that is the list of the beatitudes. Blessed are the meek. Blessed
are the humble. Everyone who is a good person, is blessed. There are no holds bars on what Jesus said.
Where does the bible say that women can't be priests? Where does the bible say that there must be priests!?! Where does the bible say there must be a
pope, or a church? Where does the bible say you must go to church? Keep the Sabbath holy, that is what was said. What is holy? According to Jesus, you
are holy if you are blessed, and you are blessed if you are a good person. Be a good person, and you will be keeping the Sabbath holy. Even the
Sacrament of the Eucharist, is but in memory of Jesus, "This is my blood, the new and living covenant, it will be shed for you and for all. Do
this in memory of me." It is in memory of him, it is a celebration of his time for us, and a renewal of faith in the forgiveness of sins. It is not
required that you do that, but is asked (rather politely too, if I might add) that you keep it in your thoughts.
No, I do not follow the church anymore. It is not what I believe in, and it sets standards which were not meant to be set. I will believe in what I
will now, and I will keep the spirit of the living covenant - an agreement that is not permanent, but which can evolve and accomadate. And I invite
others to share in that kind of unity and peace with God through yourself - not through an institution.
If I had to pick out a religion that most resembled mine own now, it would likely be closer to Hinduism and Buddhism than Christianity - but being
raised Roman Catholic, I still have my basis of beliefs in the New Testament and what was said there.