by Jason Alan
This is a comment I just made, not edited very much and out of context, but it doesn’t really need much context. It’s pretty self explanatory, and it just flowed out of me. Your thoughts are welcome as always.
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It’s a very barbaric and constrained way of thinking. Many people call themselves Christian without even thinking much about it, and others don’t read the bible, they just go to churches where the sermons leave out all the horrible parts. Some say they just follow the teachings of Jesus, but either gloss over or don’t even know the whole story. Like Matthew 10:24 – “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
Doesn’t sound very peaceful to me, but then the defenders will spin it, saying it doesn’t mean that literally. The translation made it seem that way, blah blah blah. Or they might say, well, which version of the bible are you talking about? There’s another problem. How many versions are there? If God wanted all people the opportunity to be ‘saved’, wouldn’t there be only one version, and at the very least an original version? There are no originals to be found, and there also should only be one religion, but there are many, and literally thousands of gods have been worshiped over the course of human history.
It’s a massive waste of time. I suggest reading books about ethics if one wants to better learn how to treat others and yourself. The only people that should be called Christians are those who take the bible literally and justify all the slavery, misogyny, narcissism, incest, rape, genocide and other atrocities with useless phrases such as ‘it’s a matter of faith’ and ‘it’s in God’s hands’.
Right is right and wrong is wrong, whether it’s a person doing it or a supernatural being. Period.
Personally, I’m proud to be an atheist/agnostic, and that I don’t need some book written by semi-literate dirt farming goat herders that had absolutely no idea of how the natural world really works. Proud and fascinated to learn more about how the cosmos works instead of worrying about why we’re here. Why we’re here is something to ponder sometimes, sure, but what’s really important is realizing we are all here together in the real world and are sharing the planet with people of many differences, and we should act accordingly.
No matter what any of the exclusive religions say, we actually do know what happens when you die because of science. The cells in our body break down and become part of the earth where we came from, and some of the atoms from those cells go on to inhabit other living beings, helping to continue the circle of life. That is the awesome power of nature, that is true beauty which is all-inclusive, and there isn’t anything more profound than that.