pwii wrote:On Jesus: You can't say he was a great teacher and nothing more. Saying you are God's son makes you insane if you're not right, or you're just lying to try and manipulate people = not just a teacher.
And yes, I'm a creationist. The world was made in 6 days FLAT. There's really a lot of evidence against the theory of evolution, in my opinion. It's pretty much impossible to add information to your DNA sequence to make yourself different. Every mutation ever recorded EVER has resulted in a loss of genetic code, resulting in defects.
Jesus: I just work on the idea that he was a real person who tried to preach kindness and generosity, and his followers attached the divinity of their own accord. Pretty much like Brian
Genetics: Off the top of my head, Down's Syndrome
are both caused by extra chromosomes.
I think I've been pretty clear about my thoughts on religion in these forums. I'm not going to try to actively convert others to Agnosticism/Atheism, because religion is a security blanket. People abuse the hell out of what they think religion is supposed to mean, but it's still comforting to think that there's a happy place you can go to, where all of your friends and family will be with you. People need meaning in their lives, and that can be hard to find.
I do approve of the gradual shift that society seems to be making, away from organised religion. There's a difference between believing that all lives have a spiritual connection, and refusing to take your sick child to the hospital because it's "God's Will." (On that note, isn't the point that God will do as He sees fit? Praying to him for a specific outcome seems a bit fruitless.)
tsubasa-myuu wrote:Okay, so my family and I consider ourselves Catholic. But, we're not like... crazy. I'm not sure where people get this, I've never seen a Catholic go nuts over their religion.
Obviously not all Catholics, or even necessarily the majority, are going to be obsessed. Not all Christians are oppressive bigots. But stereotypes will always be based on the most vocal members of a group, no matter who you're talking about.
Actual conversation I had with a Catholic coworker...
Her: I'm so worried about my grandson, his father is a Jehovah's Witness, and he won't let me get him baptised. My daughter said I could take him to the church next time I visit them, as long as her husband never finds out.
Me: I've never really agreed with the concept of Original Sin.
Her: What's that?
Me: ...The whole idea that we're born with sin, because Eve ate the apple...which is why babies need to be baptised...I mean, if a newborn baby died, what have they ever done? Why would God keep him out of Heaven?
Her: Well, you know, it's just in case something happens in the future.
To be honest, the whole idea of Heaven vs. Hell bothers me. There are dozens of religions and religious variants on this planet. From an objective standpoint, it's damn near impossible to pick between some of them. But if you don't follow this exact
set of rules during your tiny lifespan, you get to spend the rest of eternity (ie, an amount of time so absurdly long that the human mind can't even begin to break it down) in a burning pit of cobras. Wha? What kind of petty, uptight, sadistic--oh, right, we're created in his image. I suppose it makes sense after all.