I have been a non-believer as far as I can remember, and all my friends and people around me; very few had a religious view or background. In fact, where I come from and where I grew up, religion was more or less only a subject in school. Sure, we had a church, but only for weddings, funerals and a place for peace and calm, not to worship God. The priests were more like psychologists, mental healers and wise men and women, great people to talk to when you were sad or needed advice. Of course, there was a few Christians, but they were all nice people and didn’t care at all if you didn’t believed.

In school the teachers in religion was always christians, but fairly objective. When reading about the Bible, Jesus and so on I always wondered why you would need a law that says that you can’t worship any other gods, if there only is one God - seemed very strange to me and just added my skepticism about the Bible, obviously written by people not by God; and that is why there is so much contradictions and so much that don’t add up. It would be a different thing if it said there isn’t any other gods but me, or something like that - but the law gives the impressions that there is other gods, or am I wrong? The teacher couldn’t really answer the question, of course.

I haven’t had an easy life, in any way, and I sometimes wonder if it would be easier to struggle with a religion. I can understand people that rely on religion for comfort, but I saw and experienced that you can get this comfort, and even closer to your heart, from your family and friends. Well, then we have the problem if you are alone, or confused, then religion can be a place to belong, to have a family; I don’t blame them, I might have done the same. But the thing is that it has nothing to do with God or religion, it is the desperate human need to belong, have a purpose and a family; feel safe and loved. I think religious people mix this up and I also think that religion takes advantage of this.

The only thing I like about the Bible, is about Jesus. Now that was a wonderful man with so much goodness and he actually went against the religions of his time. Rejected the fact of punishment and said that all will be forgiven; “... just drop all that you own and follow me ... ”. It didn’t matter if you were a criminal or a prostitute or a sinner or anything, everyone was welcome and the priests and religious leaders were furious, no wonder they killed him. (!)

We are important to the world, to the survival of mankind.

I have also always wondered why creationists lies, mislead and misinform (Creation Museum!). If they are so certain of their case and have the evidence they claim, there is no need to this, but still they do it. And the aggression and the ignorance are staggering, it is hard not to get upset about it. Just think how many people they have tricked to believe in them and their lies, how they are forcing their propaganda in schools and so on... They are trying to make religion look like science... and call it creation and design... snakes!

What if they succeed!? The USA are the most important country when it comes to science with research, inventions, medicine etc. What will happen, the USA will be in the bronze age and all the world will suffer; this has to be stopped!


Thank you for reading!
-NB

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Comment by Julie on July 16, 2009 at 2:41pm
I don't mind Jesus either, many of his teachings were very peaceful and loving (though not all). I find it ironic that most Christians I know are so far removed from Christian teachings, and I wonder what Jesus himself, if he was indeed real, would think of his followers now.

I was raised Catholic but by fairly non-practicing parents. My half-sister later became a reborn Christian, and it was around then that I started questioning things in the Bible. Sadly the biggest revelation for me was that pets do not go to heaven. I've always been a big cat and dog lover my whole life, and I firmly believed I'd see them all when I died and went to heaven...my sister promptly informed me animals do not go to heaven and I would never see them again. That pissed me off.

My sister and I have different mothers; she later told me she didn't believe her mother would be in heaven either because she died a Catholic and had not accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior before she died (15 years before my sister even became a reborn Christian). I'm not sure what kind of religion would teach these things, and what kind of person would find these teachings acceptable. Ever since then I found myself doubting everything I heard regarding religion.
Comment by Neo Brave on July 16, 2009 at 7:05pm
I have to be honest, I haven't heard anything about Jesus and his preaching that wasn't peaceful and loving, which made me feel a bit out of the loop really. the books I have read about him might have concentrated on the good and perhaps left out the not so good. And yes, you are so right, I have thought the same thing. they just use the Bible to justify what they are doing, not follow it.

That is a good point, why does only humans go to heaven? You can love a cat or a dog as family, so it seems very unfair.

I do understand, in that light it seems sick and twisted.


Thank you for your comment Julie!
-NB
Comment by Reggie on July 16, 2009 at 8:54pm
You guys must not have read the part in the Bible where Jesus teaches a moral lesson by throwing kittens in a sack and drowning them in the river.

Okay, I totally made that up.

I, too, as a child thought it was extremely unfair that animals did not go to heaven. In fact, I recall telling my mother that I did not want to go to heaven unless the animals got to go, too. She said in heaven, I would not miss them and I would be blissfully happy. Even as a child I found that idea absurd and was actually quite angry that God would make me forget my beloved pets.
Comment by Dave G on July 17, 2009 at 11:10am
I believe it was Gandhi who said "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." And while Jesus was not the infinitely loving, forgiving, perfect person that he is often made out to be, his teachings do have some moral value to them.

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