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Generalize much?Religion makes people's minds blunt and not able of free thought or moving forward? Really.JRR Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, George Washington Carver, Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Wright Brothers, Fredric Handel.... to name just a few religious people. Imagine what the could have accomplished if their minds weren't held back by religion. <img src="/forum/images/emoticons/eusa_eh.gif" alt="Eh?"> Einstein did not believe in organized religion. He even said " I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."C.S. Lewis was a devout Atheist until he converted to the Church of England for his friend JRR Tolkien.
Your arguments are really interesting. Personally, I think the Bible is God's words to us, it is how he reveals himself to us, and invites us into relationship with him, so in that sense as God is everlasting so is his word, the Bible, it transcends time. In that sense I'm unsure how one could worship the Bible, if what it does is reveal God to us. If they were to legalistically follow it in order to appear good, or earn their passage to salvation, I don't think that they could be Christian or in a relationship with God.Additionally as a Christian, I am dismayed to see some churches criticising homosexuals as they do. You could count the references the Bible makes to homosexuality on one hand, illustrating it is not as big an issue that some make it out to be. The bigger issue is that salvation through Jesus is open to anyone regardless of their sexual orientation. Sorry to hear that you no longer see yourself as Christian, is there any way I can be praying for you?Hope that helps! Last question first, you can pray all you want. It won't do any good.Why do you think that the Bible is "God's Word"? Is it because the Bible says so? How is it any different when the Bible says that (paraphrasing) a prophet is to slaughter another village of God's own creation just because they don't believe in God and a psycho mother kills all of her children because the voice of God in her head told her to do so? Why is God so loving but according to what you call, His Word, he eliminated nearly all of his creation? If He is all powerful and all knowing wouldn't He know that giving humans free will that humans would not act how He wanted humans to act all the time? Instead of killing 99% of the humans why didn't he change the way people acted? I believe that there is a greater force than us out there. I don't believe that the Christian Bible nor the Islamic Koran is the Word of God nor the inspired writings of Godly men. I believe that they are collections of stories written over 1,000 years ago (some many thousands of years ago) that so the ignorance of man to the wonders of Science and the world around them. If it were the Word of God there would not be so many inaccuracies and mis-translations of the word. Wouldn't God want us to fully understand what He says and what he wants? Why would his writings be so cryptic over the ages?I believe that there is more reverence and worshipfulness in one person taking a reflective walk along a stream in the woods than the collective of every person in every church in the world since the creation of churches.
It is well past time for the American voters to wake up.The Republicans and Democrats are BOTH to blame for the economic, social, and political mess that we are in. To continue to vote for EITHER of the parties is a continuation of the status quo. There is a movement underway -- it probably won't be fully successful this year but it is making real strides -- to take back the political system. The Libertarian party candidate, Gary Johnson, is on the ballot (yes, his slate of Electoral College voters) in 47 states. It would have been 50 but the Republican and Democrat political machines have three states access tied up in a costly legal battle. This is the first time in generations that a third party has been on the ballot in nearly all the states. Ross Perot was not on the ballot in all 50 states. This is huge. Johnson may carry New Mexico and can cause some western states to not be an automatic for either party. The main reason why this is huge is that ballot access in future elections are tied to the results of this election. If you want to see more third party candidates in future elections, you need to vote for the third party that you like now. Most states have election code that dictates if a party reaches a certain percentage of the vote in the previous election then they are allowed access in future elections (around 10% to 15%). This is the key measure that the Democrats and Republicans use to stop those "uppity" third party campaigns. They make the other parties spend most of their money on ballot access so they don't have anything left to run a real campaign.I urge you, if you live in a state that is deep one side or the other, vote Libertarian. You will be helping the cause in the long run
In general, I believe that having people follow a book that was written over a thousand years ago as a basis for their everyday foundation is short-sighted at best, dangerous at its worst. I will admit that I do not know all religions. However, as a recovering Christian, I do know that the majority of the Christian believers are not truly worshiping their God and Jesus, they are worshiping their Bible and how their denomination decides to implement the certain aspects of the bible they believe in at that time. Any religion that teaches that anyone is less of a person for being born a certain way is a very bad thing. Most Christian churches make a negative judgement about homosexuals. Islam puts women in a status less than man. It is beyond my comprehension that, if there is a God Creator, that He/She/Whatever would want one of His/Her creations to treat any other creation with such indignity and in some cases downright hostility and violence.
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