Originally Posted by Redneckboy
He also tells you that if you give money God will bless you. So you give earnestly.
That's a major reason why I think the churches system is corrupt and complete bullshit.
Originally Posted by MalevolentSasuke
- True Christianity isn't a religion, it's a relationship. You don't need to follow any rituals, you just need to know God. God created man to have a personal relationship with Him, not to blindly worship Him.
- No matter how pure an idea is, there will always be people to mess it up. People are stupid, and "Christians" are no different. Too many people are pushed away from God because their only experience with Him is through someone who beat them with the Bible or called them a sinner.
I like to believe the first point, hence why I've been trying for the last month or so to get in touch with God. I've seen how it helps people during their hard times during life, and I've been in a rut for a while, so I figured I should give it a shot. I feel something, and I had a revelation of sorts the other night, so I'm guessing I'm on the right path.
And I agree with the second point completely.
As for my personal views, I see religion as a whole to be a good concept, it's just how people fuck it up, just as Mal said. As for Christianity, well, I don't have a problem with it, just the people who practice it. Those who condemn others to Hell when they have no authority to, those who rub their faith in your face when you don't want it, those who go door-to-door to convert you. I have problems with them. But when you really look at it, Christianity has good moral value. Ten Commandments are a good example. Don't steal, don't murder, do not commit adultery, etcetra. As for God, after all the religions that have come to existence, even the polytheistic, I'm confident that there is a higher being of sorts, and Christianity has summed up how I believe God should work.
Now, I'm going to explain why I have a problem with the churches. The churches and church officials are corrupt and hypocritical. I know there are exceptions, there always are. But the churches have way too much control over what is published, even in countries where religion is supposed to be separate from the state. History books are affected by the churches, for example. History should be an unbiased, factual account of the past. Last year during Modern Civilization there was a unit on Judaism and Christianity. Once it focused on Jesus Christ it said how he performed miracles, like it was a proven fact (you had to understand the tone of how it was written, too). There's also the churches' unwillingness to cooperate with science. Evolution is a prime example. Who says that God didn't have a hand in evolution, or that he set up the variables for it to commence?
The Bible, I think, is best used as a guide for how people should live their lives, not as a history book. People don't live for over a hundred and fifty years, and if they did then they would most likely not be able to function how they do in the Bible. But as a moral guide, I think it works. Like I said, the Ten Commandments are good. So, all in all, I think Christianity is good. But it's the people who screw it up.