I think there are some very good posts in this thread, and truly this is how a debate on religion should be... it's all opinion anyway... NO one's insights are more valid from my view... so approaching it in a more lax manner seems appropriate.
Originally Posted by Miburo
I started hating church when I was nine. My priest told me that dogs don't go to heaven after they die...after my dog died. He said it's for people only. I said that's bullshit to not let dogs in just because they're dogs, God wouldn't do that. And if he would, he's an asshole and I hate him anyway! Worded it differently since I was a little pussy kid though, of course. ; )
Oh wow... that was one of the first reasons I was angry with the christian God. *hugs Mibs* tis appropriate to hug joo. My other reason was, quite frankly, Eve.
I don't really have an opinion on Christianity. I have never read the whole bible, so any opinion I'd make is short-sighted, imho. Though the opinion still holds value... know what I mean?
I've read a lot of the NT though, and most of the book of Job (OT). I really like that one though it angers me as well. God made a deal with Satan to test Job, because all of his life Job was upright and blameless and glorified God. Satan said it is only because the Lord had blessed Job, and if he were to take away all his blessings, Job would curse the Lord. So... God's like, okay, let's test that theory... I haven't finished the book yet, so I don't know how it ends... but that just ticked me off. However, Job's 3 friends are awesome. XD
Anyone out there who has read it, reflected on it, and willing to share their insight before I finish reading it?
Its really a shame when I heard of a church who wouldn't share their food/supplies with non-members after hurricane Katrina. They would for gas, though, so they'd make deals.... if you had something they needed, they were all up for helping out... <.< This is not in accordance with what should be done, if they truly want to glorify God and live in a manner that reflects Jesus's sacrifice. I can tell that much, and I've avoided religion for the majority of my life.
It says a few times in the NT that believers should separate themselves from the world, as the world is under the influence of evil and momentary pleasure.
I don't trust the world anyhow, so that clicks with me.
Eh. I really don't have much insight that hasn't been mentioned already. I'm in no way qualified for this sort of discussion. Haha. Maybe after I've read the whole bible, I'll come back.
That may be in a few years though. XD