Same here, I haven't been to church in about 6 years, but I do believe. A lot of people that go to church every Sunday, go for the wrong reason and that's why I don't go.Yes, but I don't believe you have to sit in church every Sunday to have a relationship with him.
If you understood the concept of life on Earth from a Christian standpoint, that it's all just a test of our faith and the struggles we face are the challenges in said test, you can see why it isn't a utopia. The utopia is heaven.Not at all. I was raised Christian but started to have doubts around the time I was a teen. By the time I graduated high school, I didn't believe at all. I just can't understand how there could be an all powerful invisible man in the sky yet we don't live in a utopia. If he can make everything ever in six days, surely he could take a couple of minutes to get rid of cancer and make sure people don't starve to death.
Fair enough.If you understood the concept of life on Earth from a Christian standpoint, that it's all just a test of our faith and the struggles we face are the challenges in said test, you can see why it isn't a utopia. The utopia is heaven.
Worth noting that I'm not trying to argue with your belief (mainly because I try not to argue over religion or politics), just making a statement.
So you don't believe in kindness towards your fellow man for example? What do you mean by religious ideals?+2.
I find it hard to not only to believe in a god but to believe in religious ideals.
It doesn't bother me if other people do though.
The universe was created from a singularity or so is the thought in the theory so I mean you have that answer for you.If you start to think about it. If you take the big bang theory as your way to go or you take God as your way to go, what was before him or it? How did they come to be? If there is nothing, not even space or darkness but, nothing... how did either of them come to be?
To completely think of nothingness is a thought that I cannot even grasp. It's like looking at your hand and then a person appears. Right out of nothing. But, it's not your hand we're talking about, it's existence. In my mind, the only way for us to exist in this universe is for someone from another universe to have created it. Does that mean there is a Heaven and Jesus is waiting for us? I have no idea. Maybe it's just a massively advanced society and it was a 6 year old kid making a playground for amusement and theres 100's of universes. **** if I know. All I can really say is that 1) we just can't come from nothing. Big bang can't come from nothing. It had to ****ing come from somewhere. If something exploded to create the universe, how did the **** that got exploded get made or form? If there is nothing, there will always be nothing. For someoune outside of our universe though, outside of our ability to think of, it could be created as simply as a child taking out a blank sheet of paper and start drawing. Nothing becomes something in an instant.
From my understanding you can confess your sins all you want to that isn't going to get you into heaven. It is truly being remorseful for those sins you committed that will allow the absolving of sins.My issue with Christianity in general (I was raised Catholic, and attended a baptist church with my ex wife, attended a non denominational church (the Vineyard) for awhile) and part of my reasoning to it all being man made to "explain the unexplainable" is that most of the Churches I've been to say that God is forgiveness, and all you have to do is ask forgiveness for your sins, even on your deathbed, and poof,into heaven you go. Doesn't matter if you're a child murdering rapist, a welfare check stealing thief, or a heathen homosexual, being faced with the concept of eternal torture and saying "I'm sorry for my sins" to God is an automatic in.
It seems like such a cop out, especially since so many of the "sins" are things that just shouldn't matter. Contraception, masturbation, etc just seem so damn petty to suffer eternal damnation for. And then if you are a child murdering rapist, being granted access to Heaven just because you said "I'm sorry" as you're dying seems like a great "get out of jail free" card.
I also have trouble with the whole, "there had to be something before the Big Bang" line of thinking. It demonstrates a lack of knowledge of what the big bang is theorized to be. And finally, if there had to be "something" to create all of the universe out of "nothing" where did that "something" come from?
I'm ok with not having a full understanding of how we came to be. I believe that there may be a God, but I think about 99% of the rules to be a "good little Christian/Muslim/Bhuddist/whatever" are just people who were in power making **** up as they go along.
Seriously this. Everyone seems to think religion and science can't coexist but they certainly can. I do it every day. I don't blindly believe everything anyone has ever said in Christianity either.One thing I'd like to mention that has always bothered me is people on both sides of the spectrum, the ones who go "Its science, therefore not God!" AND the ones who go "It is God! Therefore it CAN NOT BE science!"
And I'm just over here like "Why not both?", because I'm pretty sure nowhere in the bible does it say "And God then created the earth with MAGIC PIXIE DUST".
Exactly. It's not just saying "sorry, my bad", it's actually changing deep down. Repenting not because you want into the special club of heaven but because you hate you have sinned.From my understanding you can confess your sins all you want to that isn't going to get you into heaven. It is truly being remorseful for those sins you committed that will allow the absolving of sins.