Perplexed by Religious People Around Town, posted by Lisa, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 19, 2009 at 8:33 pm
I was introduced to religion by people, and therein lies the problem. People are a horrible advertisement for religion. First of all, people hating or killing each other over religious differences is just absurd. It's like they all have Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and any difference in opinion on religious matters is a narcissistic injury to the self engendering rage and violence. Grow up.
Religious people perplex me. If you think a God created the Earth, wouldn't you treat Earth like gold? I haven't noticed religious people being serious environmentalists, which would make sense if you thought God created this planet.
Religious people say the weirdest things. For example, I heard one say that God helped her find her furniture for her new house. She found some good stuff on sale. God lets children be raped, but finds furniture for you? How can a thinking person believe in such a God?
Another thing, religious people explain children being raped, and other horrors, by saying that God gave man free will. Adults were given free will, not children. Have you noticed that children are under the control of adults? Kids don't have free will. So God gave adults free will, and the fact that many use that free will to abuse kids is okay with God? It must be. Free will for adults at the expense of children doesn't make sense to me. I find children as valuable as adults.
Posted by Janna, a resident of Dublin, on Feb 20, 2009 at 8:36 am
Therein lies the rub. In order to believe in god and religion, you MUST suspend logic and common sense. There is no other way around it. I agree with many of the points you made, especially about someone praying for material things and having god answer that prayer, while people are allowed to suffer all over the world. It doesn't make any sense.
Posted by Linda, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 20, 2009 at 1:01 pm
Lisa - First, I would not allow people to determine your personal view of God. God is holy; people are flawed. I have had people say they won't go to church because there are too many hypocrites. And there are. But I went to McDonalds and saw a Burger King worker eating there. Hypocrite! I guess I can't eat at Burger King anymore. I once saw a Pepsi truck driver drinking a coke. Hypocrite! I won't drink Pepsi anymore. Don't let someone stand in your way of knowing God and finding out for yourself who He is.
And people who pray for material things that are not necessities are not praying in God's will. Which makes me wonder who exactly answered that prayer...
As for bad things that happen, it isn't God's will. Satan controls this world. God does not cause bad things, but does allow bad things to happen, and that is to bring people to Him. How many people have had to hit rock bottom before they realized what a relationship with God can offer? Most people who have no financial problems, relationship issues, addiction, afflictions or the like probably don't feel like they need God. I've never heard anyone say I've just won the lottery - I'm going to church! But I have heard I can't quit drinking, I've lost my job and my family.... I need help!
Before you write off religion, talk to a pastor at a church that teaches the Bible. Whatever you do, don't think that most churches are like those preachers you see on TV, like the PTL (which stands for Pass the Loot in most Christians' minds).
Posted by Linda, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:12 am
God doesn't need your money. Believers are asked to give money to further the work of the church. But any preacher or church that spends more time asking for money than teaching the Bible should be ignored. You don't have to pay to hear the Gospel and you shouldn't feel at all bad about going to a church and not putting money into the collection plate. If anyone looks at you funny for that, you're in the wrong church.
Posted by Mike, a resident of Dublin, on Feb 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm
I agree with "religion is built in(an instinct) like crying." I found that most humans have this need for a higher authority to turn to explain things and guidance. And, in my youth, I had experiences that most others did not have and was laughed at. I sensed things that others could not, and my pastor said it was God speaking to me... at least he did not laugh. But, he and other Christians I spoke to could not answer questions to my satisfaction.
I realized that institutional religions were not what I was looking for, nor some guru or Krishna types. Just before high school I decided to seek out other viewpoints. I could have easily become cynical and turned to drugs but inheritably I knew this was the wrong path. It took me about 15 years of trial & error but I have been at peace with myself for the last 20 years. Churches are a good fall back for those who need something but they are not the answer.
The answers, I found were in you all along but itís the rest of mental baggage you carry that fog up us mentally (the physical you) and spiritually (the REAL you).