Perplexed by Religious People
Original post made by Lisa on Feb 19, 2009
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.
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.
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).
on Feb 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm
religion is built in(an instinct)like crying. don't see much point in that either but i bet we've both shed a few tears