My ViewsThis may cause different reactions for different folks. I respect your perspective, please respect mine.
I am a Christian, I believe in God. I believe that Jesus was born and walked this Earth 2012 years ago or so.
I am also a realistic man. I have seen life as it is, unfortunately, and not as it should be seen. Ignorance is bliss and too much sanity is maddness. I find myself somewhere in between, wishing sometimes, that I was still ignorant and innocent.
History, unfortunately, is written by the winners. Before the age of technology, when the world got as small as it is now, arrogant people that found themselves the winners wanted their name to be remembered as highly acclaimed and great as possible. Men ruled their own with an iron hand, because if not, they were killed and someone stronger would.
The small people, now and then, found a man or an idea to rally around. These men and ideas, in the minds of uneducated peasants and the poorer communities, became bigger than life and soon went from extraordinary to legend.
That is not to say these men didn't deserve to be remembered as such. Their sacrifices were great. Their deeds were great and bore remembering. Their leadership was astounding, and all of it was done in an honorable manner.
I have studied religions from around the world. I was never, even as a child, one to believe on blind faith alone.
I believe God made me that way for a reason. I have found that every religion, no matter what they call him/her, has one higher power. They may have deities or lesser Gods or prophets or deciples or holymen or clerics or medicine men or any other sort of people to be closer to or speak easier thru to get to their idea of God.
I am looking for more proof than one mortal king's version of history 2000 years ago and 500 years or so before his time.
I am still looking for that proof because I want to believe that the son of God came to us in a time when he was needed. But I also know that God did not make me to follow by blind faith. I have a brain. I have intelligence. I can create and I can destroy. I can read and write and I can communicate with people of other beliefs and cultures. How can we fully understand God's purpose for us if we are blind to everything except what the winners throughout history have written. God did not create us that way. We were created in his image, with the mind to go with it.150,000 years ago or so we were cbildren. Isn't it about time we grew up?