Choose Life, not ReligionI have always doubted all religion. C'mon, magical stories, demons, gods and angels. Is this stuff any different than Harry Potter? Everyone can easily see the silliness of someone else's superstitious primitive magical explanation of reality. Who believes in Thor, Zeus or Poseidon? No one, it is obvious silliness. So is whatever religion anyone espouses. No one really believes in flying monkeys, can it be that much longer before we give up demons, angels, gods, demigods, and magical mushroom stimulated hallucinations of all forms?
Religion only makes perfect sense once you realize it is created by men to control, manipulate, and take advantage of others who believe the myths. If the Bible were God's word, it would be easy to understand, straightforward, and non-contradictory. Thou shalt not kill, cannot be reconciled with Jesus was a sacrifice for our sins. Good does not come from evil. God is love cannot be reconciled with religions' eternal torture chambers. Unlike the bible, Jesus message made huge sense: kindness, forgiveness, being nonjudgmental, finding inner peace, etc.
The bible is organized religion's attempt to subvert Jesus original message, and substitute a message that creates willing slaves and subjects, rather than free men and women who are truly the greatest wonder of the world. Christianity is not about Jesus Christ's message. Roman Emperor Constantine and the Catholic Church got together to create a religion to unify Christians and Pagans. The books of the bible were not written by God, they were written and edited by people wanting to control others for their own benefit. People selling indulgences, fire insurance for an imaginary hell, and creating an imaginary God.
The term hell does not even exist in the bible when correctly translated. Hell is a mistranslation of several words: Sheol - Hebrew For Grave; Gahenna - The Jewish town dump; Hades - Greek word means the same as Sheol; and Tartarus - the lowest form of Greek Hell which I guess you can believe in along with the Greek Gods Zuess, Posiedon, et al. There is no hell, It is a religious hoax used to extort money, and control people.
If you look at it morally, the God of the Bible is a vindictive, murderous, jealous, hateful, punitive psychopath. Who in their right mind could worship such a monster? Jesus message was about kindness, forgiveness and peace leading to an inner awakening, a god inside. Believe in yourself, not carefully crafted religious myths and fables. You are forgiven. Once the guilt and shame perpetrated by your religious upbringing goes away, you can experience heaven right here and now. You are good, not bad. Christianity is bad not good.
Christianity violates almost all Jesus’ teaching about forgiveness, love, being peaceful, etc. Christianity as practiced by most denominations is Anti-Christ. These religions have done more to destroy Jesus message than promote it. One does not need a “Holy Book” or religion to be ethical. I think that simply being human gives us ethics and conscience. As a human, I cannot harm another person without the realization that if I were in their shoes, I would not want to experience whatever harm I'm dishing out.
If one is ethical, the physician’s creed - "First do no harm." should be applied liberally to education, parenting, politics, economics, relationships, and all of one's actions. If the goal of a rational life is to be happy, the goal to an ethical life should be to promote happiness in others by our interactions with them. ... Religion on the other hand promotes a variety of ideas that simply miss that mark. Jesus message was that god is inside us (perhaps our subconscious mind), and loves us and forgives us for making mistakes. So cut yourself some slack, and strive to do better. Life is for living, not a preparation for death or period of penance to insure afterlife in Disneyland.
In short, choose life, not religion.