Too smart to be religious?
Question by Ibn: Too smart to be religious?
This sounds like an insult but it’s not. it’s serious.
See, I lost faith in religion growing up for multiple reasons. The most prominent being that my father was a hypocritical asshole who stuck to one scripture, “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” That was the only one that mattered. He could drink and curse and lie to my mother all he wanted, and he was still Christian. He was one of those “If you don’t like it than get the hell out type of guys” Who didn’t realize that many of the greatest american hero’s were the one’s who spoke out against the government and that America was founded on separation of church and state.
Anyways, I grew to hate all religious people as a sort of subconscious problem. I came back with a more open mind trying to reaccept it but it’s much harder now.
I mean, evolution in humans has been observably proven conclusively 3 million years back. The age of the earth has been shown to be much older than the bible says with different dating techniques like carbon dating (and a few others that I can’t remember the name of, need to study my Anthropology notes).
I’m agnostic right now because I believe that it can’t be conclusively proven either way whether or not God exists.
I’m definitely not going to adopt traditional Christian doctrine because I believe that if God was perfectly just he would not make infinite punishment for finite sins, and be as condemning as most modern christians are. They’ve lost sight of the love, acceptance, mercy and forgiveness. They focus on being judgemental and finding out why they shouldn’t love someone, not the other way around.
Plus it’s highly possible that at some point in history a certain leader managed to alter what the scripture said to benefit himself. For instance sex could have been made out to be bad so the king could keep his harems and spread his royal bloodline.
Basically I’m asking how can I wittingly go back to being religious now that I’m so aware of the mounting evidence against it.
I want to go back to the loving, accepting side. A spiritual side that doesn’t believe that life ends with death. It’s not so much a fear of death as just a disbelief that there’s nothing more to it. My question is either how do I go back to being religious without lying to myself or what is a religion more suited to my personal beliefs.
PS, yes i absolutely HATE organized religion. It’s a scam and a scare-tactic.
Answer #14 is a prime example of why I don’t like Christianity.
“your evidence simply isn’t evidence against it.”
that’s just plain denial.
In terms of the leader, I’m talking about much farther back than the Pope. I’m speaking in times right after the bible was finished.
Really like answers 15,16, and 17. Probably going to take 17’s advice. He hit it right on the money about the problem being with man’s interpretation. I’m going to take a much more spiritual approach and do what feels right in my heart. I want to help others who were in my situation and make sure they’re capable of loving themselves and others.
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