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"One is the stuff of fantasy and euphemism, the other is hard cold truth." If made up stories is what people espouse at funerals than that would make both the eulogy and the judgment fantasies. This is exactly one of the problems with people accepting the fact that they are human. Religions and their Gods (of which there are many) survive because humans cannot face their own immortality. If people would wake up and realize that, you only have this one life; how much more would people accomplish? How many more words and deeds would we achieve? It is the false promise of an afterlife and judgment that truly stifles living the one precious life that we do have. So many allow for so little and accept so much suffering in the belief that there is a better life after this one. So sad and wasteful is the life not lived because of these false promises. We have but one and only one life in which we live. Live it as if every day is your last and some day you will be right. When I die, the only eulogy I want, is not one of fiction, but the truth. He lived, loved, and enjoyed his journey. The only thing I want buried with me is my dreams of which I always aspire for more. And the love of my family and friends knowing that I do have immortality, not in some fantasyland, but in the hearts and minds of those that truly meant something to me in this life. It is my hope that when I pass, someone will remember and think of me, and when they do, a smile is brought upon their face. This is true immortality!
Well Dave, you and I have a very different view of "Church". At one point in my life, I would have agreed with you. However after much research and discovery and “soul searching"; I can state with confidence that Church is no more than a place of public gathering for the sole purpose of religious indoctrination. It is a place where ancient myths and superstition merge and are falsely portrayed as the word of God. These myths, perpetuated with a smile, are used to convince the “Flock” that they are stained, dirty, and ill of soul. Through the various interpretations of the multiple sects, that claim to know the “truth”, one can give up all rational and critical thinking and seek a false salvation that no man has the power or right to give the credulous. It means that believers have never taken the time to read and study the bible from an objective point of view. For if they had, the pews would be empty. No one was guiltier than I was when it came to being a rote Christian. It is a place where follow the leader takes on a completely new meaning. It is a place where individuality is discouraged and following blindly, without questions is encouraged. We live in an age where most answers are at our fingertips, yet this is one area that most people never even attempt to really search for answers and real truth. If one does dare to question the word of God, then of course we all know what awaits this person. Therefore, rather than search for truth we are content basking in ignorance. This is what Church means to me.
“by leaving too many corrupt ministers in the pulpit”? How about religion itself is corrupt. The scientific facts disputing just about every aspect of the bible is beyond dispute. People are sick and tired of the “bully pulpit”! Religion has to realize that it no longer has the automatic power and control over a person’s very existence, especially in our youth. The internet has allowed for many truths and exposed lies to come in to plain view. We are a fast becoming a secular nation of free thinkers. The dogmatic stranglehold religion has had on individuals is diminishing at a rapid pace. One can only hope that someday all religions are banished to the historical epoch of myth and superstition. Today religions come at us with charity and smiles. It was no long ago just the opposite was true when people weren’t allowed to challenge religions without fear of severe punishment and possible death. Certain religions today still hold that apostasy should be answered with death. Religion’s archaic preaching’s are no longer valid and people are becoming more and more enlightened every day. There once was a period of time when religion did indeed rule the world; it is no mistake that these times are referred to as the ‘Dark Ages”. By the way – Christianity has been preaching the “time is fast approaching “for centuries. Jesus himself purported to say to his own disciples, “that the time shall pass before their lives end”. Before anyone decides to attack me, I ask only one thing – READ YOUR BIBLE! Don’t just read a nice little passage hear and a nice passage there, read the entire bible, objectively. Have the courage to start thinking for yourselves. If there was a loving God, he would want you to find all the answers you seek. Read authors like Bart Ehrman, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins. Go to youtube and listen to opposing views. Do your own research and stop following blindly! There is a reason the 97% of the member of the American Academy of Science consider themselves “Not Religious”. Our greatest minds, Albert Einstein, Steven Hawkins, Neil Tyson-DeGrasse, Mike Sherman, just to name a few, are all atheists. The majority of our Founding Fathers considered themselves Deist at best. We were not founded as a Christian nation that some people would like you to believe. Read the US Constitution! The only time God is mentioned is when they are making a clear distance from him. Read the First Amendment, The Treaty of Tripoli. Read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense! Ignorance of religion and following blindly is no longer acceptable.PS - We are a Republic/ Democracy - NOT A THEOCRACY!
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