I know there are people in my life whom I value that have strong faith in God.
I just don't get it.
I'm not looking to start some massive theology discussion, nor am I trying to hurt anyone's feelings. But..I just don't get it.
I went to a Catholic school for grades 1-6. No, I was never molested. Before that, I remember my mother requiring me to go to church and Sunday school for awhile; I'm not really sure how long. I believed.
Then I grew up. Real life kicked in. Some look around the world and see god everywhere. I don't. Some consider the bible to be the WORD OF GOD. I don't care how old the book is. It's a book. I don't consider it to be gospel any more than I would Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard.
Oh, and just for the record, fuck that guy, and fuck Scientology. If that's your "religion" and you truly believe it, I want nothing to do with you. I spent a year in Hollywood going to school around the corner from one of their recruiting centers. It's all a fucking shakedown and a pyramid scheme. Of course, I don't know how much different that is from just about any established religion.
Hm. What started out as a simple thought or two seems to have developed into something a bit more.
I haven't had any use for organized religion for most of my adult life, and I don't see that changing. I've gone from believing in some kind of power to an agnostic; I can't quite make the leap to atheist. There may be some "god" out there, but the idea that the being somehow has a plan for every soul in existence seems beyond comical to me. Is it possible? I suppose. It seems far more likely that if there is a god, he just put something in motion and either walked away, or looks in every now and again to get a laugh or two. I can't remember where I heard it, but someone once said or wrote "God is a kid with an ant farm." That seems almost reasonable to me. (I wound up doing a quick Internet search...that line is from the movie Constantine)
But, you believe what you want to believe. There are people who use their faith to better their lives and those around them; more power to you. But, if your faith requires a weekly tithe, or preaches intolerance, or devalues those of differing faith on any level, keep it to yourself. Better yet, keep to yourselves. Better still, question the wisdom of your faith.
That's just my opinion. I have been known to be wrong.