Hide the design....Hide the decline.

It has become somewhat bothersome to me, oh heck, I going to not beat around the bush, it has become outright disturbing to me, the amount of people these days who have completely abandoned their religious roots, or who have simply left religion altogether. Even more troubling are those who want with a passion, to destroy religion, specifically Christianity.

It not only saddens me, but I have a great deal of pity on these particular folks I am talking about. Some are friends of mind. Much of their criticism of religion and those who are followers of religion, may very well be true and there will be many "religious" people will have to “give an account” for all the many atrocities done in the name of God.

I’ll touch on that again later.

I find it particularly sad that the very elements that many of these folks that have correctly identified the problems of religion (greed, power, etc.) but in my opinion have drawn the wrong conclusion. Let me show you what I mean. By the way, a large number of these guys say they consider themselves “men of science”.

Hide the design and Hide the decline

Consider this analogy. I love science, and I have a degree in Telecommunication Engineering. I work with Electrical Engineers and I have studied some Mechanical and Physics courses throughout my years. I could have easily said that I was just wasting my time. Why? Because, it is all just one big lie.

When you see the some major scandals going on in science, you know it has to be nothing more than fairy-tales. I am speaking of Man-made Global warning (Hide the decline) and the crisis in microbiology (Hide the design). These “scientists are just out to preserve their power and money.

Let me first say that I think, science and religion are much alike in many ways. They both even have prophets. Al Gore preaches on reducing carbon as he jets all over the globe. Just like many pastors or priests.

Gore, has one of the biggest carbon footprints, yet he insists his followers must live in carbon poverty. Right? Oh, I know he has “carbon offsets”, just like those ministers that live in a big houses “offset” their wealth with their “important service”.

When scientists begin to hide the truth....like, “oops, we threw out the base data for our global warming model.”

They are also “rewriting the evidence”, you know, just tweaking the numbers here and there to help their model along through the rough spots.


Amazingly, this is the same type of thing those who wrote the Bible are accused of doing.

For all the above reasons, and a few more, I may as well just reject science. Right?

Now if anyone wants to argue that there is no “design” in micro biology, or that “climate change” is man-made, well, they are just science fanatics that can’t be bothered with the truth. (A lot like those Christian zealots we hear so much about) So, science is a farce and should be rejected by every “rational” person on the planet. Right?

Obviously, that is not the case. I still love science but recognize that a few bad apples do indeed spoil the cart, just as TV evangelists being arrested does to religion. But they do not destroy the larger concept of what science or religion truly is.

Sadly, like some of my friends, and many others, they have rejected God because of the action of some of those who claim to follow Him. They have rejected the larger concept as well as the false purveyors of religion.

I could try to refute specific items about what they believe but that is not really the point. The fact that none of the apostles saw any earthly wealth or power as a result of their beliefs, and that all of them were killed or died in prison, will not really make any difference.

These folks will believe what they want to believe and perhaps they have been hurt by “Christians” in the past.

I would also hazard a guess that there has been a “major moral failure” in their lives at some point of time.

What I mean by that is that things which they were taught was “unacceptable” in their religion.

Whether they failed at something or it was something was done to them, it does not really matter.

The results was that a huge load of guilt had been laid upon their shoulders. We, as humans are not designed to bear guilt. It needs to be removed. If it is not removed many of us will eventually have a breakdown. The most common way of removing guilt is blaming others.

Fire Insurance

The worst part of this is that from a very young age many are taught a "religion" instead of learning to have a relationship with the Father.

One friend once told me they were sold “fire insurance” to keep from burning in hell, instead of being taken to the loving God that created him. You can’t force a relationship.

I don’t think some people ever have a real chance. They are “sold” a policy that, come judgment day; they could wave in God’s face for admittance. The really tragic part of all this is that in rejecting God along with the hypocrites, they miss the love of our heavenly Father and His harsh words for those who would abuse mankind.

It is especially harsh those who abuse mankind in the name of God. (Matthew 23: 13-39, Matthew 18: 5-7) For those who have gotten their “fire insurance” and are using God’s grace to enslave others, they should read Matthew 7: 22,23.

It has come to my conclusion that so many folks do not know what being a Christian is, but are quick to assume that all people who are religious, are stuck in a fairy tale, and have no room for faith.

Maybe this didn't make much sense to you, but it is my "rambling" thought of the day.

Pure Religion

James 1:27
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Not a lot in there about power or getting rich.

What Christians are to be about:

1 Thessalonians 4:11

and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you

And…

1 Peter 3:15

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence

All of these, of course fall under the two greatest commandments, love God, love your neighbor. It is sad that so many people will miss the fact that there are plenty of true followers of Christ out there. They are just not the visible ones in most cases. There are plenty of true scientists out there too. Too bad they can’t get published if their “doctrine” disagrees with the religion that science has become. Fortunately, a major shake-up is coming and science will return to a more pure form. (Though not without a struggle) Interesting that religion follows the same cycle. I hope that someday these folks discover the relationship that they missed, those that have already discarded the religion....PURE RELIGION.

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Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

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US clerics (priests, deacons, bishops, etc.) accused of abuse from 1950-2002: 4,392.

About 4% of the 109,694 serving during those 52 years.

Individuals making accusations: 10,667.

Victims' ages: 5.8% under 7; 16% ages 8-10; 50.9% ages 11-14; 27.3% ages 15-17.

Victims' gender: 81% male, 19% female

Duration of abuse: Among victims, 38.4% said all incidents occurred within one year; 21.8% said one to two years; 28%, two to four years; 11.8% longer.

Victims per priest: 55.7% with one alleged victim; 26.9% with two or three; 13.9% with four to nine; 3.5% with 10 or more (these 149 priests caused 27% of allegations).

Abuse locations: 40.9% at priest's residence; 16.3% in church; 42.8% elsewhere.

Known cost to dioceses and religious orders: $572,507,094 (does not include the $85 million Boston settlement and other expenses after research was concluded). (Hartford Courant, 2/27/04)

There are many other reasons why I dislike monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam, etc).


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Again, we are talking about such a small percent of those who ARE actually, "followers of Christ"...in my opinion, you are completely missing my point. Mr. Happy, I also think you have every right in the world to dislike religions, such as the one you described, based upon your findings. The ultimate message is being lost in translation because of very reasons I discussed.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Pure Religion...


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cooldad 5 years ago from Florida

Good hub, I enjoyed it. You make some good points here. Personally, I'm an atheist, but not atheist because of what Christians do or don't do. I just simply feel that the concept of a god is impossible.

There are hypocrites in all walks of life. Generally, religious hypocrites are the easiest targets and it seems always easy to laugh at their missteps.

Some of the basic principals from the Bible are good, solid ones and it doesn't bother me that people try to follow them. What's difficult for me is the constant need for many religious people to "save" and convert people. I would prefer they just live their lives and let others live in peace.

To me, religion is primarily based on geography. If I was born in India, I probably wouldn't be a Christian, etc, etc. So does that mean that an Indian Hindu's religious beliefs are wrong? I think, especially American religious groups, are far too egotistical to think that their beliefs are the only true way. But, a majority of my religious experience growing up was Southern Baptist.

Thanks for the good hub


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ElderYoungMan 5 years ago from Worldwide

The Bible says that there will come a generation that does not know the ways of God. I think we are in that time now and it's partially the fault of the Church and partially that of the individual. The organized Church has attempted to exalt itself, both the institution and the individual, and not God, who both entities were supposed to represent. Responsibility falls to the individual, that looks at the works of man (the flesh man) in the Church and judges that because of the obvious evil that men have done in the name of God, that this somehow diminishes God himself! Here is the funny part. Most self proclaimed atheists know more about God and the Bible than most Christians. The bottom line here Merrit is that those of us that know the truth have got to keep ourselves wrapped in God and preach his gospel, like you have here. When Jesus came, he didn't come to speak with the Church or organized religion. He went to the people that needed Him. Keep preaching Merrit!

Elder.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Cool Dad, first of all thanks for your support and kind remarks.

Second, I would not even try to dispute you with your beliefs. Even though I am a firm "believer" I know I do not have the words to "change your or anybody's mind"...unless they have a desire to do so.

It seems like you are among many who have went down the path of being exposed to "religious" particpants who was not displaying the fruits of the spirit...

Anyway, I do thank you and appreciate your reading my hub and commenting.

:-)


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Elder I agree with everything you said. fEspecially the "Responsibility falls to the individual, that looks at the works of man (the flesh man) in the Church"....That seems to be a vicious problem.

Thank Elder, your remarks mean very much to me and I deeply appreciate them.


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mindyjgirl 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

Thank you for the hub! Many preachers and Christians don't live the way they should, my friends husband was a preacher and had cheated on her for 9 years with the church secretary, really SAD. But that does not make me want to quit believing in Jesus and God. It just tells me we are getting closer to the end and to keep on living a good life :) Blessings to you all!!


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks Mindy, it seems as if Pastors and church leadership are supposed to be leading by examples. When they fail it causes an enormous amount of damage. Sometimes un-repairable.

You have the right attitude, as Christians, we need to focus on Jesus and HIS examples that He gave us.

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