Most research (and common sense) says that mankind is programed with various instincts, such as resorting to violence to protect the tribe, men wanting to spread their seed and women wanting to mate with biggest and strongest etc.... Why did god make us like that and then give us a set of rules that says we have to resist our programming so that we can live together in peace?
It seems to me that religion is just sensible peoples attempts to use belief in god to force behaviour that will enable a civilization to form.. This has then been twisted by less scrupulous individuals to go back to those basic instincts to war against the other tribes!
Because god is an arse - and a construct of the minds of very primitive, unevolved people so long ago - don't bother your pretty head over it, OK? just try not to kill anybody or steal anything, and try not to lie, OK? you can go ahead and covet your neighbor's wife, and its ok with me if you sleep with your sister, even - but use your own good sense and you'll do just fine. No need for a god to blame or give thanks to, OK?
Our natural urges does not break Gods' rules.
We just arn't suposed to get stupid with our urges.
Getting stupid is posibly one of our greatest abominations in Gods eyes. Be honest. most of the time we know when we are being stuoid????
there is a divine nature and a human nature to humanity.
the whole point of free will is to learn to desire the divine nature and try to become so by overcoming the depths of the human nature
in that process one uses free will choices to experiment and then to learn from those choices to understand the divine nature, as well as how the human nature is in a gradual process of "evolving" into the divine.
the "rules" are mostly tried and true...but become subverted in their understandings in the human ego mind that likes to control and have power over others, instead of learning to have one's own power to share and to love and to create
so, what you are calling natural urges, is not definitive enough of the whole situation
It's about discipline. That's a concept many people have lost sight of. The people who built this country had discipline to the extreme. For them it was also survival. God's laws not only kept them alive but enabled them to fourish.
It's like giving a child a fistful of money and a set of rules on what to do with it. The child has the option of disregarding the rules and spending the money freely. Or the rules will instruct the child on how to make the money last.
We've done the former. We have spent and not saved. We've thrown caution to the winds and now suffer from serious debt at all levels, sexual diseases, unsustainable populations, and a belligerent attitude that we know what we're doing.
And it's all crashing down.
Some of your assertions are not God-given. That frail women want to mate with bemuscled goliaths is a cultural mindset. (Although it can argued that women have an instinctive urge to be protected.) But mostly you're correct. A liberal hysteria of late is promoting upset. This will probably lead to global war. And then we'll be back to tribes.
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