I've noticed a lot of people here have become atheists / agnostics by STUDYING the Bible. It seems they got that way by knowing too much about Christianity. I've been looking into other world religions; they all attempt to explain how the world works, and how to best live in it. Could it be that all religions are merely precursors to modern scientific discoveries? Some beliefs have proven true, others false. Maybe eventually we'll all become atheists, except for those who cling to old beliefs because of fear of the unknown?
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Excellent Lone77Star - you're right on
Wow - another excellent point. Science merely explains how the world works, but Love is what makes everything worthwhile. There's nothing wrong with Ego, as long as Love keeps it in check. We need to care for ourselves in order to care for others.
Well said Lonestar, the type of spirituality that I am on a quest to find is what you've discussed here. The issues that I am wresting with precisely has to do with the amount of ego that is involved in modern day religion.
When my brother brought me here to Hawaii, I went to a Hawaiian culture presentation on Mauna Kea. The kumu was telling about Madames Pele and Poli'ahu riding their sleds to make trenches there. It sounded like stories from the Bible.
I hope we are experiencing a fundamental change in the way that religion is viewed. Religion is closely tied to science, politics, philosophy and art among other things. A "supreme" being just doesn't answer our questions well enough.
I doubt we're denying all the answers. After all, science is still discovering what's true about various religions.
Austin--We agree, but the question remains, what does answer our questions? Perhaps, it is us once again.
Excellent point. I will add that some religions are atheist. Confucianism is. So is Jainism in a way, even though they believe in gods; they simply do not worship them.
You're welcome. In my case, the SDA church is a lot like Jews, and they're focused on healthy living. Science has proven much of it true. Where it has proven false, we're expected to stick to the religion anyway. That makes no sense to me.