Have most monotheists turned over their faith in God to their faith in a particular religion/church?
Isn't it true that for the major monotheistic faiths, Judeism, Christianity, and Islam that the faithful have been required to replace their faith in God with a faith in what their particular religion/church tells them about God?
I'm not sure any self-respecting religion would freely admit this, and would deny it to the end. But essentially, yes. The Catholics rely on the Pope, Archbishops, bishops, priests and other clergy to "advise" them on what God thinks of whatever, like gay marriage for example. I can only speak from my experience with Christianity however, I don't presume to know if Judaism or Islam or any other religion (except my own) think the same way.
I, personally, feel the majority of the population finds it difficult to really think about human rights and other societal issues. But, of course, it's much easier to let someone else tell you what you should think, creating an opinion is difficult. There is no doubt about that. So, I think religion has become an "easy way out" for many people (not all obviously). With the stress and pressure of everyday life, I find it perfectly understandable that the majority of people would do this, primarily because they must think about how to pay the light bill, etc. It's just easier to let "God" tell you what to think about the more difficult issues that you don't have the time nor energy to think about. I think that's the role religion essentially plays in our current society and it's a legitimate role. But, unfortunately, it can do more harm than good.
I'm active in my church. No one there is expected to submit his personal beliefs to church doctrine. We have evangelicals and unitarians, conservatives and liberals, traditionalists and modernists. The church, a long and well established mainstream one, is just like most: it has no means of enforcing any putative requirement that individuals replace their faith with an institutional version of it, and in fact there is no such requirement. So, no, your proposition is not true, it is false.
That is an interesting church indeed! If you hadn't included Evangelicals, Conservatives, and tranditionalists, I wouldn't have any trouble accepting what you say. But knowing what I do about those three, I do have to wonder.
Only the left end of the spectrum is capable of tolerance and understanding, eh? I'd call that a mighty intolerant misunderstanding, I think.
I am not making a judgement, just stating the obvious garnered from watching how they condect themselves for the last 55 years of my life as well as from personal experience.
Consider why the term RINO was coined in response to social conservatives.
personally- NO. I can only state from my experience- individual responsibility for learning and understanding how my faith and expression of it is vitally important. I have been involved in a local body of believers for a few years now, and EVERY individual has their own expression of their faith. The local pastor gives guidelines, teaches on the history(!) of the culture the Word was written - how it is similar to what's going on now... and how to apply what was learned THEN, now.
There is plenty of room for independent thought- EXCEPT- for the objective moral truths that are lived by.
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