Tuesday, December 1, 2009
good will toward men... Am I A hypocrite? You be the judge
I consider myself agnostic. I don't believe in religious institutions that stand between an individual and his/her beliefs. I want to say first off, that ever since I was a young child, I've been to church, to Sunday school, and even married and had my children Baptized in a Catholic Church. But I have always felt a certain air of conformity that just felt somewhat stifling to me. I consider myself a very logical person -- and their reasons that God is real did not seem very logical to me -- and further more, I can't understand why they were trying to prove the existence of a God, if the belief is based purely on faith (which by definition: cannot be proven by evidence or reason).
Now I'm not saying that that a God does not exist; there very well could be some sort of higher power... I just don't know. So many people do great things in the name of God. Then again... there are many bad things done in the name of God too. Some believe that their God or their beliefs are only way, creating intolerance and division between groups causing all sorts of problems in the world. I think Jesus was an admirable, great man --but just a man -- who was a great teacher and who stood up and died for a just and worthy cause, definitely for the good. I see him as a historic figure - one of great historical importance. A person can doubt God's existence and still follow the teachings of Christ... can't she/he?
I don't think Religion is bad thing. In fact, I think there are wonderful Religions out there with various aspects I enjoy learning about and find interesting. Most faiths have a few common fundamental principles. Such as: Honor your parents, Don't judge others, -- and my personal favourite -- You are forgiven!
Peace on Earth, good will toward men.
KJV Bible, Luke Chapter 2 verses 7-14