GarryB wrote:Sorry Austin, but your comments make it sound like a cult.
May be it does perhaps 10 years back if i had read my comments i would have said the same.
Life has changed for me and surely for the better after i found gods love for me , this is a very personal experience and its hard to explain , to explain in human terms its hard to explain some one the joy of being a father or a mother unless you become one.
I think everyone thinks they are significant and that there was some purpose to their existence, but the reality is that this is a very big universe and we are like moss growing on a rock.
Its true its a big universe and there are billions out there but each and every person is important to God.
In much the same way if a family has 12 kids then each one of them is dear to their mother and father.
The main problems I have with religion is that they are man made and therefore flawed. This gives them lasting power because any new information can be absorbed by simply reinterpreting what was written in the texts.
Religion can be man made for sure but the world in bible came from God.
I do not perosnally approve many things that a church would do because it has to more to do with culture over period of many decades and centuries not all may be relevant today or for that matter even true from religious prespective.
If you feel that a man can only marry a woman and not more than one then practise what you preach, but don't tell others what they can or cannot do based on your beliefs.
Legally you can just marry one women AFAIK but only Islam allows you to marry 3 women , infact i know many people in India who change their religion to Islam to marry another women.
The problem is that religion is often imposed on others as a set of morals or rules.
Yes true in a way you tend to be born in a family and from childhood you follow a certain religion but at a later stage of life you can always change it.
All religion carry few basic facts of life and its good to follow them , i believe 80 % of what most religion would say is the same.
Western democracies pride themselves on being open and free, but try marrying one woman to three men and see how free you are.
Why are the western laws for marriage based on christian beliefs?
I guess that because West is predominantly Christian , much like Indian laws have some hindu marriage act in it and perhaps West Asia would have Islamic law.
But in West the church and the law are seperated ..you can always marry in civil court and need not marry in church you always have a choice.
Should an Athiest be bound by religious beliefs?
No but i think Athiest should believe in god and its existance and his love for all , they need not be binded by strict religious belief or cultural thingie.
BTW I am technically an Agnostic... I don't really know if there is a god or gods or not, and really don't think they would care what I think about their existence.
I believe God cares about every one even though you might not care about him ....thats because he has created you and you have not created him
If it really was that important and they are all powerful, you would think they would take the time to say hello. Doesn't need to be a personal visit... a bit of telepathy saying hi, I am god... religion x is pretty much right so you should read their pamphlets and follow their code and things will be fine.
They do say hello and Hi all the time but not the way you want to see it or be heard. If you rise the next day from your bed then its god way of saying Good Morning and Hello You are Alive.
The fact that they don't do that suggests to me they don't exist because they are relying on word of mouth to sell their existence and they made humans so they know what liars we can be and that we would not trust someone else on such matters... just the same as no one can tell me who I should love, or what flavour ice cream I should prefer.
Men would lie but God Wont so you have to personally find god existance in something , Mother Teresa found god by serving people and Gandhiji found in the poor of our country ,some saints found god in doing small good things in life all the time , you have to find your own way and travel your own journey there are many road that leads there you have to drive your own.