I’ve been informed that my last post was offensive. I’m not sorry.
Why is it that everything is fair game for criticism EXCEPT for religion?
Why are questions of faith, God, etc. necessarily outside the bounds of debate?
I have been told that the answer lies in the common reaction to such a conversation – that is, heated argument, passion, emotion, etc. To me, this seems all the more reason to have the debate, provided that people can behave like adults who respect each others’ points of view. I am happy to talk for hours and hours about religion. Truly, I know very little, and am always grateful to learn from the experience and insight of others. I am certain also, that at the end of such a conversation, I would still respect the other person, and acknowledge their right to their own beliefs. If anything, it will strengthen our friendship.
So why do we run away from debate about God? Perhaps because there is no possible conclusion to the conversation. At the end of the day, it boils down to what I think/feel vs. what you think/feel. Thus, essentially, there can be no ‘victory,’ except perhaps a deeper understanding and appreciation for one another. But isn’t this the greatest victory of all?
The truth is, I don’t know the truth, and neither do you.
Anybody who tells you they do know the truth is lying to you. They might know THEIR truth (though I doubt it), but what that has to do with me, I don’t know. No matter what you believe, at least 50% of the human population disagrees with you. Probably closer to 99.999%, when you really dig into it.
What gives anyone the right to tell everybody else that they are wrong? What gives anyone the monopoly on truth?
And anybody who threatens another person with eternal damnation if they fail to agree with one specific, subjective opinion of God is … well … kind of evil. Don’t you think?
My religion is encapsulated entirely within two words: peace and love. According to most people, I am going to burn in hell for all eternity. Sucks to be me, I guess.