Damir replied 12 years ago (Jan 15th 2012, 11:23:25 am)
The religion is always a touchy topic and for that reason alone, I think, your advice is good. However, we do need to approach to the religion with our heads cool. To this end, I'm now contemplating a statement that will not cause anger. I must be careful, but in essence it will be like this:
There are simple historical facts about the Bible. It was a result of negotiations between Hellenistic and Jewish scholars with a variety of Christian traditions --- almost four centuries after Christ. In essence, Constantine the Great needed the highest authority possible to rule over his crumbling empire.
Back then, rulers were expected to have backing of unnatural authority --- the more powerful the better... Naturally, a god above all other gods was the best option. Nonchristian religions were also trying to provide such moral authority to their own one and only god. And this battle for hearts and souls of uneducated populace continues today.
Today's frictions between religions about whose god is one and only --- only confirm that they are rather political organisations then seriously worshiping their own one and only...
Today's frontline churches are trying to deliver parts of the message Christ may have been trying to deliver. However, they are still stuck in the past --- polytheistic past of the Roman Empire. Therefore, all theological attempts to reconcile these religions are doomed to fail.
It is my opinion that it is time to forget about such one and only god in a pantheon --- and then work on the possible future elections about whose god should be on the throne to rule over the universe.
It is also my opinion that The Protestor intuited the new age coming. They simply had a hope awaken --- a hope that we really have free will. And with this hope, entirely new morality comes in as a surprising factor. It is now hard to delegate our free will to civil authorities and then forget about it. I expect to see something similar in religions also. I fear, however, that churches may opt for their good old god in the old pantheon. This may cause even bloodshed...
It is, therefore, very urgent to discuss religion as it should be.
Have a nice day,