God demands blood for the atonement of sins. [/quote]
This is where the train comes of the tracks (in one of many areas) in my opinion, and why I am completely confident that if there is a higher being, I’m in good graces.
You don’t need church for this, you don’t need prayer. You don’t need anything but an honest feeling in your heart and soul, and a correction of action. (ie: you may think killing is your sin, and pray for forgiveness, but if you walk away from the prayer and slay another person and go back and kneel, I find it hard ot believe you are saved simply by going through the motions of praying again.) Which logically leads to my point that, you don’t need any motions of rituals at all, but only honesty with yourself and doing right in action.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with those things, like praying, loving a jewish man who died on a cross a couple thousand years ago, going to church, reading the bible, any of it. And I respect people who do those things. I wouldn’t put someone down for it. I just don’t think it is necessary.
This is an omnipotent being we are talking about right? The creator of all that is? To think that being cares whether or not you go to mass every Sunday, when your lifetime is a blip to that being, because time is meaningless to it, seems, I don’t know, like a waste of effort. Because walking into a church and going through mass doesn’t mean a damn thing if your heart isn’t true.