[quote]John S. wrote:
This strengthens my argument on another thread that humans ruin religion.
IF God wanted us to worship him in a special way, He would come down and force us to do it His way, without our ability to choose. Like breathing. We have to breathe, or we die.
Hm. No God come down from the heavens yet and make us worship or die. Either:
A) He must not care
B) He must not exist
Really?? thats the only conclusion you can come too?
Allow me to explain a theory about this. God would not create man if he could not question him(If you want people to worship you with free will why would you force them). It means a lot more to have other options but still choose him. Again this is just one theory out of many.
So you do accept that “choice” is the crux of the matter? Such as, choose me, your God, or burn in an eternal lake of blood and fire? And it’s not even a choice of God or not, it’s a choice of religion! Choose to be muslim, forsaking Jesus, and be damned for eternity. Sure, you still believe in God (Allah), but since you don’t believe the only true religion, you shall suffer the consequences.
Why would God allow multiple religions for Himself? To test the faithful, the true believers? Why? If God wanted to radiate His light upon all of mankind, what does weeding out the foolish do for Him? Does He not want all of Mankind to know of Him? Does God have any real interest in playing tricks on mankind?
I submit God does not play tricks. It is counterproductive. We are all His children, we cannot be separated from Him. He owns us, lock stock and barrel. He cannot separate Him from Himself, as we are just a part of Him. So to presume that God can “cut off His hand” and cast it away forever, is simply absurd. So is worshipping Him only one way, over the others. We have no choice. He owns us, and will collect, regardless.
Again, you offer God with human frailties, such as impetuousness and holding grudges, shunning those that may presume to go against God.
That God does not exist, as it is a construct of MAN. Yes, the God you worship does not exist. Religion has perverted an idea for self interest.