We are now mid-term and I am as positive as ever that though Inspirational to many, Christianity is no, I repeat, NO different that religions before it's time...it is simply the latest installment of a faith held to by many as early as 7000 B.C.E (Assyrians, Babylonians and Samarians). Now you may look at these faiths and say you are so different from these unintelligent, non-scientific polytheists but in reality ARE YOU??
These men and women, dependent on on the rationale of others, believed what they were told. They believed fables (considered fact) that the earth was formed by High gods Marduk and Tiamat. Marduk defeated, then butchered Tiamat and spread her members out..thus the formation of the world. One ancient Mesopotamian religion believes that high gods always were...they created low gods to do their work and rule the earth...they got tired and created a slave group (man kind) and gave them power to rule as they too wanted to rest...Thus the ideas of appeasement and manipulation. This faith also explains the flood and the warfare of angels and demons in the epic of Atrahasis and Gilgamesh....READ about it. These religions came up FIRST with the idea of a serpent, angels and demons and a flood. These faiths seem silly to many of us because we have not been told, since infancy, to believe and have faith in these fables. The ones we have been told are as equally preposterous but because they are familiar and many have attached their very existence to these stories we believe IN FAITH that things really went down this way. We believe in a talking serpent (the product of a falling angel who was full of pride) who really did tempt Adam (a man formed from dust) and his wife Eve (formed while Adam was under a god-like anesthesia and is made up of his rib) I mean this COULD have been a fable configured by man to make sense of why men have one less rib..BUT hey, your Sunday School teacher said it and so did your mom who was not educated in ancient religion so it must be true. We believe a loving God literally despised those HE created so much so that he killed them all sparing only Noah and his close family and of course the animals...Now Acts 10:43 says God shows no favoritism but to me Noah was his favorite on that day. Jeremiah 29:11 says God has plans to prosper and not harm but That was with Jeremiahs people ONLY because he really didn't give a bleep about Noah's bunch. The same faith of the ancient easterners tried to make sense of Angels or gods mingling with humanity..Angels were said to have procreated with women creating Nephilim or giants. They built ziggurats (towers to communicate with their gods) as a means of manipulation. Sound familiar?? Our Christian Bible mentions one such ziggurat (the Tower of Babble). Not out Christian forefathers?? They would NEVER! Well they did and according to the story they were making God pretty uncomfortable. Does God live in the sky?? No all around. Would the people have to build up to get to "someone" who is everywhere? Why was god so mad?
These observations should be grounds to cause you to AT LEAST think..Why do I believe these things? Does this make sense or am I being asked to "just have faith"? Do I really believe that God created the Heavens with windows that he opens up to pour out rain? No because science has now disproved that theory. Why are we asked to pray and pray (to a good god) for rain? Does that make him happy so then he opens his heavenly floodgates? HELL no! This is the early thought of manipulating a deity to secure optimal conditions for harvest and living. DO I believe there are "Gates of Hell" or do I believe this is more mythical terminology?
I am not on a mission to get every Christian on earth to walk from what makes him/her feel secure but really wouldn't you have believed the above mentioned stories had you been born during their time period???
I have been a non-believer for going on 2 years and the more I look back on my fundamental faith the more I am shocked at my lack of awareness of the lack of evidence. You know why no one can find the ark?? THERE IS NO ARK... I know there are some that will be deeply hurt by my profession but there has to be at least one that can say with sound mind and conscience "You know, that makes sense". If not I am destined to live out the remainder of my life being thought a fool..Call me a fool..The opposite of Christianity if knowledge...Christian fathers (teachers) have been the persecutors of the gnostics, atheists and pagans because of their desire to make sense on that which they feel is nonsensical. I feel now persecuted in the same way but fortunate for me I have a heart that loves people and a smile and demeanor that catches those who would hate me, off guard.
Thank you for reading. Thank the universe and whatever deity there may be for the opportunity to learn.