Wednesday, July 24, 2013

If a religion fits your lifestyle

Then you need to run away. There is no point in worshiping a God that demands nothing of you and does not challenge you to change. Heck, there's no point in denying God exists if that life demands nothing of you and does not challenge you to change.

The entire point of belief is to change.

12 comments:

Theodore Seeber said...

"there's no point in denying God exists if that life demands nothing of you and does not challenge you to change. "

The point is that God does not exist. Whether it challenges you to change or not is irrelevant. I might want to change, but that's got nothing to do with the supernatural.

Theodore Seeber said...

WANTING to change is not the same as being FORCED to change.

We rarely want to change. And I submit, if your belief system does not encourage you to change, it is worthless regardless of what other confirmation of selfishness you find in it.

Theodore Seeber said...

One should strive to know the truth, regardless of whether such knowledge brings about any change or not. Believing that Jesus died as payment for my sins might make me want to sin less often. But that wouldn't make it true.

Theodore Seeber said...

Of what use is Truth if you aren't willing to change your life to match it?

Theodore Seeber said...

I am willing to change my life now that I do know the truth.

Theodore Seeber said...

Really? How are you changing it Bill? Certainly not by becoming more tolerant of others.

Theodore Seeber said...

I preach tolerance to intolerant Catholics. That makes me intolerant to you but tolerant to the people who you do not tolerate. I'm good with that.

Theodore Seeber said...

And thus, nothing is calling you to change.

Theodore Seeber said...

I do need to change in ways that would not impress you. The person pushing for these changes is my wife who wants me to eat right, exercise and loose 30 pounds. I am not racked with guilt about anything I have done or failed to do. I am not impressed by Christian morality. That doesn't mean that I live a terribly immoral life. I just don't see everything as moral or immoral the way that serious Catholics do.

Theodore Seeber said...

And thus, are confirmed in the idea that your sins are not sins, and you do not need to do anything about them, except maybe the gluttony (and I am far worse than you on that one, I need to lose close to 120)

Theodore Seeber said...

I will admit having problems with sloth and gluttony. I don't need to confess or be forgiven for these "deadly sins". I just need to overcome them.

The Catholic Church thrives on people thinking that they need to be "forgiven" by God for their sins. The only forgiveness they really need is from those they have offended. The Church puts itself in the position of being endowed with the "power" to forgive sins. That is extremely presumptuous on its part. Truth be told, no one needs to be forgiven by the Church. That is just a ploy to gain people's dedication and allegiance.

Theodore Seeber said...

Being forgiven is part of overcoming.

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