Re: American Uproar Over Jesus's Tomb
Originally Posted by Carrera
As I said, I used to attend a church myself and was once involved in the evangelical denomination. That was before my change of attitude towards religious faith which, to summarize, means I didn't go on to exclude the possibility of God exisiting but no longer follow any organized religion.
Here is what I was taught as an evangelical. I don't know how close it is to Catholicism.
We were taught Christ died for our sins as a sacrifice so salvation came from believing Christ was the son of God, equal to the Father and Holy Spirit, i.e. the Trinity.
We were taught that only those who believed in the Gospel were saved.
We were taught that the Devil and Hell existed.
More worryingly we were taught eternal damnation and hell fire awaited us unless we accepted Christ was the son of God and died for our sins.
I sense the dispute between yourself and Rider means Rider's views seem to come closer to those of my old Church while your own views seem to be more "liberal" and less "rigid".
So what we seem to have is the very typical scenario of a case of one Christian who leaves scripture open to some flexibility and another Christian who's stricter with regard to the literal side.
Seeing as the discussion is interesting for those of us who are following it, I hope you two guys keep the discussion going while keeping it friendly (and keeping a sense of humour).
Besides, as I said, I haven't noticed any signs of extremism on the soapbox from the folks who are Christians.
Nope, what tends to get up my nose is some of the American posters on other websites who keep writing "Amen!" at the finish of their posts, declaring stuff like "blessed be God!", "Praise be!" and the list goes on. Yet the theme we're supposed to be discussing on those occasions has nothing to do with religion.
Fortunately Colorado Rider and Wolfix seem to refrain from this kind of activity which comes as a relief. I don't mind folks declaring they're Christians or Moslems or Orthodox Jews openly and I have no intention of ridiculing folk over their beliefs.
It's just all these "Amens", "Hallelujahs" and what have you on other sites strikes me as way way over the top.
I worry about this current wave of religious fervour in the U.S.A. lately. I suspect it's getting somewhat out of hand.
It's hard to quantify how or why one follows a faith or has a belief in God.
I suppose followers are presuaded to believe on a subjective and objective level.
What is certainly a factor, I think, is ones upbringing : if one is born in to a family who have a particular faith, then it is likely that one will be exposed to a particular set of beliefs.
That doesn't mean that one will remain in that faith throughout later life.
But as BD alluded too - I think faith, by it's nature, entails doubt.
It's hard to articulate what I mean by doubt.
When you see what appears to be an apparent injustice, doubt can arise.
I know I do doubt my faith at times - and I am sure others doubt their belief at times too.
There is the concept that faith is a gift from God as well.
The entire subject of faith/belief while very interesting, is extremely complex.
I do find the views of Atheists/Agnostics interesting - and reading about how they have arrived at their own conclusion about views.