Yeah and if that works for you DQ I think that's great. Different things work for different people.
DQ let me ask you these things though - God created hell. God knew all along that Eve would eat the apple and cause us to die. The knowledge contained in the apple is the only way she would have understood consequences of her actions in the first place, so he did send us to hell. If he didn't create it, or actually gave us a peaceful perfect world in which we could know him with any certainty, it would not be an issue. How was this set up for us to be successful in any way? Why did he need to create a world of people just to praise him anyway? Doesn't that seem very fickle for an all knowing and powerful, perfect being?
I was raised catholic as well, and baptized by a baptist minister. I was the first person he baptized, actually. I played music in a baptist church. My belief in the natural world, my own logic and reasoning skills, friends, family, and some therapy got me through (to name a few) - an eating disorder, an abusive partner, drug addiction, relocation, losing family members, and every day life. For me, there is no physical evidence of god, no logical reason to believe he exists, and "his word" (written by people centuries ago years after alleged jesus died and translated several times) is full of contradictions, hate, and violence.
When I actually sat down and read the bible, I was horrified. Once you get past the lovey dovey give me 10% of your wages bit and get into what the "good book" is actually advocating, it gets pretty scary for me. IMO anyone who doesn't want you to think, can't be your friend.
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Last edited by GreenTea; 03-09-2012 at 12:25 AM.