Please help me learn

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14 years 2 months ago #26060 by
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I make no secret of the fact I was raised a Roman catholic - and attended catholic schools from the age of 4 all the way until 16.

However - when I was 14 or 15 - during a religious education class - everything the teacher said to me only raised more questions and soon became a farse - basically I came to the conclusion it was mostly man made and most of the time - our 'teachers' and or priests were blagging it - the more they did so the more I only saw a disney story.

However - I am certain there was a very intelligent, wise and influential person that we call jesus (a very common name in those times in that part of the world) - I have no doubt he upset a few people with his words and paid a painful price for it. Was he actually the son of god - conceived by the will of god and yadda yadda yadda - for me - very doubtful.

However - I do feel many people did and do take the bible too literally - it was written thousand + years ago - much has been changed and edited (sometimes conveniently as it doesn't suit certain people) and simply lost in translation errors etc.

The bible is a book of symbolism and I also believe Jesus' message - ie 'I am the son of God' was a way of saying we are all the son (and daughters) of God - a bot like saying we are all of stardust. Another analogy is the creation story - imagine if you were able to travel back in time 2000 years - how would you explain to someone how the earth etc was made? given most people then couldn't write or read let alone have any idea or concept of space, physics, biology etc etc etc etc = how do you explain the earth without blowing their minds? - You create a simple 'story' (and then to stop future questions you tell people if they ask questions, 'God' will burn them in hell for all eternity and to appease him now - they should slip as much food and cash as they can into the pockets of the head of the clan).

In terms of The Force - who is to say that it isnt like gravity, light etc etc etc - another of 'Gods' creations ?

At the end of the day - who and what you believe is your choice - you will find campbells lectures 'interesting' on this matter

MTFBWY - A

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14 years 2 months ago #26064 by
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I was about to comment on what you wrote till I read this............................

'I am the son of God' was a way of saying we are all the son (and daughters) of God - a bot like saying we are all of stardust.


I was about to say that. You beat me to the punch old man. Well put!! I think the real problem with it all is not in truth but in practice. All religions were meant to be devices for self discovery. The metaphors contained within them were for us to learn about ourselves, not to judge the world with. When we ascribe absolute truth to ANY religious belief we miss the point. And worse we deprive it of it's inherent potency to transform us in to responsible and compassionate human beings.

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14 years 2 months ago #26065 by Zanthan Storm
Exactly. Well put.

I had similiar experiences. While I retain the lessons and the faith in God. I felt there was much...missing from the teachings. There was a hole in my faith. This is why I turned to Jediism to be honest.

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