Hi thanks for the replies, i do find that lots of things the overly overly religious people do are irritating,
You know, the more 'overly' religious they are, the more closely they actually
follow the texts in the bible.
i follow my own kind of intellegence at the same time believe in God, but i am a very dependant on other people and God kind of person.
You are what we call a 'cafeteria christian'. My parents and family are the same. You believe in god in a way that doesn't interfere with your own values and morals. You have probably never read the bible
and you just keep the parts of your religion you are comfortable with.
In general, I don't have a problem with cafeteria christians, but on a personal level it annoys me because they are basically rolling up their own personal brand of faitytale religious superstitions and then passing it on to their kids. Religion creates an emotional dependency to it that is harmful to people. Reality is much better.
I admire people like Ophra and so on who have had such a tough upbrining yet have really made something of her life.
I'll avoid a big Oprah debate here. I'll give her credit for her success story, but she has become morbidly manipulating to retain ratings from the american public... I despise that.
Id say maybe cause ive lived a protected life always at my parents home etc i became too dependant, but i feel God has given me the option to think for myself too, I can choose which career, which relationship, which path, but i havent really made the great success Id have liked to have made career wise, not really cause of religion maybe just cause i dont motivate myself enough, not a strong personality type, so i was comparing the success of someyone who has religion as aposed to someyone who doesnt, its really up to us, God has given me free choice of career etc
Look Laura, there is no god. You happen to have been born into a christian, protective family. You happen to have the personality that you have. You happen to have found yourself in the circumstances that you found yourself with the choices that you find yourself with.
William's post showcases just how ridiculous it is for you to believe that god is giving you your trivial career choices while giving the child in the picture absolutely nothing. No food, no medicine, no hope.
It's not just ridiculous to hold such a belief, it's apalling and selfish.
You sound like a nice person Laura ... you don't really
think god is giving you
all these things while he completely deprives millions of children and innocent people worldwide of more basic things.
The only way to explain why there are starving children, natural disasters and innocent victims is that there is no god and this is just the way the world has played out up to now.
An all-loving, all-powerful god would not allow what you see in the picture to happen.
Praying to him is useless. He doesn't exist. Giving to charity to alleviate the suffering in this world is much more useful. WE, humanity, are the only ones that can do something about this. Not some imaginary fairytale daddy in the sky.