Thanks, LadyA. I missed the whole thing and it's clearly been deleted now.
Yeah, it was taking up a LOT of space. [Longest post of non-sense I've ever seen...
Faith in God (which, I suppose, is not always the same as religion)
It pertains to the Christian god specifically, therefore, it does correlate directly to religion. Now, if you said "a god" or "a supernatural being", then yeah, faith in "a god" does not correlate directly with any religion whatsoever. That would be only in a deist stand-point.
The more you know.
helps me in 2 ways:
1. It leads me to learn and accept new standards and morals which help me to live a happier life and more effectively improve others' lives as well.
Good for you, if you think it makes you a better person. You think of something long enough, it becomes true, so, I will not argue against this.
As a side-point, I'd like to ask you if you are against homosexuals, abortion, heretics, lepers, and are a complete sexist. I want you to answer me because these must be some of the "standards" that you have that are within the Bible. I also want to ask you if what the American Family Organization is enforcing is OK.
2. It helps me to more consistently live by those morals I already espouse.
That's very hypocritical in regards to looking both at you and the Bible. Please read the not-so-nice passages that your preacher/priest/pastor skips over on Sundays.
The only "morals" in the Bible is: Believe in YHWH, or suffer eternally in hell. You must be whole-heartedly obedient to YHWH, or he gets angry, even with Jesus dying for everyone's sins. Jesus can't interfere with his father's will is what I gathered in the end. He may be the god's son, but in no way does it make Jesus a "Get out of jail" wild card.
So, as much as any Christian would like to think so, there is no getting into heaven, because there is an infinite punishment for finite sins [meaning, you disobey the god, and you already are going to be condemned to the god's wrath].
It will (possibly does) do the same for you.
Based on the analysis of my life, if your god were real, it would be very ugly. Since he isn't real, I don't see how it could make my life any better. I know that reading the Bible didn't have an impact on my life, other than make me kinda' appalled at the content.