Christian Culture in America



Before I start I should mention that I have not yet seen Religulous.  I’ve watched a number of interviews with Bill Maher discussing the premise for his new movie and how he takes a neutral stance while prodding for answers.  In asking devout religous folks for answers he finds their lack of knowledge about their own beliefs vast.  One of Maher’s questions that comes to mind is what’s the difference between the “anti-christ” and the “the devil”?  Are they the same?  A question that nobody could answer.

So here’s where I start…How can you believe in something you know so little about.  I have a few friends who consider themselves highly religious and attend church, organize events, and have a set of values derived from the bible.  I acknowledge the fact that the bible portrays positive values that are useful tools to live by, but is it really the only means of gaining positive values and finding meaning in life?  The idea that you live in the shadow of a greater being and are always being watched and heard when you speak to “him.”  Could be a woman…

A Bible story that comes to mind in which I’m amazed people actually believe it because it’s logistically impossible is “Noah’s Ark.”  How could one man build an Ark to carry two of every animal on earth, except the Unicorn(lol)?  There are so many species man hasn’t even discovered yet and where would the water come from to turn earth into one big water world.  It would have to reach the peak of Everest, more than 30K feet above sea level today.  We just don’t have that volume of water.  But we’re talking about god, so anything is possible I suppose.

How about those Dinosaurs?  If the world really began only 6K years ago why does science show dinosaur bones that date back millions of years?  To be religious do you have to discount scientific findings and remain close minded your whole life because of what a book says?

There is no doubt that some of the nicest people I’ve met in my life are religious.  That being said I also have good friends who retain good values who are not religious at all.  I guess I just don’t understand why people bother living a devout life.  Do they think they’re better than the rest of us or is it just because that’s the way they were brought up and are afraid of quitting because it is so deeply embedded in their psyche?

It seems to me that the reason every culture on earth has developed some form of religion is in the search for meaning in life.  Now that man has engaged in space travel and we’re exploring the outer limits of the universe, Religion is becoming obsolete.

Religion is adapting to the changing culture and becoming more hip and even found ways of capitalizing on the faith of others.  Look at Joel O’Steen and the millions of dollars he’s made through the sale of his self help books.  People like him are commercializing religion and making it into a product.  Look at the elaborate television Church’s constructed with millions of donated dollars.  Who are you really helping when you donate money to a church?  Does god give a shit whether he has fancy stained glass windows or oak floors inside his church?  Does having a more elaborate and expensive religious facility make you closer to god?

I just thought I’d post a few of my thoughts from today about Christianity in general.  Please do not be too critical of my comments as I made no attempt to do any research.


~ by adverseyaw on October 20, 2008.

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