Originally Posted by HBMurphy
Although it is not proof, a good movie for our Floridian brother should watch is Ben Stein's Expelled. It does shed some light on how certain adjenda's are more 'superior' than others.
I think a good movie to watch on this subject is religulous with bill maher.
i grew up with my mother and father. they together instilled the values and morals that i lead my life by today.
as i've said in previous posts i grew up going to catholic curch. i also experienced baptist,protestant and lutheran churches while i was in the USAF(anything to get out of duty
in my opinion there were common purposes at each different church. and maybe that works for some.....good for them.
i do not need someone to tell me how to live or who i need to pray to. if we, as a people, dont understand the difference between right and wrong, we are trully doomed.
and to quote Albert Einstein "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
Bill Maher - he's a guy that is even keeled and doesn't have an ax to grind!
If I can find it in my schedule I may watch his 'work' but that guy is not someone that I personally think views things from an open perspective.
Ben on the other hand, in my opinion, is another well educated guy that is bit more open to asking questions instead of just reinforcing his agenda. That's just my opinion. My analogy of these two would be, I feel, Ben acts more like a Judge while showing people's varied opinion and Bill is the attorney that has a side that he wants to prove is right. - And remember this is my opinion that has faults!
Just one other item... You do realize that Bill Maher and many "hate any religion at almost any cost" is also a religion, right? The only sad part is because it is not as organized the tenets are somewhat scattered. What are those tenets? Every thing is free game. Religion is so old. Don't worry about others. Well, you can add your own both good and bad.
You may hear hatred from both sides from some participants of both.
For me I try to think 'Love your enemy.'
it doesn't alway help me, but it is a great tenet! In my view the underlying task is to fill your heart with love not anger. As I said, I can not do that at all times but it is a great little part of my delusion and works wonders on turning what could be a bad day into a great one!
The concept of forgiveness is another great one. Part of the religion that I think you belong sees this as "Molest a child, go to heaven," cause that is what, I perceive your religion believes. - Once again, my opinion with all of it's faults.
My faith tells me if someone screws me, forgive them, for they may be acting out of fear and hatred. I don't know if they have been molested, I don't know if their child has been molested, I don't know if their home was just taken away from them - Maybe they just don't like the car I drive or the color of my shirt. I will never know!
Being that I do not know, I would rather choose, if I can find it in my heart, to forgive those that trespass on my life in a way that may spark anger or fear in me. If I can not find it in my heart at that time, I would rather ask the question, "How can I get to a point in my life that I could forgive someone that is less fortunate?" For me, that is far more useful than asking myself, "How am I going to take my anger and displace it on someone that has trespassed on the life I would like to lead?"
Thanks again for your input and I hope you have a great weekend!