A Good Religion, But It Still Doesn't Add Up
Christianity no doubt has its positive and admirable qualities as a religion, however, as with most positives there are always some negatives and Christianity definitely has a lot of pieces that are sloppy and do not add up.
I will precede this opinion stating that I was, as most Americans are, born and raised as a Christian. Although I wouldn't consider myself a Christian at my current stage, I must say that it definitely has some outstanding philosophical teachings and the things Jesus taught are by far some of the most powerful words I have ever read.
Christianity's ability to change people for the better
One of the things I respect most about Christianity is the way it really can turn people's lives around for the positive. Alcoholic? Trouble with people? Can't hold a job? Well Christians want you and will accept you. I think because of this Christianity is one of the most helpful religions.
I'm not like most atheists or non-Christians where I will come out bashing Christianity because it has a few faults and things that don't make sense. I fully respect its ability to change people into loving, outstanding people that genuinely seek their higher self and become an all around better person. No matter how false some of the teachings of Christianity may be, these aspects are very real.
If you understand that people come from all different situations in life and that not all people are dealt the same hand, it becomes easy to see why Christianity (and other religions) is beneficial to them.
Allow me elaborate with a hierarchy:
Level 4 - Spiritual and Conscious
Level 3 -- Christianity
Level 2 --- Can't Quite Hold A Job
Level 1 ---- Complete Disaster, No Job, Drunk, Asshole, etc
As you can see, from the perspective of Level 4 Christianity may look a bit sloppy, but from the perspective of Level 2 or Level 1 it is actually quite attractive and beneficial. For these people I find Christianity (and other religions where they gain) meaningful. The problem is, once they have gained the Level 3 from Christianity they should probably head for Levels 4 and higher.
The problem with Christians is that 99% of them don't reach for a level higher than their current level. They think anything outside the Bible is bringing them further away from God.
Problems with Christianity
Adam and Eve
The whole Adam and Eve story as presented by Christians doesn't make sense and ISN'T scriptural! The story has nothing to do with a freaking apple and everything to do with aliens, genetic manipulation and the world leaders operating behind the scenes in this very day and age. The Bible is very clear in talking about eating of the tree of knowledge and knowing good and evil. I don't know where this apple crap came from (probably the same energy this very passage talks about) but it is entirely destroying one of the most important parts of the entire Bible.
Angels are most often extraterrestrials. Christians have no problem seeing angels as spiritual beings with wings, but they can't bring themselves to believe the much more accurate and enlightening reality of angels being aliens. They are simply people from another planet. That to me just is much easier to swallow than all this spiritual angel stuff. While I do believe that there are spiritual angels, or messengers, I find that majority of the accounts of angels in the Bible refer to a physical form. I mean seriously, what's more likely to happen: A supernatural spiritual force, the Holy Spirit, came unto Mary and conceived her a child, or... an alien from another planet implanted Mary with some cells via advanced science.
Heaven and Hell
We are now living in a bit more of a technical era that has a better understanding of reality than the primitive minds of the Biblical times did. Not only is the idea of only one Heaven and one Hell NOT scriptural, it is also extremely limiting and a terrible way to spend eternity. There are so many problems with this I don't even know where to begin.
We already know there are many degrees of Heaven so there isn't one catch all place that groups everyone together:
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."
Reincarnation is a more accurate description of the afterlife. Not only is it extremely logical but it is also becoming more and more scientific every day. Our understanding of parallel universes and split realities shows how it becomes hard to even define us as just a simple spirit and that is it. Are we not all connected and part of a greater energy? The idea of 2 incarnations makes no sense at all. Why 2? Why not 3? Why not 1? Why not the more universal quantity of infinite ala reincarnation?
Then there is also the perspective of Heaven just sucking entirely bad if there was no growth or learning. Why would you want to go somewhere where there is nothing else to work towards? I like the idea of infinite higher realms (or many mansions as taught in the Bible) much more.
Jesus / Salvation
I have struggled with Jesus for a while and still can't come to believe that he died for my sins, or anyone elses.
First of all, how do you even define sin? From our perspective it may be a sin, but from an energy perspective it is simply an expression.
Another frustration is that the only place that talks about this is the Bible. For example, I asked on a Christian message board the following questions: "Can Somebody Explain Salvation Without Using Biblical Scripture?"
Most of the answers said the Bible explains it. Obviously this answer doesn't sit well with me because it is possible to answer questions about God and the afterlife without the Bible, why then not also questions of Jesus? And as an even funnier side questions, why is their "interpretation" of salvation correct, but they are so freaking sloppy on so many other aspects of the Bible?
Some other answers I heard were analogies and things talking about how we need somebody to help us because we have messed up. These types of answers do nothing for a person like me. Oh well.
The best explanation I have heard about us needing Jesus is from my Dad of all people :) (he is a hardcore Jesus guy). I will need to talk to him again and report what he said in his own words. This explanation also requires a lot of homework on my part so it may be a while before I report back.
My current view of Jesus
My current view on Jesus is that he was a very spiritual/enlightened guy and probably had advanced E.T. (Elohim) genetics which enabled him to live a very spiritual life. I think the idea of him being the way to God and heaven was more just the idea that you should follow what he does and do what he does. He is doing things right by loving people and being forgiving and that he should be our example, ie: the way. I think the interpretation of him dying for our sins was added in by the Roman Church to create the duality of heaven and hell which has only led to years and years of control over the people via fear.
I also have heard about all the astrological things about him and his 12 disciples. While all this does make sense and is quite possible, I don't think it negates Jesus being an actual real person. I can not find enough evidence to support him not being real. It is possible for there to be the astrological/enhanced part of the Bible talking about Jesus, but also the enlightened person part of Jesus. After a lot and lot of thought about this whole thing it looks like Jeus is another confusion job created by the Roman Church to mix things up as much as possible.
The fact that Christians can't even sync their religion with their very own Bible should raise some eyebrows immediately. I mean, if the Bible is the book of Christianity and the inspired word of God why is Christianity so far from it with sloppy interpretations? These are fundamental questions that Christians should be asking that they simply are not, pass!
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