i guess i never really thought about the basic message of christianity. i've often thought of the absurdity of teenage girl getting pregnant and claiming it the work of the holy spirit. i just don't see how that would fly in any time period. even way back when, in a more simpler time when mystery was certainly more widely accepted, it seems quite a stretch. admittedly, i can't prove it didn't happen, i'm just amazed that so many people do believe this to be real.
what struck me recently, though, was just how potentially damaging the message, not the details, of christianity may be. when you grow up in something you just think of it as normal. growing up in a conservative thread of christianity, being told that we were damaged goods due to adam's sin, was just par for the course. i didn't see anything wrong with it. even as an adult, it certainly explained all the bad in the world. even when i left christianity, i didn't leave the thought process of "marred by sin" through adam. i left behind the belief that only jesus as he is understood through the bible and, more importantly, via the apostle paul, is the path to eternal life if there is, in fact life after death. but i never questioned the idea of sin. i am now questioning that. to be certain, there are things that happen that are bad. there are people who don't hold back there own desires when they trample on someone elses. there are many people, myself included, that don't fully understand that living a selfless life will bring fullfillment. i think jesus understood that and i wonder if the message that's being preached today by the main-stream church, was anything like the message he was preaching 2000 years ago. forget about his divinity. what about just the basics of his message.
was his message really...
you suck because some dude thousands of years ago really messed up. he messed up so bad that his creator, his dad, whose image he was created in, can't be near him. he can't be near you either. well, that's not completely true. IF you follow this other dude that lived about 2000 years ago as he's interpretted by yet another dude who never even met him in person, then you can commune with your creator.
sounds just as crazy as some buried tablets found in upstate ny. but that's not the point here! the point is the message. the message is you suck. yes, you reflect your creator somehow, but you still suck.
the ultimate in conditional love - you suck because some dude thousands of years ago fucked up. but wait...if you follow this dude that lived 2000 years ago, as interpreted by some other dude that never met him in person (only in a dream/vision) then you're worthy of being loved by your creator.
how is this any better than finding tablets buried in upstate NY?