2 comments on “My Atheist Phase and the Issue of Evolution – A Theocratic Essay

  1. A thorough and interesting post.

    For me, Jesus’ washing his disciples’ feet was/is the most profound and hopeful example of the humility of the Creator, who, through Jesus, joined humankind in our miseries, joys and everything in between. (Personally, I picture Jesus as being one who’d enjoy a belly-shaking laugh over a good, albeit clean, joke with his disciples, now and then.) In fact, the washing of others’ feet is typically so incredibly humbling for any person — let alone the Almighty — that my critical/doubtful mental ‘voice’ briefly has me questioning its actuality. Briefly.

    Furthermore, for me, Jesus coming to serve, rather than to be served is also most profound and hope-inducing. … As bold as it may sound, I believe that God may not need or desire to be worshipped; and that “houses of worship” may actually have been meant for the parishioners, divinely intended to be for the soul what health clinics/spas, even hospitals, are for the body and mind. Also, perhaps the Ten Commandments were/are not meant to obey in order to appease God but rather intended for His human creation’s benefit, to keep people safe and healthy. …

    There likely are many other Believers out there holding similar thoughts, but they may fear openly questioning the strict-Biblical-interpretation teachings of (what I term) institutionalized Christianity thus risk angering their Maker.

  2. “I’ll read something of the Bible that you suggest, if you check out a video by one of these Atheists.”
    _____

    Some of the best humanitarians I’ve met or heard about were/are atheists or agnostics who would make better examples of many of Christ’s teachings than too many institutional Christians, i.e. those most resistant to Christ’s fundamental teachings of compassion and non-wealth. Conversely, some of the worst human(e) beings I’ve met or heard about are/were not only theists, but the most devout practitioners of institutional ‘Christian’ theology. The irony is bitter.

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