Thank you for your constructive commentary. Most of what I have written underlines the fact that yes, Man has used religion, in some ways for his own personal Political advantage. This is Historical fact, as previously outlined. Religious Wars of the past centered on deep emotional Religious sentiment over rationale. My comments are not Anti-Religious. These are credible facts logged in History. There are inconsistencies in Religion. These inconsistencies have cost many people to
doubt the very existence of a living God; the
major facet of all Religion. The Bible is a
Historical account of Religious Freedom. This is the same for the Koran and other sacred
instruments written by Man to underline the existence of God from generation to generation. However being a Christian, I can cleary identify 'human flaws', which are even practiced today. The practical use of 'verses' in the Bible, without proper discussion leaves the door open to mis-interpretation. The Bible itself from The Old Testament to the New Testament became widely accepted "Hundreds Of Years" after the Death Of Christ. Remember Over 90% of the population; Yes Over 90% Of the Population during the time of Jesus Christ, did not even
have a greade school education. This is a well documented but rarely publicly stated
Historical fact. Therefore parables or simplication had to be used to get people to act; specially when it came between Right & Wrong. Religion is an Institution which has not been improved in the same mannner as many other. If it were historical social obstacles
which held back our technological rate of advancement, would have been minimal: Religious Wars, Witch Hunts, Women Rights,
Different kinds of Slavery etc...
I do not state that the Bible contains false
accounts. Only that its verses are often publicly mis-interpreted for political reasoning. therefore it should not be considered 100% factual. Just look at other Historical facts, which in the last century have been 'corrected', because of freedom of speech and press. Many Women and Black Americans can relate to the greater
recognition given, specially in our schools today. Can you see why Women today are still not accepted in the priesthood?
I firmly believe that we are now entering an era, where our actions, both personal and between Nations will be more rational, logical than emotional. Emotion is important, but it should not be prioritized.
Can you imagine how close we have come to Nuclear Holacaust, in the last century? This is why the U.S. is trying to restrict the
use of Nuclear and Bacteria-logical capability to more countries. This would minimize the chance of mass destruction, started by just one extreme nation. There are
many other examples. All one has to remember is that Human hands wrote the Bible. It is still the most respected and publicized book of all time. But not perfect; God is Perfect!
God Bless, Sincerely, Joseph
Working to create greater
Harmony and Success between all God loving people regardless of Individual Faith...