Ok, This is my opinion on religion, mostly Christianity because i know little about any other.
There is no such things as god! There I said it. Its like believing in the Easter bunny.
The bible is a fictitious tale with good intention. The things talked about cannot happen and if it can then why dont it now.
I believe in fact and science (not scientology :) ).
The purpose of the bible is to instil good morals on children and men by giving them stories with lessons to learn at the end. I believe that this can be done without the preachy word of the bible.
I believe in being kind to everyone and sharing wealth and love throughout the world, but I don’t need the threats of going to hell to make me like that.
The universe and all it beauty was formed because it had to be. Not by a being, not by god, but by the vibrations of energy and the infinite ways in which this energy can act and react.
Religion was good when it was needed by a more primitive man to explain things that he couldn’t but all this causes is war because of the im right your not mentality of the common religious fanatic.
Ahhhhhh that feels good ;)
Okay dude. Majestic might have gone easy on you, but I will not because you have insulted me and the people who follow Christianity.
First off, how dare you belittle Christian beliefs to the likeness of "believing in the Easter Bunny"? What kind of fool says things like that? (besides Jbennet of course).
People who "believe" in the easter bunny, and by extension Santa Claus, are normally either small children or adults who don't actually believe in those things but speak of them for the sake of their children. People with full thinking capacity (and I'm not belittling anyone, just excluding small children) don't actually believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny. You know this!
So what are you getting at?
Next to your little rant about the point of the Bible: simply wrong. The Bible wasn't intended for moral value. In fact, I could tell you that there are occurrences where there are some things that we would pretty much call immoral going on. The Bible does not bother to shed light on what men think is satisfactory behavior, but focuses a great deal on what *God* thinks is satisfactory behavior, and it isn't always what we would consider to be "moral".
So again, what are you getting at?
Thirdly, the Bible doesn't threaten to send you to hell so that you may "spread wealth and love". Christianity isn't just about spreading wealth and love. The promise that the wicked will be damned for eternity is not a "threat" from God, or the Bible. It's more of a reality that He has, in His wisdom, vastly averted (but not totally, because of man's free will). You see, the Bible teaches that we are all wicked by nature and it is manifest in our daily sins. But the same Bible also teaches that we are saved from our wickedness by Christ. What I'm saying is, the Bible doesn't actually threaten anything. It just says would have been in store for all man had it not been for Christ. It then follows that a major part of the Bible (ergo, the Gospel), is not about the damnation of the wicked, but the salvation of the righteous.
What things do you believe cannot happen in the Bible? The idea that somewhat cannot believe in God, His Word, and the Bible amazes me as much as the idea that someone can does most atheists.
The reason why the "things" you call for don't happen now is that God does not need to prove himself to men who don't believe him. (beware: this is my personal viewpoint and may not be widely accepted. Some may argue about the teachings of the fate of the bad Pharaoh, but I believe that He wasn't proving himself to the Pharaoh, but showing those that worshiped Him just who powerful He was so that they would continue to do so in future generations.) Why must He deviate from His divine plan just to "prove" something to a man that has hardened his heart against Him. Even as I say this, God does reveal Himself to those who would rather not see Him in different ways.
Alas, you will all see the "proof" you all seek one day when Jesus Christ descends from the sky.
Finally, why is it so much easier to believe that the Universe exploded into being on some random event, into such beauty, order, and coherent life, than it is to believe that it was created by the Divine. Because some scientist said so? If you think that makes any more sense than Creationism then.....