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A reply to Jesus

Today on my Facebook feed a friend of mine from school posted the the following statement on their Facebook wall:

I believe in Jesus Christ. One facebooker has challenged all believers to put this on their wall. The Bible says, if you deny me in front of your friends, I will deny you in front of my father. If you are not afraid to show it, re-post this.

This statement annoyed me a little and made me think about religion. I am of the rebellious type and I won’t believe something unless there is proof or an indication of what I consider to be sufficient enough for me to have a belief in something. When I cite the word “rebellious” I actually mean, I won’t naively believe something, I was brought up in a Christian family and went to a Christian school – I’m of a certain percentage of the few who come out who didn’t believe. Though that doesn’t go to say that religious people are naive. Perhaps they are seeing something that I or many others haven’t seen.

A large percentage (Around/Over 80%) of the world population is religious and have been for a long time, though we have to simply look at how religion has grown to what it is through history; through what we see today.

If versus like the above were said to people, let’s say, 100 years ago, it is more believable as I believe 100 years ago, the world was more conservative when it came to religion. (Or at least in the west) The actual quote in the bible states in Matthew 10:33 the following:

So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

So essentially this means to all those who do not acknowledge the “God” in the bible to others (“men”), they will not go to ‘Heaven’? That seems to be my understanding of this verse. Although I have no religion and I don’t like affiliating my belief with others as essentially I have no belief or faith in “God” (cite Christian “God”) I take issue with this verse. Although you’d say to me, “But you believe in God, right? So why does it matter?”.

It isn’t the fact I don’t believe in god or the Christian God specifically, my view point is that I don’t know whether there is a god or not. However my point is that I don’t have anything to solidify a belief in god when scientists have their theories, which sound logical, and let’s not forget the fact there is more than one religion out there. So which do I pick, which do I believe?

What’s more apparent though is that if you are born and taught something, you are likely going to believe it, right? It is the same with religion. I remember hearing an argument by Richard Dawkings, although I had already thought up of this before I heard him say this, but if a person is born in India and brought up in a family of Hindu’s, it is really likely that person will later in life still believe that religion. (Especially so if the family and everyone around her believe in that religion, which is mostly always the case)

So because someone is born into another religion, they are essentially brainwashed into believing that particular religion, because everyone else is doing the same; how can it be wrong? Essentially there are people who will vehemently say their religion is the truth, while another person will say the same for a different religion. How can they both be right, but still hold the same level of commitment, strength and belief when both those God’s are totally different?

I guess I have my own belief system. Or this is what I would see in a God who is true, all powerful and simply nice (:D):

  • If you are nice, then you can be admitted into Heaven.
  • If you sincerely repent all your sins, you can be admitted into Heaven.

I mean Christian’s still sin, they admit this and this is quite obvious. So why should non-Christian’s, not be allowed into the “Kingdom of Heaven” and be condemned in “The gates of Hell” forever burning.. or something like that.

Sorry Jesus, but there just isn’t anything at the moment that can convince me. When I die and perhaps if I see you, then I’ll believe and repent my sins accordingly. I mean I’m probably a better Christian than most and I’m not even Christian. I follow some if not a lot of the ideologies of Christianity, since I was brought up that way. So why is it, someone who has been a bad person, who acknowledges Jesus, get’s admittance, when I for example haven’t been as bad. This is why I don’t like the Matthew 10:33 verse. To me that sounds like coercion into believing Christianity. Sort of like: “You didn’t believe in me nor did you talk about your acceptance of me to others, so tough luck pal, you won’t be getting admittance to Heaven”.

That scenario kind of seems like what this particular verse is saying. But personally, I wouldn’t believe half the crap that is in the bible, as all of it was written by man. – Truly who can verify all that information is correct? Who can say that God sent all that information for those “authors” at the time to write? No one can.

Although technically you can, there is no justifiable proof in the sense that one if not all the authors of the bible were mentally ill. It is funny since if that were the case… well, let’s just say 2.1 billion or 2/6th’s of the world population believe in something mad men wrote.

So who knows? No one.

We’ll only find out when we die, even then it isn’t certain, considering the position that if we die, we just die… we won’t ever find out then.

Though I’ll be happy if I can eventually find out, so believing that there is a Heaven is a nice thought. 🙂 But realistically I cannot prove that. Unfortunately death is the only way of finding out.

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