Faith, religion and morality may trend together but don't necessarily have
a cause and effect relationship. A moral life is by no means exclusive to the
religious, and indeed the opposite may be true. Religion is an enabler that
empowers behaviours and people without adding any conditions of accountability.
There is a very simple reason religion is loosing its Influance on society,
those that proclaim their faith the loudest also have the greatest difficulty
with honesty and integrity.
Those who attest to the difference faith makes in their personal lives
don’t necessarily think religion has made the world they live in any
better. They have doubts about faith being able to move mountains. But when
faith makes a difference in how the individual copes with life, those are
results they can see and appreciate. Maybe that’s as good as it gets. For
the truly faithful, that’s often enough.
Simply - live the principles of your faith in your daily life and your
faith/religion will have a positive impact on the world - been true for as long
and we've been around in this universe - "walk the walk" don't
just "talk the talk".
My son coaches football and track at a Christian high school. I am glad he
does. It is a good environment. I like him being around good people who like
doing good things. What I don't like are the mind-blowing stories
Christians believe are reality. Keep the good people wanting to do good. Get
rid of the fables.
Hutterite, I am confused. Everything I have ever studied about any religion
includes or even stresses that we will be accountable for our actions every
time, and our thoughts most of the time, to the higher power that is the focus
of any specific religion. What accountability do you perceive is missing?I have perceived that what many object to about religion is the
parochial perspective that if "you" don't believe what "I"
believe then you really "aren't on the right path". Over the ages
this particular position has been used for political, financial, and sometimes
humanitarian wars and conflicts. That has given religion a bad reputation.The reality is that together religions have helped to establish a base
for moral action and thought of which there is substantial agreement. Society
has then adopted practices and laws using that base of agreement as a
foundation. When "religion" loses influence then the foundation is at
risk, and that is a significant problem.
Tolstoy: Would that also include men like Ghandi, Joseph Smith, or Joan of Arc?
I would hardly call these men and Joan of Arc not honest or lacking integrity?
I could mention many more, but you sound quite arrogant about what honesty and
integrity really mean, including an uncanny ability to judge those who have it
and those who don't.
God gave everyone (past, present, and future) the freedom to make their own
decisions in life whether religious, or not. Jesus gives everyone the
opportunity to come to Him and have a relationship; something that is needed
more NOW than ever! Everyone should be concerned where their soul will go after
they die, and the best place to search for that is in the Bible (few references:
Matthew 7:13-14; 10:16-22). No one church is perfect here on earth that worship
Jesus Christ. Pray about a church where God should lead you too, but more
importantly, build a relationship with Jesus Christ by confessing and repenting
of your sins and accepting Him ONLY as your personal savior. People can't
worry about others, but sincerely pray for them. Everyone must worry about
themselves and how they will be judged in the end. Because there are only two
places you can go, Heaven or Hell. When I die, I want to go to Heaven, because
death and where your soul goes is for eternity. I imagine Hell to be 1,000,000
times worse than the worse pain you've ever experienced in your life. God
If life were only black and white and we were able to say, "Good people tend
to go to church, while bad people do not." We can't say that folks.
It's not even remotely true. Perhaps we never could. Some of the finest
people I know are either atheists or are spiritual but absolutely
anti-religious. Some of the worst and most judgmental people I know, would never
miss a service.
Moble.."What accountability do you perceive is missing?" I can't
answer for Hutterite but, here's what I think the answer is. Yes most
religions profess an eventual accountability, but daily the good is attributed
to God's blessings and the bad is God testing you. The more religious a
person is the more they believe God is involved in every single action of their
life. Obvious example, the nonsense that goes on when someone scores a
touchdown in the NFL.