Custardo - I know this is "ask Miranda a question", but if I can answer your question - No, the religion I follow believes that there are many spiritual paths through life, and that you should walk the path most appropriate to you. My way is not the only way, but it is the right way for me to go. You may prefer to take another route.
Miranda, why if it so important for salvation for people to believe, why does God make it so difficult? After all, if he gave me a rational, questioning brain (even a two year old says 'why?' why does he set himself above question and provide no evidence of his existence?
And then we can get on to the suffering of the innocent in the world!
Not sure God does make it difficult really, it's just that we're all so caught up in our daily lives that we fail to see what is all around us. I know this sounds trite, but I see God in nature, in the miracles that are all around us, such as caterpillars turning into butterflies (not even man can do that still!), the way some plants and animals work together, the kindness of strangers, etc. Some people would call this the force of nature, I call it God.
If there was no God, why would any of us need to be good? Why does man struggle so much with good and evil? Where do they come from? Animals don't seem to have that struggle.
Also, if you find a quiet space for yourself, it's not hard to tap into God - or whatever you want to call him. But to be honest I think that even if he did as he used to in the OT and perform many signs and miracles in front of masses of people, we would still reject him. Man doesn't like to be governed, we like to think that we are the superior beings.
Oh thankyou aloha, you just summed it up for me, have been trying for ages to decide whether there is a God or not, and had decided that for me there was NOT, but what do i tell my children? My dh is totally uninterested in religion. I went to a church school and had 5 years pf relious education but am still unconvinced.
I do not believe in religion. I was brought up a practising christian, who attended church and sunday school throughout most of my childhood. But as I grew older and seen and heard about all these wars that have fought in the name of religion, I decided it was not for me.I mean how can anyone harm another human being because they have a different belief.I thought religion was about peace. Religion is so hypocritical IMO.And the bible is so contradictory IMO.
I do believe that we should treat people how we would like to be treated and to be kind.I believe in reincarnation and that we are here until we learn from our past mistakes and reach perfection, then we go to a higher plane.I dont know the name of it but that is what I believe.
As for what to tell the children I have brought them up in the christian faith, if they are believers that is their choice.I dont knock anyone for their belief either.
Don't want to get into too much detail but a Christian friend was trying to justify the Adam + Eve thing to me a few months back and they thought that the tribe Cain went to was either Nephalim (sp?) which are fallen angels or some more people who were created after Adam and Eve. If it was Nephalim, does that mean we're all half angel - seems a bit odd!! And if it was just more people, why doesn't the bible talk about them being created like it talks about Adam?
i`ve been asking that question for years and i have never heard of a reasonable answer,the first time i was 10 and asked the priest that used to come to our school to teach religion,he smaked me on the head and sent me out of the class,i guessed he didn`t know either,so miranda i`m relying on you