The topic of Jesus.
I am not subscribed to any religion. I am a free thinker, a skeptic, agnostic. My beliefs are based on quantum physics, philosophy, and self revelation; among other outward sources of wisdom and intellect. I do believe in a greater good, and the abyss that pulls the good toward negativity and bad. Much like the old Cherokee Indian tale of the two wolves.
However, this is not really so much about me in particular, although this subject deeply affects me as an individual. It is the religion of Christianity, or more importantly, the people of whom subscribe to it's beliefs. I have a few questions, questions of deep importance within today's society. Questions that beg to be asked, questions that are of impertinence to be pondered. Questions that will force Christians, be that you or someone you know, to face the unknown, and their own fear of God himself. Because that is what it is, Fear. Fear of damnation. Which is in and of it's self an ironic and contradictory idea, considering God is all loving and all forgiving. I want only to ask these questions, and supply some facts, not to tell Christians they're wrong, but only to supply them with some knowledge and self-reflection over what is truly right, and what is merely an idea, an opinion, or a misinterpretation of messages or scriptures you've been taught.Homosexuality.
Firstly, what is said about this, is confined only to that of the old testament. Jesus himself never said anything relating to homosexuality.
Secondly, in science, many discoveries have been made that would point to homosexuality being a born quality of men and women (and has been observed in nearly 1,500 species
besides just humans). Also, in a recent scientific discovery, it appears that epigenetics actually underlies homosexuality.Universal Morality and Ethics.
Firstly, why is it, that an all fogiving and all loving God would condemn an otherwise wholly good and just soul to hell, simply for not, key word, "Believing" in Jesus Christ as the savior? Because, without belief, how can one possibly "Accept" this supposed fact? And also, why would he do the same, for an unknowing soul, who's never learned or heard of Jesus, send them to hell as well?
Secondly, and more importantly, why would you assume to know how God would judge any of us? The God who is most incomprehensibly and ever more Omniscient and all knowing than that of any one of us could ever possibly be, ever. Especially when Jesus taught us to love one another without judgement.
Thirdly, I propose this idea to Christians, is it possible that God would forgive a good and just soul, who is open to that forgiveness & deserving of that forgiveness, for being inable to believe that Jesus was in fact the savior, the Messiah? Therefore being in-able to accept him as so.
---Why did I bring this up?
I have known Christians all my life, many Christians I have learned to love. However they pass their judgement onto me because I do not believe Jesus Christ was the savior as well as the fact that I am gay. Many of them say they still love me, yet tell me I need saving. That I will burn in hell because of who I am, when I know in my heart of hearts I am a good person. I'm sure many of you can understand this feeling of being told you will burn in hell from someone you love.
However, speaking for myself, it causes a deep and pungent hurt inside of my heart like no other. It bothers me to in irrefutable amount to hear this from someone I so dearly love and care for. And it also hurts to know there are people around the world who have already condemned me, without even knowing me. Another way to word that is, that society has made it clear, I am not worthy of goodness, I am destined for hell. The effect this has had on me growing up, and on other kids growing up is indescribably horrendous. It's horrendous because of the scale such a perceived cut and clear simplicity can hurt such a wide scale of children who will grow up realizing in themselves they have for whatever reason not met the requirements to be loved, or to deserve good, from the most parental and impertinent figure in a child's world, God. Millions of children will grow into adulthood feeling forsaken because of the cut and dry requirements of religion. And there are limitless ways one can come to this point without any will of it ever happening.
This leads me to describe why one would come to such a point. But for the sake of simplicity, and speaking on my behalf only, I will use the road my life has taken me. I was raised Catholic, much similar to Christianity, and I was abused and raped for so long, it's nearly impossible for me to believe in such a God. And to add to that fact, I am gay, and at least by the cold hard facts of Catholicism (which for some reason are adopted by Christians as well) God doesn't love me for who I was born as. I had no choice in any of this, but from what I've learned I do not deserve to go to heaven. How can I believe in that religion which tells me I shall burn in hell when I strive to have nothing but good in my heart? I am after all only human, as we all are. But the one thing I did choose is to live a life devoid of hate, and a life full of love, with the intent to help as many people as I can and to leave this world a better place than I entered it.