06 April 2007

Good Friday.

So today is Good Friday. The day Jesus was crucified and died. If you are a really religious person, this weekend is the most important of the year. Even more important than Christmas. On Christmas he was born, but this is when he died and then rose from the dead. This is it, the big celebration.

I was raised in the Lutheran church. I had to go to Sunday School every Sunday until I was confirmed at 16 (or so). I learned all the stories over and over and over and over and over......... You get the idea.

I always questioned some of the stuff, even as a little kid. Don't get me wrong. I believe in God. I believe there's a heaven. Not so sure if there's a hell, I'm not convinced of that. I believe that Jesus was a very important, influential person. I even believe he was born of a virgin and the son of God. I believe that miracles occur. I believe that we will be called to account for our actions here on earth. I believe that we should all strive to be the best person we can be. I believe that killing in the name of religion is wrong on all accounts. What I refuse to believe, even though I'm a scientist, is that this is all there is and that this was an accident. There is some sort of divine creation going on here. But I don't believe in creationism per se. While I believe this was started, I firmly believe in evolution and that this is not a static system. I believe that God gave us our brains to question, learn, and think for ourselves. I really believe in free will.

I don't believe that the bible is meant to be taken literally. I do believe the bible is like a guidebook. The stories are meant to be parables and not literally the words of God. I don't believe the bible was written by God. It was written by man and put together by man.

I do believe that if we were all kind to each other and tried to be the best people we could be this world would be a much better place and I think that is the real true message behind Easter.


Kewl Nitrox said...

Hey flo, happy easter!

I'm not a scientist so I guess that makes it easier to believe in the literal meaning of the Bible. :-)

What's important is that you and I believe that God came to die so that He can have a relationship with us. That's the most important thing in my humble opinion, having an intimate relationship with Him.

Vickie said...

Good thoughts. I think you start defining your belief system more as we get older, especially when loved ones die. That gets you questioning a lot of things. I too believe in God and salvation, and have learned over the past few years the power of prayer. Happy Easter!

Unknown said...

Happy Easter.

I have a degree in engineering and at some point would like some sort of degree in Bible studies as well. I don't believe that science and spiritual truth are necessarily at odds; scientists seem to strive to figure out how God made things work. ;)

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