Sunday, September 30, 2007

If There Was A True Religion, What Would It Be Like?

Interesting question...

I believe a true religion would have the following characteristics:

1. No money involved. Donations accepted but no pressure whatsoever to do so.

2. No real estate. The true church would meet under the shade of a tree. Jesus didn't even have a pillow to lay on so why does he need skyscrapers?

3. The true church would respect all beliefs. There would be no "I am right, you are wrong," attitudes.

4. The true church would not have a shady history that it would have to hide and lie about.

5. The true church would not be racist or sexist.

6. The true church would not teach it's members that they have some imaginary magical powers.

7. The true church would not have worthiness interviews. A person's worthiness is strictly between them and god.

8. The true church would welcome and encourage critical thinking and tough questions.

9. The churches founder would not be a pervert.

10. The true church would not claim that it is the true church.

11. The true church would not baptize children. Commitment to any religion should be made by an informed adult.

12. The true church would encourage members to help anyone in need, despite what religion or race they are.

13. The true church would encourage healthy living habits, but would not guilt trip those who do not follow it.

14. The true church would not necessarially be Christian.

15. The true church would not judge.

16. The true church would allow people to come and go as they please without threats, guilt, fear, or shunning.

17. There would be no ranking such as baptism, temple, priesthood, mission.

18. The true church would encourage families to join together, not individuals. This would reduce interfaith tension between family members.

19. The true church would believe that all humans are citizens of planet earth.

20. The true church would teach a code of conduct, but would not force or manipulate people into following it. Those who do follow it will not receive special treatment or recognition.

21. The true church would encourage people to form their own beliefs but respect the beliefs of others.

22. The true church would not punish doubters.

23. The true church would be based on facts, not fairytales.

24. The true church would encourage its members to give lots of service, if possible.

25. The true church would encourage its members to get a good quality education before getting married.

26. The true church would not discriminate against peoples different sexual orientations.

27. The true church would encourage people to wait until they are older to get married.

28. The true church would not make you feel guilty for "feeling good."

29. The true church would not teach you that you are a sinner just because you are alive.

30. The true church would provide physical activities to help anyone get fit.

31. The true church would not have a "holier-than-thou" complex.

32. In short, the true church would be everything that Jesus taught, and nothing that Christianity is today!

Just another evil apostate...

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