First of all, i’d like to start off with the fact that I was raised Catholic and still consider myself Catholic except that i have developed some “unorthodox” thinking. Also, this is my first post and im new here so if this is the wrong section for me to post this then im sorry.
The thing that bothers me about christianity is the idea of the “one true church and the one true christ” as the only means of salvation.
In this world there are 6.5 Billion people. Roughly 33% of This number are Christians and 50% of that 33% are Catholics. Now, if its believed that only catholics or christians get to go to heaven then that means only 1-2 Billion people are granted “salvation.” I think this is extremely unfair and un-loving.
The vast majority of us here would probably be practicing a different religion if we had been born in a different location on Earth. If i was born in India, I’d probably be raised Hindu. If i was born in China, I’d probably be raised Buddhist. If i was born in Israel, I’d probably be raised Jewish, and if middle east, then Islamic…
where ever we would have been born we would probably be practicing that regional religion with the same adamant faith that we are practicing with Christianity now.
Therefore, I believe all people are judged in terms of salvation in a much more dynamic way then just whether or not we were lucky enough to be born into a christian setting.
It just seems un-godly and unrealistic that people born in Christian dominated portions of world should get such an advantage over others. Does anybody ever think that perhaps God presented himself in many different faces to people all around the world?
As far as it seems to me, God presented himself as a faceless being. However, over time we have made a face for God. For instance, many times God is portrayed as the Bright glowing light, or perhaps a somewhat aged man with a robust white beard that somewhat resembles the already familiar image of Zues. (No, i am not saying Zues is God. Im saying the western world placed a familiar image in appliance to the image of God)
If God were to have presented himself in a similar faceless fashion to the people of Asia, Africa, and early America in some distant distant past, then they too would have gradually placed their own familiar face over God.
I believe the same concept goes for Religional instituitions. As far as i know from reading and from what i was taught, when God first presented himself to mankind, he merely asked them to believe in him and have faith in him. He did not pronounce mankind to go out and create any named religional instituition.
Which leads to my next point…
I also believe that Churches, Religions and Instituitions, better represents man than it represents God. I don’t think of God as having any official Church or even Religion for that matter. Rather, i see churches and religions as just instituitions established by Man to better organize themselves to worship God; thus, i also believe that many church doctrines passed on have no Godly mandate to them because they are largely man motive.
Another thing that bothers me is how so many people think they can judge others in terms of salvation. I see so many topics asking questions such as: “Will ‘Such-and-such’ type of people be able to go to heaven?” And i see so many people sit on their throne saying “No, those people are damned.”
Shouldn’t it be God alone that can judge in that fashion? There are just so many infinite variables in life that could mold a person into who he is whether good or bad. For instance, raise a child in a century-civil-war-torned country and he might grow up to become a killing fighter. However, raise that same child in a peaceful proactive setting and he might grow up to become that philantrophic business owner.
I don’t think any human can judge another. I think only God with his infinite understanding should be able to judge.
Also, i’d like to say that all this is just MY view on things. I am not trying to impose my view on anyone else. Just i needed to let loose some ideas from my head. Everyone has their own convictions and everyone has their own solutions. However, i would like to see some reactions from christians/nonchristians to my ideas and to have discussional responses. (i also don’t think being machine gunned by a bunch of bible verses as discussional)