Everyone acknowledges good and evil
But which is which?
Amphiist is a Greek word meaning both sides
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Amphiist 1: God, religion and spirituality
Religion is a fascinating issue, as is politics. Over the past couple of years, especially with the arrival of the Trump administration, there has been a lot of increased attention on how the average citizen has been duped in the West. We have believed in news stories that were later proved to be false.
I have heard some people say this applies to religion, too. They say that Christianity, for example, is for dupes, for people who need an excuse to be a good person. They say that the supernatural event of Christ’s atonement does not make sense, and that people are foolish to believe it. They state that human beings should empower themselves and do what they want, regardless of what some imaginary guy in the sky thinks about a situation. Others feel revulsion and distaste when people speak of God with such irreverence. He is their best friend, and so they hate it when He is insulted.
Some feel that religion limits people, rather than frees them, and we all fundamentally want as much freedom as possible. Many have said that Jesus or God was not there for them when they needed him most. Since God exacts a lot from people, and expects a ton of obedience, it seems strange that if someone belongs to a Christian church, that he does not reward them for their faith and make sure they know he hasn’t abandoned them. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God, while Muslims love Jesus, but do not believe in his divinity. They accept him as a Prophet, however, and love his teachings on morality.
No one knows the real, true answers to these philosophical questions, so I think that, regardless of what someone believes, we should honour their viewpoint. And, besides, wise people know that it’s spirituality that matters more than religion (although it is inspiring to see someone live their religion).
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