August 11th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
Re: Satanism is Not Part of Christianity
1) Of course people create religion; religion is entirely comprised of human writings, human traditions, human ideas, and all religious behaviour has been formed, over time, by the changing habits of Humans. Even if there is a God and it wants us to believe certain things, then, Human religion was still created by humans.
2) My page on "People Need Dogma
" says the same thing you are saying; many people do like to surround themselves in symbols, etc (including me, which is why I am a Satanist and not a Humanist) -> see "Satanism is more than Humanism" by Vexen Crabtree
3) There is a such thing as Christian superstition, I'm afraid. For example, all the hoo-hah about not being able to say "God's name in vain" and stuff like that... such elements of religion are called superstitious. Just because you think its true, doesn't make it no longer superstition.
4) Most Christians I know (two thirds, by census results around Europe) (see "Religion in the United Kingdom" by Vexen Crabtree
for detailed stats) call themselves 'Christian' because it is family tradition, not because they've had any mystical experiences.
5) Hindus and Muslims both report many healings associated with their gods and beliefs; so are you saying that because these healings occur, that their religion is true? I doubt that you'd say that that was a good way to pick which religion is true! So, it is also not a good measure to gauge whether I should consider Christianity true.