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I could go on and on and on with these similarities, so is this showing that religion is universal with different frosting on the cake OR is it that Christianity is a farce?
Most religion in the post-Axial Age world has the same central message - love others. The Golden Rule is almost always there. This is something universal to humans, the recognition that we are, in some way or another, all united.
My point is that the things you suggest are religions strong points are nothing other than secular reasoning for peaceful societal structure and harmony.
This was Joseph Campbell's key idea of what myths are supposed to do . . . to teach us how to live as decent human beings.
Alright, but I never really learn any moral lesson from a myth or a story. In fact even people making suggestions to me often fail, and it is only when I actually experience it for myself that I learn anything. I imagine I am not alone with this type of learning behavior. So just how effective would myths be in my case?
sacrifice, wisdom, loss, salvation
Well I don't know. It is a very vexing issue, I understand that. I really don't want to force my views on anyone. I am actually a pretty secular person - I don't belong to a church or 'do anything' religious (apart from formal meditation). I certainly don't believe in the literal truth of scripture. And I really do think there is genuinely such a thing as spiritual awareness, and it is a really good thing to have, if you can get it. Other than that, each to his own.
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as as far as what you should do, I don't know. I suppose I can recommend things to those with whom I have common interests. One thing I think should be asked, though, is why this hair-trigger reaction? Why this hot-button tendency to attack Christianity? There is plenty of it around at this time. My theory is that there is a very deep pathology in Western thinking, going back centuries, because of their religious conditioning. I have been aware of this for decades. This is why anti-religion is preached with all the passion and conviction of a revival meeting. It gets its whole energy from opposing something, so if it is argued with, it builds. I am really trying to avoid that. It just becomes a flame war.
Yeah, all things you can get in secular society. Cut out the religion and you will still find these things.