October 16, 2008 10:58am
It would seem that you forget that light can be blinding and harmful to the eyes. Accepting something like the bible as truth and "light" is like staring at the sun. Sure it's bright and provides warmth, but stare too long and it will permanently destroy your retinas. So too does religion destroy your ability to see the real truth about how the universe works, because instead of studying history as a whole, including the development of mankind and religion, you believe only in an inaccurate document whose only ties to real history are through mere speculation.
It's funny that the only religions christianity has things in common with are fairly geocentric in origin, having nothing in common with southeast Asian religions or the religions of the various Native American tribes. In fact, given their somewhat primitive state at the time Europeans came to this continent, they're a prime example of how early society worked and how religion starts out.
It's merely a way to explain the unexplainable without using the scientific method to study why things happen, as well as a way to deny that death is truly the end of our lives and the lives of those around us.
The bible says that the moon is its own light source in Genesis chapter 1. We know, through observation, that this is simply not the case. Other planets are never once mentioned in the bible, only the sun, the moon, and the stars; all things that are easily visible to the unaided eye from the surface of Terra Firma. If it was truly the diving word of god, other galaxies, solar systems, and planets would have been mentioned as well as full descriptions of how the universe physically works. But it doesn't, and that's because there wasn't any real science at the time, especially none regarding the physical properties of the universe. Had there been that early on, religion wouldn't exist today at all.
L. Ron Hubbard's Church of Scientology is a prime example of how religions start. It's well known that Hubbard was a science fiction writer prior to writing "Dianetics." Yet it still has enough members to make it a major player in modern world religion, one of the highest grossing religions on the planet today. C.O.S. leaders control the lives of its congregation, and require large amounts of money from the church's members. It's like christianity on steroids, with aliens instead of angles, demons, and cosmic jewish zombies.