To this day it still amazes me how many people still believe in the literal interpretation of angels and heaven. They are indoctrinated at such an early age and at that age decision making is limited. Speaking out against the idea of God or Jesus , or questioning what they are "taught" is considered inappropriate and or wrong. If these Children were given a proper introduction to evolution and critical thinking skills early on this would significantly decrease the amount of pressure on conformity they are under. Those of us who have been able to break free from the Dogma know that once it's done life really opens up.
On another website a believer told me I should study how we got the scriptures and how the bible was put together. He said this after I had posted on that same subject and claimed it as a big point on my non-belief. My answer to him was that 300 plus year old writings are not consistent with anything related to a man named Jesus and his "scholar" he is pointing me to is all locked up in a particular denomination. His belief becomes a biased opinion of the group he belongs to. He ends up saying that Josephus and Paul were contemporaries of each other. I point out to him that neither man knew or met Jesus and Paul is credited with writing a third of the NT.
Paul was deluded and had a little to say about angels and heaven. One of his problems was that he could never tell if he was in or out of his body.
A problem I also see or hear, is the literal interpretation of the King James bible. The priestly evangelical caste don't appear to understand the differences of linguistic translations. Let alone how language has evolved over time. In old Hebrew, to wash the feet of a person, was to give oral sex in everyday meaning during the time of Christ.
I dare say, the truth is known by the church, but it's all about power and money.
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My parents would send me to church with an envelope with two dollars in it to put in the basket but they didn’t go themselves… The mass they sent me to was in Latin so they couldn’t really indoctrinate me in a language I didn’t understand and when they spoke English it was still Greek to me
What's also amazing is the multi-thousands of pictures, illustrations, paintings, Christmas cards, sculptures, song lyrics, stained glass windows, TV and cinema references, etc. that depict angels with wings. The Bible never states that angels have wings. That was an invention made centuries after-the-fact. True, there are both 4-winged and 6-winged beings in the Bible, but they aren't described as angels. Yet I bet if you ask 1000 Christians if angels have wings, 999 will answer in the affirmative.
Personally, the idea of heaven is atrocious. Eternity, spent in a place where everything is done for you in return for perpetual worship? No thanks. I need challenge and purpose to feel as though life has meaning.
I get it. It worked when it was used to control the slaves and working classes. They were promised an eternity in which their roles were essentially swapped with the ones they perceived their lords and kings enjoyed. What's the value of it now? Reuniting with our dead ancestors? I wouldn't want to meet a lot of them.
If a god existed that somehow decided to make us and everything else that existed, I imagine we'd be more like an ant farm to it. Make it, poke around a bit, then abandon it and let the ants find their own way. Who ever expected worship from their ants?