If you are born in Iran,then you most likely will be a Shiite Muslim. If you are born in India, then you most likely will be a Hindu. If you are born in Utah,then you may very well be a Mormon. In the deep South, you will probably be a fundamentalist Christian or at least feel guilty for fucking in the back seat of a car as a teen. The point is that the author of the Bible who is "not the author of confusion " has made little effort to clarify things for the masses of the world.
If we can pretend for a moment that there is a Christian God, who some 2000 years ago got a teenage Jewish girl pregnant with HIS only son, somewhere in Palastine. Who then went on to have a mediocre career in carpentry before wandering around spreading the word about his invisible dad, then you have a very valid point.
After all, why didn't God send lots of sons around the world all at the same time to spread the word about the talking snake and so on.
If this Iezues fellow is living today, then why doesn't he come out and say what is the right way to worship?
Some how, I think it's all just bollocks and organised religion is just the opium of the masses.
Here is a question I pose to theists of any stripe and any denomination. I'll use Catholicism in this example.
You maintain that you are Catholic and believe completely in the Catholic Church as the one true church.
If you were born in a Jehovah's Witness house hold, all your family members were Jehovah's Witness, you were totally indoctrinated in the Jehovah's Witness dogma, you never heard anything about any other dogma or denomination, you spent your entire life under the influence of the Jehovah's Witness dogma, do you think you would be a Catholic right now or a Jehovah's Witness?
Hopefully it might get them to thinking as to why and what they believe.
I've seen Richard Dawkins discuss this subject. He likes to say that a person's religion is an accident of birth. One of his pet peeves is when a child is described as a Jewish child or a Mormon child or a Christian child, etc. The kid was not born with those beliefs, he/she was indoctrinated. I was brought up in a very fundamentalist church, and I was most certainly indoctrinated. All my family was from Kentucky and had that old time religion. Even though it all seemed a little crazy from an early age, it was hard to shake off. It took me years to "come out of the closet" as an agnostic at first, and then an atheist. I am often cynical now about True Believers, and how they can ignore the contradictions. But I also know that indoctrination by the people you love can be very powerful. This is one of the many reasons people believe weird things.
im not sure i understand your point. for one thing the bible had many authors and was rewritten so it would be reasonable to assume that it would eventually be less than clear on some things. and at least 2 of the groups you mentioned don't even use the bible, they have their own books, so i think it would be difficult for the author/s of the bible to clarify much of anything for those folks that don't read it or follow its beliefs. also, i think at the time these books where written, they did at least attempt to clarify things, but they had so little knowledge back then that some things were misinterpreted. they each came up with their own stories to explain why things happened. natural disasters, plagues, starvation, rape, murder. they just wanted to try to make sense of these things. the thing is tho, people tend to get very attached to their beliefs. now that we have science to explain a lot of these things, some of us look to that for our answers, but some folks are just set in their ways.
I don't think there was just one author, because it is not clear. One author would have doen better to claifiy.
The groupsing of various religions based on where you live is human nature - we're herd animals and tned to congregate with our own kind.
the major cities that were first settled had there germantowns, south phillies (Italian), Harlem in New York.
I guess we can be glad it's not as bad as the fight between the sunni and shiite.
So trump is heeler herding his base and the rest of us can't believe and are really tired of the chaos.
So True, you don't choose to accept the normality of a particular religion, you are simply born into it. This fact alone should make any normally intelligent person realise that there is a thousand reasons to indicate that they can't all be right and that all religions must be fraudulent.
It is up to each of us to unlearn what has been taught. To learn we are all on our own journey and take a positive roll in this world, because it may be all there is, takes time. How to have compassion for those who never question but follow as if they are roped together through their Sunday brainwashing. The mob mentality rules in most churches. I think the bible can be used for anything the mob boss wants. No one is going to question the good book.
Okay, I need to clarify this. Yes I know that there are many authors of the Bible. I only referred toe god being the one author, since fundamentalist Christians claim god inspired the whole Bible. The point that I was making is that if really was a true god who loved us as the Christians say, we wouldn't have this mass confusion. I was also insinuating that all religions seem to be a cultural and man made tool. Where you are born means a different belief system, which is what one finds in a world of man made, not god influenced ,beliefs.