Post by Dragoneyes on May 17, 2005 15:36:03 GMT -5
But really, if what the person believes makes more sense to them than what they believed when they read the books, then reading the books shouldn't matter.
I'm pretty damn sure in my non-believeness of any god so I can trust myself to read any religious literature without it changing my beliefs, and if it does change my beliefs then what does it matter? You don't pick one belief at age 10 and stick with it for the rest of your life, it's not bad to change beliefs, be unsure at times and maybe go back to your original belief. Surely if you read or hear something that challenges what you believe and yet you are still able to belive, then your faith is stronger.
Frankly, I think you should be able to say "It's just a book" at the end of the day. It's basically looking at the world from a different point of veiw, one that you may or may not agree with. If you're unable to see that and worry that it might interfere with your faith, then your faith obviously needs some strengthening.
I have used the words "faith" and "believe" far too much.
I can see your point Dragoneyes, but you've missed my point. I can say "it's just a book", but I'm saying some people just can't and take it to heart. And I like hearing different points of view, hence I'm doing philosophy. My faith has survived many, many arguments I've had to learn that are against the existence of God.