Normally, I don’t really listen to any Op Ed pieces on National Public Radio, because I don’t really trust them to be unbiased. Normally, I’m listening for what’s going on overseas and obvious news releases about current events. However, this piece caught my ear this morning, and I just had to shake my head at how some people are reacting.
This has been my problem with strict religious groups all along – they do not take into account reality, and take everything in the Bible literally.
Okay, I understand that the story of Adam and Eve is largely the pillar of everything that comes after. It is the reason why a lot of Christians are baptized – to wash away the original sin. The whole reason for a savior (Jesus Christ) is to address the original sin and failings of Man. To release the true believers from Limbo/death and bring them to Heaven.
However, I also look at it as a allegory/figurative story and not a literal telling of the creation of the world. Much like most scholars who are also Christians – there’s room to evolve the belief to include the fact that Adam and Eve is basically a fairy tale. Science proves that we didn’t stem from one imaginary couple who lived in some long lost paradise. Most likely, we evolved.
In my belief, our evolution into a sentient species able to question our origins and investigate our environment is a testament to the Creator. If we weren’t meant to know these things, we wouldn’t know them. Our curiosity is a gift as it drives us to learn about ourselves and our universe. In a figurative sense, maybe we did need a savior to bring us back on track after straying so far from the truth of the Creator. Why is that so hard to adapt? Tradition is tradition, but this is plain induced ignorance.
Anyway, I feel that most Christians having a hard time getting rid of foolish notions like the literal interpretation of the Creation myth (and the Bible at large) are doing so because they are either afraid, or want to maintain control over their people. I mean, original sin is a great way to scare people into coming to church and getting baptized into your faith. It sets up a whole religious basis to maintain control over the faithful and get them to surrender power and money to your organization. You can totally tell people to STFU when you feel threatened by their beliefs or you’ll excommunicate them. Let’s face it – 90% of organized religions do this, and embrace it.
This is why I have a larger issue with the Catholic Church. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us for being sheep. I refuse to be your sheep, because I can see the true Creator and understand that the Creator doesn’t want me to shackle myself to Earthly organizations for the Creator’s love. Instead, the Creator wants me to think for myself and reach the Creator through my own struggles and truth.
If you feel differently, then more power to you. But don’t act surprised when atheism continues to increase in today’s youth because your religious craziness doesn’t make sense in leiu of science. The world is getting smaller, people are becoming more open-minded and hiding the truth is harder. Eventually, faith evolves as we learn more, or it dies out. Your choice.