I grew up as a Christian but stopped attending church for almost a whole year now and I find it really annoying that my family members won’t accept my decision and don’t think I have a mind of my own.
For anyone who’s going through the same situation, simply show them this blog post
Meet my fav. philosopher, Alan Watts.
*** STOP TELLING ME TO GO BACK TO CHURCH. ***
( All quotes are between 32:30 and 50:25 )
“Look here. Here is the revelation of God and Christ in Jesus and we’re suppose to follow his life and example without having the unique advantage of being the boss’ son!”
“The tradition represents Jesus to us as a freak! Born of a virgin, knowing he is the son of God, having the power of miracles, knowing that basically it’s impossible to kill him; He’s going to rise again in the end and we are asked to take up our cross and follow him when we don’t know that about ourselves at all!”
“We are delivered therefore a gospel which is in fact an impossible religion. It’s impossible to follow the way of Christ.”
“… Because what happened was, that Christianity institutionalized GUILT as a virtue.”
” We pray. We tell God what to do or give advice as if he didn’t know. We read the scriptures and remember talking of the Bible, Jesus said: You search the scriptures daily for in them you THINK you have life.”
” I think the Bible ought to be ceremoniously and reverently burned every Easter. We need it no more because the spirit is with us. It’s a dangerous book and to worship it is of course, a far more dangerous idolatry than bowing down to images of wood stone because nobody in his senses can confuse a wooden image with God but you can very easily confuse a set of ideas with God.”
” So with this endless talking in church, we can preach but by in large preaching does nothing but excite a sense of anxiety and guilt and you can’t love out of that.”
” If the Christian religion is to mean anything at all, we must see Christ as the great mystic in the proper sense of the word mystic: One who realizes union with God.”