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Old 03-08-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Lately, I've been wondering - why do some people accept at face value the writings in religious scripture or the pronouncements of a patriarch or the musings of a Church Father or the declaration of a Pope?

What gave any of these religious authorities the power to determine what people should and should not believe and to establish this as doctrine for all time? How did it become taboo to question these authorities and legitimacy of these beliefs?
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:56 PM
 
Location: South Africa
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Simple.

"Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm"

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Here a pick, there a pick...
Old Macdonald had a (funny) farm
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:06 PM
 
Location: playing in the colorful Colorado dirt
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Perhaps it's because they have been taught to accept and not question.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:06 PM
 
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The two biggest factors I can see are a slave mentality, and they are taught to. When I thought of myself as Catholic, I was barely aware of the Pope, but I recognized being an altar boy as something I wanted. I immediately rejected my father's insistence of not eating so and so period before taking the Eucharist the instant it became a possibility that I might not partake of the Eucharist because we had eaten something too close to the time of it being served in the service/. I have only a vague recollection of how it went down though, but I seem to recall that I was not actig as an alar boy that day and the service was being held outside and we were late.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:15 PM
 
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Lately, I've been wondering - why do some people accept at face value the writings in religious scripture or the pronouncements of a patriarch or the musings of a Church Father or the declaration of a Pope?

What gave any of these religious authorities the power to determine what people should and should not believe and to establish this as doctrine for all time? How did it become taboo to question these authorities and legitimacy of these beliefs?
I think it's comforting to have an institution...or fellow worshipers to align yourself with. It takes a lot of courage to take your spirituality on, by yourself.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Boise
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I think that when a person is carving out their own identity it's just easier to find a template that's close enough to build on and do it; kind of like buying a paint by numbers kit instead of paints and canvas. It's there mostly because so many have built their identity on it, and when you question these old standards, you're questioning their identity. But I will give the ways of old their due credit and say that there are some old ideas that we need to keep (don't steal). But if a standard that we are all supposed to live by can't be questioned, it doesn't deserve to be a standard in the first place.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:05 AM
 
Location: southern california
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r the godless slaves to their own opinions?
why so much time denouncing the leaders of the spiritually minded.
is there a gnawing big empty driving these threads.
try standing silent in the big empty awhile w/o raging.
u may find the answers u seem to so seek.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:20 AM
 
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^^^
That's a good point. I guess those in authority are seen to carry a mantle of power...and that may be disturbing to those on the outside. People in authority do have the power to affect and direct their followers, in all that they do. And sometimes that affects people who have nothing to do with it...through religious fanaticism or acts of terror in the name of religion.

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Old 03-09-2012, 12:27 AM
 
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I would posit that power comes first then authority.
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Old 03-09-2012, 12:29 AM
 
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r the godless slaves to their own opinions?
why so much time denouncing the leaders of the spiritually minded.
is there a gnawing big empty driving these threads.
try standing silent in the big empty awhile w/o raging.
u may find the answers u seem to so seek.
We cannot but question these holy sees, I mean they are such bastions of righteousness and morality. One need only look at how they exploit god's wealth with lavish homes, $1000 suits, Rolex watches, ugly temple edifices, yup, exactly what jesus would have done

Oh wait....

The system is corrupt from the highest to the lowest. No wonder they and the govt in the US get on like a house on fire...

The 2000 year old con still works pretty well in today's America and other lands.
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