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As a spiritual person, it is eternally frustrating to see the holier-than-thou, bickering nature of religion. I was clicking around Facebook today and ran into "Christian" groups that boast they can gather the largest number of fellow Christians, encourage religious debate, and glorify God.

Now, I'm not as schooled in Christian doctrine as others, but I has a Bible stories book as a child and I enjoy the Song of Soloman. Also, I've picked up a lot of gnostic and apocrypha mythology that would put some of the most devout Christians to shame. However, I do know that Christ taught kindness, humility, peace, justice, and all that other "love thy neighbor" stuff. But when I see these groups of hundreds of thousands of zealots, I want to laugh and cry from the hypocrisy of it all. Though some encourage debate, most of the "debate" is actually inner-faith bickering, name-calling, condemning those who are different, and altogether acting un-Christian. Yes, I know all us lowly humans aren't perfect, but if I were Christian, I would not want to associate myself with this insanity. They say they are glorifying God, but they are really just dragging His name through the proverbial mud by engaging in such behaviors.

Also, The Golden Compass is not evil. It's not about killing God. Dear Lord, it's a metaphor for the oppressiveness of religion, not the oppressiveness of faith. Faith and religion are not the same things. Merriam-Webster says faith is "something that is believed especially with strong conviction," while religion is "the service and worship of God or the supernatural." The Golden Compass has issues with the construction of religion, especially with Catholicism, which the author views as less of a door to God and more of a political and social entity.

Another un-Christian behavior that frustrates me is the zealot, holier-than-thou attitude. Just because I don't believe in the divinity of Christ and I view the Bible in a historical and literary context does not mean I am a Satanist, atheist, agnostic, pagan or heathen. I don't offer ritual sacrifices of virgins to Lucifer, and I don't plan on starting anytime soon. I actually enjoy the Christian mythos, with Angelology and Demonology being personal favorites of mine, and Edenic symbolism in other works makes me giddy. I enjoy C.S. Lewis immensely. I also feel really awful killing things, which makes me wonder how a person go to church on Sunday and then go kill some deer. Which brings me to the point that I have a real problem with "devout" Christians telling other people they will go to Hell. Did or did not Christ say something about being nice to people you don't agree with or enemies or someone like that?

Finally, I wanted to end elegantly, but whatever. I may be a deist, but I do recognize good things that have come out of Christianity. Believe it or not, I don't have a problem with Christ or his teachings. I mean, he's not exactly my 'homeboy,' but he said a lot of good things. Also, Christians have the best buildings. Churches are cool, especially Gothic cathedrals.

Ok, rant over.

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