I grew up in a firm Christian household and went to church every Sunday. For the majority of my life I believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that the bible was the only thing true in the world. I am now 20 years old and in the past 5 or 6 years my beliefs have shifted. They have not shifted to another religion or another belief but rather to another frame of mind. There are countless numbers of religions out there today on every continent in every country. If you are a religious person imagine what you would believe if you had been born into a Jewish family or perhaps a Hindu family or even a Buddhists family? Would you still be a Christian today? Chances are you would be whatever religion your family is. The Christian religion believes they are right, the Jewish religion believes they are right and so on and so on. If everyone says they are right then who really is right? I can no longer believe that one religion is the absolute truth over all the others. To me it seems ignorant to shut out all other ideas. Religion stresses for the most part love, kindness, understanding, helpfulness, and brotherhood for your fellow human beings. Why then will Christians believe that Jews will go to hell for not believing in Jesus? To me religion is simply the human interpretation of God, whoever it might be. We speak English in America. In Japan they speak Japanese. In Mexico they speak Spanish. In America we celebrate the 4th of July. In Mexico they celebrate cinch de mayo. The French celebrate Bastille Day. It is quite apparent that cultures differ from each other. This can be extended to religion. Just because a culture is different does not mean they are wrong so why is a religion wrong because it is different. If you look at religion in general it all focuses on an all powerful celestial being. Just because people from the Middle East call god Allah and Christians call theirs Jesus does not mean one is better, it simply means that they live in different cultures.
On the other side of this debate is religion and atheists. The bible against science. Christians dont believe in evolution as some scientists dont believe in God (this is not to say that all scientists are athiests). Why do these two ideas have to be so far apart. To Christians, the bible is to be taken literally. Though historians are still piecing together history about things that happened 200 years ago, the bible states history word for word nearly 6000 years ago to earths creation. there are no mention of dinosaurs which we have the skeletons to prove their existence. There is no history farther back than about 6000 years ago when the earth was created though science has proven the earth to be millions upon millions of years old. Why can we not think that evolution is simply the mechanism of the creation by God? Something i was always told in church is that our perception of time is not the same as Gods perception of time. Religion cant grasp the fact that maybe the creation of earth took millions and millions of year. Science believes in the big bang theory. The big bang happened and all the elements began to form planets and stars and galaxies and the universe was created. where did the elements come from? where was the singularity in space that was the universe before the big bang? it is hard to imagine what might be beyond our universe and that is where the idea of God comes in. If the big bang theory is true then what started it and where will it go when it ends? The problem with Religion and science is that they are too busy fighting over who is right and who is wrong that they cant stop the see that maybe there is truth in both. Religion makes humans more important than we should be. They give humanity this ego that they are above everything else in the universe under God. In pictures God is portrayed as a man. heaven is reserved for humans and animals have no souls simply because they are not sophisticated enough to have souls. In ancient times eurasia was the world. the world was flat and there was nothing beyond the ocean. then we figure out the world is round and there is land on the other side of the ocean and the world is the center of the universe. then we find out that the sun is the center of the universe. then we find out it is just the center of the solar system and we are just a tiny speck in a galaxy which is just a tiny speck in the universe. There are billions of galaxies with more stars and planets than we can comprehend. Yet to religion, Humans on this planet are the only things that matter to God in the universe he created. The bible was a way of humans attempt to understand the world around them when there was no other means of comprehension. now science is telling us more about this universe than the bible ever could, but science cant always answer every question we have. I guess in the end we need to look at both perspectives and draw knowledge from both. science has told us the universe was created by the big bang. Maybe the big bang is just the means by which God created the universe. There are things in this Universe far beyond our comprehension that we will never understand, that is why it is important not to dismiss anything as a possibility whether it be science or religion.