Originally Posted by _pyromatic
I believe in God but I also believe in science. I think God created the universe (big bang, etc.) but he gave humans free will to do with it as they wanted. He tries to help us but some people don't get the message.
The Episcopal summer camp I used to go to had a really good thoughts about religion, imo. They thought that the best way to serve god was to be a good person to everyone, no matter who or what they believed in. There was still the urge to "save" people but they didn't think that everyone with different beliefs was going to hell. Also, the people there were very opened minded and rather liberal. One of our councelors was openly gay and no one had a problem with it. I tend to dislike organized religion because of the intolerance it breeds but they showed me how religion can help people become better.
At a Baptist church I went to, the minister said "I don't care who you are or what you believe, I love you."
What created God? Why does the universe need a creator yet thet creator dosent need a creator? Yes, sometmes Religion can have positive effects on people, the message that most religions teach, love others, be respectful are good advices. However, I believe that Religion originated as a form of creating some sort of disicpline in early socieities. I often ask religous people, if it werent for God would you do evil things? That usually makes them think a bit.
About this "love" thing. I believe that it is used to frequently in church. Love is a strong word...