BTW I always teach my children to use the word "belief" instead of mythology or myth if it's a religion that's actively being practiced. Just because I don't believe it, doesn't mean I should call it a myth. I'm not Hindu, but I refer to "Hindu beliefs" not "Hindu myths."
We know with a similar degree of certainty that the Genesis and Exodus myths are just that- myths. It's not disrespecting anyone to point this out. There are devout practicing Christians who acknowledge this, too. It's kind of silly to try and deny it, or worse. Just consider the implications of what you are saying.
but I never once in my life ever said that I was the only one who knows the truth. I said above that people get mad at me for saying true things. Point out something I said that wasn't true.
Science is a way of evaluating information. The scientific method and peer review system has been proven, over and over and over again, to be a vastly superior method for obtaining knowledge than philosophy, meditation, prayer, or any of the various other methods we've tried before. Science is always disproving hypotheses. That's what science does. This is one of the great strengths of science, though people who don't understand it will try to paint this as a weakness. Religious people are the ones who will claim to have all the answers and that they can never be proven wrong. A scientist would never.
A scientific theory is NOT "just a theory." Science is not facts and theories in the sense that you mean. A scientific theory explains some aspect of the natural world and is supported by facts.
Science is not about consensus. Science is about following the evidence. It's not important if 100 scientists agree on everything (though... getting 100 scientists to agree on the speed of light would be a lot simpler than getting 100 religious people to agree on the nature of god or where you go when you die), what's important is proof.
Science and religion are absolutely not the same. At all. If you think that they are you fundamentally misunderstand one or the other. Based on what you wrote above I think it's science.
"there is a god"
"Christianity has made the world a better place"
"Jesus is Lord"
I can't disprove these statements. Though I can cast serious doubt on the last two.
"The Earth is less than 6000 years old."
"The Genesis creation story is factually accurate."
"All humans descended from Adam and Eve."
"Moses led 600,000 slaves out of Egypt and around the Sinai for 40 years."
These statements are false. They are not a matter of opinion or serious debate. They are false. Full stop.
All the time I wrote “nearly 100%”. The reason is as following. I can go back to René Descartes and doubt the existence of the whole outside world. Everything, from people to objects to my own body with its sensors and perceptions could be a wild fever dream, or a madman’s delusions, or put there by Satan as a hoax. Or if you have seen The Matrix, the outside world could be simulation manufactured by machines while I truly lie trapped somewhere in a tub. The only thing that I can be really absolutely 100% sure on is that I am a thinking thing (“I think, therefore I am”). Everything else has this tiny, tiny, tiny shadow of a doubt. But we can’t help but accept that there is this outside world. This is the only necessary Leap of Faith, the only one we have no better option to.
I fully understand and appreciate your belief, ander, that your faith has given you strength to get through difficult times. I know exactly what that feels like. When I was a teenager I dealt with loneliness, isolation, and thoughts of suicide. I also felt, at the time, like I had a strong personal relationship with God. I used to think that this was one of the only things keeping me from killing myself. And, yes, it was also comforting to think that lost friends and loved ones had "gone to a better place," and to think, when looking at all the many horrors and evils of the world that "god has a plan" and I just didn't understand. I know what that's like. When my friend Gray hanged himself our junior year and I made a bargain with God, asking him to not condemn my friend's soul to Hell, to take mine in its place, I truly meant this.
At first this was quite scary and depressing for me: to accept that I was almost totally wrong about everything that I believed in most dearly, to try and forge some sense of identity and morality out of the ashes of the person I was (because both had been so bound up in my faith as to seem inseparable), and to try and make sense of the world without the crutch of religion.
Over time, though, I found that things made more sense this way. A lot more sense. If you care about finding out what is true, letting go of beliefs you hold to without good reason makes this process all much simpler.
oh, and, I've found that without religion I can still get through difficult times. I've still got family. I've got friends. I've got logic. I've got personal willpower. And when all of those things fail there's always ice cream and internet porn. People are resilient and adaptive and can get through all sorts of things you wouldn't expect them to be able to.
"You shall say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness. But behold, you have not listened until now.” Thus says the Lord, “By this you shall know that I am the Lord: behold, I will strike the water that is in the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and it will be turned to blood. The fish that are in the Nile will die, and the Nile will become foul, and the Egyptians will find difficulty in drinking water from the Nile.”’”
1. It's hilarious
2. God is obviously the bad guy
Boils or the killing of first born sons could easily be replaced with something akin to making all meat taste like sauceless Arby's or having everyone sound like Piers Morgan.
Pharoah would have packed the Israelites' bags himself and upgraded them to business class after 30 minutes of that.
aside: the story is ridiculous anyway, but the way the contemporary English version of it reads it's ridiculous, nonsensical, and abominable. It paints god as the most evil and sadistic of tyrants. But this is consistent with virtually the entire Old Testament, so...