There are couple of things whether God Exists or whether you need God are two different things. The purpose of all these teachings is to make us good people, and not for us to fight in his name and destroy our life or our peace of mind. I had the opprtunity to read the Bible especially the New Testament. I found a lot of good things in that, really good teachings which if followed could make a peaceful society. I should really appreciate Prasad for finding out such quotes from a book which has a lot of good things. It is good if it is done with good intention. As Prasad rightly pointed out everybody has the right to read and criticise any book and it should be that way. For that matter all the religious teachings are for all the people in the world and it is not the property of a select few. It is for you to select the good things and follow it if it is good and you could as well go through all these quotes here and there and quote it out of contest and feel that you have done a great thing which nobody has identified it in the last so many centuries.
One concept which is put in the Bible, New Testmaent is the concept of a loving God than a powerful God , A forgiving God rather than one who is out to punish you for all little misdeeds. An average man like me is quite content with a loving and forgiving God.
When one reads a religious book, a believer believes and justifies everything, one who wants to discredit it will go through all these quotes here and there, an impartial, nonbeliever analyses the merits and demerits assess it in a neutral way.
For that matter what is written that the New Testament is the teachings of a person who lived just for 33 years , did not have any formal education, did not have facilities like Prasad and me to check in the internet and wikipedia. His teachings were written by four ordinary people who were his followers and that book has lot of wisdom, and lot of good things. Try to appreciate the work and of course all of us have the freedom to criticise but try to be moderate. I have gone through some of the quotes, the quotes about destruction and all. What Jesus taught us is to forgive and help your enemies and not to destroy anything, There are lots and lots of good teaching. Have the broadmindedness to accept those things and be moderate in criticism
Regarding the question of whether God exists I believe so but others have the right not to and there should not be any compulsion. Whether we need God is a different question, If the concept of God is making us better individual and helping to create a peaceful and harmonious society where we help the needy, support them, contribute constructively for the development of the society, definitely we need that concept. But on the other hand we use this concept to provide destruction, hatred- and mistrust in the society, we have to reconsider our action, probably we are doing a disservice to our society which God does not want us to do. If there is God there is only one God and we are all children of the same God and he does not want us to fight in his name, we may find some quotes here and there to justify our deeds as Prasad has shown us. Every religion has two sides, one is the good one which makes us better people, create better society, help and support each other, peaceful society and gives inner peace to individuals. The bad face is the fanatism which forces us to hate and destroy people of other religions. When we dislike a person in the name of his religion we become a fanatic. We may dislike a person because of his misdeeds and not because of his religion. Every religious leader has the duty to make good people and not fanatics. When we create a lot of fanatics we do a disservice to the society which God does not want us to do.
Thanks to Mr Prasad for his open views about the subject
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