SC-Pastafarian wrote:No, we don't get to choose who/what created us, but we DO get to choose what we believe about it, and listing the positives/negatives to any possible choice is a way to find what YOU believe is the truth.
What do the positive and negative side effects of a religion have to do with whether it is true or not? Choosing a faith based on emperical "positives" and "negatives" is just silly. The sole basis on which a faith should be judged is whether it is true or not. That is why I am a Pastafarian - because we have evidence (a graph no less) that the Flying Spaghetti Monster exists and all the other faiths have absolutely none, zilch, nil, nadda.
I've never understood people who shop around for a religion like they are buying a coat. Are they looking for the truth or just a place to belong?
This is not a splitting of hairs that I am doing. The implications of this are great. For example...
It just so happens that I like strippers and beer. But if His Noodly Greatness decided to revoke his laid back "I'd really rather you didn'ts", and replace them with commandments that, say, banned strippers and beer. Well then I would have to comply wouldn't I? I wouldn't change religions. Although I would be disappointed, it wouldn't change the fact that His Noodly Greatness exists and is my Creator. So I would do as commanded. I would have no choice. The truth, in the form of a Deity, trumps any internal sense of right and wrong - it must.
So I disagree with you completely SC-Pastafarian.
I hope this is not the seed of a split within Pastafarianism into fundamentalism and moral reletivism. But then again maybe that would be a good thing - perhaps that would mean that Pastafarianism has truly come of age.
- Brother Boyardee