I might just be a Deist.
The links below explain the ideas and the history of Deism.
For my own personal reasons... I believe there is a God... but... religion...???
Many of those things that I have come to believe... have turned out to be quite
similar to the beliefs of those who call themselves "Deists." However... as a creature of
reason... I hold myself back from joining any group or religion... where beliefs are
dictated by another... someone other than my own self.
Perhaps it was my questioning of "magic" and "voodoo."
I have thought for some time that Christian martyrs may well have been herded into
their own demise... by the admonishment to "confess their faith" and "proclaim their
beliefs" while at the same time... practicing a ceremony based on drinking blood and
eating flesh. Who could blame civilized society for ridding themselves of such
Paul, the "evangelist" was a Pharisee. Pharisees believed in the supernatural... angels...
demons... sins... Satan... and the power of sacrificing to God or gods for favors or forgiveness.
The Hebrew practice of sacrificing animals in their temples... was a universal abhorence...
and I suppose so, too... was their barbarism. Their God not only sanctioned butchering...
he instructed it. I found this... at the least... insane... schizophrenic.
And... like some Deists
have stated... I've considered such behavior... blasphemy.
From the evidence given in the Bible... God... wants blood to be shed.
What kind of God have they created out of a divine being...?
Is this how divine beings behave...?
Is this a model for all tyrants...? their excuse and forgiveness...?
Does this in fact... permit barbarism by tyrants...? in the name of religion...?
I have considered the benefits of churches... and religions. When someone believes in being
a good person... and in following rules of civil behavior that create a merciful society...
it is good to belong to something that establishes those feelings... solidly. And when we
work in groups to accomplish good works... we become a force for good in the world.
However... just making the claim of being a believer in some religion... means NOTHING.
Could it be...? that the adulthood of mankind... would be the rejection of barbaric beliefs...
based on the realization that... drinking blood and eating flesh... is barbaric... is voodoo.
Was this... a gift from Constantine...?
Was Constantine the Alpha and the Omega... of the coming of age of mankind....??
Was Constantine a great believer in a future Age of Reason...???
A Deist on the Origins of the Bible
Quoting Thomas Paine, in a response to a Christian trying to convert him...
""It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man. That bloodthirsty man, called the prophet Samuel, makes God to say, (I Sam. xv. 3) `Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.'
"That Samuel or some other impostor might say this, is what, at this distance of time, can neither be proved nor disproved, but in my opinion it is blasphemy to say, or to believe, that God said it. All our ideas of the justice and goodness of God revolt at the impious cruelty of the Bible. It is not a God, just and good, but a devil, under the name of God, that the Bible describes."
""When you have examined the Bible with the attention that I have done (for I do not think you know much about it), and permit yourself to have just ideas of God, you will most probably believe as I do. But I wish you to know that this answer to your letter is not written for the purpose of changing your opinion. It is written to satisfy you, and some other friends whom I esteem, that my disbelief of the Bible is founded on a pure and religious belief in God; for in my opinion the Bible is a gross libel against the justice and goodness of God, in almost every part of it."
Audio book "Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine
Age of Reason
Deist Origins of America
You will find on this page a reference to the "Treaty of Peace and Friendship between
the United States and the subjects of Tripoli" where it is stated...
"As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on
the Christian religion - as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion,
or tranquility of [Muslims] - and as the said states never have entered into any war or act
of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext
arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing
between the two countries."