I was tempted to vote for the "God, but not religion" option, although I am very active in participating in a particular religion. My reason is I don’t consider myself to believe in "religion" in general. Rather, I believe God has an organized and structured way in which he interacts with humanity, an organization in which mankind participates, but is officially divinely led. In other words, God has established a church, not all churches, and God’s church is the only one in which I categorically believe. Of course, this doesn’t mean all churches but the church are bad, it just means they are established by ultimately led by men – and their worth reflects such.
Many people get upset at this attitude, but I have a hard time seeing how it would be otherwise. Does it make sense for God to have established contradictory churches? It’s also somewhat surprising people belonging to a church that doesn’t even claim to be established by God (which included just about everyone but Catholics, I think) would take offense. I guess they just don’t like the idea that anyone would claim to have something they don’t – or something they don’t think is possible.
Getting back to the poll, though, I’m not surprised the "God, but not religion" option is popular. I mean, is there an easier or less controversial option? "Yeah, I guess there could be something bigger than me out there, but I don’t want to get involved with all of that theological arguing…" :)
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