I can still remember the day. Sitting in a theater watching the new Star Trek flick.
They were searching for god and Found him...or DID they?
When this part played before my eyes I literally felt my heart fall.
Still powerful after all these years.
Was that a new one? That was some time ago when I still attended, 1989. Star Trek Movie V Final Frontier. That's Laurence Luckenbill.
Why does God need a starship?
That did resonate with me a jw on the edge.
No NOT new Blondie.
I saw it in theater when it was new.
What does God need with a starship?
I ran into a free-thinker in "field service" who said something to the effect: "Do you think God would really send a bunch of nicely-dressed weirdos with printed stuff that nobody wants to read? Wouldn't he get our attention with something grand?"
It's fairly similar.
Go further with it. What does God need with a temple, church, synagogue, or shrine? What does he need with a bunch of groveling worshippers praying and chanting and flattering him to stroke his ego. And what does God need with a son? ....a human sacrifice to set things right? All that born-of-a-virgin stuff and being brutally killed to be resurrected again- that would only be the things of a bored God or a megalomaniac.
For me one original series episode keeps resonating,
The planet controlled by "Landrew"
Which was a mind controlling computer,
A wonderful peaceful concordant society,
Responding to OnTheWayOut:
"I find it hard to believe in a God who enjoys being praised so
I'm going to have to re-watch that one
As a teenager with doubts (Parents were studying) Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time resonated very strongly with me.
It's a very helpless feeling to see an otherwise healthy person lose their powers of reason.
Different people have different triggers, I guess.
So what happened after that NikL? Did you start seeing all the flaws in what you were taught? Did you continue going to meetings?