I was just reading something about this. Basically, it states that you can't make God into the God you want. You have to accept God based on what he demands. His demands and reasoning being from the Bible btw. So, according to this, you can't say that you believe in God but not organized religion because organized Christian religion is based on the Bible. I think the counter to this argument is that the Bible is not technically written by God, but by man, therefore flawed. Not saying this is what I believe but I thought it was an interesting read.
In reference to you not believing in Hell:
The Bible can be very confusing in regards to Hell. Many scholars believe that Hell was an idea later introduced that evolved into something very real. For example, does the idea of a Hell make it real? I've always gone under the assumption that there is a heaven and hell, like two different sides of a coin. Wherever the understanding of God is, or good, there is the understanding of Hell, or evil. By the set ideas of what good is, to do the opposite of what is good, is then evil.
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person 1 - god exists.
person 2 - wheres your proof?
person 1 - well if there was a bunch of proof laying around it wouldn't be much of a question now would it?
person 2 - so it's pretty much just a theory then?
person 1 - until they start handing out proof I guess so.
person 2 - okay, guess i'll wait until then before considering it.
2014 ladies lounge entry:ariel meredith
I classify your attitude as that of a believer who is justifiably wary of religion. And why shouldn't you be, considering false religions' long history of wrongdoing?
But notice I said "false religion." There is a true religion. Our duty is to familiarize ourselves with what Yahweh/Jehovah/YHWH says in his inspired Word, the Judeo-Christian Bible, and then compare that with what people are doing in the name of religion. If their religious practices are in opposition to what's written in the Judeo-Christian Bible, then that's your clue that it's a false religion.
What you're actually describing is: "a truly loving God," according to your personal opinion of what "truly loving" should mean. Of course you're entitled to your opinion, flawed as it is.
God's inspired Word, the Judeo-Christian Bible, gives example after example of God destroying or punishing people for disobeying his instructions. A God of orderliness does not lower his standards to accommodate everyone because that amounts to chaos—which is what we see in the world around us because of everybody doing their own thing.
"For God is a God, NOT of DISORDER, but of peace." (1 Corinthians 14:33)