To say that if one references a passage from a religious text, they must necessarily follow the beliefs and rituals of the religion from which the text came is faulty logic.
The syllogism is correct in form, however it is still illogical due to a false premise:
If you reference a religious text, Then you must follow the corresponding religious beliefs.
I referenced the Bible,
Therefore I must be Jewish or Christian.
Something I was interested in a while ago is this:
Truth be told, I didn’t read the whole book. However, it was the inspiration for me to contemplate how the wisdom found in ancient writings could be an intuitive phenomenon. I think that it is highly probable that ancient scholars came to much of their knowledge through their intuitive abilities. This can be said not only for religious texts, but for the writings of ancient philosophers. I mainly read the writings of Plato and Aristotle. Aristotle in particular was interesting to me, he intuited that the entire universe is in constant motion to the smallest levels of existence. His ideas are basic, and somewhat misleading at times, but he did get the general idea correct.
I guess there is a potential intermediate where a Being could exist that did create the universe through literal manipulation of waves into particles & matter by "speaking" (if we use the word speaking loosely as being a form of wave fluctuation - not anything resembling human language though) but if so, it would be an utter coincidence that the Christian religion had a verse that could be in some angle viewed similar to that.
This is more of the mindset I was in when I made the comparison. However, I don’t know if a Being had to be involved. Perhaps Moses intuited something about the origins of the big bang, and wrote about it in terms he could understand.
I think that taking any form of creative writing literally is short sighted. This can cross over to becoming dangerous when it comes to religious texts. The story of Adam and Eve, for example, is a parable. Parables were a popular form of allegory during the time the Bible was written. In my opinion, the “Tree of Knowledge” wasn’t a tree with fruit on it. It is a metaphor for when man’s mind evolved past the primitive form of his monkey ancestors and he became a sentient creature. The concepts of “good” and “evil” are a very human thing, other animals just survive without thinking in this sort of way. Could the first human thought of higher cognitive functioning have been the concept of good and evil? It is a possibility, one that I think is very interesting to contemplate.
I know you say you're not religious but I wonder what aspects of christianity you are still (subconsciously?) hanging onto that affect the ideas your thoughts gravitate towards.
Lol, good question. I actually think the story of Jesus is pretty cool. He was like one of the earliest hippies.. Jesus taught about peace and love, and how important being respectful and kind to other people was. He lived like a nomad, and protested the corrupt religious/political establishment. I do.. like that persona. There should be more people like that that actually do something besides smoke pot.
I could ask you the same question. When we first began talking, it seemed you were in a mindset that what you had intuited from the Torah was indicative of how the universe actually formed. When I challenged that notion with my mention of the decoupling epoch, you had to recollect your thoughts. Taking your education into consideration, this makes sense. I think we are both biased in the same sort of way in that we were brought up in traditional Western Christian religions.