All non Christians religions, even the ancient Norse all depended on rituals to make things right because they could not live according their own ways, rules, standards.
People of all cultures have values and virtues concerning things like kinship, courage, fortitude, wisdom, humility, respect, perseverance, sacrifice and generosity. All these are celebrated as virtues in all cultures throughout history.
Why? Who made this real to folks all throughout history?
Some answer and say culture or society developed these - why?
Some answer and say so folks can get along with each other...
If that is the case, then why can't Ice, Ed, Audacity, and Audie live up to these standards? In fact, why can't anyone reading this live up to these standards?
Norse religion, and all non-christian religions have codes, standards, and if these are broken people devise rituals or do good deeds so one can make it right and cover their collective rear end. However, the good one desires to do they do not do it but instead do what is wrong, continually.
So no one actually lives by wisdom, for all act stupidly and if one consumes alcohol in excess on a steady bases - how is that wisdom?
No can live by the virtue of kinship either because the strife, betrayal, rejection, emotional abandonment, abuse, is pervasive in families. For example, even Audie mentioned once her own mother never said with words, she loved her so that is used as justification to reject others here... and tout the virtues of respect and tolerance of culture but exhibit none here.
The good one desires to do, they cannot maintain that good and instead slip and do what is opposite continuously.There is no one good, or perfect no not one... as it is written.
All these standards were came about to point to the need for a savior to save us from ourselves and provide the means to make it back to the original design of the creator. When one rejects the creator, they reject and show no tolerance, or respect for others and always seek ways to ruin the faith and life of others - not wise. They have no hope.
These came to all nations and people to point to Jesus Christ who paid the price by giving his life for out breaking all these virtues we claim to live by but break everyday.
All other non-Christian religions rely on self effort - works - deeds - vows - rituals they cannot possibly keep. They rely on self. Christianity relies on God's grace alone paid for by Jesus Christ to help us live right during our journey home. This takes trust and by trust things are restored.
Without trust which Ice, Ed, Audacity, and Audie all mock and yet, were are to trust them - have faith in them as the sole arbitrators of truth and live according to the dictates of self that violate consistently he virtues of kinship, courage, fortitude, wisdom, humility, respect, perseverance, sacrifice and generosity - is well laughable and hopeless.
Even Audies is incapable of reading any more than one or two sentences on this forum - so much for respect... she learned from her culture...
We as Christian place or trust in the living God and his Grace and are thus changed day by day - we show grace and allow you all to post here but there will come a time when there will be no more...
Jesus stand at the door of the heart of all people and knocks but some folks have no virtue or wisdom to let Him in.
Why would God want folks, who believe in nothing, who ruin virtues always, and who make heaven into hell on earth by self glorification - to be with such for eternity?
Folks eternity exist - this planet will literally cease one day... All any of us all face is eternity.
Saying one honors, kinship, courage, fortitude, wisdom, humility, respect, perseverance, sacrifice and generosity, goodness, etc... what good is any of it if you cease to be? Eternity exist - so Dos God who we all must face. One may believe there is no God - ok then - you have no purpose or value at all - that is what you defend. It does not matter, you will awake after you die into a true state of life that never ends. It is on you... so what...
Mock us, yet belly ache when you are mocked - you cannot live to your own standards how you treat me or us who believe and know Jesus - proves the hypocrite in you is alive and well...
We as Christians extend the grace of Jesus to you to find out for yourself how real he really is. Take the plunge - what do you have to loose?
Science is man's invention - creation is God's
(by B. W. Melvin)