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January 16, 2012

Religion: Pros and Cons

Filed under: Religion — Tags: , , , , , — truth_seeker @ 10:29 pm

I have come under fire fire as of late for my “religious” views. Some say I cant believe in God because of my views on the Bible. Others are telling me that the Bible can no longer be held in the same context as it once was.  Over my lifetime I have been ridiculed for my beliefs, I’ve been asked to leave a church and not to come back, and I’ve been condemned to hell.  I have also been told that my views on Christianity have been skewed by the Devil. (I found this the most laughable) For one It’s not just my views on Christianity, its my view on all religions.  Now I will admit that religion has its place in human society but not like it has now. Religion, no the belief in a God or many as some believe, is and was fundamental to human existence. (as a whole)  But religion has also held us back, gave us a scapegoat per say. Religion has helped humanity through our darkest times but has also caused some of our darkest times. It is my firm belief that we should all turn from religion and go a more spiritual route.

PROS

  • Helps us cope with situations that are out of our control.
  • Inspires us to live by “mostly” good moral code.
  • Gives us something/someone to aspire to.
  • Something to look forward to after death.

In my eyes these are some admirable things for the pros of religion.  As someone who was raised in the church and was very active, I have often found myself asking God to grant me strength to persevere. I have spent all my life trying to live up to the guidelines set forth by God. While in the darkest times in my life I never felt alone because of my belief in God and trying to adhere to the moral code (not the 10 commandments)  set forth by the Bible I have found myself “blessed” in many ways.  Also because of my belief in God I have no fear of death, although what happens when you die we may not agree on. I know plenty of people who on sheer belief alone have made it through worse than I. The amount of good that belief in God can do is simply mind-boggling. But this is where the dangers come in.

In my OPINION Christianity was never meant to be a religion. It is a belief system, something for abide by, use as guidance. In my research I have come to believe that the Bible has corrupted Christianity to the root. Here is why I say this.

CONS

  • Religion gives us a scapegoat
  • Religion gives you unattainable goals
  • Religion causes wars
  • Religion causes hate

Religion as a whole gives mankind a scapegoat. We all blame it on the will of GOD, or the Devil made me do it. Instead you need to look in the mirror and ask yourself how to fix your own problems or stop and think before you act. No the scapegoat reason will not serve to get you out of trouble legally but it has and does put many people’s mind at ease for crimes commented in Gods name. Yes the Bible sets the rules in direct opposition to human nature. Look at the 10 commandments, I’m not talking about thou shall not kill, and honor thy mother and father. I’m talking about the crimes of the mind.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

To covet is a basic human desire. There is no getting around that. Your setup to fail. You fail you feel bad, you feel bad you go to church, you go to church the pastor tells you to try harder, you try harder you fail again, you fail again you feel worse etc….. It’s a never-ending loop. Think of all the breakthroughs that were made because man coveted something that was not his. When we covet it makes us strive. I want a house like my friends, I want a car, I want more money. Because of this I work harder, My best friend has a video game I want, I go out and buy it. Yes if you give in and steal that’s a different story covered by a different commandment. Look at all the wars that been fought over religion. Just look at the crusades. The conflicts now in the middle east. These all stated because of religion. Look at all the people who were put to death for heresy. I say it teaches hate because take a look at the Salem witch trials, the gay/lesbian bashing, even racism. Granted these examples are gross examples of man corrupting the Bible, but the Bible does say that God will not allow his word to be corrupted with out punishment

If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Now its obvious (to me at least) that if the Bible is by some chance real (as in from divine inspiration) then it has already been changed, and is now corrupted and pretty much useless.

Now that I have grown some both in spirituality and mentally I have come to realize that God cannot be found in a book or a building. God can only be found inside of you. You have to trust what you know is right. You have to trust your inner-self. This is the essence of God. God has placed a piece of him in you. That piece of God will guide you to the truth. All you have to do is trust yourself.

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12 Comments »

  1. really helped me with my re homework!!! thanks!!!

    Comment by danae — November 9, 2013 @ 10:54 am

  2. Wow thanks I got my social studies homework done from this. thanks 😛

    Comment by ViceVirsa — March 5, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

  3. This is really touching and sweet. It is really nice and deep. Thanks.

    Comment by 52g8u8am3 — June 14, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

  4. I fully agree with your views in religion. I have also determined that almost every religion, belief has good and bad aspects. I have been searching for my path, but i am very disturbed because i keep reverting backward to the guilt of religions ideals and laws when i do wrong and i fall right back into unhappiness. Wondering if you have experience to share on how you weened and eventually became confident in your own self? Thanks Respectfully, Ron

    Comment by moose — July 30, 2015 @ 10:35 pm

    • Ron, I apologize for the very late response. But I seemed myself from the guilt aspect just by treating everyone the way I want to be treated. Doesn’t matter who they are. They all get some form of respect, even if I don’t like them or disagree with their choices

      Comment by truth_seeker — August 4, 2015 @ 1:02 pm

  5. No goal is unattainable. Anything is possible its all in your mind. If you think theres unattainable goals you have a small and realistic thinking which leads to a medicore life and that’s the type of life you don’t want to live

    Comment by Bobby Gill — May 2, 2016 @ 8:40 am

    • Not sure if I understand where your going with this, please explain.

      Comment by truth_seeker — May 2, 2016 @ 8:56 am

  6. Religions do not cause war or hate. Man does. The Bible should be used for guidance. If you fail, such as coveting, you try harder. How many of you can actually say that because you have coveted something, you feel like a failure? Honestly? When you slack off at work, do you feel like a failure? Do you go home and feel worthless? No, you think nothing of it. The Bible asks you to be Christ-like, not Christ. We’re human, we’re not perfect. As for gay/lesbian bashing, those are closed-minded people. I have gay and lesbian friends and I don’t judge them. I may not agree with their lifestyle, but that’s their choice. Don’t blame religion. Science isn’t very fair to gays/lesbians either. Put all gay/lesbian people into their own community and leave out IVF and adoptions. Their community is not going to grow and they will eventually die off. That’s not very fair of science. As for praying and asking God to help you, what is wrong with that? If you expect Him to do everything for you then that’s is your problem. You are still suppose to work on your problems yourself. You don’t quit your job and expect God to pay your rent. You know you have to work. Or in today’s society you mooch off of your parents or more than likely you still live with them.

    I’m no super-Christian, I don’t go to church that often, but I see nothing wrong with believing in something that asks you to be as good as you can be, treat others how you want to be treated and when you are down on your luck, lean on me. Today’s society is all about “ME.” What can I get for me, what can you do for me, why do you expect me to do what is right. Fifty plus years ago, we took care of our aging parents. Now we send them off to homes or argue with our siblings on who is going to take them in. I was born in the wrong era. I bought my house with the intentions of taking in my in-laws and my own mother. I’ve taken in my wife’s cousin who was kicked out of rehab, I’ve set up a room for my nephews whose parents were going through a bad divorce, things I’ve learned from religion and applied to my life.

    To me, those that bash religion, are those that don’t take responsibility of what is going on in their life.

    Comment by John — December 30, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

    • I am not bashing religion. If you read over my post again you will see that I said Christianity should have been a belief system not a religion. Religion is laws. Belief systems change over time. As for causing war, I stand by my statement. Millions of lives have been lost due to the abrahamic religions and millions more due to all the others. If you look at all the core tenants of every major religion they are the same, but yet we cannot agree on them. We want to pick what we enforce and what we let slide for ourselves. And then use a different measuring stick for others.

      Comment by truth_seeker — January 1, 2017 @ 5:59 pm

  7. I guess some people don’t like the truth and will believe whatever they want. That’s why they delete people’s comments, so others won’t think for themselves. Thanks for deleting my comment. And you think religion is bad.

    Comment by John — December 31, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

    • I didn’t delete your reply, I just never saw the email asking me to approve it. I will have an appropriate reply when I have more time

      Comment by truth_seeker — December 31, 2016 @ 6:22 pm


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