Just the facts as I see it

February 15, 2012

The Religiously Stupid

Filed under: Religion — Tags: , — truth_seeker @ 7:03 pm

I will start this off by saying that I am against religion, all religion. But I’m not against a belief in God or even many Gods. I was raised in an episcopal family. I was an alter boy for 10yrs of my life. I have studied the Bible, Koran, and Torah. I even considered going into the ministry as a teenager.

I have encountered many religiously stupid people in my life. If you don’t know what a religiously stupid person is then let me explain. They come in many forms and religions and its almost like a disease. The ones your probably familiar with are the radical Muslims. This is the most severe form of R.S. (Religion Stupidity). These people are willing to kill themselves and many others for what they believe their God told them to do. But like I said they come in all shapes and sizes.

The easiest way to find one is try to have an open discussion about religion with someone. If they get pissed off because you keep stating provable facts or your beliefs that differ from theirs then your dealing with someone who suffers from R.S. There are many levels to this. This is the most common you will find, and they are not really that bad. Nobody like to have their beliefs challenged. But it does get worse, the nest level up is an inability to accept facts.

Example:
You tell your friend that you believe aliens do exist because of the vast countless amount of stars out there, its almost impossible that we are the only ones. They respond by telling you aliens cannot exist because God would have mentioned them in the bible. You respond by saying God didn’t mention the dinosaurs so does that mean they didn’t exist? Your friend at a lost  goes off on some tangent that inexplicably ends with you going to hell for even thinking that aliens exist and that your only trying to confuse them. This is a sufferer of R.S.
The next type is also very common , especially now a days. This is the one that wants to push their beliefs on you. These are the ones that get on all our nerves. I’m not talking about simply going door to door. Im talking about the ones that actually try and do make laws that suit their religious beliefs. If it is immoral in the bible then there should be a law against it. I believe gay marriage is wrong and goes against God. Ban it. I think abortion is murder because it goes against against Gods will. Ban it. These are the people that even though something is not affecting them, they need, they have to intervene and make life hard for everyone around them because they believe they are doing Gods will.

If you run into these people the best you can do is just ignore them. Don’t even give them the time of day. They are not worth your time and all you will do is give yourself a headache arguing with them. The people that are not even willing to look at facts, well there is no hope for them. Just save yourself the time and walk away.

This is why I don’t like or agree with religion. I understand the need to believe in a power greater then yourself but many people take it far. Too many people try to force their religious beliefs on others in one way or another. Religion as a whole has caused way to many deaths in the world and held back advancements for hundreds of years. Most people don’t mind that there are other religions hell many of them out right accept it and think its perfectly fine. That’s a good thing. But its the bad apples like Pat Robertson that ruin the whole thing.

 

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.

Blog at WordPress.com.